With the holiday season just around the corner, it’s a great time to spoil your four-legged family members, as if we needed a holiday to do so. Over the coming weeks, we’ll have a roundup of holiday gift ideas and stocking stuffers.
If you have a large-breed dog, you know you can’t choose just any off-the-shelf toy for your pup. You need one that is going to stand up to some pretty heavy roughness. West Paw™ has come up with a new handcrafted, American made, plush Dog Toy Made with Zogoflex® and HardyTex™. Named after various counties in Montana (where these toys are handcrafted), ROWDIES™ all contain audible squeakers and are available in six shapes for a range of indoor active play. There are three colors: Purple, Orange and Pewter.
Established in 1933 by leaders in the veterinary profession, the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) is the only organization to accredit companion animal veterinary hospitals in the US and Canada. Nearly 60 percent of pet owners believe their veterinary hospital is accredited when it is not. In actuality, only 12-15% of veterinary hospitals in the United States and Canada are accredited by AAHA. Unlike human hospitals, not all animal hospitals are required to be accredited.
We’re so fortunate that Baylie’s veterinary clinic, Cobbs Ford Pet Health, LLC, which is within a mile of our house, is AAHA accredited. It gives us peace of mind knowing that she will get exceptional care. AAHA-accredited hospitals undergo evaluation on approximately 900 rigorous standards and are dedicated to excellence in companion animal health care.
What does accreditation mean? It means your hospital holds itself to a higher standard, and that your pet is receiving care at a hospital that has passed the highest standards in veterinary care. AAHA sends consultants to AAHA-accredited veterinary hospitals every three years to evaluate hospitals on their adherence to the AAHA Standards of Accreditation.
It’s here, it’s here! Yes, it’s National Dog Day. If you’re wondering about its origin, well, it has been around since 2004. National Dog Day was created by animal advocate Colleen Paige and has been designated to bring attention to all dogs whether in need or not. Their motto is “Saving 10,000 Dogs – One Day at a Time”. President George W. Bush, a dog owner himself, sent a letter to the foundation in support of National Dog Day.
Paige wanted to give dogs a day to “show deep appreciation for our long connection to each other – for their endearing patience, unquestioning loyalty, for their work, their capacity for love and their ability to impact our lives everyday in the most miraculous ways. National Dog Day wishes to encourage dog ownership of all breeds, mixed and pure – and embraces the opportunity for all dogs to live a happy, safe and ”abuse-free life”.
Celebrate by spending time with your special buddy!
With pet-friendly hotels and restaurants becoming more commonplace, people are taking their pets along to enjoy the fun when they travel. Once you’ve decided to take your pet along for a car ride; think safety, first.