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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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