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winter activities to enjoy with your dog

Spending time outside doesn’t have to stop because it’s cold or snowy. Here are 5 winter activities you can enjoy together, and what you need to consider before setting out. Many people (and their dogs) tend to spend a lot of time indoors during the winter. While it’s best to stay put when the weather …

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winter nutrition

Do you tend to get the winter blues? Do you feel unmotivated, lethargic, or pack on a few extra pounds during the cold months? Cold winter days and nights not only affect our motivation, weight, and health, but our dogs’ too! But no need to fear, the right foods are here! Make sure your pet …

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winter fitness for dogs

Fitness in the winter can be challenging.  The weather outside is frightful – snow too deep, puddles too big, walkways too slippery – how do you ensure that you and your dog get enough exercise? While it’s important to get outside as much as you can during the winter, walks and romps can often be …

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GROWING UP AND MOVING AWAY DIDN’T DIMINISH MY LOVE FOR THIS SPECIAL CAT, ESPECIALLY ON THE NIGHT SHE PASSED. When I was 14, my family and I went to a beatup farmhouse in small-town New Jersey that was advertising kittens. The owner of the house came to us with five kittens in her arms. We …

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Janice Gunn’s obedience partner is a six-year-old golden retriever named Billie. Together, they have choreographed their way to perfect 200 scores in both Canada and the United States. Last December, they were among the contenders at the American Kennel Club National Obedience Invitational (NOI), a prestigious event that is to the obedience world what the …

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mushrooms

There are about 100,000 varieties of mushroom in the world, and as many as 700 are used for food. There are also approximately 50 species with medicinal properties, and another 50 that are toxic. Here’s a look at some of the most common edible mushrooms. Our kitchen cupboard at home always contained at least one …

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coconut oil

How a family tradition became a successful business sharing the benefits of coconut oil with people and animals around the world. There are all kinds of oils, some healthy and some not. One of the best, say sisters Charisa Antigua and Carmina O’Connor, is coconut oil. “For many years, we have known and experienced the …

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heat stroke

Heat stroke can strike your dog quickly, especially on humid summer days. Learn how acupressure can help stabilize him. It can happen in a flash and it doesn’t even have to be that hot out. Your dog can be fine one minute, gleefully running in the midday sun – then suddenly he’s frantically panting and …

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boots

Help your canine companion put his best foot forward this winter (and all year round) with a set of protective doggie boots or socks. Winter or summer, your dog’s paws are under siege from outdoor surfaces. Whether it’s snow, ice or road salt, sharp stones or hot asphalt, her tender pads can be easily injured …

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dog outdoors

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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skin

The winter months can be hard on your dog’s paws, skin and nose. Road salt can irritate his delicate paws, ice and crusty snow may result in cuts and scrapes, and cold, dry air can chap his nose. Indoors, central heating dries out his skin and paw pads, and can even cause the latter to …

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security

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. Marg was shocked when she learned a house down the street had been broken into. The perpetrators were still at large, according to the police, and perhaps planning …

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fighting

When my two kitties couldn’t stop fighting, I tried everything to solve the problem. The solution? I let them work out their differences on their own. For many people, cats are like potato chips; they can’t have just one. I am one of those people. It all started with Garfield, a friendly but cautious Tonkinese …

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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 …

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alternative therapies

Pain management doesn’t have to mean drugs. Here are some alternative therapies to help your dog feel better. Unlike humans, dogs can’t always let us know when or if they’re in pain. Because of this, some people assume that canines don’t experience pain the same way we do. But that’s not the case. Arthritis and …

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lost dog joint

A handy guide to the most common joint support nutrients and how they’ll help your dog. Quality joint support supplements are vital to maintaining your dog’s flexibility and mobility, especially as he ages. With so many products available, how do you choose the right one for your companion’s specific needs? Here are a few key …

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kelp

It’s not just seaweed. Kelp is packed with nutrients and is just as good for dogs as it is for us. At first glance, it might not look like much. But kelp is gaining recognition as a highly nutritious food for both humans and animals. Seaweeds and kelps, as a class of plants, have the …

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rottweilers are more prone to developing bone disease.

Osteoarthritis and osteosarcoma are two of the most common canine bone problems. Find out more about these painful conditions, and how they’re treated and prevented. Most of us take our bones for granted – until we break one or develop a painful condition like arthritis or osteoporosis. We also tend to take our dogs’ bone …

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20 Diseases and disorders – Which breeds are affected and why? 28 Listen up! – How music can affect your furry friend 36 Feline fitness from scratch – Choosing a scratching post 42 Eight ways to a happy, healthy holiday – Seasonal safety tips 48 Pass the cranberries! – Add this healthy fruit to your …

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18 Pay it forward! Your furry friend gifts you with his devotion and companionship all year round. Why not make a resolution this New Year to pass on some of that love to animals in need? 22 How sweet it is Think outside the sugar jar when fixing holiday treats for your best friend. 28 …

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Autoimmune diseases in dogs.

Autoimmune diseases are increasingly prevalent and have genetic and environmental triggers. Here’s what you should be aware of. If you were unlucky enough to catch a cold or the flu this past winter, you know firsthand how the health of your immune system can make all the difference between a speedy recovery and an illness that drags …

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winter safety for dogs

Winter offers you and your dog lots of opportunities for outdoor fun and exercise. Just remember to keep his well being (and your own) in mind, especially if you live in or are traveling to avalanche country. Few things are more peaceful and invigorating than playing in the snow with your dog. But if you …

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winter safety for cats

Does your cat spend time outdoors during the winter? Here are ten tips for keeping him safe when the weather is frightful. Our family once had a cat named Nicky who loved the winter. After a storm, he’d meow at the front door until someone let him out. Then he’d race down the steps and …

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new treatment for arthritis

Arthritis is the most common skeletal disorder affecting dogs and cats. Here’s a look at what’s new – and what’s tried and true – in treatment options. If your older dog or cat seems stiff and sore at times, he’s far from alone. Osteoarthritis (arthritis) is an extremely common problem and becomes more prevalent as …

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Memorial

When I was a teenager, my aunt had a Bichon Frise that she adored. To everyone else, Buddy was a little ball of fluff with a huge attitude. He was nasty when she had visitors. He was so possessive of Aunt Bev that he would try to keep us away from her, and would growl …

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Apartment

1. Chihuahua This little breed is loving and caring towards his family, canine and human, although he can be reserved with people he doesn’t know. He loves to be the center of attention, can be very curious, and may have a tendency to be on the nervous side. The Chihuahua likes to stay clean at …

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Hot Weather

Tips for Keeping Cool “If it’s too hot for you, it’s too hot for your pet.” It’s something to always keep in mind during the hot, hazy days of mid-summer. As we wander around in as little clothing as the law will allow, stealing the occasional run through a neighbor’s sprinkler, we also need to …

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Frostbite

Those of us who live in a warmer climate need never worry about the dangers of frigid temperatures for our animals. If you live in a more northern area, however, here are some “cold”, hard facts to help you look out for your four-legged friends this winter: It is a misconception to believe that cats …

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Antifreeze

The dangers of antifreeze One evening in March 1997, Vanessa, Virginia Thompson’s German shepherd, ingested ethylene glycol in the form of antifreeze while on one of her runs on their rural property. She went to sleep that night and by morning, when she began showing signs of distress, it was too late to save her. …

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