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What Table Foods Can My Dog Eat? What Can’t My Dog Eat?

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Does your dog beg for a taste of your food whenever you sit down for a meal? It may be hard to resist those big, beautiful puppy eyes, but before you share with your furry friend, there are some things you should know.  Not all human food is safe for your dog. It is important to know the difference between safe and unsafe foods to prevent potentially fatal consequences.   Check out our guide below: Protein Most meat products are fine to give your dog, especially lean options such as chicken and turkey. Beef is also a great option for protein,…

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Why Do Some Cats Like Catnip & Some Do Not?

There are few things more adorable than a cat going crazy for catnip! Available as a plant, dried, in toys, or even as a spray, catnip is a fun way to encourage playful behavior in your cat. It can even be used to direct your cat to play in a certain area or scratch a particular post to keep your furniture safe from scratch marks. The introduction of catnip can elicit a variety of joyful responses, called the “catnip effect”, including:  Rolling over and rubbing the body over the catnip or toy Aggressive sniffing of the catnip Chewing or licking…

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Why Does My Dog Eat Grass?

Does your dog eat grass whenever they are outside? Perhaps you have heard that dogs eat grass when they have an upset stomach, and it has you worried. While an upset stomach may be the problem, it is not the only reason that a dog will nibble grass and other plants.  Here are some reasons your dog may be eating grass, and what you may be able to do about it: Instinct Unlike their ancestors, domesticated dogs have nutritionally rich foods packaged and sold in bulk so there is no need to hunt. However, they retain the natural instinct to…

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Should I Give My Pet Homemade Food?

You know that good nutrition is key to your own health, and the same is true for your pet. Pets that are fed a nutritionally complete diet are healthier, live longer, and require less visits to the veterinarian. In researching how to feed your specific pet, you may have come across the idea of homemade food. While knowing exactly what is in your pet’s food is appealing, it must be done right to actually benefit them.  Here are some pros and cons to both homemade and commercial pet food to help you make the best decision for you and your…

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6 Tips for Keeping Your Dog Safe in Hot Weather

Summer weather is here! As you take certain precautions to keep yourself healthy and comfortable during the hot season, do not forget about your furry friend! Even on days that don’t seem that hot to you, your pet could be at risk for heat stroke. Take these precautions this summer to keep Fido healthy and safe: Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate! So important, it bears repeating! The most important thing you can do for your pet is to have unlimited access to water, everywhere you go. Invest in a water bottle with attached dog bowl to make it easier.  You can also…

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How to Recognize the Signs of Heart Disease in Pets

Whether in humans or pets, heart disease is a very serious condition. The sooner you can catch the symptoms, the better chance you have to come up with an effective treatment plan to bring your pet well into its golden years. Because your cat or dog can not tell you when something is wrong, it is extremely important for pet owners to educate themselves on the signs of heart disease. These symptoms vary slightly between dogs and cats, so be sure to look out for these species-specific signs of heart disease: Signs of Heart Disease in Cats Heart disease in…

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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?

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

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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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