Pet Tips and Tricks

Last week, my 13-year-old golden retriever had surgery to amputate a toe. He’s always been a healthy dog, aside from allergies, and this was only his second time to go under anesthetic. That’s always a serious issue, especially with an older dog, but the surgery was not optional. He injured his toe several years ago, tearing the nail, probably on the bottom of my neighbor’s chain link fence. That time, it healed up on its own with the aid of a little liquid bandage. The next time, now almost two months ago, we weren’t so lucky. My veterinarian concluded that we [...]
Thu, Jan 22, 2015
Happy Tales Pet Tips n Tricks
Food Puzzles You can buy wonderful, sturdy food puzzles online or from your favorite pet supply store, and they’re well worth the investment. But don’t think you have to spend a fortune to provide your dog with a stimulating and rewarding food game! Instead, assemble some inexpensive items you can find at dollar stores or charity outlets, and make your own. Here’s what you need: Muffin tins Tennis balls Dog treats Fill each cup in the muffin tin about two-thirds full with a mixture of high-value treats (cheese, tube meat, apple or carrot pieces, for example) and some of the dog’s regular kibble. On top of [...]
Thu, Jan 15, 2015
Happy Tales Pet Tips n Tricks
It’s winter! Our dogs still need exercise, but it’s cold and dark outside. Even in our back yards, there’s little fun to be had for the warmth-loving canine. Many of our dogs (especially the small or lightly furred ones) take one look at snow and ice and want to come back inside. What to do? Here are some suggestions for indoor games for dogs. Hide and Seek This game is fun if you have a houseful of family and friends, but it’s also possible to play if there’s just you and the dog. If you have help, ask one family member to keep [...]
Thu, Jan 08, 2015
Happy Tales Pet Tips n Tricks