Increased rainfall brings higher risk of fleas for pets

Increased rainfall brings higher risk of fleas for pets
Vets and pet store employees alike are recommending newer flea medications, such as seresto collars, to avoid the pests building tolerance. Posted: Monday, July 20, 2015 12:00 am. Increased rainfall brings higher risk of fleas for pets by Brittany
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Scratch fleas
Suck it up: Vacuum frequently — daily to every third day — to remove flea eggs, larvae and their food. Vacuum thoroughly where pets hang out and sleep, as well as along walls and under furniture, cushions, beds and throw rugs. Immediately toss the
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Thom Yorke, Patti Smith, Flea Unite for Climate Change Concert
Thom Yorke, Patti Smith, Flea, Dhani Harrison and more will perform at Paris' Le Trianon theater on December 4th as part of Pathway to Paris, a concert designed to raise awareness about the urgency of climate action. The event will coincide with the UN …

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Before and After – Part 2

This one also just needed some minor adjustments.  Take a little off the top (so he isn’t quite so entered in the image!), remove the flower in front – too distracting, take the blade of grass on the left side of his face out and blur the areas of grass that are in focus on the sides of the image.  I’m not sure if I agree with the crop (I find it feels squishy if the dog’s head doesn’t have breathing room) but I definitely agree with everything else!



Crazy Coulee and Little Lacey

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Dr. Donna Spector answers the question what she thinks is the best food for pets. In this video she gives her recommendation and tells us what is in Halo pet food and also importantly what is not in Halo pet food.

The holistic approach to pet health is focused on treating the “whole animal,” recognizing that good nutrition is an essential element of overall well-being.

Just like us, pets need love, quality nutrition, sound sleep, clean air, fresh water, exercise, sunshine and positive surroundings. A holistic approach to wellness encompasses all these elements. And we believe that good nutrition is the single most important factor.


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Latest Pet Itch News

Saratoga community raises funds for Jordan Klapp's robotic arm
Sometimes his parents have to wake up at night to scratch areas that itch. But the incurable muscle wasting disorder hasn't stopped the teenager from reaching an important milestone. On Thursday morning, guided by his service dog, Patriot, Klapp will
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Health Tip: Treating Poison Ivy
Use lukewarm soapy water to wash anything that may have touched the plant, including gardening tools, golf clubs, pet fur or pet leashes. Don't scratch the area, since doing so could lead to a skin infection. Don't rub or remove peeling skin. Soothe
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Exercising with your pooch can be fun — if you play it safe
METRO DETROIT — You know that itch you've had to get outside and burn off some of that extra energy? Well, guess what? Your pooch feels the same way. Plenty of people have gotten into the habit of not just … Giving your pet some one-on-one time
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Tess is a pointer mix who had a very bad start in life.  She was put into a plastic bag, along with her three siblings, when she was less than a day old – and thrown into a rubbish bin.  Fortunately the puppies’ cries were heard by a kind lady who hand-reared the puppies.  Tess is now eight years old.

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House Dogs at Wolf Creek Farm

My new friends, Fitz and Jeb, from Wolf Creek Farm, last night’s awesome B&B in Ararat, VA. Next stop: HOME! Until next time, Good day, and good dog! Dog Blog

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Dapper drake

Coming into his plumage:


Canis lupus hominis

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Velvet bucks


Two bucks stand in an open pasture. One catches my scent and heads for the hill. The other doesn’t know what to do.

Canis lupus hominis

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potsdam-kittens-lgThe Postsdam Humane Society recently took in a stray pregnant cat. She soon gave birth to three kittens and, in a sad but heartwarming twist of fate, ending up caring for six little ones!

“She was a mom that was surrendered to us pregnant because she showed up as a stray to someone’s home and they could not give her the attention she and her kittens would need,” the Potsdam Humane Society, told Love Meow.

The mama cat and her kittens were doing great. Then, sadly, a few days later, humane society workers brought in more kittens who had been found in the road after their mother had been hit by a car nearby.

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Painting the Roses Red


It’s pub day! The book is out at long last! I really hope you all enjoy it- All Dogs Go to Kevin has truly been a labor of love. (That link goes to my new website. Did I mention I have a new website? It’s been so busy around here I think I forgot.)

Last weekend I went to Warwicks to sign the preordered books. Brian and the kids were at ComicCon, so I went to Warwicks by myself. It was a short task, no more than 20 minutes, so I couldn’t figure out why I was so bummed about going alone, and then I realized ohhhh. It’s another one of those moments.

The thing I will miss most about my mom is not the big celebrations, the ones everyone goes to: holidays, book signings, that sort of thing. It’s the little celebrations, the moments no one else would think mattered, but she always did. If she were around, she would never have let me go alone. She’d go with me, we’d get lunch, then she’d talk me into shopping for a little while in downtown La Jolla. But she’s not here, so my twenty minute task was just that- 20 minutes in a little bookstore office with a Sharpie feeling terribly sad.

I’m trying not to let my sadness get in the way of being happy, but it’s so hard not to have her here. We have a series of white rosebushes in our backyard that bloom almost year-round, and I really like them because they remind me of my parents’ yard. Plus, it made it really easy to send random nosegays to teachers and the like since they were always blossoming, scattering white petals all over the grass like confetti. Mom loved them too, of course.

Brian- not so much. He’s been threatening to pull them since we moved in. He’s been talking about it again the last few weeks, and I made him promise to leave me at least one or two, for Mom, and he said, “OK.”

This afternoon he had someone come over to give us a quote for doing some of the backyard work. I peered through the window to make sure Brian saw me giving him the evil eye- not ALL the rosebushes, ok??- and I noticed something I had never seen before in all the time we’ve been here:


Someone’s been painting the roses red.

paint roses red

The roses stay, obvs.

It’s funny how the moments that impact are not the large and grandiose gestures, but the fleeting surprises that hit you like a much needed breeze. How I can be sad about a less than perfect rose in my garden when so many people in this world know nothing but weeds? Mom’s here in every sunset and every butterfly and her love feels no less potent for the lack of her physical presence.

It’s a beautiful day here in San Diego. The book is out and it’s my fourteenth wedding anniversary- a date traditionally marked by ivory but now the theme is “animals.” Mom sent flowers. How can I complain?


Pawcurious: With Veterinarian and Author Dr. V

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