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Don't Adopt a Dog Without Knowing You Want to Adopt a Dog

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This sounds like a no-brainer, but a lot of people like the idea of adopting a dog more than the reality of it. Breda suggests making a list of the things you’re looking for in a new dog. Bring that with you to a shelter and...

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Don't Let Your Dog Loose in the House

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Breda says a lot of new dog owners think of crating as cruel. While it’s true that new dogs are generally happiest when they’re free to roam and be around their owners, crating them while you leave for the day is important. “I...

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Don't Miss Your Heartworm Follow-up Test

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Meeting with a veterinarian shortly after adopting a dog is a must, says Dr. Nicole Breda, lead veterinarian for Boston Veterinary Care at the Animal Rescue League of Boston, in order to assess overall health and establish a baseline for...

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Don't Adopt a Puppy If You Work Crazy Hours

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Older dog or puppy? It’s one of the biggest questions new adopters have to take into consideration. There’s no objectively right answer. It just depends on your lifestyle and personal preferences. Older dogs might have more medical...

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Don't Rush the Adjustment Period

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For 95 percent of dogs, being adopted by a family is a very positive development, but for 100 percent of dogs, being adopted by a family is a massive life change. “You’ve just turned their world upside-down,” Littrell says....

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Don't Base Your Decision Only on Breed

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One of the biggest mistakes people make pre-adoption, Littrell says, is making up their mind about what they want before even meeting a dog. “Dogs deserve to be treated as individuals, so don't focus too much on the breed or breed...

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Things You Should NEVER Do When Adopting a Dog

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By John Gilpatrick Adopting a dog is a joyful decision. You’re choosing to bring home a new family member that you will love unconditionally. But just because it’s an overall positive and pleasant experience doesn’t...

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6 Things You Should NEVER Do When Adopting a Dog

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A new dog needs attention, physical and emotional support, and requires new financial commitments. So while you’re going through the dog adoption process, make sure you NEVER do these six things.

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Setting the Record Straight on Spay and Neuter Myths

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By Paula Fitzsimmons There’s no question that spay and neuter surgeries save lives. “Making the decision to spay or neuter a pet means fewer will be euthanized,” says Dr. Kate Maher, Louisiana state representative...

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Important Precautions for Introducing a New Cat

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Introducing a second cat into the home should be a careful, gradual process. Though cats can be very social, they are also territorial and may initially bristle at a new feline’s presence. “We don’t do well if somebody...

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A Shift in Overall Energy

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Just like people, cats can become lethargic when they’re bored, lonely, or depressed, Krieger says. If you notice your cat has become listless and low-energy, it could be a sign that he would benefit from having a feline pal around....

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Unusual Sleeping Habits

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A shift in sleeping habits may indicate loneliness. “If the cat sleeps a lot and doesn’t engage with you anymore, it could be that the cat is just so lonely, she’s kind of become depressed,” Johnson-Bennett says....

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Litter Box Issues

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Unusual litter box habits can also be a sign of stress or loneliness, Johnson-Bennett says. If your previously litter-box-trained kitty starts going in other parts of the house, you should definitely mention the change to your veterinarian....

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Destructive Behavior

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If your cat starts knocking things over or tearing apart furniture while you’re out, it could be a sign of boredom or loneliness. “If there’s nothing to do and no one to play with, the cat will find something,” Johnson-Bennett...

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Eating Too Much or Too Little

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Is your cat chowing down more than usual? It could be a sign of boredom or lack of social stimulation. “Just like with people, the cat may turn to food because there’s nothing else to do,” Johnson-Bennett says. “Or...

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A Change in Grooming Habits

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“If you notice your cat is looking sort of unkempt and not grooming himself as much,” this could be a sign that your cat is lonely or distressed, Johnson-Bennett says. Obsessive over-grooming, which may be a form of self-soothing,...

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Clinginess

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If your cat meows excessively, follows you around, and generally won’t leave you alone, it could be a sign that she needs more social interaction, says Pam Johnson-Bennett, a certified cat behavior consultant and owner of Cat Behavior...

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7 Signs Your Cat May Need a Feline Companion

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By Lindsay Lowe “Should I get a second cat?” If you have one kitty at home, chances are you’ve asked yourself that question at some point. It’s true that many cats can benefit from having a feline buddy....

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7 Signs Your Cat May Need a Feline Companion

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Certain changes in behavior, such as irregular sleeping, eating, or grooming habits, may indicate that a cat is lonely and could benefit from some feline companionship.

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Natural Remedies for Epilepsy and Seizures in Dogs

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By Cheryl Lock If your dog suffers from epilepsy and seizures, you’re probably ready to do just about anything to help him. “Epilepsy is defined as repeated episodes of abnormal bursts of electrical energy in your dog’s...

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Why Your Cat Is Ignoring You

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By Kate Hughes Unlike dogs, cats as a species are not known for their friendliness. They can be aloof and quick to retreat from love and snuggles, which in turn makes one of the greatest joys of cat ownership earning the attention...

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The Journey of Jenna: From Stray to Life-Saving Service Dog

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September marksNational Service Dog Month, and with it comes countless stories of heroism and love between these incredible canines and the people who rely on them. One of those very dogs is Jenna,a 6-year-old medical alert and mobility...

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Is It Safe to #SquatYourDog?

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I suppose anytime people are having a good time doing something silly, someone has to come along and be the party pooper, right? Think of the “scaring cats with cucumbers” craze of 2016, where the veterinarian came along and...

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Get Cats Microchipped

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Sometimes, no matter how hard we try to keep them indoors, cats may find their way out of the house. A door or window may be accidentally left open, or a cat may dart past your legs as you walk in. Get all pets, even indoor ones,...

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Don’t Ignore Symptoms

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As the old adage goes, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” It’s better to be hyper-vigilant about any changes in your cat’s behavior then to assume a new symptom will just go away on its own, the doctors...

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