Pet Articles for Charleston Pet Lovers

New Study: Dog Dander Protects Children from Common Cold Virus and Asthma!

House dust from homes with dogs appears to protect against infection with a respiratory virus that is associated with the common cold and the development of asthma in children. Researchers from the University of California, San Francisco, presented t. . .continue reading


Fosters needed in the Charleston Area! If you can’t Adopt, Consider Fostering a Dog or Cat

Helping pets in need doesn’t always mean adopting a dog or even donating money (although these are always good too). Fostering a dog is wonderful way to support overcrowded shelters and rescue organizations and get a pup ready for finding his forev. . .continue reading


Are you the owner of a Bossy cat? Bossy cats establish hierarchies – hierarchies that include not only all the kitties in the household, but often the owner as well. If your cat has promoted herself to CEO, you, as an employee of her organizatio. . .continue reading


Has Your Pooch Been Scooting Across your Floor (and your Rugs, and your Yard?)

If your pup is doing the dreaded scoot across the grass or your favorite Oriental rug, take heed. Chances are she’s trying to solve a problem with one or both anal glands. She may resolve the problem herself if it’s a once in awhile thing, but if. . .continue reading


Bad Year for Ticks on Dogs in the Charleston Area!

HERE'S A GREAT HERBAL TICK REPELLENT FOR DOGS BY ANNIE B. BOND I dug deep in my herbal formula books for this recipe out of desperation, given that I live in the epicenter of the tick-generated Lyme disease epidemic. I tested the essential oil tha. . .continue reading


My Dog Ate WHAT? Top 60 Weirdest Objects Swallowed by Pets!

Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI) received almost 2,000 medical care claims in 2010 for pets that ingested foreign objects. The following is a list of some of the most unusual items swallowed by a family pet. As you’ll see from the list, some pets ing. . .continue reading


Are Charleston Area Pets Getting FATTER?

A Dangerous Trend in Pet Health: Fat is the New Normal By Dr. Becker A survey of veterinarians conducted by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) found that 53 percent of adult dogs and 55 percent of adult cats are officially overwe. . .continue reading


What Would Happen to Your Pet if You Died Tomorrow?

Statistically speaking, over 6,000 of us will die tomorrow… What will happen to our pets? Probably, not many of us have made arrangements for the care of our fur family. Have you? None of us would like to see our beloved pets turned over to an a. . .continue reading


The Controversy Surrounding Declawing Cats: Should it be the Last Resort?

By Dr. Karen Becker In a perfect world, every kitty would instinctively know which surfaces to scratch, and which are off limits. In a perfect world, cat owners (or people owned by cats, depending on your viewpoint) could easily train their feline. . .continue reading


10 Simple Tips for Pet Proofing Your Home

Pets are like children – they’re curious about everything! And just as a new parent would child-proof their home for a toddler’s safety, pet parents should be concerned with the safety of their four-footed children. Consider this – most pa. . .continue reading


Joey the survivor!

JOEY Joey is a survivor.  Joey was found attached by a chain to an iron pole.  He was abandoned by his owner and the landlord of the property kept coming back to check if "the dog had died yet."  Joe was emaciated when he came to the shelter. . . .continue reading


Charleston Dog Trainers! New Study on what Training Methods Produce Less Stress on Dogs

We all know that dogs are genetically engineered to want to please us, but obviously, some try a little harder than others in that endeavor.  It seems that some breeds of dogs can be so stubborn and headstrong that they are practically impossible to. . .continue reading


Bad Dog Breath: Why It’s Not Normal and Can Be a Sign of Dental Trouble

Most people dutifully brush their teeth not only to prevent cavities and gingivitis, but also to keep their breath smelling fresh. In just the same way, regular brushing for dogs can ensure good dental hygiene and reduce the infamous “doggy breath.. . .continue reading


Importance Of Fostering Dogs

Fostering dogs is a key step in the process of keeping previously unwanted canines from being killed. While many potential pet owners are interested in adopting dogs that come from a shelter or other negative situations, many individuals are not equi. . .continue reading


Thinking of Adopting a Dog? 10 Great Tips to Help Make it Easier on BOTH of You!

1.  Tips for the First Week With Your Newly Adopted Dog ~Just like us, dogs need order and leadership. They seek order, which you must provide. Your dog needs to know that you are the in charge and that you have a set of rules to live by. This makes. . .continue reading


Your Pet’s Health: Debunking Some Common Myths

Over the past decade, as the population of dog and cat owners has increased, the number of pets that are receiving proper veterinary care has seen an alarming decline. A two-phase study of pet owners and veterinarians, which was commissioned by Bayer. . .continue reading


Indoor Springtime Hazards for your Pets!

Spring is here (feels like Summer!). Each change of season presents safety hazards for your companion animals, and spring is no exception. So here are a few things to look out for: • Easter candy and decorations: Chocolate is toxic to dogs, cats. . .continue reading


Did you Know Cats are More Efficient Drinkers than Dogs?

A study conducted by Roman Stocker, an MIT professor and roommate of Cutta Cutta, a cat he rescued from a Boston animal shelter, has revealed a fascinating difference between the way cats and dogs drink liquid. As it turns out, nature has designed ki. . .continue reading


Did you know these differences between Cats and Dogs?

Dogs are social animals, and want to be with with their pack, no matter where the pack is. Cats are solitary by comparison, and their primary attachment (if forced to choose) is to their territory, rather than other 2 or 4 legged animals. Dogs. . .continue reading


It’s Official… Dogs and Humans Think and Act Alike!

Chimpanzees share many of our genes, but dogs have lived with us for so long and undergone so much domestication that they are now serving as a model for understanding human social behavior, according to a new paper. Cooperation, attachment to people. . .continue reading


Ever Wonder Why Dogs Eat Grass?

There are two primary reasons why dogs eat grass. Number one is to use as a purgative, and number two is simply because they want to! Dogs Consume Grass to Purge Their System Most of you are well aware that dogs will, on occasion, eat large amount. . .continue reading


Can your Dog help you lower your Blood Pressure, reduce your Anxiety, boost your Immune System and get Dates?

The answer is a resounding Yes to these problems and much more according to recent research:  •  Playing with your dog has been proven to elevate your levels of dopamine and serotonin which serve to give one a sense of calm and well being.  . . .continue reading


While walking your dog around the Charleston area, make sure his paws are protected!

Pawfect Solutions for Protecting your Dog’s Paws Our dog's paws can be affected by environmental conditions, especially when they are young and have not had time for them to toughen. It is a good idea to check them regularly, and take the approp. . .continue reading


Charlie needs a good home!!!

Needs a good home - Charlie lab/possible basset hound mix. 2 yrs old, house brok...en & calm.  He has been neutered & current on shots. Saved a few days before euthanized by the Hymans of the Charleston area. Please email me at info@cha. . .continue reading


Charleston Dog Park Etiquette: Tips for an Enjoyable Visit!

• Take off the leash. What’s the point of going to the dog park if you’re going to put a leash on your dog? If you’ve done the recommended training, checked out the safety and design of the park, and observed the other dogs before entering, y. . .continue reading


BEWARE! 5 Early Spring Bulbs that can be Lethal to your Pets

Some of the most beautiful, colorful springtime plants pose a deadly temptation to your furkids. Before you pick out your seasonal blooms, make sure you know which plants are hazardous for your pets and avoid them if possible! #1: Tulips and Hyaci. . .continue reading


Adopting a Cat or Kitten? Some Helpful Hints

Points to Remember for Getting a Wonderful Pet Cat You may be tempted by the cuddly cat you saw in the advertisement or movie. But, you must understand that owning pet cats is not an easy job and you should think several times before purchasing a . . .continue reading


A Remarkable New Cure for Hip Dysplasia in Dogs and Cats

Does your pet suffer from Hip Dysplasia? Dysplasia is a crippling condition that can develop in dogs and cats. In many cases it can be a death sentence for our beloved pets.  Until now the only known treatment for this degenerative condition has . . .continue reading


Adopting a Puppy? Some helpful Hints

Bringing home a puppy is a heartwarming and fun experience… whether you’re a kid or an adult. You might think of your puppy as a new best friend – but your role as a puppy parent is even more crucial. Puppies grow more in their first year than . . .continue reading


Provide your Vet with the right info when your Dog or Cat is sick

The mission of veterinarians is to offer the most appropriate treatment to their patients. An effective cure is achieved when the skills and knowledge of the vet is combined with the cooperation, understanding, and patience of the pet owner. The t. . .continue reading


Tips for Charleston Area Pet Owners: What to Do If You Lose Your Pet

When your beloved dog or cat strays from home, it can be a traumatic experience for both of you. Here are some tips that we hope will help you find your pet. 1. Contact local animal shelters and animal control agencies. File a lost pet report with. . .continue reading



PLEASE MAKE A DIFFERENCE - DONATE TO CELIA'S FUND             We don't know where Celia came from or where she has been.  We don't know her history, her background, or whether she was abandoned or whether she was simply lost and could. . .continue reading


Updates on Foster Care and event this weekend at PetLovers Warehouse

Next Saturday, the 21st is the third Saturday of the month which means we will be bringing shelter dogs and foster dogs to Pet Lovers Warehouse. Shelter dogs should be brought to the store at 11 and they will stay until 2, giving them enough time. . .continue reading



An Overview of the Foster Program: FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON OUR FOSTER PROGRAM PLEASE CALL KATHY ECKELS 843-695-1272 You won't find all of the dogs available for adoption at the Frances R Willis SPCA residing at the shelter.  Some of . . .continue reading


Adopting an Extra Cat Adds Fun and Another Furry Friend to Your Home

People are social and we all value our interactions with friends and family. While you might not think the same of cats, people who have more than one can attest that having multiple cats can make everyone in the household ~ two-legged and four-legge. . .continue reading


Special Announcement for Rafter’s Trot, 2012

Rafter’s Trot, number 8, is just around the corner on January 8, 2012.  This will be a particularly special event as it is our final Trot to raise funds for canine cancer research.  What began as my one- time effort to raise awareness of and fund. . .continue reading


“Designer Breeds” They’re all the rage!… Have you been fooled?

From the K9.5 NEWSPAWPER Today you can pick up any newspaper and find more and more “breeds” of dogs.  You can also find tremendous amounts of the ones that have been established for hundreds of years…too many in fact.  Yet we still have i. . .continue reading


Does your Dog know how long you have been gone?

A recent study from Therese Rehn and Linda J. Keeling, “The effect of time left alone at home on dog welfare,” was published in the January 2011 issue of Applied Animal Behaviour Science. The study investigated the effect of time left alone on do. . .continue reading


Adopt an Older Dog... the Tri-County Area Has Plenty to Choose From!

1. What You See Is What You Get Older dogs are open books—from the start, you’ll know important things like their full-grown size, personality and grooming requirements. All this information makes it easier to pick the right dog and forge th. . .continue reading


Why Grain Free Dog Foods are Better!

It’s a fact that dogs don’t produce the necessary enzymes in their saliva responsible for digesting grains and other carbohydrates, therefore they must be solely digested in their stomachs. This is much harder on them, and takes much more energy.. . .continue reading


For Your Cat’s Sake, Practice Good Health

  Cats are known for their independent nature. However, as with all pets, cats depend on their pet parents to make the important decisions that impact their well-being, including their diet. While most pet lovers have good intentions whe. . .continue reading


Arthritis Remedy for Pets

Want to find out about the most powerful, non-invasive method to treat many of your pets injuries, aches and pains?  Ever heard of Cold Laser Therapy?  Cold laser is a compressed beam of light which penetrates the skin with no heating effect (w. . .continue reading



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Is Your Dog Afraid of Thunder and Lightning?

    The modern terminology is  Thunder Anxiety… Our dog Jocassee recently developed Thunderstorm Anxiety after lightning struck very close to him while he was on our porch. Now, as soon as he hears the distant thunder (long before we ever . . .continue reading


Keeping a Leash on Allergies While Living With a Pet

Allergies no longer have to prevent pet ownership. By taking a few simple precautionary steps, it is possible to comfortably live with both pets and allergies. Here are a few helpful tips: * Shut the door. Keep cats or dogs from your bedroom - . . .continue reading


Why Pet Toys Are Important

You may be giving your pets some toys to play with just because you enjoy watching them playing with these toys. However, giving your pet cats and dogs toys is, in fact, a crucial thing. Activities with a fun toy can be a good exercise for the animal. . .continue reading


Funny Cats Video

We love funny videos, especially when they are about pets - and most of all - cats. Now this video has been around for a while, but it is still a great compilation of all the funny antics that our pets cats have in a routine day. Leave us a com. . .continue reading


Snakes – The Unusual Pets

Do you have plans to get a pet snake? While some people find snakes scary, some others find them very attractive and lovable. Most of such snake lovers keep snakes as pets. Though many people would love to keep snakes as pets, they have absolutely no. . .continue reading


Tips For Traveling Via Air With Your Dog

As you considering traveling with your pet dog and the joys of having your best friend with you, please consider some of these tips and notes about airlines that are dog (and pet) friendly! Consider these airlines (you can click each link to view sp. . .continue reading


Parrot Care Tips For Your Talking Pet

Parrots provide great entertainment as they can imitate the sounds made by humans, other animals and also any other sound they hear. They have great intelligence and love the company of humans; they sometimes love interacting with other animals as we. . .continue reading


10 Simple Tips for Pet Proofing Your Home

Pets are like children--they're curious about everything! And just as a new parent would child-proof their home for a toddler's safety, pet parents should be concerned with the safety of their four-footed children. Consider this--most parents spen. . .continue reading


Iguanas: Your Reptile Friends at Home

A lot of people are keeping iguanas as pets these days. You can get a lot of information from pet stores and the internet on how to keep iguanas as pets. You can find out about cages, iguana behavior, food pattern, and lifestyle from these sources. I. . .continue reading


Cat Houses: The Perfect Gift for Your Cat

If you cat is claiming your house, it is time to give them one of their own. You can find cat houses of various shapes and sizes. There are indoor and outdoor cat houses that keep your pets warm, dry, cool, and cozy in all weather conditions. Since c. . .continue reading


Grooming – The Perfect Key to a Healthy Dog

You probably do not know that grooming your pet properly not only maintains their appearance and cuteness, but it also helps in finding out health related issues of your dear pets. Since animals and birds cannot communicate in words any discomfort th. . .continue reading


Pet Fish Care Tips For First Time Fish Keepers

If you have decided to keep fish as pets and build an aquarium, it is better to begin with less costly fish. Common varieties like goldfish are the better choice for first time fish pet owners. What matters the most is keeping your aquarium as attrac. . .continue reading


People Food Is Not Only Bad For Your Pet, It Could Be Toxic!

Because we love our pets, we often want to show our love by sharing our food with them. But did you know that some of your favorite foods can actually be harmful to your furry friends? Chocolate Coffee and Sodas Chocolate, coffee, and sodas c. . .continue reading