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Is It a Good Idea to Give a Puppy or Kitten as a Gift?

December 16, 2020

For years, animal welfare organizations wagged a finger at the idea of giving pets as gifts. They warned that most of these puppies and kittens would be surrendered to shelters and left homeless because of impulsive gift-giving whims. But recent research shows otherwise. In a survey of people who received pet gifts, 86 percent of …

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Planning for Your Pet’s Future Without You

November 28, 2019

No one wants to think about saying goodbye to a dog or cat who’s been your friend for years. What’s even harder to imagine is if you go before your pet does. But anything can happen, and we’re all one mishap away from potentially leaving our pet waiting at home for us to return. Since …

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Evolution Makes Puppy Dog Eyes So Irresistible

October 31, 2019

Every dog owner knows the look: wide brown eyes rimmed with a bit of white, eyebrows slightly raised. It’s the look that says, “Can you share that little morsel of cheese with me?” Or “Can I please come snuggle on the couch with you?” And no matter how many times you’ve vowed not to let …

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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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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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