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Compulsive Dogs Show Human Disorder

Compulsive Dogs Show Human Disorder

Does your dog chase its tail excessively? Does he also snap at invisible flies, pace around, or seemingly go into a trance? Then, according to new research, your pet may have the canine equivalent of obsessive compulsive disorder. This research was published in a study entitled, Environmental Effects on Compulsive Tail Chasing in Dogs. The [...]

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14 Foods to Never Feed Your Pet

14 Foods to Never Feed Your Pet

Almost everyone with a pet has been guilty one time or another of feeding their pet table scraps. When you’re eating dinner and your beloved pet gives you ‘the eyes’, it can be nearly impossible to resist, and who doesn’t like spoiling their pet? Unfortunately, an occasional table scrap may be more harmful than you think.

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Why Do Dogs & Cats Eat Grass?

Why Do Dogs & Cats Eat Grass?

While it may be alarming to see Fido or Fluffy nibbling on the front lawn or a houseplant, it shouldn’t be a cause for concern unless the grass or plant was recently treated with pesticide, fertilizer, or another poisonous chemical. Both dogs and cats from time to time may take an interest in grass or similar substances, each for different purposes that can actually benefit their bodies.

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Pet Safety Tips for Summer Storms

Pet Safety Tips for Summer Storms

In the summer months, it’s pretty common that there will be more thunderstorms than normal due to the rapidly rising warm, moist air. For some of us, an afternoon thunderstorm is the norm and we don’t worry too much about what we should do with Fido or Fluffy. However, for times when the weather will be really bad, you need to have a plan in place for your pets.

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Dog-Friendly Travel: Road Trip Checklist

Dog-Friendly Travel: Road Trip Checklist

It’s almost summer, and what better time than now to hit the open road with one of your favorite companions? However, preparing your 4-legged friend for a 4-wheel adventure is a must to ensure that his health and well-being stay intact along the way. 1.      Make sure your dog is comfortable in the car. For [...]

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The Science Behind Funny Dog Behavior

The Science Behind Funny Dog Behavior

Dogs benefit the lives of their owners quite a bit. These lovable pets are companions, play pals, and even entertainers.   As countless YouTube videos prove, people are enthralled with funny canine behavior. Some dogs seem to talk and play basketball. Others fetch far more than a stick. But what’s the science behind this behavior? [...]

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Spring Health for your pet

Spring Health for your pet

Spring is here, the weather is warmer and days are longer. Just like you, your pet wants to go outside and enjoy to beautiful weather. So what does this mean for your pet? For starters, ticks, fleas, allergies, and a greater risk of injury. You and your pet will be spending much more time outside so it is only natural that more troubles will occur.

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Heat Stroke in Pets

Heat Stroke in Pets

Heat stroke is a life threatening issue for both humans and pets. As humans we can shed layers of clothes to stay warm this is not the case for pets. Imagine not being able to shed your winter clothes on a hot summer day, and you could only cool yourself by panting, to say the least it would be difficult to stay cool. Recognizing the signs of heat stroke in your pet is crucial. Dogs with short noses, heavy coats and heart or respiratory problems have a higher heat stroke risk so make sure to watch them with extra caution. Some pets are more suited for the heat, so make sure to know what weather your pet is bred for.

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Cats and Dogs with Asthma

Cats and Dogs with Asthma

Asthma is characterized by chronic problems with the respiratory system, and just like humans, cats and dogs are susceptible to asthma. It generally affects cats more frequently than dogs. Similarly to humans, asthma in pets can be triggered by environmental factors such as a change in season. It can be challenging to determine the exact cause of the asthma, but the most frequent culprits are grass, dust, pollen and smoke.

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Own a Pet? You May Have a Healthier Heart!

Own a Pet? You May Have a Healthier Heart!

It’s well known that owning a pet has many health benefits. However, a new study reported in the American Journal of Cardiology shows that pet owners with chronic ailments may even have healthier, more adaptable hearts. The study followed people with conditions such as diabetes and high cholesterol and found that they had more changes in heart rate than people without pets during the same period of time, indicating that they were more adaptable and would therefore less likely to be less taxed under certain circumstances; for instance, high-stress situations.

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