Pet Articles for Greenville/Spartanburg Pet Lovers

Second Hand Smoke Affects your Pets

The life you save may be your pet’s! There’s always been lots of information about second hand smoke and people but did you know there is considerable research proving secondhand smoke is harmful for pets too? Think about this everytime you li. . .continue reading


Fun Video: A Dog Party on the Beach

We found this video online and thought we would share it - it was just fun to watch - especially if you are a dog owner! In this video a group of dogs arrange a beach party complete with umbrellas, chairs, beach mats, surf boards, balls and other . . .continue reading


Three Things Older Dog Owners Should Be Doing in Greenville and Spartanburg

By Dr. Becker The canine lifespan seems too short, doesn't it? By the time a large breed dog is 10 years old, he's considered retirement age in human years. Giant breeds age fastest of all, but even the littlest guys at age 18 are the equivalent . . .continue reading


Tips for Greenville Pet Owners: Traveling With Cats!

By Dr. Becker Traveling with a pet can be very stressful, especially if the pet is a cat. In fact, unless you have a very compelling reason for bringing kitty along on your road trip, I don’t recommend you do it. Unless your cat happens to like . . .continue reading


Stem Cell Therapy for Spartanburg & Greenville Area Horses

Greenville, Spartanburg, and Landrum area horses may soon have reasons to "whinny" for joy. Have you heard about stem cell therapy?  Well, it's not as spooky as it sounds. First fat is collected from your horse.  The fat is processed, removing a. . .continue reading


Does Your Greenville, Spartanburg Dog Have Kennel Cough?

Nine Safe, Natural Remedies for Kennel Cough 1)  Nosodes. A nosode is a homeopathic remedy derived from a pathological specimen. Nosodes stimulate the natural immune system to react against specific diseases. Kennel cough nosodes are particularly. . .continue reading


Is Your Pet Having Surgery in Greenville or Spartanburg?

By Jean Hofve, DVM Surgery - now there's a scary word! Beyond spaying or neutering, most of us don't really give much thought to surgical procedures that might be in our pets' futures. However, it may not be quite as unlikely as you think! Comm. . .continue reading


The Dangers of Cooked Bones for Dogs: Greenville & Spartanburg Pet Owners Take Note!

By Dr. Becker The cooking process makes bones more brittle, increasing the likelihood they might splinter and cause internal injury to your dog. Cooking can also remove the nutrition contained in bones. In an April 20, 2010 Consumer Update, the FD. . .continue reading


Cold Laser Therapy for Greenville, Spartanburg & Landrum Area Horses

Ever heard of Cold Laser?  Sounds like something out of the X Files, but it actually utilizes the healing power of light.  Not just any light, but specific light emitting diodes.  This light energy is absorbed by the cells and is converted to a ty. . .continue reading


HEARTWORMS IN DOGS: Is Medication Needed And How To Prevent It Naturally

Heartworm disease in dogs - it's a potentially very serious disease, which sounds very ominous. What could be worse than a parasitic disease of the heart? One of the more common questions I was asked by pet owners was whether or not their dog really . . .continue reading


DOG ENVY: How To Handle A Jealous Dog

Ever wonder why some dogs act negatively whenever an owner brings home another pet or baby? Jealousy in dogs does exist. Like man, dogs can feel too. They feel exhilarated, happy, sad, fearful and covetous. Some people do not believe that dogs get je. . .continue reading



Home cooked dog food: Deciding to cook your own dog meals and use your own recipes is an important decision. Now maybe you are wondering why? Well here are a few good reasons: • Because home cooked dog food is not a balanced diet nutritionally, . . .continue reading


ALLERGIC TO YOUR DOG? 5 Ways To Reduce Symptoms of Canine Allergies

For those of us whose dogs trigger our allergies, it can be a real balancing act to enjoy them while dealing with the symptoms that are often triggered by their presence. Here are 5 things you can do right now that will help you enjoy your dog more b. . .continue reading


Cat Teeth: 7 Natural Tips To Healing Cat Dental Problems

Your cat's teeth, and their care are vital in terms of keeping your cat healthy and preventing disease. Periodontal (gum) disease is the number one diagnosed problem in cats; by the age of three, 70% of cats have some form of periodontal disease. Lac. . .continue reading


How to Raise Goldfish in a Bowl

The simple answer to this question is that you shouldn't. Not unless the bowl is a lot larger than those you can buy at the stall if you 'win' a goldfish at a funfair.  Children often end up with a goldfish as a first pet - they are cheap to buy and. . .continue reading


Hyperthyroidism in Cats: Safe and Effective Holistic Options

If you have an older cat with increased appetite, but also with weight loss then they likely have hyperthyroidism. This is a very common cat disease, primarily affecting middle aged to older cats. In this article I will explain what hyperthyroidism i. . .continue reading


Discovering Your Dog’s Behavior: Basic Types of Dog Aggression

Are you fascinated by Cesar Millan's talent to tame dogs? Cesar Millan is a Mexican-American dog trainer who is widely known for his hit tv series, Dog Whisperer. One of the most difficult challenges that he has encountered is dog aggression. It ofte. . .continue reading


Choosing A Pet Bird: 7 Things To Think About Before You Make A Decision

If you are considering adopting a pet bird, it's a big decision and one that will change the bird's life and yours. Here are 7 important aspects of bird ownership to consider before you finalize your decision. Life Span Some parrots have a life e. . .continue reading


How To Select The Right Pet Cremation Services

Deciding to acquire a pet cremation service is an important decision for many people. Because pets are family to many owners, the idea of leaving a pet at a vet's office or performing a backyard memorial can be too emotional. Therefore, understanding. . .continue reading


HORSE OWNERSHIP: Is it Right for You?

You've been taking riding lessons at a riding school for some time, and have decided that you'd really like to take the equestrian sport a bit further and would like to have a horse of your own! Something you can ride whenever you want to, take to sh. . .continue reading


How To Take Care Of Dog Mange

You can find three different kinds of mange that generally occurs in dogs: Cheyletiella, Demodectic, and Sarcoptic. Whereas there are certain indications that all types have in common, methods for treatment of each type is different, as well as wheth. . .continue reading


Puppy Training: Socialization

Puppy Training: It is important to get the socialization of your puppy right first time to produce a well-balanced dog. It should be done carefully; paying special attention to getting the puppy used to all types and ages of people, especially childr. . .continue reading


Top 6 Things You Can Do Now To Prevent Your Dog From Getting Cancer

Cancer, or neoplasia is one of the most feared diseases and diagnoses among dog owners; unfortunately the incidence is on the rise leaving pet owners with many questions about why this is happening, and what they can do to prevent it. In this arti. . .continue reading


Cancer Treatment For Dogs: 3 Things You Should Know And Fully Understand

Cancer treatment for dogs is different for each and every dog. As with human cancers very little is understood about the illness and methods to treat it. Latest reports indicate that this is changing and there are numerous treatments we can administe. . .continue reading



Imagine being at your veterinarian’s office because your furry friend is feeling a little under the weather. You’re expecting a fairly benign diagnosis, perhaps a viral infection requiring a few days of antibiotics and your pet will feel in the p. . .continue reading


Introducing Your New Dog To Your Resident Dogs In Seven Easy Steps

Probably you have heard of kids, brothers and sisters fighting over the attention of their parents or a small child developing sibling rivalry when a new baby was brought home from the hospital. Conflicts and competition between siblings is referred . . .continue reading


Who Gets the Dog?

Unfortunately, things don’t always work out between spouses, and separating is the best choice for both of you. Custody of children is a common topic, along with deciding who gets the home and other objects and property. Up until recently, the stat. . .continue reading


Eliminating Cat Dander: 5 Ways To Keep It Under Control

The protein in cat dander affects millions. Breathing high levels of it consistently can trigger allergy and asthma symptoms, and cause respiratory problems to develop in those who were otherwise healthy. Dander is dead flakes of skin that are consta. . .continue reading


Safety Accessories for Winter Dog Walking in Greenville and Spartanburg

Winter is a hazardous time for dog walkers. Dark mornings, early dusks and often gloomy, misty or foggy daylight hours put dog walkers at greater risk of being run into, or run over, by other pedestrians, cyclists and motor vehicles. However, for man. . .continue reading


An Insulated Dog House: A Protective Shelter

Having a place to keep canine companions dry and secure is a priority when keeping a dog outside. Whether it's for play times or extended periods, ensuring there is a place where the dog can seek shelter from the elements is an essential part of keep. . .continue reading


Eggshells: Great and Inexpensive Source of Calcium for Pets!

Our pets need supplemental calcium as much as we do! Raw bones, chicken necks, etc., are not an ideal source of calcium since they contain too much phosphorous.  The ideal ratio of calcium to phosphorous is 2:1, or 2 grams of calcium to every 1 g. . .continue reading


"IF IT SHOULD BE"... a poem about letting your beloved pet go.

If it should be that I grow frail and weak, And pain should keep me from my sleep, Then you must do what must be done - For this last battle can't be won. You will be sad, I understand; Don't let your grief then stay your hand. For this day . . .continue reading


Give that Dog (or Cat) a Bone!

By Dr. Becker In order to be optimally healthy, your pet's body requires nutrients -- specifically calcium and phosphorus -- provided by bones derived primarily from beef, pork, lamb, chicken and turkey. Nutritional Components of Bone In order. . .continue reading


10 Ways your Kitty says "I Love You"

1.  Grooming You  Mother cats groom their kittens from the moment they're born, so being licked was one of your kitty's very first feelings of being cared for. Sibling kitties who are raised together often groom each other throughout their lives. S. . .continue reading


Indoor vs. Outdoor Cats

There is a great debate about the feline as a pet. This debate concerns allowing the feline to roam outdoors vs. living indoors. As usual, there are two sides to this debate. Should you allow your cat to roam outdoors? Let's discuss. The Outdoor F. . .continue reading


The Perfect Balance: Your Healthy Greenville Lifestyle Benefits Your Pet Too

The connection between pets and owners is hard to quantify, but for many pet owners it comes down to wanting their dog to live as good a life as they, themselves, are living. To help you make sure you’re giving your dog the very best in life, th. . .continue reading


Parrot Food: Which Types to Feed Your Pet

There was a time when parrot food was only about seeds. This really is so simply because seed products are thought to contain the the majority of vitamins and minerals that are essential for bird development. Seeds are likewise the most typical eleme. . .continue reading


Bird Feeder Battles: Winning the War Against Squirrels

For bird lovers, the sight of a bushy tail hanging off the side of a feeder means just one thing: war. Sure, squirrels have to eat, too, and no one wants to harm the persistent critters. But that doesn’t mean you have to put up with squirrels sc. . .continue reading


How to Keep Your Pet Healthy During Any Season in Greenville

Americans love pets ~ to the tune of 62 percent of all households with at least one pet in residence, according to the Humane Society of the United States. Statistics show that 72.9 million homes accommodate approximately 78.2 million dogs and 86.4 m. . .continue reading


Greenville Cat Parents are Confident in Their Connection With Their Felines

Are cats man’s new best friend? Perhaps. Cat parents share a powerful bond with their furry friends in a relationship only they understand. For most cat parents, cats are confidants, friends and even considered part of the family. This deep conn. . .continue reading


Beyond Bird Seed: The Meal Backyard Birds Are Craving

Think about your favorite restaurant. Sure, you probably enjoy the ambiance and service, but it’s really the delicious food that keeps you going back, right? When it comes to attracting birds to your backyard this season, keep in mind the same prin. . .continue reading


Cat Vocalization... What Are They Really Saying?

Some say that if humans could understand cat vocalization, they would either be a little more scared or a little more intrigued by their feline friends. After all, does anyone really know what they're thinking as they sit there watching you sleep? Th. . .continue reading


First Aid Tips for Dogs

If you have a dog, then you would know how their curiosity and activeness can get them into trouble. Sometimes, they even get hurt because of their misadventures. Knowing how to apply basic first aid on dogs can not only help it cope with the pain, i. . .continue reading


Glucosamine for Dog Arthritis: The Safer Alternative

In this article we will discuss how glucosamine can be used to treat arthritic disease in canines safely and effectively. Almost everyone who owns an older canine will encounter the problem of dog arthritis in the animal at some point in their lives.. . .continue reading


Cats and Dogs CAN Coexist!

When you are introducing new members to your home there are facts that must be considered. Dogs are territorial and will often be aggressive to any new addition to their home. Cats have the same tendencies and will fight to defend their territories a. . .continue reading


How to Stop Your Puppy Chewing Problem

Learning how to stop your puppy from chewing can become a difficult chore that will leave you frustrated, especially when they get ahold of your favorite pair of shoes, or they are constantly chewing on you. If you want to stop your puppy from chewin. . .continue reading


High Fiber Kibble: Exactly the Wrong Nutrition for Cats!

A recently published study tested the results of three different types of fiber on overweight cats. The purpose of the study was to measure how well the cats’ bodies were able to digest and assimilate the nutrition provided by the various fiber die. . .continue reading


Is your Pet's Nose Sometimes Warm and Dry?

By Dr. Becker There's been a myth floating around for years about what it means if your dog's or cat's nose is warm instead of cool, or dry instead of moist. A warm dry nose by itself doesn't mean your pet is sick or has a fever. In fact, your dog. . .continue reading


Choosing a Pet Health Insurance Plan

By Dr. Becker There are many carriers of pet health insurance. It’s important to do your homework to understand exactly what you’re buying. There’s nothing more frustrating than paying a monthly premium – sometimes for many years – only . . .continue reading


Pet Health Insurance: Is It Worth It?

A recent survey conducted by the American Pet Products Association uncovered some interesting statistics: •  62 percent of U.S. families own a pet •  $13 billion is spent each year on veterinary care •  Under two percent of pet owners car. . .continue reading



1)  Chocolate - Chocolate contains a chemical called theobromine which is toxic to dogs... 2 ounces of baker's chocolate can kill a 20lb. dog! 2)  Caffeine - Coffee, tea and all drinks and foods containing caffeine can cause diarrhea, abnormal h. . .continue reading


Four Simple Reasons Your Pet Develops Joint Problems and Arthritis

By Dr. Becker We all want our animals to live long, healthy, happy lives, running and jumping while free of the pain of joint disease. Fortunately, many degenerative problems are not just a part of “normal aging” and are even preventable if ad. . .continue reading


Does your Cat "Freak Out" at your Greenville Vet's Office? You are not Alone!

By Dr. Becker Those of you who share your lives with a cat know taking Tiger for vet visits can be an upsetting experience for both of you. In fact, many kitties are so distressed by vet visits their owners decide it's more harmful than helpful to. . .continue reading


Does Your Cat Suddenly Bolt from the Room, Looking Back Like Something's Chasing Her?

Cats are very unique little creatures in so many ways. And one of those ways involves the odd diseases they can develop. Feline hyperesthesia --- ‘twitchy cat syndrome’ – is one of the weirder conditions kitties acquire. ‘Twitchy cat syn. . .continue reading


The Latest on Chicken Jerky Pet Treats from China

By Dr. Becker There’s an ironic twist in the ongoing problems with pet food, pet food ingredients, and especially treats made in China. Chinese pet owners, who can afford to, are arranging to import American-made pet food and treats to avoid tai. . .continue reading


Owners of floppy-eared dogs: Head shaking can cause Hematomas

By Dr. Becker Ear or aural hematomas are fluid-filled pockets on the inside of the earflap. There are tiny blood vessels in the pinna or the floppy part of your pet's ears. When something causes these little vessels to rupture, they bleed under th. . .continue reading


Greenville Pets are Outside this Summer: Try Natural Flea and Tick Prevention

Flea and tick control for dogs is an important part of keeping your dog healthy and disease free. Many of the popular flea and tick control products introduce chemicals internally or topically and often cause reactions to the chemicals being introduc. . .continue reading


Greenville and Spartanburg will be lighting the fireworks on the 4th of July... so keep your pets inside!

Fourth of July Safety Tips for Pets All pet owners should know by now that fireworks can cause a great deal of stress for pets, and many become so frightened they will actually run away. So here are some tips from the ASPCA: • Keep pets home . . .continue reading


Greenville is starting to heat up! Protect your Dogs from Heatstroke

By Dr. Becker The heat-related death of a beloved pet is a tragic, completely preventable situation. There are no statistics on how many dogs die every year from heat exposure, because the majority of cases go unreported. But estimates are several. . .continue reading


New Study: Dog Dander Protects Children from Common Cold Virus and Asthma!

House dust from homes with dogs appears to protect against infection with a respiratory virus that is associated with the common cold and the development of asthma in children. Researchers from the University of California, San Francisco, presented t. . .continue reading


My Dog Ate WHAT? Top 60 Weirdest Objects Swallowed by Pets!

Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI) received almost 2,000 medical care claims in 2010 for pets that ingested foreign objects. The following is a list of some of the most unusual items swallowed by a family pet. As you’ll see from the list, some pets in. . .continue reading


Greenville / Spartanburg Pet Owners: Does your choice in pets say something about your career? sponsored a recent online survey, conducted by Harris Interactive, to determine trends in pet ownership as it relates to certain professions, annual salaries, and level of job satisfaction. The survey polled a limited sampling of 2,. . .continue reading


Does Your Pet Show Signs of Diabetes?

By Dr. Becker Over 1.4 million pets in the U.S. suffer from diabetes mellitus, a condition in which the blood sugar (glucose) level is too high. One in every 500 dogs and one in 200 cats develops diabetes. Certain breeds are predisposed to the con. . .continue reading


Acupuncture for Animals in Greenville / Spartanburg

ACUPUNCTURE:  The Little-Known Technique that Helps Your Pet Heal WITHOUT Drugs or Surgery  By Dr. Becker Acupuncture comes from the Latin words acus (needle) and puncture (to prick). Simply, acupuncture means pricking the skin with a needle.. . .continue reading


If your Dog was Drowning in a Greenville or Spartanburg Lake, Could you Save your Dog's Life with CPR?

The need to resuscitate your beloved pet in an emergency isn’t something most pet owners want to think about. But it’s better to be safe than sorry, especially when it comes to saving the life of your dog or cat. The ABC’s of Pet CPR ~ From . . .continue reading


Fosters needed in Greenville and Spartanburg! If you can't Adopt, Consider Fostering a Dog or Cat

Helping pets in need doesn’t always mean adopting a dog or even donating money (although these are always good too). Fostering a dog is wonderful way to support overcrowded shelters and rescue organizations and get a pup ready for finding his forev. . .continue reading


How many Aggressive Cats are in Greenville and Spartanburg?

Are you the owner of a Bossy cat? Bossy cats establish hierarchies – hierarchies that include not only all the kitties in the household, but often the owner as well. If your cat has promoted herself to CEO, you, as an employee of her organizatio. . .continue reading


Has Your Pooch Been Scooting Across your Floor (and your Rugs, and your Yard?)

By Dr. Becker If your pup is doing the dreaded scoot across the grass or your favorite Oriental rug, take heed. Chances are she’s trying to solve a problem with one or both anal glands. She may resolve the problem herself if it’s a once in awh. . .continue reading


Bad Year for Ticks on Dogs in the Greenville & Spartanburg Areas!

Here's a great herbal tick repellent for dogs from Annie B. Bond: I dug deep in my herbal formula books for this recipe out of desperation, given that I live in the epicenter of the tick-generated Lyme disease epidemic. I tested the essential oil . . .continue reading


Are Greenville / Spartanburg Pets Getting FATTER?

A Dangerous Trend in Pet Health: Fat is the New Normal By Dr. Becker A survey of veterinarians conducted by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) found that 53 percent of adult dogs and 55 percent of adult cats are officially overwe. . .continue reading


What Would Happen to Your Pet if You Died Tomorrow?

Statistically speaking, over 6,000 of us will die tomorrow... What will happen to our pets? Probably, not many of us have made arrangements for the care of our fur family. Have you? None of us would like to see our beloved pets turned over to an a. . .continue reading


The Controversy Surrounding Declawing Cats: Should it be the Last Resort?

By Dr. Karen Becker In a perfect world, every kitty would instinctively know which surfaces to scratch, and which are off limits. In a perfect world, cat owners (or people owned by cats, depending on your viewpoint) could easily train their feline. . .continue reading


10 Simple Tips for Pet Proofing Your Home

Pets are like children – they’re curious about everything! And just as a new parent would child-proof their home for a toddler’s safety, pet parents should be concerned with the safety of their four-footed children. Consider this – most pa. . .continue reading


Bad Dog Breath: Why It’s Not Normal and Can Be a Sign of Dental Trouble

Most people dutifully brush their teeth not only to prevent cavities and gingivitis, but also to keep their breath smelling fresh. In just the same way, regular brushing for dogs can ensure good dental hygiene and reduce the infamous “doggy breath.. . .continue reading


Thinking of Adopting a Dog? 10 Great Tips to Help Make it Easier on BOTH of You!

1.  Tips for the First Week With Your Newly Adopted Dog ~ Just like us, dogs need order and leadership. They seek order, which you must provide. Your dog needs to know that you are the in charge and that you have a set of rules to live by. This make. . .continue reading


Your Pet's Health: Debunking Some Common Myths

If you are a pet owner, your pet is a beloved member of your family. You buy treats and toys and sometimes even costumes to keep your pet happy and an integral part of the family. But, what about your pet’s health? In the midst of all the fun, it i. . .continue reading


Indoor Springtime Hazards for your Pets!

Spring is here (feels like Summer!). Each change of season presents safety hazards for your companion animals, and spring is no exception. So here are a few things to look out for: • Easter candy and decorations: Chocolate is toxic to dogs, cats. . .continue reading


Did you Know Cats are More Efficient Drinkers than Dogs?

A study conducted by Roman Stocker, an MIT professor and roommate of Cutta Cutta, a cat he rescued from a Boston animal shelter, has revealed a fascinating difference between the way cats and dogs drink liquid. As it turns out, nature has designed ki. . .continue reading


Did you know these differences between Cats and Dogs?

Dogs are social animals, and want to be with with their pack, no matter where the pack is. Cats are solitary by comparison, and their primary attachment (if forced to choose) is to their territory, rather than other 2 or 4 legged animals. Dogs. . .continue reading


It's Official... Dogs and Humans Think and Act Alike!

Chimpanzees share many of our genes, but dogs have lived with us for so long and undergone so much domestication that they are now serving as a model for understanding human social behavior, according to a new paper. Cooperation, attachment to people. . .continue reading


Ever Wonder Why Dogs Eat Grass?

There are two primary reasons why dogs eat grass. Number one is to use as a purgative, and number two is simply because they want to! Dogs Consume Grass to Purge Their System Most of you are well aware that dogs will, on occasion, eat large amoun. . .continue reading


BEWARE! 5 Early Spring Bulbs that can be Lethal to your Pets

Some of the most beautiful, colorful springtime plants pose a deadly temptation to your furkids. Before you pick out your seasonal blooms, make sure you know which plants are hazardous for your pets and avoid them if possible! #1: Tulips and Hyaci. . .continue reading


If I didn't have a dog or cat...

Author Unknown •  I could walk barefoot around the yard in safety. •  My house could be carpeted instead of tiled and laminated. •  All flat surfaces, clothing, furniture, and cars would be hair-free. •  When the doorbell rings, my . . .continue reading


STEM CELL THERAPY: A Remarkable New Cure for Hip Dysplasia in Dogs and Cats

Does your pet suffer from Hip Dysplasia? Dysplasia is a crippling condition that can develop in dogs and cats. In many cases it can be a death sentence for our beloved pets.  Until now the only known treatment for this degenerative condition has be. . .continue reading


Provide your Vet with the right info when your Dog or Cat is sick

The mission of veterinarians is to offer the most appropriate treatment to their patients. An effective cure is achieved when the skills and knowledge of the vet is combined with the cooperation, understanding, and patience of the pet owner. The t. . .continue reading


Tips for Greenville / Spartanburg Pet Owners: What to Do If You Lose Your Pet

When your beloved dog or cat strays from your home, it can be a traumatic experience for both of you. Here are some tips that we hope will help you find your pet. 1. Contact local animal shelters and animal control agencies. File a lost pet report. . .continue reading


Adopting a Puppy? Some helpful Hints

Bringing home a puppy is a heartwarming and fun experience... whether you’re a kid or an adult. You might think of your puppy as a new best friend – but your role as a puppy parent is even more crucial. Puppies grow more in their first year than . . .continue reading


Adopting a Cat or Kitten? Some Helpful Hints

Points to Remember for Getting a Wonderful Pet Cat You may be tempted by the cuddly cat you saw in the advertisement or movie. But, you must understand that owning pet cats is not an easy job and you should think several times before purchasing a . . .continue reading


Greenville Dog Park Etiquette: Tips for an Enjoyable Visit!

• Take off the leash. What’s the point of going to the dog park if you’re going to put a leash on your dog? If you’ve done the recommended training, checked out the safety and design of the park, and observed the other dogs before entering, y. . .continue reading


Adopting an Extra Cat Adds Fun and Another Furry Friend to Your Home

People are social and we all value our interactions with friends and family. While you might not think the same of cats, people who have more than one can attest that having multiple cats can make everyone in the household ~ two-legged and four-legge. . .continue reading


Can your Dog help you lower your Blood Pressure, reduce your Anxiety, boost your Immune System and get Dates?

The answer is a resounding Yes to these problems and much more according to recent research:   •  Playing with your dog has been proven to elevate your levels of dopamine and serotonin which serve to give one a sense of calm and well being.  . . .continue reading


While walking your dog around Greenville, make sure his paws are protected!

Pawfect Solutions for Protecting your Dog's Paws Our dog's paws can be affected by environmental conditions, especially when they are young and have not had time for them to toughen. It is a good idea to check them regularly, and take the appropri. . .continue reading


A New Pet Trend in Greenville: Deer Antler Chews for Dogs!

[caption id="attachment_692" align="alignleft" width="288" caption="Dogs start to chew at an early age"][/caption] Most dogs like to chew. If you don't provide something for them to chew, they will find it on their own... possibly in the form of y. . .continue reading


Let's Deck the Halls Safely for our Pets at Christmas!

[caption id="attachment_696" align="alignleft" width="258" caption=""Well, I just couldn't resist!""][/caption] In Greenville and throughout the nation, Christmas is a time for celebration and decoration!... Bright colored lights, s. . .continue reading


DON'T SHOP, ADOPT AT CHRISTMAS! There are plenty of puppies and kittens available in Greenville and Spartanburg Shelters!

[caption id="attachment_635" align="aligncenter" width="581" caption="Some of the adoptable pets at Greenville County Animal Care!"][/caption] This Christmas, if you are thinking about a pet under the tree, how about consider adopting one? There a. . .continue reading


Attention Greenville and Spartanburg Residents... Microchips keep your pets safe... or do they?

To chip or not to chip? Have you heard of the tiny little invention that can help your pet be found if they're ever lost or stolen? It's called a microchip. No bigger than a grain of rice it is programmed with an identifying number, unique to your. . .continue reading


"Designer Breeds" They're all the rage!... Have you been fooled?

From the K9.5 NEWSPAWPER Today you can pick up any newspaper and find more and more "breeds" of dogs.  You can also find tremendous amounts of the ones that have been established for hundreds of years...too many in fact.  Yet we still have incre. . .continue reading


Did you know Chaser, the "Canine Einstein", lives in Upstate South Carolina?

[caption id="attachment_555" align="alignleft" width="427" caption="Chaser with her over 1000 toys"][/caption] She is considered the World's smartest dog, and she lives right here in Spartanburg... Chaser the Border Collie has the largest human vo. . .continue reading


Our Dogs and Growing Old ~ an Age Comparison

It has always been said that a dog aged 7 years to a human's 1 year, but this is a misconception. Actually a 2 year old dog is closer to a 24 year old human, but it slows after that. Average life spans of a dog are: Small Breeds (1-20 lbs) 12-14 year. . .continue reading


Adopt an Older Dog... Greenville Has Plenty to Choose From!

1. What You See Is What You Get Older dogs are open books—from the start, you’ll know important things like their full-grown size, personality and grooming requirements. All this information makes it easier to pick the right dog and forge that i. . .continue reading


Does your Dog know how long you have been gone?

A recent study from Therese Rehn and Linda J. Keeling, "The effect of time left alone at home on dog welfare," was published in the January 2011 issue of Applied Animal Behaviour Science. The study investigated the effect of time left alone on dog . . .continue reading


Greenville Community Pet Project ~ a Place for Greenville Pet Owners to Turn in Troubled Times!

The Community Pet Project is a non-profit organization committed to raising funds that will help those in Greenville County who cannot afford necessary pet care. These funds will drive their mission to see that no animal (dog, cat, bird, horse, etc... . .continue reading


Biking in Greenville with your Dog ~ A Great Fall Workout!

All dogs need adequate amounts of exercise, especially if you want to keep them from chewing up the furniture and your favorite shoes!  Most dogs can only obtain this through RUNNING.  If your pet is fine with a walk around the block once or twice . . .continue reading


Tips from the Spartanburg Humane Society for Keeping Your Pets Safe at Halloween!

Goblins, ghouls, and skeletons, oh my!  Although we humans may be having a lot of fun, Halloween can be a very frightening time for our pets.  With proper planning and these tips from the Spartanburg Humane Society, Halloween can be fun for everyon. . .continue reading


Attention Greenville Dog Trainers! New Study on what Training Methods Produce Less Stress on Dogs

We all know that dogs are genetically engineered to want to please us, but obviously, some try a little harder than others in that endeavor.  It seems that some breeds of dogs can be so stubborn and headstrong that they are practically impossible to. . .continue reading


Spartanburg Veterinarian Warns "Pets Can Easily Get Skin Allergies From Flea Bites!"

Flea allergy dermatitis accounts for about 50% of all canine and feline dermatological cases reported to veterinarians. When a flea jumps on your pet, the preventive doesn't kill it instantly - there is always a bit of delay. If your pet suffers from. . .continue reading


The Dirty Truth About Fleas

When fleas are spotted in the home, it's our pets that take the blame. But did you know that for every flea you see, there could be a much bigger problem hiding in the bedding, carpets, furniture and floorboards of your home? The truth is, flea eggs,. . .continue reading


Greenville Pet Sitters ~ Giving Peace of Mind over the Holidays!

We are rapidly approaching the holiday season, and that means trips to see Grandma and Grandpa, the kids, and maybe even a vacation trip. Now is the time to start thinking about what you are going to do with Fido and Kitty. An excellent choice might . . .continue reading


10 Amazingly Smart & Productive Animals Humans Can Learn From

Humans have proven themselves to be the planet’s most dominant species, due to our highly developed communication, critical thinking and predatory skills. But that doesn’t mean that we don’t have any competition. There are plenty of animals tha. . .continue reading


The Growing Problem of Feral (Wild) Cat Colonies, and What You Can Do to Help

October 16th is National Feral Cat Day... Do you know what a feral cat is? They are basically a cat that had little or no human contact in their formative months as kittens, therefore are wild, and avoid humans. Most are born outdoors and are hidden . . .continue reading


Is Your Dog Afraid of Thunder and Lightning?

The modern terminology is  Thunder Anxiety... Our dog Jocassee recently developed Thunderstorm Anxiety after lightning struck very close to him while he was on our porch. Now, as soon as he hears the distant thunder (long before we ever hear it) he . . .continue reading


Why Grain Free Dog Foods are Better!

It's a fact that dogs don't produce the necessary enzymes in their saliva responsible for digesting grains and other carbohydrates, therefore they must be solely digested in their stomachs. This is much harder on them, and takes much more energy.  M. . .continue reading



Diamond V XPC is a yeast extract produced by Diamond V Mills in Cedar Rapids, Iowa for over 65 years. This product has been widely successful in improving litter weights, milk production, muscle weight gain, digestion, and survival rates in all ani. . .continue reading


Arthritis Remedy for Pets

Want to find out about the most powerful, non-invasive method to treat many of your pets injuries, aches and pains? Ever heard of Cold Laser Therapy? Cold laser is a compressed beam of light which penetrates the skin with no heating effect (which i. . .continue reading


Keeping a Leash on Allergies While Living With a Pet

Allergies no longer have to prevent pet ownership. By taking a few simple precautionary steps, it is possible to comfortably live with both pets and allergies. Here are a few helpful tips: * Shut the door. Keep cats or dogs from your bedroom -. . .continue reading


Why Pet Toys Are Important

You may be giving your pets some toys to play with just because you enjoy watching them playing with these toys. However, giving your pet cats and dogs toys is, in fact, a crucial thing. Activities with a fun toy can be a good exercise for the animal. . .continue reading


Funny Cats Video

We love funny videos, especially when they are about pets - and most of all - cats. Now this video has been around for a while, but it is still a great compilation of all the funny antics that our pets cats have in a routine day. Leave us a com. . .continue reading


Snakes – The Unusual Pets

Do you have plans to get a pet snake? While some people find snakes scary, some others find them very attractive and lovable. Most of such snake lovers keep snakes as pets. Though many people would love to keep snakes as pets, they have absolutely no. . .continue reading


Tips For Traveling Via Air With Your Dog

As you considering traveling with your pet dog and the joys of having your best friend with you, please consider some of these tips and notes about airlines that are dog (and pet) friendly! Consider these airlines (you can click each link to view . . .continue reading


Two Dogs Body Sledding

We found this video and thought we would share it - we may not have snow they do, but these dogs just look like they are having a great time. 'River and Trout are two very goofy and fun loving Labrador Retriever brothers and alpine enthusiast. . .continue reading


Parrot Care Tips For Your Talking Pet

Parrots provide great entertainment as they can imitate the sounds made by humans, other animals and also any other sound they hear. They have great intelligence and love the company of humans; they sometimes love interacting with other animals as we. . .continue reading


10 Simple Tips for Pet Proofing Your Home

Pets are like children--they're curious about everything! And just as a new parent would child-proof their home for a toddler's safety, pet parents should be concerned with the safety of their four-footed children. Consider this--most parents spen. . .continue reading


Iguanas: Your Reptile Friends at Home

A lot of people are keeping iguanas as pets these days. You can get a lot of information from pet stores and the internet on how to keep iguanas as pets. You can find out about cages, iguana behavior, food pattern, and lifestyle from these sources. I. . .continue reading


Cat Houses: The Perfect Gift for Your Cat

If you cat is claiming your house, it is time to give them one of their own. You can find cat houses of various shapes and sizes. There are indoor and outdoor cat houses that keep your pets warm, dry, cool, and cozy in all weather conditions. Since c. . .continue reading


Grooming – The Perfect Key to a Healthy Dog

You probably do not know that grooming your pet properly not only maintains their appearance and cuteness, but it also helps in finding out health related issues of your dear pets. Since animals and birds cannot communicate in words any discomfort th. . .continue reading


Pet Fish Care Tips For First Time Fish Keepers

If you have decided to keep fish as pets and build an aquarium, it is better to begin with less costly fish. Common varieties like goldfish are the better choice for first time fish pet owners. What matters the most is keeping your aquarium as attrac. . .continue reading


People Food Is Not Only Bad For Your Pet, It Could Be Toxic!

Because we love our pets, we often want to show our love by sharing our food with them. But did you know that some of your favorite foods can actually be harmful to your furry friends? Chocolate Coffee and Sodas Chocolate, coffee, and sodas c. . .continue reading


Funny Photos - Cats & Dogs

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Nine lives, sixth sense: Cat at veterinary clinic seeks out ailing cats

All cats may have nine lives, but Christopher, an orange and white tabby who lives at a Redwood City veterinary clinic, also has a sixth sense. Dubbing him a "guardian angel," "wonder cat" and "miracle kitty," the staff and volunteers at the Nine . . .continue reading


A Pets Ten Commandments

1. My life is likely to last 10-15 years. Any separation from you is likely to be painful. 2. Give me time to understand what you want of me. 3. Place your trust in me. It is crucial for my well-being. 4. Don’t be angry with me for long a. . .continue reading


Hiking With Your Dog-Safety Tips

Looking to escape your hometown haunts for a wilderness hike? Don't forget your pooch! Dogs love to explore our country's vast natural resources as much their two-legged counterparts—not to mention, hiking is great exercise for all. But remembe. . .continue reading


Common Foods Poisonous to Pets

Okay, we know we’re not supposed to feed our pets human food, but let’s face it, sometimes, it happens. You’re eating lunch and don’t quite feel like picking up the crumbs, so you let your pet play the vacuum cleaner role. Or the sneaky littl. . .continue reading


6 Health Benefits of Having Pets

About 65 percent of American households have pets, and we spend nearly $35 billion dollars a year on these companion animals. (Lucky dogs.) Our pets clearly have us wrapped around their little paws, but what do we get from them in return? There ar. . .continue reading