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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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You Have Options Before Giving Your Cat Up For Adoption

June 7, 2018

Cat ownership can be like marriage: It’s designed to be a lifelong commitment. But sometimes family allergies, landlord rules, litter box issues or other unforeseen problems can make the best plans go awry. Sometimes, cat owners may feel as if they only have one heart-wrenching option: to rehome a beloved cat. But don’t resort to …

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Diabetes Alert Dogs Detect Low Blood Sugar

May 24, 2018

For people with insulin-dependent diabetes, hypoglycemia (low blood glucose) can be an emergency. Drops in glucose, the body’s main energy source, may occur suddenly and lead to seizures and loss of consciousness. Because the signs of hypoglycemia can be subtle, diabetics may not think to test their blood sugar levels. Continuous glucose monitors, tiny sensors …

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Pet Activity Monitors Shift from Fitness to Health Focus

May 17, 2018

Wearable activity monitors, once exclusively popular among the fitness obsessed, have gone mainstream. With more health and wellness functions available on every new edition, activity trackers are becoming the must-have gadget of the general population — so much so that use of the devices among Americans is expected to double by 2021, according to Juniper …

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Should Your Pet Sleep in Your Bed?

May 3, 2018

The concept of dogs snoozing with their people isn’t exactly new. Indigenous people in Australia are said to have curled up with dingoes for warmth. The colder the temperature, the more dogs were snuggled. Thus the phrase “a three-dog night” was coined as a way to describe an exceedingly cold night. But we no longer …

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