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My Dog Sleeps All Day: Should I Be Worried?

Have you ever wished you could sleep all day, just like your dog does? Dogs definitely sleep more than people,

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How to Choose the Best Food for Your Cat

We all want the best for our pets, but there are so many pet foods to choose from it can

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Your Cat’s Body Language: Slow Blinking
Your Cat’s Body Language: Slow Blinking

As pet parents, we are used to seeing our cat’s do some strange things…. like running from one end of

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Why Do Dogs Eat Grass?
Why Do Dogs Eat Grass?

You make every effort to provide your dog with the best care, including providing the most nutritious food possible. So,

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5 Tips to Keep Your Dog Safer this Summer
Dogs love summertime… probably even more than we humans do! It’s the time of year they get to be on the go with Mom and Dad, taking in the sights and getting lots of sunshine and fresh air. While we all love taking our dogs out for those summertime hikes, picnics, and days at the beach, there are some precautions we need to take. Dogs have a hard time cooling down when it’s hot because they don’t sweat like we do. Although they do sweat a little bit, it’s not enough to cool them off when the sun is beating down. Instead, they cool themselves by panting. The problem is, when it’s really hot, the air they’re breathing is also hot… meaning it’s not really cooling them off. Follow these five tips to keep your dog safer this summer. 1. Do not leave your dog in a hot car. This one really should go without saying, but there are sad stories every summer of dogs who died in when their owners left them in a hot car. It only takes minutes for a dog to get hot enough to get heat stroke, suffocate, and die in a hot car. Even on a day when outside temps are at 78 degrees, the temp in your car can quickly reach 90 degrees in the shade and a devastating 160 degrees in the sun. If you’re going to be stopping somewhere that you can’t take your dog in with you, just leave him at home! 2. Protect your dog from ticks, fleas, and mosquitoes. Parasites present a whole host of serious problems for dogs, including heartworms, rocky mountain spotted fever, and Lyme disease. Use monthly protection from your vet, especially in the summer months when pests are at their worst. 3. Take care of your dog’s paws. Pay attention to surfaces lie concrete, asphalt, or metal that can get dangerously hot when the sun is beating down. Don’t let you dog walk on hot surfaces. Not only could he burn his paws, but he could also overheat. 4. Carry water with you and always provide shade. Dogs need water when they’re hot and panting, so carry fresh water with you when you’re out with your dog on a hot day. Stay in the shade whenever possible to prevent overheating and sunburn. 5. Watch your dog’s weight. Dogs tend to put on a few pounds over the winter. The good news is, summer is a great time for exercise, so take advantage of it! Dogs that stay at a healthy weight live about two or three years longer than dogs who are overweight. Just be careful not to overdo it, especially when it’s hot. The most important thing you can do is pay attention to your dog. If he seems like he’s too hot, do something about it quickly… before he overheats. Have a blast with your dog this summer, just be sure to keep these tips in mind!

Dogs love summertime… probably even more than we humans do! It’s the time of year they get to be on

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Cat Treats: Smart Strategies for Giving Your Kitty Treats
cat treats

Most kitties love treats! They’ll come racing across the house when they hear you shake the can. They’ll wind around

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Cats and Kids: How to Encourage Positive Interaction

Cats and kids don’t always get along, but you can teach your children how to interact positively with your cat

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Common Dog Behaviors and What They Mean
Common Dog Behaviors and What They Mean

The things your dog does can tell you a lot about how he’s feeling, and you don’t have to learn

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5 Fun Things to Do with Your Favorite Kitty
5 Fun Things to Do with Your Favorite Kitty

One of the best things about having a kitty is playtime! There are tons of fun thing you can do

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Tips for Taking Your Dog to the Beach

Do you want to take your dog to the beach this summer? Many areas have dog-friendly beaches these days. And,

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8 Fun Summer Activities for Kids and Pets

Although your kids are on a break from school over the summer, they can still continue to learn new things.

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4 Natural Ways to Relieve Your Dog’s Car Sickness
4 Natural Ways to Relieve Your Dog’s Car Sickness

For people, there’s nothing worse than the nausea that can accompany a long car ride, and sometimes your dog’s tummy

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Tips for RVing with Your Dog
Tips for RVing with Your Dog

Summer is finally here, and one of the biggest perks of hitting the road in an RV is that you

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Do Hedgehogs Make Good Pets? Here’s What You Need to Know!
Do Hedgehogs Make Good Pets? Here’s What You Need to Know!

Hedgehogs have become quite popular as an exotic pet throughout the United States in recent years. Most pet hedgehogs were

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The Best Dog Breeds for Outdoor Enthusiasts
The Best Dog Breeds for Outdoor Enthusiasts

Scooby and Shaggy, Timmy and Lassie, Dorothy and Toto… we humans love to bring our dogs along on our adventures!

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Feline Depression
Feline Depression

Humans aren’t the only ones who can get depressed. Cats are sensitive animals and things like the death of a

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6 Easy Ways to Know if Your Dog is Healthy
6 Easy Ways to Know if Your Dog is Healthy

Our dogs are part of the family, and it can be easy to worry about their health. Of course, you

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5 Hidden Household Toxins That Could Be Dangerous for Your Pets
5 Hidden Household Toxins That Could Be Dangerous for Your Pets

Many of us choose the products we use in and around our homes according to budget, convenience, and effectiveness. But,

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Simple Tips for Potty Training Your Puppy
Simple Tips for Potty Training Your Puppy

Unfortunately, messes in the house are an inevitable reality with a new puppy. The good news is, potty training a

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How to Break Your Puppy’s Resource Guarding Habit
How to Break Your Puppy’s Resource Guarding Habit

Puppies are adorable, snuggly, chubby little bundles of love… most of the time. Some puppies develop a bad habit called

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