Taste of the Wild Blog

How to Walk a Cat on a Leash

Thursday, April 27, 2017 | Training & Behavior

When outdoors, a cat sure gets around.  In fact, a crowd-sourced mapping project that equips cats with GPS devices has the interactive maps to prove it. The trouble is, there are lots of potential hazards along an adventurous cat’s route, including moving cars, dogs and wild animals, infectious diseases, parasites and toxins. This is why …

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Urban Search & Rescue Dogs Risk Lives to Save Lives

Thursday, April 20, 2017 | Pet News

Every time a natural or not-so-natural disaster makes headlines, you can bet that urban search and rescue dogs (USAR) are quietly at work behind the scenes. From Ground Zero and Hurricane Katrina to tornadoes in Oklahoma, floods in Colorado, mudslides in Washington and even earthquakes in Haiti, these trained rescue dogs have applied their noses …

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Considering Greyhound Adoption? Here’s What You Should Know

Thursday, April 13, 2017 | Adoption

From his long, lanky legs and lean chest to his tucked-up waist and powerful thighs, the greyhound is built for speed. As the fastest breed of dog, the greyhound can be seen tearing up racetracks across the country. But what happens when his athletic career is over? You’ll find that retired greyhounds can make surprisingly …

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The Great (and Poisonous) Outdoors: Spring Dangers for Pets

Thursday, April 6, 2017 | Health

Ahhh, spring: time to fling open the windows, order from gardening catalogs and scrub your home until it sparkles. With the spring thaw comes a burst of energy to freshen up the indoors and get moving outdoors. But many of those activities can pose some dangers for pets. That’s why Taste of the Wild offers …

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Don’t Get Caught in the Claws of Cat Scratch Fever

Thursday, March 30, 2017 | Health

Let’s say your kitty swats at you while playing and inadvertently scratches your skin. Innocent enough, right? Most of the time, it is. But in some cases, it can lead to cat scratch disease (CSD), also known as cat scratch fever. A Bacterial Infection from Cats About 40 percent of cats are infected with Bartonella …

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8 Tips for Do-It-Yourself Home Pet Grooming

Thursday, March 23, 2017 | Pet NewsTraining & Behavior

Some pets never learn. Despite your best efforts, they’ll wallow in every mud puddle, roll on road kill and dart after skunks time and time again. If you can’t afford a regular grooming appointment, you’ll need to master the dog bath (or the cat bath, as the case may be). And since pets can’t use …

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Don’t Leave Me: Separation Anxiety in Pets

Thursday, March 16, 2017 | Training & Behavior

Do you dread leaving for work on Monday mornings? Your pet may hate it even more than you. For the 17 percent of dogs — and, less commonly, cats — who suffer from separation anxiety, time spent apart can be extremely distressful. So much so, in fact, that some dogs may leap through glass windows, …

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Do You Have a Disaster Plan for Your Pets?

Thursday, March 2, 2017 | Pet News

You don’t even want to think about it. But fires, tornadoes, floods, earthquakes and other natural disasters do happen, and you need to think ahead to protect your family. But be sure to make those forward-thinking thoughts include your pets. What if you need to evacuate? Many evacuation shelters can’t take pets, and you don’t …

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Everything You Should Know About Cat Constipation

Thursday, February 23, 2017 | Health

It’s fairly common for cats — especially older ones — to become constipated. They may strain in the litter box to no avail, or eschew the box entirely because it reminds them of the uncomfortable ordeal. So why is your cat backed up and what can you do about it? What’s behind it? It could …

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