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Protect Your Pet Passengers on Road Trips
Apr 21, 2024
Seventy-eight million dogs reside in more than 46 million U.S. households, according to the American Pet Products Association and an increasing number of these furry companions accompany their families on road trips, day trips and even local errands. However bringing your pet along for the ride can mean added distractions for the driver and added dangers for all passengers, including pets. A recent survey conducted by AAA and Kurgo, a leading manufacturer of pet travel products, asked dog owners how...
10 tips on how to photograph your dog
Apr 21, 2024
If you're the average dog lover, you think your pooch could out-pose even those silky Weimaraners in the picture books. But if you're the average amateur dog photographer, your photos never match the athleticism, humor, or outrageous cuteness of the real thing. We asked pet photographer Mark Rogers, who immortalized our office dogs, for his best tricks for taking high-quality dog pictures -- without getting into stuff like f-stops and shutter speed. Here are our favorites: Time it well. If...
Why Do Dogs Chew Everything When You're Gone
Apr 21, 2024
(Thinkstock | David De Lossy) When you're at home, Rover is everything you ever wished for in a dog. He's obedient and respectful. But when you're at work, his evil twin emerges.Each day you come home, you tally up the destruction ... today he chewed the remote control into a gnarled piece of plastic, and there's a bite out of your slippers. And the list just keeps getting longer and longer. Why is your normally happy and obedient dog pulling...
Make a First Aid Kit for Your Pet – Here’s How!
Apr 21, 2024
(Dean Golja) Emergencies can occur anytime and being prepared just in case, is the best thing you can do for your pet. Having a first-aid kit ready will help to reduce anxiety in the case of an emergency happening. Keep the kit readily available and periodically check to make sure all the items are up to date and present. A small plastic toolbox or fishing tackle box works well to hold all the necessary equipment. Make sure all of your...
How to Remove and Prevent Ticks on Your Pet
Apr 21, 2024
so sweet (iwitness user: igot2havemore) Ticks are irritating arthropods that prey on our pets. Their goal in life is to find a warm-blooded creature so that they can feed. Veterinarians and pet owners have been battling these tiny parasites for decades and the war continues. Ticks are members of the Acarina order and are not insects. Ticks and mites are in a class all by themselves. In the transmission of disease, mosquitoes and ticks are the primary concern, with ticks...
5 Things You Can Learn From Your Pet
Apr 21, 2024
(Artwork in this slideshow provided by Leif Parsons) Five professional animal lovers reveal actions and attitudes you can borrow from your furry and feathered friends. Celebrate EverythingEach time I walk into my apartment—even if I've been gone for less than a minute—my three dogs leap on me, kiss me, lick me, wag and bark, and show me their chew toys. I find it inspiring: Life throws a lot of junk in your direction, so you might as well get your...
Can Mulch be Toxic? This one Can!
Apr 21, 2024
(Jupiterimages) It’s spring time, and many of us are getting out into our yards to do a bit of gardening. We try to plan around our pets, and get plants that are non-toxic, and even pleasing for our animals to be around. We also try to use pet safe products in our gardens to keep our pets healthy. One area we sometimes fall short in is mulch. Can your mulch make your pet sick? Most types of mulch are safe...
Dealing with Fleas – What You Need to Know
Apr 21, 2024
(Comstock) The flea is a small, brown, wingless insect that uses specialized mouth parts to pierce the skin and siphon blood. For millions of pets and people, it is a remorseless enemy. When a flea bites your animal, it injects a small amount of saliva into the skin to prevent blood coagulation. Some animals may have fleas without showing discomfort, but an unfortunate number of pets become sensitized to this saliva. In highly allergic animals, the bite of a single...
Household Dangers Every Pet Owner Should Know
Apr 21, 2024
(Polka Dot) There are many dangers in pet homes that well-meaning owners don’t recognize. Below are 15 of the most common problems. Be aware of them and prevent problems in your pet. 1.Unsecured medications - Pets are innately curious and may be interested in human medications or inhalers. These can be very dangerous. Make sure you keep all medications out of the reach of pets and off tables that can be knocked over. This includes pet medications! Do not leave...
Summer Pet Safety
Apr 21, 2024
(Thinkstock) For pets, summer’s long days bring an even longer list of dangers, from sizzling asphalt to dog-park bullies to pesticides to drowning. Happily, many perils can be avoided with planning, says Dr. Tony Johnson, an emergency-care specialist at Purdue University’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Cats, he says, “sometimes have more common sense than dogs” but are prone to high-rise syndrome—falling from apartment windows—and find poisonous ethylene glycol from car-cooling systems irresistible. So do dogs. Both species need fresh drinking water,...
Recommendations for the Best Medical Care for Your Cat
Apr 21, 2024
With spring's arrival, you may take your cat outside with you, or allow your cat to go out more often. Now is the time to prepare him for the outdoors so that both of you can enjoy the spring and summer seasons more safely. By taking note of the following information, you can prevent or catch problems before they become serious. Of course, taking care of your cat is a lifelong, year round responsibility. You should keep a detailed medical...
Reducing Pet Urine Odor
Apr 21, 2024
(Thinkstock | Martin Poole) Sometimes our pets may urinate inside the house and removing the odor of urine from carpet, furniture or clothing can be difficult. To make matters worse, once the odor of urine becomes associated with an area, more urination in that area is likely. There are several methods you can try to reduce the smell of urine in your home: 1. Wash the area with carbonated soda water or with soapy water and rinse well. Sometimes, all...
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