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Do Cats Need Special Care in the Winter?

December 14, 2023

Mittens, it’s cold outside. It’s time to discuss what kind of special care might be needed for cats this winter. First, we need to look at what kind of life your cat leads to provide the best guidance. Are they an indoor-only cat? If so, there are a couple of changes you’ll need to make …

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How Not to Pet Your Pet

March 9, 2023

Head, shoulders, knees and noooo! As much as your pet probably likes all sorts of snuggles, it’s possible to pet your furry companion in areas they don’t like and invoke the claws, growls or side eye. Cats and dogs have spots on their body they prefer you pet over others — and it’s worth noting …

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Are Pets’ Mouths REALLY Cleaner Than Humans’?

February 9, 2023

Whether your dog is leaning in for a big slobbery kiss or your cat is insisting on drinking out of your water cup, it’s not uncommon to think, “Oh, it’s fine! Pets’ mouths are cleaner than our own.” Is this somewhat prevalent belief true, though? The short answer is “Maybe.” If you clean Fido’s mouth …

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Is Your Cat Happy?

September 15, 2022

By now you’ve probably seen the trending videos of doggos bouncing to “I’m a happy guy, just a happy, happy guy.” But what about the cats of the world? Are they bouncing happily about, too? If you’ve ever owned a cat, you’ll know it’s likely that they are not bouncing around like a bunch of …

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A Taste of the Wild Guide to Pet Grooming

October 26, 2021

Pet grooming at home isn’t always easy. Have you ever tried to keep an unwilling dog in your bathtub? Or tried to wrestle with the pointy ends of your cat in a futile effort to make them a little less pointy? Bathing, trimming, shaving, snipping … not every at-home pet grooming task is suitable for …

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Dog Ear Cleaning 101

July 15, 2021

Believe it or not, healthy dog ears actually come with a self-cleaning feature. In this process, known as epithelial migration, the skin in the ear canal gradually migrates from the tympanic membrane, or eardrum, outwards, carrying with it excess debris. So, if the ears aren’t bothering your dog, it’s usually best to leave them alone …

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Be Environmentally Friendly with Your Pet This Earth Day

April 21, 2021

Last year, Americans spent an estimated $58 billion on pet food, treats, supplies, over-the-counter medicines and other items, according to the American Pet Products Association. Imagine how much of that could be channeled into greener, more sustainable alternatives, without much extra effort. As part of Earth Day, we’ve compiled a list of ways you can …

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How Often Should You Bathe Your Dog or Cat?

April 1, 2021

Giving your pet a periodic bath is a good way to help clean, shine and freshen the scent of their coat. Plus, it’s an opportunity for you to run your fingers over their skin and check for any lumps or bumps. But how often should you actually bathe your pet? If you don’t bathe your …

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Enrichment Tips to Keep Your Indoor Cat Happy

February 11, 2021

Life may seem a lot easier for indoor cats than their outdoor counterparts. Indoor cats don’t have to lift a paw to receive tasty, nutritious meals. They can snuggle in a warm bed in the middle of a blizzard. And they never have to worry about dodging cars or ferocious animals. But the truth is, …

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