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It’s like a desert out here! Oh wait…

Summer is officially here, and the heatwaves are already beginning! In some areas of the country, temperatures have already reached over 110 degrees, which is nothing short of scorching. Because of these oven-like conditions, it is extremely important to stay hydrated at all times, and be aware of how the heat affects your body in general. Obviously if you have pets (which you probably do since you’re reading this blog), then you MUST also be extremely vigilant about your pets’ health in these hot conditions as well! Pets are even MORE sensitive to these drastically high temperatures, due to many of them not having the ability to sweat, and compounded by the fact that their circulatory systems and organs are much smaller than ours – making their susceptibility to overheating and heatstroke considerably higher than ours. Don’t worry though, we’ve already given advice on how to ensure that your pets stay cool this summer without any chance of falling victim to heat stroke! For further inspiration though, here are some animals that definitely have got this “keeping cool” thing down pat:

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pitbull5Anyone who has come into contact with Pit Bulls knows that they are amazingly loving, compassionate creatures that make some of the best companions around. Whether it’s through owning them, rescuing them, volunteering with them, or just simply befriending them, most people walk away from Pit Bull encounters wondering why and how these horrible stereotypes about them exist. Well, why do any stereotypes exist? Ignorance, misinformation, and lack of understanding are probably the biggest causes of the perpetuating of these harmful and derogatory misconceptions. Luckily, there are many organizations that are bringing awareness to this phenomenon, and setting the records straight about Pit Bulls once and for all! One of these sources is BuzzFeed, who has gone out of their way to put the following ridiculous rumors to rest: [click to continue…]

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How Much Do You Know About Chinchillas?

chinandbabyI’m sure everyone has at least seen a picture or heard the word “Chinchilla” at least a few times in their lives, but they seem to have a fair bit of mystery surrounding them. Chinchillas belong to that grouping of pets that are known to most people as “random” or “exotic” animals – for the sole reason that they aren’t too common among pet owners. Small animals already only comprise about 6% of the total pet population, and in that group is an even tinier, unknown percentage of Chinchilla enthusiasts. Why are they seldom kept as pets, while their close relatives, the guinea pig and rabbit, are quite common in households? They are just as cute as them, so what makes them so “exotic”? Well, maybe if we uncover some facts about them we will get to the bottom of this mystery – so here’s some stuff you may not know about these adorable little fluff balls: [click to continue…]

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Things to Watch Out for This Summer!

summerdangers6Summer is approaching fast – bringing with it longer days, sunny weather, and vacations galore! Although it is arguably the best season of the year, there are many things to stay cautious of during summer months. Of course, nothing can be purely good, there has to be unpleasant things to balance out the awesomeness! Make sure you do the following things this summer for your pets’ safety and well-being: [click to continue…]

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Is Your Dog Safe in the Car?

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This classic image of a dog enjoying the car window’s breeze could actually be deadly.

The answer is probably a resounding NO; and I’m not going to judge you or act like I am free of guilt either, so don’t worry! Many pet owners (including myself) drive around with their dog(s) in the car, and most of the time the dog(s) in question are unrestrained. This may seem fine, but it actually is extremely dangerous – not only to the dog, but to the driver and passengers in the car as well. [click to continue…]

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Why Do Dogs and Cats Eat Grass?

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As a loving and devoted pet owner, you probably feed your pet the best, nutritionally complete food and also give them healthy pet treats (riiiiiiight?). So, why do some pets feel the need to snack on grass? Also, is it bad for them? Well, the answer isn’t the same for every animal, but don’t worry: it is usually harmless. unless your pet is throwing up as a result. But even in those situations, an upset stomach due to grass grazing is usually no reason to panic. [click to continue…]

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How To “Go Green” As a Pet Owner!

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That moment when you realize you only get one planet Earth…

One of the most common movements nowadays is to “go green” by living as naturally as possible, and having as little impact on the environment as possible. Although seemingly a “trend”, this phenomenon is caused by the growing alarm for our planet’s well-being due to our considerably large carbon footprint we have been leaving for the last few decades. In addition to the ozone damage that we’ve done, we have polluted our groundwater, littered our oceans, and other natural atrocities – killing and harming many wildlife as well as people in the process. If you are a pet owner, then it could seem difficult to be on the “green train,” but it actually takes very little effort and money! Here are a few ways to cut down on the impact that you are leaving on our natural world, so that our children will have a habitable place to live:  [click to continue…]

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It’s no secret that our planet is being polluted, consumed, and damaged at an alarming rate. Part of this is due to overpopulation, which has caused drastic consumption that our planet literally cannot sustain. The other part of the problem is due to the fact that the products we manufacture, sell, and use not only require large quantities of our Earth’s resources, but they are combined with toxic and artificial chemicals that then are disposed of in our environment and cause even more damage. This has led to a movement over the last couple decades in which people try to “Go Green” by living an eco-friendly lifestyle that has as little environmental impact as possible. [click to continue…]

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Infographic About Dog Bite Statistics!

To keep with the theme of Dog Bite Prevention Week, we are going to spread as much information about dog bite attacks as possible! So, now that you know how to prevent a dog bite situation from happening, here’s a helpful and very informative graphic to really drive the point home. This infographic breaks down what kind of dog bites happen, who they happen to, and other alarming facts about dog bites. [click to continue…]

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Tips For Avoiding Dog Bites

Hey, who's doing the greeting, here?

Hey, who’s doing the greeting, here?

There is no question that dogs are amazingly loving companions that enhance our lives with joy, friendship, and adventure. That being said, there is also a certain amount of precaution to take when approaching and interacting with dogs – even with your dog! Just think about it, if you didn’t have speech capabilities and someone was doing something that you didn’t like, you’d have to express it physically – and in a not-so-nice manner. Usually dogs let it be known that they are uncomfortable with a situation by growling, barking, snarling, snapping, or even sometimes biting. Even if your dog “loves everyone” and has “never had a problem” with people before, that doesn’t mean that the risk of a possible dog bite doesn’t exist. You never know what is going to happen if a dog is approached incorrectly! Here are a few ways that you can make sure that you aren’t bitten by a dog: [click to continue…]

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