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8 Dog Exercising Tips for Warm Weather
By Teresa K Traverse   Summer is here, along with its scorching temps. You’ll probably want to bring your dog outdoors for some fresh air, sunlight and exercise, but warmer temperatures can create certain hazards for your pet, including overheating and dehydration. Here are eight veterinarian-approved tips that will show you how to keep a dog cool in summer while enjoying some fun exercises. ...
5 Pet Safety Tips for Taking Your Dog to the Beach
By Helen Anne Travis   The beach is a place to relax and have fun. And for many pet owners, bringing your dog to the beach or taking them to a dog beach makes for an even more relaxing and fun beach day experience. But the very things that make the beach so pleasant—the water, sun and sand—could also prove harmful to your pet.   Here are five pet safety tips to help keep your dog safe at...
7 Ways to Comfort Your Dog While Flying
By Nancy Dunham   Flying with a dog may seem simple, but you need plenty of prep to ensure a calm, safe flight. Putting the work in ahead of time will also make you less nervous, which will in turn help keep your pup calm in the air.   “We are so fearful of [our dogs] misbehaving, we transmit our anxiety to them through our breathing [and] nervous movements,” says Harrison Forbes, celebrity...
8 Dog Back Pain Remedies That Can Help Your Dog
Reviewed for accuracy on October 3, 2019, by Dr. Jennifer Coates, DVM Back pain in dogs can be caused by any number of conditions: weight gain, an injury, anatomical abnormalities, degenerative conditions, arthritis, infection or even cancer.   Some breeds, including Dachshunds, French Bulldogs and Pugs, are also more likely to experience back pain, says Dr. Babette Gladstein, a holistic...
6 Things Your Cat Is Trying to Tell You
By Helen Anne Travis   Even the biggest feline fan will admit cats sometimes do things that are a little...curious.   “They’re not as easy to understand as dogs,” says Dr. Shian Simms, vice president of veterinary medicine at Bideawee, an animal welfare organization in New York City. “They do a lot of things on their own terms.”   But sometimes those curious behaviors are a cat’s...
7 Ways to Clean Your Dog’s Paws 
Reviewed and updated for accuracy on May 28, 2020 by Katie Grzyb, DVM Whether it’s rainy, snowy, or dusty outside, we have to take our dogs for walks. In winter, this might mean the risk of irritation from salted sidewalks, so cleaning up their paws properly after you return from a walk is a must. "Some dog’s feet are extremely sensitive to the cold, to the salt, and all the elements," says...
6 Surefire Ways to Bond with Your Cat
  By Kate Hughes   Cats are mercurial, finicky creatures, but the people who love them want to snuggle them anyway.   Cat owners work hard to form a bond with their feline friends. This is easier with some cats than others, but there are methods that can help owners lay the foundation for a successful human-cat relationship. If you’re bringing a kitty home for the first time or looking to...
6 Causes of Deafness in Dogs
  By John Gilpatrick   Hearing loss in dogs can happen gradually and doesn’t manifest itself with other physical symptoms. Dr. Kathryn Winger, an assistant professor of veterinary neurology at the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine, says the most common signs of hearing loss include a lack of response to being called; no reaction to loud noises like the doorbell or other...
6 Best Frogs for Beginners
By Cheryl Lock   If you’re looking for a fun amphibian friend that doesn’t require a ton of care, a frog may be the right pet for you. That’s not to say that all frog species are easy to care for — some do require more upkeep than others — but with a little research and forethought, you can  find a frog type that is fun for families and requires minimal work.   “Most frogs...
6 Ways to Help Your Old Dog Feel Young
  By John Gilpatrick   When your dog starts to get up there in age, he slows down. Maybe he withdraws a bit. He might put on some weight—or lose some, depending on his eating and exercise habits and his health status.   The age at which “adult dogs” become “senior dogs” varies from breed to breed, and certainly some individuals will start to show the signs of age sooner or later than...