It’s scary. And you’re not alone - over 4.2 million dog-owning households and nearly two million cat-caretakers will be treating their furry companions to ghoulish goodies and ghoulish toys this Halloween, according to the National Retail Federation (NRF). Also, according to the NRF, pet “moms” and “dads” will spend over $440 million on Halloween. That’s Read More
Steve Dale discusses the modern trend of dressing pets in Halloween costumes, and how you can keep your dog stress-free during fright night.
No one wants their pets to feel afraid – even on Halloween. The good news is that you can do something about it, which is what the international Fear Free initiative is all about.
The bad news is that diabetes is way up in dogs and cats. The good news is that diabetes is considered treatable (as mentioned, cats may even go into remission). However, in order to treat, appropriate diagnosis is necessary.
Some quick & easy tips to make Christmas a safe, fun day for you and your pets.
The ageism that causes seniors to be passed over is a prejudice without merit, as oftentimes it’s the older dog that is best suited for a happy household and a lasting marriage of dog and family. Here’s why...
Without official regulations as well as professional oversight & a sad lack of requirements for well documented modern dog behavior knowledge, there is a risk.
While the flames of controversy are fanned regarding the potential danger of e-cigarettes to people, it’s clear e-cigarettes may be lethal to dogs.
Professional Pet Sitters Week is coming up! I’ll have the honor of being the keynote speaker at this year’s National Association of Professional Pet Sitters (NAPPS) Education and Networking Forum and Annual Conference. I know this will be a great conference with all the dedicated pet sitters attending and learning more about ways to better Read More
In 2013, a NYC shelter began an innovative co-sheltering program called URIPALS, which allows victims to shelter with their pets. New York resident Jasmine Rivera says URIPALS saved her life, literally.
Residents fleeing abuse overwhelmingly said that URIPALS not only allowed a way out, the program provided families a way to stay together, as pets are considered members of the family. Having their pets with them serve as a kind of therapy.
Veterinary experts give their tips on keeping your pets safe and happy during the cold winter months, including how to prevent frostbite and special tips for senior pets.
Pet parents offer their reflections from 2015 as they begin a new year with their pets.
A recent pilot study indicates that despite marketing claims of safety, many pet booster seat and pet seat products tested were in fact unsafe. CPS CEO and founder goes as far as calling the results “a complete disaster.”
Holidays are generally a wonderful time for both people and pets but also may bring unanticipated situations. By abiding by the following “Do’s” and “Don’ts,” you and your exotic pet will hopefully have a happy, safe, and enjoyable time!
Everyone wants to have peace of mind when they leave their dog in the care of someone while on vacation. Here are some recommendations for finding the perfect place for your pet.
Making sure the turkey is cooked in time is stressful enough. The last thing anyone wants on Thanksgiving is to deal with an emergency, especially one dealing with your pups!
With Fall in full swing, there is no better way to enjoy the foliage than to take a wonderful hike with your dog. Therefore, I thought I would do some research and find 10 beautiful dog-friendly fall hiking trails in the United States.
Click here to read the October 2015 Edition of the Positively Newsletter.
“I wanted to shine a light on those who don’t make it out."
Pets that are considered by society as “less adoptable” are just as loving, sweet, and kind as all of the other pets. However, they aren’t blessed with the natural poster child adoptability as the other pets in the shelter.
Tropical storms, earthquakes, hurricanes, fires, floods, mudslides – phenomena no one can be completely prepared for. Yet, with a little preparation, there are things exotic pet owners can do to be ready.
Leaving your pet at home is not an easy part of any pet parent’s day, but here are some ideas to help make your absence a more positive experience for your pets.
Common household alkaline batteries can pose a real danger to pets if they are accidentally chewed or swallowed. Here’s what to do if your pet ever ingests a battery.
Today, July 15, is National Pet Fire Safety Day. An estimated 500,000 pets are affected by fires each year and nearly 1,000 of those fires are started by the pets themselves. The goal of this day is to spread awareness about how pets can cause fires, how to prevent them, and what to do in the event of a fire emergency.
Summing up twenty years of authoring Tribune Content Agency newspaper column is easy. I do have a wealth of memories to recall.
Adoption events save lives. They're usually the driving force behind rescue groups and animal shelters reaching the community and finding adopters. But while they are great for finding new homes, adoption events can be very difficult for dogs.
It's Earth Day! This is the one day of the year that we collectively think and talk about how to better care for our planet, and that includes caring for our four-legged friends! Here are some fun ideas on how to celebrate Earth Day in a pet-friendly way.
Perhaps you are moving into a new place this year. Although starting fresh in a new place can be exciting, moving is a very stressful event. Some pet parents forget that moving is equally as stressful for their pet.
At Positively, we're lucky to have some really incredible contributors who share their amazing stories and insight with us. Many of them have their own blogs dedicated to training, nutrition, or just how to enjoy life with pets.
Pet overpopulation is a very real crisis all over the world, and a huge part of the solution is spaying and neutering.
Should you take your pets on vacation with you? In what cases is it a good idea to leave them at home? Victoria and four-legged friend Daisy were featured on HLN's The Daily Share, where Victoria gave tips for safely traveling with pets, both by car and by plane. She also discusses some special precautions that pet Read More
For many of us, an official "Love Your Pet Day" might seem a little unnecessary. We love our pets every day! But every year on February 20th, Love Your Pet Day serves as a little reminder to give our beloved pets some special attention.
Imagine if pet stores had to "display" the parents of each litter next to the puppies they sold. Do you think people would be a little more outraged? Do you think they would think twice about buying a pet store puppy?
Victoria was featured on HLN News Now, where she discussed the #PetResolutions campaign, and answered questions from fans and viewers about their pet's resolutions. She was joined by Daisy, a therapy dog for special needs children and who has been featured as the poster-pup for #PetResolutions. The segment talked about a dog's exercise needs, featured funny video Read More
From snowflake treats to pounce-able cat toys, Steve Dale has the scoop on this year's hottest pet gifts.
As is evidenced by all the dog shaming going on, it's clear us humans are not the only ones who should make some resolutions this time of year. We'd like to spin things Positively so, we've created #PetResolutions: a way for you to share your pets' aspirations for better behavior in the new year! Whether Read More
Don't despair, future pet owners! Here's why the process is such a hassle, and why that's a good thing.
Here in the United States, the number of cats and other domestic animals per household continues to grow. So does the number of food options for domestic animals. Premium and so-called holistic foods are showing some of the biggest increases in sales compared to more basic brands.
There's nothing easy about losing a pet, especially when your pet is experiencing pain and discomfort in their final weeks or months. But a new branch of pet care services, pet hospice, is helping ease pets' suffering and provide their owners with a sense of peace and comfort.