Pet Care Tips

How Veterinarians Decide It’s Time to Put a Pet Down

How Veterinarians Decide It’s Time to Put a Pet Down

You don’t feel qualified to decide to put your pet down, so you talk to a veterinarian. How does the vet know it’s the right decision? “One great myth of veterinary practice is that the veterinarian somehow knows ‘the right time.’ Part of that belief, I’m sure, is the client’s understandable urge to escape the […]

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Can’t Live Without Your Dog? How to Survive Your Pet’s Death

Can’t Live Without Your Dog? How to Survive Your Pet’s Death

Written by on April 8, 2012 in Dogs & Doggy Care Tips, Pet Care Tips with 4 Comments

If you think you can’t survive without your dog or cat, you’re not alone. These tips for living after your pet dies are inspired by a question from a reader… “I have no family, I’m divorced, no friends, am very depressed, and my dog is the only friend I know,” says Jeff on Should You […]

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Options for Pet Owners Who Can’t Take Care of Their Dogs

Options for Pet Owners Who Can’t Take Care of Their Dogs

Written by on August 11, 2011 in Dogs & Doggy Care Tips, Pet Care Tips with 1 Comment

Your situation may make it impossible to take care of your dog. These options for pet owners who can’t care for their dogs anymore are inspired by a reader who can’t take care of her dog anymore – they range from doggy daycare to dog fostering through rescue organizations. “I have a two year old […]

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After Your Cat’s Death – Should You Adopt a New Kitten or Cat?

After Your Cat’s Death – Should You Adopt a New Kitten or Cat?

Written by on June 25, 2011 in Cats and Kitty Tips, Pet Care Tips with 18 Comments

After their cat dies, some people adopt a new kitten or cat right away. Others wait until the pain of their cat’s death has faded a bit. If your cat died, here are a few things to think about… “I hear many people say they don’t want to replace a cat they’ve lost,” says writer […]

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Are You Ready to Get Another Dog? Signs It’s Time to Adopt a Puppy

Are You Ready to Get Another Dog? Signs It’s Time to Adopt a Puppy

Written by on June 21, 2011 in Dogs & Doggy Care Tips, Pet Care Tips with 4 Comments

When you’re ready to get another dog, you’ll recognize the signs. Here are a few things to consider before adopting a puppy – these are the signs I knew it was time for us to adopt a puppy to “replace” the one we lost. But first, one of my favorite pet quips: “Dogs come when they’re […]

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Animals Mourn, Too – How to Help Your Pet Cope With Death

Animals Mourn, Too – How to Help Your Pet Cope With Death

Yes, dogs and cats mourn after their furry friends die! Here are a few ways to help your pet cope with the death of their furry friends. These tips are especially important if you’re noticing changes in your pet’s activity level, food intake, or general health. “You think dogs will not be in heaven? I […]

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How to Help Kids Cope With a Pet’s Death

How to Help Kids Cope With a Pet’s Death

I devoted a chapter on how to help kids cope with a pet’s death in my pet loss ebook. I interviewed pet loss experts, grief counselors, and veterinarians; here are a few of their tips for kids and pet loss. “Grief is like the ocean; it comes in waves ebbing and flowing. Sometimes the water is calm, […]

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Living Without Your Cat? How to Ease the Pain of Pet Death

If you’re suddenly living without your cat, it doesn’t matter if you had him for 1 or 11 years; the pain of pet death is heartbreaking! These ways to ease that pain may help. Here’s what a reader said, on my article about losing your cat: “My husband and I just had our 14 year old […]

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Toilet Training a Cat – Why and How to Train Your Kitty

Why is toilet training a cat a good idea? Because you want to say good-bye to stinky kitty litter forever! How do you train your cat to use the toilet? With these toilet training tips… But first, a quip: “Intelligence in the cat is underrated.” ~ Lous Wain. One of the best ways to challenge your […]

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How to Help a Pregnant Dog Give Birth to Puppies

How to Help a Pregnant Dog Give Birth to Puppies

Written by on March 31, 2011 in Dogs & Doggy Care Tips, Pet Care Tips with 0 Comments

It’s both thrilling and scary to have a pregnant dog! Here’s how to help your dog when she’s giving birth to her puppies – plus signs of problems for both mom and puppies, which means it’s time to call a veterinarian. Before the tips, a quip: “Happiness is a warm puppy.” ~ Charles M. Schulz. […]

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