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What Is a 5-in-1 Vaccine for Dogs?

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Vaccination is an important step to preventing serious diseases from affecting your furry family members. But why give your pet five shots when they could get what they need in one? For dogs, several of the most common vaccines are typically...

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What Do Flea Eggs Look Like and How Do You Get Rid of Them?

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Just the word “flea” can make us itchy, and it’s no wonder. One flea can rapidly turn into an infestation of fleas that lay innumerable little flea eggs on dogs and cats. Catching fleas early is essential for controlling...

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9 Ways to Stop Fleas From Biting Your Dog, From Flea Shampoo to Vacuums

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Reviewed and updated for accuracy on June 7, 2019 by Dr. Natalie Stilwell, DVM, MS, PhD Ah, the joys of the outdoors. Swimming, hiking and going to the park—all reasons to look forward to going outside. But fleas? Not so much. Not...

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Are Tomatoes Poisonous for Dogs?

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Those of us with furry, barking friends may wonder whether tomatoes are safe to share. There’s a lot of confusing information out there on the topic, so here’s what you should know about each part—the ripe fruit, stems and...

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What You Need to Know About Rabies Vaccines for Cats

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Rabies is a viral disease typically found in wild animals—most commonly raccoons, bats, skunks and foxes. However, any mammal can become infected if they are exposed. That is why it is essential that we keep our pets protected with consistent...

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6 Things in Your House That Could Be Triggering Your Pet’s Allergies

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Reviewed for accuracy on June 6, 2019, by Dr. Katie Grzyb, DVM Did you know that your pet could be allergic to everything from their own beds to your other pets? Unfortunately, figuring out what could be causing allergies in your dog...

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Can You Use Dawn Dish Soap to Kill Fleas on Pets?

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You’ve seen the ads where Dawn dish soap is being used to clean wild birds who’ve been impacted by oil spills. If Dawn is effective and gentle enough for wildlife, you may be wondering if it can kill those pesky fleas on your...

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What Vaccines Does My Outdoor Cat Need?

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The dreaded postcard just showed up in the mail—you know, the one from your veterinarian with all of the abbreviations of shots that your cat is due for. It’s telling you that it’s time to load your cat up in the carrier,...

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6 Tick Diseases in Dogs

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Once a tick bites, dogs who are not on preventative medication are left completely vulnerable. All dogs not protected with flea and tick medicine are considered susceptible to tick-borne diseases, which are passed on to pets through tick...

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How to Get Rid of Fleas on Rabbits

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When most people think about flea and tick meds, their minds immediately go to dogs and cats. However, small animal pets, like rabbits, are also susceptible to these pesky parasites and require protection as well. If you are concerned...

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Essential Cat Vaccinations

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Reviewed and updated for accuracy on May 24, 2019, by Dr. Katie Grzyb, DVM When it comes to medicine, there is no “one-size-fits-all” approach. And preventive care recommendations for our cats are no exception. Cat...

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Why Do Cats Bring Gifts to Their Owners?

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Do you have a cat that brings you special gifts? Some owners may receive offerings like their cat’s favorite toy, while other owners are the unlucky recipients of dead birds or rodents. Why do cats bring gifts like these? And,...

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Can Dogs Smell Fear?

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Have you ever noticed that when you are feeling fearful, your dog becomes more attentive and clingy? Have you also noticed that your dog may behave differently around people who like dogs versus people who are afraid of dogs? Dogs...

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Why Do Some Dogs Bark More Than Others?

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Why do some dogs bark more than others? Maybe your neighbor’s dog barks nonstop when he’s gone, or maybe your dog barks at every breeze, shadow or whisper. And then there are dogs that hardly ever make a peep. You might...

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Pet Disaster Preparedness: Tips for Finding Pet-Friendly Evacuation Shelters

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Reviewed for accuracy on May22, 2019, by Dr. Katie Grzyb, DVM In the case of a major disaster, would you know where to go with your pet? Pet disaster preparedness is about more than just having an evacuation kit ready. You should...

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How to Give a Dog a Pill Using Foods That Are Safe

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Reviewed for accuracy on May 22, 2019, by Dr. Katie Grzyb, DVM When you’re trying to figure how to give a dog a pill, the truth is that there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. Some dogs are very easy to pill, while others will...

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Tips for the First 30 Days After Adopting a Cat

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Reviewed for accuracy on May21, 2019, by Dr. Katie Grzyb, DVM When adopting a cat, the first 30 days are very important for setting up your new family member for success. These first weeks should be used to establish a strong bond between...

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Why Is My Dog Gagging?

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There it is again—that horrible sound coming from your dog at night that almost reminds you of a goose honking in their sleep, and it’s almost always followed by a harsh gagging sound. While dog gagging can be a benign behavior,...

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What You Need to Know Before Bringing Home a Rex Cat

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It’s completely possible for cats to have curly hair. Known as “Rex” cats, these curly kitties have genetic mutations that give their fur a curly or wavy appearance. Due to their unique appearance, Rex cats are in...

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How Often Do Pets Cause Trip-and-Fall Injuries?

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Pets bring joy to people’s lives and positively impact your health and well-being. But they can also unintentionally cause trip-and-fall injuries, even resulting in visits to the emergency room. Pet-related fall injuries occur...

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Are Succulents Poisonous to Cats and Dogs?

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Reviewed for accuracy on May 17, 2019, by Dr. Katie Grzyb, DVM Succulent plants are more popular than ever because they are easy to care for and work well as houseplants. Marked by their thick, fleshy leaves, succulents are native...

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Can Dogs Tell the Difference Between Dogs and Other Animals?

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A common question that dog owners have is whether or not our pups can tell the difference between dogs and other animals. When you’re out on a walk and another dog approaches, can your dog sense exactly what kind of animal it is? An...

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How to Manage Clingy Dog Behavior

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Does your dog always follow you around when you're at home? Does your dog insist on never leaving your side, even when it's time for you to take a shower? Does your dog constantly look at you with rapt attention, as if he can't...

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Can Dogs Get Food Poisoning?

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In humans, we think of food poisoning as being the ingestion of food that is contaminated with bacteria, viruses, parasites or the toxins from these agents, which, in turn, make us sick. The most common signs of food poisoning in people...

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Which States Have The Best Animal Protection Laws?

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Reviewed for accuracy on May 15, 2019, by Dr. Katie Grzyb, DVM Some states are doing better than others at protecting animals from abuse and neglect. These local governments have laws and regulations in place that keep the animals that...

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