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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.

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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Why cats pee in unexpected places and other things to know about managing a litterbox

Why cats pee in unexpected places and other things to know about managing a litterbox

There’s nothing that sparks joy like bringing your cat home for the first time. You likely got a cat because they require much less training and maintenance than a dog. However, some training may be necessary, as you may find your new feline friend likes to pee outside of their litterbox. Cats can be a bit stubborn at times, but training them to use their litterbox regularly is relatively easy.

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How do dogs see?

How do dogs see?

Almost every dog owner in existence has had the same, singular question cross their mind at some point: What does my dog see? It’s a simple-enough question on the surface, but it turns out a dog’s sight is quite complex and different from that of humans. Understanding those differences can help us better understand why our canine companions do the quirky things they do.

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Leash reactivity: What it is, how it happens and what to do about it

Leash reactivity: What it is, how it happens and what to do about it

Leash reactivity can be a complicated problem to tackle. Emily Stoddard, owner of Canine Sports Dog Training, talked to Susan Frank on Raising Your Paws Episode # 70 about the different ways this behavior can manifest. With this blog, we wanted to go more in depth on the problem, including how you can work with your pup to change their behavior.

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Does your dog love you? Here’s how you can tell

Does your dog love you? Here’s how you can tell

We all express love, affection and admiration. We understand these expressions from person to person. But the love language between you and your dog may be a bit different. We show our pups we love them in many ways: we pet them, give them treats, rub their bellies and ask them “Who’s a good boy?” in a high-pitched voice. However, it’s hard to speak the same language when you’re two separate species, which can make it a little harder to get your message across.

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America’s favorite dog breed? The Labrador Retriever. Here’s why.

America’s favorite dog breed? The Labrador Retriever. Here’s why.

When it comes to finding a lovable companion that’s smart enough to help with hunting tasks, the Labrador Retriever may be one of your best choices.
In fact, for the past 29 years the American Kennel Club has ranked the Lab the No. 1 most popular dog in the country from a pool of nearly 200 breeds.

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