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Out For Blood: Preventing Fleas And Ticks

iStock_000013644766_LargeWe can have some great weather here in Austin. Our long, hot summers and short, not-so-cold winters attract people and pets from all over. Unfortunately, Austin’s warm and humid climate also makes it the perfect breeding grounds for fleas and ticks, which can cause a host of problems for our pets, and for us. Continue…

As Simple As That: Using Social Media To Find A Lost Pet

ZippiVet_iStock_000009519639_FullFrom sharing recipes and craft projects, to reuniting relatives after a natural disaster, the power of social media is undeniable. But you can also employ social media to find a lost pet and bring him or her home faster.

Computers, tablets, and mobile devices have truly revolutionized our abilities to communicate daily (or hourly) with those nearby and around the globe. Using social media to engage with hundreds of individuals and organizations is a powerful tool, and in the case of a lost pet, your best and far-reaching ally. Making flyers on your copy machine for the neighborhood can still be helpful, but the days of flyers and posters are rapidly shrinking due to the speed and reach of Facebook and Twitter. Continue…

Back To School: Navigating Loneliness And Keeping Pets Safe

Puppy chewing a bookIn many households, the end of the school year means the beginning of a fun summer for your kids and your pets alike. The kids are thrilled to be out of school, and the pets are thrilled to have their old playmate(s) back.

But all good things must come to an end. With many families focusing on school, work, and after school activities right now, your four-legged friend will probably have a lot more free time on his or her paws. Read on to learn about back to school blues in pets and for tips on keeping a curious pet out of trouble this school year. Continue…

Beyond Doggie Breath: Why You Should Pay Attention to Pet Dental Health

zipp-iStock_000011369161_Large (1)Bad doggie breath is sometimes enough to get a pet owner to think about dental care, but poor oral hygiene in general is a serious matter. Unfortunately, pet dental health is often the last thing to be addressed in the spectrum of pet care services. This is despite what we now know about the link between dental care and your pet’s overall health.

One of the key challenges to pet dental health is misinformation about what constitutes dental care or why it is needed. The false belief that simply giving a pet a bone to chew on or feeding him dry kibble exclusively will result in oral health is often mistakenly accepted as fact.


Can you imagine if you didn’t brush your teeth or see a dentist, relying only on chewing crunchy things? Yikes! Continue…