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10 Adorable Summer-Themed Puppy Names

sandy nose puppy blogIf you’re thinking about a new canine addition to the family, summer is a good time to make the leap. Kids are out of school and there’s plenty of sunshine for outdoor activities and family bonding. In the spirit of the season, below are 10 summer-themed puppy names to consider:

1. Sunny
2. Peaches
3. Sandy [click to continue…]

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Beware of These 4 Dog Park Dangers

dog park playing blogDog parks are a great way for many canines to get some exercise and make new friends. While social skills and regular activity are both important, the dog park poses some dangers. Below are four dog park risks for pet parents to be aware of:

1. Infectious disease: Since so many dogs congregate in dog parks in close proximity to each other, there is a higher probability of infectious disease spreading. Speak to a vet about vaccinations to protect your dog from these types of diseases (including canine influenza and kennel cough). [click to continue…]

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What is the Best Way to Remove a Tick?

tick bulldog blogTicks pose serious dangers to both people and pets. The most common concern is Lyme disease, but ticks can emit as many as five infection-causing pathogens. The best way to keep ticks away from pets is a reliable parasite protection product like Frontline Plus or Bio Spot. But, it’s important to know how to safely remove a tick should one ever latch on to your pet. [click to continue…]

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Can Your Depression Affect Your Pet?

puppy dog eyes black and white editedDealing with depression or another mental health issue can be difficult enough, but some people might also worry that their condition is affecting their four-legged best friend. The good news is, mental illness is in no way contagious, and you can’t just pass along your depression to your pet. However, changes in your routine or behavior might induce some anxiety for your canine or feline companion. [click to continue…]

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Decoding Your Dog’s Sleeping Position

dog sleeping positions blogJust like people, dogs have different preferences when it comes to sleep. Below are explanations behind three of the most common canine sleeping positions:

Belly Up: If your pup snoozes with his belly exposed to the air, it’s likely he feels pretty relaxed and content in his home. [click to continue…]

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dog flu at vet edited 2Ohio and Georgia have been added to the list of states where dogs have been diagnosed with H3N2, bringing the total number of states affected by this new strain of canine influenza to twelve. H3N2 originated in Asia and, at this time, it is unknown how it spread to the United States. Below are ten facts pet parents should know about H3N2. [click to continue…]

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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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