Posts by Sue Sappington

Before You Breed Your Dog

Posted by on Mar 9, 2017 in Our Blog | 0 comments

If you are contemplating breeding your dog, do yourself a favor and do some research before jumping into a project that, while often fun and adorable, can also very quickly become emotionally and financially draining. People express interest in breeding for all kinds of reasons. Some want adorable puppy versions of their very loveable dog to pass on personality traits. Some just want to witness (or let their kids witness) the miracle of birth. Some want to make a profit. And others truly love their breed and want to help improve their genetic pool. Here are a few things to ask yourself...

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The Making of a Christmas Card

Posted by on Nov 30, 2016 in Our Blog | 0 comments

If you’ve ever tried to take a group picture with a pet involved, you’ll understand this saga. Dogs are way more interested in getting attention from all those people behind them than looking at the flashing light on the camera. Here’s our attempt at making a Christmas card.   First, we had to take a test shot to make sure everyone would fit in the picture:     Then, we had to get all the dogs looking in the right direction. Some couldn’t care less about the treats (Holly!).     Still trying…     Getting closer, everyone’s in the picture now!    ...

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Fleas: They Are More Than Meets The Eye

Posted by on Sep 30, 2016 in Our Blog | 0 comments

We are in the height of flea season, so I thought it would be a good time for some flea pictures! If your pet has fleas there are a few things you should know. The most important is that the fleas you are seeing on your pet are just 5% of the population of fleas in your home. The other 95% is comprised of flea eggs, larvae (tiny maggot-like creatures), and pupae (similar to a cocoon). They are all in your carpet, floor boards, bedding, and couches. This picture shows in gory detail the reproductive capability of fleas. This cat had been in the kennel for just a few hours, and all those...

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Dogs and Cats Can Become “Senile” Too!

Posted by on Aug 11, 2016 in Our Blog | 0 comments

Has your pet started acting differently as he gets older? Seemingly forgetting where he is, or staring at the wall? Maybe he’s started staying awake all night or losing his house training. Many subtle symptoms of Canine Cognitive Dysfunction (CCD) such as these get written off as old age, but there are things we can do to help slow the progression of this disease and get your friend back.   CCD is a chronic disease that is comparable to Alzheimer’s disease in people. It develops via a number of pathways, but ultimately there is oxidative stress to the brain cells, particularly the...

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Indoor vs. Outdoor Cats

Posted by on Apr 20, 2016 in Our Blog | 0 comments

Whether a cat should be kept indoors or let out has become a bit of a controversy in recent years. Most cats love going outside to explore, but there are many risks in the great outdoors that can be avoided by keeping them in. There are also concerns about their effect on the environment, as many cats are avid hunters and will kill prey regardless of how well fed they are. Whether your cat goes outside is up to you, but here are some considerations to keep in mind when making that decision.     The outdoors can be a dangerous place for cats. They can get hit by cars, or attacked by...

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