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Prepping Your Pet In Case Disaster Strikes

By Nicole Abrego


September is National Disaster Preparedness Month. As much as we hope that a natural disaster such as fires, earthquakes, floods, or other events won’t happen near our home, it’s always best to prepare your family in case such an event occurs. Pets are part of your family, and thus, should be included in your family’s emergency plan. Here are some helpful tips on how to make sure that your pet is prepared in case of an emergency. 


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The Favorite Hiding Places of Ticks

Ticks are the vampire of the pet world. They latch onto your dog or cat, attach themselves and suck their blood until they’re engorged with your pet’s blood. Then they fall off and rest until they’ve digested their meal.

What happens next is they may quietly die, or they may feel ready for another feeding. It depends on the life cycle of the tick, the type of tick, and other such factors.


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How To Transition An Outdoor Kitty To An Indoor One

One popular myth about cats is they’re happiest having the freedom to go outside. This is far from the truth. There are many cats who are born and raised indoors who have no interest in going outside and would panic if they found themselves on the wrong side of the door.


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Taking Care of Your Dog’s Paws

Your four-legged friend’s feet play an important role in his daily life. They provide insulation to keep him warm in cold temperatures, contain sweat glands to cool him off in the heat, absorb shock, provide traction and balance, bear the majority of his weight, and allow him to run to greet you at the end of a long day.

Unfortunately, this means they also endure a lot of wear and tear. Watch out for these paw problems—and catch any issues early by regularly checking your dog’s digits.


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5 Summer Treats to Cool Off Your Pet

By Nicole Abrego

Summertime is going strong here in beachy Encinitas! After a day of fun in the sun, what better way to cool off your pet than with some DIY summer treats. Check out these 5 cool summer treats that you can make for your pet:

Yogurt Pops Dog Treats:

What you’ll need: 


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