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Sniff Everything! Why is Your Dog So Preoccupied During Walks?

Ever try taking your dog for a walk, only to have it stop and sniff every single tree, hydrant, sign post, lamp and anything else anchored to the ground? It’s a situation that can quickly lead to frustration—especially if it takes you 20 minutes to go just a couple of blocks! Excessive sniffing is a […]

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Can Your Cat Tell When You’re Sad?

Have you ever had a bad day, ending with your crawling into bed and hiding under the covers, only to have your cat snuggle up beside you a few minutes later? There’s something so reaffirming and reassuring about having a little ball of fur curled up on you when you’re sad or upset. But does […]

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Spooked and Startled: How to Desensitize Your Dog to its Fears

In many ways, raising a dog is like raising a child. There’s more to it than giving your dog food, water and exercise each day—you also have to teach them and make sure they’re learning how to behave properly. This includes everything from house training them to making sure they don’t chew on things that […]

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Is Your Cat Scooting Across the Floor? It Might be Trying to Tell You Something’s Wrong

Cats do their “business” in the litter box. Unlike dogs, who have no problem going to the bathroom in front of the public eye, cats tend to take care of their behinds and what comes out of them in private, safe spaces. Cats are quite hygienic too, working to keep their entire body clean and […]

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Why is My Dog Constantly Itching His Ears?

We’ve all had an itch on our bodies before and know the painful sensation of itches that just won’t go away. Dogs can experience this sensation too and may get relentless: shaking, thumping and scratching away to relieve the frustrating sensation. One of the most commonly afflicted areas in dogs is the ear. When dogs […]

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Concerning Behavior Changes to Watch Out for When it Comes to Your Cat’s Health

Cats are creatures of habit. They tend to fall into routines, doing the same types of things day in and day out, and they prefer to keep it that way. So if your cat suddenly begins acting against the norm, it should put up some red flags. Cats don’t have the ability to tell us […]

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Speaking Your Dog’s Language: What Different Types of Barking Mean

When we were little and learning about animals, one of the first things we probably learned was, “the dog goes ‘woof.’” Dogs are synonymous with their barking, and these sounds are easily recognizable, even when the animal isn’t in view. However, not all barks are the same. Dog’s don’t use words to communicate like humans […]

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What’s the Deal with Cat Pheromones? What are They Used for and How do They Work?

If you have one or more cats that experience intense bouts of anxiety, you may have taken them to the vet to discuss ways to alleviate that stress. After all, stressed cats are at higher risk for digestive problems, lower immunity and other health issues. They can also be a nightmare to live with. In […]

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Dogs and People Food: What’s Safe and What Isn’t?

Fido loves to beg for food, no matter what it is. While prepping dinner, opening a takeout box or munching on a savory snack or sweet treat, our dogs are most likely there at our sides, giving us puppy dog eyes to convince us to drop them a bite. As pet owners, we love to […]

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Is Your Mobile Toddler the Source of Your Cat’s Newfound Anxiety?

A lot of pet owners get their furry friends before deciding to have children. Unfortunately, a surprising number of new parents make the decision to put their cat up for adoption when having a child due to fear of toxoplasmosis, allergies and bad interactions between the two. Other pet owners make the decision to keep […]

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