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The Truth About Dog Dental Care

Believe it or not, an estimated 80 percent of all dogs show signs of significant tooth decay, which could easily be avoided with regular dog dental care. Though it may sound like a chore, proper dental care is as easy as feeding a GREENIES® dental chew once a day — one of the most important things you can do for & Read more �

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Teeth Cleaning on a Budget

For Pet Parents on a budget, at-home teeth cleaning tools and treats, like GREENIES® Dental Chews, are effective solutions for maintaining your pet’s dental hygiene. A routine teeth brushing and a daily GREENIES® Dental Chew, packed with protein, dietary fibers, antioxidants and nutrients that deter plaque and tartar, will help keep your pet’s mouth clean and healthy. Often times, when budget & Read more �

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Dental Duties: Maintaining Your Dog's Oral Hygiene

Dental Duties: Maintaining Your Dogs’ Oral Hygiene Regardless of whether it’s true that “a dog’s mouth is cleaner than a human’s mouth,” dogs require dental hygiene maintenance much like humans do. Here’s how to tackle the task of keeping your dog’s pearly whites up to par. Add Dental Chews to your Dog’s Daily Routine What dog doesn’t love a good treat? There’s no & Read more �

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Tips for Choosing a Halloween Costume for your Pet

You’ve probably thought about what you’ll wear this Halloween, but what will your pet wear? Here are some tips for helping you decide: Choose a costume that reflects your pet’s personality Does your cat behave like royalty? Dress her up as the princess she thinks she is. Or tell the world what a mischief-maker your pup is with a devil costume. Consider the & Read more �

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Natural and Organic Pet Foods: There is a difference

Written By Christina Brownlow   As more Pet Parents are giving careful consideration to what’s going into their pet’s food bowls, natural and organic pet foods are becoming increasingly popular choices.  In fact, Pet Parents spent $1 billion last year on natural pet food and $67 million on organic pet food, according to PetFoodIndustry.com Amid the buzz whirling around & Read more �

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Using Milk Replacer for Puppies

What is Milk Replacer for Puppies? Sometimes mothers aren’t able to nurse their pups, whether it’s because of absence, psychological inability or a failure to produce milk. These puppies can still grow to be healthy and strong if cared for properly. Commercially available milk replacers offer an alternative that regular, store-bought cow’s or goat’s milk can’t (do not attempt to feed & Read more �

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Choosing the Right Bed for Your Dog

Dogs can spend up to 12 hours a day sleeping, so the right bed can have a big impact on their wellbeing. There are a few factors to keep in mind when making a selection: ·         First, observe how your dog prefers to sleep. Does he like to sprawl on the floor, cuddle on the couch or rest on a pillow? & Read more �

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Preventative Care for your Dog

Preventive care is what will keep dog healthy day after day. It's keeping an eye out for what your Non-Sporting dog eats, how he sleeps, how his eyes and coat look, how much he exercises and his general well-being. Since we are all what we eat, and our pets are no different, feeding a high-quality 100 percent complete and balanced diet & Read more �

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Understanding Your Dog's Body Language

Dogs communicate with us through a variety of ways-not just barking and tail wagging. Dogs are complex and use their body to talk all the time. Here’s what yours might be trying to tell you:   “I’m stressed out and unsure of what’s going on.” When a dog is stressed, you may notice him quivering, whining or even crying. He will probably have & Read more �

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Choosing the Right Crate

Choosing the Right Crate Size The size of the crate you should purchase depends on the size of your dog. Your dog is physically comfortable when the crate is tall enough for your dog to stand up to his full height without having to duck his head, wide enough to allow your dog to lie on his side and stretch out, & Read more �

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Are You Feeding Your Dog the Best Food?

As the old adage goes, you are what you eat. The same rings true for your pet. But with so many food options to choose from, how do you know you’re feeding your dog the very best? Mark Finke, Ph.D., a pet nutritionist and director of Merchandising Technical Services at PetSmart, gives us his expert opinion on how to choose & Read more �

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Tips for a Flea- and Tick-Free Spring

  It’s that time of year again when many of us are gearing up for the start of spring and summer. While this is a great time of year for outdoor activities with our pets, it also opens the door for some other creatures to appear. Although fleas and ticks in many areas of the country are present year round, we certainly see & Read more �

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Household Dangers-A Pet Parent's Guide

In 2009, the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center handled over 140,000 cases regarding pets ingesting common household products. We've compiled a list of common household products that can be dangerous to pets. Household Drugs ·         NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatories) such as Advil (ibuprofen), Aleve (Naproxen) & Motrin (aspirin) ·         Acetaminophen (Tylenol) ·         Most prescription drugs meant for humans. Ingestion of any medication not specified for & Read more �

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Guest Blogger-The Dog Lady Santa Claws Event

 Looking for a cute photo op for your dog?  PetSmart stores nationwide will again offer Santa Claws events each weekend in December, where you can have your dog’s picture taken with Santa.  We did this years ago, and it turned out really cute. Of course, while you’re there, they hope you’ll shop for some gifts for your best friends.  They have & Read more �

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Guest Blog-Doggies and Stuff Holiday Gift Review

The girls were pretty excited when the box from PetSmart arrived.  Ok, maybe I was a little more excited than they were at first but then the box opened and Kiko dove right in.  Kiko got the new Martha Stewart Pets Nordic Dog Sweater.  As you will see below, she looks amazing in it.  Simply ADORABLE!  Martha has style, so & Read more �

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FAQs About Leopard Geckos

Q: What is the best diet for leopard geckos? Should I feed my leopard gecko mealworms, crickets or an alternative? Can you give them grasshoppers from the wild? Is it safe to feed my leopard gecko vegetables? A: Great question! A respectable leopard gecko diet includes a variety of “gut-loaded” live insects,including mealworms, crickets, waxworms, and superworms (FYI – superworms are for larger & Read more �

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A Home for a Snake

  Terrariums A properly-maintained terrarium can be a work of art—many people prominently display them in their homes. Terrariums offer the most practical habitat for housing snakes. A 20-long terrarium is typical and effective for most snakes. However, depending on the species you choose, a 40-gallon habitat may be needed for your adult snake. Be sure that your terrarium is big enough & Read more �

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Snake Nutrition

  Nutrition, Feeding & Frequency Snakes sold at PetSmart are carnivores and should be fed an appropriate-sized rodent. PetSmart recommends that you feed your snake frozen mice (called "Arctic Mice" in PetSmart stores) or rats, which are considered safer for your snake. Feeding frozen, thawed prey reduces the chances of disease and parasites in snakes and reduces chances for injury. Most juvenile & Read more �

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How to Keep Your Snake Healthy

An Ounce of Prevention The secret to successful snake pet parenting isn't very complicated. Snakes should be provided with a clean, stress-free environment. Meeting the basic needs of a snake including appropriate temperatures, humidity levels and security will go a long way towards preventing common health problems. Signs of a Healthy Snake Consistent behavior Clear, alert eyes (except during shedding) Good body condition Regular shedding during & Read more �

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Turtle Nutrition

When it comes to eating, turtles and tortoises have rather "exotic" tastes. Aquatic turtles enjoy munching on aquatic turtle pellets, leafy green vegetables like kale and collard greens as well as foods with a little more "kick" like live crickets, mealworms and waxworms. To help keep your omnivorous turtle healthy, Dr. Robyn Jaynes, PetSmart vet expert, suggests a balanced diet & Read more �

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Cleaning & Maintaining Your Turtle's Home

How to clean and maintain the habitat Keeping the habitat clean is key to helping your turtle or tortoise stay healthy and disease-free. In the case of water turtles, filters certainly help but it is necessary to clean out the entire tank and change the water routinely. Tortoise habitats may require less maintenance, but should also be cleaned regularly. Find tips & Read more �

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Home Sweet Terrarium-Choosing a Home for Your Turtle or Tortoise

Designing a habitat for your turtle or tortoise is a fun project that can be as simple or as elaborate as you want to make it. You can make the habitat come to life with colorful substrates, leafy plants and novel décor. Of course, the habitat will require some essential equipment including land and swimming areas for water turtles and & Read more �

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The Benefits of Hay for Rabbits

Grass hay, a source of long-strand fiber, is absolutely vital to the digestive health of your small herbivore. It prevents obesity, dental disease, boredom and diarrhea. Hay should make up 75% of your rabbit's diet. Be sure to feed a variety of different hays for good health and to keep mealtime interesting! Hay selecting tips: Volume: Hay should make up the majority of & Read more �

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Home Sweet Home-Rabbit Housing

You can keep your rabbit inside the house and easily train him to use a litter box. However, your rabbit will also want a place to call his own. Choose a large crate or habitat with a solid floor that is tall enough to allow your rabbit to stand on his hind legs and stretch out. Keep your rabbit's home & Read more �

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Keeping Your Rabbit Healthy

One of the keys to Pet Parenting rabbits is to be prepared—a little knowledge will help you anticipate the care your rabbit needs to feel constantly comfortable and secure. Vet Trips Regular veterinarian visits are a crucial part of keeping your pet healthy and happy. At each visit, your pet will be weighed and examined. Be ready to answer basic questions about & Read more �

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Rabbit 101

This general info will help prepare your whole family to make your rabbit's homecoming a pleasant one. Rabbits are herbivores; they eat only plants. So feeding them hay is a necessity. Hay helps maintain proper teeth wear and is vital to maintaining a healthy, functioning gastrointestinal system. Rabbits love to chew. Provide them with appropriate outlets for the behavior including chew sticks & Read more �

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Round Out Your Rabbit's Diet

A diet of mostly grass hay provides the fiber necessary to avoid health problems. Add fortified, uniform pellets daily to round out your rabbit's healthy diet. The importance of rabbit pellets Fortified balanced feeds, in the form of uniform bite-sized morsels, assure that your pet is getting all the vitamins and minerals required in combination with hay, healthy treats and fresh water. Compact & Read more �

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Keep your pet safe with these Halloween safety tips

Involving your pet in your Halloween activities can be a lot of fun. However, there are several situations to be aware of like preventing your pet from eating chocolate and keeping him safe when trick-or-treaters coming calling. Provide a safe, yet spook-tacular Halloween for your pets with these safety tips: 1. Cancel the candy! For pets, chocolate can be a very dangerous & Read more �

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Staying Home for Halloween? Party Tips and Doorbell Issues

Throwing a Halloween bash this year?  Is Fido invited?  Here are a few simple tips to make sure he stays safe and is enjoyed by all: Keep him on leash or crate him while everyone arrives so he doesn’t accidentally get out the door. Leashing him while greeting your guests will also help you ensure he stays seated and doesn’t jump on & Read more �

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Halloween Training Tricks

Halloween is a great time for the whole family to spend together.  If you plan to let Fido participate in the trick or treating, teaching him a few basic commands will make your Halloween fun much easier.  These three basics: Sit (so he won’t jump on the kids), stay (so he won’t run out when you open the door), and & Read more �

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How to Choose the Right Gate for Your Pet

Whether your four-legged family member is a new puppy or a senior dog, every Pet Parent knows there are times when it’s simply not safe to give pets the run of the house or yard. And there are a variety of gates and exercise pens available to keep pets big and small safely contained. Here are tips to help you & Read more �

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Options for Safe Car Travel with Your Pet

Whether driving five miles to the store or 2,000 miles on vacation, Pet Parents enjoy bringing their pets along for the ride. According to a 2010 AAA survey, only 17% of Pet Parents use some form of pet restraint. Pet safety is an important part of being a responsible Pet Parent and there are many options available for traveling safely & Read more �

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Tips for Choosing a Dog Leash

While there are a variety of important factors to consider when shopping for a dog collar, picking out a leash is a little easier.  “You have so many types to choose from, but it really comes down to what’s most comfortable for you and for the dog,” according to PetSmart Buyer Sonya Constable. The most common choices include: Nylon Leashes: A solid, cost-effective & Read more �

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Tips to Acquaint Your Cat with the Carrier

As many Pet Parents know all too well, traveling with a cat can be a chaotic, emotional experience. PetSmart’s Director of Veterinary Services Robyn Jaynes, DVM, offers tips on making your next trip – whether it’s across the country or across town – a little less painless.   Using a Cat Carrier Get the carrier out days in advance so that the cat has & Read more �

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Halloween Costume Tips and Tricks

 Have you planned your pup’s Halloween costume? The big day is right around the corner and Fido might want in on the fun! If your pooch isn’t used to wearing a costume, there’s still time to get him used to it. Here are some steps that might help:   Start small. If your dog isn’t used to wearing anything, try something easy like a bandana or & Read more �

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FAQs on Dog Treats

How many treats can I give my dog each day? The most important thing you need to know is that treats should be no more than 10% of your pet's total calorie intake. How many treats can I give my dog each day? The most important thing you need to know is that dog treats should be no more than 10% of your & Read more �

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How to Properly and Safely Store Your Pet's Food

No one – including cats and dogs – likes stale food or eating mold and insects. That’s why it’s critically important to store your pet food properly. How to store it, though, depends on the type of food your pet eats and the climate in your area. Mark Finke, PetSmart’s director of Merchandising Technical Services, recommends the following guidelines: No one & Read more �

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How to Choose the Right Bowl/Feeder for Your Pet

You have plenty of choices when it comes to pet food and water bowls for your pet, and there’s a good reason for that. Pets and Pet Parents alike have unique individual needs, and there are varieties to meet just about all of them. According to PetSmart Buyer Reyna Jew – who personally selects the bowls carried in PetSmart stores & Read more �

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How to Measure for a Pet Bed

Every Pet Parent wants his or her pet to be as comfortable as possible when sleeping. Choosing the correct size bed is vital to your dog or cat getting a good night’s sleep, and it’s relatively easy to do.   Measure your dog or cat lengthwise while he’s sleeping. Some pets curl up and some stretch out, which is why it’s not & Read more �

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Selecting a Habitat for Your Reptile

What is a Terrarium? Terrariums are simply closed containers in which small animals, such as turtles or lizards, are safely kept. There is a wide variety of terrariums that are designed with the needs of small reptiles in mind. Glass and acrylic aquariums with screen tops work well as a terrarium. However, because acrylic is easily scratched, we don't recommend it & Read more �

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Sources of Humidity for Your Reptile

The level of humidity in an environment simply refers to the amount of moisture in the air. Tropical reptile species require a high humidity level in their terrarium. The ease at which the proper level is achieved will depend greatly on the season and the part of the country in which the animal is kept. For example, it will be much & Read more �

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Nutrition for Reptiles

There are four basic categories into which you can group most reptiles and amphibians: carnivorous, insectivorous, omnivorous, and vegetarian. There are four basic categories into which you can group most reptiles and amphibians: carnivorous, insectivorous, omnivorous, and vegetarian. Carnivorous animals primarily consume animal matter. A good example of a carnivore is a cornsnake. A natural carnivorous diet for the cornsnake (especially juveniles) & Read more �

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Algae: Smart Pet Guide to Pond Care & Maintenance

While almost all aquatic plants are good for the pond, some of the small ones are not. These small plants are called algae. Not only are they unsightly, possibly turning the pond into what looks like a container of pea soup, but they can use up available oxygen, and give off huge amounts of carbon dioxide. Controlling Algae Growth There are & Read more �

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Summertime Koi Pond Care

After the pond water warms up in the spring, the fish become more active and return to normal eating patterns. You can switch from a low protein "spring time" food to a higher protein diet that will aid in their growth. By summer, the fish should be fed two times daily, as much food as they will consume in 3-5 & Read more �

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Feeding Your Fish

How do your fish like to be fed? Did you know they have a preference? Feeding Groups Fish can be placed into one of three groups, depending on the food they prefer to eat. They can be carnivores, herbivores, or omnivores. Carnivores, such as Needle fish, Jack Dempseys, and Bettas, are meat eaters. These predatory fish may only eat meaty foods such as & Read more �

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My Fish Needs a Home-Choosing the Right Tank for Your Fish

The aquarium is one of the most important pieces of aquarium equipment you'll need. The type of aquarium you select will depend on how much you want to spend, how much space you have, and the number and type of fish you plan on putting in it. Aquariums come in either glass or acrylic, but you can find an assortment of & Read more �

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Light Up Your Aquarium

Proper lighting is essential when setting up an aquarium. Every aquarium needs a hood, a canopy and light in order to: reduce water evaporation help maintain a consistent water temperature keep out normal household pollutants keep the fish from jumping out (and the cat from jumping in) provide necessary light needed for fish enhance the colors of the fish and make the aquarium more attractive allow for & Read more �

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Aquarium Heaters

Unlike warmblooded humans, fish are ectothermic, meaning they take on the temperature of the surrounding water. Since they can't maintain the body temperature at a chosen fixed level, the temperature must be maintained through a heater. Heaters are only necessary if you keep tropical fish rather than marine fish. Coldwater fish like goldfish or koi prefer cooler temperatures (68º - 72º & Read more �

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Understanding Aquatic Filtration

Proper filtration is critical to keeping happy, healthy fish. A complete filtration system should neutralize ammonia and nitrites, and remove floating debris and contamination from the water. There are three basic filtration methods; mechanical, biological and chemical. Your filtration system should incorporate all three. Mechanical Filtration Mechanical filtration is the means by which large particles of excess food & Read more �

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Facts About Under-Gravel Filters and Gravel

An undergravel filter is a basic method of performing biological filtration and some mechanical filtration. Undergravel Filter An undergravel filter is simply a slotted piece of plastic (undergravel plate) that sits on the bottom of the aquarium and lets water flow between the plate and the bottom of the tank. There is a tube that is attached to this bottom piece, known & Read more �

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Aquarium Power Heads

Power heads are typically used to improve the water flow through an undergravel filter. Using a power head with an undergravel filter can allow you to keep more fish without getting a bigger tank. A power head is used to circulate the water in your aquarium. Its main purpose is to help the undergravel filter do its job. When used with & Read more �

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Aquarium Filters-Choosing the Right Filter

Aquarium External Power Filters External power filters have become the most commonly used filtration system in tanks up to 55 gallons. Most power filters provide all three types of needed filtration - mechanical, biological and chemical, and can provide all the filtration you will need. Many hobbyists use a power filter along with an undergravel filter to increase the biological filtration & Read more �

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Vacuum Your Fish Pond or Aquarium

A gravel vacuum/cleaner/siphon is used to remove loose debris from the bottom of the gravel bed without destroying the good bacteria that grows there. It is also used to siphon water out of the aquarium during routine water changes. A vacuum does not remove the gravel from your aquarium. In fact, removing the gravel from your aquarium will destroy any good & Read more �

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Aeration-Keeping your Fish Healthy Through H2O Maintenance

In order to maintain a tank of healthy fish, the water must contain oxygen. The process in which oxygen is introduced into the water is known as aeration. In order to maintain a tank of healthy fish, the water must contain oxygen. The process in which oxygen is introduced into the water is known as aeration. Fish "breathe" through their gills. They & Read more �

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Tank Sweet Tank-Even Fish like a Little Decor

For some people, the best part of setting up an aquarium is putting in all the goodies! Aquariums are not just a home for your fish -- they're actually considered a piece of furniture. So what would you like to do to dress it up and make it home sweet home for your fish? Decorating your aquarium gives you a chance & Read more �

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Aquatic Supplies and Accessories

  Carbon Also known as charcoal, carbon is used in most filtration systems and devices. In some systems, you will use loose carbon (generally placed a mesh bag or in a container used with a canister filter). In other systems, a filter cartridge will hold the carbon. Aquarium odors, chemicals, and dissolved waste are trapped inside the pores of the carbon. It & Read more �

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Let's Talk About Talking Birds

The best part of parrot ownership is the fact that parrots can talk. Talking is often the reason why someone decides to own a parrot - there's nothing more charming than your pet being able to tell you that he loves you and call you by name! Talking Species The best large-bird talking species are African greys and Yellow-naped Amazons. These two & Read more �

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Bird Toy Safety

Because birds are such intelligent animals, they need mental stimulation. Bird toys and accessories help provide this mental stimulation. They can also help in maintaining the beak and nails at their proper length. Providing your bird with toys and appropriate chew items will go a long way towards eliminating undesirable behavior such a screaming or nipping. That's because your bird will & Read more �

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Bird Bowls and Feeders

Here are some helpful facts about food containers for birds to help you decide the best type for Polly. Food Containers The size of your bird is the biggest determining factor when choosing a food container. Large birds will require feeding containers that are durable and tamper-proof. Bowls can be placed in the bottom of the cage as long as they are & Read more �

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Choosing a Home for Your Feathered Friend

No accessory for your bird is as important as its cage. After all, it's your bird's home and the place where she will spend most of her time. You'll want to take special care in making the cage as comfortable as possible. Here's how! Cage Size Here's a good rule of thumb when shopping for the right cage: it should be at & Read more �

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Bird Cage Necessities

Perches Several perches provide the most entertainment, but don't clutter the cage. There should be at least two, but not too many to that it's difficult for the bird to move around or fully stretch out its wings. Perches Several perches provide the most entertainment, but don't clutter the cage. There should be at least two, but not too many to that it's & Read more �

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Attack Cat: How to Cope with an Aggressive Feline

Cat scratches hurt. Be careful not to inadvertently teach your cat to scratch your hands. Don't roughhouse with your cat. If you let your cat grip your hands with its claws when you play, your cat will think that it's okay to scratch your hands. Usually, a simple "no" used consistently is enough to keep your cat from clawing your & Read more �

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Alternative Litter

There are many varieties of cat litters on the market, from the widely available and popular clay-based types to more recently introduced "alternative" varieties made from materials like paper, wheat, or corn. The latter varieties are increasingly of interest to pet owners for their biodegradable properties and in response to contended health concerns related to clay-based litters. If you are & Read more �

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Choosing a Cat Crate

  Carriers and crates are designed to keep your pet safe and secure. You have a number of choices available, depending on your particular needs. Choosing the Right Size When choosing the right size crate or carrier, keep in mind that it should be no more than one and a half times the size of the cat. There should be enough room for & Read more �

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Cats Love to Cuddle in Their Own Bed

Is there any other creature better than a cat who knows how to curl up tight and cozy? With the wide variety of colors, fabrics, styles and materials available, you're sure to find the right bed that fits your cat's needs and personality. Cuddlers Many cats love the secure feeling that a nest bed gives. Nest beds generally use a firm foam & Read more �

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What's the Dish on Choosing a Pet Bowl?

You certainly have a choice when it comes to food and water bowls for your dog. Here you will find information and tips on the most common bowl types used. Stainless Steel Bowls Stainless steel bowls are durable, longlasting and are great if your dog tends to nibble on her bowl! They are easy to clean and are the easiest to sanitize, & Read more �

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Crates, Gates and Kennels: An Overview

Crates, carriers, doors, and kennels ... all are designed to keep your pet safe and secure. You have a number of choices available, depending on your particular needs.   Hard Carriers These are generally made of a high-density polypropylene, are durable and are the only type of crate accepted on airlines. These make excellent indoor homes for your pet because the pet feels & Read more �

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Frequently Asked Questions about Crates

  1. Is using a crate humane? Yes, using a crate properly for the containment of your pet is humane. Dog, by nature, are den animals and like to have a safe area in your home that they can call their own. A crate can provide this safe, personal area. Without a crate, your dog may find unsafe areas in your home & Read more �

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Finding the Right Harness for Your Dog

Unlike collars, which control a dog by attaching to the neck and/or head, a harness wraps to the dog's body. The leash attaches to a ring at the top of the dog's back, usually at the withers (shoulder blades). A variety of different styles are available, merely variations on a theme, with the dog's comfort the primary consideration. No-Pull Harness There & Read more �

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Stain, Stain, Go Away

It's not a very pleasant topic of conversation, but we will all encounter the need for a stain and odor product sometime in our pet's life.   Puppies are perhaps the biggest creators of unexpected puddles. Just as a human infant has to mature to get bladder control, puppies do, too. Senior dogs may experience a loss of bladder function, or some & Read more �

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Sweet Dreams-Choosing a Cozy Bed

There's Nothing Like a Cozy Bed You've had a long day. You're tired and want to rest. Do you head for the nearest open spot on the hard floor, or do you head for that easy chair? Just as you prefer your chair, your dog also prefers the comfort and warmth of his own bed.   Some owners like to place the crate & Read more �

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Pooch Pool Safety

Many dogs love the water, but not all dogs are naturally designed for water activities.  Whether your pooch is a swimmer or a watcher, these basic pool safety tips can keep your dog safe: ·         Introduce your dog to the water slowly.  Not all dogs are natural swimmers, especially brachycephalic breeds with short, wide heads and flat muzzles like Pugs, English & Read more �

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Happy Trails-Hiking with Your Dog

Summer is perfect for hiking and outdoor activities with our pets; however, it’s important to understand the potential dangers prior to taking that well deserved outing.    Summer is perfect for hiking and outdoor activities with our pets; however, it’s important to understand the potential dangers prior to taking that well deserved outing.    Almost every misadventure with a pet could have & Read more �

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Keeping Polly Safe

Birds are incredibly intelligent and curious creatures. Add a toy to their cage and they'll not only amuse themselves for hours, but keep you entertained as well. Toys keep them happy and engaged which in turn keeps them healthy. Wooden toys can keep beaks trimmed and prevent your favorite dining room chairs from becoming the chew toy of choice. Some toys, however, contain & Read more �

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Exercise Tips for a Healthy Dog

Just as with humans, the amount of exercise a dog needs depends on several factors such as age, personality, physical ability/build, and energy level. Just as with humans, the amount of exercise a dog needs depends on several factors such as age, personality, physical ability/build, and energy level. For some dogs, a brisk, 20- to 30-minute walk twice a day may be & Read more �

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Preventing Canine Bloat

  Canine bloat (gastric torsion): A serious and sometimes fatal intestinal condition that may occur when dogs eat or drink too much too quickly. Symptoms include: abdominal distension excessive salivation dry heaving restlessness increased heart rate To prevent bloat, slow down your dog's eating and make sure he remains inactive immediately afterwards. Create a regular feeding schedule of two to three small meals a day   Put & Read more �

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Cleaning Your Pet's Bed

  Pets offer devoted and loving companionship and bring joy to the home. However, they also bring messes and dirt. A pet's bedding tends to receive the worst damage. Keeping it clean doesn't have to be a monumental chore. For a happy pet and a tidy home, follow these simple steps once a month, or as needed, to clean your pet's & Read more �

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Hot in the City? Protect your Pet's Feet!

Dog’s feet and pads are tough, right? Most people are aware that foot pads can be injured by stepping on something sharp, but we may not always think about the risk of severe heat. Extremely hot pavement, sand, metal and tar-coated asphalt is hard to avoid in the heat of the summers and can seriously injure your pet.   We remember & Read more �

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Train a Disabled Pet? Yes, You Can!

 There are many organizations to train dogs to help disabled people, but it can be hard to find information on training people to help disabled dogs.  The most common disability that seems to cause trouble in training is when the dog is deaf.  Just because a dog is missing one of his five senses doesn’t mean he’ll be hard to & Read more �

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Veiled Chameleon

  Traits & behavior Insectivores This means they eat mostly live insects. Diurnal They are active during the day and sleep at night. Solitary Keep only one chameleon per habitat. Change colors They can change colors when they are excited, stressed, frightened or trying to blend into the environment. Eyes Their eyes move independently of each other, allowing them to see two things at once. Tongues They have long, sticky tongues up to & Read more �

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Water Turtles

  Traits & behavior Omnivores They eat insects, worms and small fish, as well as certain plants and vegetables. Diurnal This means that they are active during the day and sleep at night. Hardy With proper care, your turtle could live to be more than 30 years old.   Things to remember Supervision Always supervise children when they're observing your turtle. Handling It's best to only handle your turtle when necessary, such as & Read more �

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Tree Frog

  Traits & behavior Insectivores This means they eat mostly live insects. Nocturnal This means they sleep during the day and are active at night. Communal They live well together and with other similar size, gentle reptiles or amphibians like house geckos, long-tailed lizards or green anoles. If housing multiple pets, watch for any aggressive or territorial behavior. Good climbers Most treefrogs have adhesive disks on their feet that & Read more �

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Spiny Tail Iguana

  Traits & behavior Omnivores This means they eat both plant matter and live insects. Diurnal They are active during the day and sleep at night. Solitary Spiny tail iguanas are healthiest and happiest living alone. Tameable These energetic iguanas can be tamed with frequent, gentle handling.   Things to remember Supervision Always supervise children when they're interacting with your spiny tail iguana. Handling Give your pet 3-4 days to adjust to his new home, & Read more �

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Russian Tortoise

  Traits & behavior Herbivores They eat only plant matter; mostly vegetables and some fruits. Diurnal This means that they are active during the day and sleep at night. Burrowers They like to dig and burrow into the sand. Hardy With proper care, your tortoise could live to be more than 50 years old.   Things to remember Supervision Always supervise children when they're interacting with your tortoise. Handling Wait 3-4 days for your pet & Read more �

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Panther Chameleon

  Traits & behavior Insectivores This means they eat mostly live insects. Diurnal They are active during the day and sleep at night. Solitary Keep only one chameleon per habitat. Change colors They can change colors when they are excited, stressed, frightened or trying to blend into the environment. Eyes Their eyes move independently of each other, allowing them to see two things at once. Tongues They have long, sticky tongues up to & Read more �

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Pacman Frog

  Traits & behavior Insectivores This means they eat mostly live insects. Nocturnal This means they sleep during the day and are active at night. Solitary Pac Man frogs are healthiest and happiest living alone. Teeth One of the few frogs with teeth, Pac Man frogs will bite if startled or feeling threatened.   Things to remember Supervision Always supervise children when they're observing your Pac Man frog. Handling Pac Man frogs have sensitive skin & Read more �

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Newts and Salamanders

  Traits & behavior Insectivores This means they eat mostly live insects. Communal Newts and salamanders can generally live together peacefully. If housing multiple pets, be sure to watch for any territorial or aggressive behavior.   Things to remember Handling Newts and salamanders have sensitive skin, and should not be handled very much. Supervision Always supervise children when they're observing your newts or salamanders. Food safety Remove uneaten insects from the habitat by & Read more �

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Mt. Horned Dragon

  Traits & behavior Insectivores This means they eat mostly live insects. Diurnal This means they're active during the day and sleep at night. Solitary Mountain horned dragons are healthiest and happiest living alone.   Things to remember Supervision Always supervise children when they're interacting with your mountain horned dragon. Environment Mountain horned dragons come from a "mountain forest" environment, and need a cool, humid home. Food safety Remove uneaten insects from the habitat at & Read more �

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Mali Uromastyx

  Traits & behavior Herbivores They eat only plant matter; mostly vegetables and some fruits. Diurnal This means that they are active during the day and sleep at night. Burrowers They like to dig and burrow into the sand. Hardy With proper care, your uromastyx could live to be more than 35 years old.   Things to remember Supervision Always supervise children when they're interacting with your uromastyx. Handling Wait 3-4 days for your pet & Read more �

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Longtail Lizard

  Traits & behavior Insectivores This means they eat mostly live insects. Diurnal This means they're active during the day and sleep at night. Communal They live well together and with other similarly sized, gentle reptiles or amphibians like green anoles, house geckos and treefrogs. If housing multiple pets, watch for any aggressive or territorial behavior.   Things to remember Supervision Always supervise children when they're observing your long-tailed lizard. Handling Long-tailed lizards & Read more �

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Leopard Gecko

  Traits & behavior Insectivores This means they eat mostly live insects. Nocturnal This means they sleep during the day and are active at night. Solitary Leopard geckos are healthiest and happiest living alone. Things to remember Supervision Always supervise children when they're interacting with your leopard gecko. Handling Give your pet 3-4 days to adjust to his new home, then try holding him for short amounts of time. Take care to & Read more �

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Jacksons Chameleon

  Traits & behavior Insectivores This means they eat mostly live insects. Diurnal They are active during the day and sleep at night. Solitary Keep only one chameleon per habitat. Change colors They can change colors when they are excited, stressed, frightened or trying to blend into the environment. Eyes Their eyes move independently of each other, allowing them to see two things at once. Tongues They have long, sticky tongues up to & Read more �

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House Gecko

  Traits & behavior Insectivores This means they eat mostly live insects. Nocturnal This means they sleep during the day and are active at night. Communal They live well together and with other similar size, gentle reptiles or amphibians like green anoles, long-tailed lizards or green treefrogs. If housing multiple pets, watch for any aggressive or territorial behavior, especially among males.   Things to remember Supervision Always supervise children when they're & Read more �

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Green Anole

  Traits & behavior Insectivores This means they eat mostly live insects. Diurnal This means they're active during the day and sleep at night. Communal They live well together and with other similarly-sized, gentle reptiles or amphibians like house geckos, long-tailed lizards or green treefrogs. If housing multiple pets, watch for any aggressive or territorial behavior.   Things to remember Supervision Always supervise children when they're observing your green anole. Handling Anoles move & Read more �

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Greek Tortoise

  Traits & behavior Herbivores They eat only plant matter; mostly vegetables and some fruits. Diurnal This means that they are active during the day and sleep at night. Burrowers They like to dig and burrow into the sand. Hardy With proper care, your tortoise could live to be more than 50 years old.   Things to remember Supervision Always supervise children when they're interacting with your tortoise. Handling Wait 3-4 days for your pet & Read more �

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Eyelash Crested Gecko

  Traits & behavior Omnivores This means they eat both plant and animal matter. Nocturnal This means they sleep during the day and are active at night. Easily tamed They will tame nicely with frequent, gentle handling as juveniles. Colorful These geckos come in a variety of colors, including orange, purple, pink, brown and gray.   Things to remember Supervision Always supervise children when they're interacting with your eyelash crested gecko. Handling Give your pet & Read more �

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Crocodile Gecko

  Traits & behavior Insectivores This means they eat mostly live insects. Diurnal This means they're active during the day and sleep at night. Solitary Crocodile geckos can be territorial, and are healthiest and happiest living alone.   Things to remember Supervision Always supervise children when they're observing your crocodile gecko. Handling Crocodile geckos are very fast and have fragile skin, so it's best to limit handling them. Take care to never handle & Read more �

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Corn & King Snake

  Traits & behavior Carnivores This means they are strictly meat eaters. Rodents comprise most of their diet. Nocturnal or Crepuscular This means they are active primarily during the night or twilight hours and usually sleep during the day. Solitary Although corn snakes can be housed communally, king snakes are snake eaters and must be housed singly. Snakes should always be fed singularly. Terrestrial Corn snakes and king & Read more �

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Collared Lizard

  Traits & behavior Omnivores They eat mostly live crickets and other insects, but also need small amounts of chopped fruits and vegetables. Diurnal This means they're active during the day and sleep at night. Solitary Collared lizards are healthiest and happiest living alone.   Things to remember Supervision Always supervise children when they're interacting with your lizard. Handling Give your pet 3-4 days to adjust to his new home, then try holding & Read more �

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Chinese Water Dragon

  Traits & behavior Omnivores They eat both plant and animal matter - insects plus fruits, vegetables and flowers. Diurnal This means that they are active during the day and sleep at night. Solitary Chinese water dragons are healthiest and happiest living alone.   Things to remember Supervision Always supervise children when they're interacting with your Chinese water dragon. Handling Wait 3-4 days for your pet to adjust to his new surroundings, then & Read more �

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Blue-Tongued Skink

  Traits & behavior Omnivores This means they eat both plant matter and live insects. Diurnal This means they're active during the day and sleep at night. Solitary Blue-tongued skinks are healthiest and happiest living alone. Burrowers Skinks love to burrow in their bedding.   Things to remember Supervision Always supervise children when they're interacting with your blue-tongued skink. Handling Give your pet 3-4 days to adjust to his new home, then try holding him & Read more �

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Bearded Dragon

  Traits & behavior Omnivores They eat mostly live insects like crickets and also some vegetables. Beard They have spiny skin under their throats that when "puffed up," looks like a beard. Gentle Bearded dragons are gentle by nature and will learn to enjoy interacting with their Pet Parents.   Things to remember Supervision Always supervise children when they're interacting with your bearded dragon.   Handling Give your pet 3-4 days to adjust to & Read more �

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African Fat Tailed Gecko

  Traits & behavior Insectivores This means they eat mostly live insects. Nocturnal This means they are generally most active during the night. Solitary They are healthiest and happiest living alone. Gentle African fat-tailed geckos are friendly, gentle and will tolerate careful handling.   Things to remember Supervision Always supervise children when they're interacting with your African fat-tailed gecko. Handling Give your pet 3-4 days to adjust to his new home, then try holding him & Read more �

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Waxbill Finch

  Traits & behavior Social Finches love to have visual contact with people, however, typically do not like to be handled. Talking and whistling to your bird will provide them the interaction and socialization they need. Song birds The soothing sounds of the male bird make the finch an entertaining pet. High metabolic rate Because a finch's metabolism is very active, starvation can occur in as little as & Read more �

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Quaker Parakeet

  Traits & behavior Social These affectionate birds love to be stroked and held and want to interact with their Pet Parents as much as possible. They require one hour or more of daily interaction. Intelligent Smart and easily trained, Quakers should be taught basic commands such as "step up" onto your hand and "step down" when putting them back into their cage. This will & Read more �

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Orange Weaver

  Traits & behavior Social Weavers love to have visual contact with people, however, typically do not like to be handled. Talking and whistling to your bird will provide the interaction they need. Song birds The beautiful chirping song of the male bird makes the orange weaver an entertaining pet. High metabolic rate Because a weaver's metabolism is very active, starvation can occur in as little as & Read more �

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Lovebird

  Traits & behavior Social Lovebirds like to be stroked and held and want to interact with their Pet Parents as much as possible. They require one hour or more of daily interaction. Intelligent Smart and easily trained, these birds should be taught basic commands such as "step up" onto your hand and "step down" when putting them back into their cage. This will ensure & Read more �

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Lories

  Traits & behavior Very social & energetic Lories love to play and want to interact with their Pet Parents as much as possible. They require at least one hour or more of daily interaction. Intelligent Smart and easily trained, these birds should be taught basic commands such as "step up" onto your hand and "step down" when putting them back into their cage. This & Read more �

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Medium Parrot

  Traits & behavior Social Parrots require a large amount of physical attention. They require one hour or more of daily interaction. Intelligent Smart and easily trained, these birds should be taught basic commands such as "step up" onto your hand and "step down" when putting them back into their cage. This will ensure easier handling. Noisy They can be loud and very noisy, especially at dawn & Read more �

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Mannikin Finches

  Traits & behavior Social Finches love to have visual contact with people, however, typically do not like to be handled. Talking and whistling to your bird will provide them the interaction and socialization they need. Song birds The soothing sounds of the male bird make the finch an entertaining pet. High metabolic rate Because a finch's metabolism is very active, starvation can occur in as little & Read more �

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Macaw

  Traits & behavior Social Macaws require a large amount of physical attention. They require at least two hours or more of daily interaction. Intelligent Smart and easily trained, these birds should be taught basic commands such as "step up" onto your hand and "step down" when putting them back into their cage. This will ensure easier handling. Noisy Macaws can be loud and very noisy, especially & Read more �

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Finch Pintail

  Traits & behavior Social Finches love to have visual contact with people, however, typically do not like to be handled. Talking and whistling to your bird will provide them the interaction and socialization they need. Song birds The soothing sounds of the male bird make the finch an entertaining pet. High metabolic rate Because a finch's metabolism is very active, starvation can occur in as little & Read more �

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European Finch

  Traits & behavior Social Finches love to have visual contact with people, however, typically do not like to be handled. Talking and whistling to your bird will provide them the interaction and socialization they need. Song birds The soothing sounds of the male bird make the finch an entertaining pet. High metabolic rate Because a finch's metabolism is very active, starvation can occur in as & Read more �

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Eclectus Parrot

  Traits & behavior   Social Eclectus parrots require a large amount of physical attention. They require two hours or more of daily interaction. Intelligent Smart and easily trained, these birds should be taught basic commands such as "step up" onto your hand and "step down" when putting them back into their cage. This will ensure easier handling. Noisy They can be loud, especially at dawn and dusk. Color Female & Read more �

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Dove

  Traits & behavior Social Doves love to be stroked and held and want to interact with their Pet Parents as much as possible. They require 15-30 minutes or more of daily interaction. Calm These gentle birds can often be tamed to sit on your hand. Soothing The soft cooing sounds of the male bird make the dove an amusing pet. High metabolic rate Because a dove's metabolism is & Read more �

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Conures

  Traits & behavior Social Conures require a large amount of physical attention. They require one hour or more of daily interaction. Intelligent Smart and easily trained, these birds should be taught basic commands such as "step up" onto your hand and "step down" when putting them back into their cage. This will ensure easier handling. Noisy Conures can be loud and very noisy, especially at dawn & Read more �

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Cockatoo

  Traits & behavior Social Cockatoos require a large amount of physical attention. They require two hours or more of daily interaction. Intelligent Smart and easily trained, these birds should be taught basic commands such as "step up" onto your hand and "step down" when putting them back into their cage. This will ensure easier handling. Noisy They can be loud, especially at dawn and & Read more �

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Cockatiel

  Traits & behavior Social Cockatiels love to be stroked and held and want to interact with their Pet Parents as much as possible. They require one hour or more of daily interaction. If your cockatiel feels ignored she may screech or scream. Whistlers Although not great talkers, with continued practice, you can teach her to whistle a tune. Groomers She will groom herself by preening her & Read more �

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Canary

  Traits & behavior Social Canaries love to have visual contact with people, however, typically do not like to be handled. Talking and whistling to your bird will provide the interaction and socialization they need. Song birds The beautiful song of the male bird makes the canary an entertaining pet. High metabolic rate Because a canary's metabolism is very active, starvation can occur in as little as 24 & Read more �

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Budgie Parakeet

  Traits & behavior Social Parakeets love to be stroked and held and want to interact with their Pet Parents as much as possible. They require at least 30 minutes or more of daily interaction. Intelligent Smart and easily trained, these birds should be taught basic commands such as "step up" onto your hand and "step down" when putting them back into their cage. This & Read more �

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Australian Grass Finch

Traits & behavior Social Finches love to have visual contact with people, however, typically do not like to be handled. Talking and whistling to your bird will provide them the interaction and socialization they need. Song birds The soothing sounds of the male bird make the finch an entertaining pet. High metabolic rate Because a finch's metabolism is very active, starvation can occur in as & Read more �

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Amazon Parrot

  Traits & behavior   Social Parrots require a large amount of physical attention. They require at least two hours or more of daily interaction. Intelligent Smart and easily trained, these birds should be taught basic commands such as "step up" onto your hand and "step down" when putting them back into their cage. This will ensure easier handling. Noisy They can be noisy, especially at dawn and & Read more �

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African Parakeets

  Traits & behavior   Social Parakeets love to be stroked and held and want to interact with their Pet Parents as much as possible. They require at least one hour or more of daily interaction. Intelligent Smart and easily trained, these birds should be taught basic commands such as "step up" onto your hand and "step down" when putting them back into their cage. This & Read more �

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African Grey

  Traits & behavior Social African grey parrots require a large amount of physical attention. They need at least two hours or more of daily interaction. Intelligent Smart and easily trained, these birds should be taught basic commands such as "step up" onto your hand and "step down" when putting them back into their cage. This will ensure easier handling. Noisy They can be loud, especially at & Read more �

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Hamster

  Traits & behavior Nocturnal They like to run and play at night and sleep during the day, so be prepared for them to be active and noisy after dark. Solitary Hamsters can learn to enjoy human interaction, but they're not crazy about other hamsters, so only one hamster per habitat. Hoarders Hamsters have large cheek pouches to carry food, which they'll store in a special hiding & Read more �

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Guinea Pig

Traits & behavior Social Guinea pigs are gentle, social and will enjoy the companionship of another guinea pig (if you have two, house only same gender pairs), as well as interaction with their Pet Parents. Affectionate Although shy at first, guinea pigs will develop intense affection for their Pet Parents and may whistle to signal their happiness. Diurnal This means that guinea pigs are most active & Read more �

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Gerbil

  Traits & behavior Social Gerbils are gentle, social and enjoy the companionship of another gerbil (house only same gender pairs who were raised together), as well as interaction with their Pet Parents. Inquisitive They are curious and not easily startled, so they're great for busy, active households. Powerful jumpers, Gerbils have powerful hind legs and are strong jumpers. Burrowers Gerbils love to hide and burrow into & Read more �

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Fancy Rat

  Traits & behavior Social Fancy rats can be kept individually or in same-gender groups (to prevent breeding). When keeping male rats together, keep an eye on them as it's possible for them to become territorial and aggressive as they mature. Fancy rats also enjoy human interaction. Intelligent They are the smartest of all small pets, and can learn their names and simple tricks. Entertaining Calm, curious & Read more �

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Fancy Mouse

  Traits & behavior Social Fancy mice can live together in pairs. It's best to house two females together, as two males may become territorial and aggressive. They also enjoy human interaction. Entertaining Fancy mice are trainable and fun to watch. Clean You'll notice your mouse grooming herself a lot while she's awake.   Things to remember Lifting & handling It's very important to handle your mouse gently. To pick her & Read more �

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Dwarf Hamster

  Traits & behavior Nocturnal They like to run and play at night and sleep during the day, so be prepared for them to be active and noisy after dark. Social Dwarf hamsters can be friendly and social. If raised together, they can live together peacefully (house same gender pairs only). Hoarders They have large cheek pouches to carry food, which they'll store in a special hiding & Read more �

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Chinchilla

  Traits & behavior Nocturnal They like to run and play at night and sleep during the day, so be prepared for them to be active and noisy after dark. However, they can adapt to being daytime active. Social Chinchillas raised together can live together peacefully (house same gender pairs only). With regular, gentle handling, they will bond strongly with their Pet Parents. Clean They keep their & Read more �

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Tetra

  Traits & behavior Carnivores Instead of plants, these fish eat aquatic crustaceans, worms and aquatic insect larvae. Middle swimmers You will see your tetras swimming in the middle of your aquarium. To create a beautiful environment, be sure to add some top and bottom swimmers as well. Ask a PetSmart associate to help you choose. Non-aggressive Tetras are peaceful and live best in a community aquarium & Read more �

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Shark

  Traits & behavior Omnivores This means they eat both plant and animal matter, including prepared foods, small live foods and certain vegetables. All-level swimmers While most fish tend to stay at a certain level of the aquarium, you will see your shark swimming at the bottom, middle and top of your tank. Non-aggressive These fish are extremely peaceful (except for red-tailed sharks) and live best in & Read more �

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Rosy Red Minnows

A different type of fish Dual-purpose Rosy reds are mostly used for feeding large, carnivorous (meat-eating) fish. However, they can be kept in an aquarium with other cool water fish such as comet goldfish. Feeding minnows to other fish Feed your carnivorous fish only a few (1-2 per predator fish) rosy reds at a time. Adding large quantities of minnows at once may upset & Read more �

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Loaches

  Traits & behavior Omnivores This means they will eat both plants and tiny, living creatures. Communal These fish do best when they are kept in small groups containing 3-6 loaches. Bottom dwellers You will see your loaches swimming near the bottom of your aquarium. To create a beautiful aquarium environment, be sure to add some middle and top swimmers as well. Ask a PetSmart associate to & Read more �

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Live Bearers

Traits & behavior Omnivores This means they eat both plant and animal matter, including prepared foods, small live foods and certain vegetables. Middle to top swimmers You will see your livebearers swimming in the middle and at the top of your aquarium. To create a beautiful aquarium environment, be sure to add some bottom swimmers as well. Ask a PetSmart associate to help you & Read more �

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Koi

Traits & behavior Omnivores Koi eat both plant and animal matter, including prepared, live, frozen or freeze-dried foods and certain vegetables. Hardy With proper care, your koi could live to be 50 years old or more. Peaceful Koi are generally a peaceful species, but may pick on slower moving fish. Interaction Over time, koi will come to recognize their owners and may be trained to take food directly & Read more �

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Knife Fish

Traits & behavior Carnivores Instead of plants, these fish eat aquatic crustaceans, worms and aquatic insect larvae. Nocturnal You will find that your knifefish is most active at night. Bottom to middle swimmers You will see your knifefish swimming in the middle or at the bottom of your aquarium. To create a beautiful environment, be sure to add some top swimmers as well. Ask a PetSmart & Read more �

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Hermit Crab

Traits & behavior Omnivores Land hermit crabs eat both animal and plant matter. Non-aggressive These docile pets will allow themselves to be handled. They will not pinch unless they feel threatened. Hermit crabs are social and can be kept in groups. Molters This means they need to shed their outer skin in order to grow.   Things to remember Never drop A hermit crab's abdomen is very soft. Dropping & Read more �

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Gouramis

Traits & behavior Omnivores This means they eat both plant and animal matter, including prepared foods, small live foods and certain vegetables. Middle to top swimmers You will see your gouramis swimming in the middle and at the top of your aquarium. To create a beautiful aquarium environment, be sure to add some bottom swimmers as well. Ask a PetSmart associate to help you & Read more �

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Fancy Goldfish

Traits & behavior Omnivores Fancy goldfish will eat both plants and tiny, living creatures like small aquatic crustaceans and aquatic insect larvae. Middle swimmers You will see these fish swimming in the middle of your aquarium. Hardy Unlike tropical fish, goldfish will live in a wide range of water temperatures.   Things to remember Adding fish Whether you're just starting your aquarium or introducing new fish into your tank, & Read more �

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Eels

Traits & behavior Carnivores Instead of plants, these fish eat aquatic crustaceans, worms and aquatic insect larvae. Nocturnal You will find that your eel is most active at night. Bottom dwellers You will see your eel swimming at the bottom of your aquarium. To create a beautiful environment, be sure to add some middle and top swimmers as well. Ask a PetSmart associate to help you & Read more �

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Discus

Traits & behavior Carnivores Instead of plants, these fish eat aquatic crustaceans, worms and aquatic insect larvae. Middle swimmers You will see your discus swimming in the middle of your aquarium. Communal That means they like to swim in groups of three or more of the same species. High temperature needs Discus are best kept in a single species aquarium because their temperature needs are much higher than & Read more �

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Danio

Traits & behavior Carnivores Instead of plants, these fish eat aquatic crustaceans, worms and aquatic insect larvae. Middle swimmers You will see your danios swimming in the middle of your aquarium. To create a beautiful aquarium environment, be sure to add some top and bottom swimmers as well. Ask a PetSmart associate to help you choose. Schoolers That means they like to swim in groups and & Read more �

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Comet Goldfish

Traits & behavior Omnivores Comet goldfish will eat both living plants and small aquatic crustaceans, worms and the aquatic larvae of insects. Middle swimmers You will see these fish swimming in the middle of your aquarium. Hardy Unlike tropical fish, goldfish will live in a wide range of water temperatures.   Things to remember Adding fish Whether you're just starting your aquarium or introducing new fish into your tank, & Read more �

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Catfish

Traits & behavior Omnivores This means they eat both plant and animal matter, including prepared foods, small live foods and certain vegetables. Communal Catfish, especially corydoras, prefer to be in groups of three or more. However, larger species can be kept individually. Bottom swimmers Most catfish swim at the bottom of the aquarium, however, pangasius are midwater swimmers. Certain catfish, like the plecostomus, will hang & Read more �

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Betta

Traits & behavior Carnivores This means they eat mostly animal matter, including prepared foods and fresh, freeze dried or frozen foods. Graceful You will see your betta slowly swimming toward the top of your aquarium or bowl. They also tend to rest near the bottom. Temperament Male bettas are aggressive toward each other. Therefore, house only one male with smaller, peaceful fish in a community aquarium, & Read more �

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Barbs

Traits & behavior Omnivores Barbs eat both plant and animal matter, including prepared foods, small live foods and certain vegetables. Middle swimmers You will see your barbs swimming in the middle of your aquarium. To create a beautiful environment, be sure to add some top and bottom swimmers as well. Ask a PetSmart associate to help you choose. Active Barbs are lively, playful, active swimmers and & Read more �

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Aquatic Invertebrates

Traits & behavior Non-aggressive Many species of aquatic invertebrates are peaceful and can be kept with tropical fish, but be sure the sizes are compatible so neither group sees the other as food. Bottom swimmers You will see crabs and shrimp swimming at the bottom of your aquarium or climbing on the decor. Snails, however, will adhere to the aquarium glass and crawl up & Read more �

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Angelfish

Traits & behavior Carnivores Instead of plants, these fish eat aquatic crustaceans, worms and aquatic insect larvae. Middle swimmers You will see your angelfish swimming in the middle of your aquarium. To create a beautiful aquarium environment, be sure to add some top and bottom swimmers as well. Ask a PetSmart associate to help you choose. Semi-aggressive They are generally peaceful with same-sized fish, but breeding & Read more �

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Algae Eater

Traits & behavior Herbivores Instead of living creatures, these fish eat green algae and vegetable matter. Bottom swimmers You will see your algae eater swimming at the bottom of your aquarium. They will also hang from plants and the aquarium walls, using their suckermouths for attachment. To create a beautiful aquarium environment, be sure to add some middle and top swimmers as well. Ask & Read more �

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African Cichlids

  Traits & behavior Carnivores This means they eat mostly animal matter, including fresh, frozen and freeze-dried foods. Middle swimmers You will see your cichlids swimming in the middle of your aquarium. To create a beautiful environment, be sure to add some top and bottom swimmers as well. Ask a PetSmart associate to help you choose. Semi-aggressive They are generally peaceful with fish of the same size & Read more �

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Semi-Aquatic Set Up

The basics Environment Semi-aquatic reptiles and amphibians such as water turtles, firebelly toads, newts and salamanders need an environment that has water deep enough for swimming and full-body soaking, as well as dry land areas for basking. Body heat Reptiles can't create their own body heat, so their homes must provide a source of heat for basking, with cooler areas available to help them & Read more �

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Making a Home for your Reptile

The basics Environment Desert reptiles such as leopard geckos and bearded dragons originally come from an environment with low humidity, high daytime temperatures and cool nighttime temperatures. Body heat Reptiles can't create their own body heat, so their homes must provide a source of heat for basking, with cooler areas available to help them regulate their body temperature (this is called thermoregulation). Feels like home For & Read more �

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General Fish Care

Setting up A warm welcome To avoid increased stress to your new fish, be sure to take them directly home from the store. If you have more errands, consider picking fish up last. Your aquarium should be completely set up and ready before their arrival. Float the bag of new fish in your aquarium for 15 minutes to equalize the temperature. & Read more �

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Fish Diagnostics

  Fish Diagnostic                     Virus     Diagnosis Lymphocystis Symptoms/Appearance white, nodular growths extending from fins or skin Recommended Treatment Carefully remove affected area with a razor blade and treat tissue with mercurochrome. Add medication containing formalin to water. Suggested Remedies* Rid-Ich, Cure-Ick, Quick Cure, Anti-Bacteria, Formalin   Diagnosis Carp Pox (Herpes virus) Symptoms/Appearance raised, smooth bumps on skin or fins of koi Recommended Treatment Carefully remove affected area with a razor blade and treat tissue with & Read more �

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Aquarium Setup

Setting up Get your tank fish-ready by following these steps: Determine the size and location of your aquarium. Be sure it's near a power source, but out of direct sunlight and drafts. Place your rinsed-out tank on an aquarium stand designed to support the weight of a filled aquarium [one gallon (4 L) of water weighs about eight lbs. (3.6 kg)] If & Read more �

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Tips for Training your Bird

Training tips Just like a dog, a bird will be a better companion once trained. Tame, trained birds also tend to receive more interaction from family and friends and get the socialization they need in order to thrive. The final result is a well-mannered pet that everyone can enjoy. Training should be a positive experience for both you and your bird, & Read more �

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Fun Facts about Bearded Dragons

The name bearded dragon is derived from the fact that when these reptiles "puff up," the spiny skin under their throats looks like a beard.   In June 2008, Zak-n-Wheezie, the longest-living two-headed bearded dragon on record celebrated their first birthday.   The deserts and semi-arid scrub lands of southeastern Australia are home to the bearded dragon outside of captivity.   Bearded dragon refers primarily to & Read more �

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Keeping the Garden Safe for Your Pets

A leafy green yard is a retreat from everyday stresses for people, but could present a minefield of health problems for rambunctious pets -- if you're not careful. A leafy green yard is a retreat from everyday stresses for people, but could present a minefield of health problems for rambunctious pets -- if you're not careful. Take the lawn, for & Read more �

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Keep Your Dog Safe Around the Pool, Lake and Ocean

Many dogs love the water, but not all dogs are naturally designed for water activities. Whether she's a swimmer or a watcher, your dog wants to be with her family at poolside or at the lake or beach. These water safety tips can keep your dog safe this summer: Never throw your dog into the water. Introduce her to the water & Read more �

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Why Feed a Premium Pet Food?

As the saying goes, you are what you eat and the same applies to your pet. Good nutrition is essential in keeping your pet healthy. The proper diet can help him maintain a healthy weight, keep his coat lustrous and help keep his teeth clean. It can also help address health issues like itchy skin, certain urinary tract disorders and & Read more �

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Teach Your Dog to ''Salute''

Teaching your dog to “salute” is a fun and cute trick to show off, especially during patriotic holidays and events. To teach your dog to salute, you are going to use a process called “shaping.”  Think of shaping as molding your dog’s behavior from how he currently responds to a cue to how you would like him to respond to that & Read more �

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Cool Summer Training Tips

Depending on what part of the country you live in, summer can just be too hot to train your dog outside. So for those days when even an early trip to the park isn’t in the cards, it's best to train and play inside. It takes some creativity, but you don’t have to let your training take a backseat to the & Read more �

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Proper Socialization for Fearful Dogs

Lately I’ve seen a lot of fearful dogs coming to class for socialization. Specifically, these dogs are fearful of humans, but rather than display any aggressive behavior, they tend to hide or freeze. As someone trained in reading dog body language, it is clear that the dogs are communicating, “Don’t touch me!” However, because they are not growling or snapping, & Read more �

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Poop Bags to the Rescue

Cleaning up after your dog is more than a matter of being a responsible Pet Parent. It also means being a good citizen of the earth. By simply carrying and using poop bags to clean up after your dogs during walks (or even in your own backyard) you can help keep pollution down and protect soil and aquatic life.   Parasites and & Read more �

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Home Security Tips for Your Family and Pets

Pets are an important part of the family. Losing them or seeing them seriously injured would be devastating, especially if you can do something to prevent it. Help make your home safer and more secure for your family and your pets with the following home security tips: Install a monitored security system If your dog is at home alone during an emergency, & Read more �

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Different Types of Ticks

GENERAL DESCRIPTION GENERAL DESCRIPTION Ticks are small bloodsucking ectoparasites that attach themselves to dogs, cats, and humans.  Ticks are not insects; they are small arachnids which are related to spiders. Some ticks attach and feed on the head, neck, shoulders, and hind areas, while other ticks are more prone to feeding on and in the ears, under the tail and in between & Read more �

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Proper Nutrition is Essential in a Cat's Golden Years

Did you know senior cats are not only prone to obesity, but they also run the risk of being underweight as well? Cats are considered to be seniors at 7 years and older. Proper nutrition is key in maintaining your senior pet’s health and may even help her live longer. Help keep your senior pet healthy and happy well into & Read more �

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Keep Your Adult Cat Healthy with Proper Nutrition

Cats require high amounts of protein in their diet which is why nutrition is so important to help keep your cat healthy and happy. Cats are considered adults between 1 and 7 years of age. Choose the right diet for your adult cat with these tips from PetSmart experts: Special dietary requirements of cats In general, dry cat food should contain at & Read more �

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Nutrition is Key to Giving Your Kitten a Healthy Head Start

If you’ve ever seen a kitten at play, it’s easy to understand why they require more energy than adult cats. Cats are considered kittens up to 1 year of age. To keep those little furry bouncing balls of energy healthy in adulthood, kittens need a proper diet rich in energy, protein and calcium. Help keep your kitten healthy and happy & Read more �

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Try Treating Your Dog with Toys to Reward Good Behavior

While trainers often rely on food to train dogs, it can be easy and fun to reward using toys and play. For something to be useful as a reward, the dog has to be willing to work for it. So if you have a dog that enjoys playing, but not nearly as much as he enjoys eating or praise, rewarding with toys & Read more �

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Tips to Keep Your Cat Fit

Just like their human counterparts, cats these days are facing somewhat of an obesity epidemic. As cats have been moved indoors for their own safety and health, they have naturally gotten less exercise. Without prey to hunt and chase, it can be difficult for an indoor-only cat to maintain a healthy weight. However, there are some ways that you can & Read more �

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Keep Your Dog Busy with Enrichment Toys

Enrichment dog toys can be one of the most useful tools for a Pet Parent. Also known as puzzle or treat dispensing toys, they can provide hours of productive fun for your dog. KONG has a variety of toys that fit this category, including Classic KONG and Goodie Bone. If introduced correctly, they will occupy your dog with a progressively & Read more �

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Choosing the Right Rawhide for Your Dog

Rawhide can be a great treat for your dog, but which one is the right choice for your pup? Here are some tips to help you choose the right chew. How do I know I'm choosing the right type of rawhide? Rawhide can be a great treat for your dog, but which one is the right choice for your pup? Here are some tips to & Read more �

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Tips to Treat Your Frisky Feline

How many treats can I give my cat each day? The most important thing you need to know is that treats should be no more than 10% of your pet's total calorie intake. Can I feed my cat the same treats at every life stage? Age matters! Cats have different nutritional needs at each life stage and there are treats available that can & Read more �

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Teach Your Dog to Stand/Stay

Proper application of a flea/tick preventative is important to its overall effectiveness, but as we Pet Parents know, keeping your dog still while you're applying it can be challenging. To help make this process easier on you and your dog, teach him to “Stand/Stay.” This simply means that the dog is standing on all fours and staying still or not moving his feet.  First & Read more �

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What Does Organic Mean and other FAQs About Organic Pet Food

Considering feeding your pet an organic diet? Here are the answers to some commonly asked questions about organic pet foods:   Considering feeding your pet an organic diet? Here are the answers to some commonly asked questions about organic pet foods:   WHY SHOULD DOG AND CAT PARENTS CHOOSE ORGANIC FOOD AND TREATS?   REASON #1: SAFETY   Feeding organic takes pet food and treat safety to a & Read more �

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Nutrition for Small Dogs

Is your dog a small dog? Small dogs like Yorkshire Terriers, Dachshunds and Chihuahuas can weigh between 6 and 20 pounds and stand between 6 and 17 inches tall. When choosing the right food for your small dog, consider these special nutritional needs:   -         Small dogs tend to live longer than larger dogs. Premium foods with high-quality ingredients and protein sources & Read more �

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PetSmart Charities®

The heart of PetSmart® is our love of pets. That’s why we founded PetSmart Charities, a nonprofit organization, dedicated to finding a lifelong, loving home for every pet. Whether it’s adoption or homeless pets, home retention, spay/neuter, or emergency relief, PetSmart Charities supports programs that help find solutions to pet overpopulation. Adoption program PetSmart Charities partners with more than 3,400 welfare agencies & Read more �

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The Benefits of Multiple Pets

The more the merrier! You’re a Pet lover so you already understand the many benefits of having furry family members. They bring joy, companionship and comfort to our lives every day. But did you know that multiple Pets can enrich each others’ lives as well as yours? With some exceptions, Pets are generally happier in pairs. Two Pets may entertain one & Read more �

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Tips to Keep Your Pet's Teeth Healthy

Bad breath, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), is among the first signs of dental disease in Pets. To help prevent, improve and maintain the health of your pets’ teeth and gums, Dr. Nancy Zimmerman, director of medical support at Banfield, offers the following tips:  Bad breath, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), is among the first signs of & Read more �

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Feeding Tips and Foods to Avoid For Your Pet

It’s important to take into consideration your individual Pet’s lifestyle, exercise habits, breed, food sensitivities and your feeding routine when determining the proper diet for your furry friend. What is best for your Pet may not be ideal for another Pet, even if their breeds and lifestyles are very similar. When your Pet becomes a part of your family, let & Read more �

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Feeding Cheaper Pet Food Can Cost You

In light of difficult economic times, many Pet Parents are looking for ways to trim their budgets. While it may be tempting to switch to lower-cost pet foods, feeding your pet a quality diet is essential to ensuring that he/she receives the proper nutrition and can actually save you money in the long-run. “Nutrition is the foundation of good health, and & Read more �

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Preventive Care - Fleas, Ticks, Heartworm

Preventive care is an important step in helping your Pet avoid common spring problems, like fleas, ticks and heartworm disease. Such pests aren’t just a nuisance for you and your Pet, but can lead to other serious medical problems. Your Banfield veterinarians offer these tips to prep your Pet for spring:   Use flea preventives – Fleas bite, especially in humid & Read more �

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Pet and Parent Bonding: Training, Toys, and Treats For Your Cat

Learning the ropes Imagine you just became the newest member of an established family in a foreign country. You don’t speak the language or know how to act. This is how it is for your new cat. She really wants to know what to do, or not do, so she can get past the formalities and down to the important business & Read more �

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Making Your New Cat Feel at Home

Your new cat is counting on you to provide the right nutrition, socialization, healthcare and grooming. Help her with the transition to her new home with these tips from PetSmart experts:  How to introduce her to the family The first day you bring home your new pet is special, so make sure you set some time aside to create a calm, happy & Read more �

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Good Health Starts From the Inside Out With Prebiotics

Prebiotics work from the inside to support your pet’s defenses. With solid internal health, your dog or cat will feel healthy inside and look healthy outside. Did you know that almost 70% of a dog’s or cat’s immune system can be found in the digestive tract? The key function of the digestive tract is the absorption of nutrients. What a & Read more �

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The Basics of Preventive Care for Your Cat

Good preventive care begins with careful attention to the basics: Nutrition A healthy diet that provides proper levels of energy and nutrients is the foundation for well-being and disease prevention. Your cat needs a protein-rich food with the highest quality amino acids, such as those found in most premium Pet foods. Good preventive care begins with careful attention to the basics: Nutrition A healthy diet & Read more �

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Your Dog's Health

Preventive care Good preventive care begins with careful attention to the basics: Nutrition A healthy, nutritious diet builds a foundation for well-being and disease prevention throughout your Pet's life. As a dog ages, their nutritional needs change; for example, a puppy needs a diet high in calories and protein to maintain its active lifestyle and to grow healthy bones and muscles. An older & Read more �

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Which Crate is Right for Your Pet?

Plastic dog crates Recommended uses: Crate training, travel and at-home containment These portable crates are perfect for the pair that's on the go--many are federally-approved for airline travel! The lightweight top and bottom can be screwed together and taken apart for storage or travel as needed. These dog crates feature ventilation along the sides and a wire door in front that latches & Read more �

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Puppy Training-The Benefits of Treats

When you train your dog, the dog is doing the correct behavior to either: 1) get something he wants; or 2) avoid something he doesn’t want.  There are many rewards (technically called reinforcers) that you can use while training your dog.  Food is generally the reinforcer of choice for many reasons: • Food is considered a “primary” reinforcer; meaning, it is essential for & Read more �

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Litter basics for the new cat owner

Cats are picky about cleanliness, location, and type of litter. Remember this, or your cat may choose to do her business in another spot in your house. To avoid cat litter box issues, below is some easy-to-follow litter box advice. Choosing a litter box A full-size, easy-to-clean, plastic litter box is available at your pet store. Picking a location Choose a quiet, easily accessible & Read more �

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Homeward bounding: making your new dog feel at home

Your new pooch is counting on you to provide the right nutrition, socialization, healthcare and grooming. Here are some tips to help the transition a little easier: Exploring his new home The first day you bring your new pet home is special, so make sure you get some time aside to create a calm, happy homecoming. If you have small children, let & Read more �

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Picking a Collar For Your Dog

Have you ever wondered what type of dog collar or harness you should use on your dog?  The following list will help you make an informed decision.  All of these tools are meant to be used with a fixed-length leash, not a retractable (flexi) leash. Have you ever wondered what type of dog collar or harness you should use on your & Read more �

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Gifts for the Pet Parent Who Has Everything

How can you buy the perfect gift for the Pet Parent on your list? Match the gift with their and their pet's lifestyle. Here are some examples to get you started: The bachelor Pet Parent Jumbo-sized rawhide treats Sports team-themed collar and lead Extra-durable pet toys The fashionista Pet Parent Trendy ceramic food and water bowls A rhinestone studded ID tag for & Read more �

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Picking the Right Dog Training Class

Wondering which dog training class is the right one for you?  The following descriptions of PetSmart accredited dog training classes can help you decide: Potty Training Seminars (for Pet Parents only – no pets), which are one-time classes that last one hour, are great for people that have not yet gotten their new dog or for someone that has a new & Read more �

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Saving the lives of homeless pets with spay/neuter

Public asked to join effort to raise funds for spay/neuter clinics and end euthanasia in Los Angeles Every year, about 4 millions dogs and cats are put to death in U.S. animal shelters because there are not enough homes for all them.  While increasing the number of pets adopted from shelters is crucial, so is stopping the cycle of reproduction of & Read more �

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Graduating your dog to house freedom

So… you’ve used a crate to manage your puppy and now you’re wondering how to start giving him more freedom. Well, if you’ve done your foundation work and haven’t let your dog pick up bad habits, transitioning to full freedom in the house should go pretty smoothly.   Ideally, your dog should be past the puppy and juvenile stage. For small dogs, this probably & Read more �

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Tips for safe air travel with your pet

If you're planning on traveling with your pet on a commercial airline, here are some tips to help prepare you and your pet for the trip and keep them safe during flight: Make sure that the airline allows pets to travel. New security measures have led some airlines to suspend pets on flights. Book early. Some airlines limit the number of pets & Read more �

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Hip Dysplasia: Its Cause, Symptoms and Treatments

Hip dysplasia is a defect of the hip joint found most often in giant and large breed dogs. The normal hip is a ball and socket type joint. The socket is part of the pelvis. The ball is at the upper end, or head, of the femur (thigh) bone. With dysplasia, the normally rounded head of the femur is flattened & Read more �

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Doggone myths: are mixed breeds healthier than purebreds?

Does hybrid vigor, the notion that dogs which are less related have increased fertility and health, really exist? Sure. It just doesn’t occur quite as often as people think because it is more than a matter of not mating the same breed. People assume that as long as the female and stud are different breeds, the offspring will be healthy, but that’s & Read more �

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Are Ear Mites Bugging Your Pet? Know the Signs

Ear mites are microscopic parasites that live in the ear canals of infected dogs and cats. These mites are highly contagious and can be found in whole litters of kittens or, less frequently, in puppies. Adult pets can also be infected. Signs of ear mites include: ·         A dark, crusty material is usually found in the ear canal of infected pets ·         & Read more �

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Did You Know ... Pets Can Help Seniors Live Longer?

Pets are fun to snuggle, pet, walk and play fetch with, but did you know that pets also have been proven to help us live healthier, even longer lives?  It’s true!  And pets especially help extend the life, health and happiness of seniors.  Activities such as walking, feeding, grooming and playing with a pet – improve the wellbeing of seniors.  & Read more �

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Ten Things to Leave Behind When Going to the Dog Park

If you have a social dog who loves to run and play, there are few places that top the dog park in terms of fun. If you do decide to head out for some romp and roll, here are a few tips on what to leave behind to ensure that you — and your pet — maximize the pleasures of & Read more �

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Tattooing: another way to keep your dog safe

Developed by the founders of the National Dog Registry, tattooing is a simple, affordable means of permanently identifying your dog. It is painless to a dog because as dog’s skin structure is so different from a human’s that the tattoo marker doesn’t need to be inserted very deeply into the dog’s epidermis, or outer skin layer. The best location for & Read more �

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Canine Influenza: How You Can Prevent It

Canine influenza or “dog flu” is a relatively new strain of virus with symptoms that are very similar to kennel cough or Bordetella.  According to Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine Baker Institute for Animal Health, canine influenza is highly contagious and in some cases, especially when pneumonia develops, even fatal.   This new strain was first discovered in January 2004 at & Read more �

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Does Your Cat Have a Urinary Tract Infection?

Has your cat suddenly started urinating in areas outside her litter box like, say, on a carpeted area or a piece of upholstered furniture? Your cat could be exhibiting symptoms of a urinary tract infection. Urinary tract infections (UTIs) or feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD) are often caused by the accumulation of urinary crystals in the lower urinary tract that & Read more �

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Spotting Hyperthyroidism in Cats and Dogs

The thyroid gland produces essential hormones that are involved in the regulation of many vital body functions. Tumors of the thyroid gland can cause over production of these hormones or hyperthyroidism. Hyperthyroidism usually develops gradually and can be difficult to notice in the early stages. In cats, the thyroid tumors are usually benign and do not spread to other organs. & Read more �

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What Makes Chocolate So Toxic to Pets?

One of the cardinal rules of pet ownership is “don’t feed your pet chocolate.” But what is it about chocolate that can make your pet so sick? According to a report published on the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), two main components of chocolate are toxic to pets: Theobromine and caffeine. Both can effect the central nervous system, increase heart rate & Read more �

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Establish Yourself as Your Dog's Leader

There is a lot of talk about being your dog's "pack leader." It's true that dogs need leaders. The best way to become a leader is to establish routines and rules with outcomes that are predictable for your dog.  Whether your dog is too pushy and needs to be reminded who is in charge or whether your dog is nervous and & Read more �

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Consider Breed, Gender When Adding New Dogs to Your Pack

Bringing home a new baby can create anxiety for an older sibling. Similarly, introducing a new dog to your existing pack will likely cause upheaval and stress for pets and Pet Parents alike. While we may hope the new family member will be greeted with happy tail wags, the reality is that animals need to re-establish territory and pack order when a new & Read more �

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How to Change Your Pet's Diet

If you have decided to change your pet's diet, feed your pet a combination of the new and old food over a 10-day period to get them used to the new texture and smell. Abrupt changes to a pet's diet can trigger diarrhea and other intestinal upsets, especially if your pet has a sensitive stomach, so be deliberate and consistent & Read more �

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Boarding Your Pet? Preparation is Key

Planning a family vacation, but can't take your four-legged family members along? Boarding is a safe, dependable option. If you choose to board your pet while you’re away, these tips can help make the boarding experience a great one for everyone, including you. Plan ahead     Take time to carefully plan and prepare for your pet’s stay. “Boarding can be a stressful experience for & Read more �

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Tips for Choosing a Dog Walker

Entrusting someone with your pets and, in the case of a dog walker, with the keys to your home, can be a pretty heavy decision to make—especially if you’ve just moved to a new city or are looking into such a service for the first time. Luckily, the pet services boom and the fact that more people taking advantage of & Read more �

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Green Paw Print Tip #7: Buy sustainable, durable products or get crafty!

Good old fashioned fun doesn’t have to harm our environment. Buy durable, long-lasting toys that your pet won’t tear up or shred in a matter of minutes. You can even find toys made of recycled materials and sustainable fibers, organic cotton or even recycled plastic bottles. Or spend some time making toys for your pet—all it takes is an afternoon & Read more �

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Is Your Cat Telling You to Switch Litter Brands?

Most cat owners are well aware that their furry little divas can be finicky. The wrong type of cat food can result in a turned up nose and a very temporary hunger strike. Buy the wrong type of litter and your cat could boycott it by finding an entirely new place to eliminate like perhaps the oriental carpet in the & Read more �

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Traveling with Pets: How to Pack For Your Pet

You can’t take your pet along every time you leave town and there’s not much you can do to lessen how much you'll miss your four-legged family members when you’re away. But making sure your pet and her caretaker have everything they need for a pleasurable and safe time together can help lessen how much you worry while you’re gone. & Read more �

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Take the Stress Out of Your Dog's Vet Visits

If there’s one place most dogs don’t enjoy visiting, it’s the vet’s office. Some get so stressed, they pant excessively, cry, even tremble - and that’s while they’re still in the waiting room! If vet visits stress your dog out, here are ways you can make the trip more relaxing and even enjoyable:   Make a visit to the vet’s office seem & Read more �

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Reverse Sneezing in Dogs

Reverse sneezing (aka pharyngeal gag reflex) is a common phenomenon in dogs, especially toy breeds. It is called a reverse sneeze because air is rapidly pulled into the nose; whereas in a regular sneeze, air is pushed out through the nose. It looks and sounds like the dog is actually inhaling sneezes. “During an episode of reverse sneezing, the pharynx & Read more �

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Perfecting Pet Photos

Anyone who’s surfed around PetSmart.com has seen the work of Bailey Brown. She’s the lead photographer for the site and has been successfully pointing her camera at pets and the products they love for almost 10 years. Here’s what she had to say about her gift for photography, her love of pets and how the rest of us budding pet photographers & Read more �

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Keeping An Eye Out for Pet Cornea Injuries

The cornea is the clear surface of the eyeball (where a contact lens would be worn in humans). Like skin, this eye tissue can be damaged by scratches, scrapes, or cuts.   These injuries are usually very painful and have the potential to become infected. Serious damage or infection can cause permanent corneal scarring, injury to deeper tissues of the eye, permanent vision & Read more �

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The Causes of Epilepsy and Seizures in Pets

Abnormalities in the central nervous system (CNS), or brain, can cause seizures and seizure-like episodes. The abnormalities can be caused by epilepsy, brain tumors, head trauma, toxins, cancer, compromised blood flow, infections and poorly functioning internal organs that cause build up or body wastes in the blood. Clinical signs of seizure type activity can range greatly in severity. Mild episodes & Read more �

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Is Pet Insurance Right For You?

It’s hard to think about a beloved pet suffering a sudden, serious injury or being diagnosed with a life-threatening disease.  Worrying about a pet’s well being is difficult enough, let alone fretting about how to cover the costs of care.   Pet insurance is touted as one way to take control of a pet’s medical expenses.  And with so-called “nose-to-tail” protection & Read more �

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The Dog Swallowed What?

Buddy Luv, a Mastiff/Boxer mix, was in trouble. For a dog that should weigh 90-plus pounds he was skin and bones. His big brown eyes were full of pain. He could only eat very little at a time and had diarrhea. To make matters worse, Buddy’s family gave him up after more than eight weeks of watching his health decline. & Read more �

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Sneaky Coccidiosis and Its Effects

Coccidiosis is a parasitic disease of the intestinal tract caused by a microscopic organism. The disease generally spreads from one pet to another by contact with stool from infected pets. It is more severe in young or weakened pets, and can cause signs like bloody diarrhea. In serious cases, severe diarrhea, blood loss, and dehydration can lead to death. Healthy adult & Read more �

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Green Paw Print Tip #6: Your Trash is a Rescue Group’s Treasure.

Let’s face it—we live in an age of excess and some of our pets are downright spoiled! They’ve got a crate for every life stage, a toy for every holiday and a collar and lead set to match any fashion trend. Not to mention that unappreciated purchase we’ve all made—the item we felt so sure our pet would love that & Read more �

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Pet Costume Tips & Tricks

Dressing your pet up for Halloween? Just like with our human children, there are some safety issues to take into consideration when costuming your four-legged kids. So before you strap on that little witch hat or tie on those angel wings, here are some safety tips from the Humane Society of the United States to ensure you and your whole & Read more �

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Post-Surgery Tips: Keep Bandages, Splints and Slings Clean & Dry

If your pet is recovering from a condition that requires a bandage, sling or splint, proper home care is imperative to your Pet's recovery. Complications are much more likely to occur in pets that do not receive proper home care and monitoring. Splints, slings and bandages can potentially cause very serious problems if they become: damaged slip twist remain on too long or become wet Splints, & Read more �

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Prevent Swallowing Disasters: Avoid These Tempting Chewables

Chewing is a normal behavior for dogs that also relieves boredom or stress. It is a fun part of exploration and play, too. However, some dogs chew and swallow objects they shouldn’t which could result in a life-or-death issue for your dog if the object creates an internal obstruction, like inside his digestive tract. This is what happened to a Buddy & Read more �

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Help Your Dog Deal with a New Pup Arrival

Let’s say you want to bring home an irresistible little puppy for your child. Great - except for one potential problem: You’ve already had a dog for years, and he has never shared his space with another pooch. Suddenly, your old friend may wonder why he has to compete for attention and love from you. Will jealousy get the better & Read more �

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Does Your Rescue Dog Have Issues? Tips to Help With the Transition

Adopting a pet is a rewarding experience that not only saves the life of the pet, but enriches the life of the Pet Parent. Remember, no pet whether he is from a shelter, a breeder or elsewhere is perfect. Challenges including potty training, obedience issues and medical expenses can crop up after the adoption. Here's the good news: these challenges can be resolved. & Read more �

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Secondhand Smoke and Your Pet: Read this Before You Light Up

Everyone knows the damaging effects secondhand smoke can have on people – but what about our pets? More and more, scientific research is finding that secondhand smoke also poses a significant health threat to our furry and feathered friends. The American Journal of Epidemiology reported the following findings: Cats exposed to secondhand smoke have almost double the risk of developing feline malignant & Read more �

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Apartment Dweller? Find the Right Dog for Your Small Space

If you’d like to have a canine companion by your side and live in an apartment, here’s good news: There are lots of dogs who are compatible with a city-dweller’s lifestyle. And, an increasing amount of residential communities are adopting pet-friendly policies. If you are living in an apartment and are considering adding a dog to your family, here are & Read more �

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Pet Training: Why the Clicker is Quicker

One of the most important aspects to training your pet is timing.  In order for your pet to understand what you are trying to communicate, you need to provide them with feedback within one second of the desired behavior. How do you give your pet positive feedback this quickly?  Use "markers."  Proper use of a marker will not only increase the speed & Read more �

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Teaching Your Cat Tricks Starts with a Click

You may have heard cats can’t be trained.  Not so!  With the proper techniques, any animal can be trained. You just need a few helpful tips to get you started. Teach your cat to “target.” Targeting is simply teaching your cat to put a certain body part, like his nose or paw, on a certain item like a target stick. There are many commercial target & Read more �

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What's in a Name? Should You Give Your Adopted Dog a New Name?

If you want to rename your dog, go right ahead. While it may take an older dog a while to figure out what you mean, he’ll get it eventually. Dogs don’t internalize a name the way we do; they don’t identify themselves with that particular combination of phonemes. They simply understand that when you make a certain sound, it means & Read more �

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Green Paw Print Tip #5: Switch to safer products at home and in the yard.

Pets are one nosey bunch—they like to get their sniffers and paws into everything it seems! With that in mind, use products for your home and yard that are safe for pets and benefit the environment! -- Consider ditching lawn chemicals in favor of organic fertilizers. -- When bath time rolls around, lather up with a natural approach to grooming your pet. & Read more �

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Puppy Meet Child: How to Properly Introduce Puppies and Children

 If you have children and are adopting a puppy or are a puppy Pet Parent and are having young children over to visit, you'll want to introduce them to one another in a way that is friendly and non-threatening for both parties.  Here are some tips to help introduce your pet to young children:  If you have children and are adopting a puppy or are a puppy & Read more �

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How to Teach Your Dog to ''Come'' When You Call Him

Have you ever wondered why your dog comes when you say “cookie,” “walk,” or “dinner,” but won’t come when you say “come?”  It’s all about what happens when he gets there.  If you only teach your dog one thing, coming when called is your best choice.  The good news: it’s not hard to do! To start, you need to use his & Read more �

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Protect Your Cat from Sunburn and Skin Cancer

Cats love sitting in the sun and catching some rays. But just like humans, your cat needs protection from the harmful effects of the sun, too. While her fur protects most of her body, the tips of her ears are fair game for sunburns -- and, with prolonged exposure, even skin cancer.   Particularly susceptible to sunburn are sun-seeking felines who are & Read more �

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How to Properly Clean the Litter Box

Cleaning the cat’s litter box is a dirty job, but somebody has to do it. According to veterinarians and animal behaviorists, cats can be fussy about where they do their business and if their plastic potty is too full, messy or smelly, they may decide to go “outside the box” on flooring, in the bathtub or some other place you’d rather & Read more �

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Tips to Safe Air Travel With Your Pet

  If you're planning on traveling with your pet on a commercial airline, here are some tips to help prepare you and your pet for the trip and keep them safe during flight: Make sure that the airline allows pets to travel. New security measures have led some airlines to suspend pets on flights. Book early. Some airlines limit the number of pets & Read more �

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The Itchy Signs of Atopic Dermatitis

  If your dog is in his early years and seems to be itching, biting her paws and hind legs, she could be suffering from a common disease called atopic dermatitis. Atopic dermatitis is an allergic skin disease caused by a heightened sensitivity to common things in the environment such as pollens, mold spores or dust mites in the home.   Atopic dermatitis & Read more �

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Ways You Can Reduce Your Pet's Stress

Just like we humans, our pets experience stress too. They just express it in different ways like chewing on our shoes or ripping up the sofa cushions. But what causes stress in our pets and how can we help reduce it? Just like we humans, our pets experience stress too. They just express it in different ways like chewing on our shoes or & Read more �

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Heatstroke in Cats: Know the Signs and What to Do

Sweltering summer days can put your cat at risk for developing heatstroke. According to Dr. Robyn Jaynes, PetSmart’s vet expert, heatstroke occurs when your pet’s body temperature, normally 102 degrees, rises to 105 to 110 degrees. It is a serious medical condition that can be deadly. Learn how to spot the signs and what to do if your cat is & Read more �

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Does Your Pet Have Allergies? Learn the Signs

Just like humans, pets can experience allergic reactions from almost any substance including food, insect bites, medications, grooming products, vaccines and inhaled particles like dust or pollen. The immune system is designed to protect the body from infection. A normally functioning system recognizes things that are "non-self" such as bacteria, viruses, other microorganisms, pollen and other small particles that enter or & Read more �

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Reduce Your Pet's Snake Encounters

Whlle snakes may be frightening to some of us humans, they are fascinating to your pet. And if your pet happens upon a snake, it could be a deadly encounter. Poisonous snake bites can be fatal to pets if not treated immediately and even non-venonomous snakes can pose a danger to your pet. Help reduce the chances of your pet encountering & Read more �

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Pets Can Teach Kids Respect, Responsibility

Many research studies extol the benefits of family pets: teaching children responsibility and providing friendship and companionship.  From the classic boy and his dog to kittens for girls, pets are an important part of childhood.  Kids can learn a lot about biology, respect for life, and responsibility helping to care for a pet.  But remember, an adult should always supervise the & Read more �

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How To Tell Your Dog's ''True'' Human Age

If you ask most Pet Parents to tell you their dog's age in human years, most of them would multiply their dog's age by seven. However, the old rule that one dog year is equivalent to seven human years doesn't exactly add up. In fact, the dog-to-human year ratio actually is higher when the dog is younger and decreases as & Read more �

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The Common Signs of Hypothyroidism in Pets

If your pet is showing signs of "slowing down" or seems to be acting a bit sluggish, she could be demonstrating signs of hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism happens when the thyroid gland doesn't produce enough of the essential hormones needed in the regulation of many vital body functions. It usually develops gradually and is rare in cats. Pets may exhibit one of many common & Read more �

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Teach Your Dog to ''High-Five''

The "high-five" is a simple and popular trick to teach your dog that is fun to show off to friends. To teach your dog to "high-five," you are going to use a process called "shaping."  Think of shaping as molding your dog’s behavior from how he currently responds to a cue to how you would like him to respond to that & Read more �

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Reward Your Pet with ''Zero-Calorie'' Treats

Not all pet treats have to be edible. If you're concerned about your pet's caloric intake, but still want to reward their good behavior, there are healthier, zero-calorie alternatives, says Lynne Hudlow in her blog posted on banfield.net, the web site of Banfield, The Pet Hospital®. Not all pet treats have to be edible. If you're concerned about your pet's caloric & Read more �

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Hotels That Really Roll Out the Red Carpet for Pets

Several years ago, when my wife and I were moving from Chicago to Phoenix, we took our Schnoodle, Cash, for his first extended road trip. Somewhere in Oklahoma, we had to check into a hotel for the night. The first couple of places we inquired about did not take pets; so, thoroughly wiped out from driving, we made a command & Read more �

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How You Can Prevent Kennel Cough in Your Pet

The term "Kennel Cough" sounds just awful doesn't it? It's certainly no picnic for your pet. And dogs aren't the only ones who can suffer from it - cats can contract it too. Fortunately, there is a vaccine available. Bordetella bronchiseptica is a bacterial agent that, along with several viruses, contributes to Canine Infectious Tracheobronchitis, or "Kennel Cough" disease. This infection & Read more �

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What Causes Ear Infections and How You Can Spot the Signs

Otitis externa (ear infection) is an inflammation or infection of the outer ear canal and may also involve the ear flap. There are numerous causes for otitis including bacteria, yeast, ear mites, excessive wax, hair and debris within the canal, allergies, hormonal imbalances, preexisting ear canal or flap damage, long or heavy ear flaps and frequent exposure to moisture. Common signs for otitis include: Otitis & Read more �

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Lyme disease: a growing problem for pets and people

Just being out in the woods, on the banks of streams, playing in the local park, or even in your own backyard, you and your pet can come into contact with ticks which house Lyme disease. Lyme disease is a tick-borne bacterial disease that can cause arthritis, kidney damage and death in people and dogs.  Lyme disease is zoonotic, which means & Read more �

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Dogs have moods too—lessons in loving, living with and understanding your dog’s body language

I’m a childless thirty-something woman living a quiet life in the middle of central Phoenix. So the only kids my 18-pound cattle dog mix really ever met were the ones we stumbled upon through our evening walks through the city park. You know the type—they’re frequently found burning off excess energy by spinning furiously around on those human-propelled merry go-rounds & Read more �

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How You Can Help Pet Victims of Natural, Man-Made Disasters

Pets are often victims in man-made or natural disasters. Whether we experience them in our own communities or watch them unfold on national TV, we want to reach out and help them, but may be unsure how to do so. Here are some general tips on how you can help pet victims in the event of an emergency: Stay tuned to your local & Read more �

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Summer Safety Tips for Your Dog

Summer is a great time to get out and about with your pet.  But keep in mind, the season's excessive heat and sun exposure can be dangerous, even deadly, to your pet.  Keep your pet safe and healthy this summer with these safety tips from PetSmart experts: Summer is a great time to get out and about with your pet.  But keep in mind, the season's excessive heat & Read more �

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Know the Signs of Arthritis in Your Pet and How You Can Help Treat It

Arthritis is the inflammation of a joint, which can cause pain and/or swelling. Several types exist, including: Rheumatoid arthritis Degenerative arthritis Infectious arthritis Each of these types has a different cause. An arthritic joint can cause immense pain, especially in the morning and in cold weather. As your pet's advocate, it is up to you to watch for trouble. Call a veterinarian if your pet & Read more �

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Dog Park Etiquette: What You Need to Know for Off-Leash Fun

Dog parks are more than just places for your pampered pooch to burn off some steam and calories. Within the chain link confines of dog parks, you can find camaraderie, exercise, laughter, fun and of course, dogs! Here are some tips for merging good manners and common sense to create the ultimate dog park experience for you and your pet: Scoop & Read more �

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Tips to Curb Your Dog's Barking Habit

Dogs bark for a reason. Knowing why they are barking, or more specifically how dogs communicate through barking, is the first step to stopping their inappropriate barking.   The three big reasons a dog barks are: attention, excitement and alarm. Barking for Attention: this type of barking is generally directed at you. The good news is that this it is the easiest to control. The bad news & Read more �

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Why Diabetes Causes Excessive Thirst, Hunger in Cats

  Diabetes mellitus is a serious medical condition where your pet cannot control her blood sugar levels due to problems with insulin production or function. It has many symptoms, but the most common that concerns Pet Parents are excessive urination, excessive thirst and eating while loosing weight. Glucose is the main energy source that body cells need to operate efficiently. Your cat’s digestive & Read more �

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How to Teach Your Dog to ''Drop It''

Tired of your dog stealing your socks, shoes and other stuff? Even worse, are you tired of chasing him around the couch to get it back? These tips will help curb that behavior and save your personal items from becoming chew toys:   Puppy proof the house. Use baby gates and shut doors to keep your dog from getting into trouble.  Make sure you have & Read more �

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Uh Doc, My Dog's Got Critters

OK, so you just found out that Fido is running 30 head of tiny livestock on his "back 40." What the heck are you going to do about it? First of all, don't panic, we have many new weapons in the war on fleas. Let's take a look at the different flea control products available, and how best to utilize & Read more �

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Your Kitten's Veterinary Visits: The First Year

Kittens ingest antibodies from their mother's milk that protect them against disease. Once they start to eat solid food, however, they need vaccinations from the veterinarian. Kittens should receive their first series of vaccinations when they're six weeks old. If you adopt a kitten from a shelter or buy one from a breeder, ask for the kitten's medical records. The kitten & Read more �

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The Tricks to Help Cats Beat Boredom

One of the most important things you can do to keep your cat healthy, happy and out of trouble is to make sure your feline friend isn't bored while you're away. While it's true that they'll nap a good part of the time, you'll want to make sure that when she's awake, she has constructive, fun and challenging things to & Read more �

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Keep ''people food'' off your pet's holiday menu

Keep your pet safe and healthy this holiday season by saying "no" to the following holiday foods: Keep your pet safe and healthy this holiday season by saying "no" to the following holiday foods: Just say no to holiday table scraps. Pets love rich scraps such as drippings, gravy and poultry skin; however, they can cause pets to suffer from severe indigestion, diarrhea & Read more �

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Keeping Pets Safe During the Holidays

Keep your home safe for your pet this holiday season with the following holiday party and decorating tips: Nicotine can be fatal to pets. If partygoers smoke or use tobacco and you don’t, your pets may be curious about the cigarettes or cigars. Be sure to provide ashtrays that can be placed out of pets’ reach. If ingested, tobacco products cause serious & Read more �

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Green Paw Print Tip #9: Be socially conscious when traveling with pets.

Hitting the road with your pet? There’s no better way to see the country than with your best buddy. But remember to stay as socially conscious when you’re traveling as you do at home. For starters, don’t be tempted to trash the container you’re using to store food and water. Invest in a food and water container you can re-use & Read more �

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Tips to Keep Your Pooch Behaving His Holiday Best

The holidays are here and what better gift to give yourself than a well-mannered pooch?  Since the holidays usually include guests of some sort, we’ve included tips to help Fido be the hit of your holidays! The holidays are here and what better gift to give yourself than a well-mannered pooch?  Since the holidays usually include guests of some sort, we’ve & Read more �

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Canine Pancreatitis: What You Should Know

Pancreatitis is an inflammatory disease of the pancreas and tends to occur in neutered, middle-aged overweight dogs. Miniature Schnauzers and Terriers seem to be especially prone to the disease. Most veterinarians will agree that canine pancreatitis is difficult to diagnose because the exact cause is not well understood. Symptoms vary depending on severity and can point to other conditions. Specific & Read more �

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Pyroderma: The ''Piggyback'' Skin Infection

Pyoderma is a bacterial infection of the skin. Infection may be secondary to, or associated with, other skin abnormalities or damage such as allergies, irritants, skin trauma, fungal infections, external parasites, general poor health or nutrition or hormonal imbalances.   The bacteria involved are usually normal skin organisms that have opportunistically invaded a weakened area of the most external layer of & Read more �

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Pyometra infection is another case for spaying your pet

Pyometra is a serious and potentially life threatening infection of the uterus. It occurs in some unspayed females, usually during middle age. It is common for pyometra to develop a few weeks after a heat cycle. Hormonal changes during and soon after a heat cycle can make the uterus more vulnerable to infection. The entire uterus may fill with pus. & Read more �

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Teach Your Dog to ''Leave It''

“Leave it” can be a lifesaving cue for your dog to know. It can stop him from chasing the cat, eating medication that fell on the floor or stealing your dinner off the TV tray. And it’s not difficult to teach.   “Leave it” can be a lifesaving cue for your dog to know. It can stop him from chasing the cat, eating medication that fell & Read more �

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Make a Healthy Treat for Your Pet

Everyone loves a special treat, even your pets. If you have some extra time or are looking for a fun project to do with the kids, make a healthy, low-calorie treat for your furry family member. And when feeding your pet treats, remember to keep them in moderation and count them as part of their daily dietary intake.   Look’n lean liver treats   Ingredients: 3 1/2 oz. jar of & Read more �

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Heatstroke: Know The Signs And What To Do

If the temperature is hot enough to make you sweat, it’s hot enough for your pet to suffer from heatstroke. According to Dr. Robyn Jaynes, PetSmart’s vet expert, heatstroke occurs when your pet’s body temperature, normally 102 degrees, rises to 105 to 110 degrees. It can cause lethargy, coma, organ failure and death. Learn how to spot the signs and & Read more �

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Sarcoptic Mange and its Itchy Symptoms

  Sarcoptic Mange Sarcoptic mange or scabies is caused by a microscopic insect, a mite, which infects dogs, cats and other mammals, including people. The insect burrows under the skin causing very intense itching. Pets are often so itchy they may chew, rub or lick at their skin until open wounds develop. Symptoms include: Intense and constant itching Self-mutilation from chewing and & Read more �

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How You Can Help Pet Victims of Natural, Man-Made Disasters

Pets are often victims in man-made or natural disasters. Whether we experience them in our own communities or watch them unfold on national TV, we want to reach out and help them, but may be unsure how to do so. Here are some general tips on how you can help pet victims in the event of an emergency: Pets are often victims in & Read more �

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Don't Take a Vacation From Your Pet's Routine

So the kids are out of school or you’re taking some time off from work? If your schedule changes, you should consider your pets’ scheduling needs as well. Your altered schedule won’t make much sense to your pets and it could cause them some transitional stress. Routine helps dogs and cats feel safe. Here are some thoughts that may run & Read more �

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Did You Know ... There are Two Types of Feline Diabetes?

There are two main types of diabetes mellitus and cats typically suffer from a combination of both. Type I diabetes mellitus can be regulated by insulin injections (insulin dependent). This form of diabetes is most closely related to the human form of diabetes seen in children where there is a very low or no production of insulin by the pancreas. Type & Read more �

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Your Cat's Just Been Diagnosed with Diabetes: What You Need to Know

Although there are standard treatment options for diabetes, diabetic cats can be difficult to treat and every cat responds differently to a given treatment plan. After confirming the diagnosis and determining if your pet has any other health concerns, your veterinarian or Banfield doctor will most likely begin treatment with a diet change and insulin. The First Few Weeks The first few & Read more �

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What is demodectic mange and how you can treat it

Demodectic mange is caused by a microscopic insect, a mite, which lives under the skin around hair shafts. The mite can be present in small numbers on healthy pets and cause no problems. For several reasons, often including immune system suppression, individual Pets may develop symptoms of mange that include: hair loss, skin redness or swelling, occasionally itching, crusting and & Read more �

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Brush Up on Your Dog's Coat Type

Before you invest in a brush, comb or other grooming tool, you'll want to know your dog's coat type. Find your pup's breed below, or if he is a mixed breed, find the breed you believe is most dominant.  Flat-coated: Dalmatians, Greyhounds, Staffordshire Terriers, Boxers, Pointers and Miniature Pinschers all have this short, tight flat coat. Short-coated: Labradors, Beagles, Rottweilers, Cattle Dogs & Read more �

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Types of Brushes and Their Uses

There are many grooming tools on the market and each one is specifically designed to suit the needs of all dog coat types from combination to silky and curly. This guide will help you determine which tool is right for your dog's coat type. There are many grooming tools on the market and each one is specifically designed to suit the & Read more �

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Is Your Yard Pet-Safe? Check This List of Potential Dangers

Your yard can a wonderland for your pet full of interesting smells, grass to roll in, bugs to chase and shady spots for naps. But if you use fertilizers, pesticides and other chemicals, it can be a potentially dangerous place for pet too. Below are some of the common yard-related pet emergencies the doctors at Banfield, The Pet Hospital® have encountered & Read more �

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Green Paw Print Tip #4: Don't Shop - Adopt!

Looking to add a four-legged friend to the family? Adopt from a shelter, humane society or rescue group and give a pet that's already out there and in need of a forever home a healthy, happy life. Check out our Online Adoption Center to find your perfect match. Likewise, do your part in reducing pet overpopulation by spaying or neutering your pet. In & Read more �

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Dogs have moods too

I'm a childless thirty-something woman living a quiet life in the middle of central Phoenix. So the only kids my 18-pound cattle dog mix really ever met were the ones we stumbled upon through our evening walks through the city park. You know the type—they’re frequently found burning off excess energy by spinning furiously around on those human-propelled merry go-rounds & Read more �

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Macadamia Nuts, Tomatoes Added to List of Dangerous Foods for Dogs

As a Pet Parent, you know chocolate and alcoholic beverages can be toxic to dogs. Now you can add macadamia nuts, tomatoes and a few more foods to that list. According to the "Hound Health Handbook" by Betsy Brevitz, DVM, the following foods can be unhealthy, even toxic, to your best friend: As a Pet Parent, you know chocolate and alcoholic beverages & Read more �

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Brushing Tips to Get a Beautiful Coat

Brushing removes dead hair from the coat before it mats, stimulates the skin and evenly distributes the natural oils over the coat. This allows the individual hairs to lie more smoothly, look shinier and repel dirt. Try to spend just a few minutes every day or so brushing the coat instead of waiting until the coat is tangled then trying & Read more �

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Winning the War Against Fleas

Fleas are one of your pet's greatest enemies. These tiny, wingless insects jump onto cats, dogs, and people and ingest their blood. Fleas flourish worldwide in moderate humidity and temperatures; only extreme, prolonged cold weather kills them. Their complex life cycle includes several microscopic stages including egg, larvae, and pupae. Fleas can live for several months. What are the Dangers & Read more �

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Preventing Flea Infestation on Your Dog

All dog owners have to combat fleas at one time or another. Even very clean, pampered dogs get fleas. All dog owners have to combat fleas at one time or another. Even very clean, pampered dogs get fleas. Suppose an adult flea jumps onto your dog when it's outside. Since a flea is a parasite, it lives off of your dog's & Read more �

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Sporting Breed Related Medical Problems

Many conditions appear to be especially prominent in Sporting breeds. Sometimes it is possible to identify the genetic basis of a problem, but in many cases, we must be satisfied with merely identifying the breeds that are at risk and how their conditions can be identified, treated and prevented. Following are some conditions that have been recognized as being common & Read more �

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Terrier Breed Related Medical Problems

Many conditions appear in terriers but as a breed group they are less afflicted than some of the others. Good news for terrier owners. Sometimes it is possible to identify the genetic basis of a problem, but in many cases we must be satisfied with merely identifying the breeds that are at risk and how the conditions can be identified, & Read more �

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Toy Breed Related Medical Problems

Many conditions appear to be especially prominent in Toy breeds. Sometimes it is possible to identify the genetic basis of a problem, but in many cases, we must be satisfied with merely identifying the breeds that are at risk and how the conditions can be identified, treated and prevented - following are some conditions that have been recognized as being & Read more �

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What does a cold dog nose really mean?

Well, the truth of the matter is, no matter how much we feel our dogs nose, it is not a true indicator of how our pooch is really feeling. A dog can have a cold nose and be sick or a warm nose and be totally healthy. Humidity, body temperature and the flow of tears through the ducts into the & Read more �

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What is the Vaccination DHLPP Anyway?

Please remember that vaccination protocols may vary somewhat amongst veterinarians, so always follow the recommendations of your family veterinarian. Let's start with an 8-week-old puppy.  The cornerstones of preventive health care are immunizations (vaccinations) and parasite control. Let's start with immunizations. It is important to realize that a series of vaccinations are necessary in order to properly immunize a puppy. & Read more �

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Facts About Fleas

Fleas are Born on Your Dog Flea eggs are laid on your dog, then roll off wherever your dog spends most of his time ... your carpeting, your pet's bed, your bed, your sofa and other areas you may or may not be aware of. Most Fleas are Immature Over 95% of the flea population is immature -- eggs, larvae & Read more �

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Your Pets and the West Nile Virus

With concern growing over the spread of the West Nile virus, here are some guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to help answer your questions in regards to pets. Dogs and cats can be infected with the West Nile virus in the same manner as birds, horses and people: through the bite of an infected mosquito. & Read more �

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A Shot in Time - Dog Vaccination Recommendations

One of the easiest and most effective ways of preventing your dog from getting sick is by making sure he gets all his vaccinations on a regular basis. Puppies need vaccinations every two to four weeks until they are at least 14 weeks of age. Most vets follow the schedules given below, although there may be some variation from state & Read more �

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Must-haves for Your Pet's First-Aid Kit

Accidents happen and when they do, you want to be prepared. That's why having a first aid kit for your pet is essential. You can buy pre-stocked first aid kits or you can create your own. Here's a list of some of the items it should include: Your vet's telephone number, plus the number of an emergency weekend or nighttime vet & Read more �

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Dog Supplements and Their Benefits

Premium pet foods that are designed for puppy growth and health maintenance supply all the needed vitamins and minerals to sustain normal growth, provided the puppy or dog eats it well. But at times, certain conditions like itchy skin or hip and joint stiffness require additional nutritional care. That's where supplements come in and a wide variety of vitamins, minerals and supplements are & Read more �

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Prep Your Pup for a Day at the Office

How many times have you felt guilty about leaving Fido home alone while you go to work?  You're not alone. Currently, about 20 percent of businesses in the U.S. are pet-friendly, according to Pet Sitters International (PSI).  Studies conducted by PSI have shown that morale and productivity in the workplace is higher when dogs are permitted. The third week in June celebrates & Read more �

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Dog's Hearing

Most people know that a dog's hearing is more sensitive than humans', but they may not know that the nature of the sounds dogs hear is also much different. Dogs hear much higher tones. Even the most sensitive people can't hear above 20,000 cycles per second, while some dogs can hear above 45,000. The "silent whistles" sometimes used to signal & Read more �

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Winter Health Tips

Whether it's curling up by the fire, brewing hot apple cider, or bundling up in a soft cashmere sweater, cold weather comforts help us through brisk autumn days and cold winter nights. Throw in flu season, too many parties, and the extra work of holiday preparations and it's a wonder we make it through the winter at all. Just as & Read more �

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Antifreeze: The Green Death

When winter approaches, many people get their vehicles prepared by changing the antifreeze, but many may not realize how dangerous contact with antifreeze can be for your pet. Antifreeze poisoning is one of the most common and deadly toxicity seen in dog patients. The toxic ingredient in antifreeze is ethylene glycol, ingestion of less than 2 ounces is potentially fatal & Read more �

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Canine Heartworm Disease

Heartworm disease is caused by the parasitic nematode (worm) Dirofilaria immitis. The adult form of the parasite can reach six to 12 inches in length, and resembles a piece of cooked spaghetti. Heartworms live primarily in the dog's large pulmonary arteries and within the heart itself. How exactly do they get there? Heartworm disease is carried and transmitted by our friend, & Read more �

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Flea Biology and Consequences

The most common flea to infest dogs is Ctenocephalides felis, the cat flea. The flea life cycle begins with the adult female flea living on the dog's skin. She bites the dog, lays her eggs, and these eggs drop off the dog into the environment. Eggs hatch in 1 to 10 days (depending on environmental conditions) into free-living larvae. These & Read more �

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Flea Facts: Know Thy Enemy

General Facts A flea's main diet is blood. Fleas are generally less than 3/16" long. A female flea consumes 15 times her body weight in blood daily. Fleas are attracted to animals by body heat, movement and the carbon dioxide the host exhales. Fleas accelerate the equivalent of 50 times faster than a space shuttle does after liftoff. Fleas can jump up to 150 times the & Read more �

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Frequently Asked Questions About Dog Health

  How often should my dog visit the vet? Once per year is usually enough unless the dog has chronic medical problems that require more frequent attention. It would be ideal for geriatric dogs to be seen every 6 months. Why do my dog's eyes discharge? Dog's eyes may discharge for several reasons. Tearing may be from an irritant in the area, such & Read more �

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Pet Prescription Dictionary

Acepromazine Tablets Tranquilizer. Contains 10 or 25 mg acepromazine maleate. For use as an aid in the tranquilization of dogs. AK-Rinse(TM) Eye irrigating solution. An isotonic buffered sterile solution. Used to flush the eye to help relieve irritation, discomfort or itching. AK Taine® Ophthalmic topical local anesthetic. Contains proparacaine hycrochloride. For use in ophthalmic procedures where a topical anesthetic is indicated, & Read more �

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About Lyme Disease

Deer ticks, which are prevalent in various parts of the United States, are the major carrier of Lyme disease. But some other species of ticks can also carry the disease. Deer ticks are tiny parasites that are difficult to see with the naked eye and can easily hide on people and pets. For the bacteria to spread to the victim, & Read more �

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How to Spot Allergic Reactions to Vaccines

Believe it or not, dogs suffer from allergies just as people do. Allergic reactions are inflammatory responses against specific proteins entering the body. These proteins may be from environmental allergens (pollens, dust, grass, etc.), various foods, insect bites (flea bites, and bee, wasp or scorpion stings), and may also be from medications and/or vaccines. Most pet allergies to the environment & Read more �

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Caring for Your Pet After Surgery

Watch your pet closely for the first few days of recovery. Offer a strong dose of love, reassurance and pampering - and always follow the doctor's instructions. Here are some things to watch for: Watch your pet closely for the first few days of recovery. Offer a strong dose of love, reassurance and pampering - and always follow the doctor's & Read more �

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Dog Health Care

Nutrition A healthy, nutritious diet builds a foundation for well-being and disease prevention throughout your Pet's life. As a dog ages, their nutritional needs change; for example, a puppy needs a diet high in calories and protein to maintain its active lifestyle and to grow healthy bones and muscles. An older dog may need a diet restricted in calories and & Read more �

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Fleas: The Danger to Your Pet

Fleas and Ticks aren't just a nuisance for you and your Pet; these pests can cause the following medical problems: Tapeworms If your Pet eats a flea, which is likely during self-grooming, your Pet could become infected with the immature tapeworms fleas can carry. These long, flat parasites can cause weight loss and diarrhea--and can be contagious to you and & Read more �

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Protect Your Pet from the Giardia Parasite

Protect Your Pet from the Giardia Parasite Giardia is a microscopic parasite that lives in the intestines of many domestic and wild animals. The parasite is shed in the feces and can survive in moist areas, particularly stagnant water and animal waste. If people or animals ingest contaminated water or food or touch and accidentally ingest infected animal waste, they may & Read more �

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Intestinal Viruses

Among the viruses that can infect your Pet and cause inflammation of the stomach and intestines: Parvovirus The deadliest of the intestinal viruses, parvovirus sloughs away the intestinal lining, causing mild to severe, bloody diarrhea and dehydration--a frequent cause of death. It also affects the bone marrow and immune system. Coronavirus A common virus in areas with high dog populations, & Read more �

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Lawn Care and Your Pet's Health

Many strive for it...a lush, green lawn that is the envy of the neighborhood. However, the quest to obtain the perfect lawn may be putting your pet's health at risk. Chemicals found in fertilizers and pest-control products may harm your pets as they romp in locations where these products are used. Following are some tips to avoid compromising your pet's & Read more �

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Ways to Tick Off Ticks

These days, ticks are showing up in growing numbers and in a widening geographic area and they can survive and thrive in your warm house even when it's cold outside. They love to feast on the blood of pets and in so doing can spread illnesses such as Lyme disease and, less frequently, Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Although Lyme disease & Read more �

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Foil Fleas

Nothing puts a damper on fun like the appearance of fleas! If you're not prepared for them, they can infest your pet and your entire house. And as if the itching and scratching they can cause isn't enough of an annoyance, your pet can also develop a reaction to fleas if he is allergic to their bite. Fleas will feed & Read more �

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Some Important Facts About Vaccinating Your Pet

Giardia is a parasite easily spread from pets to people and back again. The organism causes no problem until a person or pet is stressed. It can cause persistent or intermittent gastrointestinal upset; a common symptom is diarrhea. The condition is difficult to treat and diagnose. Giardia can live in water and on toys, floors, decks and other surfaces. The & Read more �

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Some Important Facts About Vaccinating Your Pet

Giardia is a parasite easily spread from pets to people and back again. The organism causes no problem until a person or pet is stressed. It can cause persistent or intermittent gastrointestinal upset; a common symptom is diarrhea. The condition is difficult to treat and diagnose. Giardia can live in water and on toys, floors, decks and other surfaces. The & Read more �

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Winter Weather and Your Pet's Arthritis

As the cold of winter settles upon us, making our lives more difficult with the shoveling of snow and icy driving conditions, it also can make life more difficult for our older pets. As pets age, they, like humans, can get arthritis in the joints. This can make it harder for them to run and jump and climb steps. The & Read more �

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Salmon Poisoning

Eating raw fish may lead to salmon poisoning, a life-threatening syndrome that can cause diarrhea, dehydration and depression in your dog. Don't be fooled by the disease's name, such fresh water fish as steelhead and other trout can also carry the disease. The problem is caused by a deadly bacteria carried by some free-swimming parasites called flukes. If your dog eats & Read more �

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Preventing Dental Disease

Dental plaque, which is composed of bacteria, saliva and cellular debris, builds up on the enamel of the teeth. When plaque accumulates with food particles, it becomes hard, thick and yellow -- or calcified -- and is called tartar.  Dental plaque, which is composed of bacteria, saliva and cellular debris, builds up on the enamel of the teeth. When plaque & Read more �

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Frequently Asked Questions About Heartworm Disease

  What is heartworm disease? Is heartworm disease serious? How can I tell if my pet has heartworm disease and can it be treated? How do I protect my pet against heartworm disease? What is heartworm disease? Heartworm disease is caused by a mosquito-borne parasite called Dirofilaria immitis. When an infected mosquito bites a dog or cat, the microscopic parasite larvae can enter into the & Read more �

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Keeping Your Dog Cool When the Temperatures Rise

The weather is getting warmer, and when temperatures go up, you will need to make some adjustments for your dogs. Here are some points to keep in mind: Most dogs will begin to lose their undercoats. The undercoat is the woolly fur that keeps the dog warm in the winter. If this coat is not brushed out, it becomes entangled in & Read more �

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Facts About Ticks and Mosquitos

The Truth About Ticks Ticks are Not Insects Ticks are eight-legged, wingless parasites related to mites and spiders. ticks do not fly or jump; they wait for a host to brush against them. Even Immature Ticks Suck Blood There are four stages to the tick life cycle: egg, larva, nymph and adult. The larva, nymph and adult all suck blood. & Read more �

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Why Diabetes Causes Excessive Thirst, Hunger in Cats

Diabetes mellitus is a serious medical condition where your pet cannot control her blood sugar levels due to problems with insulin production or function. It has many symptoms, but the most common that concerns Pet Parents are excessive urination, excessive thirst and eating while losing weight. Glucose is the main energy source that body cells need to operate efficiently. Your cat’s & Read more �

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Choosing Light and Reduced-Calorie Cat Foods

If you're looking to feed your cat a lower-calorie diet, three types of cat foods fall in this category:  light or lite foods, less reduced calorie foods and less or reduced fat foods. Reduced calorie and reduced fat foods are recommended for weight loss while light and lean foods are usually recommended more for weight management or if your pet has & Read more �

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Feeding your kitten

When it comes to nutrition, kittens are a lot like children -- they need a balanced diet to grow. Find out what brand of food your kitten was eating before you adopted it, and continue feeding it this food if possible. If you want to switch brands, do so gradually. Begin by mixing a little bit of the new food & Read more �

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FAQs About Cat Nutrition

  Why does my cat need to have a nutritionally balanced diet? Cats require a minimum of 41 nutrients (the same 39 dogs need, plus two extra: taurine and arachidonic acid (dogs need these as well, but can make them from other nutrients) all in the correct proportion to maintain her health. These nutrients include amino acids, & Read more �

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Frequently Asked Questions About Premium Cat Food

What are the benefits of Advanced Nutrition Foods? Advanced Nutrition Foods are more digestive because they use higher quality proteins -- that means your pet gets more nutrients in every ounce of food. It also means you feed less, so there is around 20% less stool. Because you feed less, it only costs about 10-15 cents more per day to & Read more �

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The Right Food For Your Cat's Life Stage and Specific Health Needs

Life stages refer to the various developmental stages of a pet's life. For cats, we classify the stages into kitten, adult and senior. During these stages, some cats may require a lower calorie diet for inactive or overweight cats, a hairball diet for longhaired cats or a diet designed to affect the cat's urinary tract. It's extremely important to ensure & Read more �

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Wet and Dry Cat Food

Many Pet Parents wonder if it's better to provide their cat a diet from a can or from a bag -- that is, feed their cat moist or dry food. Truth be told, most cats can thrive on any cat specific diet -- be it dry or canned--as long as it's complete and balanced for the special feline needs. The following & Read more �

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FAQs About Hairballs

Although grooming is healthy, some cats practice excessive grooming, which can actually cause problems. What are some of these problems that could develop? Skin inflammation, hair loss, or development of hairballs can result from grooming, particularly excessive grooming. Why do cats get hairballs? Cats are extremely fastidious creatures, and are constantly grooming themselves. Their tongues are built in such a & Read more �

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Why Is My Cat Scratching At Her Ears?

Occasional light scratching is normal. However, persistent scratching or pawing at the ears or head can be an indication of ear infection, injury, excess earwax, something lodged in the ear or skin problems. Some ear problems may not be easily visible and require a deep ear exam by a veterinarian to be properly evaluated. Any discharge, odor, redness, pain, swelling, & Read more �

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How to Clean Your Cat's Ears

Many cats are excellent self-groomers and rarely need ear care, while others should have routine cleanings. If you notice wax, dirt or other debris, then it is probably time for a cleaning. For those cats that need it, cleaning and caring for your pet's ears are important ways to reduce the chance for ear infections and excess waxy build up. & Read more �

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Hairballs: 8 Ways to Lick the Problem

Few creatures are as fastidious as felines. They can spend hours licking their coats, and when they've covered every inch, they'll happily start again. They don't seem to mind swallowing a little hair -- it's all part of good grooming. Sometimes, however, fur that should pass right through the digestive system gets trapped in the stomach. As more and more & Read more �

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Giving Your Cat a Bath

Cats can groom themselves, so they don't need to be washed as often as dogs. However, you may have to wash your cat from time to time. You may have to give your cat a flea bath, for example. Longhaired cats need to be bathed periodically to keep their hair from tangling and matting. Washing a cat isn't easy. With & Read more �

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Preventing Flea Infestation in Cats

All cat Pet Parents will need to combat fleas at one time or another. Even very clean, pampered, indoor-only cats sometimes get fleas. But there are ways to combat them, and prevent infestations from recurring. The Life Cycle of a Flea Suppose an adult flea travels into your home via your pant leg. The flea then makes its way to & Read more �

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How Diet Affects Urinary Tract Health

Feline Urologic Syndrome (FUS) and Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD) FUS/FLUTD is the term used to describe a group of clinical signs associated with urinary tract problems that occur in cats. Symptoms may include: Multiple trips to the litter pan with little or no urine voided Bloody urine Straining and/or pain during urination Depression Pain in the abdomen Loss of appetite & Read more �

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Cats and Stress

Because of their sensitive nature, cats can sometimes get stressed out and display stress-related behaviors. Some of the most common causes of cat stress are: changes in the immediate environment, introduction of a new pet into the family, sudden loud noises, unfamiliar smells or the absence of certain family members. Some signs of stress include: hiding, unusual fearfulness or aggression, & Read more �

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A Shot in Time - Cat Vaccination Recommendations

One of the easiest and most effective ways of preventing your cat from getting sick is by making sure she gets all her vaccinations on a regular basis. Kittens need vaccinations every two to four weeks until they are at least 14 weeks of age. Most vets follow the schedules given below, although there may be some variation from state & Read more �

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Keep Kitty Landing on Her Feet

Feline hip dysplasia is becoming a topic of concern for cat owners. Dysplasia use to be considered a condition that occurred mostly in dogs, especially the larger breeds. But hip dysplasia can afflict cats too and is seen in all breeds and sizes -- from relatively small cats like the Siamese to the larger breeds like Persians and Maine coon & Read more �

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Toxic Plants to Cats

Holiday and Seasonal Decorative Plants   Amaryllis spp.   Chrysanthemum spp.   American Mistletoe Phoradendron spp.   Autumn Crocus Colchicum autumnale   Bittersweet Celastrus spp.   Japanese Euonymus Euonymus japonicus & Read more �

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Choosing a Good Vet for Your Pet

A good veterinarian will help you with many different concerns you may have about your pet from the appropriate diet, to the appropriate vaccinations, their general health and any behavioral problems you may experience with your pet. Therefore, it's important to find a vet you feel comfortable with in caring for your pet. This article gives you some pointers on & Read more �

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Products Offer Options to Declawing

Declawing is the removal of a cat's front claws so it can't scratch furniture or people. Declawing is very controversial. Some people believe it's inhumane to declaw a cat because the surgery causes needless pain and suffering. They compare declawing a claw to amputating a finger. If you buy a purebred cat from a breeder or adopt a cat from & Read more �

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Feline Distemper Disease

Feline distemper is a highly contagious, potentially fatal disease of cats. It is caused by a type of parvo virus that infects domestic and feral cats. Diseased cats infect other cats by direct contact or through vomit, saliva, feces and urine. The distemper virus can live for a year in the environment. There are several signs of feline distemper that & Read more �

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What Mite Help?

What Mite Help? My kitty's an ear mite magnet. It seems like I'm always putting ear mite drops into poor Sheba's ears, but I worry about too much medicine. Are there any natural remedies for ear mites that work? - B.G., Wauna, Washington If your cat has dirt in her ears that looks like coffee grounds and she's shaking her & Read more �

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Feline Infectious Peritonitis: What Is It And How To Prevent It

Affected cats are either born with Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP) or they acquire it, usually by inhaling or ingesting the virus. Younger cats and cats with weakened immune systems are more likely to get the disease. Keeping your Pet indoors helps prevent exposure. In general, FIP occurs in two forms: dry and wet. The dry form affects many organs, including & Read more �

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Did You Know ... Playing Teaches Your Cat Social Skills?

Playful activities, including climbing, wrestling, rolling and biting contribute to a kitten's social development. Play fights in particular teach kittens limits early on. For example, as kittens experience bites and scratches from their frisky siblings, they learn to reduce the intensity of their own attacks. In fact, it's common to see kittens rushing toward littermates only to veer away or & Read more �

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Feline Leukemia Virus

The Feline Leukemia Virus (FLV) is a small contagious virus that causes many different forms of cancer in cats. When a susceptible cat comes in contact with an infected cat or its contaminated saliva, urine, or feces, infection results. Very few cats die as a result of the initial infection. Some cats can fight off the virus and become immune & Read more �

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Feline Toxoplasmosis

Feline Toxoplasmosis is a intestinal parasite that can infect cats that eat small animals, birds, or other sources of raw meat that contain the Toxoplasma cysts. In the cats intestine, the cyst stages develop into eggs. The eggs are shed in the cat's feces, where they develop further. When material containing the eggs or cysts are eaten by the cat, & Read more �

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Feline Urologic Syndrome

Feline Urologic Syndrome (FUS) is a disease of the urinary bladder and urethra in cats. Female cats develop signs of cystitis (inflammation of the bladder). These symptoms can include: Frequent urination, passing small amounts of bloody urine, and sometimes, cats will urinate outside the litter box. Male cats show signs of cystitis and may show signs of urethral obstruction. Urethral & Read more �

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Indoors-Only is Best

Indoors-Only is Best Researchers estimate that indoor-only cats live almost twice as long as cats allowed outdoors. The single best way you can ensure that your cat has a long, healthy life is to keep it indoors. The following are just a few of the many dangers your cat will face if you let it outside. While some people believe that & Read more �

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Internal Parasites

Virtually all puppies have some degree of internal parasitism, and proper treatment can have a tremendous influence on the puppy's overall health and development. In addition, some canine parasites can have serious adverse health effects on people, particularly children. We will limit ourselves to discussing intestinal parasites, but there are parasites that infect the respiratory and urinary systems as well. & Read more �

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How Often Should You Take Your Cat To The Vet?

Think about the regular care we receive throughout our life time from pediatricians, dentists, physicians, allergists, ophthalmologists, and so on. Why settle for anything less for your Pet? Now think about the fact that Pets age an average of seven years for every one of ours--and it's clear why regular care is so critical. Health check-ups are recommended twice a & Read more �

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Did You Know ... The First Cat Litter was Made for Chickens?

The first clay-based kitty litter was originally marketed as poultry nesting material. Ed Lowe of Cassopolis, Michigan, created a clay pellet mixture called Fuller's Earth, but local farmers weren't buying it. On a cold January day in 1948, Kay Draper - desperate because the sand that she used to fill her cat's litter box was frozen solid - gave Lowe's & Read more �

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Which Working Dog is Right for You?

In today's modern and mechanized world, most domestic canines function primarily as pets. But all domestic dogs were once bred to fulfill some need of mankind, and there are many breeds whose original duty was to serve in a working capacity. In every country specific breeds were used as guardians, draft dogs and hunters. Even now there are dogs that & Read more �

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Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV): What It is And Ways To Avoid It

Is your cat at risk? Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) can be spread through the placenta before birth, through the mother's milk, or from an infected cat, usually through bite wounds or breeding. Keeping your cat indoors and away from infected cats is the best way to avoid the risk of FIV infection. Keeping your Pet indoors also minimizes the chances & Read more �

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Flea & Tick Dog Products Comparison

Even very clean, pampered dogs can get fleas and ticks if pet parents don't stay on top of certain preventative steps. These preventative steps seek to minimize or eliminate a dog's chance of being a feeding ground for pesky fleas and ticks and include: Even very clean, pampered dogs can get fleas and ticks if pet parents don't stay on top & Read more �

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Preventing Cat-astrophic Weight Gain

Obesity in cats is becoming an ever-increasing problem as cats become more popular pets. Better quality diets such as premium advanced nutrition foods, while good for the overall health of your cat, can lead to obesity if the cat is an overeater. And while living indoors keeps your cat safe from loss, injury and disease, they may not be getting & Read more �

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Supplements for Cats and Their Benefits

There are times when your cat's diet may need an extra boost from vitamins and supplements. Supplements are available to address a number of health needs including: Skin & Coat -- if you've ruled out fleas as a cause of your cat's excessive itching, the most likely culprit is dry skin. A supplement rich in essential fatty acids will help & Read more �

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Basic nutrients every pet needs

Along with regular exercise and veterinary care, careful feeding is perhaps the best way you can contribute to your pet's prolonged good health. These are the basic nutrients every pet needs Along with regular exercise and veterinary care, careful feeding is perhaps the best way you can contribute to your pet's prolonged good health. These are the basic nutrients every pet & Read more �

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How Life Stage Dog Foods Differ

When shopping for dog food, it is common to buy by the brand. Beyond the brand of the food, you should take into consideration the life stage of your dog. Life stages refer to the various developmental stages of a pet's life. For dogs it means puppy, adult, senior and for some dogs, a lower calorie diet for inactive or & Read more �

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Pet Food Ingredient Definitions

Animal Digest/Digest The material that results from the chemical and/or enzymatic breakdown of clean animal tissue. If from a particular source may be labeled as such (i.e., chicken digest). Used to enhance the palatability of pet food products. Animal Fat See "Fat/Animal Fat" Ash Ash is a measure of the total minerals in a diet. Since minerals like calcium, phosphorus, iron, & Read more �

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Choosing the right food for your dog

Most foods are available in specific formulations tailored to match your dog's age, breed, weight and activity level, called life-stage formulas. Most brands are divided by life stage into the following categories. Most foods are available in specific formulations tailored to match your dog's age, breed, weight and activity level, called life-stage formulas. Most brands are divided by life stage into & Read more �

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Senior Foods for Dogs

As your dog ages he may benefit from a senior diet. While not much is known about the nutrition of older dogs, we know: First, older dogs are more sedentary and require fewer calories (i.e., lower fat) Second, older dogs may benefit from a diet lower in phosphorus Third, a moderate level of fiber in the diet helps prevent constipation and maintain gastro-intestinal & Read more �

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Frequently Asked Questions About Dog Nutrition

Why does my dog need to have a nutritionally balanced diet? Dogs require a minimum of 39 nutrients, all in the correct proportion, to maintain their health. These nutrients include amino acids, fats, vitamins and minerals. The nutrients must be in a form that can be used by dogs. The food containing these nutrients must also be palatable so dogs & Read more �

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Feeding Your Senior Dog

Join the weight watchers Older dogs tend to put on weight as their metabolism slows and creakiness sets in. But excess weight puts added pressure on sore joints and backs, says Dr. Wynn. Forgo weight-reducing or senior diets, which may not have enough high-quality meat ingredients. Instead, give your dog slightly smaller servings of a high-quality food. Supplement the diet & Read more �

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Nutrition for Small-sized Dogs

Despite their smaller stature, small-sized dogs are often the first to speak and the last to back down. They tend to rely on their wit and clever nature to make up for their small physical state. Small Dogs Aren't Just "Smaller" As you might expect, small dogs differ from larger dog breeds in more ways than reduced size. Despite their & Read more �

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Diabetes and Your Pet: What You Should Know

Diabetes is a disorder in which the body produces little or no insulin, or cannot use the insulin it does produce properly. Insulin is a hormone that helps regulate blood sugar. It is somewhat common in pets, occurring in one in 500 dogs and cats. Diabetes is a disorder in which the body produces little or no insulin, or cannot use & Read more �

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Feeding Your Pet a Balanced Diet: The Basics

Along with regular exercise and veterinary care, a healthy diet is perhaps the best way you can contribute to your Pet's prolonged good health. But what makes a healthy diet and how can you tell if what you are feeding your Pet is indeed healthy? Knowing the basic nutrients your Pet needs is a good start. Your Pet's basic nutrient needs Water & Read more �

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Keeping Your Pet Safe in a Disaster

Cat care Keeping Your Pet Safe in a Disaster Snowball had found herself a perch on the second-floor window air-conditioning unit. Only a week before, that perch was twelve feet off the ground. Today, as Snowball huddled miserably against the windowpane, the floodwaters lapped against the side of the house only inches below her paws. Her human family had long-since & Read more �

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Cleaning Stains and Removing Odors

When cleaning up after a pet has had an accident, the goal is not only to clean the area, but neutralize the odor to deter repeat visits. Because dogs and cats have a keen sense of smell, and because the ammonia smell of urine acts as an attractant, they will often go back to the same spot to eliminate. Though & Read more �

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Last Minute Gift Ideas for Pets

Need last-minute gift ideas for the pets on your holiday shopping list? Industry experts suggest gifts that are fancy, whimsical and aromatic. They're ideal for any pet and reflect the latest trends, so even though you waited until the last minute to buy it, it won't look like you did. PetSmart's Dog Fashion Expert Rashell Cooper recommends giving gifts that & Read more �

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Preventative Care for Dogs and Cats

Think about the regular care you receive throughout your lifetime from pediatricians, dentists, physicians, allergists, ophthalmologists, and so on. Why settle for anything less for your pet? Now think about the fact that pets age an average of seven years for every one of ours – and it’s clear to see why regular care is so critical. Banfield, The Pet Hospital® & Read more �

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Good habits every puppy should know

We look into their eyes and they steal our hearts, but for that little bundle of joy to grow into the adult cat or dog you are hoping for, they need your guidance.  Here are some tips to get you started: We look into their eyes and they steal our hearts, but for that little bundle of joy to grow into & Read more �

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Reduce Your Pet's Carbon Paw Print: ''Leave No Trace''

Going green? Well don’t leave your pets in the dark ages! Each month we’ll give you a new tip that helps people and their pets make a positive impact on the environment. Green Paw Print Tip #1: Protect wildlife. For dogs The popular motto “leave no trace” is something to remember whether you and your dog are patrolling your neighborhood, strolling through the & Read more �

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Your Dog's Coat: To Shave Or Not To Shave?

Dog fanciers all have their own opinions on shaving, but the decision to shave your pet's coat is your own. Dog fanciers all have their own opinions on shaving, but the decision to shave your pet's coat is your own. There are certainly benefits. Your dog may feel cooler or more comfortable without all that hair, but it will depend on your & Read more �

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Why It's OK to Let Your Cat Eat Grass

Many cat owners are discovering that providing their cat with live greenery to nibble on is a safe and healthy way to bring a taste of the outdoors to their indoor cat. Cat owners may be surprised when they see their carnivorous feline indulging in greenery. PetSmart’s feline expert and veterinarian Dr. Robyn Jaynes, says that Pet Parents frequently ask why & Read more �

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Suspect Animal Abuse? Ways You Can Help

If you witnessed animal abuse, would you know what to do? Most people feel powerless when they see an animal in need. They wonder who to call to get help for a pet that has no access to food, water or shelter or that may even be suffering from physical abuse. They worry whether their call will result in immediate & Read more �

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Calm Your Dog's Thunderstorm Phobia

Dogs seem to know the storm is coming before the first flash of lightning and first clap of thunder. Some begin to look for a place to hide. Some start to shake uncontrollably and drool. Some even commit acts of serious destruction in an attempt to escape. They are in the fierce grip of thunderstorm phobia. What is thunderstorm phobia? Thunderstorm phobia & Read more �

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Animal Control Officers: A Pet's Best Defense

The stereotype of the 1930s "dog catcher" is as outdated as silent movies. Animal Control officers, or ACOs, are professional men and women who work for your local government, protecting the pets and people in their community. They enforce local rabies prevention laws and protect pets from injury, disease and mistreatment by enforcing animal protection laws. Education about these issues is & Read more �

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How to Keep Cats from Counter-Hopping

Cats have a natural love for vertical exploration as well as amazing jumping abilities, as most Pet Parents have witnessed. But, for safety's sake, sometimes keeping your cat from jumping onto certain places may be in order, for example, a hot stove or a bucket on a kitchen counter filled with a cleaning solution. Here are some ways to keep cats & Read more �

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Find the right travel carrier

Carriers are designed to keep your pet safe and secure when traveling - be it an excursion across the country or just down the street. Your choice of carriers can be classified into two categories: hard carriers and soft pet carriers. Hard carriers These are generally made of a high-density polypropylene, are durable and are the only type of crate accepted on airlines. & Read more �

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Stretch Your Pet Budget Further

Is the economy nipping at your wallet? Make your pet budget go further with these handy tips:  Keep dry food fresh and pest-free by storing in air tight containers. Example: Top Paw Airtight Pet Food Storage Container  Invest in canned food lids for wet food to help prevent spoilage. Make a can of wet food last a few more meals by mixing it with some & Read more �

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Green Paw Print Tip #2: Clean up after your pet with a clean conscience

For dogs: Degradable doggie bags reduce your impact on landfills. Who wants to think of their pet’s waste enshrined in plastic and buried for years to come? Did you know that grocery store plastic bags can take decades to degrade and cannot be composted? Can them in favor of something that’s better for the environment. You might even consider investing in & Read more �

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Homecoming Preparations for Your New Dog

Introducing family members Introducing your new dog to other family members requires some planning, especially if the family includes children or other pets. And, if they don't already know, all household members should be shown how to handle a dog safely. A slow, quiet approach is best for acclimating your dog to his new home. Remember, the newcomer is in a strange & Read more �

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Proper Nutrition for Your New Dog

  Your new family member deserves optimal nutrition Just like humans, dogs have different nutritional needs at different stages of their lives. And just as you would provide good nutrition for someone you love, you will also want to do everything you can to ensure that your dog has a complete, balanced, and tasty menu that provides him with optimal nutrition. This & Read more �

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New pet know how: your new dog's health

Spay & nueter - a one-time surgery; a lifetime benefit The right thing to do for your dog is to spay her (if female) or neuter him (if male). Because they're no longer distracted by the mating cycle, dogs of both sexes tend to make better pets when they are spayed or neutered; this enables them to develop a closer bond with & Read more �

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New Pet Know How: Dog Crate Training

In addition to proper health and hygiene, the social development of your dog is critical to its well-being as a productive member of your family. Like schooling for children, pet training provides dogs with discipline, boundaries and knowledge of what is expected of him/her. PetSmart's Accredited Pet Trainers can help you and your dog - using positive reinforcement and a curriculum & Read more �

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Keep Your Dog Entertained with Toys, Treats

Animals in zoos have a variety of activities to keep them occupied and interested throughout the day and night. Pets need this kind of stimulation too, especially dogs. Unfortunately, many dogs spend their days in home environments that can be lonely and lack stimulation. Their instincts are to hunt, explore, play or socialize and lack of stimulation can lead to feelings & Read more �

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Pet security: what should I do if my pet becomes lost?

Whether it is lost or stolen, losing a pet is an agonizing experience. Even the most responsible pet owners can face unexpected circumstances that cause their animals to accidentally stray. This is especially true during summer when windows and doors tend to be open. The following are solutions if you've lost your pet and common types of identification that can mean the difference & Read more �

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Pet Security: Your Pet Needs a Tag!

Whether it is lost or stolen, losing a pet is an agonizing experience. According to the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy, only about 2 percent of cats and 15 percent of dogs that enter U.S. animal shelters as strays every year are reunited with their owners. The reason is shockingly simple -- too many owners fail to put & Read more �

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Prep Your Home for Your New Cat

Introducing your new cat to other family members requires some planning, especially if the family includes children or other pets. And if they don't already know, all household members should be shown how to safely handle a cat. Introducing family members A slow, quiet approach is best for acclimating your cat to her new home. Remember, the newcomer is in a strange & Read more �

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Are You Ready to Adopt?

Adopting a new pet is about so much more than whether you’re a dog or cat person. Do you want an adult dog or cat, or would you prefer a puppy or kitten? The commitment is quite different. Along with lots of fun and excitement, your new family addition brings change. Read below for a few things to consider before entering & Read more �

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Fast Facts On Dog and Cat Adoption: Why Adopt?

Did you know that an estimated 4 million adoptable dogs and cats are euthanized each year primarily due to pet overpopulation? Did you know that 25-30% of dogs for adoption in animal shelters are purebred? The other 70-75% are of course, lovable, wonderful, mixed-breed pets just waiting for a chance to be your new friend. In an effort to help people & Read more �

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Picking the Perfect Pet for You

Thinking about adopting a pet? Congratulations - not only will you be making a great new addition to your family, but you will be giving a homeless pet a forever home. Before you visit the shelters, here are a few things to consider when choosing a pet: Are you a morning person -- or willing to become one? Dogs and cats are early risers — you’ll & Read more �

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Things to think about when adopting a dog

Is a dog the right pet for you? Here are some things to help you decide whether or not a dog is the right pet for you and, if so, what kind of dog to adopt. Canines crave attention A dog can be a great match for a bustling household. They crave stimulation and thrive on activity. Plus, with plenty of people & Read more �

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The Steps to Adopt at PetSmart

As a Pet Parent, you are responsible for your pet's health and well being. This lifetime commitment includes providing your new pet with proper healthcare, grooming, pet training and nutrition and socialization, as well as spending quality time with your pet. By adopting a pet from PetSmart Charities Adoption Program, you are helping to reduce pet overpopulation and saving a life. How & Read more �

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New pet parent responsibilities

As a Pet Parent, you are responsible for your pet's health and well being. Before adopting a new pet, take into consideration some of the responsibilities of a Pet Parent: Spaying/Neutering Unplanned breeding is a root cause of pet overpopulation, which results in over five million pets being euthanized each year. That’s why all PetSmart Charities Adoption Partners spay and neuter their & Read more �

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Adoption Process FAQs

Here are some common questions new Pet Parents may ask about adopting or PetSmart Adoption Programs. If you don’t find an answer to your question below please call your local store for specific adoption process information. Frequently asked questions about the adoption process Here are some common questions new Pet Parents may ask about adopting or PetSmart Adoption Programs. If you don’t & Read more �

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Getting Your Dog to Chase a Flying Disk

Chasing a flying disk is a great way to keep your dog in shape and a fun way for the two of you to bond, but encouraging your dog to actually chase the disk can be a challenge. The following tips can help get you and your dog started. Tempt with a TreatYour dog will dig his disk if you put & Read more �

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Keys To Feeding Your Pet A Balanced Diet

How do you make sure your Pet's diet is healthy? Banfield, The Pet Hospital® strongly recommends that you: - Feed premium Pet foods. Premium foods, like those produced by Royal Canin, are usually sold only at Pet stores like PetSmart. These foods offer high-quality ingredients, are made by companies known for nutrition research, and show a solid track record of quality & Read more �

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Did you know ... cats eat in cycles?

Many cats eat in cycles, a trait passed down from wild ancestors that hunted for food. Don't mistake these peaks and valleys as signs that your cat dislikes its food. Switching pet food brands frequently in response to your cat's whims can reinforce bad eating habits and create finicky eaters. For more information about Banfield, The Pet Hospital®, visit their webiste & Read more �

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Did you know... it's normal for dogs and cats to eat grass?

It's normal for dogs and cats to eat grass. In fact, dogs in the wild eat grass to supplement their diet with vegetation. You don't have to discourage your pet from nibbling on grass unless the ground has been treated with herbicides, insecticides or fertilizers, or unless eating grass causes vomiting. Banfield, the Pet Hospital

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Which Non-Sporting Dog is Right for You?

When the American Kennel Club began designating dogs into different groups it was evident that a category was needed for the breeds that were arguably difficult to place in any of the other groups. These dogs were placed in the Non-Sporting Group. This group consists of dogs that for the most part are unrelated, except for the fact that they & Read more �

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Do I Need to Brush My Cat's Teeth?

Yes! Home dental care is one of the best ways to help keep your cat's teeth and gums healthy. Use a moistened, soft, pet toothbrush or child's toothbrush, finger toothbrush, gauze around a finger or a cotton swab. Be sure to use pet toothpaste - no human toothpaste, baking soda or salt. Yes! Home dental care is one of the best ways & Read more �

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What Do I Do if My Cat has Fleas?

Start a complete flea control program immediately. An effective flea control program MUST address three points: treatment of the pet (or pets), the entire house (and car or motor home), and the yard (deck, garage, etc.). All pets that can contract fleas MUST be treated (fish, birds, reptiles and small and furry pets don't need treatment). There are many safe & Read more �

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Tips to Prevent Unnecessary and Unfortunate Dog Bites

All dogs can bite.  Even if you think, “Not my dog!” it could happen. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every year 800,000 Americans seek medical attention for dog bites. Of those, more than half are children.  There are campaigns like National Dog Bite Prevention Week, which occurs the third week of May, that help raise awareness & Read more �

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Help Be Kind To Animals Week Last All Year

Although most Pet Parents adore their pets and understand about their feelings and needs, many people have had no opportunity to learn that kind of compassion.  One way to help animals is to teach kindness and encourage responsible pet care. Children of any age can begin to learn about pets’ feelings, not to tease or harm pets, and the basics of & Read more �

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Tips To Prepare Your Pet For Storm And Fire Evacuations

During the chaos of a hurricane or an evacuation pets are at great risk of running away or being left behind. According to Dr. Robyn Jaynes, PetSmart Inc.’s vet in residence,  "the best way to keep your pets safe is simply to prepare, just as you would for the rest of your family." Dr. Robyn recommends the following tips to Pet Parents: Have & Read more �

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Fur Flying? Tips To Curb Shedding And Keep Your Home Clean

If you are noticing a lot of dog or cat hair building up on your sofa and carpet, chances are it’s time to shed out winter coats. But shedding can be an issue year-round not to mention muddy paws.   A good grooming routine will help keep your house a lot cleaner year-round and make Fido or Milo look and feel better & Read more �

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Green Paw Print Tip #3: Consider switching to natural or organic pet foods.

These days, there’s a great choice of humanely-produced pet foods from manufacturers who support sustainable production. Many natural pet foods are made from whole ingredients and do not contain artificial preservatives. Organic pet foods are made from ingredients that are raised or grown without manufactured pesticides and fertilizers, drugs or hormones. These days, there’s a great choice of humanely-produced pet foods & Read more �

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Keep Your Dog Cool and Prevent Heatstroke

      Because they can’t sweat to stay cool, dogs can suffer even more than people from too much time in the sun.  Panting sometimes isn’t enough to help your dog regain his body’s normal temperatures, especially in humid conditions. Because they can’t sweat to stay cool, dogs can suffer even more than people from too much time in the sun.  Panting & Read more �

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Did you know... heartworms can grow 14 inches long?

As a Pet Parent, you probably have heard that heartworms can cause a serious and potentially fatal disease. But did you know they can measure as long as 14 inches and reduce a pet's blood supply to vital organs? Heartworm disease is caused by a worm called Dirofilaria immitis. It enters the system of a dog, and less commonly, a & Read more �

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Spaying Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

Spaying female cats and dogs not only reduces the homeless pet population, it can improve your relationship with your pet. This simple surgery can prevent health and behavioral problems associated with heat cycles, giving you a longer and more enjoyable life together.  Spaying female cats and dogs not only reduces the homeless pet population, it can improve your relationship with your & Read more �

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Separation Anxiety: How You Can Prevent It

Separation anxiety in pets is caused by the stress and fear of being left alone. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to minimize the stress your pet experiences when you leave home. Learn how to spot separation anxiety symptoms and what you can do if your pet experiences it. Common symptoms of separation anxiety: Barking, whining or howling Destructive behavior (chewing or digging) Depression Aggressive & Read more �

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Getting the Mats Out of Your Dog's Coat

I brush my dog's coat. Why do I still have problems with mats? What tools should I use to get the mats out of my dog's coat? What should I do if I can't get the mat out? Should I have my dog shaved rather than try to brush the mats out? I've heard that when you shave a dog, & Read more �

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Tools for Trimming Your Dog's Coat

If you plan to trim the hair on your dog's coat, using the right tools will make all the difference in achieving the look you want. Clippers If you plan to trim the hair on your puppy's coat, using the right tools will make all the difference in achieving the look you want. Clippers A clipper has a large variety of blades & Read more �

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Are Ticks Ticking Off Your Pets?

The tick, a relative of the spider, is a common external parasite. Ticks carry a number of diseases including Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. They can cause serious health problems for both you and your pets. Tick infestations can be controlled with available products using an integrated program focusing on your pet, your home and yard. A Little & Read more �

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How to Clip Your Dog's Nails

Don't let the fear of hurting your dog keep you from taking good care of her feet and nails. Clipping her nails will be as easy as clipping your own nails once you learn how it's done. All dogs need proper foot and nail care. Nails that are not kept short will grow too long and become irritating and painful & Read more �

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Do I Really Need to Brush My Dog's Teeth?

As a responsible pet owner, you owe it to your pet to take her dental care seriously, both professionally and at home. If you start as early as possible in your dog's life getting her accustomed to having her mouth handled, then dental care should be as easy as feeding her. Periodontal disease: the number one health problem Do you & Read more �

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How to Control Shedding

You can't stop shedding completely, but you can help to control it before it ends up all over your house. The key to controlling shedding is daily brushing and combing, which not only helps to remove dead hair, but keeps your dog's coat and skin in top condition. You can't stop shedding completely, but you can help to control it & Read more �

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How to Remove Ticks

Courtesy of the Rhone-Merieux Company, makers of Frontline Do not use any of the "mythical" methods of removing ticks such as petroleum jelly, cleaning fluid, burning matches or cigarettes. These may irritate the skin and kill the tick, making it difficult to remove intact. Ticks are difficult to remove because their mouth parts are barbed. They also secrete a glue & Read more �

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The Beginner's Guide to Bathing Your Dog

Keeping your dog clean is part of keeping him healthy. If you choose to bathe your dog at home yourself, here are some tips to help make the job easier. Should I brush my dog first?  Keeping your dog clean is part of keeping him healthy. If you choose to bathe your dog at home yourself, here are some tips to help make the & Read more �

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Dog Grooming Tools: Using the Right Tool for the Job

Why is brushing and combing so important? Brushing on a regular basis removes loose hair and keeps the skin clean. This reduces the chance of getting any skin diseases or parasites. Natural oils are more evenly distributed over the coat, which allow individual hairs to lie more smoothly and look shinier. For longhaired and double-coated breeds, brushing will remove dead & Read more �

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How Do I Clean my Dog's Ears?

Checking your dog's ears is part of a regular grooming routine. You should check your dog's ears on a weekly basis. You want to make sure there is no inflammation, nasty odor, or redness around the ear flaps. If you suspect inflammation, take your dog to the vet. You can clean the excess dirt with a cotton ball moistened with & Read more �

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Pet Emergency Information

We know how important the well-being of your special pet is to you. Of course, you always make sure they are vaccinated and have had their check-ups, but sometimes the unexpected happens. It could be something right in your own house. What do you do? We have put together some tips to help your pet in case of an emergency. & Read more �

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Dog Grooming Tips

Grooming your dog accomplishes much more than just making your pet's coat look nice and shiny. It will provide you with the opportunity to spend some "quality time" with your dog. Grooming your dog accomplishes much more than just making your pet's coat look nice and shiny. It will provide you with the opportunity to spend some "quality time" with your & Read more �

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Functional Toys and Treats

Toys are more than a fun way for your baby to play - they're important tools for her training and social development. Different toys serve different purposes. For instance, toys for individual play keep her busy and happy when you're gone and give her a safe and enjoyable outlet for her energy, stress and chewing. Just remember that chew toys & Read more �

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Get off on the right paw: Training your puppy

The first step in making your new family member happy is to help your puppy develop socially. Good social development is the result of proper, consistent training. Training your puppy how to interact with people and other pets is one of the greatest gifts you can give, because heâll not only enjoy being around other pets and people, but they'll & Read more �

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Socializing pets and children — creating lifelong friendships

Even if you don't have children in your home, it's a good idea for your pet to get used to being around kids, because typically it will happen at some point. While it's generally easier to socialize a puppy, dogs and cats of any age can be trained to behave properly when children are around. The most important thing to remember & Read more �

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Learning to Sit Nicely

If he does, he will do it every time you ask, the first time you ask. Teaching your puppy a reliable "sit" cue is very important. If your puppy is sitting, he is not jumping on people. The secret is to teach your puppy the action before you teach him the word. To do that, you'll need to have some & Read more �

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Potty Training Your Puppy

Take your puppy outside to the same spot when it's time to go. Doing this will help your puppy associate that particular location with elimination, so she will make the connection more quickly. You do have to patient, though. Most pups will sniff for 15 or 20 minutes before they eliminate. Take your puppy outside to the same spot when it's & Read more �

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House Training 101: Learning the Basics

Know where to go Consistency is key when training your pet where to relieve himself. The more often you take your dog outside when he has to go, the sooner he'll learn that he's always supposed to go outside. Once you become familiar with your pet's routine, you'll start recognizing the signs (circling, sniffing at one spot) that he has & Read more �

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Stop Your Dog from Begging at the Table

If you're the type who continually gives in and doles out treats on demand, you may be doing more harm than good to your dog. After all, being overweight is just as unhealthy for animals as it is for humans. Here's some ways to stop a begging problem: If you're the type who continually gives in and doles out treats & Read more �

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How to Control Unwanted Jumping

When dogs greet each other, they usually sniff muzzles. Dogs that jump up on people to greet them wish to make contact with the person's face. Dogs may also jump up on people and grab their clothes or limbs in an effort to play. To prevent unwanted jumping, it's important to teach him an acceptable alternative behavior for social interactions. While teaching & Read more �

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Taking the Anxiety Out of Separation

As social animals, it's normal for puppies to form attachments to their pet parent. Attachment implies a trusting relationship and is the foundation of a good, healthy bond between pet and Pet Parent. However, when a dog becomes overly dependent on its pet parent, problem behaviors may result. Causes of separation anxiety in dogs include early separation from the mom, & Read more �

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Saving Your Yard from a Digger

Dogs dig for a lot of reasons, some breeds are naturally inclined to dig, some dig because they're hot and like to lay in the cool dirt, others dig because they're bored. If you have a digging problem, here are some helpful ways to have your dog and a beautiful yard coexist. Divide the Yard in Two If you have & Read more �

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Soothing Your Dog's Fears

Dogs express their fear in different ways. They may bite or scratch, run and hide, tremble or even urinate when afraid. Your job is to figure out what's scaring your dog and help ease and overcome his fears. Determining why your dog is fearful isn't always essential to treating the fearful behavior, although the reason for his fear will dictate & Read more �

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New Puppy Guide

Puppy-proof your home Get down on your hands and knees and look for anything that could be dangerous for a 2-year-old child and move it to a safe place. Check for electrical cords, plants, cleaning solutions, etc. Put child safety latches on any cabinets containing cleaners or chemicals. Choose a Vet If you don't already have a veterinarian, you'll need & Read more �

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The Tricks to Beat Boredom

One of the most important things you can do to keep your dog healthy, happy and out of trouble is to make sure your best friend isn't bored while you're away. While it's true that they'll nap a good part of the time, you want to make sure that when he's awake, he has constructive, fun and challenging things to & Read more �

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Puppy-proofing Your Home

Just like new mothers and fathers baby-proof their homes, you need to puppy-proof yours. Puppies have a lot of energy and, like babies, they're too young to know what they should and shouldn't get into. You need to make your home as safe as possible for your new bundle of joy. Collect all small and breakable objects, such as anything & Read more �

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Introducing Your Puppy to Your Other Pets

Do you have another dog? A cat or two? If you do, this makes your new puppy's arrival very stressful. Remember that your puppy has just left its mother, its siblings, and its home, so it's already stressed out and scared. Avoid a nasty confrontation between your pets and your puppy whenever possible. (You know how hard it is to & Read more �

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Dealing with Overweight Pets

Pets often consume more calories than their bodies need. Obesity can aggravate respiratory problems, diabetes, arthritis and heart disease. Just a pound or two may make a difference in a pet's health, so while exercising is vital to a pet's health, watching your pet's diet and weight are just as important. Dogs' weights vary more than humans because of the & Read more �

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How to Choose the Right Natural Chew for Your Dog

Pig Ears and Chew Hooves and Bones, oh my! In addition to rawhide, other natural treats include pig ears, chew hooves and bones. Following is some information to help you decide if these treats are right for your pet. Pig ears are all natural pork, processed without preservatives, artificial coloring or flavoring. They're 100 percent digestible, and easier to digest than rawhide. They're also & Read more �

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Dog Grooming Q&A

How often should I bathe my dog? There's nothing like a nice bath to get your dog clean and fresh. Just remember that bathing too often can cause dry skin and dandruff, so keep it to no more than once a week. Also, remember that your dog's skin has a different pH than yours, so use a shampoo that's made & Read more �

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The Big 3: Bathing, Brushing and Nail Trimming Your Dog

Brushing Regular brushing removes dead hair from the coat before it mats, stimulates the skin and helps distribute the natural oils, producing a healthy, shiny coat. Begin brushing at the head, working toward the tail and down the legs. Always brush in the direction of hair growth. Pay particular attention to the legs and flanks, and areas that easily mat. & Read more �

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Does My Puppy Need Vitamins?

If you're feeding your puppy a puppy specialty food (such as Authority, Blue Buffalo and Eukanuba), additional supplementation probably isn't necessary. But, your dog's age, overall health, exercise level, environment and breed can all be factors to consider in whether or not to add supplements. So talk with your vet, who may suggest certain supplements at certain times of the year, such & Read more �

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Dog Health Q&A: What should I do if I think my dog has worms?

Intestinal parasites can cause severe disease. Several canine parasites can also be spread to humans. That's why it's important to get proper diagnosis and treatment if you think your dog might have worms. Many intestinal parasites, including tapeworms, are not effectively treatable with over-the-counter dewormers. A veterinary examination, stool examination, and appropriate treatment are the best ways to keep your & Read more �

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Safely Travel with your Dog

No one wants to think about leaving their beloved four-legged family member at home when planning a vacation, but if you're going to bring your pet along for the journey make sure you are prepared to make it as safe and comfortable an experience as you can.  Traveling by Car Most pets will be at least somewhat familiar with the car & Read more �

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Neutering

To protect your dog's health and help control pet overpopulation, you should have your dog spayed or neutered by the time they reach 6 months old. The procedures have many additional health benefits as well. For Female Dogs Spaying prevents unwanted pregnancy, prevents cancer of the reproductive system, eliminates the potential for infections of the uterus later in life, and reduces & Read more �

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Puppy Teething Solutions

Puppies will nip and chew for several reasons, such as teething, looking for attention and boredom. Never encourage your puppy to nip. If he attempts to nip or grab at you, walk away. If your puppy does nip you, say "ouch!" in a high-pitched voice and walk away. Never squeeze your puppy's mouth shut, slap him or use any type & Read more �

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Microchipping Your Dog

A collar tag with current information is an important first step in keeping your dog safe, but they are not foolproof. Dogs can slip out of collars, and collars can be removed. That's why microchipping is a smart idea. Pet microchips are small identification devices that look like a grain of rice. They are implanted safely beneath pets' skin, similar to & Read more �

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Why is My Dog Scratching at His Ears?

Occasional light scratching is normal. However, persistent scratching or pawing at the ears or head can be an indication of ear infection, injury, excess earwax, something lodged in the ear or skin problems. Some ear problems may not be easily visible and require a deep ear exam by a veterinarian to be properly evaluated. Any discharge, odor, redness, pain, swelling, & Read more �

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Your Dog's Waste & His Health

Some characteristics of stool to become familiar with are color, consistency, frequency and any additions like blood, mucus or non-food materials. Color of stools may vary slightly, so get to know what's normal for your pet. Bright red kibble may result in red poop due to food dyes. Bowel movements that are green may be due to infections, while gray & Read more �

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Vaccinations

Dogs of all ages need routine vaccinations to help them stay healthy. Your dog's vaccination schedule will vary based on his age, overall health, state regulations, vaccination type and risk of exposure. In general, puppies usually need several sets of vaccination boosters to provide them with as much protection as possible. Adult dogs that are properly vaccinated should receive yearly & Read more �

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What You and Your Dog Should Expect from a Vet Visit

The veterinarian (or veterinarian technician) should take a detailed history and spend at least 30 minutes with you and your pet conducting a thorough nose-to-tail exam, including listening to your pet's heart and lungs and feeling his belly. In addition to inquiring about your pet's physical health, the vet should also ask about your pet's behavior and mood. If you're & Read more �

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Welcoming your new kitten into your home

While bringing home a new kitten or cat is exciting, it's very stressful for the animal. Change is traumatic for cats, so you don't want to bring your kitten home when your house is crowded and noisy, or show it off to your friends and family as soon as it arrives. Follow these steps when welcoming a new cat or & Read more �

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Your Kitten's Veterinary Visits: The First Year

Kittens ingest antibodies from their mother's milk that protect them against disease. Once they start to eat solid kitten food, however, they need vaccinations from the veterinarian. Kittens should receive their first series of vaccinations when they're six weeks old. If you adopt a kitten from a shelter or buy one from a breeder, ask for the kitten's medical records. & Read more �

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Getting Ready for Your New Cat: A Wish List

Not sure what you'll need to prepare for the arrival of your new little friend? To properly care for your new kitten or adult cat, you'll need to have some basic items ready for when kitty comes to stay. Recommended items for your kitten or cat's health and safety: Collar is needed for attaching your pet's identification tag. Make sure & Read more �

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Understanding Aggressive Cat Behavior

If your cat displays aggression toward another cat, it's usually due to territorial issues. Unless two cats are litter mates or "siblings" from the time they're very young kittens, it will take them some time to adjust to one another. Review our Gentle Welcome article for the strategy to gradually introduce a new cat into the home. If your cat & Read more �

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Introducing Your New Kitten to Other Pets

Welcoming a new kitten or cat into your home is difficult if you have other Pets. To avoid a nasty confrontation between your Pets and your kitten, follow these steps. Prepare a room for the kitten in a quiet area of your house. Put the kitten's food and water in the room, as well as its scratching post and litter & Read more �

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Kitten-Proofing Your Home

Just like new parents must 'baby-proof' their homes, you must 'kitten-proof' yours before your new kitten arrives. Kittens have a lot of energy and they're very curious, so you need to make your home as safe as possible. Collect all small and breakable objects like nick-knacks and put them in a room that's off-limits to your kitten. Keep the door & Read more �

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Growth and Development in Kittens

A newborn kitten grows so fast it sometimes seems as if it's getting bigger right in front of your eyes! Like babies, the growth and development of kittens is somewhat predictable, meaning all kittens look and act a certain way at a certain age. Newborns Newborn kittens can't see, hear, or walk. However, newborns do manage to push themselves around & Read more �

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Benefits to Feeding Specialty Cat Foods

Specialty cat foods are formulated to meet the nutrient needs of your cat by having higher-quality protein sources, no artificial dyes and added antioxidants and vitamins. Ingredients include more real meat, natural additives (natural preservatives like vitamins C and E) and rich carbohydrate sources like rice (one of the most digestible grains). Because higher-quality ingredients are used, specialty cat foods are & Read more �

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Ways to Prevent Furniture Scratching

All cats need to scratch to detach the outer shell on their nails so the new growth is exposed. If your cat doesn't scratch, the outer layer of its nails will continue to grow into its footpad, which is very painful. Cats also scratch to mark their territories and stretch their muscles and tendons. But, as some Pet Parents may & Read more �

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Kitty Cuisine: Feeding Facts

Just like people, cats and kittens need a balanced diet to stay healthy. First, find out what brand of food your new friend was eating before you got her, and continue to feed the same brand. If you need to switch brands, do so gradually by mixing a bit of the new food with the old food and increasing the & Read more �

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The Basics - Cat Brushing and Nail Trimming

Keeping your cat's coat groomed and nails trimmed are key to keeping him healthy. If you want to maintain both his coat and nails in between professional groomings or prefer to groom at home, these tips will help make the job easier. Keeping your cat's coat groomed and nails trimmed are key to keeping him healthy. If you want to maintain both his & Read more �

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Why Do Cats Get Hairballs?

Cats are extremely clean pets, and are constantly grooming themselves. Their tongues are built in such a way that once hair is on it, there is only one way for it to go, down the hatch. Hair is not digestible, so it just sits in the stomach, turning and churning, until it's a mass of hair, mucous and digestive acids. & Read more �

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What Makes a Healthy Diet For Your Cat?

You know it's important to feed your cat a healthy diet, but what exactly does that mean? A healthy diet is one that offers your cat balanced levels of all essential nutrients including:   You know it's important to feed your cat a healthy diet, but what exactly does that mean? A healthy diet is one that offers your cat balanced levels & Read more �

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Proper Feeding For Your Cat From Kitten to Adulthood

Kitten The kitten life stage is marked by an abundance of energy and growth. To support your cat during this stage and ensure she grows up healthy, strong and happy, she requires foods with higher levels of protein, fats, vitamins and minerals to meet her growth and high energy requirements. Feeding food specifically created for kittens is vital since kittens & Read more �

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Litter Box Lowdown

Cats and kittens are naturally very clean animals, and most kittens are litter box trained by around 12 weeks old. However, the stress of moving to a new home may cause kittens and adult cats to forget their littler box habits. Following are some hints to make sure they practice what they've learned. Place the litter box in a quiet & Read more �

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Spaying or Neutering Your Cat

To protect your cat's health and help control pet overpopulation, you should have your cat spayed or neutered by the time they reach 6 months old. The procedures have many additional health benefits as well. For Female Cats Spaying prevents unwanted pregnancy, prevents cancer of the reproductive system, and eliminates the potential for infections of the uterus later in life, especially & Read more �

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Microchipping Your Cat

A collar tag with current information is an important first step in keeping your cat safe, but they are not foolproof. Cats can slip out of collars, and collars can be removed. That's why microchipping is a smart idea. Pet microchips are small identification devices that look like a grain of rice. They are implanted safely beneath pets' skin, similar to & Read more �

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The Skinny on Scratching

It's just a fact of life that cats scratch - in fact, it's a very healthy behavior. It helps to keep the nails clean and helps your cat shed the nail sheath periodically. The tricky part is training her to use something other than furniture or door frames. The best choice is to offer a sturdy scratching post or other & Read more �

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Take Control of Spraying

To modify your cat's natural urge to mark their spot around the house, here are some ways to take control of spraying. Fixing the Issue Having your kitten neutered as soon as your veterinarian recommends is one of the best ways to prevent a spraying problem from even starting. For older cats neutering is still an effective option and overall healthier & Read more �

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See Stain, Clean Stain

Cats have a keen sense of smell. Consequently, when urinating in a spot other than their litter box, cats will often go back to the same spot because the ammonia scent acts as an attractant. Unfortunately, repeated visits to a spot in the house can get stinky. The goal is not only to clean the area, but neutralize the odor & Read more �

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Training Cats

Some of the same rules apply, the most important of which is consistency. If you want your cat to stay off the kitchen counters, the rule has to apply all the time. Don't scold her for it one day, and then invite her to jump up there the next. And while cats may not respond to praises of "Good Kitty," & Read more �

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Safely Travel with Your Cat

By Car When traveling by car, keep these things in mind: By Car When traveling by car, keep these things in mind: Plan ahead -- make sure the hotels you're staying at allow pets. Make sure your cat is up to date on vaccinations -- always carry your cat's health certificate and proof of vaccinations. Use a pet carrier -- an unsecured & Read more �

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How to Relieve Your Cat's Stress

Some of the most common causes of cat stress are: changes in the immediate environment, introduction of a new pet into the family, sudden loud noises, unfamiliar smells or the absence of certain family members. Some signs of stress include: hiding, unusual fearfulness or aggression, excessive vocalizing, urine marking, changes in eating habits or eliminating outside the litter box. If & Read more �

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Train a Cat to Walk While on a Leash? Yes You Can!

Taking your cat for a walk is a good way for her to get experience the great outdoors without subjecting her to the dangers of cars, cat fights or infectious diseases that can be contracted through other cats. It's also a great way for her to get some exercise and burn some calories. Teaching an adult cat to walk while on & Read more �

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Routine Vaccinations for Your Cat

Cats of all ages need routine vaccinations to help them stay healthy. Your cat's vaccination schedule will vary based on her age, overall health, state regulations, vaccination type, and risk of exposure. In general, kittens usually need several sets of vaccination boosters to provide them with as much protection as possible. Adult cats that are properly vaccinated should receive yearly boosters & Read more �

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Is Your Cat Eating Weird Things? It Could Be Pica

Pica is a term used to describe the consumption of non-food items. In cats, it is a rare but potentially serious compulsive condition that can have detrimental effects on a cat’s health. Common targets of cat consumption include wool, fabric, plastic, tinsel, string, phone or electrical cords, although any inedible object can be a likely target. A cat with a & Read more �

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How to Teach Your Dog to "Drop It''

Tired of your dog stealing your socks, shoes and other stuff? Even worse, are you tired of chasing him around the couch to get it back? These tips will help curb that behavior and save your personal items from becoming chew toys: Tired of your dog stealing your socks, shoes and other stuff? Even worse, are you tired of chasing him & Read more �

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Teach Your Dog to Use the Pet Door

Pet doors are one of life’s greatest conveniences. They allow your pet to come and go as they please and can speed up housetraining. While these doors can be handy, puppies can be a little nervous using them the first time. Here are some tips to help your dog learn how to use his doggy door. Note: Most of these steps & Read more �

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