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Could Your Pets Suffer From SAD?

Could Your Pets Suffer From SAD?

Humans and dogs share similar brain chemistry, according to science. With this being said, one study shows that one in three pet-owners believe their pets suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder: a type of depression that is characterized by multiple symptoms during certain times of year. Because of the shorter days and longer nights, our biological responses begin to change. We use less serotonin and more melatonin. Similarly, cats and dogs can also struggle to retain their usual energy and great attitudes because they, too, have the same kinds of biological makeup as far as hormones and neurotransmitters go. If you notice your pets being...

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The Joys of Dog Toys

The Joys of Dog Toys

Toys--we all love them! From tiny tots' blocks and teddy bears, to grown ups' cars and tools, toys make life more fun! But you don't have to be human to enjoy the benefits of a good plaything. Dogs love them too! Providing your dog as a puppy with well-made toys puts him on a path of play for life. A sedentary lifestyle for our furry buddies, as for us humans, can lead to obesity and other secondary health concerns. Regular exercise is important, and playtime is a great way to get that exercise--not to mention the quality bonding time it...

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Car Travel with Your Dog: 5 Safety Tips to Follow

Car Travel with Your Dog: 5 Safety Tips to Follow

As a dog owner, you'll probably take your canine companion to the veterinarian, pet store, park and other locations in a typical year. However, you should follow these safety tips to reduce the risk of injury while promoting a positive and enjoyable experience. #1) Don't Allow Your Dog to Roam Free While it may seem harmless, you shouldn't allow your dog to roam free in the car. There are simply too many things that can go wrong with an unrestrained dog: he could distract you, get underneath your feet, or sustain serious injury in the event of a collision. #2)...

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The Do's and Don'ts of Taking Your Dog to Dog Parks

The Do's and Don'ts of Taking Your Dog to Dog Parks

Dog parks can provide an excellent source of exercise and socialization for both you and your canine companion. These parks generally provide a large, fenced-in area where dogs can run and play in safety, and many owners enjoy the benefit of meeting fellow dog lovers as well. There are some general guidelines that are required to ensure the safety of both your dog and other visitors of the park. Weight and Size Regulations Some dog parks are split into separate, fenced-in sections according to the weight and size of the dog. DO take these guidelines seriously and make sure your...

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Cat Treats - Good Or Bad?

Cat Treats - Good Or Bad?

To treat or not to treat, is the real question for cat owners. Cats are notorious for being picky eaters. What if a treat becomes an addiction? Is there a danger that treats could put your pet off their regular diet? Although cats do quickly become fond of their treats, if their regular dining experience is a quality, delectably tasty pet food, there is nothing risky about indulging your favorite feline with a tasty treat. And there are more reasons to treat your cat than just indulgence. Training: Treats are the perfect method of training a cat. They respond well...

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