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Miss Mollie Mae: National Pet Diabetes Month

Diabetes, a common condition for humans, is also relatively common amongst dogs and cats.

November is recognized as Pet Diabetes Awareness Month. Spreading awareness about diabetes in dogs and cats is vital to helping pet owners spot and treat the disorder early.

If any of the following signs apply, you should bring your dog or cat to your veterinarian for a checkup.

  • Urinates frequently
  • Drinks a lot of water
  • Is always hungry
  • Has lost weight Signs
  • Eyes appear cloudy
  • Coat has deteriorated
  • Sleeps more or is less active




By |November 24th, 2015|Miss Mollie Mae|0 Comments|

Miss Mollie Mae: October is National Pet Obesity Month & National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month!

Did you know an estimated 54% of dogs and cats in the United States are overweight or obese.

The primary reasons for obesity in pets are over eating and lack of physical exercise. Owners view food as a way to reward and treat their pets, which contributes to their overeating habits. Pets confined to a house or small yard, or who are not regularly walked or played with, are more prone to obesity.

Obesity in pets creates adverse health conditions such as:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Heart Disease
  • Joint Injury
  • Cancer
  • Decreased lifespan

Just like humans, a sedentary lifestyle is a problem. A healthy diet and regular exercise are vital for not only physical health, but also for behavioral wellness!

If you’re thinking about getting a dog, be a hero and consider adopting a rescue animal or a dog from your local shelter.  You’ll be saving a life and greatly improving yours! Your local shelter is the perfect place to find dogs of every type, size, age and personality – all waiting for a loving home!



By |October 13th, 2015|Miss Mollie Mae|0 Comments|

Miss Mollie Mae – Kids Back to School: Separation Anxiety for Your Four-Legged Friend!

In September, as the kids head back to school, did you consider that your dog may have to adjust to the changes in the family routine just like everyone else? During the summer, your children and the family dog can develop a strong bond. Now there’s suddenly an empty and quiet house.

This change in routine when children return to school can be confusing to your dog. Instead of going for walks and playing in the yard, their companions suddenly put on backpacks and head out the door without them. This change in routine can cause your dog to suffer from separation anxiety or depression.

Your dog may experience the effects of the loss of extra playtime and the friendship developed with your children by exhibiting signs of separation through destructive behaviors such as:

  • Chewing furniture
  • Ripping the stuffing out of pillows
  • Shredding paper
  • Obsessive barking/whining for extended periods of time

Separation anxiety is a serious condition that can be managed with structure and patience. Never punish your dog for exhibiting this behavior, as it will make him or her more fearful and potentially aggressive.

Here are a few helpful tips to help your dog cope with back-to-school schedules and your children’s shift in attention:

  • Follow a daily routine for feeding, walks, and play time.
  • Leave some sturdy, interactive toys for your dog to help keep him from being bored. Rubber kongs can be stuffed with a little peanut butter and can even be frozen for a long lasting treat!
  • Consider doggie daycare for prolonged absences



By |September 11th, 2015|Miss Mollie Mae|0 Comments|

Miss Mollie Mae: The social media site worth BARKING about!

A dog should be a positive, up-lifting experience. Therefore, a dog photo should be something that makes you a little bit happier or laugh when you see it.

A new photo-sharing site called BarkFeed features dog images designed to make us smile. BarkFeed was developed by Bark & Co., the same group that brought us BarkBox, which is a monthly delivery of toys, treats, and chews for our pups.

Right now, BarkFeed is a web-based application and does not have a mobile app. But due to the response the site has been getting since its launch earlier this summer, the app integration may not be far behind.pup


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