Coat health

All dogs benefit from regular grooming. It removes loose hairs, dead skin cells and helps the coat stay free of dirt and parasites. Along with a healthy diet, the Veterinary Centers of America recommends regular grooming for your dog, no matter the breed, to help it maintain comfort through every season.

  • An inadequate diet, one low in essential fatty acids, can contribute to a dull, dry coat that sheds excessively.
  • Stress or illness can also impact the luster and texture of your dog’s coat. Some of the health issues that impact the coat include: metabolic problems, digestive disorders, pests (fleas, ticks) and cancer.
  • Regular brushing helps control shedding and spreads the dog’s natural skin oils to the individual hair strands.
  • The VCA recommends bathing your dog every six to eight weeks, unless it has a pre-existing condition that requires a different bathing schedule. Dogs with a heavy undercoat will benefit more from bathing in the fall and spring seasons to help with shedding.
  • Allergy season also impacts your dog’s health. Bathing during times of high pollen or other allergens can help alleviate some of their disorders.

Yogurt kitties

There are some actual health benefits to feeding your cat a little bit of plain yogurt from time to time. The bacteria in yogurt helps boost your cat’s immune system as well as promotes healthier, more efficient digestion. The probiotics in yogurt also aid in healthier bowel movements. Yogurt can help relieve digestive problems associated with hairballs. Please consult your veterinarian before giving your cat yogurt.

Charismatic bettas

It might sound crazy, but some breeds of fish pack a lot of personality into their tiny bodies. Depending on the fish it’s even possible to train your flippered friend. After a while, bettas will begin to recognize you and the container of fish food, and will become more active when you get near the bowl. Bettas can also be trained to follow your finger, swim through a hoop or push a ping-pong ball.

Leaf them be

Fall foliage is beautiful to behold, but when left on the ground too long it can be a hazard to your pets. It’s helpful to remove the leaf piles before they accumulate moisture, which promotes bacterial and mold growth. Pets ingesting these microorganisms can incur digestive tract issues causing diarrhea, loss of appetite or vomiting.