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Nutrition Center - Treats

High-Pressure Processing and Raw Pet Food Diets: What You Need to Know

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By Paula Fitzsimmons You’ve read about the potential benefits of feeding pets a raw food diet, but the thought of giving your beloved companion bacteria-laden meat is holding you back. Enter high-pressure processing (HPP), a technique...

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Do Dogs Understand Time?

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By Matt Soniak More than a few pet parents claim that their animals know, with startling accuracy, when it’s time for dinner or a walk or when one of their humans are due to arrive home. Are dogs just very good at guessing,...

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Use the Right Types of Cleaners

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What you clean with is as important as how often you clean. Some householdcleaning products, according to Meier, are poisonous topets. Examples, she says, include drain cleaners, concentrated dishwasher detergent, lime-removal products,...

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Clean Your Outdoor Space

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Picking up dog waste is nobody’s favorite chore—which is perhaps why pooper scoopers remain in business—but Stelow says it should be done as quickly as possible, especially if children play in that area. “Children...

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Wash and Replace Pet Toys

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Another item that made NSF’s list of dirty places was pet toys, which can attract coliform bacteria, yeast, and mold. Dr. Zenithson Ng, a board-certified vet and clinical assistant professor at the University of Tennessee College of...

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Vacuum Pet Hair from Furniture and Floor

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If you suffer with allergies or asthma (and even if you don’t), regular vacuuming is a must— especially if you live with pets. Cats in particular produce Fel d 1, a protein found in their urine, saliva, and skin cells that cause...

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Be Diligent About Flea and Tick Prevention

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Outfitting your pet with proper flea and tick prevention—not the homemade variety—is vital for your pet’s health and yours. Keeping fleas at bay reduces the chance of your developing a disease like bubonic plague,...

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Clean Food and Water Dishes

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Think countertops, cutting boards, and faucet handles are the germiest places in your home? They have nothing on pet bowls, named fourth germiest item in the home by NSF International. When pets eat and drink from their dishes, their...

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Store Pet Food Properly

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You wouldn’t eat food that’s been sitting out overnight, so why should your pet? Dry dog food can become contaminated with salmonella, according to the CDC, and if transmitted to people, can cause severe illness. Younger...

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Wash Your Hands After Contact

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Go ahead and shower your pets with love and attention. Just remember to wash your hands after playing with, feeding, or cleaning up after them. “This cuts down on the spread of any disease that requires ingestion as the mode of transmission,”...

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Wash Your Pet’s Bedding

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Besides being a magnet for collecting fur, dirt, and grime, bedding can also harbor flea eggs and larvae, ticks, and other skin parasites, says Dr. Heide Meier, medical director of the Truesdell Animal Care Hospital and Clinic in Madison,...

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Clean Your Cat’s Litter Box Every Single Day

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If the pungent smells aren’t enough to compel you to clean your cat’s litter box every day, consider that a filthy box is a fertile ground for a number of germs, including a single-celled parasite called Toxoplasma gondii, says...

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10 Pet Hygiene Tips You Should Be Following

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By Paula Fitzsimmons When was the last time you changed your cat’s litterbox or cleaned your dog’s food bowls with soap and water? Pets make our lives full, but they can also make them messy and dirty. Along with their...

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10 Pet Hygiene Tips You Should Be Following

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Here are 10 essential pet-related housekeeping chores that you should be doing on a regular basis. Follow these pet hygiene tips to keep your space looking and smelling great while ensuring the health of your loved ones—both furry and human.

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Cannabis Oil for Dogs: Everything You Need to Know

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By Aly Semigran In certain states across the country, medical marijuana is an option for people suffering from various ailments and seeking relief. Now, as research continues to emerge, pet parents and veterinarians alike are finding...

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Excessive Meowing

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If your cat has suddenly become very vocal, a visit to your veterinarian is in order. But if no health problems are present, your excessively chatty cat probably just wants to spend some quality time with his favorite human. When you’re...

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Drinking from Your Water Glass

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If you share a home with a cat, you’re likely wary of any unattended glass of water. Not only do cats enjoy splashing their paws in water, but like us, they prefer their drink to be as fresh as possible. The best way to keep your own...

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Morning Wake-Up Calls

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A hungry cat is an impatient cat, and that can be a problem on Saturday morning. Winkler’s solution takes some dedication, but if this annoying habit is your cat’s calling card, you know it’s well worth it. Start by...

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Nibbling on Fingers

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It’s cute at first, but kitten finger-nibbling can eventually be painful—and remember, kittens (and their teeth) get bigger. “One of the best teachers is another cat,” says Shojai. “Mom-cat and siblings...

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Jumping on Counters and Tables

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You know where those paws have been, and you don’t want them near your food. Unfortunately, cats like to explore, so if your table or counter is their only chance to get a bird’s-eye view of the room, they’ll take it. If...

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Snacking on Houseplants

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While not as tempting as a fish tank, your houseplants still have snacking potential—in the wild, even carnivorous cats have the occasional side salad. Always choose plants that are non-toxic to cats, and then plan a line of defense....

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Scratching at Furniture

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A new sofa can be a source of anxiety for those with a feline roommate. Textured, tall, and stable furniture is the perfect scratching destination for cats, so the trick is to mimic it and provide more attractive scratching options. “Choose...

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Napping on Clean Laundry

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There’s nothing more irresistible to a cat than a nice pile of clean, warm laundry. You can try introducing additional fluffy cat beds to your home, but at the end of the day, this is a battle you likely won’t win. Cats are creatures...

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Going Outside the Litter Box

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Unlike puppies, kittens are easy to house train—show them the litter, and you’re pretty much done. That said, problems can arise down the line. Once you consult with your veterinarian to rule out any underlying health problems,...

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9 Common Cat Behavior Problems

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By Monica Weymouth Cats are notoriously mysterious creatures. While a dog aims to please, our feline friends have a more curious agenda. We love that cats play by their own rules, but it would be nice to understand some of...

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