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Keeping your pet healthy

5 Differences Between Mediocre Veterinarians and Great Ones

People have very different relationships with their pets than with their cars, which is why a consumer magazine’s advice of a few years ago to focus on price when selecting a veterinarian doesn’t make much sense. After all, if a tree falls on your car and destroys it, and an insurance company picks up the tab for a new one, what are you out except some inconvenience?
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What You Need to Know About Buying Veterinary Drugs

Internet pharmacies, 800 numbers, catalogs, big box stores, and retail chains have all, to one degree or another, gotten into the pet drug business. These changes have left both pet owners and veterinarians confused and a little worried: Will human pharmacists get pet prescriptions right? How can you tell if a website offering medications is legitimate?
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Is it OK for Your Pet to Sleep in Bed with You?

It’s a somewhat controversial issue, and it’s been debated for years. Is sharing your bed with your pet a good thing or a bad thing? Some people are very close with their pets, and nightly snuggles with their cats and/or dogs are second nature. In fact, a survey conducted by the American Pet Products Association found that 62% of small dogs, 41% of medium-sized dogs and 32% of large dogs sleep with their owners, while 62% of cats sleep with their adult owners, and another 13% of cats sleep with children.
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No Treat: Avoiding Illnesses Related to Jerky-Style Treats

Everyone likes a treat. This is especially true for our pets. It’s a delightfully satisfying moment when you see your dog’s tail rapidly wagging or when your cat is purring and rubbing against your leg as he or she anxiously awaits the opening of that bag of goodies. But before you hand over that treat, make sure you know what you’re giving — especially if it’s a jerky treat.
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For the Last Time, Don’t Leave Your Pets in Hot Cars!

It’s another scorcher! As heatwaves spread across the country, taking special care to protect your pets from the dangerous effects of summer’s heat is crucial. In the summertime, you need to provide your pets with adequate shelter to protect them from the sun and the heat. You’ll also want to keep them regularly groomed, and always have cool, fresh water available.
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Our 5 Favorite Travel Tools for Pets

Summer time means travel time. For many, it's a tradition to load up the old “family truckster” and head out on the road like the Griswolds in National Lampoon's Vacation . But when pet owners hit the “holiday road,” they've got a difficult decision on their hands - whether to board their pets or take them along.
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Our 5 Favorite Apps for Pet Owners

Did you know that you can use your smartphone or tablet for more than just posting pictures and videos of your adorable pets? Shocking, we know, but it’s true — in many ways these devices are like having a veterinarian right there in your pocket or bag, especially when you take advantage of the right apps.
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What Do Your Pets Really Do When You’re Not Home?

When you leave the house in the morning, your dog sits at the door, begging you not to leave. Or your cat sits in the front window and longingly watches you pull out of the driveway. When you return, your dog is back at the door waiting for you, and your cat is back in the window. Surely they didn’t spend the whole day in those spots, right?
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Legalize It? How Marijuana Affects Pets

Do canines, cats, and cannabis mix? While several states across the U.S. (including the District of Columbia) have already legalized marijuana in some form, the debate continues to rage on. Regardless of which side of the issue you fall on, one thing is certain - the more marijuana is legalized, the more readily available it will be, which means more chances for animals to get into it.
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Autumn Awareness: Our Favorite Fall Pet Care Tips

Fall is finally here, and what better time than to brush up on some fall pet care tips! The tiring heat of summer has faded and the kids are back in school. From colder weather to holiday decorations, there are many hazards that you need to be aware of to keep your pets safe. Get your pets ready for the changing of the seasons with our best fall pet care tips.
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How Brexit is Affecting Pets

One of the biggest news stories of the summer of 2016 was “Brexit” — the UK voting to leave the European Union. Brexit has created uncertainty about Britain’s relationship with the rest of the European Union, and it’s affecting pets as well, especially when it comes to international travel.
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What Holiday Hazards for Pets Should You Avoid?

Winter continues to hold us within her icy grip, and pet owners need to take precautions to keep their animals safe and healthy. The danger may be worse than what the thermometer reads. The wind chill factor can drop the temperature by 20 or 30 degrees. In other words, if the thermometer reads 34 degrees, the wind can make it feel like zero.
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New Year’s Resolutions for Pets

It’s that time of year where the list of resolutions you made in December is coming back to haunt you. As you try to make peace with the changes you want to make — and the ones you’ve already given up on — why not think about adding some New Year’s resolutions for pets?
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What Do Animal Shelters Do?

What do animal shelters do? A lot. Animal shelters are buildings or areas devoted to the temporary care and shelter of homeless or unwanted animals. Nearly every city in the United States has at least one animal shelter. Shelters require numerous employees and volunteers, and must follow various state and local laws and regulations.
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Pet Friendly Airports Are Taking Comfort to a New Level

Pet friendly airports are a breath of fresh air for travelers who bring their pets along for the ride. Flying with your pet can be stressful and confusing, especially if it’s your first time doing so, or you’re flying on an airline whose pet policies you’re not familiar with. You typically need to be at the airport hours before your flight, but your pet will need to be there even earlier.
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