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Thomas Fraser

Thomas Fraser

Thomas Fraser is the PetSafe® brand copywriter. He worked as a news reporter and editor in Tennessee, New Jersey, North Carolina and Virginia before joining the PetSafe® pack in November 2018. He lives in Blount County with his daughter and her mother, a professional dressage rider and horse trainer. He loves animals, sports and the outdoors and is also the proud parent of a Malinois (Aston), silver retriever (Oso), miniature Aussie shepherd (Remington), two cats (Ronaldo and Fendi) and a pony (Camellia).

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6 pointers for caring for your new puppy
6 pointers for caring for your new puppy

That pretty new puppy in your arms is going to be a handful. With patience, love and persistence, however, he will grow quickly by your side and become a close friend and family member. Here...

Happy New Year! 8 pet resolutions and solutions for 2020
Happy New Year! 8 pet resolutions and solutions for 2020

The new year offers a clean slate and a chance for self-improvement. Did you resolve to improve your pet’s life in 2020, too? It’s not too late to focus on the year ahead, and sticking to...

Should you vaccinate your dog against canine influenza? Questions and answers about dog flu.
Should you vaccinate your dog against canine influenza? Questions and answers about dog flu.

You may have noticed a new item on the list of canine vaccinations recommended by your veterinarian, or those required for boarding or grooming services. Just like humans, dogs can contract a...

7 tips to help your dog cope when he’s home alone for the holidays
7 tips to help your dog cope when he’s home alone for the holidays

You might enjoy a little solitude amid the holidays’ frenetic mix of friends, fun and festivities. Your dog – not so much. Your pups are highly social animals and they will miss you as you...

The 9 best cat gifts for your pretty kitty this Christmas
The 9 best cat gifts for your pretty kitty this Christmas

Your cat may be content to bat tree ornaments and wrestle with wrapping paper but show the little lion some love this holiday season. The most wonderful time of the year is almost here. Jack...

10 holiday gift ideas for dogs who have it all
10 holiday gift ideas for dogs who have it all

Everyone hopes to be home for the holidays, especially pets. Rich aromas from the kitchen hang in the stair landings. Rosy-cheeked cousins squabble and gobble goodies at the century-old...

9 tips to protect your pets during the crowded, hectic holidays
9 tips to protect your pets during the crowded, hectic holidays

The holidays can present multiple challenges for pets and parents both naughty and nice. Thanksgiving means your home may be full of chattering guests and family members, and how will your...

5 tips for holiday travel with your pets
5 tips for holiday travel with your pets

It’s almost time for holiday travel, and that means packing up the family – cats and dogs included -- to head over the hills and through the woods to grandmother’s house. While your pets...

The Best Pet Halloween Costumes and Treats for Your Cats and Dogs
The best pet Halloween costumes and treats for your cats and dogs

Ghosts and goblins seeking treats will soon fill the dark streets. But why should humans have all the fun on Halloween? Get your pets involved to make memories that will treat you for...

5 tips to pet-proof your home for Halloween
5 Tips to pet-proof your home for Halloween

Danger lurks on Halloween, and not just in spooky hollows or haunted houses. The occasion presents potential problems for your pets, but all will be well if you take a few...

5 tips to put the tail in tailgate to make your dog a winner on game day and all season
5 tips to put the tail in tailgate to make your dog a winner on game day and all season

Are you a fervent fan, or feeling jilted and jaded? Either way, you can still invite your pup to homecoming. Or maybe he wants to go pro. Furry friends love football – or chewing on...

5 tips to introduce cats to crystal litter
5 tips to introduce cats to crystal litter

Congratulations on committing to a clay- and clump-free future for you and your cat. PetSafe® Premium Crystal Litter – such as that used in the PetSafe® ScoopFree® Self-Cleaning Litter Box --...

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7 things you need for your pet emergency evacuation kit

Preparation is key to dealing with any disaster. Be it a hurricane, tornado, blizzard, wildfire, flood or man-made disaster, you need a grab-and-go emergency pet evacuation kit that...

Can cats be walked on a leash? (Yes, and it’s not weird)
Can cats be walked on a leash? (Yes, and it’s not weird)

Taking your cat for a walk doesn’t have to be a drag. The PetSafe® Come With Me Kitty Harness and Bungee Leash™ make it easy for her to get some fresh air and sensory refreshments without...

5 ways to help your dog navigate solitude at the end of summer
Back to School and 5 Ways to Help Your Dog with Loneliness

What’s a dog to do when most of the pack returns to school? It’s been a long summer of romping, running, fetching and fun for many of the dogs among us, but as schoolchildren would agree:...

Six pet-travel tips for your dog days getaway
Six pet-travel tips for your dog days getaway

There’s still time to hit the road, sky or rails for a last summer vacation. And there are lots of options for those who can’t bear to leave their fur babies behind even for a quick...

How to Help Your Pet Lose Weight
How to Help Your Pet Lose Weight

Obesity is a growing threat to pet health If you take your dog on a waddle instead of a walk, it might be time to adjust his diet or feeding habits. The same holds true if your cat is too...

Are summer pests pestering your pets?
Are summer pests pestering your pets?

Here’s a pet health primer on ticks, fleas and mosquitoes There’s a new tick in town. The longhorned Asian tick has now joined the long list of tiny critters that can pose a threat to...

Even the most patriotic dogs and cats aren’t fond of Independence Day fireworks
Even the most patriotic dogs and cats aren’t fond of Independence Day fireworks

If you or your neighbors plan on getting all 1776 this Independence Day, remember that bombs bursting in air are more like bursting in scare for cats and dogs. What might seem like a harmless...

Water is key to good health for your pets
Water is key to good health for your pets

Make sure your animals always have access to fresh, filtered water Summer means time on the water, by the water and in the water. But is your pet drinking enough of it? How can you be sure,...

Poison ivy can lead to dog rashes, but it’s avoidable – and treatable
Poison ivy can lead to dog rashes, but it’s avoidable – and treatable

Seven tips for the leaves of three Dogs can get rashes from poison ivy, but it’s more likely you’ll get a poison-ivy rash from your dog. That’s because dogs’ coats typically protect their...