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Autumn Safety Tips

There’s nothing like the crisp, cool air and luscious foliage to get you excited for the changing seasons. Your pet, too, is probably welcoming a break from summer’s hot, sticky weather. But fall is also a time of lurking dangers for our furry friends. From household poisons to cold weather hazards, there are important safety […]

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Why do Cats Knead?

At some point, you’ve probably caught your cat kneading—rhythmically pushing their paws in and out against a soft object, which could be a blanket or even your lap. It’s also referred to as “making biscuits” because the action is like kneading dough. While not all cats knead, it’s a common behavior for young and adult […]

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Why Do Cats Purr?

by Sandra C. Mitchell, DVMWhy do cats purr? Do they only purr when you pet them? Many people think of purring as the sign of a happy, contented cat. But did you know that cats also purr when they’re in pain or frightened? Here’s what we know about cat purring—how cats purr, why they do […]

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4 Tips on Preparing Your Dog for Back-to-School Season

Summertime will soon give way to fall, and your dog may need some help adjusting to the new schedule. Try the following tips to ensure your dog has the best experience possible once your family’s fall routine goes into full effect. 1. Practice your new routine before school starts. With your kids back in school, your […]

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How To Help Your Child Cope With The Loss Of A Pet

The French poet Anatole France wrote, “Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” Pets play a significant role in our lives and in many ways, they are part of our families. Not surprisingly, losing a pet is like losing a family member, and the grieving process can be very […]

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What to do if you see a pet in a parked car

Leaving pets locked in cars is never safe. But when the weather gets warmer, it can be deadly. High temperatures can cause irreparable organ damage and even death. Protecting animals from an unnecessary death is a problem we can all agree to prevent. How to help a pet left in a hot carTake down the […]

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Fireworks: Awesome for Humans, Terrifying for Pets!

Tips for keeping your dogs, cats and other pets safe and happy during summer celebrations Many people enjoy the booming sounds and flashing lights of fireworks, but they can be terrifying and overwhelming for pets⁠—and possibly hazardous. On the Fourth of July, many pets become so frightened by the noise and commotion of fireworks that […]

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How to Walk Your Cat on a Leash… Safely

by Jason Nicholas, BVetMed While there are a ton of (easy, and not-so-easy) things you can do for indoor environmental enrichment, some cats have the personality and interest for, and can also benefit from safe outdoor enrichment, such as leash walking. Taking your cat for walks can be a novel and fun way to give […]

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Why you should Adopt a Pet from a Shelter or Rescue

Pet adoption and pet rescue Bringing home a new pet is incredibly exciting. And adopting a pet from a shelter or rescue group is not only exciting, but it’s truly a feel-good experience as well. Every day, more than 1,700 dogs and cats are killed in America’s shelters simply because they don’t have safe places […]

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Signs your pet has seasonal allergies — and what you can do to help

Some days it seems like you step outside into a thick cloud of pollen, ragweed, or even worse, mold. Hello, seasonal allergies! Thankfully humans have remedies that let us enjoy the warm summer weather without itchy eyes and inflamed sinuses. But what about your pet? If you notice your pet is scratching themselves sneezing more […]

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Why Having A Pet Improves Our Physical And Mental Health

By Ray ChaoIn a world of uncertainty, there is no doubt that your pet brings love and companionship into your life. Additionally, scientists are discovering that there are many health benefits associated with having pets. In fact, just as science is teaching us more about pet health and wellness, researchers are also learning more about […]

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The 10 Best Pet Insurance Companies of 2021

Knowing whether pet insurance will pay off for you and your pet will depend on your pet’s specific health care needs. Before buying a plan, consider its costs and weigh against potential benefits. Recent monthly averages in the US for pet insurance was $30 – $65 dollars per month. Talking to your local and learning […]

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Is Pet Insurance Worth It?

by Rivan V. Stinson Adoption rates have risen across the country as more people search for companionship while they work from home and endure various stages of quarantines and lockdowns. Some shelters, such as Riverside County Animal Shelter, in Riverside, Calif., have reported that they are empty due to high demand. But if you’re contemplating […]

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Are There Hypoallergenic Cat Breeds?

Dr. Chris Roth, DVM Many people suffer from allergies and specific reactions to cat allergens occur in about 10% of the population worldwide. So, what can be done about this problem? Several types of treatment are available for people who suffer from cat allergies however, many who suffer wonder if there is another way instead […]

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10 Reasons To Adopt A Senior Pet

by Mark Asher What’s not to love about a puppy or a kitten? They’re cute, endlessly playful, and impossible not to instantly become smitten with. But puppies and kittens are not the right fit for every pet owner who chooses to get one. An irresistible puppy today can become an enormous task to properly train […]

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How Can You Tell If Your Pet Is Overweight?

According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention’s (APOP) 2018 Pet Obesity Survey, 55.8% of dogs are classified as overweight or obese. That means that most pets these days are overweight, even if many of their owners don’t realize it. But dog owners should be paying more attention to their dog’s weight, since being overweight […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Why Dogs Eat Poop and How to Stop It

Of all the repulsive habits our canine companions have — drinking from the toilet, rolling in swamp muck, licking their butts — nothing tops the disgusting practice of eating poop. Their motivation may not be to gross us humans out, but it certainly does. So much so, in fact, that poop eating is often a […]

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Weird Cat Behaviors Explained

Posted on December 19, 2019 under Cat Articles 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 […]

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Celebrating Safely: Ringing In the New Year with Your Pets

While Yuletide treats, gifts and holiday bouquets are probably making their way out of your home, the season isn’t over just yet. There’s still one more holiday we are counting down the days to, so before you break out the noisemakers and champagne, the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) wants to help you prepare […]

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Can Glucosamine Help Treat Arthritis And Joint Pain in Dogs?

Many dogs suffer from arthritis as they age. This painful condition, which occurs in dogs and people, results when cartilage, the cushioning between the bones, begins to thin and wear away. As a result, the ends of the bones start to rub against each other. Trauma, disease, or normal wear and tear that comes with […]

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Christmas Tree Safety Tips for Pet Parents

Winter holidays are especially exciting, with all the sparkly lights, delicate ornaments and brightly colored garlands—and don’t get us started on the candies and treats! All of these things are great fun for us, but they’re also intriguing to our pets. Putting up a Christmas tree is one of the best parts, and pets agree. […]

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6 THANKSGIVING FOODS THAT ARE BAD FOR CATS AND DOGS

WHAT FOODS ARE TOXIC TO DOGS AND CATS? Thanksgiving is almost here and that means an abundance of delicious food. However, many popular human dishes aren’t healthy for pets to consume. It’s important to remember which foods are bad for dogs and cats. Especially, during holiday meals when dogs and cats beg for table scraps […]

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Top Dangers For Pets In Autumn

Personally, I love autumn. The days are usually crisp and clear with plenty of sunshine, while the nights are cooler. The gorgeous colours of leaves as they change colour create some magnificent scenery, but amongst all this beauty there are some things that may pose a risk to your pet. Here we discuss the top […]

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Dog Sleeping in Bed – Is It Okay?

Studies have shown that about 45% of all dog owners sleep together with their pets. However, the question of whether it is fine to sleep with our canine companions is a continuous debate. Many wealthy, powerful and famous personalities and historical figures have even extended privileges to furry friends. Perhaps we should start from why […]

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SENIOR PETS: TROUBLE RISING, STIFFNESS, LIMPING, AND ARTHRITIS

While cats and dogs often remain puppies at heart, age can take a toll on your senior cat or dog. In addition to losing a bit of the spring in its step, senior pets, just like humans, are at higher risk for disease and will most likely experience a normal decline in senses including their […]

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