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Toys and Dental Care

02/01/17 at 12:05 PM | by Sandy Robins

February has been designated as pet dental month on the pet calendar and many veterinary clinics nationwide offer discounts for dental cleaning and general preventative care.

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Exercise Alternatives for Cold Weather

01/19/17 at 03:07 AM | by Sandy Robins

Baby, its cold outside! However, irrespective if there’s a blizzard or rain coming down in buckets, the chances are your dog will still bring his leash and expect to go for a walk.

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Six Common Southwestern Plants that are Toxic to Pets

01/09/17 at 10:21 AM | by Quaker Pet Group

Dogs are known to chew on and eat most anything they can fit in their mouth. Unfortunately dogs sometimes ingest plants with toxic properties that can cause a range of symptoms from nausea and diarrhea to liver failure. If your dog is especially mischievous in the yard, it’s important to be aware of any potentially harmful plants that may be lurking in your yard. These six plants are very common features in yards across the Southwest that may pose a danger to your dog.

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Cat Scratching

01/02/17 at 10:16 AM | by Quaker Pet Group

Cats scratch. It’s a natural part of a cat’s routine, deeply engrained in its pre-domesticated heritage. Understanding why cats scratch can help us understand how to work with the often destructive behavior instead of fighting against it in vain.

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Breed Spotlight: Chesapeake Bay Retriever

12/26/16 at 10:13 AM | by Quaker Pet Group

With a happy disposition, and powerful build, the Chesapeake Bay Retriever is both a loyal gundog and a affectionate family member. Males can weigh in at 80 lbs, and feature a wavy, water resistant coat in solid colors of brown, sedge (reddish gold), or deadgrass (straw).

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Homemade Dog Treats for the Holwliday!

12/22/16 at 11:30 AM | by Sandy Robins

Making homemade dog treats for a favorite pooch shows that you’ve added an additional dollop love by creating a special personalized gift.

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Last Minute Holiday Gifts For Your Four-Legged Friends

12/19/16 at 10:10 AM | by Quaker Pet Group

This holiday season, we’re bringing pet parents so many ways to include their pets in the joy of giving! From high quality pet carriers for traveling with Fido to ultrasonic plush dog toys, there’s a gift for every budget and every breed.

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Breed Spotlight: Affenpinscher

09/14/16 at 02:00 PM | by Quaker Pet Group

The Affenpinscher is a toy terrier whose history dates back to the 17th century. It was originally bred in Central Europe, primarily in Germany, with the purpose of controlling the mouse population. This dog breed is now known as a small companion and house dog for adults. Its name translates to “monkey dog” from German. Avid Star Wars fans say that the face of an Affenpinscher looks like an Ewok.

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Creating a Cat-Friendly Home

09/06/16 at 02:00 PM | by Quaker Pet Group

For cats who spend all or the majority of their day inside, it’s important that they are provided with cat friendly activities and spaces to promote mental stimulation and human-friendly behavior. There are a few things you can do to enhance your cat’s experience as a member of your household.

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Creating a Better Connection with Your Dog

08/31/16 at 02:00 PM | by Quaker Pet Group

Dogs are creatures of habit, and it’s no surprise that we continually hear stories about the intense bond that develops between humans and their dogs. Dogs may travel hundreds of miles to find their lost home, dogs can save humans from a burning building, or even sacrifice their own lives to save a human companion. These are not just traits of trained search and rescue dogs, but of common dogs with strong relationships with their humans.

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Pets and Snake Bites

08/25/16 at 02:00 PM | by Quaker Pet Group

Rattlesnakes inhabit many parts of the United States and are more than desert dwellers. Unfortunately many dogs end up in pet emergency rooms each Spring/Summer after a bad encounter with a rattlesnake. Dogs are curious and protective animals, which contribute to their being 20 times more likely to be bitten by a snake than you are.

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Finding the Best Food for Your Pet

08/17/16 at 02:00 PM | by Quaker Pet Group

The pet food aisles can be a confusing these days. In an increasingly crowded space, many pet food companies market foods with very broad terms like “Natural” and niche formulas like “Senior”. So how do you know what’s best for your pet?

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Breed Spotlight: Bichon Frise

08/09/16 at 02:00 PM | by Quaker Pet Group

The Bichon Frise is a small fluffy pup with a plumed tail, a cheerful disposition and a taste for mischief. His sturdy yet portable size and adorable face make the Bichon Frise a popular breed choice for families and urban dwellers.

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Summer Travel With Your Pet

08/03/16 at 12:24 PM | by Sandy Robins

When you’re traveling with pets, whether you’re taking a day trip, or heading out on a two-week vacation, it takes the same amount of advance planning and preparation. It’s no different to traveling with small children!

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Pool Safety for your Pets

07/27/16 at 12:21 PM | by Cristen Underwood

It is so much fun to swim in the summertime with your pet! You know the rules of safety for you and your children, but there are some rules for your pets and wildlife, too. Ensure that everyone is safe this summer by knowing pet pool safety.

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Dogs and Swimming

07/19/16 at 02:00 PM | by Sandy Robins

When you’re traveling with pets, whether you’re taking a day trip, or heading out on a two-week vacation, it takes the same amount of advance planning and preparation. It’s no different to traveling with small children!

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Special Considerations When Leaving Your Cat At Home During Vacation

07/14/16 at 02:00 PM | by Quaker Pet Group

It’s summer and time for vacation! Oh, but who’s going to take care of the cat? The most comfortable and least stressful place for your feline is in her own home.

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Enhancing Your Cat's Space in Your Home

06/06/16 at 09:42 AM | by Sandy Robins

There is, sadly, a common misconception that all cats living in the same household will automatically get along with one another. In reality, this is not always the case. And, if you think about it, the same applies to people whether it’s in a home or office environment.

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Breed Spotlight: Shetland Sheepdog

05/09/16 at 02:27 PM | by Quaker Pet Group

An alert, small, rough-coated, longhaired working dog, the Shetland Sheepdog (Sheltie) is an agile and sturdy medium-size dog breed with a life span of 12-14 years. Like the Collie, the Sheltie traces to the Border Collie of Scotland. These Collies were reduced to miniature proportions upon the breed being transported to the Shetland Islands and crossed with small, intelligent, longhaired breeds.

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How To Choose A Pet Sitter

05/02/16 at 02:24 PM | by Quaker Pet Group

There’s really no “one size fits all” solution when it comes to finding the right pet sitter to meet the specific needs of you and your pet(s). While some pet parents have the luxury of using/hiring a neighbor, family member or good friend they can trust with the responsibility, others have to look to professional resources or referrals from those they know and respect.

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Stress Awareness in Dogs and Cats

04/29/16 at 02:21 PM | by Sandy Robins

If you are looking for a good excuse to go out and splurge on some new toys for your dog or cat, you can assuage any guilt about your shopping spree by knowing that toys are a great stress-reliever for pets. New toys will in fact boost their levels of both mental and physical well being.

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Celebrating National Kids & Pets Day

04/25/16 at 02:16 PM | by Quaker Pet Group

As if you need more convincing that having pets around your home makes a positive impact on your children, National Kids & Pets Day will make April 26 a day of ultimate enlightenment.

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How Nutrition Can Help Reduce Shedding

04/22/16 at 02:13 PM | by Quaker Pet Group

While some dog breeds are notorious shedders, others have shed-resistant fur. But even shed-resistant dogs will lose fur depending on the season, weather, grooming and his overall health. You can’t prevent this natural process. But you can help reduce the amount of loose hair. If you feel your dog is shedding more than a typical amount for his breed, consult your veterinarian to rule out any undiagnosed health issues.

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Breed Spotlight: Poodle

04/19/16 at 02:09 PM | by Quaker Pet Group

While often pigeonholed as a “beauty with no brains” dog breed, the Poodle is exceptionally intelligent, active and excels in obedience training. According to AKC® Registration statistics, it’s one of the most popular dog breeds possibly due to the fact that it also comes in three size varieties. The denominations standard, miniature and toy describe size only, as all are considered the same breed and governed by the same standard.

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Potty Training Your New Puppy

02/05/16 at 10:07 AM | by Quaker Pet Group

Potty training your new dog or puppy requires so much more than a few stacks of old newspapers. It also requires patience, commitment and consistency. Virtually every dog–especially puppies–will have an occasional accident in the house. That’s just part of the training process.

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