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Outdoor Activities Come Naturally to Your Pet

Outdoor Activities Come Naturally to Your Pet

(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!)

During the cold winter months, dogs are unable to enjoy the outdoor activities that put into use their natural senses to play, run and fetch. To protect themselves and their dogs from the frigid air, many dog owners avoid the outdoors — only bringing their pets outside for a brief walk, or to load them in and out of the car for appointments. Unfortunately this inactive way of living becomes the "norm" for dogs, and inhibits their intuitions. 

Northtowns Pet Blog: Five Summer Treats to Avoid Feeding Your Pets

Northtowns Pet Blog: Five Summer Treats to Avoid Feeding Your Pets

It’s no surprise. Many of us love to spoil our pets and that includes giving them bits of our tasty summer treats. But pet parents please beware, these summer goodies could pose some serious health hazards:

Visit Pet Connection at the Erie County Fair

Visit Pet Connection at the Erie County Fair

Come visit Pet Connection Programs Inc. at the Erie County Fair, August 10-21, and pick up one of the shelter’s popular pet totes filled with goodies for your favorite dog or cat! Pet Connection will be located near Gate 5 (Clark Street), next to the new Dock Dogs exhibit.

Pet Connection is a special care shelter for dogs and cats located at 12935 Williston Road, Marilla. For more information, please call 652-0192, visit www.petconnectionprogramsinc.com or email admin@petconnectionprogramsinc.com

 

Dogs Encourage Owners to Get Up, Get Out and Get Moving

Dogs Encourage Owners to Get Up, Get Out and Get Moving

(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!)

Obesity rates are dramatically higher than a decade ago. Twelve states now have obesity rates of 30 percent or higher, according to a recent report by the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention. With obesity a serious health threat, many families are on the lookout for ways to increase their physical activity levels. For families who own a dog, one helpful answer may be as close as their favorite furry friend. Walking and exercising with the family dog is an easy way to get moving, spend quality time together and get to know your neighbors. 

Northtowns Pet Blog: Cool Summers for Pets

Northtowns Pet Blog: Cool Summers for Pets

 

Keep Your Pets — and Kids — Safe From Parasites

Keep Your Pets — and Kids — Safe From Parasites

(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!)

Sometimes pets can give a child more than just a wet, sloppy kiss and endless affection. When pets aren't protected, they could spread diseases called zoonoses, to which children, pregnant women and immunocompromised people are especially vulnerable.

Tips for Traveling with Fido and Felix

Tips for Traveling with Fido and Felix

(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!)

Planning a summer getaway and want Fido or Felix to share in the fun? As you prepare for your pet's big adventure, here are a few travel dos (and one travel don't) to help get you off to the right start:

DO visit your veterinarian before you leave to ensure your pet is ready to travel. Request an updated health certificate with information on vaccinations and if necessary, re-stock on your pet's medication. Be sure to find out what to include in your pet's first aid kit.