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ASPCA kitten season

How the ASPCA saves and protects during kitten season

Kitten season starts in April and lasts through September. This means shelters and rescues are overwhelmed with homeless kittens during the warm weather months. Here’s how one animal welfare organization handles the situation. Stray and feral cats abound, and because most of them aren’t spayed or neutered, they have countless litters of kittens, starting in …

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TCVM preventative seasonal medicine for dogs

TCVM — preventive seasonal medicine for dogs

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the different seasons are associated with specific personalities, bodily organs, ages, and foods. By understanding these factors, you can use seasonal medicine and nutrition to keep him balanced and healthy. If you’re familiar with Traditional Chinese Medicine, you may know that the seasons of the year are associated with different personalities, …

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4 reasons to enroll your new puppy in a training class

4 reasons to enroll your new puppy in a training class

You adopted a puppy – congratulations! Once you’ve gotten a chance to get to know one another, consider enrolling him in a training class. Puppy training classes are an ideal way to get off on the right paw with your new guy. Here’s a few reasons to seek out a good trainer or class ASAP! …

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Lyme disease and your dog

Lyme disease and your dog

Taking steps to minimize tick exposure is the best way to protect your canine companion from Lyme disease. It doesn’t seem that long since we could walk our dogs through woods and fields without a care in the world. But ticks and the risk of Lyme disease have changed all that. Once upon a time, …

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Spencer

Spencer

This charming little rescue pup from Hawaii is making waves on social media – and inspiring kids around the world to become responsible pet parents. On the first of October in 2013, Shannon Ellis and her two nieces visited their local Humane Society in Honolulu, Hawaii to make a donation. On a whim, they decided …

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6 dog-friendly summer activities

6 dog-friendly summer activities

Tips for making your favorite summer activities safe and fun so you and your dog can enjoy all these great outdoor getaways. Now that summer is here, you’re probably planning some outdoor fun for yourself and your canine companion. Spending your days outside together, whether you’re sticking close to home or going on a two …

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5 causes of hearing loss in dogs

5 causes of hearing loss in dogs

Is your dog going deaf? Perhaps he’s just getting older, but there are other causes of hearing loss in canines, so it’s always a good idea to have him checked out by a veterinarian. When people find out their dogs have hearing loss, they often feel concerned. But in most cases, the cause is either …

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Feeding your dog for healthy skin and a glossy coat

Feeding your dog for healthy skin and a glossy coat

Poor nutrition or a deficiency in certain nutrients can manifest as dandruff, itchiness, dull hair and other problems. A high quality diet with the right supplements can do wonders for his skin and coat health.  When it comes to dogs, the old adage that you are what you eat rings true. A dog with a …

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How to safely satisfy your cat’s hunting instincts

How to safely satisfy your cat’s hunting instincts

Safe and humane ways to give your cat the thrill of hunting and catching “prey”, without harming neighborhood wildlife. As carnivores and predators, cats are natural hunters. Unlike his wild counterparts, your kitty doesn’t need to kill other critters in order to survive, but that hunting instinct is still a strong part of his makeup. …

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Does your dog have hot spots?

Does your dog have hot spots?

These inflamed red lesions on your dog’s skin can cause him a lot of itching and pain. Find out what really causes hot spots, and how to help heal them.  Hot spots are one of the most common reasons people take their dogs to the veterinarian. And no wonder. Hot spots (or acute moist dermatitis) …

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5 eco-friendly gift ideas for pets

5 eco-friendly gift ideas for pets

Many of us are taking steps to improve our impact on the environment. With these 5 eco-friendly gift ideas, your companion’s ‘paw-print’ can be reduced too. Kermit the Frog once famously said, “It’s not easy being green.” But times have changed. Now, being green is synonymous with healthy living and care for the planet. When …

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Oxygenation – an important key to your dog’s health

Oxygenation – an important key to your dog’s health

Both exercise and diet play vital roles in keeping your dog’s body (and your own!) oxygenated and in a healthy alkaline state. We often taking breathing and eating for granted. Yet the breaths we take into our bodies, and the foods we eat, have an effect on our health – and our dogs’ — that …

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Pet-friendly alternatives to lawn and garden chemicals

Pet-friendly alternatives to lawn and garden chemicals

Pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers are full of toxins that are harmful to dogs and cats. Using safe natural methods to keep your lawn and garden growing is one of the best things you can do to keep your companion healthy. Now that spring is here, everyone with a green thumb will soon be scrambling to …

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Can quercetin help with seasonal allergies in dogs?

Can quercetin help with seasonal allergies in dogs?

Quercetin is an excellent natural remedy for seasonal and environmental allergies in dogs. But how much should you give and how often? When it comes to canine allergies, seeking healthier treatment options is great. I would encourage you, however, to go to the next step — to look for permanent cures, not just symptom relief. …

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How to keep your dog’s paws healthy

How to keep your dog’s paws healthy

You might not think much about the condition of your dog’s paws, but foot injuries or problems can be as uncomfortable for him as they are for you. It’s important to check your dog’s paws regularly for any issues, and to take steps to keep them healthy and protected. With its claws and leathery pads, …

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Biking and jogging with your dog

Biking and jogging with your dog

Biking or jogging with your dog can be excellent exercise and lots of fun, but remember to keep his comfort and safety in mind. Spring is here, and it’s time for you and your dog to get outside and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. Long walks are a favorite form of human/ canine exercise, …

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Canine acupressure for spring conditioning

Canine acupressure for spring conditioning

With the return of warmer weather, your dog will be more active than he was during the winter. Here’s how physical conditioning, along with acupressure, can help get him fit for spring, and reduce the risk of injury. Dogs know when spring is in the air. They want to run, play, and stretch their bodies …

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Build your own cat tree

Build your own cat tree

Cat trees come in all kinds of amazing designs, shapes and sizes nowadays. If you’re a DIYer, however, you might like to try your hand at making your own. Cat trees are a must-have item for many kitty aficionados. They provide entertainment and exercise, and are a great way to enrich the environment for indoor …

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An integrative approach to mange

An integrative approach to mange

Stubborn cases of demodectic and sarcoptic mange in dogs respond to a combination of conventional and complementary therapies. Skin problems in dogs can be persistent and unsightly. They can also defy strictly conventional treatments. This can be especially true of parasitic invasions, of which the most common are Demodex and Sarcoptes – the species that …

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treats for your cats teeth

Treats for your cat’s teeth

The right treats can help keep your cat’s teeth and gums clean and healthy – but the wrong ones can worsen her dental health. Here’s how to know the difference. Dental problems are common in cats. But the good news is, prevention is easy. In fact, keeping her teeth and gums healthy is as simple …

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5 reasons to get outdoors with your dog!

5 reasons to get outdoors with your dog!

Spending time outdoors for fresh air, exercise and mental stimulation is vital to your dog’s happiness and well being. “Who wants to go out?” It’s a question that usually elicits an enthusiastic response from your pooch, complete with furiously wagging tail and lots of excited barking. The reason? Most dogs just love to go out! In …

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puppy's first vet visit

Your puppy’s first vet visit

If you’ve just adopted a puppy, one of your first priorities is to take him to the vet for a checkup. Here are 8 important considerations you need to think about to prepare for that first visit and get him off on the right foot. You’ve just adopted a puppy from a rescue or shelter. …

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Why artificial scents are harming your pets

Why artificial scents are harming your pets

Artificial scents may make your house fresh and fragrant, but the chemicals that go into them can be toxic. You’ve seen the ads for all those air fresheners, room sprays and scented laundry products with their flowery, pine forest or sea breeze fragrances. They make your home smell nice and fresh, but don’t let those …

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dental toys for dogs

Dental toys for dogs

Many toys are designed to clean your dog’s teeth – but not all of them are safe. Here’s what to look for and what to avoid when choosing dental toys. Does your dog run the other way when he sees his toothbrush? Why not make your dog’s oral care more fun by incorporating it into …

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is it time to switch your pet's food

Is it time to switch your pet’s food?

If your pet isn’t thriving on his current food, it’s time to file for a “pet food divorce” and switch to something better. Know what signs to look for. Are you and your dog or cat ready for a “pet food divorce?” I know it sounds rather dramatic! But I’ve seen too many examples of …

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essential oils and cats

Cats and essential oils — unraveling the controversy

Are essential oils really toxic to cats? It all depends on the quality of the oils, and how they’re used. Cats are unique. In the veterinary community, we express over and over that cats are not small dogs. This is especially true in my area of expertise — essential oils. Even the mention of essential …

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finding a veterinarian for your pet

Finding the right veterinarian for you and your pet

Whether you’re a first-time dog or cat guardian, or are re-locating and looking for a new veterinarian, learn how to find the best match for you and your animal. Choosing the best veterinary practice for your dog or cat can be challenging. There are so many factors to consider beyond the practical aspects of location …

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Oral tumors in dogs and cats

Oral tumors in dogs and cats

Both benign and malignant tumors can arise in almost any area of your pet’s mouth. What causes them, and how can they be treated? Oral tumors are fairly common in dogs and cats. In fact, benign and malignant growths in the mouth account for 10% of all feline tumors and 6% of all canine tumors. …

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fractured teeth

Dealing with cracked and fractured teeth in dogs

You might think your dog’s teeth are a lot stronger than yours, but cracked and fractured teeth in canines is not uncommon. Know what signs to watch out for, and how to prevent problems. Many people tend to take their dogs’ dental health for granted until a problem arises, such as cracked or fractured teeth. …

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how cats show affection

How do cats show affection?

Cats may not be as demonstrative as dogs, but the idea that they’re incapable of love it a myth! Looks for the ways your own kitty shows her affection to you. Many people regard cats as cold and aloof. They base their views on the widely held assumption that dogs are the only pets who …

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car restraints for your dog

Car restraints for dogs

Your dog should not travel loose in the car. High quality car restraints such as harnesses, crates and carriers help keep pets safe from harm in the event of an accident. Many dogs love riding in the car. Whether it’s a trip to the dog park, a favorite hiking trail, or a playdate with some …

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functional medicine for your pet

Functional medicine for dogs

This approach to pet healthcare uses integrative medicine to get to the root cause of disease while focusing on the optimal functioning of the body and its organs. Functional medicine is a new term used to describe a unique approach to holistic healthcare for dogs (and other animals). It promotes wellness by getting to the …

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