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    Caring for Senior Cats

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    Whether your kitten has aged along with you for years or you’ve adopted a senior into your home, there is no doubt that caring for older cats presents a few challenges. How can we make sure our beloved pets are around for as long as possible – and healthier and[…]

    What To Do If Your Cat Scratches

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    Does your cat claw up your curtains? Scratch your doors? Completely destroy your window screens, the edges of your couch, and your carpets? Well, there’s a good reason for that: cats scratch. When they play, they scratch. When they fight, they scratch. When they stretch, they scratch… you get the[…]

    Housebreaking Your Puppy

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    Doing your taxes, getting a root canal, cleaning your gutters, housebreaking your puppy… all arduous tasks. Things you wish you could put at the very bottom of your to-do list. Well, good news! Housebreaking your puppy doesn’t have to be difficult or stressful. As for the other items on that[…]

    Tips for Avoiding Pet Obesity

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    Many of us fight the battle of the bulge, trying to lose those last 5, 10 pounds, or more. We don’t exercise enough. We may indulge in the occasional treat – on a lot of occasions. We know that obesity is an epidemic in our country but many of us[…]

    Bell Training

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    Though dogs can’t talk, our pets manage to tell us plenty. Gestures, movements, noises, grunts, and facial expressions tell us everything from how they feel to how hungry they are. And, one of the most important for their humans to understand: I need to go out. Now! But what happens[…]

    Crate Training Your Dog

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    To crate or not to crate. For many dog owners, that is the question – but the answer is clouded in confusion and controversy. Are crates safe? Or do they present a danger to my pet? Will it make her feel secure? Or will it feel like punishment? The answer[…]

    Puppy Proofing Your Home

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    Every dog owner dreams of having a pooch that will hike, run, play, snuggle, and take the occasional road trip – all while perfectly behaved. Your dog will never chow down on your shoes. Your dog will never confuse your iPad with a chew toy. Well, your dog might not[…]

    Preventing Dog Bites

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    It’s a nightmare for both parents and pet owners: your dog biting your child. Every year, over 4.5 million people receive dog bites, and 800,000 (including 400,000 children) require medical assistance. What’s the best way for parents to prevent these incidents? Reading Dog Body Language Keep an eye on your[…]

    All About Fleas

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    No matter how different cats and dogs are, there’s one thing they have in common. One very small, but very bothersome, thing. Ctenocephalides felis. The common cat flea affects both felines and canines – and it can even cause you discomfort. What do you need to know about fleas, and[…]

    Summer Dangers for Pets

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    Summertime, and the living is easy! Warm weather, barbeques, trips to the beach…after a winter cooped up inside, both you and your pets are ready for some fun in the sun. As great as summer is, it does pose some dangers for our furry friends. Before you head to your[…]

    Winter Dangers for Pets

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    When the mercury plunges and the flurries fly, the last thing you want to do is crawl out of your nice warm bed and walk your dog (as much as you love him!). But he still needs exercise, no matter how frightful the weather. At the same time, winter can[…]

    Traveling with Your Pets

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    For many of us, our furry four-legged friends are much more than “pets.” They’re treasured members of the family. So when we pack up the car to go on vacation, visit family and friends, or embark on a new adventure, we naturally want to bring them along. Before you hit[…]