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    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[…]

    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[…]

    Finding the Best Dog Walker

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    That stroll through the park or jog around the block does wonders for your dog. Regular walking helps with weight control, heart health, digestion, and bone/joint mobility. But the benefits are more than physical: exercise helps curb destructive, hyperactive, and attention-seeking behaviours. But what if you don’t have time 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[…]

    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[…]

    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[…]