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Thank Your Ancestors for the Fact That You Own a Dog

September 12, 2019

Like it or not, you inherited your mother’s forehead. Your uncle’s quirky sense of humor. And your grandmother’s musical ear. But did you know your relatives can also pass down a gene that makes you more likely to own a dog? That’s the conclusion scientists came to in a recent study. Previous research has shown …

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10 Things to Do When Your Pet Goes Missing on Vacation

July 11, 2019

What better traveling companion than a dog? They won’t complain about the accommodations, even if it’s a leaky tent. They’re happy to do anything you suggest, whether it’s hiking, swimming or just wandering the city. And they’re not fussy about where they eat. Even so, dogs have been known to wander away from campsites in …

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The 2019 Resolutions Your Pets Wish You’d Make

December 20, 2018

Sure, you can resolve to eat less pasta and stop checking your cell phone every 5 minutes. But do you really have that much self-restraint? Instead of getting that gym membership, why not resolve to make some positive changes in your pet’s life? If you’re not sure what pet resolutions to make, your dog and …

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Home Is Where the Pet Is, Especially for Millennials

November 15, 2018

Curb appeal and proximity to good schools used to top the list for house hunters. But things have changed as a newer generation takes control of the housing market. For many millennials who are first-time home buyers, the must-have priorities now include fenced-in yards, built-in cat-climbing trees and close proximity to dog parks. Millennials and …

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You Have Options Before Giving Your Cat Up For Adoption

June 7, 2018

Cat ownership can be like marriage: It’s designed to be a lifelong commitment. But sometimes family allergies, landlord rules, litter box issues or other unforeseen problems can make the best plans go awry. Sometimes, cat owners may feel as if they only have one heart-wrenching option: to rehome a beloved cat. But don’t resort to …

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The Revealing Science Behind Pet Adoption Choices

December 7, 2017

When choosing a pet to adopt, what makes you more drawn to one dog or cat over another? Obviously, you may have a preference for certain breeds, coats or activity levels. But what else influences our adoption choices? It probably comes as no surprise that puppies and kittens have a better chance of finding a …

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Should You Buy Pet Health Insurance?

June 16, 2016

More than ever before, U.S. pet owners consider their furry friends to be part of the family, according to a 2015 survey conducted by the Harris Poll. And when our four-legged family members are sick or hurt, our veterinarians can offer increasingly sophisticated testing and advanced therapies — in fact, many of the same diagnostic …

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