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Finding a lost cat

Posted: October 13th, 2017 | Columns, Featured, Lifestyle, Pets | No Comments

By Sari Reis

As the pet parent of two kitties, I am very aware of the terrible stress that occurs should your sweet feline friend go missing. Statistically, only 8 percent of cats get reunited with their owners if they have escaped from home. There are several reasons for this.

10 benefits of walking your dog daily

Posted: September 8th, 2017 | Featured, Lifestyle, Pets | No Comments

By Sari Reis

Contrary to popular belief, dogs do not exercise themselves in the backyard. They may chase the odd rabbit, squirrel or lizard, but that does not constitute sufficient exercise for benefits. Also, turning your dog into a week-end warrior by taking him on a five-mile trail walk or hours at dog beach on the weekend does not replace walking him daily during the week.

Kitten Nursery is a trailblazing success

Posted: July 21st, 2017 | Features, Pets, Top Stories | No Comments

By Joyell Nevins

“Awwwww.”

That is the sound most often made by visitors to the Kitten Nursery at the San Diego Humane Society in Mission Valley. The nursery, dedicated to the care of kittens under four weeks old, was the first of its kind in the country when it opened in 2009. And it’s still going strong. In June, the nursery accepted its 10,000th kitten, named Nova by a city-wide naming contest.

The nursery originally opened in response to the large amount of young kittens being euthanized locally. Much of its initial funding came from a grant from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Potbellied pigs as pets

Posted: July 14th, 2017 | Featured, Lifestyle, Pets | No Comments

By Sari Reis Are you thinking about adding a potbellied pig to your household? If so, you are not alone. A lot of people, including many celebrities, have chosen to bring these adorable, intelligent animals into their homes as pets. And why not? Contrary to popular belief, they do not sweat, do not smell and […]

Physiotherapy for dogs

Posted: May 12th, 2017 | Featured, Lifestyle, Pets | No Comments

By Sari Reis When I first started my pet sitting business, I had the opportunity and privilege of doing some volunteer work with Trish Penick, a physical therapist with special training to work with animals. Trish worked her magic in a heated pool and provided swimming, an underwater treadmill, as well as various other forms of […]

April is Prevention of Animal Cruelty Month

Posted: April 14th, 2017 | Features, News, Pets, Top Stories | No Comments

By Sari Reis

It is unconscionable that anyone would intentionally or inadvertently hurt or abuse an innocent animal, but because it is so prevalent, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) has designated the month of April as Prevention of Animal Cruelty Month with the hope of raising awareness.

Animal cruelty, according to the ASPCA is defined as “acts of violence or neglect perpetrated against animals.”

Is your cat in pain?

Posted: March 10th, 2017 | Featured, Lifestyle, Pets | No Comments

By Sari Reis In a study done at Texas A&M, it was discovered that 90 percent of cats over the age of 10 had x-ray evidence of painful arthritis and their owners had no idea. Although this is disturbing, it is completely understandable as cats are well-known for hiding any signs of illness, weakness, or […]

Antibiotics and probiotics for pets

Posted: February 10th, 2017 | Featured, Lifestyle, Pets | No Comments

By Sari Reis Chances are, if you have a dog or cat, you have used antibiotics at some point in time to treat an ailment your pet has had. But how much do you really know about them? Antibiotics are a group of medications used to fight bacterial infections in the body. They fall into […]