Pet Lovers

Pet Fire Safety

This month we acknowledge National Pet Fire Safety Day. I can think of nothing more horrifying than losing your pet to a fire while you are away from home. According to the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Foundation), 40,000 pets die in residential fires each year, most from smoke inhalation, and 500,000 pets are affected overall…. Read more »

The Sphynx Cat

A friend of mine was excited about her new kitten and invited me over to meet “Cleopatra”. She had informed me that it was a hairless cat, but I guess I didn’t give that much thought. Sure, I have seen hairless cats before… We have a few that stay with us at Holiday Barn Pet… Read more »

Caring for your Senior Dog

I can’t believe my little guy will be 12 years old next month. He’s still so “puppy-like”, thankfully. As much as I try to ignore it, there are subtle signs that age is creeping up on him. I don’t want him to suffer any negative effects of aging and I’m going to do everything I… Read more »

When your Dog loses his Best Friend

There was the most beautiful husky at the Stony Point mall the other day…. I asked her owner if I could pet her, and she was proud to allow me to do so, but the dog didn’t respond to me in any way. She didn’t look towards me, she didn’t come closer to me when… Read more »

Small Dog Syndrome

When we get a new large-breed puppy, we always think, “We’d better get that puppy in Training as soon as possible because when he grows up, we won’t be able to handle him.” It is often a different story when we get a small breed pup. We think that because he will still be small… Read more »

Respiratory Allergies in Pets

Respiratory Allergies in Dogs We recently talked about ways to help your dog battle allergies during this time of the year. In this blog we discussed how allergens generally affect your dog, namely, scratching the face, licking at the feet and pawing at the ears. However, in the last couple of years, we have been… Read more »

Dog Swimming & Safety Tips for the James River

One of the best things about the city of Richmond is the James River. Not only is it an amazing resource for humans to go swimming, rafting, fishing, and kayaking, but it’s also a great place to take your dog for an afternoon of playful exercise.  There are a lot of dog-friendly water locations along the James River… Read more »