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Cutest Winter Clothes For Your Pet This Holiday Season:

   Brrrr… This winter weather is darn chilly. Time to show off our cutest sweaters, jackets, and more! But why should our pets be excluded from the fun? In this article, we’ll get into some of the best winter clothing options to keep your pet stylish and warm

By Abigail Brown

Feline Friends

Keep in mind that while not every cat will love wearing clothes, and they just might turn into a Roly-Poly when you put them in a sweater– some kitties love the added warmth. Pay attention to your cat’s body language/stress level, and have fun!

For the most festive kitties around XS-XXL

Cute cozy knit that comes in five colors, and XS-XXL

Canine Buds

Dogs are quite a bit easier to dress as most have no problem being put into clothes. In case your pup is hesitant, a few yummy treats on hand can help persuade your pet.

A sweater so cute you’ll never want to leave Ya Filthy Animal home alone, S-L

A snazzy turtleneck for colder weather, XS-XL

For our more prestigious friends

In case your buddy is tad fancier than other pets can keep up with, here are some options that will help them stand out in a crowd.

Fendi Look-alike dog sweater, XS-L

Insulated dog coat, XXS-XL

Sherpa lined coat for XS-XL pets 

But wait, there’s more!

Adorable sweater for a chilly guinea pig, 11 colors

Dinosaur knit sweater for small dogs, cats, and piggies!

A sweater and hat set for your lovely bearded dragon

A holiday snuggle sack for your hamster

 

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5 Ridiculously Funny Pet-Related Buys:

 

    Online shopping is a spectacular way to both kill time, and drain your checking account. Offering a world of goods at your fingertips, some of which being eyebrow-raising to say the least. Here are our top 5 silly pet-related finds, that pet lovers may absolutely love

by Abigail Brown 

Umbrella Leash To Keep Your Pup Dry

Now, in theory, this could work very well. But whether or not your pup stays dry heavily depends on you holding the leash straight up, how windy it is, and if your pet is prone to walking through puddles

 

A set of 6 adorable cat butt magnets

Some people may not be too crazy about these, and those who are– just might be self-proclaimed crazy cat lovers. There is no shame in that, who wouldn’t be driven a little kooky by adorable furballs?

 

A day-to-day calendar full of naughty dogs who were caught in the act

Nothing is chicken soup for the soul quite like a guilty pup holding up a sign that calls them out for exactly what they did wrong. If photos up that alley give you a chuckle, this is the calendar for you!

Chicken diapers for your sassy bird friends

A particularly interesting find is yes… diapers for your chickens. Brightly colored, ruffled, and soft. These nappies, while sure to give you a chuckle, make it possible for you to bring chickens into your house and avoid any mess that comes with them. 

Keep your kitty close to your heart with this cat carrying hoodie

Available in sizes S-4XL, just about everyone can tote their feline friend around all day long. Now getting them in there…we’ll leave that up to you. 

 

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3 Key Ways Children Benefit From Having Pets Growing up:

Animals not only offer companionship and unconditional love, but they also help nurture the body and mind. Having pets of any kind can have tremendous mental, physical, and emotional benefits for both you and your children.

By Abigail Brown

1. Physical health

Whether it be in stressful or stress-free situations, pet owners showed significantly lower blood pressure levels than those who do not own pets. If you’ve got an energetic pup who is a runner, you and your kiddos will be endlessly active!

2. Emotional Health

Pets are developmentally beneficial for your children. Helping them nurture their sense of responsibility through caring for them, and thus strengthening their self-esteem. A job well done, makes anyone feel all warm and fuzzy! Not to mention how helpful having a pet is to ease a child’s anxiety, the action of simply playing with an animal can dramatically raise your dopamine and serotonin levels– these chemicals helping you to be more calm, relaxed, and happy. Click me for additional resources.

3. Social Skills

If your kiddo has any trouble connecting to those around them, having a pet in their life can help them to get out of their shell. Research has shown that kids with pets in their homes tend to have more advanced social skills, be more communicative, and better at handling new or unplanned situations. Every child is very different, so it may not be a dog or cat that they click with. Have a conversation with your kiddo about what they would possibly like, and visit your local pet shelter or pet store. The more time your child has to get to know the animal before bringing them home, the better. Click me to read about 10 life lessons having a pet can teach your child.

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5 Things Most People Don’t Know About Their Favorite Household Pets:

 Animals can be pretty darn quirky when it comes to nearly everything they do. There are so many facts about them that just about everyone has down pat and a couple that may surprise you.

By Abigail Brown

 

1. The Cute Way Cats Pull a Mary Poppin’

    It’s a well-known fact that cats land on their feet, but the mind-boggling part is how. Cats have the ability to tuck their body into an almost umbrella-like shape, in order to be positioned correctly and land on their feet. This ability is called the Cat Righting Reflex. Click this link to read more about it. 

2. If I Own 6, Will I Become A Mathematician?  

  Oddly enough, it is a scientifically proven fact that individuals who own dogs score higher during mathematics-based tests on average than individuals who don’t. Owning dogs can also help decrease anxiety, and aid you in strengthening your work ethic

3. Talk About Fish Lips

   A fact that some people know, some people don’t, and most people wish they didn’t– is that a vast majority of lipstick brands have fish scales in their products. This is often listed as pearlescence” on your lipsticks ingredients label. 

4. How Mr. Purrington Was Caught For His Crime

   Humans have fingerprints that help us to tell one another apart, this being incredibly helpful in all manner of police investigations. Our feline friends have their own way to do this, with their noses. Every cat’s nose has a different print, and this was, unfortunately, the reason Mr. Purrington was convicted of grand theft catnip… Click me for more interesting facts about cat noses.

5. Are Your Fish Really All That Silent?

  Although we find them fairly quiet, many breeds of fish grind their teeth and or make noise with their swimming bladder in order to communicate with one another. Angelfish are extra fun, by communicating their social standing within the tank with the chemicals in their urine. To read a little bit more about how this works, Click me!

 

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Shiba Inus: The Ups, the Downs, and Everything in Between!

Everything you need to know, from the human of an especially peculiar Shiba Inu.

Shiba Inus are already a favorite breed in their home country of Japan, but they’ve been gaining popularity in the United Sates since their introduction to the country about 60 years ago. The first documented Shiba to enter the United States was imported by a military family in 1954!

The Ups

  1. They are the cats of the dog world:

    If you’re looking for an independent dog, then a Shiba is the breed for you! Shiba Inus spend a large amount of time grooming themselves, and even licking their paws like cats. This innate cleanliness makes them pretty easy to potty train. Shiba’s are just as aloof as cats, and aren’t in the business of seeking out human affection. Personally, my family has a Shiba Inu named Miya who’s been known to get up and walk away when she’s decided she’s been pet enough.

  2. They are better than an alarm system:

    Shiba Inus are not generally noisy dogs. However, should your Shiba notice someone strange walk past (or even worse, up to) your house, they’re going to make sure you know about it. Shiba Inus are also equipped with very impressive memories. To demonstrate how these two characteristics tie into one another, I’ll tell you a little about my Shiba and the exterminator. My family as both a Shiba Inu, and an exterminator. The exterminator comes to our home once a month, and somehow, Miya has learned that she can expect to see him the second Wednesday of each month. I have no idea how she does it, but from the morning before he shows up, until the afternoon when he leaves, she’s barking and guarding her home and her humans.

The Downs

  1. That whole yelling thing:

    Shiba Inus are the drama-queens of the dog world. If they are unhappy about something, they’re going to let you know about it, and they just might do that through the infamous “Shiba-Scream.” Yes, scream. This particular vocal styling sounds a lot like a wailing human; it is high pitched, and powerful. The most common cause for this kind of reaction would be a source of stress. My family was blissfully unaware of this trait until we gave Miya her very first bath. This was the bath heard ‘round the neighborhood. Needless to say, we just take her to the groomer now!

  2. They are escape geniuses:

    Remember how I said Shiba Inus are the cats of the dog world? Well, just like cats, if your Shiba can fit its head through a space, they are going to try their absolute hardest to squeeze their bodies through. When my Miya was a puppy, she got out through the fence surrounding our patio. Once she was loose, she was gone. It took a while to find her in the neighborhood, but luckily we found her. She wasn’t allowed back onto the patio until she got a little bigger, and even then, we once found her with her head stuck in the fence.

Everything in Between!

  1. They are beautiful little creatures:

    You will be stopped and complimented on your dog. Shiba Inu’s have very foxlike features, and are often (in my own experience) mistaken for baby Huskies. Miya is twelve now, and still, every time someone new crosses paths with her, she gets told how pretty she is. Since she thinks she’s Dog Royalty and her ego couldn’t possibly get any bigger, she tends to brush off these comments, but I always like them.

  2. They have GIANT personalities:

    While their bodies may be small, a Shiba Inu is packed full of personality. To really mesh well with a Shiba, you have to have a sense of humor. They’re stubborn, and they get bored easily, so you can imagine they’ll find ways to entertain themselves! (Hopefully in a way that also entertains you.) Miya has adopted this new habit of going into our pantry and sticking her head into the treat bag, until she’s had what she feels to be a sufficient amount. She also will not let us leave the house without giving her a biscuit first. You’d be surprised how demanding a 25lb dog can be.

Thanks for reading, hopefully you’ve learned something about Japan’s favorite dog! (On top of learning that my Shiba Inu is spoiled rotten.) See you next time!

Meghan Croce, for Bonilla Pet Photography

Portsmouth Animal Hospital

Portsmouth Animal Hospital is a friendly and welcoming Veterinary Clinic located in beautiful Portsmouth, Virginia. Formerly known as Casey Animal Hospital, Dr. Klarissa Ligon purchased the practice in July 2011 and Portsmouth Animal Hospital was created! Dr. Klarissa Ligon, the medical director and the owner of Portsmouth Animal Hospital graduated from Virginia Tech and has worked in multiple Virginia cities as a Veterinarian. Her special interests include dermatology, dentistry, and holistic medicine. She is currently expanding her education and interests in veterinary acupuncture as well. The practice also includes three other Veterinarians; Dr. Amy Harrell, Dr. David Smith, and Dr. Lisa Corkern, and includes eleven other team members who keep the Veterinary Hospital running in tip-top shape.

If you are looking for a clinic that has years of experience in offering regular pet wellness care and who stays on top of the latest advances in veterinarian technology then this is your place! A few of their services include dermatology, emergency and urgent care, flea and parasite prevention, end of life care, boarding, grooming, dental and x-rays, while also catering to many species of animals. At Portsmouth Animal Hospital they are committed to educating their clients in how to keep their pets healthy year round, with good nutrition and exercise. Be sure to check them out today!

 

 

By Jessica Luther

Bonilla Pet Photography

Pets and Summer Celebrations

Summer is here and that means cookouts, celebrations, and firework-filled nights! We all want to make sure our pets stay safe during these times. Are you prepared?

Here are some tips from the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Preparing in advance:

  • Make sure your pets – cats and dogs alike – have identification tags with up-to-date information.
  • If your pets aren’t already microchipped, talk with your veterinarian about microchipping. This simple procedure can greatly improve your chances of getting your pets back if they become lost.
  • If your pets are microchipped, make sure your contact information in the microchip registry is up-to-date.
  • Take a current photo of all of your cats, dogs– just in case.
  • If your pet has historically been anxious during celebrations or fireworks, or if you have reason to expect potentially harmful reactions, consider behavioral therapy to desensitize your pet and reduce the risk of problems. Some pets may need medication. Consult your veterinarian or a veterinary behaviorist.
  • Make sure the environment is safe and secure. If your neighbors set off fireworks at an unexpected time, is your yard secure enough to keep your pet contained? Evaluate your options, and choose the safest area for your animals; and make improvements if needed to make the area more secure.

Safety during celebrations:

  • Leave your pets at home when you go to parties, fireworks displays, parades and other gatherings. Loud fireworks, unfamiliar places and crowds can all be very frightening to pets, and there’s great risk of pets becoming spooked and running away.
  • Consider putting your pets in a safe, escape-proof room or crate during parties and fireworks.
  • If you’re hosting guests, ask them to help keep an eye on your pets to make sure they don’t escape. Placing notes on exit doors and gates can help both you and your guests remain vigilant.
  • Keep your pets inside if you or your neighbors are setting off fireworks.
  • Keep sparklers, glow sticks, fireworks, charcoal and kabob skewers away from curious pets.
  • Don’t let pets get near your barbecue grill while it is in use or still hot.
  • Avoid the urge to feed your pets table scraps or other foods intended for people.
  • Remember that too much sun and heat (and humidity!) can be dangerous to pets. Keep them inside when it’s extremely hot/humid; make sure they have access to shady spots and plenty of water when outdoors; don’t leave them outside for extended periods in hot weather; and know the signs that a pet may be overheating.
  • Never leave your pet in your car when it’s warm outside. Vehicle interiors heat up much faster than the air around them, and even a short time in a locked car can be dangerous to pets.
  • If you’re travelling out of town for the holiday, consider leaving your pets at home with a pet sitter or boarding them in a kennel. If you need to bring them with you, be sure you know how to keep them safe.

After the celebrations:

  • Check your yard for fireworks debris before allowing pets outside to play or relax. Even if you didn’t set off fireworks yourself, debris can make its way into your yard, where curious animals may pick it up to play with or eat.
  • If you hosted guests, check both your yard and home for food scraps or other debris that might be dangerous to pets, such as food skewers.

By Jessica Luther

Bonilla Pet Photography

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