Why Rescues Have Adoption Policies

There has never been a shortage of pets available for adoption. Either taken from a home that can no longer meets their needs, or brought to a shelter right from the street, hundreds of cats and dogs are looking for a permanent place to live with loving human hearts. I wouldn’t be too wrong if I say that most animal shelters are overcrowded, and many rescue groups are permanently dealing with the crisis–too many animals, too few homes ready to accept a new pet. Yet, if you want to adopt a cat or a dog from a rescue group, your application will have to be approved, and this is not… Read More

Continue Reading

Dressing Up

The cold season is officially here. Yet another frost advisory was issued for our area, which is Canada’s southernmost, and up north, people have experienced first snowstorms. Also, Halloween is only a couple of days away. All and all, it’s time for pet owners to think about clothes for their four-legged companions. We at Pawz Club asked Natalie Gill-Carew, who is the store manager at Pet Valu in Essex, Ontario, to share her expertise in picking the right clothes for dogs and cats – for the cold weather and for Halloween. Pawz Club: Obviously, not all dog breeds need extra protection from cold. What breeds do need some extra protection… Read More

Continue Reading

Lisa Taylor and Max’s Dog Sanctuary

When it is a nail clinic day at Essex Pet Valu, some people come by just to say hi to Lisa Taylor. Lisa trims cat and dog nails once or twice a month in Essex Pet Valu,and when she is not there, she is busy with operating Max’s Dog Sanctuary for abused, disabled, and medically challenged dogs. The nail clinic is a fundraising event that helps the local sanctuary to cover vet bills. For many regular customers of Pet Valu, those days provide the perfect opportunity to talk to a person who–and this is not an exaggeration—has devoted her life to animal welfare and now generously shares her knowledge about… Read More

Continue Reading

Picking Dog Treats

Every pet store offers a great variety of dog treats. Usually it’s not just one shelf, or even an isle. It’s a few isles with all kinds of flavours. It can be quite confusing for dog owners to pick the right treats. Which ones would be healthy, not too pricey, and, of course, approved by the four legged gourmet? We at Pawz Club talked to Natalie Gill-Carew, who is the store manager at Pet Valu in Essex, Ontario. We asked Natalie about dog treats and she provided us with a general guidelines for confused dog owners. Pawz Club: Are treats like candies – sweet, much desired but not quite healthy… Read More

Continue Reading

Keeping Your House Clean With Pets

By Eugenia Vlasova Every pet owner knows that pets are cute but messy. Though keeping a pet-free house clean is probably much easier, pet owners know that a bit (or sometimes a lot) of extra work is not a big price for all the fun and love we receive in return from our furry, four-pawed friends. Let’s scratch the topic a bit and talk about how to keep our houses clean with cats and dogs. Hair Most cats and dogs have fur. That means you should expect their hair flying all around your house as soon as you bring them home. You can not make your home free of pet… Read More

Continue Reading

Your Old Buddy

By Barb Seegers and Eugenia Vlasova A sad but true fact is: cats have a shorter lifespan than humans. That means that cats age faster, too. Aging could bring a lot of problems to cats, but it could also be the golden years of your friendship with a four-pawed family member. How do you prolong the active years for your cat? In this article, you’ll find some general tips about how to take good care of your old buddy and why adopting an older cat can be a great idea. First, let’s figure out …. How old is your cat? According to Cornell University – College of Veterinary Medicine: Cats… Read More

Continue Reading

Is Your Ice Melter a Salt Weapon?

By Eugenia Vlasova, Edited by Barb Seegers Beautiful, spring-like days in the middle of January are a great relief for winter-tired people and their pets. While I was enjoying one of those days, and walking with my furry friends, I noticed a problem that had been buried under the snow for weeks — an ice melter that I had been using on my driveway had now burned the lawn. When I shoveled snow off my driveway, the salt that remained on the pavement mixed with the snow. Then, when temperatures began to rise, the snow melted and absorbed into the soil, leaving the grass yellow and pretty much dead. As… Read More

Continue Reading

Taking Feline Obesity Seriously

By Eugenia Vlasova and Barb Seegers “Help my cat to lose weight” is my New Years resolution. The truth is, my little kitty is obese, and the only reason for that is because I let her eat as much as she wants. I talked to Dr. Stephen McDowell, at Leamington Animal Hospital and asked him for advice about developing healthier eating habits for my cats. In this article I’m sharing what I’ve learned about feline obesity and how to improve a cat’s well being. Why That Happens to Us? Why are humans and their pets are becoming overweight? Why is it a growing epidemic? For centuries, food was scarce, and… Read More

Continue Reading

Cold Weather Walks

By Barb Seegers and Eugenia Vlasova “When the weather outside is frightful”, we, humans, prefer to enjoy the warmth of our homes. However, if you are a dog owner, you may not be able to afford that luxury. Most dogs need to go outside every day, any day, no matter what. While you can’t cancel those walks with your four-legged family member, you can make them safer and more comfortable for yourself and your canine companion. Take good care of those paws Winter roads pose considerable risk to your dog. Dog boots keep the dog from having snow matting in their paws as well as not getting cut by ice… Read More

Continue Reading

Choosing a Right Cat Carrier

Betty-Boop, an adult female cat, went to the vet with her loving owners – a stressful, but routine event. The ride was almost over when the carrier she was traveling in fell apart – right in the parking lot near the vet clinic. The scared cat ran off in a panic and has been missing since that sad day, according to a poster in the vet clinic. The complete details of this sad story are unknown, but it seems safe to assume that if the carrier was more sturdily built, this tragedy could have been averted. Picking a cat carrier, even if it is only used for short rides to… Read More

Continue Reading