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How to Prevent Canine Car Sickness

doxies car blogSummer is just around the corner, which might mean more trips to the beach and maybe even a family road trip! If you want to include your canine companion in the fun, motion sickness can put a serious damper on your pup’s day. Luckily, there are things you can do to prevent your dog from getting carsick:

1. Withhold food for 12 hours prior to travel: An empty stomach will help reduce the risk of nausea. However, it’s important to always give your dog access to fresh water. [click to continue…]

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OC Raw Dog Food Issues Voluntary Recall

oc raw dog food editedOC Raw Dog Food, based in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, has issued a voluntary recall due to risk of salmonella contamination.

The recall only applies to the Turkey & Produce Raw Frozen Formulation included in 6.5 lb. packages of Doggie Dozen Patties and 5 lb. Bulk Bags. [click to continue…]

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loudest purr record blogMerlin, a 13-year-old rescue kitty from the UK, recently landed himself a Guinness World Record. Merlin’s purr was measured at 67.8 decibels, the loudest registered purr of any domesticated cat.

To get a better idea of just how noisy 67.8 decibels is, think of the volume of an average conversation or a running shower. [click to continue…]

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How to Keep Your Cat Off the Counter

cat on counter blogCats are natural climbers with a knack for exploring high places. Unfortunately, these elevated places often include kitchen counters and tables. Not only may the idea of cat hair in and around your food be a little unappetizing, but jumping up onto kitchen surfaces can actually be dangerous for your cat. Stove burners, sharp objects, and unsafe foods are all potential hazards. Below are four tips for keeping your kitty off of these kitchen surfaces:

1. Make the areas uninteresting: Remove any houseplants from countertops and make sure not to leave any food out. [click to continue…]

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Don’t Believe These 5 Myths About Fleas!

golden scratching fleas blogFleas are a common concern for pet parents. Unfortunately, there is some misinformation out there about these pesky parasites. Don’t believe the following five flea myths!

1. Pets have to go outside to get fleas: While it is true that pets that spend a great deal of time outdoors are more likely to get fleas, indoor pets can pick up these parasites too. Fleas can hitch a ride into your home on your clothing or other surfaces. [click to continue…]

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5 Things Your Dog Wants from You

what dogs want blogIf your dog could dream up the perfect life, you might think it involves a lifetime supply of treats and endless trips to the dog park. While these things may be on your dog’s wish list, most canines crave simple things that make them feel loved, happy, and stable. Below are five things your dog really wants:

1. Guidance: No dog wants to be yelled at for using the rug as a potty spot or chewing up your favorite pair of shoes, but canines don’t instinctively know not to do these things. [click to continue…]

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A Feeding Guide for Puppies

puppy holding bowl blogThere’s no doubt you want to give your puppy the best start in life possible. This includes proper socialization, training, lots of love, and a healthy diet. Below are three common questions new owners have about puppy food:

How do I choose a quality food for my puppy?

A good place to start for pet food recommendations is your veterinarian. Opt for a food that is specially formulated for puppies to ensure proper development. [click to continue…]

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4 Ways Pets Help Reduce Stress

cat pet hand blogUnfortunately, stress is something many of us have to deal with on a daily basis. Work, family, and other responsibilities can really add up. Luckily, having a four-legged companion around can help. Below are four ways pets can help combat stress:

1. Pets fulfill the need for touch: When dealing with a stressful situation, touch can be comforting. From brushing a horse to petting a purring cat, physical contact will likely induce a relaxation response. [click to continue…]

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5 Facts about Momma Dogs and Their Puppies

king charles and baby blogJust in time for Mother’s Day, below are five facts you may not know about momma dogs and their newborn puppies!

1. Human moms may carry their babies for nine months, but canines have a much shorter gestation period of just nine weeks. [click to continue…]

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5 Causes of Canine Hair Loss

whippet blog 2Alopecia, or hair loss, is not just a human problem. If you’ve noticed bald spots developing on your dog, the following five culprits could be to blame:

1. Allergies: The number one cause of hair loss in dogs is allergies. Sometimes allergies are triggered by the environment (mold, pollen, etc.), other times allergies can be attributed parasites like fleas or mites. An allergic reaction typically triggers itchy skin, which results in scratching, biting, and hair loss. [click to continue…]

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