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Bringing Home Puppy: Tips for a Successful Introduction to the Family

Bringing Home Puppy: Tips for a Successful Introduction to the Family

(Welcome to our pet column, courtesy of Pet Connection Programs Inc. of Marilla. We post a new article each week, so be sure to check back on a regular basis!)

There’s no doubt a new puppy brings joy to millions of families each year. However, while bringing home a new dog is exciting, it can also be quite an adjustment period for both the puppy and his new owners. 

According to veterinarian Dr. Brent Mayabb, manager of education and development at Royal Canin USA, pet parents can help ease the transition with some simple steps to ensure healthy growth and development for our four-legged family members. Here are some tips to help make your new puppy’s transition easier for both pup and the family:

‘Tis the Season to Pamper Your Pet

‘Tis the Season to Pamper Your Pet

(Welcome to our pet column, courtesy of Pet Connection Programs Inc. of Marilla. We post a new article each week, so be sure to check back on a regular basis!)

The holidays aren’t just for indulging children; family pets could use some pampering, too. 

In fact, a poll conducted by Petside.com reported that 53 percent of U.S. pet parents intended to get their animal companions a present during the holidays. 

To help you get in the spirit of the season, here are some gift ideas for the furry friend in your life: 

Learn What Treats Will Do to Your Pet’s Weight

Learn What Treats Will Do to Your Pet’s Weight

(Welcome to our pet column, courtesy of Pet Connection Programs Inc. of Marilla. We post a new article each week, so be sure to check back on a regular basis!)

In a recent study conducted by the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association and Hill's Pet Nutrition, veterinarians said that giving pets too many treats is one of the most common mistakes pet owners make when feeding their dogs or cats.

If you reward your pet with treats or table scraps you might be surprised to learn about the negative impact these treats can have on his or her weight. Here's how some dog and cat treats would translate to an average (150 lb.) human:

Welcome a New Pet Into Your Home With These Tips

Welcome a New Pet Into Your Home With These Tips

(Welcome to our pet column, courtesy of Pet Connection Programs Inc. of Marilla. We post a new article each week, so be sure to check back on a regular basis!)

Congratulations! You're a pet owner. Bringing a new pet home is an exciting experience but requires some preparation. That adorable ball of energy covered in fur will interact with just about every inch of living space and your life is about to be enriched in ways you've never dreamed possible. 

Festive Felines Adoption Event to be Held at Galleria

Festive Felines Adoption Event to be Held at Galleria

Join three of the Maddie's® Pet Rescue Project partner organizations for Festive Felines at the Walden Galleria on Friday, December 2nd. Taking place from 3pm to 6pm on the upper level in front of Toy Zam, the City of Buffalo Animal Shelter, SPCA Serving Erie County and Ten Lives Club will have dozens of cats and kittens available for adoption. All cats will be spayed or neutered and up to date on vaccinations. Adoption fees will range from fee waived up to $125.

Pet Safety Tips During the Holidays

Pet Safety Tips During the Holidays

(Welcome to our pet column, courtesy of Pet Connection Programs Inc. of Marilla. We post a new article each week, so be sure to check back on a regular basis!)

As families gather together during the holiday season, many people have no choice but to leave their beloved pet home alone. But without proper attention to safety, a pet left with holiday décor can unwrap an unwanted wish list of dangers.

Getting a Dog? Consider These Factors to Make Sure You’re a Match

Getting a Dog? Consider These Factors to Make Sure You’re a Match

(Welcome to our pet column, courtesy of Pet Connection Programs Inc. of Marilla. We post a new article each week, so be sure to check back on a regular basis!)

There are plenty of cliche things that people say about dogs: That they're man's best friend, that they love you unconditionally and that behind those cold noses, there are warm hearts. But while dog owners might feel a bit silly about repeating those old chestnuts, they'll also admit they're absolutely true.