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Left-Handed Pets: Can That Be Right?

August 9, 2018

Oh, the plight of left-handed people. It’s hard enough that they have to deal with right-handed scissors and can openers. Then there are cup holders in cars, situated inconveniently on the right side of the driver’s seat. Even writing in a 3-ring binder or spiral-bound notebook requires a certain amount of contortionism. Maybe that’s why …

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Water Rescue Dogs Take Lifeguard Duties Seriously

July 26, 2018

When the S.S. Ethie crashed into the rocky Canadian shoreline during a blizzard in 1919, a dog named Tang helped rescue everyone on board. With the ship’s rope clenched in his mouth, Tang paddled through frigid, choppy waves to the shore. All 92 passengers and crew, including a baby in a mail sack, were safely …

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13 Tips for Camping with Your Dog

July 19, 2018

Unplug your computer. Power down your phone. Disconnect from the stress of everyday life. And connect with your dog under a canopy of stars in the wilderness. What outdoor adventure is better than camping with your best friend? But before you pack up and head out, consider these tips to help make your trip safe …

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Counting Calories for Your Pet

July 12, 2018

If food is love, America’s pets are being loved to death. Veterinary professionals estimate that 60 percent of cats and 56 percent of dogs in the U.S. are overweight or obese, according to a 2017 survey by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention. Those extra pounds can lead to diabetes, arthritis, kidney disease, high blood …

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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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Artificial Food Coloring: Is it good for your pet?

June 28, 2018

It’s no accident that pet food often comes in a rainbow of colors. When you open a bag, it’s comforting to see the golden yellow of chicken, the red of rare beef and the green of fresh vegetables — all hues that the original ingredients may lose during the manufacturing process. Often, these colors are …

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Could Your Pet Be a Social Media Star?

June 21, 2018

You won’t find Doug, Manny or Nala on the Forbes “Richest People in America” list. But they’re among Forbes Top Pet Influencers, pets on social media who help their owners cash in on marketing sponsorships, book deals, merchandise sales and more. A new branding strategy, influencer marketing enables companies to tie into online personalities with …

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Celebrate Take Your Dog to Work Day!

June 14, 2018

Why gather around the office water cooler when you can convene around a tail-wagging Labrador retriever? That’s the idea behind Take Your Dog to Work Day on Friday, June 22. The culmination of Take Your Pets to Work Week, June 18–22, this is your chance to share your workspace with your canine counterparts. (Although cats …

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