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Tethering or chaining dogs pose a danger to humans:

How does tethering or chaining dogs pose a danger to humans?  Dogs tethered for long periods can become highly aggressive. Dogs feel naturally protective of their territory; when confronted with a perceived threat, they respond according to their fight-or-flight instinct. A chained dog, unable to take flight, often feels forced to fight, attacking any unfamiliar animal or person who unwittingly wanders into his or her territory.


Why Should I Microchip My Companion Animal?

Nationwide, every 4.5 seconds a lost companion animal is taken to the Humane Society or other animal control agency. Only one pet in five is successfully returned to his/her guardian. What can you do to ensure you have the best chance of getting your pet back?          Read More

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Should I Spay or Neuter My Pet


First things first –

Both spaying and neutering (altering) are licensed veterinary procedures. Spaying removes the ovaries and uterus of a female pet, while neutering remove the testicles of a male pet. This is where I usually lose the male readers, but stay with me for a few minutes and let me explain further.   Read More

Sunny With a Chance of Rabies?  By Amy Jo Miller, Pets Matter


Rabies is a serious illness caused by a virus that attacks the brain and spinal cord (central nervous system). All warm-blooded animals, including wild animals, dogs, cats and humans, are susceptible to it. The disease usually spreads through saliva, for example, when an infected animal bites or scratches another animal or human. With kids out of school for the summer and more time spent outdoors, families should educate themselves about rabies and caution their children about the possibility of exposure.


Poison Control:

Human medications, insecticides, OTC medications, people food, household products, veterinary medications, rodenticides, plants, lawn & garden products, automotive products.

Allergies in Pets

Is your cat grooming half of her hair off, or is your dog licking his paws raw? It may well be that your pet is experiencing allergies, one of the most common health problems for pets.




Acclimating your new Cat

Helping Your New Cat Adjust

Over the past several months, Companion Connection has had a few cats adopted and then returned to us within days because the new guardians did not understand how to    acclimate the cat to their new home.

Thinking of Adopting a Puppy?

So you’re thinking about adopting a puppy.  Before you do, there are a number of things to be considered:

Do I have sufficient free time to spend with the puppy now and later when the puppy becomes a dog? Dogs are social animals. They need companionship, especially from their human, to be happy, healthy and well adjusted. In this sense, they are just like humans. Ignoring their need for companionship will create serious behavior issues which will hamper you relationship

What You Should Know About Dog Aggression

The news media, with all its good intentions, has tarnished the good name of dogs with its sensational reporting of dog attacks. Yes, dogs do occasionally bite people and I am sure it is very unpleasant when it happens. However, the seriousness of the bite is generally mild. In fact, 99% of dog bites treated in emergency rooms are rated as a level one, which is the least serious of six levels on the accepted injury severity scale. (A level one injury is one in which the patient recovers quickly with no lasting impairment; a level six injury is one likely to be fatal.) By comparison, treatment of injuries from falls average at a level 4 rating and are six times more likely to result in hospitalization than dog bite injuries.

Selecting a Veterinarian

Next to you and your family, the most important person to your pet is the veterinarian (vet) that you choose, so it is worthwhile to spend a little time making that selection. There is no proven, exact method that you can follow to get the needed information, but the following basics should help.

15 Ways to Keep Your Dog Safe and Warm in the Winter


If you have a dog, it can be wonderful to see them romping in the snow for the first time but harsh winters can be tough for our four-legged friends too. So, we thought it would be useful to provide a list of things to consider at this time of year.