Critter Parent Resources

Pet Resouces for our Clients

Critter Parents need the best information to take care of their pets. Here are some resources for you to use.

Pet First Aid

Learn Pet First Aid:
9 out of 10 pets will face an emergency in their life time. Learn what to do to minimize pain and prevent further injury until you can get to veterinary help.

Downloads

Travel Checklist

Preparing for your Pet Sitter

8 Tips to Prepare for Disaster

Emergency Disaster Kit Contents for your Pet

Nutrition for Dogs and Cats

Need Help with House Training

10 Reasons Not to Travel with Pets

Can’t Get Your Dog to Stop Chewing

Estate Planning for Your Pets

Pet Medical Insurance from State Farm – Your best friends need our best coverage. Give them the health plan they deserves. Learn More.

Pet Diabetes – Could your pet have diabetes? Learn More.

The Butt-Scooting Boogie – If your pet is scooting its rear across the floor, chances are there’s an anal gland to blame. Learn more.

Your Dog’s Annual Physical Exam- Just what is the veterinarian looking for when they stare and gently push, pull and poke your dog during a visit? Learn from this breakdown of the major body systems they’re checking out and what they’re looking for (and hoping not to find). Learn More.

How Can I Tell if my Pet is Overweight?- Try these simple at-home tests to see if your beloved pet should see the veterinarian for weight control. Learn More.

Hazards Around the House.- Be mindful of these potential pet hazards to keep furry family members happy and healthy. Learn More.

Oh the Miserable Itch – You should know that itching and scratching is more than just an annoyance – it’s a sign that something’s wrong with your pet. Learn More.

How to get a Urine Sample. – Learn two ways you might not have thought of to make at-home-urine sample collection a little easier. Learn More.

The Ultimate Guide for Renting With Pets – Learn More

8 Tips for Year-Round Dog Paw Health. – Our goal is to prevent dog paw problems when possible & detect potential problems early; get ahead on your pet’s paw health with this article. Learn More.

New Study Reveals Pet Obesity on the Rise. – Despite owners’ increased interest in pet health, pet obesity continued to increase in 2017, according to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention. Learn More.

Discounts and Financial Aid Resources for Pet Insurance. – Find tips for insurance discounts and more in this article. Learn More.

How to Properly Store Chemicals & Allergens. – Many pet owners are unaware of the risks in their home that put their pet’s life at risk every single day. Find out how to keep your pets safe with this article. Learn More.

Home Modifications for Disabled and Senior Pets. – Do you love a senior or disabled pet? Here’s how to modify your home for them. Learn More.

Online Resources

5 Ways to Save on Vet Costs – Vet care can be one of the most expensive parts of owning a dog, accounting for more than 25% of the total annual costs. You should budget at least $250 per year for routine vet costs, plus emergencies. Most dog owners will experience at least one emergency during their dog’s life that will cost upwards of $2,000.

10 Common Dog Sleeping Positions and What They Mean — You’ve likely noticed your dog sleeping in all sorts of different positions. But did you know their sleeping position can actually clue you in to how they are feeling? Learn how to decode what your dog’s sleeping position means and find out how to help them have the best sleep possible.

16 Ways to Help Your Dog Get Over its Fear of the Vet – The ultimate goal is to have your dog love visiting the vet – every time!

18 Essential Items for your Dog’s First Aid Kit – Your dog is part of your family, and the best way to keep your family members safe is to prepare for the what-ifs that come with living with dogs. Learn how to handle emergency situations, keep your dog first-aid kit stocked and ready, and prevent common injuries and illnesses by following the advice outlined in this article.

45+ Discounts on Disaster & Emergency Preparedness Supplies for Your Pet – We’ve put together an updated, definitive list of discounted emergency supplies, bulk dog food options, and pet emergency preparedness courses. New for 2018, we’ve added a section on preparing pet identifications and papers for emergencies.

A Complete Guide to Pet-Proofing Your Home – A home should be a safe and comfortable retreat for every member of the household — and that includes any four-legged ones that share this space as well. Here are some tips to make sure your home is a safe haven for your pet family.

ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals)

Animal Wellness Magazine

Benefits of Pets for Kids – The Essential Guide – This guide is a very comprehensive resource on the many benefits of having pet animals for children. It also covers what it takes to own a pet, why a pet is a healthy addition to any child’s upbringing, how to take care of pets, and pets for special needs children and plenty of other useful advice and information.

Can Dogs Eat? – An ultimate guide to 69 human foods that dogs can/cannot eat

Create a Pet Friendly Office Policy – What you need to know.

Dogs and Home Owners Insurance – This article is will help show you how to get past those hurdles, and how to get a policy despite what kind of dog you have.

Essential Oil Safety with Pets – Essential oils have been a part of civilization for centuries. From uses in healing to perfume, they’ve been applied to the human condition in more ways than one. People who own pets, however, should take extra precautions when handling or using essential oils on or around animals. Cats and dogs can be especially susceptible to illnesses due to exposure to the compounds in these oils. If pet owners decide to use essential oils while treating animals’ maladies, they should check with a veterinarian to verify that their use won’t harm pets and get suggestions for safe, diluted products.

How Much Do Dogs Sleep? – If you’re a dog parent, you know they love to sleep. But why do they sleep so much, and are they really dreaming when you see their paws twitch in their sleep?

How to Travel with a Cat
Cats make great pets. They’re low-maintenance, they don’t eat that much and they keep to themselves. However, when it comes to traveling with your cat on vacation, it can be a little tricky.

Pet Care After Owners Death – Mark Brown runs FuneralGuide.co.uk a site dedicated to helping over 50’s with funeral planning which provides lots of free guides, he recently commissioned an article on what to do with a pet when the owner dies, something which isn’t covered all that much – but is very important

Pet Care in Condos & Apartment Learn tips and resources for keeping pets happy in apartment and condo living spaces.

Pet Owners World – Fall/Winter 2018 Magazine PSI’s new digital magazine, Pet Owner’s World, shares information pet parents need to keep their pets happy, healthy and safe. The magazine will be a biannual publication with Fall/Winter and Spring/Summer issues released each year.

Pets and Mental Health – Most people can say they have experienced the joy of having a pet, or have been able to share a kinship with one owned by a friend or relative. Animals provide companionship and comfort and have now been known to help humans deal with depression, anxiety, social disorders, and more.

Pets and renters insurance: Why you need it – If you are looking to cover your pet’s health and medical costs, buy a pet insurance policy in addition to your renters policy. If you have a “dangerous” dog breed, consider getting a canine liability policy

Pet Safe House Plants – Responsible pet owners should familiarize themselves with the differences between safe and dangerous plants for the well-being of their pets. Here are a few resources to help pet owners identify which plants are safe for a pet-friendly home.

Pitbull Tribe – An educational resource for pitbull owners

Pooching Around – A website that covers pet products and also have some detailed breed guides.

Sacred Friends Inc. Wildlife Rehabilitation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in Virginia that saves wild animals!

Seniors and Pets Studies have shown that owning a pet can be physically and mentally beneficial for people of all ages. Aging in Place is a resource hub for seniors and their families to learn more about the specific aspects of aging in place. You can visit our one stop shop for expert know-how in order to make the best decisions about loved ones aging in place. The council has an exceptional article weighting the reasons why seniors should have a pet, including the companionship, exercise, and therapeutic benefits which leads to living longer and happier.

Pawsome Kitty – Want to know more about your feline friend? Visit this blog for great training videos and articles on feline nutrition & much more!

How To Choose The Right Veterinarian – Whether you’re moving to another state, or you’ve just adopted a new friend, here’s everything you need to know about finding a veterinarian that’s right for you.

How to read your cat’s body Language – Cats may seem like mysterious creatures that are impossible to read, but our felines are actually communicating with us all the time. Find out more about what your kitty is trying to tell you with this article.

The Ultimate Guide to Cat Body Language – Cats are mysterious creatures, but their body language gives you big clues to your cat’s mood. As an avid cat lover and someone who has had cats all my life, I wanted to know more about how cats communicate with each other and the people in their homes.

Pet Travel

10 Must Have Tips When Traveling with Pets – Traveling with your furry friend? Be sure to take a look at these tips to make travel safe & fun!

The Complete Guide for Traveling with Pets – Find helpful hints, pet friendly airlines, and hotel discounts with this article.

The Ultimate Guide for Traveling With Pets: You may have considered taking your furry bundle of joy away with you on holidays. But have you put much thought into the logistics of travelling with your fluffy companion?

A good deal of preparation and planning is a must whenever you go on holiday, but if you have pets, your to-do list may be that much longer.

RVing’ with Pets – This article has everything you need to know about having your critters live and travel the Recreational Vehicle life!

TWP-LOGOTrips with Pets – is the premier online pet friendly travel guide — providing online reservations at over 30,000 pet friendly hotels & accommodations across the U.S. and Canada.

Pet Food Nutrition & Reviews

There are thousands of varieties of dog food on the market that may claim to be “premium” and “all natural,” but there are very few regulations on what it takes to meet these qualifications. Bad ingredients are rampant in mainstream dog foods and misleading marketing tactics can make it difficult to determine which brands are safest. That is why the researchers at Reviews.com poured months into analyzing 2,223 formulas on the market to find the top 13 picks that offer optimal nutrition for our four-legged friends. They created a guide that clearly points out red flag ingredients and recommends trustworthy brands at any price point. Here is their guide: https://www.reviews.com/dog-food/

Best Dog Food Brands – Consumer Affairs Recommendations: Buying the right dog food is essential to keep your dog healthy, happy and full of energy. Different dogs need different types of food, and the kind needed can vary based on the dog’s stage of life, general health and special needs. This means your dog’s needs can change over time, so knowing which dog foods are best during different stages of life can improve your dog’s quality of life.

DogFoodRatings.net is a website that has reviews and ratings of dog food. In addition, the site provides feeding tips for specific breeds and information about different diets. It’s a useful resource for dog owners who want to find the best food for their pets.

What to know about your Dogs NutritionLearn how to pick the best food for your pup based off their nutritional needs.

Pet Ownership Guide

Pet ownership represents a large emotional – and financial – commitment. Whether you buy from a pet store or a breeder, adopt an animal from a shelter, or take in a stray, initial costs are just the beginning of the story. This guide examines the different costs associated with pet ownership and helps you know what to expect, how to plan for these expenses, and potential ways to reduce the financial burden of pet ownership.

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