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Pet Obesity

Obesity isn’t just a human problem. It’s becoming an issue for household pets, too. A chunky pet can be a cute thing—until you realize the medical hazards for pets that are overweight. Obesity in dogs and obesity in cats can lead to arthritis, high blood pressure, diabetes and some cancers. Obesity can also shorten your […]

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Clipping Claws

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Time for a trim! Do you know when or how to trim your pet’s nails? Here are some helpful tricks to make clipping claws easier. Speaking on behalf of those who appreciate good grooming, we all know the pain of a broken nail. Now, imagine having four paws to deal with instead of just two hands. That makes […]

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The Chinese Hamster

HISTORY The Chinese Hamster, which originated in northern China and Mongolia, belongs to the group of hamsters with rat-like characteristics. This breed was first reported and sold as a pet in Beijing in 1900. Used primarily as lab animals, they were later used at the Peking Union Medical College in 1919 and soon exported to […]

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Clicker Training A Dog

No matter what breed your dog is, basic obedience training is very important in helping to mold him into a loving, obedient, happy member of your family. It’s best to start training your dog as early as possible, preferably while he is still a young puppy. One method of training that is gaining in popularity, […]

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Giving Pets Pills – Risky Business!

So you’ve been handed a packet of pills by your veterinarian to give to your kitty or pooch……now what??  As you’ve probably noticed, most self-respecting dogs or cats will not take pills right out of your hand, not even the so called ‘flavored’ pills.  Hiding it in a meal may work on some dogs, but […]

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Cat Enclosures Offer Outdoor Access with Indoor Safety

I grew up with indoor/outdoor cats. They lived in our house and slept on our beds but were allowed free access to the outdoors. The cats were happy, but it wasn’t always easy for us. I was heartbroken when one kitten, Tigger, went out to play and never came back. The rest made it to […]

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Caring For Pets After Pet Surgery

It is difficult when our pets get sick or injured, and as pet owners we do our best to make sure we do all we can to speed the healing process. However, sometimes, pet surgery is needed and the healing process is a bit more complicated and takes a bit longer. Here are some tips […]

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Putting Together a Pet Emergency Pack

If a disaster strikes, are you prepared? Disasters can happen anywhere at any time. The public doesn’t usually get a lot of notice before a disaster strikes, so you must be prepared in advance and know what to do quickly if there is an emergency. One thing people often forget when preparing for an emergency […]

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How to Know if Your Pet Needs Winter Gear

Photo by Loren Sztajer / CC BY-ND Some animals need a little bit more help to stay warm during the winter, but not all animals. Most of the time, the pets that I see wearing coats and such in the wintertime are dogs. I’ve even seen doggie booties! A lot of the times I wonder […]

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Pet Adoption: Did You Adopt Your Pet or Did Your Pet Adopt You?

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As Thanksgiving draws near, what are you thankful for? Some of us are just thankful to have a pet—or to have an owner. How did you find your pet? How did your pet find you? For every pet and owner, there’s a good story. How did you find each other? Was it a search you […]

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