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How Summer Heat and Humidity Affect Your Dog

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You are probably already well aware of the fact that heat affects your dog much more than it affects you, due to their permanent fur coat. Even though dogs shed their undercoat in preparation for the summer heat, they can still find it incredibly difficult to stay cool in hot weather–especially if humidity is added to the mix–and they will need your help. The Combined Effect of Heat and Humidity on Your Dog Where heat produces a measurable change in temperature, humidity can produce a further apparent change in temperature that greatly increases the risk of heat-related illnesses. Humidity is essentially water vapor that hangs in the air and makes the temperature feel hotter than it actually is. More importantly, humidity makes it difficult for perspiration to evaporate normally. This means that the main mechanism that dogs rely on in order to remain cool is greatly affected by humidity. Even…

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flea and tick prevention

Flea and Tick Prevention: The Best Ways to Keep Your Pet Safe

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Along with the highly desirable warmer weather of the summer months comes something we dread: an abundance of biting pests that irritate our pets and adversely affect their health. The overwhelming desire to find the best pet flea and tick prevention possible can send us running to the shelves of our nearest pet store, where we are confronted by numerous products that all promise the best results. However, pet owners have long since learned that not all flea and tick treatments work perfectly for all pets, and it can be difficult to decide which option is best. Fortunately, we are going to break it down for you. Flea and Tick Treatment It is safe to assume that all pets, even pets that are kept strictly indoors, are susceptible to some degree of flea and tick problems. This is why it is important to thoroughly check their entire body, especially including…

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pet fostering

5 Things to Know Before Fostering a Pet

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When it comes to bringing a new pet into your home and your life, it is always very wise to choose a shelter pet. Not only are you giving the shelter pet a second chance at living a wonderful life, you are supporting a shelter. Shelters work hard to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome pets, as opposed to breeders who sometimes appear to care more about profit than anything else. In fact, knowing that one is saving lives and relieving shelter space can make one desire to adopt more pets than they actually have room for. Fortunately, there is another way to achieve this same satisfaction in helping homeless pets without having to adopt every single pet one encounters–through fostering. What to Know About Fostering When you foster a pet you are giving this animal a quiet, calm space in which to relax and recuperate while he is preparing for his…

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pet eye health

Pet Eye Health: Knowing the Signs of Vision Loss

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Taking excellent care of our pets includes not only providing them with their basic needs but also recognizing when something is wrong and taking action to resolve it. This is best accomplished by being aware of various physical signs that may seem subtle, but that indicate the existence of a health condition which makes your pet uncomfortable in some way. One such health condition is vision loss. Vision Loss in Pets Vision loss in pets can occur no matter their age, and it can cause discomfort, stress, and other issues for the pet. When it occurs in younger pets, vision loss is usually the result of some sort of infection or hereditary disease. When it occurs in older pets, vision loss is usually just a natural degeneration. Either way, it is important to understand when it is occurring so that you can take action to halt it if possible, or…

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socializing your dog

Socializing Your Dog: 5 Places to Avoid

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Many experts recommend that you start socializing puppies between three and twenty weeks of age when they are most eager to learn, but the truth is that every dog benefits enormously from continuous socialization throughout their entire life. This socialization helps them to feel comfortable in a wide variety of situations and environments, with a wide variety of people, so that they are less likely to misbehave out of fear or anxiety. That said, there are some basic pet socializing tips one should be mindful of, especially as regards the specific situations or environments they need to avoid. Places to Avoid When Socializing Your Dog An important part of knowing how to properly socialize your dog is knowing not only where to take them but also where not to take them. It is true that our dogs love spending time with us just as much as we love spending time…

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pet skin cancer

Pet Cancer Awareness Month: Recognizing the Signs of Skin Cancer in Pets

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Pet owners understand that along with all the wonderful things that pets can add to our lives, there are certain things that we prefer not to think about or deal with, such as our pet’s potential for illness or injury. It’s not unreasonable to assume that all pet owners wish it were possible for their pets to experience only the absolute best health and happiness all the time, and they work hard to help their pets achieve and maintain this preferred condition. However, the truth is that no matter how hard we may try to prevent it, our pets sometimes suffer from poor health conditions, just as we do. And while we may feel that we are prepared to battle the occasional ear infection or digestive issue, we become very concerned when we hear our pet is suffering from a major illness like skin cancer. Sometimes we are most afraid…

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pet anxiety

Guide to Managing Your Pet’s Anxiety

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Though they don’t have nearly the same amount of responsibility as their owners, pets can often suffer from anxiety just like humans do. This may not seem like a major issue to contend with–at least until one considers that a pet’s anxiety can adversely affect their relationship with their owners and also lead to troubling behaviors like vocalizing, marking, and home destruction. Fortunately, there are ways to work with your pet in order to reduce their anxiety. Tips for Pet Anxiety Pet anxiety is defined as a pet’s feeling of nervousness, uneasiness or apprehension. While any of these feelings are perfectly normal and acceptable in certain situations, constant anxiety, severe anxiety or anxiety that arises at inappropriate times can be a major issue that should not be ignored. When addressing your pet’s anxiety issues, it is important to recognize two things: 1) your pet’s anxiety is associated with certain triggers…

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Be Kind To Animals Week

Be Kind to Animals Week: The Importance of Showing Compassion Toward Pets

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Be Kind to Animals Week, which is observed during the first full week of May every year, was first established in 1915 as a way for individuals to help create a better a world for animals. Our pets are wonderful at being kind, selfless and loving companions to us, so it is our responsibility to return the favor by showing them compassion. Why Show Compassion Toward Pets Pets depend entirely upon their owners for their every need and desire, and this goes far beyond just food and shelter. Pets are calmest when they form some degree of dependent relationship with another (in this case, their owners) because they understand that at the very least this relationship will provide them with the comfort and support they need. Since pets have no voice of their own to speak out about what worries or troubles them, they can experience a feeling of insecurity…

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World Veterinary Day: How to Build a Happy Relationship With Your Pet’s Vet

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Along with the many joys of pet ownership also come many important responsibilities, including providing shelter, food, love, and health care for your pet. And while neither we nor our pets truly relish the idea of having to visit the veterinarian for shots and other medical care, the fact is that veterinary services–both preventative and emergency–are an absolutely necessary part of ensuring a pet’s good health. World Veterinary Day, celebrated this year on April 29th, is a chance to reflect upon just how veterinarians contribute to our animal companion’s health and welfare, and learn how to build a strong, happy relationship with them for our pet’s great benefit. Building a Relationship With Your Pet’s Vet Selecting your pet’s veterinarian should never be as simple as locating the closest and most convenient veterinary office. As this is the individual you will entrust with your pet’s lifelong health care, you absolutely have…

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hairballs and cats

5 Facts About Hairballs and What’s Normal in a Cat

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Sometimes our pets can experience things that are completely normal and natural, and yet that alarm us as pet owners because we simply don’t understand them. On the flip side, there may be things that our pets experience that we assume are completely normal and natural because we have heard it is so when actually they are not entirely normal or natural. And so it is with cats and hairballs. Understanding Hairballs April 28th is National Hairball Awareness Day, a day that is expressly devoted to helping cat owners better understand this rather odd and unpleasant activity. Not only can learning more about hairballs help owners to better understand the normal and natural aspects of hairballs, it can help owners to better understand what isn’t normal or natural and therefore needs to be checked by a veterinarian. Following are five facts about hairballs: Some cats tend to have more hairballs…

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