Check out these words of wisdom from our Reality Checkers
“The best pet care advice I’ve ever received came from my grandmother. She said to use Dawn dishwashing liquid on my dogs
instead of expensive pet shampoos, and I won’t ever have to worry about fleas. My dogs have been flea-free since their first
wash with Dawn, despite how much we play outside!”
-Cassandra Boyd, Evansville, Ind.
“When my Cocker Spaniel Delilah was about eight months old, I took her to a training class. We learned a useful command that
I’m so glad I taught my other dogs: ‘leave it.’ The dog steps back or looks away from something they’re not supposed to touch,
like human food. I’ve used it so many times for small problems that when something dangerous happened, it was pure gold. This
summer we’ve had three poisonous snakes come up too close to the house and I’ve easily been able to get the dogs inside.”
-Cathy Whitney, Claremore, Oklahoma
“Nutrition is key! If you invest in better foods for your pets, they will be rewarded with a much healthier life. Many commercial
foods are loaded with fillers and by-products that make for pudgy kitties and pooches with pooches. Feed your pet like they
would eat in the wild: high protein, low carb and as little processing as possible.”
-Sarah Borchelt, Chesterfield, Mo.
“Our vet showed me that the best and easiest way to clip our dog’s nails was to file them down quickly with a cordless Dremel
rotary tool. My husband typically uses his to grind down rough edges. For dogs, it’s very similar to the Pedi Paws device
that’s sold on TV, but that doesn’t have nearly as much power. The Dremel tool grinds well. No chipping, cracking or clipping
the quick by mistake―no pain for the dog. It works great!”
-Cindy Brickley, State College, Pa.
“The best advice I ever received came from two colleagues at Heart Bandits American Eskimo Dog Rescue (I’m the nationwide
transport coordinator for this organization). It has saved me hundreds of dollars over the years. The first tip: Buy pet supplies
online at KV Pet Equine, kvvet.com. Their prices are the lowest of all the pet sites out there."
-Le Ann Cayer Houston, Texas
“The best tip I was ever given has to do with what pets can do for the human spirit―they calm us. Simply stroking a dog, cat,
horse or even a bird can be so soothing. As a parent, it’s easy to get stressed, but having animals around makes those times
easier. It brings a big smile to my face when I see my daughter playing with our bulldog Mable. They truly love one another.
Mable has taken to my daughter as her ‘nanny.’”
-Tara Lisciandro-Hornich, Piscataway, N.J.