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Many homeowners enjoy the opportunity that Halloween brings to redecorate their residences as they prepare to greet trick-or-treaters. Pet owners should take extra precautions on this holiday to make sure Fido and Fifi stay safe and comfortable. The spooky decorations and costumes associated with October 31 can cause quite a scare for dogs and cats alike. They may think...more
Dogs bark for a number of reasons - sometimes it's to alert the house of someone at the door, other times it's to let a passerby know that they mean business. In fact, dogs have evolved over thousands of years to be able to communicate with humans through their barking - you don't see nearly as much of a dynamic vocal range in feral dogs or wolves. But sometimes barking can be...more
We all know the feeling - that pervasive sense of boredom that hits us in the middle of winter. As humans, it's hard to escape the cold weather doldrums, even after spending most of your day in the office and with the endless stimulation that comes with television and the internet. Imagine being a dog, who simply doesn't have access to these tools. Your favorite pooch spends...more
It's only natural to want the best for your pooch - after all, he only ever shows love, affection and trust in you, and you want to ensure that he lives the best life possible. Dogs frequently feel like extra members of the family, and we want to treat them as such. However, that doesn't give them carte blanche to jump on the bed and curl up whenever they please. This can...more
Before you go out to buy a purebred dog, it would help to do a bit of research on the breed you're thinking of. That's because many purebreds often inherit physical and behavioral health issues caused by their selective breeding. Here's the reason why some dogs get these problems, along with a few examples of common issues in popular breeds, according to WebMD and PBS. Why...more
If you frequently find yourself sneezing, coughing or getting itchy eyes whenever you're around a dog, cat or bird, you may be allergic to the protein molecules in their bodies. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), 15 to 30 percent of people who have allergies are allergic to pets, so you may get symptoms around animals if you're allergic to other...more
Just like humans, dogs need to exercise regularly in order to stay healthy. However, many of our furry friends are not getting adequate amounts of physical activity. According to WebMD, 40 percent of dogs in the US are overweight, which puts them at a higher risk for medical ailments and could shorten their lifespans. Different breeds need different levels of exercise. In...more
Having a pet definitely impacts people's lives in a positive way. Not only does your companion provide you with friendship and love, but keeping her healthy often requires you to be active. If that's not enough to convince you that pets are great, here are a few examples of other ways that pets can inspire their owners to live better lives, inspired by WebMD. 1. Dogs have a...more
No matter what you do, accidents are bound to happen in the house when you have a pet. Whether it's because they're not fully trained, weren't let outside or are sick, there will be a time when you'll face the task of cleaning up after your pets. Here are some useful tips, according to the Humane Society. 1. Add baking soda to your regular detergent when you're machine...more
When you hear the word "pet," chances are your brain starts conjuring up images of dogs, cats, fish, hamsters and the occasional ferret. However, some people have a totally different idea when it comes to the types of animals they allow into their homes. Here are a few of the most popular unusual pets, according to PetPlace.com. Piranhas If you're looking for a little more...more