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Dogs Travel & Safety

Have Dog, Will Travel: Tips for Flights

Reading Time: 3 minutes Adopting my first small dog – a 9-pound Poodle named Peach – brought many pleasant surprises, including the chance to travel with a dog on an airplane. When I bought our first plane tickets to visit my parents, I made sure to buy a nonstop flight to keep our travel time as short as possible. […]

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Dogs Shelters & Fostering

9 Ways to Help Shelter Dogs

Reading Time: 4 minutes October is National Adopt a Dog Month and a wonderful excuse to celebrate your dogs with extra hugs, toys, and treats. After all, they are loyal best friends and awesome companions. However, spare a thought for the thousands of dogs in shelters, patiently waiting for a forever home and a family to love. There are […]

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Equines Shelters & Fostering Travel & Safety

10 Reasons to Microchip Your Horse

Reading Time: 4 minutes For over 20 years, rescue groups, breeders, and pet owners have been microchipping dogs and cats to help ensure lost pets make their way home. Now the horse industry is catching up. Although a horse is rarely “lost” in the sense that you’d find a runaway clip-clopping down your street, there are other important reasons […]

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Birds Life at Home

Purposeful Playtime: Pet Birds Need Toys for Mental and Physical Health

Reading Time: 4 minutes Have you ever wondered why toys for pet birds are so intricate, colorful, varied in materials and textures, and downright fun-looking? Could you imagine your hookbill happy with anything less than a toy he can spend hours chewing on, shredding, swinging from, and flinging from side to side? Our pet birds are highly intelligent creatures. […]

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Cats Fears & Anxieties Training & Grooming

Conquer Your Cat’s Fear of the Big, Bad Vacuum

Reading Time: 4 minutes When I pull out the vacuum, Mollie disappears. Fortunately, our house is large enough that she has plenty of “safe” places to hide – often the linen closet upstairs or inside a kitchen cabinet. There’s a name for this fear: Zuigerphobia. It’s a specific phobia, which is an irrational, yet excessive fear of a particular […]

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Cats

Feline Pheromones: The Science Behind Them

Reading Time: 5 minutes If you have a cat, you’ve likely encountered pheromone products available in the form of diffusers, sprays, wipes, or collars. These products claim to stop unwanted behaviors such as scratching, spraying, litter box mishaps, hiding, and fighting. Maybe you’ve read reviews touting pheromone products as a magic charm or, conversely, describing them as nothing more […]

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Veterinary Care

A Comfortable Vaccine Experience for Your Pet

Reading Time: 5 minutes Vaccinations have been in the news a lot lately. An up-to-date vaccine program is essential for your pet’s general good health, too. It’s possible to make pokes at the veterinarian’s office a happy and stress-free event for both you and your pet—even if you are the one with a fear of needles. Love and Treats: […]

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Life at Home Senior Pets

The Guilt in Goodbye

Reading Time: 3 minutes The last year of my cat’s life was a nightmare rollercoaster. Sebastian was battling cancer and undergoing chemotherapy. He lost his appetite, and I became obsessed with feeding him. I tried every brand of food, cooked for him, and checked his food bowl a dozen times daily to monitor how much he was eating. Finally, […]

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Cats

Cats of Many Colors

Reading Time: 5 minutes Cats know how to preen and flaunt their fabulous fur. To add to feline glamour and mystery, their coats come in a variety of colors and patterns with names that sound more like shades on an artist’s palette, such as lavender cream, cinnamon, and blue smoke. But a cat’s color is more than a pretty […]

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Dogs Veterinary Care

Doggie Orthodontics: Fixing Canine Canines

Reading Time: 4 minutes An adopted Chihuahua-Pomeranian puppy named Brandy quickly settled into her new forever home, but her owner noticed she was having difficulty chewing her food. A closer look revealed that Brandy’s teeth were so crooked that they were cutting into her gums every time she tried to chew her food. We all know how much dogs […]