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CELEBRATE NATIONAL DOG DAY WITH A DOG-FRIENDLY DAY TRIP

While pet parents show their love every day, August 26th marks National Dog Day! Established in 2004, this annual event is a time to show our pooches some extra attention, as well as thank the hard-working service dogs, police and military dogs for their dedicated service. It’s also a day to showcase the many dogs in shelters who would [...]

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THE ABCs OF DOGGIE URINARY TRACT INFECTIONS

Does your dog seem to be urinating more often or showing signs of pain while urinating? He could be showing signs of a urinary tract infection (UTI). There are many causes of UTIs in dogs, and some pooches are prone to recurring infections. Learning how to recognize the signs of a budding UTI can help you seek treatment earlier [...]

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WHY ALL THE BARKING?

Barking is a natural, normal dog behavior, but some dogs seem to bark at everything and anything … or sometimes at nothing at all. If you have one of these dogs, it can lead to problems with your neighbors and a stressed-out home environment. How do you work to modify your dog’s barking behavior? The first step is understanding [...]

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DOES YOUR CAT STARE AT THE WALL?

Cats behavior can be unpredictable or even bizarre at times. One moment they can be snuggly companions and the next they can act like supernatural characters. We are used to their predictable ways of amusing themselves by stalking, chasing, pouncing or batting things across the floor. Other actions seem to have no explanation at all, such as running [...]

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PESKY PARASITES THAT CAN AFFECT DOGS & CATS

It’s hard to imagine that mammals, as complex as we are, can be taken seriously ill by one-celled organisms called protozoans. You might remember studying them from biology class in junior high. These organisms are the most basic form of life, and while many are harmless, a few can invade our pets and cause a [...]

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DOES YOUR PET SUFFER FROM ANXIETY?

We live in a high-paced world with stressful jobs, technology providing information overload and lifestyles that never seem to slow down. Humans are well aware of the effects of stress and anxiety: nervous behavior, loss of sleep, appetite changes, headaches, depression and digestive problems to name a few. But do our pets also suffer from anxiety? Absolutely!Dogs and cats [...]

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PROTECTING YOUR PETS IN CASE OF FIRE

As we approach National Pet Fire Safety Day on July 15, it is a good time to take stock of how well prepared you would be in case of fire. Each year approximately half a million pets are affected by fires in their homes, and about a thousand of those fires are accidentally caused by a dog or cat. [...]

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JUNE 22 - TAKE FIDO TO WORK DAY!

How often do you catch yourself watching your dog wishing you could join the pack and leave the worries and stress of work behind? Who isn’t a bit jealous of the endless naps and spontaneous ball playing! Well, for one day every year, the Friday after Father’s Day, it’s Take Your Dog to Work Day® and the normal 9 to [...]

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DEALING WITH HAIRBALL HACKING

Unless you have a cat that’s bald, you’ve probably experienced some hairball hacking. When your cat has a hairball, it’s unpleasant to say the least, but it can also be distressing because you might think something more serious is going on. Learning how to recognize the signs and knowing what to do will help you, and your cat, through [...]

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LYME DISEASE IN DOGS

Ever see your dog unable to stand or walk, literally going limp under noodle-like legs? It could be your dog has Lyme disease and needs immediate attention. Recognizing the signs of this serious, but treatable, disease can help you take prompt action and minimize the damage it can cause.Understanding Lyme DiseaseLyme disease is one of the most common tick-transmitted diseases [...]

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