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Are you one of those cat owners who sees mealtime as an opportunity to bond with your feline friend? If so, you’re not alone. You also want to see that your kitty enjoys the food being fed. But how do you know if your cat finds a particular food enjoyable or just tolerable? Is it […]
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Extra body weight and arthritis in dogs seem to go paw-in-paw — and for good reason. Consider these facts: Nearly 56 percent of dogs are considered overweight or obese, according to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention’s most recent survey. Arthritis is the most common form of degenerative joint disease in adult dogs, affecting one […]
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Welcome to “Debarking Pet Myths,” our monthly series that addresses common myths, misconceptions and old wives’ tales about dogs and cats. Are dogs carnivores, like their closest cousin the wolf? Or are they omnivores, like the coyotes who scavenge berries and other plants when prey is hard to find? Whether dogs are considered carnivores or […]
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We share many things with our pets: our homes, affection, beds, secrets and dreams. In return, pet ownership provides us with many health benefits, like improving our fitness, lowering our stress and helping to decrease our loneliness. However, pets can sometimes share “germs” that make us sick — even when they look healthy! Some things […]
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An improved quality of life following successful weight loss is the best gift you can give your feline friend. And hopefully you learned, during the course of your cat’s weight loss journey, that your cat didn’t hate you for putting him or her on a diet. In fact, the bond between you and your kitty […]
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An occasional “toot” is normal for dogs (and people). However, chronically gassy dogs who can clear a room with their stinky emissions are no fun to live with. Not only can too much foul-smelling dog flatus (i.e., gas expelled from the anus, aka farts) negatively affect the bond you have with your dog, but it […]
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Toads won’t give you warts if you touch one — contrary to the old wives’ tale. But the wrong type of toad can seriously poison your pooch. Many species of toads are found all across the United States, and all toads excrete some type of toxin, according to Tina Wismer, a veterinarian who is board […]
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Welcome to “Debarking Pet Myths,” our monthly series that addresses common myths, misconceptions and old wives’ tales about dogs and cats. By nature, cats and dogs are meat eaters. However, that knowledge hasn’t kept a surprising number of pet owners from wanting to switch their meat-eating companions to a strict vegetarian or vegan diet. A […]
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Fleas and ticks have been around for millions of years — in fact, they were around long before humans walked on the earth. Yet despite their long history and reputation for causing discomfort and transmitting diseases, many common myths and misperceptions about fleas and ticks still exist. Not knowing some basic facts about these tiny […]
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An improved quality of life following successful weight loss is the best gift you can give your feline friend. And hopefully you learned, during the course of your cat’s weight loss journey, that your cat didn’t hate you for putting him or her on a diet. In fact, the bond between you and your kitty […]

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