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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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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…

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How To Keep Your Dog And Cat Warm This Winter

How To Keep Your Pets Warm This Winter

Dogs and cats may wear a warm coat of fur, but they can still be vulnerable to cold weather. This is especially true for breeds that do not have a double coat, and those with short fur and areas of skin with little or no fur at all. During the winter, pets are prone to hypothermia, frostbite, inflammation and dry, itchy skin. You can protect them from the elements by keeping them warm indoors and making sure they have the right gear when they spend time outside. Why Your Cat Should Stay Indoors Regardless of the weather, you should keep[…]Read More…

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The Best Ways To Pamper All Your Pets This Holiday Season

How To Pamper Your Pets This Holiday Season

At ‘ilovepets.co’, we believe that pets are family. We know that all our readers and customers (from Grand Prairie, Texas to all over the United States) are planning to include all pets, big and small, in the festivities. You just can’t wait to pamper your pets, a bit more than what you usually do, this holiday season. So, here are some creative ways you can make the holidays special for your pets: Prepare A Warm Beverage Don’t you love hot cocoa or hot cider on a cold winter night? Your pets will love their own healthy hot beverages, especially if[…]Read More…

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How To Measure Your Dog For A Collar?

Dogs vary in shape and size depending on their breeds. A dog’s neck also varies in shape and size individually, with age and also according to the breed. When you are buying a collar for your dog, you need to measure the circumference of your pet’s neck. However, in doing so, there are some things you have to keep in mind. This is a general piece of advice on how to properly measure your dog’s neck before you buy a collar. The size of the collar is more important than the color or even type of the collar. Remember, if[…]Read More…

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Independence Day And Your Pets: What You Need To Know Before July 4th

What You Need To Know Before #julyfourth when you have #pets

The best day of the summer is right around the corner. But before you fire up that grill, think of how your pets will be celebrating this Independence Day. Are you going to have a party? Leaving home to see the fireworks? Whether you’ll be home or not, you need to make plans for your pets, too. Your Pre-Fourth To-Do List Check your pets’ tags and microchips. Your address and phone number should be up-to-date. Many humane societies are offering discounted microchipping this time of year. Create a safe space where your pets can hide. Create a hideaway in the corner[…]Read More…

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What You Should Know About Arthritis In Pets

What You Should Know About Arthritis In #Pets

It happens in stages. First, you notice that your pet takes a few moments to get out of bed in the morning. Then you notice they’re no longer charging ahead on walks the way they used to. Easy jumps have become a struggle, and you’re beginning to notice that your pet is suffering during normal activities. Up to 90 percent of cats over 12 years old have arthritis, and a similar number of senior dogs suffer from it, too. It seems inevitable; if your pet lives to an old age, you’ll see some signs of pain and stiffness in at[…]Read More…

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What You Should Know Before Adopting A Pet As A Couple

What You Should Know Before Adopting A Pet As A Couple

You’ve exchanged “I Love You”s, moved in together, bought a crockpot – adopting a pet as a couple seems like the next logical step for your relationship. You both love animals, and you can’t wait to see your partner light up when you play with your new companion together. Like all big steps, adopting a pet shouldn’t be rushed. Here’s what you need to know before you adopt: Signs You’re Ready For The Next Step Couples that want to adopt a pet together should have spent at least a few months living together. They should be able to coordinate chores so[…]Read More…

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Why Pet Plants Should Be Your New Best Friends

Why Pet Plants Should Be Your New Best Friends

The sweet smell of crisp green leaves is always a reason to smile. New growth and flowers give us plenty to look forward to each season. Pet plants are excellent companions that require little care, but they provide so much in return. The difference between a pet plant and a regular plant is their identity. Every pet plant has a name, and at least one person who knows they’re not just another bundle of branches, but a unique individual with lots of love to give. What IS A Pet Plant? Keeping houseplants alive can be tricky. Your windows may not[…]Read More…

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Ticks On Pets – Symptoms, Treatment And Prevention

Pets like dogs and cats are likely to get ticks if they go outdoors even for a short period. When ticks attach themselves to a host, they can transmit infection within 24 to 48 hours. That is why you have to be prompt in removing these parasites. As a matter of fact, a Tick Check should be part of your everyday pet care routine especially if you have wooded areas or long grass nearby. Ticks are Ectoparasites, meaning they are the parasites that live outside of the host animal. Identifying one is not hard because they have some unique characteristics.[…]Read More…

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What To Do When You See Someone Abusing An Animal

What To Do When You Witness Animal Abuse Or Neglect

Animal abuse can seem so distant, so unlikely to happen close to us. Even though you love animals, you may find it difficult to make decisions when you actually witness it. It’s up to us to speak up when we know an animal is being abused or neglected, even if it’s not easy. Sometimes, the abuser is a stranger, but it could be a friend or family member. No matter who it is, nobody has the right to make an animal suffer. Signs That An Animal Is Abused Or Neglected Sometimes, it’s obvious when an animal is being abused. You[…]Read More…

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The Real Harm Of Fake Service Animals

The Real Harm of Fake Service Animals

You hate to go anywhere without your pet. We get it, and we feel the exact same way. It’s tough to find an apartment or house rental that accept pets. Those that do charge expensive pet fees. It’s tough to travel when it costs about $125 each way to take your pet on an airplane with you. It’s even more expensive – not to mention nerve-wracking – when your larger pet has to fly in the cargo area. And it’s tough to socialize and exercise your pet when you also have to run errands. But turning your pet into a[…]Read More…

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Where To Adopt A Pet In Grand Prairie, Texas

Grand Prairie Texas Pet Adoption: Best Shelters And Rescues

Are you excited for the upcoming grand opening of the ‘ilovepets.co’ store in Grand Prairie, Texas? Or do you still need more animals in your life to shop for and spoil? There are many wonderful places to adopt a cat, dog, rabbit, lizard – any type of pet in Grand Prairie and Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington (DFW area). So many animals need a permanent home and it won’t be long before you’ll wonder how you ever lived without them. Why You Should Adopt A Pet In Grand Prairie Responsible breeding has its place, but adoption is an excellent option for adding new animal members[…]Read More…

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The Best Fresh Foods To Boost Your Pet’s Kibble

Boost your cat or dog's dry kibble with these healthy, fresh, cancer-preventing foods.

Dry kibble is the most affordable way to feed your pet – but it’s not the healthiest. Just like people, animals thrive on fresh food diets. However, it’s not always practical to prepare your own pet food at home. You can boost your pet’s kibble and add enticing variety to their diet with healthy add-ins. Are Fruits And Veggies Good For Dogs And Cats? Dogs are omnivores, meaning they can eat both meat and produce. Cats are obligate carnivores, so they actually do not need produce to thrive. In fact, the carbohydrates in cat and dog kibbles are difficult for your[…]Read More…

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Can Cats And Dogs Live Together?

Can cats and dogs live together in peace? Despite their differences, they can become best friends.

Are you a cat person, or are you a dog person?  If you love both, you don’t have to choose. With a good understanding of both species, you can have a peaceful multi-species household full of animal best friends. It’s true that cats and dogs don’t typically get along. Their body language is different, leading to communication barriers. Their instincts may drive them to chase, flee or fight. But they’re not so different that they cannot learn to understand one another and become friends. Here’s why: They have one thing in common. They love humans. Cats and dogs evolved alongside us.[…]Read More…

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7 Super Easy DIY Last-Minute Halloween Pet Costumes

Need a quick, easy costume idea that won't annoy your pet? Any of these will do!

Halloween is just around the corner, and there’s no longer any time to order costumes online or start working on complicated costume projects. You need a fast, fail-proof idea that will make your pet the life of the party – without making them feel uncomfortable. Use these ideas to create simple, cheap Halloween costumes that fit your pet perfectly – even if you’re terrible at sewing! 1. The TY Beanie Baby Ah, the 90’s – when everyone was in love with TY Beanie Babies, and we all believed that they would be “worth a lot of money someday.” Well, someday[…]Read More…

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Is It A Good Idea To Sleep With Your Pets?

It’s the middle of the night, and you feel someone warm and fuzzy snuggling up to you.  Do you lift the covers and let your pet get close to you for a cozy night’s sleep, or send them back to their own little bed on the floor? If you’re like half of pet owners, you can’t resist sleeping with your pet at least some of the time. But you might have reservations about it – aren’t those grubby paws covered in bacteria? Is it really safe to share your bed? Learn the facts, risks and benefits of sleeping with your[…]Read More…

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Why Rabbits Aren’t My Ideal Pets?

We all know how cute rabbits are. The way they twitch their noses; their long ears; their big hoppy feet; yes, they are adorable. They are also pretty quiet animals. They don’t bark like dogs, waking the neighbors in the middle of the night because of some loud noise. They don’t meow at all hours of the night like a cat because the cat decides he/she is hungry at 2am. No, as pets go, rabbits are quiet and pretty easy-going. Like every pet, rabbits need to be fed and their feces need to be cleaned up so to compare their[…]Read More…

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Can Animal Smell Fear In Us? (Facts Vs. Fiction)

When I was a kid growing up in Nepal, I was always scared of dogs. With a lot of stray dogs everywhere (and I do mean literally everywhere), it was impossible not to be scared. The situation with stray dogs was really bad back then and probably still is. I don’t know what the situation is like right now because I haven’t been in Nepal for more than a decade. The older folks used to tell me not to act scared – ‘act calm or unafraid because if dog smells fear in you, it will bite you’. I was 8 or[…]Read More…

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Can Pets Really Decrease Stress In Children?

We all know how beneficial pets are to adults and we know that dogs, in particular, are used as therapy animals for so many disabled people, of many different disabilities, from blindness to Autism but what about children without disabilities? The ones who are just your normal, everyday, average child? According to Medical News today, the answer is YES. Today’s kids are way too stressed out. Between bullying that has gotten way out of control, lack of adequate nutrition due to parents not being able to provide for their families, worrying about their unemployed parents, and the ever decreasing amount[…]Read More…

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5 Sensational Power Player Pets In Social Media

In this day and age of internet, having a social media presence and fans that follow you like crazy is not a big deal. Nowadays, everybody is on social media and everyone has fans, even pets. Yes you read that right! Apparently there are some pet power players that are a total sensation in social media. Here are the 5 pets that top the list: Sockington: This tuna lover tops the list with 1.3 million + Twitter followers. As the story goes, Socks the cat (full name: Sockington) was first spotted by a person next to a T stop outside of Boston[…]Read More…

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5 Signs Your Family Is Ready For A Pet

You see those cuddly animals in the Television and desire to have one at your home. You try to act responsible and get your chores done. If that don’t work, you screech at the top of your voice and plead your parents to get a pet. Okay, I understand they are cute and adorable, but are you really ready for a pet? Well, let me share a story with you. My friend wanted a puppy. Her parents were against the will, but still she managed to own one. She never had the knowledge about handling pets, but she was always[…]Read More…

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Golden Tips For People Who Want To Be Pet Sitters And Caregivers

To become a pet sitter, you need to love animals. Period! It is not just the task of looking after the pets and earning the desired income. There is a lot involved in this profession. Pet sitting can be a profitable profession but you need to understand the pet very well. Until and unless you do some homework, you will fail to understand the pets and the ways of pet sitting. If you love animals (like me!) and want to extend your hands to help the pets then congrats! You are definitely on the right track. Before you start the[…]Read More…

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Cuterebra – Is Your Pet Vulnerable?

The word seems uncommon isn’t it? What is the buzz about Cuterebra? It is a parasite that is found under the skin of mammals. The parasites are in the form of larva that uses the host (i.e. the animals) to complete its life-cycle. They are known as botflies too that are found in cats, dogs, squirrels, rabbits and other species. The adult flies do not feed on the animals or bite them. Instead they deposit the eggs on rocks, plants or any other objects where the animals would generally pass by. When the animals brush through these objects, the eggs[…]Read More…