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10 Smart Reasons for Keeping Your Dog on a Leash

Does your dog practically do cartwheels when you pick up the leash? If so, you may have taught them well to be excited about fitness! January is National Walk Your Pet Month, and while there have been movements to have “leash-free” communities, there are good reasons to keep your pet leashed in public places, no matter how well-behaved your dog is.


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National Dress Up Your Pet Day

What are you doing this January 14th? The answer is, being fabulous with your pet, of course! January 14th is National Dress Up Your Pet Day – a special day created by celebrity pet lifestyle expert Colleen Paige in 2009. On this fashion-forward day, pet owners are encouraged to take time to have fun with their dogs, cats, and other animal friends, by dressing them up in cute AND safe pet costumes and outfits.


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Awesome Phone Apps for Pet Owners

Taking care of a pet is a big responsibility – one that can get complicated sometimes. When it comes to keeping track of your pet’s health records, vet information, vaccinations, etc., how many times have you found yourself thinking, “I wish I had an app for that!”? Well, it turns out there are tons of phone apps now available for dog and cat owners. Here are some of the most useful apps we’ve found for keeping track of your pet, training your pet, learning about your pet, and much more!


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New Year’s Eve Pet Safety: Hold the Booze

New Year’s Eve can be a tough time for pets. Between the loud fireworks and guests, even the most social pets can feel a little intimidated. One danger you may not have considered is alcohol. In the midst of the festivities, your curious dog or cat may help themselves to someone’s glass and it can make them sick.

Start your New Year off right and avoid a pet emergency. Here’s what you need to know.


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Spaying or Neutering Your Pet Benefits Them AND You!

If you grew up in the '80s or ’90s, then you know the highlight of staying home from school sick was watching “The Price is Right.” For over 30 years, Bob Barker signed off with, “Help control the pet population. Have your pet spayed or neutered.” For those who have grown up in the 2000s, Drew Carey has continued the mantra. But besides the fact that Bob or Drew said so, just why should you spay or neuter your pet?


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What is a Heart Murmur?

When your dog or cat visits the veterinarian, the doctor will use a stethoscope to listen to the heart. While a regular heartbeat has a certain rhythm, an irregular heartbeat breaks that rhythm either with an extra beat or two, or a “whooshing” sound.

An irregular heartbeat or unusual sound could mean your pet has a heart murmur.


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Exploring Bloat in Dogs

Bloat in dogs is an extremely serious and dangerous medical condition that should be treated as a medical emergency. Even mild cases of bloat can turn fatal. Although the causes of bloat are still not clear, the symptoms that occur are fairly consistent and are a sign that you should seek immediate medical attention. Educating yourself on this terrible condition is the best way to help prevent it and reduce the risks to your dog, should they ever get it.


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Is Your Pet Itchy? An Overview of Pet Allergies

Your pets can suffer from allergies just like you can! Allergies can be frustrating to pet owners: persistent scratching, chewing, or licking can lead to skin infections, open sores, and discomfort for your pet. It's important to learn what is causing your pet’s discomfort by getting them the help they need from your veterinarian.


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