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May 2016

Pros and Cons: Indoor Cats vs Outdoor Cats

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Adopting a new cat or kitten can sometimes be an impulsive decision, but when deciding to take on the responsibility of a new furry friend, one must first determine whether they are prepared to provide their cat with everything they will need.  This includes not only the cat’s toys, food and healthcare, but also their environment. Indoor Cats vs Outdoor Cats Most shelters and kennels ask adoptive owners to agree to keep their cats indoors, and many veterinarians support indoor lifestyles due to health and safety concerns, but one must also consider the possible benefits of allowing their cat to explore the outdoors at least part-time and under close supervision.  Following are the major pros and cons for providing a cat with either an indoor or outdoor environment: Indoor Cats Pros: An indoor cat’s safety is better protected.  They are less likely to get into fights with other animals, encounter…

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5 Breeds That Make the Best Farm Dogs

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It is difficult to imagine that any dog could possibly dislike farm life.  However, the fact that all dogs enjoy some time to explore the outdoors on a regular basis does not automatically make them all perfectly suited to farm life.  Some dog breeds prefer basic outdoor exercise and lots of lap and cuddle time indoors, which means that while they may tolerate farm life they may not be good farm dogs.  Then there are those dogs who not only love to spend the vast majority of their lives outdoors, but are also helpful with basic farm duties.  These dogs make the best farm dogs. Best Farm Dog Breeds 1. The Border Collie.  Originally bred in the border country between Scotland and England for the purpose of herding sheep, the Border Collie absolutely loves to work.  Whatever task is set before him, the Border Collie will work at it diligently and…

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National Dog Bite Prevention Week: Learn More About Prevention Efforts

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It is estimated that there are roughly seventy million pet dogs in America, and while most owners would vehemently deny that their friendly, well-mannered dog would ever bite a human being, the fact remains that any dog can bite in certain circumstances.  It is the intention of National Dog Bite Prevention Week, held during the third full week of May each year, to educate the general public in the reality of dog bites and how to prevent them. About Dog Bites Roughly four and a half million people in the United States are bitten by dogs every year, and almost twenty percent of these individuals require medical attention.  This amounts to nearly eight hundred thousand Americans, half of which are children, who are not only bitten by dogs, but who are bitten severely enough that medical attention is necessary.  Unfortunately, children are the most common victims of dog bites and…

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5 Steps to Protect Your Dog From Heatstroke

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Few dog owners understand just how dangerous hot summer weather can be for their dogs, how quickly a dog can fall into suffering from heatstroke, and how dangerous heatstroke can be.  A healthy dog’s normal body temperature is usually between 100 to 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit, but when heatstroke occurs their internal temperature can rise to around 106 degrees Fahrenheit, causing a chemical reaction that breaks down the cells in the dog’s body.  For this reason, heatstroke in dogs is always incredibly dangerous, and sometimes even fatal.  Fortunately, there are things a dog owner can do to help protect their dog from heatstroke. Preventing Heatstroke 1. Make sure outdoor dogs have plenty of water and shade.  If the weather is hot, it is important to provide your pet with ways to stay cool–especially through hydration and shade.  If the weather is especially and unusually hot, it is wise to bring them indoors…

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Summer Lake Swimming for Dogs: 6 Precautions to Take

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During the cold winter months, many dog owners prefer to spend time with their furry companion indoors and only take the absolutely mandatory, short trips outside. This makes the summer months all the more wonderful and exciting–it’s a perfect time for dog and owner together to enjoy warm, pleasant weather and swimming outdoors at the lake. Swimming Safety Tips for Dogs Most dogs are natural-born swimmers, but this does not mean that all water-based activities are automatically safe for them. Taking the following precautions will help to ensure that both you and your dog stay safe while enjoying summer swimming: 1. Check the water. Warm, stagnant water is dangerous water, as it can be filled with germs that bring harmful and sometimes even fatal illnesses to both humans and canines. Water that contains blue-green algae should also be avoided as this algae is toxic for dogs and can be fatal….

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