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April 24th, 2014

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Dogged by pricey pet care? Cost-cutting tips for pet owners

These days, everyone is searching for ways to save money and stretch budgets. Consumer experts advise people to sniff out deeper discounts, saving opportunities and additional ways to cut costs. For pet owners, it can feel challenging to cut costs without compromising on care. Being vigilant is key, according to pet expert, Charlotte Reed. “C...

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How to find the right vet for your pet

Pet owners have many responsibilities, and keeping your pet healthy with veterinary care is a significant one. To help make sure your pet receives high quality medical care, several veterinarians offer advice on how to find the right vet for your pet. Ask for recommendations“A good way to begin your search for a high quality veterinary practi...

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Boarding your four-legged family member

Whether traveling for business or fun, it’s not always practical to take along a four-legged family member. Arranging care of a beloved pet for an extended absence can be daunting. Knowing what to look for in a kennel, and what to look out for, can help you choose wisely. Ask around “Family and friends can be a good source of recommenda...

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Think rabies is a thing of the past? Think again

Most of us know what rabies is, but it’s not something we think about often. Thanks to public health education, mandatory pet vaccinations and the wildlife oral rabies vaccination program, rabies cases in the U.S. have dropped dramatically in the past 15 years. But unfortunately this severe disease is still reported across the country, making...

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The holiday gift that keeps on giving: opt to adopt a pet, save a life

It’s not surprising that pets are often a popular holiday gift. The darling image of the bow-bedecked puppy or the kitten-stuffed stocking is a holiday classic, but gift givers should make sure that an animal’s charm doesn’t overshadow other important factors to consider when making a pet purchase, including where the pets came fr...

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Should you ‘winterize’ your pet?

The arrival of autumn signals many changes in the household, from switching from salads to soups to pulling sweaters out of storage to changing furnace filters. With pets, however, you may need to think as much about what you don’t change as what you do. Chicago veterinarian Dr. Shelly Rubin is well acquainted with the dramatic temperature sw...

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Creating a dog-friendly meal experience

Mealtime is going…well, to the dogs – literally. Dumping kibble into a bowl and walking away has become less and less the norm. Feeding the family dog has evolved into new territory. For example, have you ever warmed your dog’s food in the microwave before serving it to him? You wouldn’t be alone if you have. Maybe you and y...

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Bow wow chow: How to make easy, healthy treats for your dog at home

Sixty-two percent of U.S. households include a pet, and 78.2 million of those pets are dogs, according to the American Pet Products Association’s most recent survey. Dog lovers want good nutrition and flavor to ensure happy, healthy animal members of the family. Today, professional chefs are creating delicious, healthy foods and treats for do...

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How to keep your pets healthy and happy all winter long

Dry skin, winter weight gain and the common cold – humans aren’t the only ones to struggle with winter woes. Cold weather can affect our pets’ health, too. While you can put in some extra time on the treadmill and layer up for the cold weather, pets rely on their human companions to help them stay healthy all year long. As tempera...

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