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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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It’s Christmas time! Time to trim the Christmas tree, but there are numerous steps to make sure all pets remain safe during the holiday season. Pet-proof your Christmas tree and enjoy this festive time of year. Learn to Respect Boundaries When a pet approaches the Christmas tree, they should be told no in a stern voice. Pets should be trained to respect boundaries and learn that climbing, sniffing, licking or chewing on the presents or tree is wrong. When they listen, they should be given a reward such as a treat or an ear scratching. If pets won’t listen, place…

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Do you have travel plans this holiday season? If you’re taking a long road trip or jetting off to another part of the country, you might not be able to bring your furry friend with you. Boarding your pet while you’re away will give you peace of mind during your holiday travels and your pet might even enjoy it too. Ensure that your pet’s stay is comfortable and stress-free with these helpful tips. Research the Boarding Facilities in Your Area Before you decide which boarding facility to entrust with your pet, do your research. Look at all the options in…

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Instead of shopping for a purebred dog, there are several benefits to adopting a mutt. In reality, there are many surprising benefits to adopting a mixed breed dog, and you might be surprised how much better than can be in the long-run for you and the pet. Here are some reasons why you should consider adopting a mutt to add to your family. Mutts are Trendy Mixed breeds are becoming trendier each day. Just in the past few years, mutts have really begun to gain momentum and attention in the world. In fact, when looking at most surveys, the majority…

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Home fires can be deadly and harmful both to you and your pet. Over 40,000 pets die every year in home fires. Pets are also the leading cause of about 1,000 house fires every year, many of these are preventable. Be sure to follow the preparatory and safety measures below. Preventing Pet Fires Secure all cords in your house. Pets, especially kittens, like playing with all items that resemble a string. Electrical cords are no exception. Kittens often chew electrical wires and cords as a way of finding an oral sensation. They also do this as part of exploratory development.…

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Businesses are recognizing the role that dogs play in the lives of people, and they are setting aside days where dogs are welcome in the work environment. Here are some helpful tips to consider when bringing your favored four-legged companion into the office with you. Consider your Transportation Options If you have the option of driving, we suggest taking your dog by car to work. While most dogs are welcome on Metro buses and trains, if you and your dog haven’t been in that situation before, it can cause additional stress for both of you. Provide an environment comfortable and…

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A number of citizens’ blast fireworks during patriotic days, unfortunately, dogs, cats and other types of the pets are greatly affected by fireworks. Most pets can be trained to remain calm during the celebrations. Here are a few tips on how to protect and keep your pet calm during fireworks. Train Your Pet to Remain Cool and Relaxed One of the most effective and long-term solutions is to train your pet to remain calm and relaxed whenever you blast fireworks. One way of doing so is by taking them with you to gatherings where fireworks are blasted. Make sure to…

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