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9 Flea & Tick Do’s and Don’ts

May 9, 2019

  If you’re happy to get outside after a long winter, you can bet fleas and ticks are, too. As we head into peak flea and tick season, here are some tips to keep in mind for your pets: DO take the health risks of fleas and ticks seriously. In addition to transmitting tapeworms and …

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Careers for Pet Lovers: Dog Grooming

February 28, 2019

While this blog has covered lots of different canine careers, from cadaver tracking to cancer detection, what about the people who make a career out of working with dogs? Specifically, have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a dog groomer? If you think making pets look their best is your idea of the …

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Winter Cat Safety: Keeping Your Tabby Toasty

January 3, 2019

Pet cats have the right idea about winter. You’ll never find them shoveling or scraping ice off a windshield. They’re more likely to be inside, basking in a sliver of sunshine. Or curled under your down comforter. Which raises the question: What else can you do to make your kitty feel cozy during the cold …

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Canine Heatstroke is Real. And Can Be Deadly.

July 5, 2018

Is it possible to have too much fun in the sun? For dogs, the answer is yes. In fact, it may not take long for a dog’s body temperature to reach dangerous levels, leading to heatstroke. What Is heatstroke? It’s a potentially life-threatening condition in which the core body temperature rises to around 105 °F …

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Vacation with Your Best Friend

July 7, 2016

Pets have never been a bigger part of the family. So it only makes sense to include yours on the family vacation, right? Before you go, we’ve compiled some tips to help keep your pet safe and comfortable. Consult your veterinarian Your pet should be healthy enough for travel and current on his or her …

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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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Don’t Let the Sun Ruin Summer Fun

May 26, 2016

Spending time outside during the summer is a great way for you and your dog to get exercise and have fun together. But hot, humid weather can make anyone uncomfortable, and that’s especially true for your canine companion. In fact, according to information from Nationwide Pet Insurance (formerly Veterinary Pet Insurance), summer weather may mean …

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Getting Your Dog Fit for Summer Fun

May 19, 2016

Most dog owners walk their dogs regularly no matter what the season. But with spring and summer weather, many owners and their dogs venture outdoors for more active pursuits such as running, hiking and swimming. We know how to get ourselves ready for summertime adventures, but what about our dogs? Family dogs — not just …

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