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Our reason for being is to help you get many happy, healthy years with your furry friends! That’s why we’re excited to share our expertise about the care and feeding of pets. Browse our blogs to guide you through each phase and stage of your dog or cat’s life.

What are bully breeds and where do they come from?

What are bully breeds and where do they come from?

Ever wonder what a bully breed is and how they got their name? Bully breeds cover a wide range of dogs, from powerful police dogs to goofy lap dogs with lolling tongues. To help you appreciate and understand your canine friend’s bully origins, we put together this quick guide.

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Your complete guide to dining out with your canine

Your complete guide to dining out with your canine

Dining with your dog can be a delightful way to live the pet-inclusive life you’ve always dreamed of. If your dog is at a stage where he’s great on a leash and doesn’t mind hanging out while you eat and socialize, he’ll probably make a great dining companion.

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Puppy biting: What makes a pup nip and how to handle it

Puppy biting: What makes a pup nip and how to handle it

You wouldn’t know by looking at that adorable ball of fluff, but that puppy of yours has a set of spiky little teeth. He can’t understand that when he nips you, even in play, it hurts. Other than wearing boots indoors for the rest of your life, along with a set of elbow-length Kevlar gloves, what can you do about puppy biting?

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Heirloom grains: Are they nutritional powerhouses for dogs?

Heirloom grains: Are they nutritional powerhouses for dogs?

Confused about grains and whether they’re good for canines? In the following, we’ll explain just what heirloom grains are, what sets them apart from traditional grains, like corn and wheat, and the bounty of nutrients they can bring to your dog’s bowl.

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How to choose the absolute best food for your dog

How to choose the absolute best food for your dog

What’s so great about premium lines of dog food, and what value do they offer to your dog’s lifeCynics might say premium foods are all about impressing the humans. If you’re looking for the best food for your dog, read on to learn how to tell when a high-quality premium brands enhances the life of your best friend, and which fall short of expectations.

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Your guide to rotating your dog’s food

Your guide to rotating your dog’s food

Many canines look forward to their daily bowl of kibble, bounding eagerly to the kitchen when they hear the kibble hit the bottom of the bowl. But should dogs eat the same food every day? Even if they seem to enjoy “the usual,” it’s actually good for your dog’s health to switch it up.

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Big reasons to get a small dog

Big reasons to get a small dog

Many canine parents would call themselves equal opportunity dog lovers. But the big, playful personalities accompanied by the puppy-like faces of smaller dogs are awfully hard to resist. If you’re wondering if a smaller pet is best for your family, we’ve got you covered.

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Ode to large-breed dogs: Why pet parents love them

Ode to large-breed dogs: Why pet parents love them

Wondering if getting a big dog would be a great addition to your family? A canine weighing 70 pounds or more is considered a large size dog. Life with a large dog means living with more of everything that comes with a dog: More hair, more food to buy and, let’s face it, more messes in the backyard to pick up. But the pet parents that adore them wouldn’t have it any other way.

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Curious about canines: Does flavor matter to dogs?

Curious about canines: Does flavor matter to dogs?

Sometimes, it seems our beloved dogs are willing to eat just about anything. Including, ahem, non-food items. But then they’ll turn down a perfectly good bowl of their usual kibble for no apparent reason. This suggests canines might experience flavors differently than humans do. But how?

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Domestic shorthair cats: Everything you need to know

Domestic shorthair cats: Everything you need to know

If your cat is a domestic shorthair, what does that mean? Short answer, your cat is a true original, and that’s something to celebrate. No two domestic shorthairs are alike, even if they come from the same litter. Yet, they’re the most popular cat in America, and the following will explain why.

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Common health issues in senior dogs that pet parents need to know

Common health issues in senior dogs that pet parents need to know

As pets are beloved family members, we want our dogs to be with us as long as possible. But as dogs enter their senior years, it’s important to keep a close eye on the signs of changing health conditions. As your dog’s coat grays, be aware of these common health issues in senior dogs, along with things you can do to best support them at this stage of their lives.

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Dog body language: What’s your canine trying to tell you?

Dog body language: What’s your canine trying to tell you?

How well do we appreciate a dog’s communication skills? Much of what they have to say is expressed through the body. And it makes a lot of sense. Their ancestral wolves, after all, are social pack animals. Hence, dogs come with these baked-in instincts to display their mood and intention through sound, scent and body language.

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The best dog breeds for kids and families

The best dog breeds for kids and families

Bringing a dog into the family comes with plenty of benefits. They can teach your kids to be respectful, responsible and cooperative. They can also be a great excuse to get outside for daily walks. Either way, dogs can provide us with a whole new perspective on life and give us a reason to smile. If you’re looking at getting one for you and your family, you may want to do your homework first. Like humans, dogs can have their own distinct personalities. And sometimes, those personalities don’t mesh well if you or your furry friend have different expectations.

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3 common culprits if your dog still stinks after a bath

3 common culprits if your dog still stinks after a bath

Many pet parents love how their dog smells after a good shampooing. But if your dog doesn’t have that usual fresh scent following a bath, you’ll want to look into it. There are several root causes of lingering odor that not even the best odor-control shampoo can defeat.

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How do I know if my dog’s stomach hurts (and how can I help)?

How do I know if my dog’s stomach hurts (and how can I help)?

It’s a struggle that every dog owner will go through at some point. Your pup will be acting strange or sick, and you’ll be worrying over what’s wrong and how you can help. Most often, it’ll come down to an upset stomach. Knowing the signs that your dog’s stomach hurts will make it easier to soothe both their discomfort and your fears.

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Protein for canines: It’s what your dog needs and craves

Protein for canines: It’s what your dog needs and craves

We all know protein is an important part of the daily meal, whether you’re talking about humans or our animal companions. Which is why to many pet parents, a dog food label that touts high protein sounds pretty promising. But not all protein sources are alike. When it comes to a high-protein diet, quality is just as important as quantity.

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What do different cat noises mean?

What do different cat noises mean?

The word for a cat yowl is caterwaul. When they’re making this sound, it tends to be long and drawn out, like something between a meow and a moan. Some call it melodramatic while for others, it sends a chill up the spine. There’s no mistaking a caterwaul. You know it when you hear it.

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