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    Should You Spay or Neuter Your Pet?

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    Yes! That’s the short answer. The medium-sized answer is that spaying and neutering is a healthy, responsible choice that can improve the life of your pet. Now, if you need more convincing, read on for the longer answer and find out why these procedures can benefit your furry friend and[…]

    Tips for the First Time Dog Owner

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    “Dogs don’t rationalize. They don’t hold anything against a person. They don’t see the outside of a human but the inside of a human.” Cesar Millan, trainer Dogs don’t care what you look like. They don’t care if you wake up with awful morning breath and a bad case of[…]

    Tips for First Time Cat Owners

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    “Time spent with cats is never wasted.” Sigmund Freud The old cat person vs. dog person rages on. But cats, dogs, we love ‘em all! Cats, though, have a special place in many hearts and minds. Figuratively and literally. Owning a cat can reduce your risk of fatal heart attack[…]

    Dogs and Worms: What Pet Owners Need to Know

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    There are the snuggles, the cuddles, the looks of love and loyalty. Then there’s the not-so-pleasant side of dog-ownership. The messes, the accidents, the Eau de skunk et garbage… and the worms. Canine worms can create a host of health problems for your pooch. And, well, they’ve definitely got the[…]

    Taking the Sting Out of Summer

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    Why do they call the period between the beginning of July and middle of August the “dog days of summer”? Because dogs love this time of year. Ok, that’s not really why, but it makes sense to any owner whose pet rushes outside at the first whiff of warm weather[…]

    Which Collar is Right for Your Dog?

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    No two dogs – or owners – are alike. Some are high-energy; some prefer to lounge on your sofa. Some love meaty bones; others love a good carrot (really!). But there is one thing that all dogs need: love. And one more: a good collar. They allow you to affix[…]

    Going Away?

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    Finally! Some time away. Some time to just…relax. No obligations. No chores. Just leisure, good food, and maybe a little scratching behind the ears. After all, your dog needs a break every now and then, too! Whether you’re planning a family reunion or a business trip, sending your pet to[…]

    A Trip to the Vet

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    You know that knot you get in your stomach when you think about your next physical or turn in the dentist’s chair? You know it’s good for you – but you really (really!) don’t want to go. Now, imagine what your pets think when they go to the vet: they[…]

    Your Cat Will Wear a Collar – Really!

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    Not only can your cat wear a collar, but she should. Just as with dogs, collars are a necessity if your cat is lost. The collar’s municipal tags and contact information will help her find her way back to you. You may be thinking, But my cat stays inside. Even[…]

    Agility Training

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    Why should you consider agility training your dog? In the words of trainer, author, and shelter founder, Sue Sternberg, “I think if every dog owner engaged in agility training with his or her dog, the dog world would be a better place. Agility is that good, that fun, and that[…]

    Facing Food Bowl Aggression?

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    You see kibble. Your dog sees a bowl full of life-sustaining fuel and energy. In the wild, “resource guarding” is an essential skill: animals who can keep all paws off their food, mates, and territories have a better shot at survival. Making it in the Great Outdoors is one thing.[…]

    Caring for Senior Dogs

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    Maybe she’s getting a bit slower. Maybe she’s lost a little pep from her step or has more difficulty climbing up on the sofa for a cuddle with you. Growing older is a fact of life – but it hits pet parents especially hard! We want our beloved buddies around[…]