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    Thanksgiving Safety Tips

    Thanksgiving Safety Tips

    ‘Tis the season for friends, family and holiday feasts—but also for possible distress for our animal companions. Pets won’t be so thankful if they munch on undercooked turkey or a pet-unfriendly floral arrangement, or if... Learn More
    Finicky Feline

    Finicky Feline

    Many of us have had a cat who decided “I’m not gonna eat that!” It may be a new kind of food, it may be that the brand you have always fed has changed, or... Learn More
    Scoot Scoot

    Scoot Scoot

    We've all been there - you’re sitting with friends or relatives in your living room when your dog starts scooting her bottom across the floor in front of everyone. Before you cringe and shoo her... Learn More
    Howl-oween Costumes

    Howl-oween Costumes

    Some pets enjoy dressing up just as much as we humans do! Many dogs enjoy the attention they get while wearing a costume, and will eagerly stand to be dressed for Halloween, knowing they will... Learn More
    Furry Halloween Fun

    Furry Halloween Fun

    Although you may want to include your pet tin the festivities, remember that chocolate and sweets are not healthy for your cats and dogs. Their digestive systems are not adapted for sweets, and chocolate contains... Learn More
    Safely Social

    Safely Social

    Social media has become a big part of how we communicate. For pet owners, the platform can be both very useful and enjoyable while being simultaneously fraught with peril. Whether you have just joined social... Learn More
    Emergency Ready

    Emergency Ready

    Late summer and fall in Virginia can often bring severe weather and even hurricanes. You may have to evacuate your home if a storm hits our region, and the last thing you want to do... Learn More
    Dogs’ Eye View

    Dogs’ Eye View

    Every dog lover has had the experience: You explain that Fluffy only plays with the red ball, and someone says "Oh, well, she can't see color. It must be because of the smell." It is... Learn More
    “Talk” to Your Cat

    “Talk” to Your Cat

    Have you ever wondered what your cat is trying to say to you? Cats communicate with us in a variety of ways, many of which may go unnoticed. Body language, meowing, purring, and tail waving... Learn More
    Doggy Diets

    Doggy Diets

    Dog owners in the United States have a wide variety of choices when it comes to dog foods. Canine nutritional needs can vary widely depending on breed, size, age, and medical or systemic indications, and... Learn More
    Cat Nap-tastic

    Cat Nap-tastic

    Most cats spend a significant amount of their day napping. There is probably a place somewhere in your home that has a little nest of fur or some other telltale sign that it's your cat's... Learn More
    Calming the Canines

    Calming the Canines

    Fireworks can be a highlight of human celebration in the US during the summer, but for dogs, they can be very frightening. This year you can help your dog or you can volunteer at the... Learn More
    Fireworks & Felines

    Fireworks & Felines

    What do fireworks and summer rain have in common? Noises, which often frighten animals. The Humane Society Naples recommends the following tips to help deal with cats and fireworks, or cats and thunder. 1. “Accustom your... Learn More
    Groom to be Cool

    Groom to be Cool

    Warmer weather often means that we spend more time outside with our dogs. Proper grooming will help your dog feel cool and comfortable. Grooming also enhances the relationship you have with your pet. Grooming is... Learn More
    Farewell to Fleas & Ticks

    Farewell to Fleas & Ticks

    The thought of insects crawling on your skin and living off your blood probably, well, makes your skin crawl. Yet, too often as pet owners, we allow fleas and ticks to treat our pets like... Learn More
    Happy Fur-mom’s Day

    Happy Fur-mom’s Day

    There’s never a wrong time to get a gift to celebrate your mom. Mother’s Day or not, it’s always a good idea to show her how much she means to you — if she’s a... Learn More
    Cat-ercise

    Cat-ercise

    It's easy for dog owners to get regular exercise with their pooches; the typical young pup is almost always ready for a run or fetch session. But cat exercise? They’re not exactly known as cooperative... Learn More
    Water Worries

    Water Worries

    Any animal compelled to lap up toilet water probably has a cast-iron constitution, right? So what harm can come to a dog who drinks out of natural bodies of water? Plenty, as it turns out.... Learn More
    Basket of Fun

    Basket of Fun

    Easter is coming, and lots of us pet parents know how much fun it is to give your dog or cat an Easter basket! Learning how to put together the perfect gift basket for a... Learn More
    AKC Rally

    AKC Rally

    On Friday, March 15, 2019, dogs from around the country will convene in Tulsa, Oklahoma to compete in the AKC Rally National Championship. The dogs and their handlers will be cheered on by a crowd of... Learn More
    Cat Cuisine

    Cat Cuisine

    More and more people are making their own pet food in an effort to implement better nutrition, avoid additives and preservatives, and to address allergies to certain ingredients. With a little education, this can be... Learn More
    When Cats Adopt

    When Cats Adopt

    Sometimes a cat shows up in your neighborhood or on your doorstep, and it’s obvious that the cat is feral. There’s no way you’re going to lure the cat inside or touch her, and the... Learn More
    Zoom Zoom

    Zoom Zoom

    Have you ever caught your dog running in circles at top speed around the backyard or house? I’m sure you wondered what he was doing. Was he stung by a bee, spooked by something, or... Learn More
    Sweater Sense

    Sweater Sense

    Many people believe that their dog can't get frostbite, or that it's silly for dogs to wear sweaters. When the temperature falls below 32 degrees, humans and dogs are at risk for frostbite. Just like... Learn More
    Rover’s Resolutions

    Rover’s Resolutions

    It may be hard to believe, but once again the time has come to make our New Year's resolutions. And since many of the promises we make ourselves might eventually fizzle out, we recommend trying... Learn More
    Sneaky Slimmers

    Sneaky Slimmers

    According to the latest veterinary surveys, more than half of our nation’s dogs and cats are overweight. This means almost 90 million pets are at a higher risk for developing arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, high... Learn More
    Holiday Treats

    Holiday Treats

    It's Christmas!!! Surely that means Fido can have a little turkey, right? Well, in a word, yes, yes he can. Many of the holiday foods we enjoy are fine for pets in their naked state... Learn More
    When Should I Call the Vet?

    When Should I Call the Vet?

    It can be difficult to know when a pet needs to see a veterinarian - the occasional bout of diarrhea or change in appetite may seem trivial, or it may be a sign of a... Learn More
    Conscientious Crafting

    Conscientious Crafting

    The holidays are right around the corner, and we're all itching to try some new decorations, put up the old favorites, and deck the halls with... Well, you get the idea. Use a few of... Learn More
    Brrr-ing ‘Em In

    Brrr-ing ‘Em In

    Winter can be a hard time for many animals - dry, cold air, snow and rain and wind... In addition to chapped paws and itchy skin, pets often have to deal with the dangers of... Learn More
    Rare Scare

    Rare Scare

    Recent news reports from Wisconsin about a rare infection spread by cats and dogs have caused concern among pet owners. Capnocytophaga, as hard to treat as it is to pronounce, is a common bacteria found... Learn More
    Just the Facts

    Just the Facts

    As with any pet wellness trend, when it comes to CBD oil for dogs, there’s a lot of information floating around online. Of course, you want to do what’s best for your pup, which leads... Learn More
    Small Packages

    Small Packages

    Soft and cuddly, guinea pigs are popular pets. Interestingly, they are not related to pigs — potbellied or otherwise. Also known as cavies (pronounced KAY-vees), guinea pigs are the domesticated counterparts of wild guinea pigs... Learn More
    Leaving a Mark

    Leaving a Mark

    The most common feline behavior problem reported by pet owners is inappropriate elimination, but many of these behaviors don’t have to do with litter box problems at all. These cats are urine marking, and urine... Learn More
    Get Out! (with Fido)

    Get Out! (with Fido)

    Now that the weather’s heating up, it’s time for you and your dog to get off the couch and out into nature. If the same daily walk is getting old, try one of these outdoor... Learn More
    Babies and Cats

    Babies and Cats

    Although we know that cats and babies can co-exist harmoniously in the same family, there are still precautions that new or expecting parents can take to help safeguard both baby and feline. • Keep your... Learn More
    Time Out Training

    Time Out Training

    From potty training to puppy proofing to establishing the rules of the house, your hands are full when you bring home a new puppy. But there is one step you don’t want to forget —... Learn More
    Tell-Tail Signs

    Tell-Tail Signs

    Have you been wanting a cat but need some help deciding whether you're ready to make the commitment? There are plenty of factors to consider, and these prerequisites are a good place to start. 1.... Learn More
    Professional Help

    Professional Help

    Many behaviors that are completely natural for dogs and cats—like barking or meowing, scratching, biting, digging, chewing, escaping and running away—can prove to be challenging for some pet parents. Although advice abounds in the form... Learn More
    Creature Comfort

    Creature Comfort

    For better or worse, in sickness and in health, it’s a pet owner’s responsibility to provide the love and care needed throughout her dog’s lifetime. Nobody wants to imagine her canine companion falling ill, but... Learn More
    Pooch Friendly Planting

    Pooch Friendly Planting

    Gardening is a favorite pastime among many Americans. Freshly grown fruits, vegetables, and herbs not only taste great, but can also save you money. And there’s nothing quite like eating something you cultivated yourself. It’s... Learn More
    Creature Comforts

    Creature Comforts

    Taking care of a senior dog can present a lot of challenges for pet owners. Your canine companion is moving more slowly. His coordination and eyesight aren’t what they used to be — and neither... Learn More
    Forever Care

    Forever Care

    We all worry about what will happen to our pets if something happened to us. Making sure your pet is always cared for involves many different factors, but you can get started right now making... Learn More
    Springtime Safety

    Springtime Safety

    Spring has sprung, and with the change of season, our thoughts turn to Easter celebrations, spring cleaning and much-needed home improvement projects. Before you embark on seasonal chores or outdoor revelry, take inventory of potential... Learn More
    Medication Mastery

    Medication Mastery

    Cat owners know: Getting a feline to swallow a pill can be a challenge. In fact, it might be one of the biggest challenges when it comes to cat care. Finding a way to give... Learn More
    Terrific Teeth

    Terrific Teeth

    Dental care at home can help keep pets happier and healthier Have you taken a look in your cat’s or dog’s mouth recently? About 85 percent of dogs and cats older than 4 have some... Learn More
    Brushing 101

    Brushing 101

    By the time your dog is 3 years old, there’s a good chance he’ll have some degree of dental disease. If left untreated, the bacteria that build up in your dog’s mouth can spread into... Learn More
    Handle with Care

    Handle with Care

    Birds gotta fly, fish gotta swim and dogs gotta chew. But as much as dogs love it, the painful dental problems that sometimes accompany their chomping habits aren't quite as enjoyable. A broken tooth exposes... Learn More
    Pretty Kitty

    Pretty Kitty

    Grooming Basics Regular brushing can help keep your cat’s skin and haircoat healthy. Groom your cat when he or she is relaxed, and start with short sessions. Try to make grooming a pleasant experience for... Learn More
    Dirty Dogs

    Dirty Dogs

    Sure, brushing your pet’s hair and cleaning his teeth regularly will help him look his best, but it’s also important for his health. Here, a guide to help you get started. A good brushing and... Learn More

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