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Pet CPR And First Aid – How To Care For Your Pet In An Emergency

Pet First Aid Basics How To Check Vitals And Keep Your Cat Or Dog Stable

What would you do if your pet’s life was in danger? Any pet can have a medical emergency, no matter their age or health condition. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to access emergency veterinary services, especially because there are so few emergency 24-hour vets, and even fewer pet ambulance services. Every pet owner should know first aid. You should know how to take your pet’s vitals, how to keep them stable in an emergency, and when to seek further veterinary care. How To Read Vital Signs In Pets It’s easy to read your pet’s vital signs. You can practice on[…]Read More…

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Pet Poison Awareness – What You Should Know To Keep Your Pets Safe

Pet Poison Awareness - Household Toxins

It’s devastating to discover that your pet has eaten something toxic. Not only is it a scary, sometimes fatal medical emergency – it’s often preventable. Though it can happen to anyone, you can greatly reduce your pet’s chances of being poisoned by knowing about the most common toxins, and how you can keep your pet safe from them. According to the ASPCA, the top toxins ingested by pets are: Prescription medications. Commonly ingested prescription human medications include blood pressure pills, medications for depression and sleep aids, all of which are extremely toxic to pets, even in small amounts. Take care[…]Read More…

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The Ultimate Guide To Goldfish As Pets – Everything You Need To Know About Goldfish Care

The Ultimate Guide To Goldfish As Pets

With their shimmery scales, big eyes and pouting mouth, the goldfish is arguable the cutest fish ever. Though they’re easy to love, most die prematurely because they do not typically get the care they need to see out their maximum lifespan of 15 years. Goldfish are still a great beginner’s pet, as long as the responsibility is taken seriously. Though you may acquire your goldfish for cheap or even for free, you should still be prepared to invest a bit of time and money into their care. Fortunately, the biggest costs are upfront, meaning if you get fish tank setup[…]Read More…

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How To Care For A Puppy Under 8 Weeks Old

How To Care For A Puppy Younger Than 8 Weeks Old

Puppies need their mother and littermates during their first 8 weeks of life to eat, stay warm and pick up early social skills. But what about when your puppy comes home too soon? You can care for a young puppy who does not have a mother; it will just take a little extra work during those first few weeks. Here is everything you need to know about caring for puppies under 8 weeks of age: Was Your Puppy Sold Illegally? If you’re in the United States, there is a chance that the puppy was sold to you illegally. Twenty-five states[…]Read More…

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Evolve, Sportsman’s Pride And Triumph Dry Dog Foods Recalled Due To Elevated Levels Of Vitamin D

Sunshine Mills, Inc. is voluntarily recalling select products of Evolve® Puppy, Sportsman’s Pride® Large Breed Puppy and Triumph® Chicken and Rice Dog Food due to potentially elevated levels of Vitamin D. When consumed at very high levels, Vitamin D can lead to serious health issues in dogs. [View All Recalls In Reverse Chronological Order] Company: Sunshine Mills, Inc. of Red Bay, Alabama View all Recalled Photos Brands:  Evolve® Puppy, Sportsman’s Pride®  and Triumph® Recalled products: Here is the information on the recalled products: Evolve Chicken & Rice Puppy Dry Dog Food Size: 14-pound bag UPC: 0-73657-00862-0 Evolve Chicken & Rice Puppy[…]Read More…

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The Ultimate Guide To Squirrels As Pets

The Ultimate Guide To Raising A Baby Squirrel, Feeding And Rehabilitation

Don’t you just love watching squirrels? It’s incredibly relaxing to watch them hop, climb and forage. They’re impossibly graceful and whimsically charming. Everyone has, at least once, wondered what it would be like to keep a squirrel as a pet. Feed The World… Starting With Squirrels The odds of you ever keeping a squirrel as a pet are awfully slim. Even hand-raised squirrels need to roam for miles to fulfill their innate need to forage and explore. But you can enjoy endless entertainment by putting out a squirrel feeder. Bird enthusiasts consider squirrels to be pests for stealing from their[…]Read More…

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From Rescue To Rehab – The Story Of Earl The Squirrel

Earl The Squirrel Rescue Story

Sometimes, you just find yourself in the right place at the right time. When a baby Earl, the Squirrel, fell out of a tree with a squeak, his chances of surviving were incredibly slim. Eyes still sealed and just barely dusted with a thin coat of fur, it wasn’t long before ants began to swarm over him, ready to make a fast meal of his tiny body. Luckily, a little boy found him, put him in a shoebox and gave him a name. His family passed him off to their friend, Kim, knowing that she loved animals and would give[…]Read More…

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All About The American Bully

American Bully Breed

The American Bully is one of the newest and fastest growing dog breeds in the world. You may have started to see these dogs at your local park or on social media. When you see one, you’ll do a double-take – these dogs make a powerful impression on everyone they meet, not only with their short, muscular stance but also their goofy, friendly personality. Is The American Bully The Same As A Pit Bull? The American Pit Bull Terrier is its own breed recognized by the United Kennel Club, originating as early as 500 years ago. However, when people use[…]Read More…

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Is The American Bully The Right Breed For My Family?

American Bully Good Family Dog Breed

Are you looking for your next family dog? A purebred dog is a great choice. Temperament is made up of a combination of genetics, training and socialization. When you get a puppy from a breeder, you’ll be able to choose a dog that has been specially bred to be stable and friendly, and they will have come from a loving home with positive early experiences around people. Your breeder may even start socializing your puppy around children and adults before you bring them home. The American Bully is a new breed made up of bully-type dogs, bred to be a[…]Read More…

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Which Small Pets Need To Be Kept In Pairs, And Which Are Best Housed Alone?

Which small animals should be housed solo, and which need to live in pairs or groups?

Ready to adopt a new pocket pet… or two?  Owning more than one small pet means extra care costs, but they’ll keep each other from getting lonely when you’re not around. Some small animals are social creatures that live together in the wild, while some are strictly solitary, prone to fighting when housed together. Here are some of our favorite social and not-so-social small animals: Guinea Pigs At the top of our list of most social small pets is the guinea pig. Sweet, cuddly and intelligent, they are herd animals that need lots of love and affection. Guinea pigs always need[…]Read More…

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How To Choose Between Grain-Free And Grain-Inclusive Pet Food

In recent years, pet foods have become complicated, to say the least.  With so many different formulas to choose from, dozens of new brands, and very little information on the label besides flashy marketing terms, you might feel like shopping for pet food has become extremely overwhelming. Here’s what you need to know when choosing the right food for your pet: Ingredients In Grain-Free And Grain-Inclusive Pet Foods The “grains” in grain-inclusive pet foods are usually corn, rice, wheat and barley. Grain-free pet foods contain other sources of carbohydrates that are included as an energy source and to hold the[…]Read More…

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Why You Should Adopt A Pet From A Shelter

Every so often, a shelter in any community gets ready for an adoption promotion. While shelters also raise funds throughout the calendar year, what is raised is rarely sufficient. Thus, adoption events. According to the Humane Society Of The United States, Each Year, 2.7 million adoptable dogs and cats are euthanized in the United States, simply because too many pets come into shelters and too few people consider adoption when looking for a pet. The number of euthanized animals could be reduced dramatically if more people adopted pets instead of buying them. If that is not enough reason why you[…]Read More…

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How to Keep Your Pets Safe on Your Deck

The summer heat is here and our decks are ready for family, friends, sunbathing, barbeques, and of course, hanging out with our pets! While our pups love watching us barbeque on the deck or our cats enjoy basking in the sun, as pet owners we need to make sure they are completely safe. As amazing as our decks are, they can be dangerous. However, danger can be easily prevented! Let your dogs and cats be protected and happy this summer with these tips to keep your pets safe on your deck! Tip 1: Check the deck’s temperature Whether your deck[…]Read More…

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What To Do If You See A Dog In A Hot Car

What To Do If You See A Dog In A Hot Car

Isn’t it wonderful to be able to take your dog with you when you go out, instead of leaving them at home? Most dogs love car rides, especially if they know they’re going to the park or the dog beach. However, taking your dog with you can be inconvenient. They’re not allowed in most public places. People sometimes resort to leaving their dog in their car while they run into the store “for five minutes.” Even if you run in, grab what you need, and don’t have to wait in line, it only takes a few minutes for the inside[…]Read More…

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How To Dehydrate Your Own Healthy Pet Treats

How To Dehydrate Your Own Healthy Pet Treats

Cheap pet treats aren’t healthy, and healthy treats aren’t cheap. Ounce-for-ounce, biscuit-type treats are typically cheaper because they are made with fillers like flour or starch. Treats made with mostly meat tend to be healthier for cats and dogs, though some are made with artificial preservatives that can lead to chronic health issues when fed long-term. While it’s perfectly fine to offer your pet’s favorite store-bought “junk food” treats, especially if your pet finds them highly motivating for training, you need to feed them in moderation to prevent excess weight gain and watch out for pet product recalls. Making treats[…]Read More…

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10 Cool New AKC Recognized Dog Breeds

New AKC Dog Breeds

The American Kennel Club recognizes over 200 breeds, which can participate in events like conformation shows, agility, earth-dog trials, and obedience trials. In the past decade, a handful of “new” dog breeds have been added to the registry. These are not necessarily brand-new dog breeds, but rare breeds that had to demonstrate enough interest before they could be recognized by the AKC – they must have a dedicated National Breed Club, and at least a few hundred dogs across the United States. Get to know these amazing, super-rare dogs that are now winning judges over in AKC competitions: 1. Bergamasco[…]Read More…

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Merrick Pet Care Recalls Merrick Backcountry and Castor & Pollux Good Buddy Treats

May 23, 2018 – Merrick Pet Care, of Amarillo, Texas, is voluntarily recalling some of their varieties of dog treats because they might have elevated levels of naturally occurring beef thyroid hormone. When dogs have consumed high levels of beef thyroid hormone, they may show these symptoms: restlessness, increased heart rate, increased thirst, increased urination frequency and weight loss. These symptoms may resolve when the consumption decreases. When a dog consumes High levels of beef thyroid hormone over a long period of time the following symptoms may also be visible: labored and rapid breathing, vomiting, diarrhea. You should contact your veterinarian[…]Read More…

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How To Tell If Your Pets Are At A Healthy Weight

How To Tell If Your Pets Are Overweight

In 2017, the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention found 56% of dogs and 60% of cats are clinically overweight. This epidemic is putting pets at greater risk for certain cancers, kidney failure, diabetes, and puts excessive strain on their bones and joints. We can only blame ourselves for these shocking statistics. Most of the time, pet owners decide what their pets eat, and when. We might be substituting food for love and attention when we’re busy, or choosing foods that are marketed as “healthy” when they’re really not. Sometimes we don’t realize when our pets are overweight because we see[…]Read More…

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Chronic Kidney Disease: Prevent The #1 Killer Of Domestic Cats

Chronic Kidney Disease: Prevent The #1 Killer Of Domestic #Cats #Cathealth

When you’re a cat lover, there are three words that you never want to hear from your vet. Chronic Kidney Disease.  Most common in seniors, some vets have accepted that 1 in 3 cats will be diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) in their lifetime. A 2016 study found that over 60% of senior cats (over age seven) will develop some form of kidney disease, with prevalence in geriatric cats (over age 15) skyrocketing up to 80%. Fortunately, CKD can be prevented and may be managed for years with at-home treatment. Supporting your cat’s kidney health is essential to helping[…]Read More…

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OC Raw Dog Recalls Freeze Dried Sardines Because Of The Potential To Cause Botulism

April 20, 2018 – OC Raw Dog, LLC of California is recalling its OC Raw Dog Freeze Dried Sardines product because of the potential to cause botulism. The fish have exceeded the FDA compliance guideline for fish larger than 5 inches. The FDA has determined that salt-cured, dried, or fermented un-eviscerated fish larger than 5 inches have been linked to outbreaks of botulism poisoning between 1981 and 1987 and again in 1991. Because OC Raw Dog Freeze Dried Sardines are larger than 5 inches there is a possible health risk. Botulism is a deadly disease caused by a toxin-producing bacterium known as[…]Read More…

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Vital Essentials Freeze-Dried Dog Food Recall

April 16, 2018 – Carnivore Meat Company is voluntarily recalling two of its Vital Essentials freeze-dried dog foods because they may be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella can affect animals eating the contaminated products and humans are also at risk when handling the products, especially if you don’t wash your hands thoroughly with soap afterward. [View All Recalls In Reverse Chronological Order] Company: Carnivore Meat Company of Green Bay, WI Recalled products: Affected products can be identified by comparing the following lot numbers and best by dates: “Vital Essentials Freeze-Dried Beef Toppers, 6 oz. poly bag” with “Lot #13815, Best by 06/01/2019,[…]Read More…

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K9 Natural Ltd Voluntarily Recalls Imported Dog Food Due To Listeria

April 14, 2018 – K9 Natural Ltd is voluntarily recalling 4 batches of its K9 Natural Frozen Chicken Feast, which were imported into the US in June 2017, due to a potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. Listeria monocytogenes bacteria can affect animals eating the contaminated products and humans are also at risk after handling the products, especially if you don’t wash your hands thoroughly with soap afterward. [View All Recalls In Reverse Chronological Order] Company: K9 Natural Foods Ltd is a New Zealand-based company. Images related to the recall are as follows: Recalled products: The recalled products are as follows: 11 lbs[…]Read More…

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How To Choose The Perfect Name For Your New Pet

How To Choose A Name For Your Pet Cat Or Dog

Those tiny paws, big eyes and little snout are absolutely perfect – how will you possibly choose a name that is just as perfect as your new addition? Whether you have dozens of names that you can’t choose between, or you’re completely drawing a blank when thinking up names, it won’t be long until you find a name that just “sticks.” Keep in mind your pet’s personality, how they’ll change as they grow, and what that name will sound like after the twelfth time you’ve yelled it from your back porch. The Science Of Pet Naming Both cats and dogs[…]Read More…

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6 Reasons To Adopt A Senior Pet

6 Reasons To Adopt A Senior Pet

You’re ready to bring a new animal into your family, and maybe you can’t wait to raise a tiny, adorable puppy or kitten. For many families, a senior pet would be a perfect fit, though they’re often overlooked at shelters. You can even find a purebred pet from a breed-specific rescue. 1. Every senior has a story. Some adoptable senior pets were adored by their previous families but had to be given up due to a myriad of reasons. When someone loses their job, has a kid with allergies, adopts a younger pet, or has to move to a pet-free[…]Read More…

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What To Include In Your Pets’ Emergency Kits

What To Include In Your Pets Emergency Kits

No matter where you live, there’s always the possibility that your family will be affected by an emergency or natural disaster. Medical emergencies, floods, tornadoes, wildfires and other events can find us blindsided when we neglect to plan for them. When you have pets, it’s even more important to plan ahead. You don’t need to spend a lot of time or money to prepare kits that could save your pet’s life. With any luck, you’ll never actually have to use them. Steps To Take Right Now Approximately 15,500 pets needed to be rescued during Hurricane Katrina, and 80-85 percent of[…]Read More…