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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 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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Wednesday 06/07/2017
Working like a dog: Companies find benefits in going pet-friendly
Updated: June 15, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - It’s fair to call Charger a bull in a china shop. Well, at least a pit bull. The charming nine-year-old has a full-time job in the marketing department at dinnerware giant Replacements, Ltd.

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Wednesday 05/31/2017
Improve your dog's emotional life
Updated: June 08, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - For millions of pet parents, their beloved dog is more than just a four-legged friend — he’s a member of the family. When looking at products for their pet they are willing to explore all options to ensure they provide the very best items like organic foods, therapeutic bedding, unique and innovative toys, on-trend collars and leashes, electronic feeding and watering items and more. Although our pets are treated as family members there is one issue that is often overlooked and undertreated in dogs — anxiety.

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Tuesday 05/16/2017
Outward signs of aging in your pet and how to take action
Updated: May 17, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - It seems like just yesterday you brought her home and made her a part of the family. If you own a cat or dog, you have fond memories of your furry family member from day one.

Fast forward to today. Just like with people, age sometimes creeps up slowly on pets. Every pet is unique, so changes happen at different times. What's more, age-related changes can be easy to miss because they appear so gradually over time.

Being aware and proactive is the best thing pet parents can do to help their pets stay healthy as they age. The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) recommends that pets have a senior screening at about age 7. This allows the veterinarian to address any current concerns or potential health risks, including nutritional considerations.

Aging in pets can potentially impact the relationship you have with them, so being aware of the signs and what to do can help keep your older pet in the game. To help you understand what to look for, Hill’s Pet Nutrition has developed the "Tell TAILS" signs of aging in cats and dogs.

T = Thinking

Your pet gets confused by ordinary things, like how to find their bed.

A = Activity

Your pet is less active. Naps are now more appealing than playing or exploring.

I = Interactions

Your pet doesn't socialize with you as much as before.

L = Loss of control

Your pet is well-trained, but has started to have accidents.

S = Sleep-wake cycle

Sleeping patterns have changed, with more awake time during the night.

You’re the one who spends the most time with your pet, so it's important to note any of these changes and communicate them to your veterinarian. Consistent vet visits and changing your pet’s food are just two things that can help older pets to continue to remain healthy in their later years.

“As pets grow older, aging occurs inside every cell in their body and Hill’s studies these changes down to the gene level,” says Kathy Gross, Director of Clinical Nutrition at Hill’s Science Diet. “Our research shows that gene expression and activity are different in pets aged 7 and older compared to their younger counterparts. Through this research we’ve identified natural ingredients and nutrients that change gene activity and used that knowledge to create pet foods for pets of this age."

When selecting food, consider key nutrients important for pets aged 7 and older. A high-quality food like Hill’s Science Diet Youthful Vitality, developed from over a decade of extensive research, includes:

* High-quality protein with balanced levels of essential amino acids to support muscles.
* L-carnitine to help the body convert nutrients into energy to move, run and play.
* Right balance of phosphorus and sodium, not too much and not too little, helps maintain a healthy bladder, kidneys and heart.
* Antioxidant vitamins E and C along with beta-carotene and selenium to protect cells and support healthy immune function.

In addition to making nutritional adjustments, consider these smart tips for helping your pet get the most out of life and unlock their ageless spirit:

1. Providing regular exercise and opportunities to interact with family members helps keep older pets in shape and their minds actively engaged.

2. Just as with people, maintain a healthy body weight and body proportion (more muscle, strong bones, less body fat) by avoiding overfeeding, doing regular weigh-ins and avoiding unhealthy snacks.

4. Regular veterinary checkups (once per year for middle-aged pets and twice per year for senior pets over the age of 7) are recommended so any concerns or potential health risks can be addressed.

For more information about pet health for cats and dogs, visit For more information about pet aging and the cutting-edge food science in Science Diet Youthful Vitality, visit

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3 cornerstones to a longer, healthier, happier life for your pet
Updated: May 24, 2017 - 3:35 am

(BPT) - Your pets are members of the family. They are the source of some of your best memories, they are your travel companions, your confidantes and your evening snuggle partners. You love them and you want them to live the longest, healthiest and happiest life possible.

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Monday 05/08/2017
Do you know what to include in a pet emergency go-kit?
Posted: May 08, 2017

(BPT) - It’s no secret that Mother Nature can be unpredictable. Research shows that weather patterns are in flux across the United States, making it more important than ever to think ahead and be proactive in order to stay safe. Advanced planning is not just for humans. While you may already have an emergency plan in place for your family, it's important to remember the needs of your pets too.

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Thursday 05/04/2017
Finding Fido: Could America run out of dogs?
Updated: May 05, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - Millions of people every year open their hearts and homes to rescue dogs to find their new best friend. It’s an act of compassion that is beneficial and fulfilling for person and pet.

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Could America run out of dogs? [Infographic]
Posted: May 04, 2017

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Monday 05/01/2017
10 tips to help your pet adjust to a new home
Posted: May 01, 2017

(BPT) - Congratulations, it’s a dog! Now that you’ve made the decision to add a furry friend to your family, here are some tips from Dr. Karen Lass, field veterinary services manager at Merial, for acclimating your dog to his new forever home.

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Close The Lid On Cat Litter Odors
Updated: May 02, 2017 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—According to the ASPCA, there are more than 85 million pet cats in America. If one (or more) of them is yours, you may have noticed one aspect of cat companionship that's less than delightful: the litter box. Fortunately for cats and their humans, following a few steps can help keep the odor down and the litter box use up.

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Monday 04/24/2017
Shelter volunteers play critical role in animal welfare efforts
Updated: April 25, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - Approximately 6.5 million cats and dogs enter animal shelters each year, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). This massive number underscores the need for volunteers to provide the necessary care to ensure as many pets as possible can be placed in permanent, loving homes. In fact, most shelters would not be able to stay open without the generosity of volunteers.

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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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Saturday 11/19/2016
Make the Holidays Furry and Bright: Tips for Holiday Travel with Pets
Updated: November 19, 2016 - 3:31 am

(StatePoint) For many pet owners, canine companions and feline friends are considered members of the family. If pets are joining out of town holiday festivities, it’s important to remember that traveling with pets requires a few extra considerations.

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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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