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Navigating Pet End of Life Care

by Dr. Dani McVety, Founder and CEO of Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice

There comes a day when every pet parent has to come to terms with their pet’s passing. This unfortunately means making the difficult decision between a “natural death” or humane euthanasia. I imagine just about everyone would like their pet to comfortably crawl into their bed one night, drift off to sleep, and pass away peacefully while sleeping. While many people think this defines a “natural death,” that isn’t necessarily the case—and a natural death does not always guarantee a peaceful death.

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The Price of Boredom

by Kathryn Cockrell, Owner of Happy Hound Pet Sitting

We’ve all experienced that moment of panic—you walk into your house and immediately know something isn’t right.  You spot your favorite book lying open on the floor with its beloved pages shredded and scattered around the entire house. The culprit? One very clueless pooch who has absolutely no idea why you’re mad. Your pup is doing his nightly happy dance surrounded by chewed up remnants of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire—happy as can be that his human finally came back home.

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Winter Safety Tips for Your Senior Pet

by Dr. Dani McVety, Founder and CEO of Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice

As winter’s biting cold sets in, your senior pet may struggle with the cold more than usual—especially considering older pets often do not handle temperature extremes well. The dry, cold air may cause achy joints to flare up, while icy walkways can make potty breaks treacherous. Help keep your senior pet warm, comfortable, and safe this season with the following tips.

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How to Find the Perfect Pet Sitter

by Kathryn Cockrell, Owner of Happy Hound Pet Sitting

It’s a high stakes situation — you’re leaving your pets and home in the care of a complete stranger. Don’t get me wrong, in-home pet sitters are incredible — but it’s essential that you do your homework before handing over the keys to the castle. Here are a few important considerations when hiring a new pet sitter.

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Saying Goodbye to Pets During the Holidays

by Dr. Dani McVety, Founder and CEO of Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice

The holidays are about joy, gratitude, and family. But for many people, the experience of having to say goodbye to a beloved pet can taint the celebration, as there tends to be an increase in pet euthanasia during this time of year.

This type of loss can be a difficult and overwhelming experience for pet parents. Anticipatory grief can cause a mix of emotions, including anxiety, which can impact your remaining time with your pet. In this article, we will discuss four ways to support you and your beloved during this challenging time.

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