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Pets offer a seemingly endless amount of cuteness, companionship, and love – and that is a FACT. However, there are certain things that they do that just immediately tug on your heart strings and sometimes make you cry out of sheer joy and appreciation. One of them is their tendency to tilt their head to one side, especially when you are talking to them – which results in squeals of happiness and laughter by everyone involved. While this head-tilting is usually harmless, it sometimes could be indicative of serious health problems. [click to continue…]

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It may not be summer yet, but in many parts of the country the temperatures are already heating up! Preventing your pet from having heat stroke, heat exhaustion, and dehydration should be pretty easy and straightforward, but that isn’t the case with many pet owners. Here are some basic ways that you can be absolutely certain that your pet is not going to fall victim to the myriad of heat-related health problems that exist: [click to continue…]

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Your Dog Could Be Benefiting from Herbal Tea!

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“This water tastes really great, what kind is it?”

As is the case with humans, there are plenty of dog health benefits offered by a daily dose of herbal tea! It should be common knowledge at this point that herbal tea is a very rich source of antioxidants, which help oxygenate the blood and clear it of toxins. Studies have proven that herbal tea helps fight almost every type of cancer (especially brain cancer), neurological disorders, and also drastically reduces risk of heart disease. Aside from those amazing powers, many types of teas are specifically formulated from natural plant matter in order to treat dozens of other minor afflictions ranging from insomnia and anxiety to stomach ache and heartburn! Of course, to cater to a dog’s tea needs, some slight adjustments have to be made in order to make sure it is safe for canines. [click to continue…]

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More and More Places Are Allowing Pets!

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 27: Juliana Beasley takes her dogs, Moishe and Howard, on the subway while evacuating them from Jersey City to stay with her friend Victoria Ford in Brooklyn August 27, 2011 in New York City. In anticipation of a large storm or hurricane hitting the city, the New York City mass transit network, the nation?s largest, closed at noon Saturday, ending subway, bus, and commuter rail service until Monday. Dogs were allowed on the trains Saturday to help encourage people to evacuate. There are approximately 370,000 city residents in low lying areas are under a mandatory evacuation order ahead of Hurricane Irene. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

If you are an obsessed animal-lover like myself, you probably wish that our companion animals were allowed to come everywhere with us, no matter where we go. As more and more research is giving scientific backing to the claim that pets improve our emotional and physical well-being, it seems that more and more places are allowing some wiggle-room in their “no pets” policy. In fact, a lot of places are abandoning them altogether in favor of welcoming our four-legged friends as customers, passengers, and visitors! Check out the following places that are progressive pet lovers: [click to continue…]

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The Dangers of Bowel Obstruction

"I thought swallowing a rock would be fun but it turns out it was actually the worst idea ever."

“I thought swallowing a rock would be fun but it turns out it was actually the worst idea ever.”

If you have a pet, then it is common sense to keep it from eating poisonous foods and drinking toxic liquids. However, one thing that many pet owners do not realize is that even if you take the utmost care in preventing your pet from ingesting harmful substances, an animal can still eat something that could cause a dangerous bowel obstruction. Bowel obstructions can be extremely expensive to deal with – at least $500 just for the diagnostics and tests alone, and an additional $500 – $1,000 for the surgery itself! Not to mention, all of the discomfort, pain, and sickness your poor pet will feel. The possibility of death is also in the equation if not dealt with quickly enough. [click to continue…]

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Misunderstood Pet Owner Tendencies

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All pet-obsessed people have commonalities between them that seem completely normal from their perspective – but “weird” or even “creepy” to other people who don’t understand. While it is definitely possible for a pet owner to go a little overboard with their love of animals, the tendencies on this list are not as strange or extreme as some people think: [click to continue…]

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dog eating carrot blogFrom health reasons to personal beliefs, people decide to adopt a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle for a variety of reasons. While the validity of the age-old claims that meat is “good for us” is presently being questioned more than ever, this same debate is carrying over to dogs. Do dogs really “need” meat as much as we think they do? [click to continue…]

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6 Easy Homemade Puzzles for Pets

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“Hmmm…what is this fancy toy…?”

Not many people are aware of the amazing entertainment value that pet puzzles possess. These simple mind games are not only for your pet to play with, but they also mentally and physically exercise your furry companion as well! Unfortunately they are a bit of a “secret” so not many pet owners even realize they exist. Furthermore, they are usually a bit pricey, making it a hesitant investment if you are unsure your pet will enjoy it. Well thanks to the power of the internet, we have a few DIY alternatives that you can put together yourself using common objects you can either find around your house, or at your local thrift/discount store! These ideas are easy and super inexpensive so you HAVE to try them! I guarantee you that your pet will not only have loads of fun (it’s surprising how much pets can enjoy such simplicity), but it will have to WORK for its food/treats, so it’ll be good mental and physical stimulation. Also, it’ll be really adorable for you to watch! [click to continue…]

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Spring Cleaning Tips for Pet Owners

dogflowersWinter always seems to be a time of hibernation, laziness, and relaxation; which ultimately creates a borderline unlivable mess of your living quarters. It’s okay though, because now it is officially spring, and that means it’s time to find motivation for spring-cleaning! A good way to begin is to simply stop the slacking and begin freshening things up for the longer and brighter days ahead. This is also the perfect opportunity to refresh all your pet’s stuff, which is probably shredded, dirty, all over the house, or just plain old and outdated!

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Spring Garden Safety for Pets

dog in garden blog sizedSpring is officially here, and for many families this means getting out in the yard and planting that beautiful spring garden! If your family includes a four-legged member, it’s important to keep their safety in mind as the seasons change. There are not only numerous dangerous plants and flowers that are toxic for pets, but there are other things you need to be aware of if you want to have a safe and happy spring: [click to continue…]

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