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7 Benefits of a Pet in the Family

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Families with children are the most likely demographic to own a pet – or two, or more. The benefits of a pet for children are many, including the opportunity to learn the following seven valuable life lessons. Responsibility: A pet needs a lot of attention. It has to be provided with food and fresh water every day. Depending on the…

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Puppy and Child

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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Thinking about a Ferret as a pet?

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Ferrets make fantastic pets for the right household. These are particularly great companions for smaller dwellings or homes, but make sure that you have space for a cage to contain your new pet. The cage should be safe, secure, and measure at least 3’ wide x 2’ high to contain a growing ferret. Thinking about a Ferret as a pet?…

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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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Furry Friends: What if I don’t want a dog or cat?

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Looking for a pet? Some people simply don’t want a dog or cat due to many reasons including allergies, living arrangements, expenses, or personal preferences. However, this doesn’t mean that a furry friend is out of the question. What if you don’t want a dog or a cat? Consider these alternative pet companions: Gerbils and Hamsters Hamsters and gerbils are…

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5 Tips for a Healthy Cat

5 Tips for a Healthy Cat

By Pet Care, Pet Health

  Whether you’re a first-time cat owner or someone with several furry friends, it’s up to you to keep your adorable feline(s) in tip-top shape. If you have just introduced a kitten into your home, it’s a bit like having a whiskered toddler on your hands, but with less maintenance and a litter box. Follow these five easy tips, and…

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How Do I Tell if my Dog is Depressed?

How Do I Tell if my Dog is Depressed?

By Pet Behavior

Is your Dog Depressed? How can you tell? There are some sure signs and symptoms of depression, which is quite common with household changes, adjustments, transitions, or losses, such as the passing of a primary human or a move. Many of the symptoms are parallel with what you would see in a person with depression. How do you tell if…

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5 Ways to Calm an Overly Excited Dog

5 Ways to Calm an Overly Excited Dog

By Pet Behavior

An overly excited dog may exhibit the following behavior patterns – nonstop jumping up and down or spinning around in circles, all the while barking up a storm. If your dog is trying to work off excess energy in this way, you may think this is okay dog behavior or even that it’s cute. However, as a pet owner, it…

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What Are the Key Facts About Cat Leukemia?

What Are the Key Facts About Cat Leukemia?

By Pet Care, Pet Health

  The term leukemia is constructed as follows: white blood cells (leukocytes) within the blood (emia). The feline leukemia virus (FeLV) causes the white blood cell count to be drastically abnormal – either much higher or much lower in number than is usual. This abnormality in white blood cells leads to overwhelming infections and tumors. Leukemia-caused tumors are responsible for…

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