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Our pet health library features articles by biochemist and InClover founder, Rebecca Rose, in addition to other industry experts. Learn the ins and outs of the pet supplement market, including how to read labels and what to look for in a quality product plus get advice on other common pet health concerns and questions.

Traveling with your pet

Ahhh, summertime, and a pet parent’s thoughts turn to “who is going to take care of my fur baby while I am on vacation?” Or, if you are the lucky sort who can travel with your pet, “how will I deal with the stress that goes along with travel?”

The In Clover Story

In Clover seemed the perfect name for the journey I was about to embark sixteen years ago to create a company around making dogs, cats and horses more comfortable.

Give your dog the gift of Grin

According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, more than 80 percent of dogs develop gum disease by the age of three years. Common signs of poor oral health include bad breath, excessive drooling, loss of appetite due to oral discomfort, and teeth discolored by tarter build-up. Bad breath is often the most obvious sign, and products with natural breath-freshening ingredients, such as anise and chlorophyll, can improve that condition. However pet parents can help their beloved companions enjoy optimal dental health by focusing on the cause of Fido’s offensive smells, in addition to relieving the more noticeable symptoms.

Pet health insurance: Can it help me? At what cost? 5 questions to ask.

Vet bills are much more expensive than many people think, having grown twice as fast as that of our pay checks. The increased costs have come about because vets can now help pets in ways they simply could not before and the cost of veterinary drugs is increasing rapidly, with human drugs now being used for pets. Any unexpected illness or accident could put you under financial strain unless you have pet insurance.

Is pet insurance a good deal for you?

My rescue pup Floyd is a bit of a delicate flower. I would do anything for Floyd’s health and wellbeing. However, I do not have any information about his roots or how he was cared for before he joined our family. This led me to research pet insurance, something I have not looked at before. To learn more, I went straight to the expert at Embrace Pet Insurance.

What non-food item is your dog or cat trying to eat?

I heard the sound of a pan sliding on a tile floor, I quickly looked down to my side. Just as I thought, nothing there. My constant companion, a slightly overweight Golden named Floyd, was gone.

Is your cat at risk for heat stroke? Tips to prevent it.

Meet the wild sand cat. This hardy species of feline lives in some of the world’s harshest desert terrains. This kitty beats the heat by burrowing by day and hunting at night. With water scarce, they rely on moisture from their prey. We supply the habitat and prey for our domestic feline friends, so it’s our job to keep them safe when temperatures rise. Heat stroke in cats is less common than in dogs, but they are not immune.

Is eating grass normal for my dog or cat?

We have a glass door at In Clover that is a perfect spot for my dog Floyd to watch the world go by. It overlooks a grassy lawn. I found him there yesterday afternoon staring nose to nose through the glass with a bunny who was chewing intently on a long blade of grass. Floyd is intrigued this time of year by both the lush green grass and the bunny. As spring is springing and you start to spend more time looking out and in your yard you may notice how much grass your dog and cat eat and wonder why.

Selecting a pet sitter

By: Rebecca Rose, In Clover founder and product developer Did you know that March 7-13, 2010 marks the celebration of Professional Pet Sitters Week? Introduced by Pet Sitters International (PSI) in 1995, this international campaign educates pet owners about the...

University Confirms Pets Help Seniors

When my daughter was a baby, I took her and my 10-year-old Golden Retriever, McGee, to the local nursing home to visit the residents. I thought they would like to see a happy cute baby and McGee was a perfect gentleman to tag along. While many of the seniors smiled at the cooing baby, I learned first-hand of the connection my dog brought. McGee immediately tried to go with a lady in a wheelchair, even though I told him to stay with me. I quickly discovered that she had bacon in her fanny pack. She had been saving it from breakfast in case someone brought a dog in to visit. McGee loved the pets, treats and kind words.

Share the love, not the chocolate

According to the Nielsen Company, 58 million pounds of chocolate candy will be sold this week. We know our dogs should not eat chocolate, but how much is dangerous, and what about the cat, or the bird? Is chocolate bad for them, too?

Supplement Needs for Older Dogs and Cats

Because our senior dogs and cats are unable to make the digestive enzymes necessary to absorb and digest key nutrients, it is important to supplement their diets with a high quality digestive enzyme product. Look for a supplement with key plant based enzymes such as protease, amylase, cellulase and lipase.

Is salmon safe for your pet?

I walked into my favorite pet store right after work, hungry. I was projecting my tastes as I selected the pet food flavors. The dog food package had a beautiful stream full of jumping salmon. The cat food label had an appetizing array of seafood, I chose the salmon. But then I remembered about “salmon poisoning.” Salmon is not safe for pets, or is it?

4 Tips for a safe and happy Thanksgiving for your pet.

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday — period. Every year, we have a houseful of friends, dogs and cats. What could be better? My animal family of Floyd, Jasmine and Chai, however, do not see it quite the same way I do. They are used to having their house, yard and family all to themselves in a pretty nice routine. Thanksgiving is stressful. To help minimize stress and upsets, follow these simple tips from ASPCA and In Clover.

Preventive care and supplements

Remember your grandmother’s saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away?” We all know she meant that if we take care of ourselves, we’ll stay healthy and avoid seeing the doctor. The same is true for our pets. Instead of apples, however, a good diet, exercise and supplements will keep pets healthy and may reduce vet visits.

The “Catkins” Weight Loss Diet – Are You Watching Your Cat’s Carbs?

I had never had an overweight pet until Chloe came into my life. Chloe is In Clover’s office foster cat. She came to live with us seven weeks ago, a shy girl who would not come out of her crate. She is 12 years old and weighs 17 pounds. She has a pretty small frame and would probably feel great at 9 pounds.

Four Surprising Facts About Dog Bites

I don’t usually read the MUST READ emails but the one in today’s inbox caught my eye. So I opened it. It started with a warning for all owners of dogs that belong to a “dangerous breed” category. It went on to say not to leave your dog with a small child unattended under any circumstances, not even for a moment.

When Diet May Not Be Enough – What to Look for in Supplements

You can help your dog or cat live a long, healthy life with good food choices. Quality pet foods lead to healthier pets. But there are situations when feeding a good food, clean water, and exercising your pet may not be enough. Some of the most common health concerns for dogs and cats can be supported with natural pet supplements.

What’s in your bank’s dog treat? Red dye 40?

I bring my dog Floyd to work with me so he is often in the car when I go to the bank drive through. Even as a naïve rescue dog, it only took him one trip to realize that the magic tube holds a treat. He believes that the closer he gets to the person in the window and the more animated he is, the more likely he will get a yummy prize. He pecks his nose on the car window and prances from paw to paw demonstrating his excitement and appreciation for what is to come.

A Perfect Day

I woke up at 5:30am, stumbled past Floyd and pulled on running clothes and shoes. Floyd grabbed his leash, complete with a full treat dispenser and poop bags hidden within a green plastic bone. Within minutes, we were off and running to the open space. We saw all of our favorite friends, Henry the terrier, Maya the over zealous yellow lab and Jasper, a leggy dog built of spare parts, and shared treats along the way.