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What to do Next After Adopting Your Shelter Pet

What to do Next After Adopting Your Shelter Pet

Adopting a pet into your family is a big step and takes a lot of commitment. Although in truth, some families jump in to pet adoption without knowing the full responsibilities, being spontaneous when it comes to pet adoption is definitely not a good idea. Below are a few things to keep in mind when considering pet adoption.

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10 Tips on Adopting a Shelter Dog

10 Tips on Adopting a Shelter Dog

1. Do plenty of research prior to adopting a particular breed. This can give a reasonable estimated cost of maintenance, feeding, and help identify any characteristic health problems which may require special care.
2. Adopt for the right reasons. From the lovable Dalmatians in the children’s movie to the cute Chihuahua in the Taco Bell commercials, animals portrayed in the media are often pursued shortly after their time in the spotlight. While some of pets find life-long happy homes, many end up in shelters once the next fad comes along.

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Nine Lives & Nine Attitudes: What Your Cat’s Behavior May Mean

Nine Lives & Nine Attitudes: What Your Cat’s Behavior May Mean

Cats are notorious for being sassy and unpredictable… just when you think you have figured them out, they do something out of character and you’re back to square one. Many people assume that unusual cat behavior is due to aggression, but this may not always be the case. However, it can be irritating nonetheless, and understanding some of their behaviors can help you to deal with your cat easier.

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Black Cat & Black Dog Syndrome: Why are shelters having problems getting black cats and dogs adopted?

Black Cat & Black Dog Syndrome: Why are shelters having problems getting black cats and dogs adopted?

Black cat/black dog syndrome occurs when a potential owner walks into a shelter to adopt a cat or dog, and they look over all black animals and pick up a pet of a mixed color. When I first heard of the black cat/black dog syndrome, I thought, “This can’t be true”. However, after doing some article research from different shelters, I now understand how it happens- and let me tell you, it’s something we should all be aware of.

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Home Remedies for Fleas: Calm Insect Bites & Ward Off Bugs

Home Remedies for Fleas: Calm Insect Bites & Ward Off Bugs

For many parts of the country, fall weather has not yet arrived, and pet owners are still dealing with lingering warm, rainy weather that is the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes and other pesky bugs that can bother your pet. For those who are enjoying the first cool air of fall, it’s also important to take precautions when spending time outdoors with your pet, and avoid exposing your pet to areas with tall grass and brush environments where fleas, ticks and other bugs thrive.

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Controlling Common Conditions in Aging Pets

Controlling Common Conditions in Aging Pets

While we’d all love to turn back the clock and have our pets puppies and kittens again (fully potty-trained, of course!), unfortunately, they too must deal with the same aging process that we experience. However, there are common conditions that you can help control by implementing preventative health care measures.

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Cooling Down Your Canine: Natural ways to help your dog beat the summer heat

Cooling Down Your Canine: Natural ways to help your dog beat the summer heat

There are plenty of do’s and don’ts of dog safety that you are probably familiar with: do make sure you leave your air conditioner on and don’t leave him/her outside too long during the summer months. While these great tips should always be followed, there are times in the summer when family outings take you away from the home and modern conveniences like A/C. Below are some ways to cool down your furry friend, wherever you go!

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Home Remedies for Pets

Home Remedies for Pets

Just as we try and mitigate minor ailments of our own at home, we can do the same for our pets! While pet owners should always consult a veterinarian for serious health concerns and regular checkups, there are many at-home remedies you can try in between visits to help keep your dog or cat healthy!

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Is Milk Bad for Cats?

Is Milk Bad for Cats?

The notion to feed cats milk has become ingrained in the minds of many pet owners, thanks to the media and pop culture featuring healthy cats lapping up bowls of dairy. However, the truth of matter is that cats actually do not receive any notable health benefits from milk… rather, they may develop adverse effects from it!

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What to Expect from Pet Sitting: Tips from Owners and Experienced Sitters

What to Expect from Pet Sitting: Tips from Owners and Experienced Sitters

Recently I’ve had the opportunity to dog sit for a friend of mine; so far it’s been great and a lot of fun, but I can imagine if the “house rules” hadn’t been laid out for me, I wouldn’t be having such a great time. Pet sitting can be challenging, and based on the arrangements, there can be a few headaches.

Whether you are the owner who needs the service or you are the one providing it, it is important for both parties involved to do their homework.

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