Valerie Gleaton

The Dog Days of Summer: Have Some Hot-Weather Fun with Your Pet

Valerie Gleaton by Valerie Gleaton | July 10th, 2013 | 3 Comments
topic: Fitness, Green Living | tags: cat, charity race, dog, dog park, dog treat, fireworks, Fourth of July, hike, hiking, Independence Day, pet, summer, swim, Valerie Gleaton

Living in Colorado, I spend most of the winter feeling guilty. Not for failing to shovel my sidewalk or for skipping the gym to watch movies under a blanket. No, I feel guilty because while I’m inside hibernating, my dog is stuck inside with me. Walks get cut short because of the cold and puppy playdates get canceled when a snowstorm makes driving too treacherous.

Even if you don’t live in a cold climate, there are times when we’re too bogged down by life (work, relationships, etc.) to give our pets the attention and exercise they deserve. But summer is the perfect time to make it up to your canine companion!

Should Your Pet Go Grain-Free?

Valerie Gleaton by Valerie Gleaton | November 3rd, 2010 | 9 Comments
topic: Green Living, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: budget, cat, companion animal, diet, dog, fiber, food allergies, gluten-free, grain-free, kibble, natural pet food, organic, pets, picky eater, Valerie Gleaton, veterinarian, weight gain

Dog with his food bowlI have a confession to make: For years now I’ve treated myself to wholesome, organic foods while buying my pets conventional pet food. Not off-brand mystery kibble or cat chow, mind you, but still. I blamed the cat; he’s a notoriously picky eater, and the one time I offered him a sample of “the good stuff” he turned his nose up at it and staged a hunger strike until I switched back to his standard 50-cents-a-can fare. I admit, I was secretly happy that he seemed to prefer the cheap stuff.

Tales from the Vet’s Office

Valerie Gleaton by Valerie Gleaton | July 29th, 2010 | 5 Comments
topic: Family Health, Health & Wellness | tags: animal hospital, anxiety, cats, doctor, dog park, dogs, exam, health, muzzle, pet health, stress, treats, Valerie Gleaton, vet's office, veterinarian, walk

Female veterinarian examining a dog's ear

My furry family and I have been making a lot of trips to the veterinarian’s office lately.

A few weeks ago I took my cat, Bucky, in for a check-up. Confession: It had been four years since I last took him to the vet. But in my defense, the last time I took him in he hissed, bit and clawed at the vet tech and got a dreaded “flag” in his record. So you can imagine how much I was looking forward to the sequel.