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8:45 am
Sat December 13, 2014

Home for the Holidays - Pet-Style

Ahhh, now this is home for the holidays!
Credit kvanhorn (Kyle Van Horn) [Flickr]

A pet can be one of the best gifts, but it should never be a surprise.  In fact, it's a good idea to have the whole family involved in deciding to adopt a new best friend, and then in choosing the pet.  Visit your local shelter or rescue group today - you might make this Christmas bright for one lucky animal!

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat November 29, 2014

12 Ways to Keep Pet Safe at Christmas

You can keep us safe this Christmas!
Credit JOE-3PO (Joseph Vasquez) [Flickr] / Joseph Vasquez Photography

Christmas decorations really add to the festive celebration of the season, but they can become hazards to the well-being of our animal companions.  So go ahead and deck the halls, but keep your pet's safety in mind.

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat November 22, 2014

Thanksgiving and Our Pets

Are you gonna eat all that?
Credit Eric T. Morris [Flickr]

It might be tempting to include your best friend when you sit down to the table this Thanksgiving, but some things on your plate could harm your furry buddy.  Be careful and choose treats that are pet-friendly and will make you both thankful for tasty morsels and great companionship!

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat November 15, 2014

Static Electricity and Your Pet

Petting me now could shock both of us!
Credit Kristin (Kerotab) [Flickr}

When the humidity level in your home drops to 30% or lower, static electricity can make you and your furry friend uncomfortable.  In fact, just stroking your pet's fur could result in a little shock for both of you.  Bathing your pet with moisturizing shampoo (one approved for use on pets) and increasing the moisture in the air can help remedy the problem.

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat November 8, 2014

National Animal Shelter and Rescue Appreciation Week 2014

Shelter animals do not need pity - they need good forever homes!
Credit Tuscaloosa Metro Animal Shelter [FaceBook]

Animal shelter workers and rescue volunteers are the unsung heroes of the pet world, because without them many animals would never have the chance to find a new home.  This week is National Animal Shelter and Rescue Appreciation Week, but thankfully these dedicated folks are helping our four-footed friends all year long!

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat October 25, 2014

Halloween and Pets 2014

Cute costume - I hope the dog's name is Cookie!
Credit istolethetv [Flickr]

What is it about Halloween that makes us want to dress ourselves and our four-footed companions in costumes?   Some pets love it, some don't mind too much and others can be totally stressed by Halloween.  It's up to you to make sure your best friend is safe and comfortable, whatever the holiday.

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat September 27, 2014

Targeted T-N-R Works!

Feral cat is wary of humans.
Credit Nakae [Flickr]

Targeted Trap-Neuter-Return helps reduce and stabilize the feral cat population.

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat August 30, 2014

Pets on Campus

Sometimes you just need a hug from your best friend.
Credit K-Lovera (Kristine Dhillon) [Flickr]

Many schools, like the University of Alabama, have a pet policy that allows only fish in campus housing.  Others, like Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida, have more liberal pets-in-residence programs that permit small dogs, cats rabbits, ferrets, even ducks.  For some students, the option to take their best friend with them to school can influence their decision about where they decide to study.

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat July 19, 2014

Pet Resorts

A lovely day at the spa!
Credit buchsammy (Ralf Bitzer) [Flickr]

Gone are the days when your pet had to spend its "vacation" in a cramped cage.  Pet resorts have become very popular - with both owners and their furry friends!

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat June 28, 2014

Reasons to Adopt a Cat

A handsome feline friend!
Credit Kevin Dooley [Flickr]

Some folks consider cats to be aloof and one-dimensional, but those of us who have feline family members know they are funny, affectionate, playful and, yes, independent.  But that very spirit that makes them independent also helps to make them lower maintenance pets when compared to, say, dogs.

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat June 14, 2014

Cat Life Expectancy

Elderly cat relaxes in a cool spot.
Credit accidentalcitygirl [Flickr]

As cats age, their coat may lose some of its luster but their color often remains much as it was in their younger days. It can be deceptive to judge a cat's age by its color.

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat June 7, 2014

Feral Cats and TNR

Feral cat with tipped ear
Credit kisluvkis (Julie German) [Flickr]

Feral cats that have been neutered or spayed also have their left ear "tipped" surgically to indicate the cat is part of a colony and has already been trapped and altered.

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat May 24, 2014

Tainted Pet Treats

This chewy treat isn't from China, is it?
Credit Gamma Man (Eli Christman) [Flickr]

About half of jerky pet treats in the US are imported from China.  New warnings indicate that such treats could pose serious and even deadly risks to your pet's health.

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat May 10, 2014

Mother's Day

Are you my mother?
Credit ifindkarma (Adam Rifkin) [Flickr]

In the pet world, Mother's Day has a very different connotation from that in the human experience.  Most pet mothers never get to see their babies grow up.  This Mother's Day, consider things from your pet's point of view.   Make plans to keep your pet from becoming a mother by having her spayed. 

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat May 3, 2014

Puppy and Kitten Season

Seven lucky puppies - they're up for adoption!
Credit penreyes [Flickr]

The puppies and kittens you see at your local animal shelter are the lucky ones, because they are up for adoption.  (The unlucky ones never made it that far.)  But even those who did make it to the adoption area still may not find homes.  That's the sad reality of pet overpopulation.  

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