Planting Peacefully with Pets

Gardening can be a joyful, relaxing experience as can having a family pet.  However, when your pet is extremely interested in your garden, it can quickly become frustrating for both of you.  Can your plants and your pet peacefully coexist?  Certainly! The first step in getting your dog to do (or not do) something is […]

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10 Helpful Hints for Spring Cleaning with Canines

Spring cleaning with pets in your home is as much about preventing messes as it is about cleaning them up!  Here are a few simple steps to keep in mind with the warming weather: Find the muddy places in your yard and consider mulching them or planting grass seed and covering them up so your […]

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How to Trim Your Dog’s Toenails

Unless your dog runs around on hard surfaces that help keep toenails short, you have to clip them about once a week — if you hear them clicking on a hard surface, it’s time for a trim. Most dogs detest having their feet handled, so clipping may never be your favorite shared activity, but getting […]

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What your cat’s tail can tell you

Paying attention to the position of a cat’s tail can give you insight into your feline’s mood and offer clues about what kind of behavior to expect. Photo: seantoyer/flickr Cats communicate in a variety of ways. Their purrs and meows can have different meanings, but cats also communicate with body language. For example, ear position is a good indicator of […]

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Puppy Bowl X Preview: Designer Dogs, Penguin Cheerleaders and Fantasy Four-Legged Football

Water bowls are filled and collars are polished — the puppies are ready to play as Animal Planet reveals the adorable bundles of fur taking the field for Puppy Bowl X on Feb. 2. For football fans and dog lovers alike, the Puppy Bowl is the biggest TV event of the year on four paws — and […]

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Tips for walking dogs in the cold and snow

The sidewalk is completely buried under snow. The temperature is frigid. The wind is whipping. It’s a great day to take a walk — if you’re a Siberian husky. If, however, you’re a Chihuahua, a Yorkie or a human, you’d probably rather take a long winter’s nap. But neither snow nor rain nor heat nor […]

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How to keep pets safe in extreme cold: Shelter is paramount

Print Lorrie Shaw | Special to the Ann Arbor News By Lorrie Shaw | Special to the Ann Arbor News Follow on Twitter on January 05, 2014 at 3:30 PM 1 Retrieverinsnow.jpgFlickr photo by photeka It can be easy to misjudge the effects of the elements on our companion animals when the mercury drops. Outdoor […]

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How Do I Protect my Dog’s Paws in the Snow?

Walking the dogs in cold snowy weather is one of the hazards of dog ownership, unless you are lucky enough to live where snow doesn’t exist. Along with the hazards of having an enthusiastic dog on the end of the leash in icy conditions, ice and snow can cause damage to your dog’s paws as […]

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There’s Nothing Crazy About Giving Christmas Presents to Pets

Wanna hang a stocking for your cat? Or wrap a new rhinestone collar and place it under the tree so your dog can open it on Christmas morning? Knock yourself out, say psychologists. In survey after survey, the vast majority of pet owners say they treat their dogs and cats like family. And how could […]

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Winter Holiday Pet Poison Tips

The holidays are stressful enough without having to worry about a potentially poisoned pet. Below is a list of holiday-related decorations, plants and food items that the veterinarians at Pet Poison Helpline recommend keeping away from pets. Holiday Ornaments: When decorating for the season, consider your pets. Holiday decorations such as snow globes or bubble […]

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