Encouraging A Lazy Cat To Exercise

The iconic cartoon character Garfield comes to mind when thinking about a lazy cat. And plenty of real-life feline companions are the same way — they’d rather eat and sleep than get exercise. This is especially a problem with indoor-only cats. Lack of exercise can lead to obesity and other health problems that can literally …

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Encouraging A Lazy Dog To Exercise

Having a couch potato dog may seem cute, but it can cause serious health problems that lead to less years with your beloved pet. While daily exercise needs vary according to your dog’s breed, size, and age, all dogs need some type of physical activity. Let’s go over some ways to encourage a lazy dog …

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Traveling With Your Cat

We’ve all seen memes and videos of cats angrily resisting being put in carriers, cars, and the like. While it is true that some cats absolutely hate any type of confinement, many cats can travel with their owners. Let’s talk about some ways to make traveling with your cat tolerable and even pleasurable. Introduce Carriers …

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Traveling With Your Dog

Most dogs love to travel, but not every travel destination is dog friendly. Also, some canine companions do not react well to restraints, confinement, or changes in their daily routine. However, you can make amazing memories with Fido by following some of these tips. Make Sure Your Lodging Is Pet-Friendly Most people assume that dogs …

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How to Trim Your Cat’s Nails

Trimming your cat’s nails is essential for their health, and it doesn’t have to be a painful experience for either of you. Overgrown nails will not only scratch humans and surfaces, but they also can dig into your cat’s pads as well as cause tendon damage and foot deformities. Here’s some tips on how to …

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Tricks For Trimming Dog Nails

Keeping your dog’s nails trimmed is essential for their health and comfort. Overgrown nails can splay Fido’s toes, placing painful pressure on their foot and leg structure. Over time, overgrown nails can dig into a dog’s pads, injure their tendons, and even deform their feet. While no dog enjoys having their nails trimmed, there are …

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Does Your Senior Dog Really Like Watching TV?

Some dogs adore the television. For example, a now-departed cocker spaniel named Pepper adored watching “Barney and Friends” so much that his family sang the infamous “I Love You, You Love Me” song as he passed away in his human mother’s arms. Another now-departed cocker spaniel, this one named Dudley, ran to the television screen …

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Secrets to Getting Your Dog to Drink More Water

Dogs need plenty of water to avoid dehydration, heatstroke, kidney problems, and so much more. They tend to need more water than cats. Hence, it’s vital to keep plenty of fresh water around at all times. However, what can you do if Fido is reluctant to drink water? Some Water Bowl Basics Place multiple water …

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Volunteering with Animals

Volunteering with animals is an amazing way to help the community, improve your own mood and sense of purpose, and get plenty of affection along the way. Read on for ways you can help animals. Animal Shelter Volunteer Volunteering in an animal shelter is a great way to meet people and animals, though there might …

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Yin/Yang Of Beagles

Beagles are very popular, especially in mainstream media. Charles Schultz featured them in his “Peanuts” cartoon, countless Disney movies have portrayed beagles, and the famous Inspector Gadget has a beagle named Brains in multiple cartoons and movies. The American Kennel Club (AKC) ranks beagles as #6 out of its 197 registered breeds. Before running out …

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Cat Toys Your Kids Can Make

With summer fully upon us, you may be looking for a different kind of craft to occupy your kids for a little while. Do-it-yourself cat toys are an awesome way, especially for little ones, to feel useful, improve their motor skills and creativity, be entertained, and bond even more with your precious family cat. Read on …

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Yin/Yang Of American Shorthair Cats

American Shorthair cats are generally low maintenance with easygoing personalities. With proper nutrition, they are among the longest living species of cats. Let’s discuss the yin and yang of American Shorthair cats. Basic Facts Healthy Weight: Males are large and weigh 11 to 15 pounds, while females are medium and should weigh 6 to 12 pounds. …

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Protecting Your Senior Dog From Fireworks

Firework season is stressful for dogs of all ages, but especially senior dogs. The best thing you can do for your senior dog, especially during 4th of July weekend, is to keep them secure. Staying home would be ideal, but even if you choose not to there are things you can do to prevent your pooch …

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Protecting Your Cat From Fireworks

Holidays such as the 4th of July and New Year’s Eve come with fireworks, which can really stress cats out. Cats are prone to feeling startled, which is not good for their hearts. If you can stay home during fireworks, that is the ideal solution. But whether or not you stay home, you need to make …

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Getting Your New Pet Ready For A Post-COVID Lifestyle

Many people adopted a dog or cat during the COVID-19 pandemic.  So many people adopted that it actually emptied the shelters in some cities, as well as entire countries such as The Netherlands.  Also people bought kittens or puppies from pet stores or breeders.  Whatever their age and species, these companions do not know a …

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How To Pick A Caring And Responsible Cat Breeder

There’s no shame in going to a breeder for your next kitten, and you don’t have to experience one of the many horror stories out there about irresponsible breeders. Yes, there are many wonderful kittens and cats in shelters throughout the country; however, sometimes people have a dream cat in mind. However, some of the …

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Dog Toys Your Kids Can Make

Looking for something for your kids to do, especially if you’re still dealing with the recreational restrictions of COVID-19 as you’re reading this? Do-it-yourself (DIY) dog toys are a great way, especially for kids, to be entertained, feel useful, increase their creativity and motor skills, and have even more fun times with your beloved family …

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When Your Senior Dog Drinks A Lot Of Water

As your beloved pooch ages, their habits change. Many senior dogs eat and walk less, but sleep and drink more. Depending on the climate of your city and the temperature of your house, your dog may naturally drink a lot of water. However, excessive trips to the water bowl can indicate more serious problems — …

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Yin/Yang Of French Bulldogs

French Bulldogs, affectionately known as “Frenchies,” are one of the most popular dog breeds in the United States. In fact, the American Kennel Club (AKC) ranks French Bulldogs as #4 out of 197 breeds on its list! Their beauty, loyalty, playfulness, and ability to adapt to many situations is virtually unparalleled. But before running out …

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When Your Senior Cat Drinks A Lot Of Water

It’s natural for your treasured cat to experience some changes in their behavior and habits, especially as they grow older. Aging cats tend to sleep and drink more while being less hungry and less active.  If you live in a warm climate or your house is kept at a fairly warm temperature, frequent trips to …

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When To Worry About A Senior Cat’s Sleeping Habits

Cats of all ages are notorious for sleeping, and senior cats are no exception. Life expectancy for cats is gradually growing longer;  a cat isn’t considered a “senior citizen” until they are 12 to 14 years old. Just like when they were kittens, older cats tend to sleep as much as 20 hours a day. If …

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How To Pick A Caring And Responsible Dog Breeder

If you’re considering going to a breeder for your next puppy, you’ve likely heard plenty of horror stories and potentially endured outright shaming from friends or family. While it’s true there are countless loving puppies and dogs in shelters throughout the country, there is no shame in picking a responsible breeder to get the puppy …

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Homemade Treats For Large Dogs

With all the distressing news lately about pet food and treat recalls, you may be frightened of giving your beloved pup unknown substances. Even aside from recalls, it’s always good to know exactly what your precious pooch is consuming. Making homemade treats doesn’t have to be difficult, time-consuming, or expensive. In fact, it may be …

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When is a British Shorthair Cat the Right Choice for Me?

British Shorthair cats have many positive traits, including their relatively calm nature (especially as compared to other shorthair cats). Also, they are blessed with a lack of breed-specific diseases. However, there are a few things to consider before adopting a British Shorthair cat. These felines do not like to be carried. If that’s important to …

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Is It Normal For My Senior Dog To Sleep A Lot?

A common question we get is, “Is it normal for my senior dog to sleep a lot?” Our short answer is, “Absolutely.” While the average dog sleeps about 12 to 14 hours a day, some dogs (especially larger breeds such as Golden Retrievers and Dobermans) can sleep as much as 18 hours a day — …

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The Upsides And Downsides Of Owning A Golden Retriever

Golden Retrievers are some of the most beloved dogs in the world and are known for their sweet and loyal temperaments along with the amazing physical beauty of their coats. However, owning a Golden Retriever is not for every dog lover. Golden Retrievers are very social animals, especially with families and children. Unfortunately, this can …

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How To Help Your Rescued Cat Love Their New Home

With approximately 3.4 million cats being abandoned each year just in the United States, rescuing a cat is more important than ever. While not every cat lover can take on their first (or even eighth!) cat, those who have the opportunity to help a cat in need will benefit immeasurably. However, as with any household …

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Two Simple Homemade Cat Treat Recipes You Can Make Right Away

While most people typically don’t make home-cooked meals for their feline companions, we can easily show our love for our cats through making homemade treats. Also, with all the product recalls on the market, it’s always wonderful to know exactly what goes into the treats our beloved cats eat.  One of the challenges pet owners …

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Chasing and the Senior Cat: Age-Appropriate Play

One of the many joys of living with a kitten, or multiple kittens, is the game of chase. This behavior is quickly transferred to their human companions and engaging in hide-and-seek, tag, and other chase-based games is a big part of the enjoyment of having cats. Chase is also feline enrichment and plays a part …

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The Yin and Yang of Cat Breeds: Exotic Shorthair

We often think cats are all the same, but the personality traits of various cat breeds do set them apart. If you’re thinking about an Exotic Shorthair as a companion, what do you need to know?  For the casual observer, an exotic shorthair looks a lot like a Persian with the same short nose. The …

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Senior Dogs & Exercise – Is Running a Good Idea?

When you decided to add a dog to your family, was their ability to accompany you on your daily jog important?  As the years have passed, your runs have gotten more challenging for your pet, even if they are 100% willing to go with you every day.  They love to be with you, and the exercise …

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When is a German Shepherd Dog a Perfect Fit for a Family?

Every dog, and every breed of dog, has a very different personality.  Getting the right fit for your family will make you – and your new pup – very happy. Today, we’re taking a closer look at the German Shepherd.  Unsurprisingly, German Shepherds originated in Germany in the 1800s. They’re an intelligent and protective breed, originally …

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Rescue Dogs: Things to Know

Rescuing a dog is an incredible feeling. You have the opportunity to help a dog who was abandoned or surrendered, and many times you may never know why. These sweet pets are just looking for someone who will give them a chance at a warm and safe home. But what are the most important things …

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Make Your Own Treats for Cats and Dogs

With everything we hear today about processed food, it’s no wonder that so many people are turning to homemade goodies as treats for their pets. Whether you’re the pet parent of a cat or a dog, you want to know your pampered pet has only the best. It can be easier than you think to …

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My Senior Cat Isn’t Jumping – Can I Help?

Pampered indoor cats can live over 15 years and we know you want to make every day count for them. While “cat years” are difficult to calculate, cats over 15 are about the equivalent of 80 year olds for a human. Once they cross the threshold into their 20s, they might as well be 100. Caring …

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When is a Ragdoll a Perfect Fit for a Family

There’s a perception that all cats have the same behavior and personalities. But just like dogs, there are a wide variety of traits in different cat breeds. And one such breed is the Ragdoll. Newly developed in the 1960s, the actual origin of the breed is still shrouded in mystery. The result, however, was a …

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Tips for Walking Your Senior Dogs

All you want for your older dog is to love them and make them comfortable and happy. Everything you can do to ensure they stay as healthy as possible for as long as possible will be your greatest mission. Going for walks is an essential part of a dog’s life, and it will continue to …

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When is a Labrador Retriever a Perfect Fit for a Family

Dog breeds have very different personalities. This makes them a better fit for certain households or families. It’s important to know how to evaluate a certain breed or mix of a certain breed before adding them to your home. This week, we’re taking a look at one of the most popular breeds: the Labrador Retriever.While …

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Promote Your Pet to Teacher’s Assistant

While parenting is a recognized full-time job, starting in March of 2020, many parents found themselves faced with a second, if not third, full-time job – managing virtual learning for their children at home. As the new school year begins, parents can easily enlist the help of their trusty four-legged friends to increase excitement about …

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How in the world did I choose a dog that doesn’t like to….

When most people think of “dog” activities, taking walks, playing fetch, and playing with toys come to mind. What should pet parents do when they discover their dog is not interested in these activities? Just like people, every dog has an individual personality, and just like people, our pets’ lives will be more enhanced if …

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Mobility Tips for Your Aging Pup

With everything that is going on right now, you may be nervous about taking your pet to the vet. While most vet clinics are still open and able to see your pet, here are a few at-home tips to help support your aging pup with mobility issues. Dogs can develop mobility issues from several underlying …

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Are You Ready for a New Addition?

Have you ever looked at a multi-pet household and wondered how they make it work? Maybe you’ve thought about adding a new pet to your single-pet family to provide additional companionship for both you and your other dog or cat. There is both an art and a science to introducing animals and it varies depending …

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When is it Time to Get a New Pet?

You’ve suffered the loss of a four-legged family member, and the inevitable question arises – either within your family or from a well-meaning friend: “When are you going to get a new fur baby?” As a vet who has practiced more than 15 years, I have insights, but not an easy answer. It’s an individual …

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When You Love Them So Much You Can Let Them Go

The most common question pet owners ask when the end of the pet’s lifetime approaches is, “How will I know it is time?” No one wants to let a beloved pet go too soon, but no one wants to allow a pet to suffer. Well-meaning friends might say, “You’ll know, they’ll tell with their actions, …

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