January 08, 2014
Just as understanding how you can maximize your pet's health is part of pet parenting, so is maximizing the quality time you spend together. Training isn't just for tricks; training also:
- strengthens the bond between you and your dog or cat
- integrates your pet seamlessly into your family life and the outside world
- improves the effectiveness of your communication with your pet
- lets you give your pet more freedom and fewer restrictions
- and reduces stress and increases happiness of having a pet in the household
Friend of Embrace, Liz Palika, talks about why you should train your dog in her article No Training? Why Not? Rules are important for your dog's social well-being, as well as your own, plus he/she is safer if she's not dashing up the road every time you open your door. And training can be fun - it's not boot camp for either party.
January 02, 2014
I'm so happy to announce that Embrace is partnering with Dr Marty Becker, also known as America's Veterinarian, to spread the word far and wide about Embrace's affordable and effective pet insurance to prevent economic euthanasia when cats and dogs get sick.
December 16, 2013
It was rather a chilly 8 degrees here this morning in sunny Cleveland so it made me think of my podcast with Dr Mahaney on winter dangers. Here are the questions we discuss:
Carrie: pancreatitis is common during the holidays due to dietary indiscretions; eating holiday decorations; stranger fear if a pet is anxious. Any other holiday dangers to watch out for?
Adrienne: How about the hidden dangers pets may encounter in a snow-covered landscape - whether at home or out hiking on a trail or in the woods. And how can you tell if your pet may be getting too cold when they are outside.
Jessica: what can you do to protect paws of dogs that refuse to wear boots?
December 13, 2013
Happy Holidays to everyone! It is a great time of the year that gives us an opportunity to spend cherished time with our family and friends. Enjoy the season.
Holidays can also be fun times for our pets, with all the new people around to spoil them with all the attention. But, as always (isn’t there always a but), there are also things we need to remind our guests. They can love our pets all they want with petting, but please don’t share the Christmas treats.
Remember Max, the Grinch’s dog, did not eat any of the “roast beast “or “the who pudding” and he had a great Christmas. In contrast, who could forget what happened to the lovable dog “Snot”, at the Griswold’s house. He drank the tree water and then enjoyed the Christmas trash. He then deposited his “present” under the dining room table. Not a jolly event.
December 06, 2013
As we get more news of winter storms causing havoc across the US (even in usually wonderfully warm Phoenix of all places!), we tackle the topic of winter dangers around this time of year. Not just the colder weather but also the holiday decorations, rich food, and overall busy-ness that can cause anxiety in our pets.
I would like to highlight some handy articles we have in The Water Bowl, the Embrace informational website on pet health and care:
Holiday Fare You Should NOT Feed Your Pet
Ten Doggy Exercise Tips for Avoiding the Winter Bulge