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9 Common Parasites Found in Cats & Dogs & How to Spot Them

At some point in your dog or cat’s life, they are bound to become infected with an internal or external parasite. Monitoring for any changes in behavior or appearance, as well as regular veterinary examinations, can help you keep ahead of an infestation, ensuring the safety and wellness of not only your pet, but your family. Below are the most common parasites found in cats and dogs, and how to spot them: Internal Parasites Heartworm Heartworm is very common in dogs across the U.S., but cats get them too! They are transmitted by mosquitoes and, once mature, live in the…

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Pet Food: Feed on a Schedule or Leave it Out All Day?

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You have spent the time researching the best food for your pet, but how often should you feed him? Do you leave the food out all day so he can eat whenever he wants? Or maybe you should create a schedule with specific feed times? Free-feeding versus scheduled feeding is one of the most polarizing arguments among pet owners, with many claiming that their way is the only “right way.” With so many opposing thoughts on the subject, how do you know which is correct? Much like feeding a human child, there is not just one right way to feed…

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6 Tips for Housebreaking Your Puppy

One of the first things a new dog owner wants to take care of is housebreaking. Cleaning up pet stains gets old fast, so you want to establish certain rules for “going” as early as possible. Not sure how to start? Here are 6 tips for housebreaking your pet: Set a  Feeding Schedule What goes in, must come out! A consistent feeding schedule means more consistent potty times. Set food out during appropriate meal times, and keep the bowl out of reach in between. A dog that eats all day is unpredictable and will likely have more accidents. If your…

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9 Things Your Groomer Wishes You Knew

You may think the responsibility of grooming your dog is as simple as dropping them off at the groomer every few weeks for a couple of hours. That is simply not true. An unprepared pet not only makes the groomer’s job more difficult, but can also be traumatic for the pet and cause anxiety. And you want your pet to feel as calm and happy as possible. Grooming is a team effort, and there are many things you could do at home to make the experience a positive (and safe!) one for all. Here are some things your groomer wishes…

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Do I Really Need to Vaccinate My Pet?

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Whether you are a new or seasoned pet owner, you may wonder how often you really need to vaccinate your pet. Many states have laws requiring certain vaccinations (like rabies) on a particular schedule but, beyond that, what is really necessary? Vaccines are the most effective way to protect your pet from infectious disease. When your pet receives a vaccine, the body recognizes the antigen (foreign substance), and responds to it by creating antibodies. These antibodies help your pet’s immune system fight off future exposure to viruses and bacteria more efficiently. Pet vaccines are classified into two groups: core and…

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Grain-Free Diet Statement

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Grain-Free Diet Statement In July, the FDA announced a possible correlation between grain-free diets in dogs and a heart disease called Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM).  Given the current popularity of such diets, this article was met with alarm from many pet owners who are currently feeding such diets. Certain dog breeds, such as the Doberman, Boxer and Great Dane, have a familial predisposition for this heart disease.  However, cardiologists were beginning to see an increase in incidence in atypical breeds, many of whom were being fed grain-free, exotic protein diets containing such alternate ingredients as peas, chickpeas and other legumes. At…

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5 Tips for Keeping Pets Safe This Halloween

The weather is getting colder, the leaves are starting to change, and it is looking a whole lot like everyone’s favorite spooky time of year – Halloween. While Halloween is a fun holiday for humans, it can be a frightening, stressful time for your pets. All the costumes, doorbells ringing, and decorations can pose dangers to your furry friends. To keep everyone safe this Halloween, here are 5 tips for protecting your pets:   Avoid Costumes You may think it is so adorable to see your cat or dog in that little costume you found at the store, but dressing…

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Is Pet Insurance Worth the Money?

Public opinion over insurance is always in a state of flux, isn’t it? On one hand, some people find it ridiculous to pay thousands of dollars on a premium that could help cover an accident that may never even happen. On the other hand, other people realize that accidents can and do happen, and they would rather have all of their bases covered than not be able to afford help when they need it. While a majority of our society seems to be on the same page with insurance for our homes, our cars, and ourselves, almost nobody can agree…

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5 Major Signs of Arthritis in Dogs

  Arthritis is a very painful and frustrating disease for your pet. Unfortunately, it is also fairly common in dogs. While older dogs are the most likely to get arthritis, it is possible to develop in dogs of any age. Due to their own natural instincts, however, many pets will not show obvious signs of pain, making this discovery tricky for their owners. That being said, there are a few symptoms to watch out for. If your dog starts displaying any of these 5 symptoms, it would be a good time to take him in for tests.   Limping or…

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Weird Cat Behavior: Explained

Cats are a special kind of animal. They have a place in our hearts as the silly, aloof, loving, and hard-to-figure-out family members. Anyone with a pet cat, from a brand new kitten to an old rescued senior cat, know that these animals are somewhat of an enigma. But are any of your cat’s weird behaviors something to be worried about? Let’s look at some weird cat behavior and see if we can explain it. Chattering out the Window Behaviorists get a little confused by this. There are two main explanations. The first is that cats are natural predators and…

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