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Indoor vs. Outdoor: Which Kind of Cat Owner Are You?

January 21, 2021

Is the dead mouse on your doorstep a token of your cat’s love? Perhaps a trophy attesting your cat’s hunting prowess? Or are you horrified by the furred or feathered “gifts” your feline brings you? It’s questions like these, and the risks associated with being outdoors to both cats and wildlife, that led researchers at …

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How to Find a Reputable Dog Walker

January 7, 2021

If daily walks are good for you, they’re perhaps even more important for your dog. Besides being an opportunity to “take care of business,” walks stimulate your dog’s muscles and mind. They help work off excess energy, which is especially important for certain breeds (there is some truth to the adage “a tired dog is …

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12 Tips for Raising a Healthy, Happy Kitten

July 16, 2020

Do we detect the pitter-patter of tiny kitten paws in your house? If you’re adding a new feline family member, here are some important kitten care tips to help you make a successful start.   Age matters. The kitten socialization period, when they learn to interact with other animals and humans, ends at around 7 …

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Simple Pet Health Care You Can Do at Home

June 11, 2020

We know you probably love your veterinarian. But sometimes the pet doctor isn’t a possibility for non-emergency care. And who doesn’t like to save a buck on pet-related expenses? While there are plenty of procedures that are best left to the professionals, some simple pet care tasks can be done safely on your own, at …

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11 Spring Pet Safety Tips You Need to Know

March 5, 2020

Depending on where you live, the tulips and daffodils may already be pushing up from the earth. You might spot robins feathering nests or a canopy of green buds unfurling overhead, and soon you’ll sleep with the windows cranked open. Ever notice how spring has a way of making the world feel fresh-scrubbed and alive? …

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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 bacteria, …

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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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