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Enjoying Their Golden Years: A Guide to Caring for an Aging Dog

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They’re there for us year after year, through our best times and through our worst. Aptly named, man’s best friend, our dog is always at our side. However, many pet owners struggle with the realization that their four-legged pal is growing older. After all, they are family, and while all good things must unfortunately come to an end, that doesn’t mean that you and your dog can’t enjoy their golden years to the fullest. Just as in humans, there are many factors that contribute to a pet’s overall health and longevity. Among them are the obvious ones: nutrition, exercise, regular...

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Does Your Cat Need a Job?

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Is your cat lying around the house, or napping on the couch much of the day? Do you feel like you’re his servant; picking up his cat toys, cleaning his litter box and preparing his evening meals?  Maybe it’s about time your cat gets a job! If your cat is a couch potato, it may be that he is bored.  Cats need to feel useful, too and without an adequate amount of mental and physical stimulation, they can become lethargic and unengaged.  How do you know if your cat is bored to tears?  Here are a few warning signs: He’s...

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What’s The Best, Most Natural Diet For Your Dog?

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It is probably safe to assume that we’ve all had this experience at one point or another – you go to the supermarket for a simple grocery item and find yourself confronted with an entire aisle of options! Decisions, decisions. With the recent spike in interest in the health food scene, people are finally beginning to question not only the integrity of their own diets, but that of their furry, four-legged friends as well. For a long time, dog food brands have contained unnecessary and potentially harmful ingredients such as grains, cornmeal, chicken by-product and more, and while this may...

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5 Healthy New Year Resolutions for Your Furry Companions

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Did your pets over indulge during the holidays?  Now that the festivities are over and the New Year is under way, treat your pet to some healthier habits that will benefit him throughout the coming years.    BREAK BAD HABITS With so much to do over the holiday season, daily routines tend to take a back seat not just for humans but for their pets, too. Meal times tend to be disrupted as well as exercise regimes and sleep cycles.  Changes in routines can cause anxiety in some pets which can lead to behavior problems.  If you were away from the home...

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Some Healthy Alternatives for Pet Snacks

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Many people believe that our pets should only eat the treats that are specially packaged for them. Like buying a sweet treat for a child, they are ok and not a big deal if they are eaten in moderation since many mass market prepackaged snacks are usually devoid of any nutritional value. While it is important to maintain a diet of healthy dog food, just as we encourage our loved ones to eat their vegetables rather than empty calorie treats, we can foster a love of fruits and vegetables in our pets. When those loving eyes gaze up at you...

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When Your Dog is Singing the Blues

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Veterinarians do not really know if dogs suffer from depression the same way people do because, of course, they cannot ask them. However, in clinical practices there have been a few situations where depression can be the only explanation for certain behaviors. While it is not uncommon for pets to get down, especially during periods of change, it’s rare for dogs to suffer from long-term depression. Dog symptoms of depression are very similar to those in people. They become withdrawn and inactive. Their eating and sleeping habits often change and they often do not participate in the things they once enjoyed. The...

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