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November 28, 2014

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Thursday 10/30/2014
Keep Pets Happy and Healthy this Holiday Season
Updated: October 30, 2014 - 3:34 am

(StatePoint) The holiday season can mean new routines, new décor and new foods in your home. While these temporary changes can be exciting for people, they can be hazardous to pets.

Tuesday 10/28/2014
Prepping for cold weather? Don't forget your pet
Updated: November 04, 2014 - 3:35 am

(BPT) - Fall weather affects pets just like their people. While you are taking precautions to protect yourself from cooler temperatures and environmental changes, you need to safeguard your dogs and cats, too. 

Thursday 10/16/2014
More Action Needed To End Pet Homelessness
Updated: October 17, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—There appears to be a significant difference between what many people offer as their opinion about pet homelessness and what, if anything, they do about the problem.

Tuesday 10/14/2014
How to protect your pet from the obesity epidemic
Updated: October 21, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - The most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that more than one-third, or 78.6 million, of U.S. adults are obese. While the issue is well-recognized among the public, many don’t realize there is a second obesity epidemic occurring simultaneously - a pet obesity epidemic, which is even more severe.

Monday 10/06/2014
How to stop pet stains from straining your family events
Updated: October 13, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - While there is no doubt that pet owners love their furry friends, it’s fair to say that dogs and cats can easily take over the home. Whether you’re dealing with a sick cat or attempting puppy potty training, you can quickly find yourself in a bacteria breeding ground.

Wednesday 09/10/2014
Pet-proofing your home in preparation for adopting a shelter animal
Updated: October 02, 2014 - 4:34 pm

(BPT) - The addition of a new pet to the family is always a cause for celebration. Stress can occur, too, no matter how welcome the new addition. When you’re thinking about adopting a pet from an animal shelter, some preparation can help ensure he or she is as safe and happy as possible.

Friday 08/22/2014
The right flea and tick treatment can protect your pet from little bugs ... and big problems
Posted: August 22, 2014

(BPT) - If you’re a pet owner, you know parasites - particularly fleas and ticks - can be a frustrating problem. That’s why you keep your pet out of tall grass and brush, and do routine flea and tick checks inside. You’re probably also using a flea and tick product to ensure your pet and family are safe from the parasite-borne diseases these pests can carry into your home.

Thursday 08/21/2014
Boost your pet's health with these preventive measures
Updated: August 28, 2014 - 3:36 am

(BPT) - Taking active, preventive measures to support your health is one of the most important things you can do to ward off serious illness. You eat right, exercise, brush your teeth and make sure to get plenty of sleep, all to keep your body running at its very best.

Monday 08/18/2014
Passion pays off: No-kill movement saves millions of animals per year
Updated: August 25, 2014 - 3:36 am

(BPT) - Americans like to think of themselves as a pet-loving society; today, nearly 70 million dogs and 74 million cats live in U.S. households, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. Yet as recently as 30 years ago, animal shelters across the country routinely killed an estimated 17 million companion animals a year as a means of population control.

Friday 07/25/2014
Look what the cat dragged in: Pests your pets bring home
Updated: August 01, 2014 - 3:49 am

(BPT) - Keeping pests out of your home is important, but it can be an uphill battle if you aren’t intercepting them at the source, and in some cases, the source may be your pets.

Monday 07/21/2014
Thinking of buying a puppy? You may want to think again
Updated: September 13, 2014 - 3:38 am

(BPT) - Your family is ready for a pet, so you head out to the local pet store. Within moments of walking into the shop, an energetic, sweet-eyed puppy steals your heart. You plunk down your money – possibly hundreds of dollars – and take him home, unaware that your new darling began his life in circumstances that most Americans would find horrifying, circumstances that will possibly cause him long-term health and psychological problems. He’s the product of a puppy mill.

Friday 07/18/2014
Make the big move less stressful for the 4-legged members of the family
Updated: July 25, 2014 - 3:54 am

(BPT) - When moving houses, you make a checklist of the utility companies you need to contact for stopping and starting services. You also schedule all the volunteer or professional movers to pack, transport and unpack your belongings, and you let all your friends and family members know your new address. Additionally, you need to remember to make plans for your special family members, too – your pets.

Thursday 07/03/2014
Decoding pet food claims to find the ideal nutrition for your furry family member
Updated: July 10, 2014 - 3:44 am

(BPT) - In the United States, 62 million households have at least one pet, including 83 million dogs and 95 million cats. That’s a lot of people who love their pets, and one of the key aspects of caring for a furry family member is providing the right nutrition. Unfortunately, with so many pet foods available, labels and claims can quickly get confusing.

Thursday 06/26/2014
A New Survey Weighs In On Pet Obesity
Updated: June 27, 2014 - 3:42 am

(NAPSI)—Much as with humans, too many calories and a lack of exercise can spell trouble for pets.

Monday 06/23/2014
Vet-approved tips for keeping your pet out of the ER
Updated: June 30, 2014 - 3:41 am

(BPT) - Picture this: It’s late in the evening when you realize that something is very wrong with your dog. Your normal veterinary clinic is closed, but you’re not sure if the problem can wait until tomorrow. You rush your pet to the closest ER and hope for the best.

Thursday 06/19/2014
Calming Cats And Dogs
Updated: June 20, 2014 - 3:59 am

(NAPSI)—With road trips, fireworks and thunderstorms, summer can be a tough time for some pets. Fortunately, there are several steps you can take to ease your animal’s stress, whether at home or on the road

Friday 06/13/2014
Fireworks and Thunderstorms: A Summer Guide to Keeping Cats Calm
Updated: June 14, 2014 - 4:36 am

(StatePoint) The majority of pet owners say they have at least one dog or cat with behavioral problems, which easily can be exacerbated by such startling things as July 4th fireworks and summer thunderstorms.

Wednesday 06/11/2014
Help Your Pets Avoid the Threat of Fleas
Updated: June 12, 2014 - 4:39 am

(NewsUSA) - Pet owners love their four-legged friends. In fact, many are considered a part of the family. However, one thing that dog and cat lovers hate are the fleas that ultimately find their way onto their beloved pet and into the home.

Thursday 05/29/2014
Getting Paid To Play: Dog Sitting And The Sharing Economy
Updated: May 29, 2014 - 6:47 pm

(NAPSI)—A growing number of people are finding it may be to their benefit to have their career go to the dogs.

Protect Pets to Keep Your Whole Family Safe
Updated: May 30, 2014 - 3:42 am

(NewsUSA) - Playing outside isn't just for the kids. Pets love exploring the backyard as well, and while letting Fluffy and Fido out may cut down on fur balls on the carpet, they could be bringing unwanted guests back inside.

Making A Connection Between Your Pet And Your Date
Updated: May 30, 2014 - 3:42 am

(NAPSI)—When you’ve made a “love connection” and feel it’s time to introduce your two-legged companion to your four-legged friend, here are a few tips from the nation’s leader in pet adoptions, PetSmart Charities, and the world’s largest dating website, Match.

Tuesday 05/13/2014
When disaster strikes, will your pets be safe? Preparedness tips for pet parents
Updated: September 03, 2014 - 3:39 am

(BPT) - Americans living in areas prone to severe storms, floods, earthquakes or other natural disasters may be well aware of the philosophy, “Hope for the best, but plan for the worst.” Families with a disaster plan in place will be better equipped to stay safe and recover from an emergency. Too often, however, even the best planners forget to include provisions for the four-legged members of the family.

Monday 04/14/2014
New Ways to Solve Cat Behavior Problems
Updated: April 14, 2014 - 3:37 am

(StatePoint) From inappropriate marking to excessive meowing to scratching, a misbehaving cat can cause disruption to your home. Unfortunately, behavior problems are the number one reason for pet euthanasia, resulting in the death of approximately 15 million pets annually, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association.

This National Pet Month: Tips for Cutting Costs on Pet Care
Updated: April 14, 2014 - 3:37 am

(StatePoint) Regardless of whether you’re a dog, cat, bird or other pet lover, most people can agree that pets are part of the family.  Caring for your pet doesn’t have to cost a fortune with a few helpful tips.

Monday 03/31/2014
It’s Flea and Tick Season: Tips to Protect Pets
Updated: March 31, 2014 - 3:36 am

(StatePoint) Protecting dogs from fleas and ticks is an important part of responsible pet care and this season shines a light on the prevention of Lyme disease in dogs. Distressing and harmful for your pet, parasites can cause diseases that affect you and your family.

Taking care of your dog's teeth: One more way to show you love him
Updated: July 23, 2014 - 3:46 am

(BPT) - Most pet parents enjoy hugs and kisses from their canines. But while your best friend is showering you with love, have you wondered if his teeth are clean? Or about how his dental health affects his overall well-being? Good oral care is as essential for dogs as it is for humans.

Thursday 03/27/2014
Annual Heartworm Check-up Keeps ‘Spring’ in Pets’ Steps
Updated: March 27, 2014 - 3:36 am

(StatePoint) Spring means many things to dogs and their owners. It’s time for longer walks and the shared exhilaration of playing “fetch” on the lawn. Even muddy feet from spring rains can be a pleasure.

Tuesday 03/18/2014
How to prepare your pet for summer fun - and beyond
Updated: June 26, 2014 - 3:43 am

(BPT) - The dark, cold days of winter are nearly behind us, and many people are looking forward to warmer weather and outdoor activities. Dogs also appreciate their time in the sun. So, it’s important to keep in mind what you need to do to make sure your dog is ready to enjoy summer activities.

Monday 01/13/2014
February is Pet Dental Health Month: Are Your Dog’s Teeth Healthy?
Updated: March 01, 2014 - 3:33 am

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