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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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Human Medications Can Be Poisonous to Pets

April 19, 2018

There’s a long list of household items that can be toxic to pets: plants, laundry pods and chocolate being the most common enemies. But 50 percent of the calls to pet poison helplines actually involve mishaps with human medications. It can happen easily. A pet noses through a purse on the floor, plucking out a …

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Go Outside: April Is National Canine Fitness Month

April 5, 2018

From blizzards and bomb cyclones to ice storms and snowpocalypses, there were plenty of reasons to huddle indoors with your dog this winter. Now it’s time to fling open your windows and stretch your legs outdoors. Of course, your dog would love to join you. Regular exercise is important to your dog for a number …

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Conservation Dogs Work Where the Wild Things Are

March 22, 2018

Ruger, a Labrador retriever mix, was the sole member of his litter to escape being shot by his owner. Although he was already going blind when he was discovered at a local animal shelter, the folks at Working Dogs for Conservation, an organization that trains detection dogs for national and international conservation work, recognized Ruger’s …

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