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6 home cleaning tips for pet owners

(BPT) - Having a pet may seem like the beginning of a never-ending mess, but the key to living with furry friends is preparation. Whether combating odor, keeping surfaces free of dirt and fur or removing pesky stains, taking preventative measures and using the right products can turn any mess into a simple task.

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Thursday 12/07/2017
5 tips to get in front of the pet hair in your home
Updated: December 15, 2017 - 3:36 am

(BPT) - From their loyal ways to their silly antics, pets bring so much joy to homes. While you wouldn’t trade any of the cuddles and welcome-home slobbers, one thing most pet owners don’t find quite as lovable is all the pet hair!

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Tuesday 12/05/2017
5 ways to get in the howl-iday spirit with your dog
Updated: December 06, 2017 - 3:35 am

(BPT) - ‘Tis the season to get ready for the holidays! This time of year is known for spending quality time with loved ones, so don’t forget to include your furriest family members in all of the festivities. Whether you’re decorating for the season or celebrating with some of your favorite traditions, invite Fido to join in on the fun. Instagram-famous dog Jiffpom is helping pet parents and their pups put the “howl” in howl-idays this year with five ways to celebrate:

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Tuesday 11/28/2017
Hurricanes harm birds, too: What you can do to help your backyard birds
Updated: December 06, 2017 - 3:35 am

(BPT) - Americans in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico suffered through devastating hurricanes this year, and they weren’t alone in their desolation — Hurricanes Irma, Harvey and Maria also caused unparalleled upheaval for wildlife, including bird populations. Many nature experts are worried about the long-term impact the horrific storms will have on migratory birds, from reducing the amount of food available to them and throwing off their migration schedules, to altering migratory courses and even exposing them to a range of man-made toxins.

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Monday 11/27/2017
Cats savor more than just flavor
Updated: November 28, 2017 - 3:36 am

(BPT) - Because cats become so ingrained in people’s lives, it’s often easy to forget they are animals with specific needs that could be outside of what owners may think is best. According to research from Mintel, cat owners consider taste as the most important factor when buying food for their cats, but science shows that taste is more than just flavor. Great taste is a result of the right nutrient balance, satisfying texture, savory aroma, specific kibble size, adapted kibble shape and desirable flavors.

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Wednesday 11/15/2017
Celebrate fall with healthy new routines for you and your dog
Updated: November 16, 2017 - 3:36 am

(BPT) - The fall season, with its crisp, cool air and beautiful foliage, is the perfect time to create a fresh start and establish healthy new routines for both you and your dog. To help you make this fall your happiest and healthiest season, Beneful has tapped Dr. Kurt Venator, chief veterinary officer at Purina, for some expert advice on how to maximize the health benefits of the season.

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Tuesday 11/07/2017
Care and Control of Pet Diabetes: Spike the Dog's Point of View (with Help from His Friend Sugar the Cat)
Updated: November 11, 2017 - 3:33 am

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Friday 09/29/2017
Helping Your Pet Survive An Emergency
Updated: September 30, 2017 - 3:37 am

(NAPSI)—If you’re like many pet parents, it’s probably crossed your mind lately about what would happen to your animal if a natural disaster strikes.

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Wednesday 09/27/2017
Pet pony, meet pet puppy
Updated: September 28, 2017 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - You’re an animal lover, and you’ve dreamed about your dog running through a field alongside a horse or watching your pup play with a pet goat. But how will your companions respond when they meet their new unique sibling?

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Friday 09/22/2017
Pet Owners: Tips to Maintain a Beautiful Home
Updated: September 22, 2017 - 3:34 am

(StatePoint) For all the companionship pets provide, it’s fair to admit that they can mess up a clean, tidy home pretty quickly.

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Wednesday 09/20/2017
Keep Your Dog From Dining In The Litter Box
Updated: September 21, 2017 - 3:35 am

(NAPSI)—If your home is like most, you share it with at least one animal friend. According to a recent Harris Poll, 62 percent of Americans have at least one pet; half of cat owners also have a dog; and a third of dog owners also have a cat.

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Tuesday 09/19/2017
5 tips to keep ticks away
Updated: September 27, 2017 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - Researchers are predicting 2017 will be one of the worst years for ticks that we have seen in quite some time — and by all indications, those researchers are correct. People who have found themselves pulling ticks off their pets, children and their own bodies can readily attest to this. The question is, what to do?

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Thursday 08/31/2017
Bow to wow: America's top 10 shelter dog makeovers
Posted: August 31, 2017

(BPT) - First impressions are important, but for shelter dogs it can make the difference between life and death. While rescue organizations work tirelessly, less than half of the 3 million dogs entering shelters each year are getting the grooming they need to let their lovable, adoptable selves shine through. That’s why Wahl has teamed up with GreaterGood.org to donate funds and grooming supplies to shelters nationwide. The goal: Transform more than 20,000 dogs this year to get them ready for adoption. Hundreds of these amazing makeovers can be seen in the Dirty Dogs Before & After Gallery, but the following represent the 10 most amazing transformations.

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Tuesday 08/22/2017
My Experience with Dog Flu: A Dog's Point of View
Updated: August 30, 2017 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Recently, I got really sick. I had just spent a fun-filled week with all my friends at doggie daycare while my family was on vacation. Shortly after they brought me home, I started coughing a lot. It was really hard to breathe and I started vomiting. I didn’t feel like eating anything and I was tired all of the time. I was miserable. One of my family members missed a couple days of work to try to nurse me back to health. One time we spent the whole night in the bathroom hoping the steam from the hot shower would help my nasty cough. I know it was hard for her as she has a busy job, but she was as scared as I was. When it was clear I wasn’t getting any better, my family decided to take me to my veterinarian, who ran some tests and found that I had contracted H3N2, a new strain of canine influenza (CIV), also known as dog flu.

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Monday 08/14/2017
5 tips to solve separation anxiety in your pet
Updated: August 22, 2017 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - With good weather and flexible work schedules, summer time is the best season for spending some extra time with your pet. However, once fall comes, the kids aren’t the only ones in the family that experience the back-to-school blues. Separation anxiety can happen for many reasons among pets, but with the changing routine and lack of attention due to busy schedules, back-to-school is a common time when pet owners may start noticing changes in their dog or cat’s behavior. To support them during this time Dr. Kurt Venator, Purina’s Chief Veterinary Officer offers five tips to address separation anxiety in pets.

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Tuesday 07/25/2017
Fraud alert: Internet puppy purchase scams rising
Updated: July 26, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - That cold, wet nose. Those adorable little paws. The undeniable sweet scent of puppy breath. You have a soft spot for dogs and have your eye on a rare breed.

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Friday 07/14/2017
Have A Dog Who Wets Her Bed? Your Vet Can Help
Updated: July 14, 2017 - 3:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - As a pet owner, have you ever had a female dog who always finds the outdoor bathroom during the day, but wets her bed at night?

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Friday 06/30/2017
A happy pet is a hydrated pet
Updated: July 08, 2017 - 3:32 am

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Friday 06/16/2017
From farm to family: 7 things to consider before living with livestock
Updated: June 24, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - Animals play a meaningful role in the lives of their owners. In fact, most people consider their furry friends part of the family. And while dogs and cats tend to be the most common companions, nowadays, the beloved family pet can come in many different shapes, sizes and species.

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Tuesday 12/20/2016
Survey Unmasks the Peculiar Behaviors of Pet Owners
Updated: December 20, 2016 - 3:32 am

(StatePoint) Do you share a playlist with your poodle? Take a bath with your turtle? It might seem far-fetched, but since many people treat pets like family, they often let them do surprising things.

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Wednesday 07/02/2014
Meeting the often expensive financial needs of our pets
Updated: July 03, 2014 - 6:58 pm

Sarasota, Fla. -- Medical expenses and pets go hand in hand. Even the healthiest of dogs, cats, and other types of pets require regular checkups and veterinary visits to maintain licensing and tags. Over your pet's lifetime, there may be unexpected costs that you will be thankful you have a backup plan in place.

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