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Is Your Pet Overweight? Here’s What to Do

by Dr. Joyce A. Login Obesity is a growing problem for cats and dogs. A recent study by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention found that 55.8% of dogs and 59.5% of cats in the US are overweight[1]. That’s over half of the dogs and cats in the United States! Unfortunately, a majority of pet […]

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Why Does My Dog Eat Grass?

By Jessika Zachary Have you ever taken your dog out for a potty break and turned your back, only to discover them chomping on a large mouthful of grass? While you might panic and think about the vomit you’ll be cleaning off the carpet later on, this behavior is not always cause for alarm. But […]

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9 Cold-Weather Tips for Dogs and Dog Owners

How to help your dog when it is too cold for dogs, keep dog paws protected and stay away from winter time poisons.by Melissa L. Kauffman Winter weather came rather quickly this year, especially in some parts of the country. Temperatures plummeted into the 30s (degrees Fahrenheit) in the South. Snow has already covered parts […]

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Top 5 Smartest Dog Breeds: Most Intelligent Dogs

Dogs are considered a man’s best friend. They are incredibly brilliant animals, and they can understand human language and react to our moods. However, some breeds are smarter than others. Some dog breeds excel at a specific skill, while some are better at doing certain jobs. Research suggests that bigger dogs could be more intelligent […]

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How To Help An Obese Dog Lose Weight

by Dr. Chris Roth, DVMMany pet owners struggle with figuring out how to help their obese dogs lose weight. Animals often have food cravings that can be hard to say no to, especially since you want to keep your dog happy. Over time, however, obesity in dogs can increase their risks for developing diabetes, as […]

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Holiday Safety Tips for Pets

The holiday season is upon us, and many pet parents plan to include their furry companions in the festivities. As you gear up for the holidays, it is important to try to keep your pet’s eating and exercise habits as close to their normal routine as possible. Also, please be sure to steer pets clear […]

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Cold Weather Hazards That Affect Your Pets

by Mark Asher Winter storms and frigid temperatures can be a challenge and a hazard to our four-legged family members. Both our feline friends and our canine buddies need to venture outside for play or potty breaks regardless of how cold the temperature gets, which means they may be at risk for cold weather injuries. […]

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Holiday Food Do’s And Don’ts For Pets

Dr. Chris Roth, DVM It’s turkey time, and you know that means plenty of food for the whole family! But, unfortunately, many thanksgiving treats can be toxic to pets. Thankfully, there are many holiday foods you can safely share with your pets this Thanksgiving, but remember, too much of a good thing can cause tummy […]

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4 Indoor Games To Unleash Fun In Your Dog

Dr. Jack Stephens Neither rain nor sleet nor blizzard should prevent your dog from engaging in daily play and exercise. When the weather is anything but fetching, play indoors. The beauty of regular playtime with your canine pal is that it can occur anytime, anywhere. And you both reap many benefits. You get to use this […]

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Stressed over Politics? Get a dog!

Your Dog Can Help Your AnxietySome dogs have been especially trained to help.Posted Oct 07, 2019  What Is Anxiety?Find a therapist to overcome anxietyAs any dog owner will tell you, your dog can cheer you up and comfort you when you’re down. In fact, the very first time we hear a dog used for therapy […]

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THE PSYCHOLOGY BEHIND A DOG’S HAPPINESS COMES DOWN TO ONE KEY FACTOR

By Ellen Furlong ∙ Oct 31, 2020 I have discovered one positive amid the pandemic: I love working with two dogs at my feet. As someone who studies dog cognition, I often wonder: What is Charlie learning when he stops to sniff the crisp fall air? What is Cleo thinking when she stares at me […]

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Your Dog’s Personality Changes with Age

by Linda Carroll | NBC NEWS All dog lovers know that their pets in older age aren’t the same as they were as puppies, but owners often can’t pinpoint the exact personality changes brought on by the passage of time. A study published Wednesday in Scientific Reports attempts to map out those changes and finds […]

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Halloween Pet Safety Tips

October 13, 2020Halloween is right around the corner and with pets playing such a significant role in our lives, you know they are going to be part of the festivities. So if you’re looking forward to enjoying a safe and fun Halloween, this article will provide you with pet costume safety tips, Halloween tips for […]

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COVID-19 canines: How dogs may help sniff out the coronavirus in humans

Helsinki Airport welcomed 10 dogs this week as part of a pilot program.ByMina Kaji andAmanda Maile A new program will attempt to help sniff out fliers who could be infected with COVID-19 at the Helsinki Airport. They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but trainers in Finland claim 8-year-old greyhound mix Kössi […]

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5 Ways Pets Can Improve Your Health

By Jeanie Lerche Davis A pet is certainly a great friend. After a difficult day, pet owners quite literally feel the love. In fact, for nearly 25 years, research has shown that living with pets provides certain health benefits. Pets help lower blood pressure and lessen anxiety. They boost our immunity. They can even help you […]

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4 Indoor Games To Unleash Fun In Your Dog

By Arden Moore, a certified dog and cat behaviorist with the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. Arden is an author, radio host and writer for Pets Best, a pet insurance agency for dogs and cats. Neither rain nor sleet nor blizzard should prevent your dog from engaging in daily play and exercise. When the […]

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Can You Teach an Old Dog New Tricks?

By LisaBeth Weber The phrase “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks” is often not about a dog. But in the literal sense, asking whether old habits can be replaced with new behavior is a good question. Molly Sumner Sumridge, certified dog behavior consultant and owner of Kindred Companions in Frenchtown, New Jersey, feels […]

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Do Cats Always Land On Their Feet?

by Jane Matheys I have always been fascinated by cats, including cat health, behavior, their agility and athleticism, and of course their amazing ability to usually land on their feet. Whether they’re overshooting windowsills on a quest for birds or miscalculating fences as they run from barking dogs, they appear to regain perfect balance without […]

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Is Pet Insurance Worth it? A Veterinarian’s Perspective

Authored by Doug Kenney, DVM May 30, 2014 The most common question pet owners ask about pet insurance is: “Is pet insurance worth it?” It’s a valid question and one worth exploring. I think that people often have the wrong attitude about pet insurance. For example, it’s not uncommon for someone to say they would […]

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6 Common Garden Dangers That Are Toxic To Pets

by Dr. Chris Roth, DVM Beware of these common garden dangers that are toxic to pets.When winter has finally passed and spring is on its way, millions of Americans begin heading to nurseries and home improvement stores to gather supplies to beautify their yards. Gardening is a fun and healthy hobby, but it’s important to […]

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Preventing and Treating Car Sickness in Dogs

Authored by Jason Nicholas Dogs, just like humans, can suffer from motion sickness during car rides or other types of travel. A dog can get carsick even during short trips in the car. A queasy dog makes car rides an unpleasant experience for everyone, but luckily there are things you can do to help your […]

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Pup-friendly hiking trails around Atlanta

Getting outside (safely) for fresh air and exercise is important, now more than ever, and your pup deserves the same. There are several pet-friendly hiking trails right here in Atlanta to enjoy the great outdoors together. • Sweetwater Creek State Park: This hike has four trails varying in difficulty and length. • Arabia Mountain Trails: […]

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Adopting The Right Cat For You

By Mark Asher Bringing a new cat or kitten into your home can add a lot of love and laughter to your life. In addition, by adopting a cat you’ll be saving a pet from possibly being euthanized. There are important caveats to consider, however, before you take the leap. Being a responsible cat owner […]

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Dangerous Human Foods That Your Dog Shouldn’t Eat – Toxic And Safe Foods For Canines

By Peter Laskey Whether you have an indoor or outdoor dog, you can be sure he or she wants to eat what’s on your table. Although I support dogs eating dog food, sometimes some human food is allowed. However, if you don’t want to hurt your four-legged house friend, you might want to be aware […]

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5 Ways Owning a Dog Could Boost Your Mood

You’ve probably heard that dog owners are happier than non-pet owners. While that claim is true to some extent, the boundless perks of owning a dog are downright undeniable. Dogs are uplifting creatures by nature. They offer their owners unconditional acceptance, empathy, and love, and they live with the mindful approach to life that many […]

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Can All Dogs Swim? Things to Keep in Mind

We all have heard at some point that dogs are natural swimmers. And they manifest swimming just by entering into any water body. Well, this isn’t completely true. Not all dogs can swim or have a body structure perfect for swimming. You may have a dog that might not pass by a water body without […]

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Hiking With Your Dog

by Mark Asher Not only is hiking great exercise for you and your dog, but it’s a special way to bond with your beloved pet while enjoying nature together. However, it’s important to keep the safety of your pet in mind at all times. Just like humans, dogs tire easily and can be at risk […]

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Fireworks and Your Pet: Tips for Staying Safe

Break out your grills, lawns chairs and festive food, because it’s that time of year again—Independence Day is just around the corner! The Fourth of July is always a great day to celebrate our nation with friends, family and furry ones alike. Like many of us, you may anticipate catching a fireworks show at the […]

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Weird Cat Behavior Explained

by Dr. Jack Stephens Cats are one of the most fascinating creatures on earth. They manage to simultaneously be one of the most efficient predators in the world, while also being our domesticated buddies that have evolved to enjoy human companionship. Cats haven’t changed much since befriending humans, however, there are plenty of examples of […]

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How Much Exercise Does a Dog Need Every Day?

By Anna Burke If you own a dog, you have probably found yourself wondering “How much exercise does a dog need every day?” Depending on your schedule, that question might sometimes sound more like “How much exercise does a dog really need every day?” As with people, the answer varies from dog to dog and […]

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Leaving Pets in Hot Cars is a Lethal Issue

Last month in New York City, a 12-year-old Yorkshire Terrier died after being accidentally locked in a car for hours. It was still morning—and not even summer—but the dog suffered from extreme heat-related injuries and, after being freed by NYPD officers, needed to be humanely euthanized by a veterinarian. These accidents happen too often with […]

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Survey shows benefits of pet ownership during pandemic

Studies have shown that pets can provide stress relief to humans and according to a recent survey, that proves to be true amid the coronavirus pandemic. With many people in Georgia and around the country working remotely from home, they’ve been spending more time with their pets.  “The human-animal bond now, more than ever, plays […]

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How To Help Your Dog’s Goopy And Itchy Eyes And Ears

Dr. Chris Roth, DVM May 20, 2020 As a vigilant dog owner, it’s important to monitor unusual symptoms in your pet to keep them healthy. Ignoring issues can not only lead to an irritable pup, but to bigger, more costly problems. Dog eye discharge and itchy dog ears are two common afflictions that our four-legged […]

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17 Beautiful Benefits of Owning a Dog

We might be biased, but we whole-heartedly believe there’s nothing better than owning a four-legged companion. The vast majority of dog owners believe their canines have improved their lives. In fact, 93% of pup parents say their dogs have made them better people. Whether you already have a dog or you’re considering adding one to […]

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Understanding, Preventing, and Treating Dog Anxiety

By Randa Kriss May 14, 2019 Just like humans, dogs experience anxiety. While unpleasant, it is a normal and also healthy emotion. Dog anxiety can affect all breeds, but may affect each individual dog differently. Although it is something that all dogs experience from time-to-time, if disproportionate levels of anxiety are left unchecked, a dog […]

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How to work from home with children and pets without losing your cool or your sanity Tips from a Deseret News reporter who has worked remotely for nearly five years

By Jennifer Graham@grahamtoday Mar 15, 2020, 10:00pm MDT Everybody who works from home has a horror story. For Robert Kelly, it was his children barging into a live television broadcast, a video that made him famous in 2017 as the “BBC Dad.” Work at home long enough and you’ll have one, too. This is not […]

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Experts Advise Pet Owners to Start Planning Now to Prevent Separation Anxiety Post-Quarantine

“Try starting now to get your pet ready and ease them back to your previously ‘normal’ routine,” By Kelli Bender April 28, 2020 03:02 PM Most dogs, and probably plenty of cats, are loving the extra time they are getting with their humans during the various stay at home orders put in place during the […]

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16 dog breeds that don’t shed

If you have allergies or just hate hair all over, there’s a dog for you. by Mary Jo DiLonardo There’s a solution if you want a dog, but don’t want to deal with dog hair in your home. Whether it’s because of allergies or for the sake of your vacuum cleaner, there are plenty of reasons […]

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Wedding Planning: Including Pets in Wedding Ceremonies

We’ve all heard the wedding tradition for a happy marriage: something old, something new, something borrowed, something furry. That’s right, furry. A wedding is an important event for family and friends to celebrate, including four-legged family. Weddings are stressful, but with a little bit of planning including your best four-legged friend in the nuptials is […]

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Problem Behavior In Cats: Correcting Common Bad Behaviors

Aaron Lockwood February 19, 2020 Learn how to fix these common cat behavior problems. Its been written by author Ilona Andrews that, “Cats randomly refuse to follow orders to prove they can.” While it might be true that training a cat is more difficult than training a dog, it takes the same principles: patience, consistency, […]

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How to Introduce Dogs the Right Way

by Dr. Alison Gerken, DVM, and Victoria Schade, dog trainer Introducing a new dog to your family dog is sure to spur a mix of nervousness and excitement. In order to make the transition smooth, you should plan each step of the process—from the dogs’ first meeting to the steps you’ll take to keep the […]

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7 WAYS TO EXERCISE YOUR DOG’S BRAIN

KEEP YOUR DOG’S MIND ACTIVE WITH FUN AND CHALLENGING BRAIN WORKOUTS! We all know how important it is to give your dog daily physical workouts, but it’s equally important to give your dog mental exercise too. It doesn’t matter if your dog is a purebred or a mix, you need to keep his mind occupied; […]

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CORONAVIRUS AND PETS: FAQS FOR OWNERS

NO EVIDENCE DOGS GET COVID-19 These FAQs were last updated on March 12, 2020. Can dogs get the new coronavirus (COVID-19)? At this time, experts believe it is very unlikely. The World Health Organization currently advises that there is no evidence to suggest that dogs or cats can be infected with the new coronavirus. The […]

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Can My Dog Catch Coronavirus?

By Melissa Pandika Feb. 13, 2020 Amid the new coronavirus outbreak, people are rushing to protect not only themselves from infection, but their dogs, too. Canine face mask sales have increased, USA Today reports, while Twitter user @camohanbn, who appears to live in India, posted photos of three (adorable) puppers in face masks, noting that […]

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HOW TO TAKE THE BEST PICTURE OF YOUR DOG OR CAT

As the saying goes, you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but when it comes to pet photography, there are some tricks you can learn to improve your cat photo shoots or dog photography. Whether you want a selfie to post on social media, a family photo or a pet portrait, follow these picture-perfect […]

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PROBLEM BEHAVIOR IN CATS: CORRECTING COMMON BAD BEHAVIORS

Its been written by author Ilona Andrews that, “Cats randomly refuse to follow orders to prove they can.” While it might be true that training a cat is more difficult than training a dog, it takes the same principles: patience, consistency, and praise. We’ll begin this article by providing tips for taming a nippy, swatting […]

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Fruits and vegetables Dogs Can or Can’t Eat

It’s not uncommon to want to spoil your dog by sharing table scraps or your favorite snack. After all, if it is safe for you to eat, it must be OK for them to eat, right? Not necessarily. While many human foods are perfectly safe for dogs, some are very unhealthy and downright dangerous, so […]

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5 Scary Consequences of Neglecting Your Dog’s Teeth

Reviewed and updated for accuracy on December 3, 2019 by Dr. Hanie Elfenbein, DVM, PhD You may already know that not taking care of your dog’s teeth can lead to periodontal disease, a condition that results in bleeding gums, bad breath, and ultimately tooth loss. But did you know that poor oral hygiene is also […]

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Top Reasons to Adopt a Pet

Thinking of adding a pet to your family? Here are ten reasons to adopt your new best friend. 1. Because you’ll save a life. Each year, it’s estimated that more than one million adoptable dogs and cats are euthanized in the United States, simply because too many pets come into shelters and too few people […]

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