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Doesn’t it always seem like one day we’re all complaining about how long it’s taking for spring to kick in and then all of the sudden it’s so hot outside that you can’t stand it? That heat isn’t just taking a toll on you, it’s just as uncomfortable for your pets, and it can actually affect their health. So, keep your pets in your plan this summer as you are trying to figure out ways to beat the heat. There are a lot of great ways that you can keep them comfortable and maybe even cool yourself down at the…

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Summertime is a great time to be a dog; the weather is warmer, there are more hours of sunshine, and typically, family members are home more often. Along with all the fun that is associated with summer come some safety concerns for your dog. You’re probably already aware that you should limit the amount of time your dog spends in the heat and make sure that they have access to plenty of cool water, but did you know that hot pavement can pose a serious threat to your dog? The hot sun beats down on asphalt and concrete during the…

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The 4th of July may be considered as one of the most famous and loved holidays of the year, but for pets, the day might not be as celebratory as it might seem. One of the biggest things that can cause a strain is fireworks, which tend to be one of the main attractions of the 4th of July celebrations. While firecrackers might seem like one of the most beautiful things to look forward to on this day, it is not always the same case when it comes to dogs. Dogs don’t understand and consider the loud sounds as something…

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Choosing a new pet can be overwhelming. An estimated 94.2 million cats currently live in American households. Learn the numerous benefits, both physical and psychological, of adopting a cat. You Can Save Lives According to The National Kitten Coalition, an estimated 3.4 million cats are brought into shelters every year. Sadly, approximately 1.3 million of them are euthanized annually. When you adopt a cat or kitten from a shelter, you not only save his life, but you also open up valuable cage space to house another cat in need. Adoption is a terrific way to actively prevent needless deaths. Cats…

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Spring is a good time to walk your family pets; strolls in the park are delightful this time of year. However, it’s important to be mindful; some poisonous plants can make animals quite sick. Follow the tips below to keep your pets safe and enjoy the spring weather. Garden Flowers That are Poisonous: Amaryllis Beautiful budding red ornamental flower, it’s sickening to dogs if they consume it so be careful to keep them from eating it. Gladiola If you suspect your dog has eaten this plant look for these common symptoms; drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, and general sluggish attitude. American Holly…

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You’ve finally adopted a puppy and it’s time to bring your newest family member home. Here are some tips for new puppy parents to make the transition easier for both you and your puppy. Puppy-Proof Just like baby proofing a home, puppy proofing makes it safer for them to play. Supplies • Dog bed • Crate • Food and water bowl • Toys • Food and treats • Collar and leash • Grooming supplies Time to Bring Your Pup Home It’s a great idea to introduce your puppy to the crate on the ride home. The poor little thing will…

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If baby-sitting has never been your area of expertise, you may have a golden opportunity for a part-time job by taking care of fur babies. There are several things you should consider prior to starting a pet-sitting business, but in the end all you need is personal motivation and a love for pets. Before Beginning Consider • How much prior experience do you have taking care of pets? • What will you charge for your time? • Will you pet-sit at clients homes or at your own house? • Is there anything that sets you apart from other sitters? In…

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As you venture down the path of new pet ownership, you will come upon a slew of decisions that will affect the rest of his or her life. What should you feed him/her? Should your Chihuahua have his/her own bed? Should you spay or neuter your Siamese? Reasons to surgically alter your pet so he or she can no longer reproduce are several. They can be narrowed down to five of the most important motivators that benefit you, your dog or cat, and your community. Health Benefits of Spaying or Neutering Both males and female dogs and cats enjoy health…

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It’s National Dog Biscuit Day, instead of buying store bought treats, spoil your pooch with homemade biscuits made with love. Try the three recipes below are for delicious dog treats that are way better than any store bought biscuit. Cranberry Cheese Cookies Ingredients • 14-18 oz. of brown rice flour • 6 oz. of fresh cranberries • 2 large eggs • 2 tablespoons of olive oil • 2-4 tablespoons of water • 4 ounces of grated Asiago or another hard cheese Instructions 1) Place 14 ounces of the flour into a food processor along with the cranberries, eggs, olive oil,…

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If you have a fur baby you would like to spoil on Valentine’s Day, you won’t find a lack of gifts. From food to beds and toys to IDs, celebrate the day by remembering those who give their unconditional love. Gifts for Cats Kitty beds Cats enjoy snuggling inside a kitty bed, especially if it has back and side bolsters it can lean against. Cats also find tents irresistible and they’re available in cat sizes and colors to match your pet’s temperament and your furnishings. Laser toys While a few kitties know the difference between real prey and the laser…

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