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Should Your Pet Sleep in Your Bed?

April 28, 2020

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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Dogs at Work: The Path to Getting a Guide Dog

April 23, 2020

Last year, Thomas Panek made history at the New York City Marathon — not because he broke time records, but because he was the first blind person to run the half marathon with the aid of a relay of guide dogs: Waffle, Westley and Gus. As president and CEO of Guiding Eyes for the Blind, …

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Simple Living: Life Lessons From Your Pets

April 21, 2020

Ah, the carefree life of a dog or cat. Naps in a sliver of sunlight. Meals served to you without having to lift a paw. Tummy rubs. No stressful job, unhappy relationship or unpaid bills. What’s not to love? If only your life could be less complicated. Well, maybe it can be! If we take …

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Does a working dog need carbs?

April 16, 2020

Is your dog considered a “high-energy” dog? Is he or she getting the energy they need from the food they consume? While some pet parents believe that a high-protein, moderate- to high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet is ideal for all working and sporting dogs, that’s not always the case. If you have a canine athlete or service …

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It’s No Puzzle: Pets Love Working for Their Food

April 14, 2020

If we could be reincarnated, many of us would choose to return as a dog or cat. Why not? Snoozing on the couch all day…no nine-to-five job…regular belly rubs…no worries about where your next meal is coming from…what’s not to like? But this “idyllic” life is a far cry from that of our pets’ wild …

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Dog Bite Prevention Week: Avoiding Dog Bites

April 9, 2020

If you’re a pet parent, you’ve probably felt the imprint of canine teeth on your skin — whether it’s the sharp pinch of puppy teeth or an inadvertent nip during a game of fetch. But it’s the more dangerous bites, the ones that cause serious injury, bacterial infections or transmit potentially fatal diseases like rabies, …

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8 Tips for Do-It-Yourself Home Pet Grooming

April 7, 2020

Some pets never learn. Despite your best efforts, they’ll wallow in every mud puddle, roll on roadkill 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 emery …

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Canine Lyme Disease Isn’t Going Anywhere Soon

March 20, 2020

The reports are in: the United States is crawling with ticks. Thanks to warmer climate trends, these blood-sucking creatures now thrive in more regions of the country. Additionally, the expansion of housing into rural areas has forced wildlife such as raccoons, opossum and birds into the city, carrying ticks with them.  And white-tailed deer, the …

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