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Feeding the Skinny, Older Cat

May 20, 2021

Cats are living longer, with some of them ticking past their twentieth birthdays and. As they age, cats often lose weight, especially after about age 11, becoming frail, bony versions of their younger selves. Sometimes this can be attributed to one or more underlying diseases, such as inflammatory bowel disease, chronic kidney disease, hyperthyroidism (overactive …

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Pet Cancer Awareness Month: Focus on Lymphosarcoma

May 13, 2021

Thanks to advances in veterinary medicine, nutrition and good daily care from owners like you, dogs and cats are living longer than ever before. But unfortunately, pets can be diagnosed with cancer, especially as grey creeps into the fur around their faces. One of the most common cancers in both dogs and cats is lymphosarcoma, …

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German Shepherds: The Ultimate Working Dogs

May 6, 2021

Can a dog be a workaholic? If so, the German shepherd dog would certainly qualify. Multitalented and eager to work, German shepherds have held a wide array of jobs over the decades, from herders and guide dogs for the visually impaired to police dogs that apprehend criminals and detect illegal substances. They’ve also joined the …

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Be Environmentally Friendly with Your Pet This Earth Day

April 21, 2021

Last year, Americans spent an estimated $58 billion on pet food, treats, supplies, over-the-counter medicines and other items, according to the American Pet Products Association. Imagine how much of that could be channeled into greener, more sustainable alternatives, without much extra effort. As part of Earth Day, we’ve compiled a list of ways you can …

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Adventures in the Wild: Camping with Your Dog

April 15, 2021

What could be better than stretching out in the moonlight, lulled to sleep by the rustling of leaves, a chorus of crickets and the gentle snoring of your canine companion? Camping with your dog can be truly memorable. Here are a few tips to get you started safely. Talk to your veterinarian. With any luck, …

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What’s the Right Way to Remove a Tick?

April 8, 2021

Only you know that special hollow, at the base of your dog’s neck, where you can scritch and send a hind paw banging on the floor, scratching at a phantom itch. But wait… what’s this? You part the hair. Eeewww, it’s a bloated tick. If it’s an adult deer tick, it can latch on with …

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How Often Should You Bathe Your Dog or Cat?

April 1, 2021

Giving your pet a periodic bath is a good way to help clean, shine and freshen the scent of their coat. Plus, it’s an opportunity for you to run your fingers over their skin and check for any lumps or bumps. But how often should you actually bathe your pet? If you don’t bathe your …

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A Taste of the Wild Guide to Choosing the Right Pet Food

March 31, 2021

Choosing the right pet food isn’t easy. Simply walking into the pet food aisle can be daunting. So many choices you need to make, and so many options for each choice. All life stages dog food. Senior cat food. High-protein food. Flavor. Price point. Quantity. Ingredient. Nutrient. Protein source. What’s it all mean? Anyone who …

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Dogs at Work: K9 Cops

March 25, 2021

One of the most famous police dogs in Canadian history, Cloud II helped his handler capture 123 fugitives as well as numerous lost children and hunters. After a career of just four years, the German Shepherd lost his life in the line of duty after tracking a fugitive to a remote cabin in Ontario. As …

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