Don’t Let a Treat Lead To Trouble

By Friday, June 22, 2012

Corn cobs can be dangerous to your pet if ingested! Lately, I’ve been snacking on red grapes—one of my summertime healthy faves. Occasionally, one or two will roll off the counter onto the floor. When that happens, Chilly springs to attention and lunges forward in hopes of capturing one of the wayward, juicy balls of sweetness. It’s hard to believe that a little round grape can be bad for your dog, but it’s true. Grapes and raisins’ toxicity to dogs can cause the animal develop acute renal failure! Not only are some human foods very dangerous for pets, but overindulgence in any treat—even healthy ones, is a huge problem for today’s pets. With July 4th around the corner, many of you may be planning to entertain family and friends with summer barbeques with all the fixins. I thought this would be a good time to remind pet parents about the dangers of over-treating pets and to warn about people foods that can be potentially harmful, even fatal for dogs and cats. Too Much of a Good Thing Obesity is the ...

My SMT Will Help You Rock Your Pet’s Summer With Cool, Quality Finds!

By Wednesday, June 13, 2012

There's nothing like a Satellite Media Tour (SMT) to get one fired up!  I'm up at 4:30am Friday to go to C&C studios in NYC to rock 20 live TV, radio and Internet news site interviews about summer must-haves for pets! In case you miss it on air, I've included the Q & A session for you below.  I'll be highlighting some highly reputable, top-notch products that enhance the quality of you and your pet's life.  Want a hint about the goods? Here you go, but be sure to read on to learn more about each one. BISSELL's NEW  Total Floors® Pet Vacuum Frolicat BOLT, DART & TWITCH Adams™ Flea & Tick Spot On® with Adams™ Smart Shield™ Applicator Comfort Zone What's your favorite pet must-have for summer? I'd love to know. Here's the Broll of the products. Here's the Q & A for today's interviews! What are some toys that occupy my cat, but also better their health and give me some time to myself? Cats need toys that will keep their attention and will challenge them.  FroliCat toys provide hours of fun exercise ...

Pet Budgeting Exercise

By Monday, November 28, 2011

I'm preparing to do an interview on WTVT FOX 13 and Daytime on WFLA Ch. 8 in Tampa on Wednesday about my new book, Pampered Pets on a Budget.  As I outlined my talking points, I realized this would be helpful to my blog readers! We don’t always factor in the annual pet spend when we are deciding to bring a pet into the family. The key is to save on supplies and services so that you have enough in your budget for proper veterinary care. A lot of people are cutting preventative veterinary care to “save”, when in reality, those visits are very important and can save you money down the road. Start your 2012 pet budget off on the right paw with this exercise: 1. List your pet's "need to haves" 2. List your pet's "nice to haves" 3. Eliminate what your pet doesn't need from "nice to haves" 4. Find ways to save on the remaining list Save on veterinary care: (more tips are in the book, available at www.pamperedpetsonabudget.com) Estimate annual costs for routine care (depending on age and type ...