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Does Your Pet Need a Spring Cleaning?

Does Your Pet Need a Spring Cleaning?

(Welcome to our pet column, courtesy of Pet Connection Programs Inc of Marilla. We post a new article each week, so be sure to check back on a regular basis!)

Now that spring is here, your dog will be outside a lot more, and will probably need baths more frequently. But have you ever considered what is in the soaps and shampoos and other products you buy for your pet? 

For dog owners, there are no two ways about it — pets are part of the family. You want your four-legged companion to be as happy and healthy as any other member of your family. Many of the things you buy for your human loved ones — like food, medicine and beauty products — are regulated by agencies that make sure those products are safe.

Northtowns Pet Blog: Nine Signs of Grief in Cats

Northtowns Pet Blog: Nine Signs of Grief in Cats

Article from www.catster.com

For a long time, people believed that cats were loners who didn't need any other creatures in their lives. While some cats may be content living a solitary life, others form deep and lasting attachments to other cats and people. When a cat loses a friend, he can go through a grieving process just as real as any human's.

Northtowns Pet Blog: Keeping Your Lawn Pet-Safe

Northtowns Pet Blog: Keeping Your Lawn Pet-Safe

Many of us hire lawn care professionals to help bring an emerald green shade to our grass. But when that same lawn is used by your pooch for play, rest and a place to potty, then special care needs to be taken to make sure that any lawn sprays used are pet-safe.

Many commercial lawn sprays contain herbicides or pesticides which can be very dangerous. Common fertilizers can also cause allergic reactions in some dogs. As those first signs of spring abound, now may be the time to make the switch to organic fertilizers. Common organic fertilizers include bone meal, kelp, seaweed and ever-popular manure. Fortunately, many landscape companies are becoming more aware of the increasing consumer demand for pet- and people-safe lawns and they are utilizing safe grass treatments.

Northtowns Pet Blog: 10 Hazardous Hiding Places for Cats

Northtowns Pet Blog: 10 Hazardous Hiding Places for Cats

When it's freezing cold, stray cats find a way to keep warm: hiding under the hood of a parked car. This is a common scenario - the cat accesses this part of the vehicle from underneath, like an investigative mechanic - but obviously it can be fatal for the animal once ignition happens and the engine heats up. Happily, one cat - a sweet, friendly, gray-and-white fellow wearing a flea collar - made his presence known by...urinating.

"We were driving and we started smelling cat pee," said Florence Giordano, who opened her car hood to find the kitty sitting on the battery! A quick scan at the vet revealed that the cat has no microchip, so Florence named him Lucky.

Northtowns Pet Blog: Keep Your Dog's Attention While You're Moving

Northtowns Pet Blog: Keep Your Dog's Attention While You're Moving

by Tammy Reinarz, Owner, Tammy's Dog Training Service

Northtowns Pet Blog: Chemical-free Ways to Fight Fleas

Northtowns Pet Blog: Chemical-free Ways to Fight Fleas

by The team at Fido Dog Treats

Mother’s Day Dinner and Concert to Benefit Pet Connection

Mother’s Day Dinner and Concert to Benefit Pet Connection

A Mother’s Day pork chop dinner and concert featuring musical entertainment by The Easy Street Big Band will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at the Marilla Fire Hall, located at Two Rod Road and West Avenue. Proceeds from the event will benefit Pet Connection Programs Inc., a nonprofit special care shelter for dogs and cats located in Marilla.

Tickets are just $15 per person and include a complete pork chop dinner, dessert and an open bar featuring Genesee and Seagram’s products.