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Perfect Nails

Just like us, pets need regular nail trims. This grooming ritual also helps you, your floors, and furniture from being unintentionally scratched and your clothes from being snagged. In dogs, long nails can even become painful and interfere with their ability to walk.

Before You Clip

  •   Get your pet used to having her paws handled.

  •   Begin by speaking softly as you massage each paw, gently separating the toes.

  •   Your pets may instinctively pull away. Repeat whatever it was they did not like, but do it more slowly and gently until they begin to accept it.

  •   When you think theyíre ready, cut one or two nails.

  •   Have a treat ready for positive reinforcement.

How To


  1. Since cats have retractable nails, youíll need to gently squeeze the toe to push the nail out. 

  2. Locate the pinkish part of the nail. This is a blood vessel and should be avoided. 

  3. If you cannot see the pinkish part, just clip the tip of the nail. 

  4. Snip the tip of the nail with pet nail clippers (available from any pet supply store). 


  1. Hold the paw in your hand and look at the nails. 

  2. Locate the pinkish part of the nail. This is a blood vessel and should be avoided. 

  3. If you cannot see the pinkish part, just clip the tip of the nail. 

  4. Snip the tip of the nail with pet nail clippers (available from any pet supply store). 

If you are uncomfortable with this procedure, visit your veterinarian for help.

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Show You Care, Identify Your Pets

Proper identification could mean the difference between life and death for your dog or cat.

Sad Statistics

  •   Approximately 15 million dogs and nine million cats enter shelters throughout the US each year as strays, according to the American Humane Association

  •   Tragically, only 19% of dog owners and 3% of cat owners ever redeem their lost pets

  •   These percentages would increase dramatically if more pets were properly identified

Important Information

  •   All cats and dogs need to wear collars with city licenses and rabies vaccination tags

  •   Personal identification tags with the ownerís name, address and telephone number are important back-ups

  •   Keep the information up-to-date

  •   Special cat collars with elastic sewn into the band are available to protect cats from being caught in trees or on fences

Even the most responsible owners experience unexpected circumstances that cause pets to accidentally stray, becoming lost or injured.

Please, for your petsí sake, show you care by properly identifying them. 

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Your Cat Needs A Tag!

Animal shelters take in millions of lost cats each year, and most do not wear an identification tag.

Why Do Catís Need A Tag?

  •   Less than three out of a hundred are found and reclaimed by their owners.

  •   One of those three is wearing a tag, and is usually found quickly.

  •   Many owners search long and hard, and never find their pets, without a tag, at all!

Donít Take A Chance On Losing Your Cat Forever

  •   Put an identification tag on her with your name, address, and phone number.

  •   Be sure to keep the information current.

  •   Use a collar especially made for cats with a short piece of elastic sewn in it. These collars allow the cat to escape if she should get caught on furniture or other materials.

  •   Tag your cat even if you never let her outside. One day she could slip through an open door and easily become lost in the unfamiliar (to her) neighborhood.

The First Collar

  •   Distract him with a catnip toy.

  •   The toy will distract the catís attention from the new feeling of wearing a collar .

  •   By the time he finishes shredding the new toy, he may have forgotten the collar entirely.

Any cat can get lostóeven yours. Thatís why your cat needs a tag!

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Have You Walked Your Dog Today?

To Fence or Not to Fence
Every dog should have a fenced yard as a safe and handy place to play, to relax in, and to defend. Fenced yards relieve owners of the necessity of walking their pet three or four times a day. However, every dog deserves at least one walk a day and every owner will benefit from providing it.

The Benefits of Walks

  1. Bonding Time-Time together especially active time together; provides an opportunity for dog and owner to interact and establish mutual communication and a strong bond of affection. Dogs on a walk also get to socialize with other dogs. This is especially beneficial for puppies, who learn the rules of canine social interaction from meeting older dogs. 

  2. Exercise- Most dogs wonít run around a fenced yard enough to get the exercise they need. If you and your dog walk a mile or more a day, youíll both benefit by building strength and endurance, burning off calories, breathing fresh air, and discovering whatís new in the neighborhood. 

  3. Boredom-Yard bound dogs get bored from lack of variety in their lives. Walk past a fenced yard and watch the resident dog race along the fence line, press its face through the links, bark, pant, whimper; and practically turn somersaults to get your attention. Imagine being able to see a park, alley, or vacant lot from your yard but never getting the chance to explore it. No wonder dogs get frustrated. 

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Last modified: June 20, 2017