Holiday dog grooming 101: How to get your pet ready for the party
The holidays are going to the dogs. More than 60 percent of owners include their pets in holiday cards or give them a gift, according to petfinder.com. Furthermore, 80 percent of pets participate in holiday celebrations. No matter what festivities your dog partakes in, grooming is essential to avoid smelly pet odors and ...
Easy ways to improve your pet's quality of life
(BPT) - Pet ownership is more than just a privilege - it is a responsibility. While pet owners spend ample time and money purchasing elaborate outfits, accessories and toys for their pets, what truly matters is when owners take the initiative to install healthy habits and routines that enhance their pets' lives. Across A...
Is the protein in your pet's food causing a deadly disease?
(BPT) - You've seen the commercials and print ads: It seems like every pet food maker is touting meat as a top ingredient. Some even go so far as to eliminate grain completely, advertising super-high levels of protein for dogs or cats. But when it comes to pet food and protein, can there be too much of a good thing? Acco...
Five simple steps to being a great pet owner
(BPT) - Brushing your teeth and getting dressed in the morning are among the daily routines that are second nature to humans. But you may not always remember that your pets need regular care too - like avoiding potentially harmful table scraps, being protected from pesky fleas and ticks, keeping the sensitive pads of the...
Tips for new pet parents
(BPT) - Whether you're acquiring a new puppy or kitten for your household or adopting an adult pet from a shelter or rescue organization, the following tips will help you get off on the right foot with your newest family member. * What's up, doc? Just as you require regular visits to your doctor and dentist to make sure ...
Planning can help families protect pets during natural disasters
(BPT) - News of natural disasters can stir our compassion, inspire us to find ways to help and remind us of the need to prepare our own homes and families to cope with emergencies, including severe weather, earthquakes and fire. Every family should have a disaster plan, so that if a disaster strikes, you’ll be ready to m...
Dog-gone vacation: Three essentials to pack when traveling with pets
Pets are members of the family – so much so that more families today are traveling with their four-legged companions than ever before. In fact, 40 percent of pet owners now bring their pets on family vacations, according to the American Humane Association. Although packing for your pet may seem like a walk in the park, a...
Natural, balanced and beyond: Making sense of dog food labels
(BPT) - Dogs are man’s best friend, so it’s only natural to want to give him the best care, from the veterinarian he goes to, right down to the food you put in his bowl every day. But in a world filled with an ever-expanding array of choices, it can be hard to make sense of it all. However, getting to know the meaning be...
Driving with dogs: Tips to keep everyone in the car safe
(BPT) - It’s only natural for man’s best friend to stay close by his master’s side, but for dog owners who drive frequently, bringing Fido along for the ride can be risky. The problem is particularly worrisome for older drivers; a recent study conducted by researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham showed tha...
DIY pet treats: economical, easy and nutritious
(BPT) - Many families are struggling to find time to sit down together for a meal these days so it may seem funny that more people are making time to bake treats for their pets. But pets are gaining status in the family hierarchy, according to a Harris Interactive study. In fact, more than 90 percent of pet owners say th...
Pets make powerful partners in weight loss
(BPT) - Lives. Homes. Furniture. Even beds. People share a lot when a dog or cat is part of the family. Unfortunately, one trait that far too many owners and pets have in common is excess weight. In fact, two-thirds of U.S. adults and 55 percent of U.S. pets are considered overweight, according to the National Health and...
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May 24, 2010