Why You Should Get Your Dog a Bed

Mar_2014_1Whether your pooch loves curling up on the furniture or in your bed, you should consider getting him his own place to rest.

It may seem like your dog is getting the royal treatment by sleeping in your bed, but the truth is, he may not be getting everything he needs from this sleeping spot. A bed made for dogs is a much better idea. Here’s why:
Protection
Your bed signifies comfort and security to you, but your pup may actually feel a bit vulnerable in it. A human bed is big and dogs feel most secure when they’re in close quarters.

A dog bed that is just the right size for your pup will make him feel more secure. Plus, he won’t have to contend with you accidentally kicking him in the night and you won’t have to deal with him stealing the covers.

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Common Myths About Snakes

snakeSnakes are often misunderstood. This may be due to human fear or the way snakes have been portrayed throughout history. Whatever the reason, there’s no denying that there are a lot of misconceptions about snakes.

Here’s a look at some myths about snakes that have been debunked.

They Don’t Have Maternal Instincts
You’ve probably heard snakes aren’t exactly maternal animals. The female lays her eggs and slithers away or snakes that are born alive head off on their own. While many species of snake don’t care for their young (snakes are mostly self-sufficient when born), a recent discovery showed one species does have a maternal instinct. The African rock python, which resides in central Africa, has been studied protecting their egg clutches and keeping their young close by for the first few months. It might not be common, but there are maternal snakes.

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Tips for Keeping the Peace in a Home with Multiple Cats

Mar_2014_2Do you love the idea of multiple kitty companions? While it may double your cuddle time, keep in mind you’ll be taking on the role of cat referee as well.

Cats naturally try to assert their dominance, which often makes it tough for them to get along. Cat fights are not unheard of in homes with multiple cats; in fact, they’re pretty common. If you want to avoid stress, follow these tips for keeping the peace.
Take Introductions Slowly
It’s very likely your cats won’t get along well at first. In fact, if a new cat is suddenly introduced into your home, your current cat will likely get defensive and try to mark her territory. The new cat will want to make her mark as well.

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Common Issues for Aging Dogs

Mar_2014_1Aging can take its toll on dogs, just as it does with humans. As dogs age, they can start to exhibit a number of issues, both physical and behavioral.

Don’t get frustrated when your senior dog starts acting out of sorts or doing things he doesn’t normally do. These behaviors are natural and this is the time when he will need your help most.
Here are a few common issues for senior dogs:

Accidents at Home
As your dog gets older, he might not hold his bladder as well. This could lead to incontinence, and as a result, may cause him to have accidents before he can let you know he has to go. To help prevent this, monitor your dog’s drinking. Only put down water at certain times of the day and take him out soon after he drinks. Also, consider products such as Senior Bladder Support or dog diapers.

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Healthy Pet Tips for 2015

Mar_2014_1Is health and exercise one of your priorities for 2015? Don’t forget your pet! He can also benefit from some new healthy habits.

Here are a few tips to keep Fido in top form this year.

  • A pup-healthy diet

Fido needs a nutritious diet with protein, carbohydrates, healthy fatty acids, vitamins and minerals. A premium pet food will offer the nutrition he needs. Certain foods can also cater to any allergies or special dietary needs he may have.
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Back-to-School Blues: Your Dog and Separation Anxiety

Mar_2014_1Though summer is in full swing, the start of a new school year is just around the corner. While you’re getting ready for the start of a new year, there is some other important business to attend to: your dog.

The start of a new school year often means the start of separation anxiety for dogs. Dogs are pack animals and don’t adjust well to being alone after spending an entire summer palling around with their best friends.

How do you know if Fido is suffering from separation anxiety? If he’s leaving “presents” around the house (urine or poop), if he’s tearing things up or if he’s barking and whining uncontrollably, you can be pretty sure he’s having anxiety about the absence of his best friends.
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Kitty Love Signs

Mar_2014_2Cats show their emotions in subtle ways, so despite how much petting, playing and treats you give her, you may wonder whether or not she returns your affections. Believe it or not, that annoying habit your cat has may actually be her way of showing you how much she cares.

Here’s a look at some of your kitty cat’s signs of affection:
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Strange Turtle Facts

Mar_2014_3If you have a turtle, you might be surprised to find that your shelled friend exhibits some pretty interesting and even strange traits.

Here are a few strange facts you might not have known:

They are vocal
Though they don’t have vocal cords, turtles can still make sounds. They suck in air and then force it out of their lungs, which can create some pretty distinctive sounds. The red-foot tortoise makes a sound similar to the cluck of a chicken. The male Travancore tortoise lets out an ear-piercing whine, similar to the sound of an electric motor, when they’re looking for a mate. You’ll hear a loud yelping sound, similar to a dog’s, when the giant musk turtle is afraid or is under attack. Also a female leatherback sea turtle, when nesting, will make sounds that are similar to a human belching.
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How to Choose the Best Cage for Your Hamster

Sept_2013_1There are a greater variety of hamsters now being kept as pets. But whether you have a tiny dwarf hamster or a large Syrian, you’ll need to consider your pet’s size when getting your hamster a home. 

Cage types

  • Wire cages: Wire cages tend to be larger and work well for large hamsters. Make sure the wire bars aren’t spaced more than a half inch apart.
  • Plastic cages: Plastic cages, many of which have various tunnels or levels, are good choices for small- to mid-sized hamsters. The built-in tubes are great for hamster exercise, although they may be more difficult to clean.
  • Aquariums. Small Chinese and dwarf hamsters do well in aquariums, which give them (and you) greater visibility. Continue reading

Keeping Your Cat off Counters and Tables

Dec_2013_3Your height-loving cat may enjoy looking over her domain from up high, but doing so from a kitchen counter or table may expose her to a few hazards, like a hot stovetop. How do you keep her from cruising the counter or off table tops? After all, she loves to climb and might be rewarded with interesting food smells in the kitchen or water in the sink. You can break that habit by making the area less appealing and giving your cat other alternatives. Here’s how:

Make the area less appealing

  • Keep food sealed tight: The first step is to make sure all human food is put away and countertops are clean. Obvious, we know, but this keeps your cat from being rewarded during her countertop adventures.
  • Use deterrents: A product like Sticky Paws around the countertop will make it an uncomfortable walking surface for your cat. You can create a similar effect with car floor mats (spiky side up) or aluminum foil, which cats avoid because of the feel and sound. The Continue reading