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A Comfortable Vaccine Experience for Your Pet

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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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Activities & Enrichment Dogs Life at Home

How to Make Your Dog Happy and Even Laugh

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Reading Time: 4 minutes We know how much our dogs make us happy and even laugh. And scientists confirm that snuggling with our dogs unleashes oxytocin, informally referred to as the cuddle chemical. Medical studies confirm again and again that hanging out with dogs can lower our blood pressure, reduce our stress levels, and boost our moods. But when […]

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Dogs Fears & Anxieties Veterinary Care

Taking the Fear Out of your Dog’s Fecal Test

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Reading Time: 4 minutes There are a lot of stressful and uncomfortable things about fecal tests in veterinary medicine. It doesn’t have to be that way. Many pet owners dread being asked to bring a stool sample to the vet, especially if their dog or cat isn’t sick. It’s a hassle to get the sample, and it’s hard to […]

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Dogs Life at Home Training & Grooming

How to House Train Your Puppy the Fear Free Way

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Reading Time: 5 minutes This article was authored by Marty Becker, DVM, and Mikkel Becker, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA, KPA CTP, CDBC, CTC When a new puppy joins your family, you have a great opportunity to ensure she’ll grow up to be a confident, healthy dog. Central to that goal is helping her understand where she can and can’t go to […]

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How Pets Can Have a Joyful and Safe Holiday

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Cat and Christmas lights

Reading Time: 3 minutes The holidays are filled with family, friends, food, and fun, but they can also pose threats to your pets and cause fear, anxiety, and stress. From poisonous plant decorations to not-so-safe sweets, the holidays can be a challenging time for furry family members. Follow these tips to help your furry friend safely enjoy all the […]

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Activities & Enrichment Cats Dogs Fears & Anxieties Holidays Life at Home Other

Help Your Pet Have a Happy and Fear Free Halloween

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Black and white puppy in field with pumpkins and fall leaves

Reading Time: 3 minutes While Halloween may be an exciting time for you and your family — costumes, candy, carving — it can be frightening for your dog or cat. From ringing doorbells to monstrous masks, these new sights and sounds can create high anxiety for pets. However, when you follow these simple suggestions, you can give your pet […]

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Cats Dogs Fears & Anxieties Other Veterinary Care

Preparing Your Pet for a Vaccine Appointment: 5 Tips for a Better Experience

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Reading Time: 2 minutes If your pet (or you) get stressed out when heading to the vet for vaccines, these five tips can help make the trip free of fear, anxiety, and stress for both of you. 1. Be an Example Your pet is more likely to be calm if you are. If you’re stressed out before the vaccination […]