Animals and Your Mental Health

from Colleen Doerksen, Open Skies Coaching & Counselling World Mental Health Day was this past week (October 10th).  It got me thinking about how we can improve our mental health and stay connected with healthy people and activities.  Those of us with pets, know well the calm and happiness of…

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Why You Should Let Your Dog Sniff On A Walk

From Tracie Titchkosky, No Bad Dogs Training There has been a lot of information out there lately about the efficacy and usefulness of walking your dog. There are many benefits of getting outside with your dog and getting them appropriate exercise and the best way to do that is to…

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Tips for Grieving A Pet For Seniors

by Colleen Doerksen, Open Skies Coaching & Counselling Associates The comfort of a pet is especially desirable to singles and seniors as they are companions when there is no one else around.  Certainly, in times of this pandemic, many of us have only had the company of a dear pet, so…

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The Loss of a Pet is Real Grief

by Colleen Doerksen, Open Skies Coaching & Counselling Associates As I sit and writing this, my eyes tear up thinking about all of the pets who have passed through my life and graced me with their presence. Many have lived their entire lives with me and my family and most…

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Kennel Cough in Dogs

Veterinarians are seeing a concerning rise in kennel cough in dogs.  At the Pembina Valley Humane Society, we are doing everything we can to keep it from entering the shelter and spreading to the dogs in our care.  Read on to learn about kennel cough, prevention, and treatment. So what…

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Dog Friendly Ice Cream Recipes

Today (July 18) is National Ice Cream Day; a perfect summer treat on a hot day.  While the occasional small amount of vanilla ice cream is probably okay for your dog, it shouldn’t be a regular treat for them as adult dogs don’t really have the stomach to handle lactose….

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Helping Our Pets Adjust When We Return To Work

As pet owners begin to return to work, we can’t expect our pets to understand that it’s back to business as usual. So how do we prepare our pets for when we go back to the office? Start by leaving the house more frequently, increasing the duration each time.  Don’t…

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February is National Pet Dental Month!

It is National Pet Dental Month which is your reminder to check on your pets’ teeth! Dental diseases affects the teeth, gums, and the support structures around your pet’s teeth. It may begin as simple plaque buildup but, left untreated, can be much more serious. By the age of 3,…

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Cold Weather Fun

As the temperature plummets, our animals are going to need more enrichment than ever. Here are five enrichment activities that help keep your pet stimulated during those long cold days. Hide and Go Treat Before leaving for work, scatter treats around the house for your animal to find throughout the…

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Holiday Hazards: Poisonous Plants

December is here which means the holidays are right around the corner. It is a season of joy and love, but also potential danger for your pets. With new decorations, foods, plants, and toys, your inquisitive pets could be at risk. To keep your pets safe this holiday season, we…

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