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Seasonal Stress and Our Pets

Seasonal Stress and Our Pets

Just as we get frazzled around the holidays, our pets also can become stressed–which can often lead to behavior problems. Sometimes our pets become upset as a result of sensing our own discomfort, or due to disruptions in their routine and environment.

It is important to manage these emotions and subsequent behaviors in our pets, as they can lead to greater health problems if left untreated. While many pets get anxious – the good news is that a lot can be done to make them feel more at ease.

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Breed Spotlight: Pekingese

Breed Spotlight: Pekingese

The Pekinese, or “peke” as they are commonly referred to, is one of the oldest dogs breeds still around. According to Chinese legend, a lion fell in love with a monkey, and in order to be with each other, the lion asked Buddha to shrink him to the size of a monkey, but let him keep his lion-like character. From their offspring, the Pekingese was born.

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Winter Care for Cats

Winter Care for Cats

Winter is just around the corner, and for many Americans, it’s time to start preparing. Unless you live in one of the few states that gets no snow, you will have to deal with winter problems in some form. Scraping ice off your car, shoveling the driveway, and driving conditions are just a few of the annoyances of winter.

For owners of both indoor and outdoor cats, winter can be a difficult time. With winter months often come the winter blues for both you and your animal. Being indoors for an extended time can wear on your cat; the lack of outside time will start to drive him or her mad. In many cases, it can lead to destructive behaviors; however, there are steps you can take to prevent these winter blues. Getting enough exercise is crucial for cats in winter. Here are a few tips to keep your pet sane this winter.

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Curb Cold Weather Health Conditions in Pets

Curb Cold Weather Health Conditions in Pets

For some parts of the country, temperatures are beginning to drop. Similar to us, our pets’ immune system functions best when proper nutrition, rest, and exercise are in harmony. Therefore, making sure your pet is in top form prior to travel and harsh weather can help carry on health.

Therefore, making sure your pet is in top form prior to travel and harsh weather can help carry on health as the seasons change.

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Help your pet achieve a healthy weight

Help your pet achieve a healthy weight

Have you ever taken your pet to the vet, expecting to receive praise on how healthy your four-legged friend is– and instead gotten scolded on how you’ve allowed them to become a chubby, unhealthy pet?

Studies have shown that nearly half of the dogs and cats in the US are overweight. Most pet owners are not aware that their pet is overweight as often the ideal body weight depends not only on the breed, but also on the sex of your pet.

It is best to ask your vet about your pet’s ideal weight, which will help determine how much weight your pet should lose.

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Get Your Pet Ready for Holiday Travel Season

Get Your Pet Ready for Holiday Travel Season

It’s not too early to begin making pet preparations for the upcoming holiday season. From boosting immunity to ensuring proper housing arrangements for your pet during seasonal travel, you can ease stressors for yourself as well as help sustain your pet’s health.

When taken to temporary boarding places, pets are exposed to countless other animals – each with the potential to infect your healthy pet.

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Living with Pet Allergies

Living with Pet Allergies

Many people suffer from pet allergies; it is estimated that 10%-15% of the population is allergic to pets . It is most commonly caused by the animal’s dead flakes (dander). If you have a pet allergy, it is advised to stay away from the animal as much as possible, but what happens if the pet causing your problems is your own?

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Walking the Cat

Walking the Cat

Walking a cat on a leash may seem strange, and it’s not often seen… but why? For one, cats are not dogs! They can be very independent, fickle creatures, and they don’t understand leashes as well as dogs. It may be difficult to get your cat walking on a leash at first, but once they are taught and become accustomed to it, they will love it.

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Pet Dental Care Tips

Pet Dental Care Tips

As important as it is for us to take care of our teeth and practice good oral hygiene habits, we need to do the same for our dogs and cats. Our furry friends are susceptible to broken teeth, tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease if their teeth are not kept clean. Gum disease can lead to serious health problems such as heart, liver, kidney disease, even organ failure.

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Groom Your Cat Without Getting Wounded

Groom Your Cat Without Getting Wounded

Let’s face it: Cat grooming is a challenge. Cats do what they like. They’ll sit in your favorite chair or jump up onto your dinner table. They’re not terribly cooperative.

You may even find kitty’s tail sprawled across your dinner plate after you set the table. That’s my personal favorite.

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