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April 19th, 2014

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Taking care of your dog’s teeth: One more way to show you love him

Most pet parents enjoy hugs and kisses from their canines. But while your best friend is showering you with love, have you wondered if his teeth are clean? Or about how his dental health affects his overall well-being? Good oral care is as essential for dogs as it is for humans. By the time they’re 3 years old, 80 percent of dogs develop peri...

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Easy ways to improve your pet’s quality of life

Pet ownership is more than just a privilege – it is a responsibility. While pet owners spend ample time and money purchasing elaborate outfits, accessories and toys for their pets, what truly matters is when owners take the initiative to install healthy habits and routines that enhance their pets’ lives. Across America, veterinarians ha...

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Is the protein in your pet’s food causing a deadly disease?

You’ve seen the commercials and print ads: It seems like every pet food maker is touting meat as a top ingredient. Some even go so far as to eliminate grain completely, advertising super-high levels of protein for dogs or cats. But when it comes to pet food and protein, can there be too much of a good thing? According to the experts: yes....

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Tips for new pet parents

Whether you’re acquiring a new puppy or kitten for your household or adopting an adult pet from a shelter or rescue organization, the following tips will help you get off on the right foot with your newest family member. * What’s up, doc? Just as you require regular visits to your doctor and dentist to make sure you stay healthy, so doe...

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Holiday dog grooming 101: How to get your pet ready for the party

The holidays are going to the dogs. More than 60 percent of owners include their pets in holiday cards or give them a gift, according to petfinder.com. Furthermore, 80 percent of pets participate in holiday celebrations. No matter what festivities your dog partakes in, grooming is essential to avoid smelly pet odors and keep the seasonal scents of...

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Help nurture kids’ love of nature with easy, basic, backyard bird-feeding tips

Parents and children enjoy spending quality time together, but it’s not always easy to find shared interests. The backyard, however, can provide the perfect place for generations to meet when parents help kids learn the delights of bird-watching and bird-feeding. Interacting with backyard birds benefits children on many levels, including teac...

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Five simple steps to being a great pet owner

Brushing your teeth and getting dressed in the morning are among the daily routines that are second nature to humans. But you may not always remember that your pets need regular care too – like avoiding potentially harmful table scraps, being protected from pesky fleas and ticks, keeping the sensitive pads of their paws safe from ever-changin...

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Dog-gone vacation: Three essentials to pack when traveling with pets

Pets are members of the family – so much so that more families today are traveling with their four-legged companions than ever before. In fact, 40 percent of pet owners now bring their pets on family vacations, according to the American Humane Association. Although packing for your pet may seem like a walk in the park, a few missed items coul...

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Planning can help families protect pets during natural disasters

News of natural disasters can stir our compassion, inspire us to find ways to help and remind us of the need to prepare our own homes and families to cope with emergencies, including severe weather, earthquakes and fire. Every family should have a disaster plan, so that if a disaster strikes, you’ll be ready to make the best use of aid from t...

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Busted: The top 4 most common pet myths

It’s no secret that Americans love their pets. When it comes to U.S. pet ownership, 39 percent of households own at least one dog, and 33 percent own at least one cat, according to the Humane Society of the United States. Furry family members bring joy and excitement to a household, and providing the best care possible helps ensure pets have...

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