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Protecting Your Pup From the Dog Flu

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‘Tis the season for colds, stomach bugs and the dreaded influenza. Annually, many Americans make it a priority to go out and get their flu shot. If you fall into this category, have you ever considered getting a flu shot for your dog? Can your canine companion even get the flu? You may be surprised to learn that he can, ...

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Are Essential Oils Safe for Pets?

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Are essential oils safe for pets? We may be instinctively tempted to think they are, as these natural products are used to help relieve conditions such as anxiety and other common ailments. And if they’re safe for humans, they’re safe for our pets, right? Not always. The American Kennel Club urges us to remember that “natural” doesn’t always mean “safe” ...

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Is My Puppy Aggressive or Playing?

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Puppies play, and puppies play hard. Occasionally, depending on the size of the puppy, they may even draw blood. Quite surprisingly, this behavior may be perfectly playful and not aggressive in the least, even though it hurts tremendously. It’s not uncommon for first-time puppy owners to wonder, “Is my puppy aggressive?” Snapping, barking, growling, nipping, jumping and bouncing are all signs ...

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How To Minimize Destructive Cat Scratching

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By nature, cats scratch. In fact, their claws are made to scratch for a number of reasons. If you own a cat, you may be well aware by now that one of the downsides of this can be destructive scratching. Your furniture, carpet or drapes may have fallen victim to kitty’s natural instincts. If this is the case, don’t despair. ...

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Five Exotic Pets That Are Great for Apartments

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Living in an apartment doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t have a friendly, forever pet. Of course, some apartments have restrictions on how many pets you can house and how much they weigh, but there are still plenty of options that would allow for all sorts of pet friends to live with you. If you like exotic pets, have no fear. ...

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Does Your Dog Get the Zoomies?

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Does your dog have the zoomies? If at any point you’ve seen your pooch suddenly and unforgivingly start running around and chasing his tail or jumping from one couch to the next, charging ahead at full speed with the wind through his hair and the world behind him, then it’s very likely you’ve just witnessed an episode of the zoomies. ...

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Dog Owners: Beware of Toxic, Blue-Green Algae

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Blue-green algae, a type of toxin found in lakes and ponds, is stirring up a large cause for concern, and with good reason. Just last week, three North Carolina dogs died after swimming in a pond containing the algae. Symptoms developed within minutes. Even an emergency trip to the veterinarian was not enough to spare Harpo, Abby and Izzy’s lives. ...

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Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease: What You Need to Know

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Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease, also known as FLUTD, is a common cat health problem that can affect both male and female felines. In fact, FLUTD is responsible for sending a large handful of cats to the vet each year. If you’re concerned your furry friend may have a lower urinary tract disease, it’s important to identify the symptoms, seek ...

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Can Dogs Eat Mushrooms?

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During spring and summer, most of our dogs love running around outside and exploring the backyard, local park or any area they can easily let loose. While the exercise is great, sometimes our pets may roam out of our sight and experience the world with their taste buds. Most of the time this is harmless, but occasionally, it can pose ...

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Are Puppy Training Classes Worth It?

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Are puppy training classes worth it? If you recently got a puppy, you may have asked yourself this exact question. A plethora of opinions exist, as well as a myriad of groups that agree and disagree. While some people believe puppy training classes are just a gimmick and training can be done at home, others boast of the socialization skills ...

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