The Best Ways to Pick Up and Hold Your Dog ⚠️

This summer, I frequently visit a puppy adoption event. Each week, the volunteers introduce five puppies to the public, most around 3 to 4 months old. They are all rescue animals from an overcrowded shelter in the southeast.

Petting puppies is a great stress reliever and this event is a winner. Most puppies are adopted into their forever homes. People leave the event smiling and feeling the joy of puppy petting.

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Top 10 Pet Safety Tips for July 4th πŸŽ†

Summertime is a scary time for many pets. The summer season is the start of thunderstorms in June and fireworks in July. Dogs, cats, horses, cows and other farm animals are often terrified by loud noises, flashing lights, and vibrations in the ground.

Fireworks have all the qualities that cause fear and anxiety in many animals.

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Patriotic Pets on Parade πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

With the 4th of July just around the corner, I thought that a nice assortment of patriotic pet pics is in order…

πŸ’‘ Reminder: Keep your pets safe this summer. Dr. Pet Mom has an excellent post on the topic: Top 10 Pet Safety Tips for July 4th πŸŽ†

Enjoy the pics! 😎

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June 21, 2019: Take Your Dog To Work Day 🐢 πŸ’»

Pet Sitters International (PSI) started Take Your Dog to Work Day in 1999. Now in 2019, Take Your Dog to Work Day (TYDTWD) is celebrating 21 years. The goal is to raise funds and awareness to support animal rescue and shelter dog adoptions.

TYDTWD celebrates the “joys of pets in the workplace for one day to support their local pet communities.”

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My Passion For Animals and My PhD πŸ‘©πŸΎβ€πŸŽ“

I’m sitting here with my best buddy, Oscar. He’s a rescue cat. A few years back, I had a young rescue cat, Mr. Bean, who suddenly stopped eating and was not his usual self.

Mr. Bean crouched in dark corners, didn’t play much or enjoy socializing. His condition was never fully diagnosed, but I gave Mr. Bean medication to comfort him.

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Pet-Friendly Houseplants For Your Cat Or Dog 🌿

Springtime is here! You may be thinking about greening up your home with some new plants. If you have pets, you need to know which plants are pet-safe for your home.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) has a database of toxic and non-toxic plants for pets. Here’s a list to get you started.

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Armed Forces Day: May 18 πŸŽ–οΈ

Did you know that the third Saturday every May is Armed Forces Day? Since Dr. Pet Mom is a pet-centered effort I thought I’d repost some nice military service doggy photos that first appeared here on March 29, 2019.

Enjoy! 😎

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Special Resources for Special Needs Pets πŸ› οΈ

May 3 is National Specially-Abled Pets Day. It’s a day to celebrate and educate the public about disabled pets. These special needs pets can be a challenge to care for. But loving pet parents know that the rewards for patience and understanding, outweigh the work.

Our mission at Dr. Pet Mom is simple: To create a pet parent community to encourage adoption of rescue and shelter animals. We want to help pets find their forever homes.

Rescue and shelter animals include older and special needs animals. These animals have challenges related to behavioral, physical, or a chronic illness (diabetes, FIV, arthritis). Special needs pet parents already know that their pets are not left overs, imperfect or can’t be saved. Their pets just need a little extra care and patience.

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Cat and Dog Peeves About Humans πŸˆΒ πŸ•

We know that our pets love us – they show us all the time with a wagging tail, a loving purr, or a paw on the knee when we’re feeling sad. But sometimes our pets reach their limit: They just get tired of humans.

Cats and dogs have their own personal boundaries. When we step across the line, they let us know.

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A Dog a Day Keeps the Doctor Away 😷

Sometimes the daily work doldrums can get to you. My routine is to add a bit of sunshine to my day by petting dogs. I try to make a daily visit to places where dogs, pet parents and dog walkers hang out.

I also visit dog parks, public areas, parks, and designated dog areas to increase my chances of petting a dog. Any dog will do: big, medium, small, or pint size.

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