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Dogs love the outdoors. They notice everything, not only with their eyes but with their whole bodies. Watch Fido, and you’ll see him sniff, move his ears, cock his head, wag his tail, raise his hackles, paw at things, maybe even dig. And if he finds something really, really stinky, watch out! Chances are, he’ll want to roll in it. One of the best vacays with your dog is hiking. He probably likes that more than any other activity because he gets to explore sights, sounds, and smells he doesn’t usually get to enjoy. Your dog lives with his whole …


Does your fur baby love catnip? Well, here’s why! Cat owners respond with laughter when they see their cat’s reaction to catnip, an herb in the mint family. Their normally lazy feline rubs her nose and cheeks in the catnip, rolls around on the ground, leaps around like a kitten, and then in roughly 10 minutes falls asleep. Most cats enjoying catnip also vocalize more than usual, but not all cats are equally respondent. Some people question the ethics of giving what appears to have the effect of a recreational drug in human use to an animal. But is it …


How to keep your pet’s paws perfect. Summer is hot, and when that sun is still beating down on the asphalt, rocks, and cement, it can really do a number on your pet’s toe beans, regardless of size. Most dogs show signs of distress when they walk on pavement that is too hot. How hot is too hot? The general rule is “if it’s too hot for your hand, it’s too hot for his paws.” It’s hard to believe that when your temperature reaches 77 the pavement can be 125, but it is true. Pavement that hot can literally burn …


The what, why, and how. Make sure your pet is safe! When I was small, we moved from one neighborhood to another pretty far away. During the move, our Boston Terrier, Chippy, got lost. We searched high and low for her until finally she was found in the trunk with some of the things we were moving! If Chippy had been lost in the new neighborhood, chances are highly unlikely that we would have gotten her back. Today, your pet is much more likely to be returned to you if it has a microchip implanted. (Yes, I get the irony …


As pet owners, we’re constantly being lectured by our vets about the importance of setting yearly vaccination appointments. So what’s the big deal, anyway? Well, over 5,000 dogs are infected with rabies each year in the U.S.; that’s just one of the dozens of contagious diseases that your pet could come in contact with throughout their life. Vaccines are just as necessary for our dog’s longevity as they are for us, and since it’s Vaccination Awareness Month, we’ll tell you why! Why Should You Vaccinate? You already know that rabies is highly infectious, but were you aware that the disease …


Even when the dog days of summer are dwindling, you can still have some fun with your pooch. All you need is a camera and the right knowledge! Dog photography can be a challenge, but with a bit of patience and know-how, you’ll be showing off your best dog pics proudly on social media. Even […]


Did you know that the American Pet Products Association found that 60% of households in the United States have a pet? With more than 90 million dogs in households across the United States, and with more than 116 million babies expected to be born this year, there’s a chance that your household has a dog […]


It can feel like every time your dog comes inside, they’re bringing something new from outside. Whether it’s Campylobacter germs or parasites, it’s a never-ending journey to keep your dog happy and clean. But sometimes, all the cleaning in the world won’t get rid of a pest. And after a certain point, the constant menace […]


Get ready, folks, because we’re almost to July, and you know what that means—National Picnic Month! (As if we needed an excuse to enjoy the outdoors, right?) Gardens are lush with fruits and veggies, begging to be eaten on a checkered cloth under the shade of a giant oak tree. Picnicking is an American pastime […]


Taking a walk is always fun, but here are some fun games to keep your dog physically enthusiastic as well as sharpening up their grey matter… “Treasure hunt.” Take along his favorite treats and as soon as he gets distracted from you, toss one and tell him to “find the treat.” You might have to guide him the first few times, but this game is learned easily and teaches him to stay focused on you.  “Pathfinder.” If you’ve gotten in a rut taking the same walk every day, chances are Fido’s as bored as you are. Vary your route and …


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