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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 July 5, 2014

Hot Spots

Whew - it's hot!
Credit ransomtech [Flickr]

Hot spots are more than just a nuisance; they can cause your dog some real discomfort.  Some owners of long-haired dogs get their pets clipped for the summer just to make sure the dog's heavy coat can't trap and hold moisture in the hot weather.

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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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Pets
8:45 am
Sat April 26, 2014

Autism and Pets

Xena checks out what Jonny is reading.
Credit Xena the Warrior Puppy Facebook page

For years people believed that interaction with companion animals was helpful for children with autism, providing them with unconditional love, nonjudgemental friendship, and social interaction.  A new study shows that dogs can provide very real benefits for these children.

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat April 5, 2014

Fire Dog Wins Monument Madness

Sadie with her likeness at the National Fire Dog Monument
Credit State Farm

The arson dog training program, sponsored by State Farm Insurance, has put more than 300 dogs to work in over 40 states and several Canadian provinces.  These special animals are an arsonist's worst nightmare and a firefighter's best friend.  Readers of the Washington Post agree, voting the National Fire Dog Monument as the top monument in Washington, DC!

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat March 22, 2014

Book Buddies

Book Buddies in action
Credit Animal Rescue League of Berks County [FaceBook]

Research has shown that interaction between humans and animals can make learning a positive experience for children.  That's the basis behind the Book Buddies program that started late last summer in Birdsboro, Pennsylvania, near Reading, PA.

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat March 8, 2014

A Pet's Nose

A dog's nose - so functional, and so unique!
Credit jarapet [Flickr]

Large or small, round or pointed, long or short - a pet's nose is a finely tuned instrument that  the animal uses to gather a wealth of information about its surroundings.

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat March 1, 2014

Dogs Afraid of Thunder

Spanky is calm in his Thundershirt!
Credit DiamondBonz [Flickr]

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Does your pet become anxious in response to loud noises (like thunderstorms)?  Most animal experts recommend not cuddling and hugging an anxious pet lest you reinforce the negative response.  So what's a caring pet owner supposed to do with a cowering, trembling furry friend who is obviously afraid of the noise?

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat February 15, 2014

And the Winner Is...

A handsome Labrador Retriever, ready to play!
Credit saly9258 [Flickr]

It may be a Wire Fox Terrier that won the hearts of the judges at Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show this week, but it's the Labrador Retriever that has won the hearts of people all across the country.

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat February 8, 2014

Mutts at Westminster?

Dog and handler running an agility course
Credit Dave Hamster (David Merrett) [Flickr]

Westminster Kennel Club has a tradition that goes back more then 130 years, but in 2014 it's not the purebred dogs that are capturing news headlines but the mutts that are making a showing in the WKC's   first time ever agility competition.

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat February 1, 2014

Pet Dental Health Month

My teeth are so pretty it makes me smile!
Credit marinetank0 (Tom Williams) [Flickr]

When we think of a smiling cat, we might think of the Cheshire Cat, whose beautiful smile was the only thing visible when he disappeared.  Sadly, for the majority of both cats and dogs kept as pets, their teeth are not so healthy.  It's up to you to make sure your pet's smile is bright and clean!

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat January 25, 2014

Cold Weather Protection for Pets

Sung and cozy!
Credit CelloPics [Flickr]

Smart idea, even for a cat, to have a shelter that is raised up off the ground.  The animal is protected from bitterly cold winds, too, in a well-build dog (or cat) house!

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat January 18, 2014

Pet-friendly Home

Hanging out on the nice smooth floor!
Credit Jennie Faber (Flickr)

Having pets may mean you have to work a little harder to keep the house clean, but smart some choices will make things easier.  And less cleaning may mean more time with your furry friend!

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