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National Holistic Pet Day is Right around the Corner

I was doing some of the usual pet community surfing when I came across some information that August 30th is National Holistic Pet Day. How did this new holiday slip by me? It sounds like a pretty cool idea. I’m always up for natural ways to improve my pet’s health. This is even more exciting than Talk…

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Added by Tony Avisato on August 21, 2012 at 11:18am — 13 Comments

Adjusting to City Life

I’m not exactly a city person; I admit it. I grew up in more of a rural area with occasional trips to suburbia if we ever felt like going shopping. That all changed when I went away to college. It wasn’t a major metropolitan area but it was a lot busier than anything I was used to experiencing. 

The one thing I missed most about moving to the city was the company of my dog. Now I know many city dwellers have dogs and their pets couldn’t be happier. I’m just worried that Conway (my…

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Added by Tony Avisato on August 14, 2012 at 2:01pm — 9 Comments

Finding Pet Food for Dogs with Sensitive Stomachs

My dog suffers from a squeaky stomach. You know those crazy noises that come from the dog’s belly after it eats? I didn’t give it much thought at first but after a recent trip to the vet, I discovered it was my dog’s food. After some research and tests with different types of dog food, we finally found a brand that…

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Added by Tony Avisato on August 7, 2012 at 3:47pm — 7 Comments

Get a pet insurance policy - Keep your pets safe and secured

Having a pet in your home is one of the most desirable wishes of human beings.

However, you should purchase adequate pet insurance because the costs associated for

the treatment of pets is quiet high. So, buying a pet insurance from before hand is a

way to reduce the veterinary costs and keep your pets stay protected. While searching

for a pet insurance, you should find one that is affordable in cost. With the help of little

research, you will be able to get one that…

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Added by Rex Matthews on July 14, 2012 at 12:08am — 7 Comments

Allergies - Pets Get Them Too!

Spring brings lots of good things, but for both humans and our furry pets, it is  allergy season for all.

How do you know if your pet has allergies?  Although they can't tell us directly, a couple of signs:

  • Excessive scratching
  • Chewing paws

What to do?  Start with a trip to your vetrinarian...fortunately, it may be an easy fix...shampoo, sprays or lotions...only your vet will know for sure, so don't try to treat the allergies…

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Added by Christine Gardner on April 15, 2012 at 9:48am — 6 Comments

Back to School! Tips for Selecting a School for Spot

More often than not, it’s the pet parent who needs training, not the pet.

I inadvertently taught my lab to jump on guests by saying“down, down!” and then giving him a treat when he stopped jumping. In his mind, “jump, down, treat” has been forever linked as the pattern that…

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Added by Christine Gardner on August 30, 2011 at 6:30pm — 10 Comments

Aloha! Hawaii Considers Legislation to Decrease Pet Population

Lawmakers in Hawaii are considering a Bill that would require pet stores to sterilize cats and dogs before they are sold in hopes of decreasing the unwanted/ferrel cat population that leads to starvation and many endangered species of birds at risk.   State laws mandating the spaying or neutering of dogs or cats appear to be rare. At least one state, Rhode Island, mandates it if the animals are released from a shelter,… Continue

Added by Christine Gardner on April 17, 2011 at 9:00pm — 6 Comments

Do You Have a Pet Disaster Plan?

Do you have a plan for your pets in case you are faced with a disaster?  FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency)offers tips for dealing with a disaster as a pet parent.  If you have faced a disaster that involved your pets,…

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Added by Christine Gardner on January 25, 2011 at 7:00am — 4 Comments

What to Get the Canine or Feline that Has Everything this Holiday

Are dogs and cats part of your holiday shopping list? Our furry fmaily members (and those who love them!) may have just about everything they need, so consider donating to your favorite pet charity in their name. Donate through PetsUSA to help pets without parents. 100% of proceeds will go to pets looking for parents this holiday…

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Added by Christine Gardner on November 28, 2010 at 9:28pm — 5 Comments

Vote for Pets in Pepsi Challenge

Rescue animals from cruelty in underserved communities.

Pepsi's giving away $1,000,000 each month to fund ideas that make the world a better place. But we need to tell them what to fund...… Continue

Added by Christine Gardner on November 1, 2010 at 6:49pm — 6 Comments

Just Like Vick, Dogs Get a Second Chance

What happened to the dogs rescued from Michael Vick's property in 2007? Forty seven out of 51 were rescued and rehabilitated, many of them living with families and a couple even becoming therapy dogs.

The $1 million fine paid by Vick funded their care and rehab. Some remain frightened and scared, but are being cared for at a pet sanctuary. Most have forgiven, if not forgotten, Michael…

Added by Christine Gardner on October 10, 2010 at 10:00am — 5 Comments

Chubby Pets Prone to Diabetes

Like people, pets are prone to diabetes, and chubby kitties are the most at risk. But, just like people diabetes in pets can be controlled. Diabetes in cats may be controlled by diet - the "Catkins" diet being a popular choice for feline friends, but dogs… Continue

Added by Christine Gardner on September 12, 2010 at 7:00pm — 3 Comments

Help Your Favorite Pet Charity Win Quick Cash

Please help spread the word about the Association for Americans who Recognize Pets are Family (AARPF!) www.PetsUSA.org The first group to get 100 new people to sign up will win $100!!…

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Added by Christine Gardner on September 7, 2010 at 8:00pm — 4 Comments

This Labor Day Celebrate Dogs That Work

There are at least 15,000 dogs across the country that serve persons with disabilities as official service dogs. Countless other animals serve as therapists, greet troops that arrive home to the United States, sniff out drugs, help investigate homicides - just to name a few of the many ways our pets work. This Labor Day, let's celebrate what our pets do for… Continue

Added by Christine Gardner on September 5, 2010 at 9:03am — 6 Comments

Summer May Be Almost Over, But Doggie Lifeguards Still On the Job

Dogs are being trained as lifeguards in Italy and have already been credited with saving lifes. Working with their human partners, these "lifedogs" wear a harness or tow a buoy that victims can grab, or a raft they can sit on to be towed back to shore, and unlike their human counterparts, they can easily jump from helicopters and speeding boats to reach swimmers in trouble. Read more and check out the…

Added by Christine Gardner on August 24, 2010 at 7:30pm — 3 Comments

More People Closer to Their Dog Than Mom!

In a survey, 94% described their relationship with their dog as "close" but only 87% described their relationship with their mother as "close".

Do you recognize pets as part of your family? Do you feel close to your pet? Join the AARPF (Association of Americans who Recognize Pets are Family)…

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Added by Christine Gardner on August 10, 2010 at 7:30pm — 4 Comments

Redecorating - Kitty Style!

This "hidden" litterbox is perfect for kitties who have decided to remodel your home and put their bathroom where they think it should be, which may not be where you had in mind at all!
Any other tips for making a kitty bathroom attractive to our feline children? PLEASE share!
(PS - this litter box can be found on…
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Added by Christine Gardner on August 1, 2010 at 11:37am — 3 Comments

Pet Parents Scrap Over Scraps!

Is it ok to give table scraps to pets? There are as many answers to this question as there are food groups. For instance, I give my dogs carrots sometimes instead of treats. But others say absolutely no “people food.”…

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Added by Christine Gardner on July 18, 2010 at 5:00pm — 3 Comments

Arthritis in Dogs...I missed the signs!

I didn't know it until my dog was in extreme pain, but she had all the classic symptoms of arthritis for months...withdrawn, less social (hiding under the bed) and even losing weight (the last one wan't alarming because she needed to shed a pound or two.) It wasn't until she was in extreme pain and was diagnosed by the vet with arthritis (at only 6 human years old) that I realized I missed the important signals. Now we are looking for effective treatments to get her back to her old self.…

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Added by Christine Gardner on July 12, 2010 at 4:30pm — 6 Comments

Treats to Get Your Paws On!

Goodies for dogs...of course...but a store devoted to all natural treats? Even better. Buy in-store in Columbus, Ohio, or online at Three Dog Bakery. Beware...these treats look good enough to eat yourself...but if you don't give your furry friends people food, don't expect them to share… Continue

Added by Christine Gardner on July 5, 2010 at 7:38am — 2 Comments

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