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Helping Your Dog or Cat Chill May Add Years to their Lives

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Reading Time: 3 minutes Can fear, anxiety, and stress be stealing precious heartbeats from your beloved pet at home? That’s the theory being studied by Dr. Robert Hamlin, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVIM. His work is examining the idea that stress, especially when it triggers the body’s fight or flee “sympathetic storm” mechanism, not only affects the quality of your […]

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Condition Your Dog To Prevent Weekend Warrior Syndrome

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Reading Time: 2 minutes One of the reasons many people love having dogs is because they are built-in exercise buddies. Most dogs are never going to tell you that they’d rather skip the walk, run, or hike today; in fact, they are usually the ones who insist on going and get us off our behinds and out doing something. […]

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6 Tips for Keeping Your Dog Stress-Free on Independence Day

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Reading Time: 2 minutes Independence Day is an exciting holiday for humans, but it can be a stressful one for dogs. The loud noises and bright flashes from fireworks can frighten them so severely that they run away, ending up lost or in shelters. Fortunately, you can take precautions to help your dog be less fearful as well as […]

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Helping Your Dog or Cat Chill May Add Years to their Lives

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Reading Time: 3 minutes Can fear, anxiety, and stress be stealing precious heartbeats from your beloved pet at home? That’s the theory being studied by Dr. Robert Hamlin, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVIM. His work is examining the idea that stress, especially when it triggers the body’s fight or flee “sympathetic storm” mechanism, not only affects the quality of your […]

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To Make Cats Happy, Offer Choices, Enrichment

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Reading Time: 3 minutes Cats can make great pets when we learn what each one needs to thrive, and then meet these needs. When we do, we have cats who are friendly, active, and safe. That makes them the great “low maintenance” companions we enjoy. But when things go wrong, fear, anxiety, and stress can be the result in […]

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The Nose Knows: Scent Game For Dogs Builds Confidence

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Reading Time: 3 minutes I’ve long thought dog sports were good for dogs’ souls. More than their souls, really — sports help them to face the world with confidence in themselves and their handlers. But never have I found a sport so suited for helping dogs gain confidence as nose work. Founded in 2008 by detection dog handlers Ron […]

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Beat Feline Boredom With 3 Fun Cat Games

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Reading Time: 3 minutes Is your sofa arm shredded? Is the toilet paper off the roll and sprinkled like confetti on the bathroom floor? Are the items on your coffee table splattered across your living room floor? Ahem, your indoor cat is desperately trying to get your attention…and desperately trying to battle boredom. While studies show that indoor cats […]

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Why Does My Cat Conduct “Gravity Experiments?” How Cats Play

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Reading Time: 3 minutes How cats play varies between kitties, but there are some techniques nearly all share. My cat Seren-Kitty played “gravity experiments,” knocking things off tables, until the past few years. At age 21, she’s finally slowed down, but before that Seren never had an off-switch and was a cat-play maniac from the moment she entered my […]

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Don Your Apron and Become Your Canine’s Chef

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Reading Time: 2 minutes Dogs seem to be lousy spellers until you spell the word t-r-e-a-t. Before we can finish the final “t,” most of our canine pals are making hairpin turns around the kitchen island and plopping into a sit in front of us as we hold a tasty homemade delight. In our five-dog household, it is tradition […]