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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Halloween Pet Safety

No Scaredy Cats This Halloween: Top 10 Safety Tips for Pet Parents Attention, animal lovers, it’s almost the spookiest night of the year! The ASPCA recommends taking some common sense precautions this Halloween to keep you and your pet saying “trick or treat!” all the way to November 1. 1. No tricks, no treats: That […]

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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. 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 how […]

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How to Find the Right Dog Walker

By Josh Weiss-Roessler Your dog needs daily exercise in order to stay both physically and mentally healthy, and if your schedule doesn’t allow you to regularly hit the trail with your four-legged companion, you may need to hire a dog walker. However, this isn’t a decision to make lightly: who you choose to walk your dog matters. Anybody can […]

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Choosing a Pet Sitter

Pet sitters do much more than provide a pet with food and water while their guardian is away from home.   A good pet sitter also spends quality time with the animal, gives him exercise and knows how to tell if he needs veterinary attention. What’s more, pet sitters typically offer additional services, such as […]

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Feral and Stray Cats—An Important Difference

  Feral, stray, and pet cats are all members of the same species; they are all domestic cats. But stray cats and feral cats are also different from each other in a very important way—in their relationship to and interactions with people. Whether you are a shelter worker, veterinarian, or feral cat advocate—or you just […]

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Preparing Your Dog for a New Baby

When you bring a new baby home, your dog will face an overwhelming number of novel sights, sounds and smells. She may find some of them upsetting, especially if she didn’t have opportunities to spend time with children as a puppy. You’ll drastically alter your daily routine, so your dog’s schedule will change, too. And, […]

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De-Bunking the “Alpha Dog” Theory

Why every mention of “alpha dogs” or “dominant” dogs is dangerous to all dogs. By Pat Miller, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA, CDBC The alpha myth is everywhere. Google “alpha dog” on the Internet and you get more than 85 million hits. Really. While not all the sites are about dominating your dog, there are literally millions of […]

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The Problem With People, Not Pit Bulls

The president of the American Pit Bull Foundation on why responsible dog ownership matters more than breed A June 20th Time.com piece by Charlotte Alter called “The Problem With Pit Bulls” elicited a flood of protest mail from supporters of the breed. We asked Sara Enos, the Founder and Executive Director of the American Pit Bull […]

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10 Reasons Not to Use a Retractable Leash

A retractable leash is not so much a leash as it is a length of thin cord wound around a spring-loaded device housed inside a plastic handle. The handles of most retractable leashes are designed to fit comfortably in a human hand. A button on the handle controls how much of the cord is extended. […]

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