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All You Need To Know About Dog Licking

doglicking6You don’t have to be a dog owner to know that dogs pretty much lick everything, whether it’s themselves, people’s faces and hands, random objects, or even their own poop! As a society we have just accepted this as fact, and it would actually be a little strange if a dog DIDN’T lick everything in sight. While it can be a concern sometimes if your pup seems to be doing TOO much licking, most of the time I think it’s safe to say that we dog owners wonder to ourselves: WHY are you LICKING THAT? Well, let’s debunk this mystery once and for all, shall we? First, let’s begin with why they lick people: [click to continue…]

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What Colors Can Our Pets Actually See?

dogvision2There appears to be a mass confusion among pet owners and animal lovers alike concerning the amount of color that our non-human companions see in their world around them. According to most television shows, movies, and people that I’ve talked to, dogs are colorblind; some cartoons even show their perspective as completely black and white. But then why does it seem like a dog prefers certain colored toys over others? I’ve even been told by some that cats can see more color than dogs can, and I’ve heard conflicting information from others saying that dogs can see a few colors but not as many as we can. As if that isn’t confusing enough, what about other animals, like hamsters, rats, fish, parakeets, horses, pigs, chickens, chameleons, etc.? Well, it’s time that we tackle this issue once and for all and answer the burning question, “What colors can our pets actually see?” [click to continue…]

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Can Our Pets’ Poop Power Our World? Perhaps!

parkspark0I have often found myself thinking, “If someone found a way to turn pet poop into a fuel source, we’d solve our energy crisis,” and so have many other pet parents as well. While this idea is mostly a joke, one particular animal lover approached it from a realistic standpoint, and began applying science to this concept. The result is the Park Spark, a truly innovative technological breakthrough of the 21st century that turns dog poop into usable fuel! Yes, folks, this is absolutely true and NOT a prank, I promise. [click to continue…]

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5 Easy Ways To Help Homeless Animals!

straydogsLet’s face it, the homeless pet population isn’t going to magically go down any time soon. All over the country, animals are abandoned, surrendered, and lost at rates that rescues, shelters, and humane societies can’t even keep up with. There is indeed a movement gaining momentum, of animal lovers all over the world who are taking on the responsibility of animal welfare – and in some cases, changing their whole lives to revolve around it! While many have the dream of devoting their whole life to opening an animal sanctuary or rescue facility, it is seldom a realistic option. Below, there are different ways for busy animal lovers to make a difference to pets in need without having to turn your whole life upside-down. Some may be options you have never thought about, and others may be obvious, but hopefully we help you think about it differently so you find new motivation to finally get to it: [click to continue…]

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joshNLNowadays it has become pretty commonplace to see inspirational animal videos posted on social media – especially ones that tell the heart-wrenching stories of disabled animals. These short videos usually start off telling a tragic tale of some kind, but always end on a happy note with the animal living a wonderful life full of love and new family. Stories like these exist because of the endless amounts of compassion and determination that animal lovers put forth to not only rescue these needy animals, but rehabilitate them into the loving companions that they have the potential to be. Here are a few special needs animals that are my personal favorites, and I share these to show the resilience and hope that animals embody: [click to continue…]

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Why Is Medical Care for Pets So Expensive?

vet6As if health care for ourselves wasn’t enough of a financial burden, it sometimes seems that the medical care we seek for our beloved furry, scaly, and feathery companions is a tad bit expensive. Obviously when you decide to take on the duty of being a pet owner, you know that you will have to probably pay for some vet bills here and there in the future. Responsible pet owners will do anything and everything for their pets, even if that means footing a vet bill that costs hundreds or thousands of dollars. There is usually little to no hesitation to follow through with the necessary veterinary care, especially if it is a dire or emergency situation. But, we do end up asking ourselves quite often why it seems that veterinary bills, prescription medications, and basic medical procedures for pets are so pricey! Well, here’s a few reasons thanks to Dr. Patty Khuly, VMD at VetStreet.com: [click to continue…]

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What To Do If Your Dog Gets Into a Fight

dogfightMost people think that their dog is a perfect little ray of sunshine spreading love and happiness wherever it goes; and for the most part, that’s accurate. However, sometimes you may see a dog in a shockingly negative light, whether it is your own dog or someone else’s. We have to remind ourselves that dogs are domesticated, but they are still animals that every-so-often resort to physical intimidation or fighting to settle differences. This type of confrontation usually occurs because of a dog’s interaction with another dog that turns sour – either due to the dogs being introduced incorrectly and prematurely, or without supervision. Dogs often fight because of protecting their food, toys, or owner – but sometimes it can seem like the fight just came out of nowhere. It’s helpful to know how to break up two dogs who are fighting with each other just in case it happens to your dog; without intervention, a short fight can prove very fatal, very quickly. Every second counts when trying to separate two dueling dogs, so here’s some tips, thanks to The Dodo: [click to continue…]

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What To Do If You See a Pet Left in a Hot Car

pugincarSo there are a lot of news stories, articles, and social media posts swirling around at the moment that all deal with one phenomenon that somehow keeps happening: people leaving animals in hot cars. Although 21 states have passed some kind of “hot car law” to make this act illegal, people keep leaving pets in hot cars – and these pets usually die. This has led to SOME of these states passing further laws that grant people the right to “take necessary steps to open a parked car to rescue any animal – in imminent danger due to heat or cold.”  In other words, law enforcement, animal control officers, and (in some states) everyday citizens, can break into the car to save the animal’s life. While this seems like it is a great idea, it has already sparked some debate online as to when vandalizing another person’s car is justified. Whether this means jimmying a locked door open, or smashing the window entirely, is up for the rescuer to decide if they must resort to such drastic means to prevent a loss of life. Here’s a list of things that you should do when you see a dog in a parked, hot, car, and their owner isn’t anywhere to be found: [click to continue…]

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These 3 People Are Redefining Rescue!

dogladyIt seems that more people are becoming aware of the need to incorporate animal rescuing in their lives. Whether this means volunteering at a local shelter, fostering an animal, or even adopting them outright – the tides are turning, and homeless animals everywhere are benefiting. What is even more encouraging, is that there are more rescue non-profit organizations popping up every day as well, with compassionate animal lovers taking it upon themselves to make it their personal mission to help animals in need. How can you beat that amount of dedication? Well, for one, you can be one of these people on this list, who have literally centered their entire LIVES around rescuing HUNDREDS of animals! Here are a few people who are definitely redefining what it means to be an animal rescuer: [click to continue…]

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Ready For Friday? So Are These Animals!

dogcowsquareWednesdays and Thursdays are a mixed bag of people that are excited for Friday, people that are frustrated that it isn’t yet Friday, and people who share both sentiments. Needless to say, Thursday conjures up many conflicting emotions, and the storm doesn’t calm until the sweet smell of Friday falls upon us. What does Friday smell like, you ask? Well, Friday’s scent is a mixture between freedom, fun, and relaxation – among other things. Here are some animals that are definitely on the same page as us, who are also suffering from a case of the “Thursdays”: [click to continue…]

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