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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.

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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A guide to Cavoodles: Friendly family pets

A guide to Cavoodles: Friendly family pets

The Cavoodle, also known as a Cavapoo or Cavadoodle, is a cross between two beloved and popular dog breeds, the Poodle and the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Intelligent, gentle and affectionate, this little ball of fluff is a perfect family dog that gets along well with children and other pets. Despite their small stature, they make great guard dogs, too. Thinking about adding a Cavoodle to your brood? Here are some facts to help you decide if the breed is right for you.

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Purrfect affection: 9 signs your cat loves you

Purrfect affection: 9 signs your cat loves you

Cats can be mysterious creatures, and according to the Washington Post, they’re one of the world’s most popular pets. Some say it’s because cats are self-reliant, low maintenance and still display affection. However, some owners don’t see their cat as affectionate for the sake of being affectionate, and believe their cat only acts cute and cuddly when they want something. Like any mammal, cats are unique in their own right. While fluffy and fascinating, many are thought to be aloof, communicating their emotions and desires in ways others may not understand.

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Life with a bulldog: What new pet parents need to know

Life with a bulldog: What new pet parents need to know

The jowly, grumpy face of the bulldog makes it one of the most distinctive dogs out there. Whether a bulldog is your pet of choice, or the breed occupies a sizable slice of your mutt’s DNA pie chart, life with these dogs means having a strong, loyal companion by your side.

If a bulldog is a breed or blend you’re considering, take a look at this essential information.

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Canine behavior explained: Why dogs beg and how to end it

Canine behavior explained: Why dogs beg and how to end it

Begging can be pretty cute in the beginning of your life with your dog. Those staring, soulful eyes, and that keening whine just have the effect of turning the heart into goo. But the pleas can get annoying and even disruptive. Begging is normal dog behavior, but when it becomes a distraction to your daily life, it’s a sign that it’s gotten out of hand.

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Pet-friendly gadgets that make life easier

Pet-friendly gadgets that make life easier

Providing the happiest, healthiest life for your dog or cat is easier than ever, thanks to these pet-centered gadgets. Whether you’re looking for help with weight control, or need a tracker for your escape artists, these tools are worth a closer look.

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5 fun winter activities to try with your dog (and one to avoid)

5 fun winter activities to try with your dog (and one to avoid)

If you want to get more time outside during the winter, your dog can be the perfect outdoor companion. That’s especially true if your dog is a cold-weather breed. (If you’re not sure, look for a double coat and thick paws, along with a tendency to bound happily outside to burrow and roll in a fresh blanket of snow.) Spending time together outside provides the perfect way to burn off some pent-up energy. Plus, playing and running through snow can provide extra toning for your dog’s body. As long as you’re out there playing with him, you’ll both enjoy the benefits of fresh air and perhaps a bit of fleeting winter sunshine.

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