18 DOGS DETECTING CANCER
Canines are famous for their powerful sense of smell. A new study is showing that it can even be used to sniff out one of the most insidious of human diseases – ovarian cancer.

22 DOES HE BEHAVE AROUND GUESTS?
The house is decorated, the gifts are wrapped, and you’re ready for visitors – but is your dog? Check out this training advice for holiday “petiquette”.

26 BOOTS FOR BOWSER
His tender tootsies need protection from the ravages of winter. Here are the top 4 things to look for when buying boots for your dog.

28 GROOMING –IT’S GOOD FOR HIS HEALTH!
It’s not just about making him look pretty. It also prevents some unpleasant health and hygiene issues.

34 PUZZLE TOYS FOR POOCHES
Your dog needs both mental and physical exercise. These interactive toys and feeders make great gifts – and will keep him busy all year round!

37 HOLIDAY RECIPE
Treat him to these delicious and healthy peanut butter truffles

42 HOW TOXIC ARE THESE TOP HOLIDAY PLANTS?
Poinsettias, amaryllis, mistletoe and holly…these and others are favorites for festive decor. But which ones are poisonous to your dog — and which aren’t?

46 PREVENTING BONE PROBLEMS IN PUPS
Growing puppies are prone to angular limb deformities. Find out why, and how to prevent them.

49 NEED HELP WITH VET BILLS?
Many people unable to afford veterinary care are forced to give up their animal companions. Here is one organization that can help.

52 HOW DOES HOMEOPATHY HEAL?
Breakthrough scientifi c research helps explain why this 200-year-old modality works.

56 WHAT HER NOSE CAN TELL YOU
Does a cold nose means your dog is healthy? Find out what her snout can truly reveal about her overall well being.

64 BUSTING THE MYTHS ABOUT CATS
A lot of tall tales are connected to cats. Some are false, while others are based on a grain of truth. Here are 8 of the most common – and strangest!

66 4 FOODS YOU SHOULDN’T FEED FLUFFY
With the holiday season almost upon us, it’s important to know which foods to keep out of your kitty’s reach.

68 “CAN’T YOU MAKE FRIENDS?”
When my two kitties couldn’t get along, I tried every trick in the book with no success. The solution? I let them work out their differences on their own.

70 CAT SCRATCH FEVER
It’s an uncommon disease that can be passed from felines to humans. Should you be worried?

78 HOME SECURITY FOR YOUR DOG
Do you worry when she’s home alone? Today’s high tech security systems help protect her from intruders — and let you check on her whenever you want.

86 WANT TO FOSTER DOGS?
It’s rewarding, but can also be a challenge, as we discovered when we took in an elderly beagle.

90 DOES HE NEED AN MRI?
How and when magnetic resonance imaging can help diagnose your dog.

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