popular topics in pet care

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    Pet Vaccinations
    Vaccinating Your Cat Against Infectious Diseases
    Vaccinating Your Cat Against Infectious Diseases Over the past decade, concerns about problems associated with over vaccination have led the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), a number of veterinary colleges, and many veterinarians ...
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    Pet Training
    Preventing Unwanted Behaviors in Your Cat
    Preventing Unwanted Behaviors in Your Cat Preventing troublesome behaviors requires some planning and a effort but is usually far easier than fixing them later. Let's review some of the most important factors that affect behavior, both good and ...
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    Aging Animals
    Physical Changes in Your Aging Cat
    Physical Changes in Your Aging Cat As your cat ages, you can expect a number of behavioral and physical changes to occur. Some are normal and inevitable, but some signal serious disease. If you're not sure talk to your vet. Early diagnosis and t...
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    Pet Training
    Using Positive Reinforcement to Train Your Cat
    Using Positive Reinforcement to Train Your Cat Positive reinforcement is the most effective and fair approach to training a kitten or cat. Some people use “pure” positive reinforcement, meaning they don't use any corrections during training....
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    Feeding a Pet
    Feeding Your Cat
    Feeding Your Cat Cat Nip Greens such as bluegrass, fescue, ryegrass; Japanese barnyard millet; oats; rye (beware of ergot, a hallucinogenic fungus); sprouts (alfalfa or bean), in small amounts; and wheat are easy to grow and provide safe munchin...
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    Aging Animals
    Dealing with the Loss of Your Dog
    Dealing with the Loss of Your Dog Be kind to yourself after the euthanasia. Try to plan something to do for the rest of the day with someone who understands your grief. Don't share your feelings with anyone who you think won't understand. The la...
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    Aging Animals
    Changes You Can Expect as Your Dog Ages
    Changes You Can Expect as Your Dog Ages BowWOW Here's how your mature dog's age translates into human years: Appropriate Age in Years Equivalent Age in Humans 5 40 6 45 7 50 8 55 9 61 10 66 11 72 12 77 13 82 14 88 15 93 16 99 Change is a normal...
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    Aging Animals
    When Your Pet Dies: Rainbow Bridge
    When Your Pet Dies: Rainbow Bridge Just this side of Heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge. When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special...
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    Aging Animals
    Making Important Decisions About Your Sick or Injured Dog
    Making Important Decisions About Your Sick or Injured Dog A number of factors may influence your decision to euthanize your dog. You need to weigh all the factors in making the right choice for your dog, yourself, and your family. Your dog's h...
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    Aging Animals
    Activities for Your Older Dog
    Activities for Your Older Dog Your dog will undoubtedly slow down some as he gets older, but he still needs reasonable exercise to stay physically, mentally, and emotionally fit. A proper diet combined with exercise appropriate to your dog's gen...
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    Pet Care for Kids: Age-Appropriate Ways For Kids to Help
    When choosing a pet, make sure the temperament of the animal matches your family and lifestyle. Make it clear to the adoption agency or pet store that pet care for kids is important to your family. Pets can bring many years of joy if chosen corr...
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    Pet Training
    Managing Your Dog's Aggression
    Managing Your Dog's Aggression Canine aggression comes about due to any of a number of causes. Some dogs just have bad temperaments. Some have medical problems that cause behavioral changes. Aggression can be directed at people, at other animals...
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    Pet Training
    Correcting Some Common Dog Problems
    Correcting Some Common Dog Problems When your puppy or dog does something you don't like, you need to teach her not to do it. Here are three general ideas that should help you deal with most problems. Number one: Figure out why your dog is doin...
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    Pet Training
    Childproof Your Dog and Bite-Proof Your Kids
    Childproof Your Dog and Bite-Proof Your Kids If you got your dog as a companion for your children, you need to know that happy canine and child relationships don't happen by accident. Young puppies play rough and have sharp teeth and claws. They...
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    Pet Care
    Leaving Your Cat at Home or in a Kennel While You're Away
    Leaving Your Cat at Home or in a Kennel While You're Away Although some cats travel well, most really don't enjoy globe-trotting. If you're going to be gone only a day or two and your cat free feeds and has no special care needs, you might be ab...
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    Pet Training
    Five Essential Commands for Your Dog
    Five Essential Commands for Your Dog Who wants to stand in the yard calling a dog that ignores you until he's good and ready to obey? Who wants a dog that won't lie down and stay where you tell him? We've probably all known dogs like that, and t...
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    Pet Training
    Dog Obedience School
    Dog Obedience School Grrrrowls Never leave a choke chain or pinch collar on your dog when you aren't with him or when he's in a crate, and never let dogs play together with choke chains or pinch collars on. Choke chains and pinch collars can get...
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    Pet Training
    Dog Training Tools
    Dog Training Tools Grrrrowls More dogs are turned over to shelters and put to sleep for poor behavior than for any other reason. Poor behavior is nearly always caused by lack of training and socialization. Don't let your dog die because you fail...