Why Adopting a Senior Pet Means so Much

An older pet

In the notable book Old Dogs: Are The Best Dogs, the virtues of older canines are well documented by the author and a Pulitzer prize-winning photographer. The book describes old dogs as being “vulnerable” creatures who are without “artifice.” They are “at peace” and display “exorbitant gratitude and limitless trust.” Vaughan residents; any of you lucky enough to share your lives with an aging pet will certainly agree.

While this beautiful description could apply to all pets over a certain age, those residing in shelters and animal rescues demonstrate perhaps the most vulnerability and gratitude.


Pet Safety During the Holiday Season

Tasty Treats but not safe for the petsNow that many of us have enjoyed a traditional Thanksgiving feast (and we hope you had a wonderful holiday!), we can expect many more holidays and gatherings on the horizon.

It would seem autumn is the harbinger of food-based celebrations – from candy corn to pies to stockings teeming over with treats, there’s no shortage of goodies to consume. With all that food around, pet poisoning emergencies are common, and pet safety awareness is key to protecting your pet.

 Avoiding Pet Toxins and Hidden Dangers

When you’re busy baking, it can be tough to keep an eye on your stealthy kitty or pup, and most pets are naturally curious about the holiday bounty. In some cases, it’s the owners themselves who indulge their pets, thinking a little snack is OK. However, table scraps or too much rich food are often the causes of gastritis and pancreatitis. Continue…

Kids And Pets: Teaching Children About Pet Ownership

Tiny boy playing with ginger cat house.Growing up with a pet is a wonderful memory for many of us; and as parents, we want our kids to share in the joys of having and caring for a childhood pet. Besides being a friend and confidant, pets can teach our children important lessons about responsibility, compassion, and empathy.

But how do you know if your child is ready for a pet? Or which type of pet to adopt? And how do you guide your kids in learning about pet care? These are all key questions to consider when it comes to raising the next generation of responsible pet owners.

It’s also important to remember that, regardless of your child’s age, any pet you adopt is a family pet, and not just your child’s pet. Just as it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a family to raise a pet. Never leave your pet’s life dependant on the actions (or inactions) of your child after all kids and pets go hand in hand. Continue…