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How Does My Dog Know When I’m Going on Vacation?

By Pet Behavior

Dogs are loving and insightful animals. When you’re feeling blue, your dog will jump up on your lap and smother you with wet kisses. Your dog can sense how you are feeling, and instinctively knows that you are about to come through the front door. So, it’s not surprising that your dog also has the savvy to understand the signs…

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Giving Meds to Your Dog: 6 Tips to Help You

By Pet Care

We all know the refrain a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, but Mary Poppins may never have tried giving pills to a dog! Giving meds to your canine companion can pose a bit of a challenge, so here are 6 tips to help make the process easier for both you and your pet.  Wrap the Pill in…

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Getting Your First Dog – New Owner Guide

By Pet Care

The idea of adding a dog to your family can be very exciting. You know from your friends who have dogs that these pets provide constant and loyal companionship and bring a lot of joy to daily life. However, having a dog is a major commitment, and you should really think through the implications. Your new canine friend will be…

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Is YOUR Diet Healthy for your Pets?

By Pet Health

Watching what you eat? Many of today’s most popular diets feature foods that are filled with additives, like sugar-free sweeteners, that may not be safe for pets, especially dogs and cats. If you regularly eat these types of products or if you are on a diet, make sure that you are not exposing your dog or cat to food items…

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7 Benefits of a Family Pet

By Pet Behavior

All kids love animals. Go on a quick safari through your child’s bedroom and count how many stuffed animal toys are lined up on the bed. Take a look in your kid’s storybooks and be reminded just how densely populated they are with imaginary critters. Note how many articles of clothing are decorated with animals – from frogs to pandas!…

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10 Tips to Keep Your Pets Safe During the Hot Summer Months

7 Tips for Pet Safety During the Hot Summer Months

By Pet Care, Pet Health

Summer means outdoor fun with your dog or your cat (if he’s an adventure cat). However, various risks come with higher temperatures, particularly heat stroke. Your pet does not sweat as you do; he drinks water and pants to decrease his body temperature. Here are seven pet safety tips to avoid trouble this summer. 1. Provide Lots of Water and…

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Tips for Exercising Your Senior Dog

Tips for Exercising Your Senior Dog

By Pet Care, Pet Health

  As your dog becomes a senior, his energy level will inevitably slow down even if he’s in the best of health for his age. Your aging dog may not be able to run as fast or as long or jump as high as in his younger days, but this doesn’t mean he doesn’t require any exercise. On the contrary,…

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Why Do Dogs and Cats get Arthritis?

Why Do Dogs and Cats get Arthritis?

By Pet Care, Pet Health

  The most common type of arthritis that affects dogs and cats is osteoarthritis (OA), also known as degenerative joint disease. Arthritis in your canine or feline friend can also be caused by an infection (septic or bacterial arthritis) or by a malfunction of the immune system (rheumatoid arthritis). This article discusses osteoarthritis because it’s much more likely to affect…

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5 Reasons Why Dogs Like to Lick You and Themselves

5 Reasons Why Dogs Like to Lick You and Themselves

By Pet Behavior

  Here’s a scenario you, as a dog owner, can probably relate to. You’re in the park with your labrador retriever when he spots a familiar neighbor relaxing on a bench. He goes bounding over, full of affection. Your neighbor greets him delightedly with a few pats and hellos, and your dog leaps up on the bench and starts slobbering…

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