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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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Rabbit bunny and duckling are friends

As Easter approaches, many families fall in love with a cute chick, a tiny duckling or a baby rabbit, and want to buy one for themselves, or surprise a loved one with an adorable animal as a present. These baby animals are cute, but they also require responsible care, a special diet, and have a lifespan much longer than the spring season. After the novelty of an “Easter pet” wears off, unfortunately many of these animals are discarded, abandoned, or returned to the pet store. Before you succumb to the urge to buy an adorable baby animal for Easter, read the following information and stay informed about what you might actually be getting yourself into: [click to continue…]

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4 Real Examples of Psychic Pooch Powers

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Do you ever feel like your dog is reading your mind? Or that they can tell when you’re stressed or sad, and make it a point to come cuddle with you? Have you been told by a family member that your dog was already getting excited several minutes before you even got home? There are numerous such stories of dog behaviors that owners attribute to “psychic” abilities, although there obviously hasn’t been much (or any) proof to substantiate those claims. However, dogs are actually known for having a few pretty concrete examples of what you could technically consider “psychic” tendencies. Keep the following list in mind the next time your dog is desperately trying to tell you something:

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Tips to Prevent Pet Theft

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Let’s face it: our world can be a scary place sometimes, and it is our job to be very careful and aware of what is happening around us. It is difficult enough to ensure that our family members, our friends, and ourselves are safe; let alone worrying about our beloved pet being stolen! Having your pet stolen is a terrible thought void of all logic and sensibility, but it is a harsh reality that we must stay informed about. While pet theft has always been a risk, the American Kennel Club reports that petnappings continue to be on the rise. The reason for this dramatic increase is unknown, but the numbers make one thing very clear, it is absolutely essential that you learn how to protect your pet: [click to continue…]

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How To Get Your Dog to Stop Chasing Cats

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If you are a devoted, animal-obsessed, pet-lover like me – then you probably have several dogs as well as several cats. If that is the case, then you may have also had similar problems with them co-existing harmoniously due to the whole “dogs chase cats” thing. It can be difficult enough to get dogs to inhabit the same space without acting jealous or protective and getting into little scuffles, let alone adding a cat or kitten to the mix! But first, why do dogs chase cats anyway? [click to continue…]

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