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5 Steps to Reduce Your Pet’s Stress

April is National Stress Awareness Month. As humans we have a multitude of choices regarding ways to reduce our overall stress level, including taking yoga classes, drinking green tea, meditating, kee…

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7 Surprising Ways to Use Pet Hair

Pet hair here, pet hair there, pet hair everywhere! Yep, if there's anything pet parents have plenty of, it's pet hair, so why not put some if it to good use? Read on for clever ways to reuse your ani…

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260 Cats Rescued From ‘Crazy Cat House’ in Philadelphia

In northeast Philadelphia there is a sign on a fence outside of a home that reads, "I'm the crazy cat lady. And this is the crazy cat house." I consider myself (and so do many others) to be a Crazy…

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Are Some Dog Breeds More Aggressive?

A neighbor was warning me to stay away from a Pit Bull down the street because he was a "bad dog" who growled when he walked by. I tried to explain to him that there is no such thing as a "bad dog." T…

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6 Diseases Cats Can’t Transfer to You

It seems like there's always some new sensationalized horrific disease you can catch from your cat, but very few diseases can actually move between humans and felines, and the ones that can are caused…

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Top 10 Ways to Give Your Pet a Pill

"Dog food gone. Pill remains. Is Sanchez the only dog who does this?" I posted that on Facebook, and fans chimed in with very helpful and funny comments. Here are my favorites: Helpful comments: …

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Do You Ever Get Used to Scooping Poop?

At the neighborhood dog park recently, one of the regulars made an observation about me that made us laugh: "You make a face every time you have to pick up your dog's poop." No way that could be tr…

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5 Household Items That Are Poisonous to Pets

Last week was National Poison Prevention Week. The ASPCA reported that their Animal Poison Control Center in Illinois "handled nearly 180,000 cases of pets exposed to toxic substances in 2013, many of…

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Should You Get Health Insurance for Your Pet?

Anyone who has pets has probably been on the receiving end of a huge vet bill, often unforeseen, that has them questioning whether pet health insurance would have softened the blow. In my case, it …

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How To Get Your Dog To Eat His Veggies and Fruit

While my dogs don't share my vegetarian lifestyle, there are many fruits and veggies that I feed Sanchez and Gina as treats. But, how do I get them to want their veggies and fruit as much as their dog…

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I love all the animals in my life, past and present.

Sandra, I disagree with you about cats not needing "discipline". Of course they do, same as dogs, ch…