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By holistic cat behaviorist Layla Morgan Wilde at CatWisdom101.com   While dogs may enjoy playing with a flying disk in the park, swimming in the lake and other summer fun, most cats get less attention. School is out; families spend more time together in the backyard or on vacation. That …

Looking for a fun way to entertain your high-energy pooch? Or maybe your shy dog needs a confidence booster? Just like humans, our canine friends need exercise and enrichment, and dog sports are a fulfilling way to get both! Dog sports are structured activities that harness your pup’s natural abilities …

Bringing home a new dog for the first time comes with so many new responsibilities and things to think about. Many new adoptive pet parents don’t always think of dog-proofing their house or apartment first when preparing for a new addition, but ensuring that the home is a safe environment …

By Eric Gillaspy CPDT-KA   There, I said it. Coprophagia, or poop eating as it is commonly called, is a gross, disgusting, and relatively common behavior. It is especially common in puppies: I know because my puppy was a poop eater. I think it all started because she was in …

Adopting a new cat or dog means plenty of changes for both you and your pet. Many new pet parents will opt to feed their new addition something different from what they were eating at the shelter or foster home.  However, abruptly switching foods can upset your dog or cat’s …

While the needs of homeless dogs and cats are often featured in the press, the needs of other homeless animals are expressed more rarely. The sad reality is that over 100,000 horses end up at slaughter in Mexico and Canada every year. The majority of these horses are well trained …

Keeping critters safe from MY rambunctious pets this summer is my top summer pet safety project, as you know from my June blog. But during this month of picnics and camping, fireworks and boating, it is also important to keep in mind your pet really is safer at home. And …

Thirty years ago I learned a valuable lesson flying from Montreal to Toronto, Canada with two cats. On a bitterly cold December morning in 1980, my parents dropped me off at the airport with my two cats snuggled on a blanket in their cozy wicker carrier. I was excited about …

Neutered and spayed dogs and cats live longer, according to the 2013 State of Pet Health Report, released by Banfield Pet Hospital, the world’s largest veterinary practice. Neutered male cats live 62 percent longer than unneutered ones. Spayed female cats live 39 percent longer than unspayed ones. Neutered male dogs live …

Good news for dog lovers! Research published in PLOS ONE yesterday [April 17,2013] provides yet another reason to spay or neuter your pet! Sterilization in canines, according to the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine study, actually lengthens their lives. Dogs that had been sterilized lived an average of 9.4 …

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