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Top 10 Questions to Ask Your Veterinarian

Top 10 Questions to Ask Your Veterinarian

(Welcome to our pet column, courtesy of Pet Connection Programs Inc. of Marilla. We post a new article each week, so be sure to check back on a regular basis!)

Being a veterinarian is a tough job. After all, veterinarians have to treat patients who can't explain where it hurts or follow health instructions more complex than "sit" or "stay." 

That's why communication between pet owners and veterinarians is so important. Sharing information about how your pet is behaving — including eating, drinking, sleeping, urinating and/or passing stools — could help make a lifesaving diagnosis. 

Pet Connection to Hold Chicken Barbecue Fundraiser on September 18

Pet Connection to Hold Chicken Barbecue Fundraiser on September 18

Pet Connection Programs, Inc., a maternity and special care shelter for dogs and cats located in Marilla, will hold a chicken barbecue beginning at noon on Sunday, Sept. 18, at the Bowen Grove Shelter, Bowen and Broadway, Lancaster.  

Dinners will include a half barbecue chicken plus sides, beverage and dessert, and will cost just $9. Take-out orders will be available.

Increase the Laughter, Excitement and Joy in Your Home by Adopting a Cat

(Welcome to our pet column, courtesy of Pet Connection Programs Inc. of Marilla. We post a new article each week, so be sure to check back on a regular basis!)

People are social and we all highly 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-legged — a little happier.

“Cats need stimulation, friendship, companionship, play and exercise, and these are all things that a second cat can help provide,” explains Dr. Jane Brunt, a veterinarian and executive director of the CATalyst Council. 

Northtowns Pet Blog: The Back-To-School Blues

Northtowns Pet Blog: The Back-To-School Blues

It isn’t just children who suffer from the back to school blues—pets can suffer too. After a long, fun summer, an empty house can be a difficult adjustment for pets. Pet Sitters International advises pet owners to become familiar with the signs of pet separation anxiety and how it can be treated.

Pet separation anxiety is a psychological term to describe the stress and anxiety brought on by separation from the primary pet caretaker. This issue can become a serious medical condition, with cases and their accompanying symptoms ranging from mild to severe. Most pet owners are familiar with the more common symptoms, but many may be surprised to learn that the full extent of the symptoms begin before the owner leaves and continues long after their departure.

Pet Connection Announces Special Events for September

Pet Connection Announces Special Events for September

Pet Connection Programs Inc., a special care shelter for dogs and cats located in Marilla, will be participating in several special events during the month of September.

Pet totes and other goodies will be available for sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, September 3 and 24, in the Walden Galleria in Cheektowaga.

Look for Pet Connection volunteers from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, September 10, at the Irish Festival in South Buffalo’s Cazenovia Park. Puppies will also be there to greet you!

Dog Days of Summer Event to Benefit Pet Connection

Dog Days of Summer Event to Benefit Pet Connection

Pet Connection Programs Inc., a nonprofit special care shelter for dogs and cats, invites the public to join them for a brand new event. Dog Days of Summer will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at Enjoy the Journey Art Gallery, 1168 Orchard Park Road, West Seneca. 

This first-time event will feature puppy adoptions and canvas dog paw art created by your dog! That’s right ... Pet Connection will provide the paint and canvas, and your dog will supply the creativity, giving you a one-of-a-kind painting that you can take home and display.

Reusable totes filled with pet surprises will also be available, and there will be hot dogs and hamburgers cooking on the grill. Guests are asked to park in the gallery’s parking lot or along Orchard Park Road.

Top Five Healthy Habits for Pets and Owners

Top Five Healthy Habits for Pets and Owners

(Welcome to our pet column, courtesy of Pet Connection Programs Inc. of Marilla. We post a new article each week, so be sure to check back on a regular basis!)

Pets are the lights of their owners' lives. And keeping pets healthy is key to extending the warmth and love for years.

Dr. Ernie Ward, nationally renowned veterinarian, pet author and founder of the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, offers his “Top 5 Healthy Habits” for pet owners to help ensure pets stay happy and healthy throughout the year: