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All posts tagged with “Pet Care.”

What Toys Does Your Dog Really, Really, Want?

12/10/18 at 06:26 AM | by Sandy Robins

The gift-giving season started early this year with eight days of Chanukah kicking off the delight of opening fun presents right at the beginning of the December. And, as more pet parents get on board with the idea of including their pets, this means lots of great new toys and treats for fur kids too.

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Putting the Fun into Fall Leaves

11/08/18 at 07:43 AM | by Sandy Robins

This time of year, many parts of the country are awash in an artist’s palette of brilliant autumn colors. From a canine perspective, falling leaves swirling to the ground are fun to chase and there’s no better time to enjoy going for a walk or a hike. Before you rush out, here’s a quick checklist to ensure you both and your pooch pal remain safe.

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Putting A Different Howl on Howl’oween

10/11/18 at 04:01 PM | by Sandy Robins

Howl’oween, in dog “language”, translates as treats. And lot of them! However, not every dog enjoys going around the neighborhood trick or treating and having to encounter incumbent pets when their favorite people ring doorbells and stock up on candy. Fortunately, there are lots of other fun ways dogs can celebrate and have great time.

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The Important Role of being a Foster Parent

09/19/18 at 08:48 AM | by Sandy Robins

Fostering a pet can be a real life-changing experience for that pet as it gives them basic social skills and possibly teaching them to interact around other pets too. Further, fostering older pets that have been saved from a life-changing event such as a devastating fire or flood or even years of abuse, means giving that pet an opportunity to gain confidence and trust humans. All this amounts to a better opportunity of being adopted into a wonderful forever home.

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Your Smartphone Can Be Your Best Friend Should Disaster Strike

09/10/18 at 07:55 AM | by Sandy Robins

September is the start of hurricane season. It follows on the heels of fire season in other parts of the country. When natural disasters of any kind strike, your smart phone can be an essential tool in helping you keep track of important information and photographs of your pets in case you are separated.

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Dogs and Weddings

08/22/18 at 08:35 AM | by Sandy Robins

Both children and dogs can be wild cards at weddings especially if they are part of the retinue. But a wedding with “flower dogs” or a canine ring-bearer can all go off without a hitch with a bit of strategic planning and, provided the pooch, or pooches, understand basic commands such assitand stayandcome.

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Pet Fire Safety

08/08/18 at 08:27 AM | by Sandy Robins

According to the National Fire Protection Association pets start more than 1000 household fires annually destroying homes and often not surviving if they are home alone at the time.

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Pets and Allergies

07/25/18 at 03:19 PM | by Sandy Robins

Summer is a very pretty time of the year outdoors but it also hosts the arrival of allergies and our pets suffer alongside their favorite people.Typically, dogs and cats don't suffer from runny noses and watery eyes, but symptoms that your pet could have a problem do include sneezing, wheezing, itching and scratching.

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February Valentine

02/02/18 at 10:50 AM | by Sandy Robins

This year, Valentine’s Day falls on a Wednesday. But you can still plan a fun weekend getaway at any time this month to celebrate. Not sure where to go? Well, try this. Grab a pencil, close your eyes and see where it lands. 

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New Years Resolutions

02/02/18 at 06:39 AM | by Sandy Robins

January: It’s that time of the year again to commit to some new year resolutions. Most of us fail miserably, often within weeks. There’s a lot to be said for a buddy system to spur you on and keep you on track. Your dog is your best buddy, right?  So why not try making a list of pledges that will benefit both of you and, hopefully, your pooch will inspire you to stick with your commitments.

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How to handle pet vomiting (what is normal, when is it a concern)

06/05/17 at 11:15 AM | by Quaker Pet Group

It’s never fun when one of your kids is sick. As pet parents, we want the best for our dogs. And when they are vomiting, we know something isn’t right. But how can we tell if we need to seek medical attention or just let them ride it out?

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How to Keep Dogs From Digging Up Your Garden

05/30/17 at 11:12 AM | by Quaker Pet Group

Your adorable pup loves to dig for so many reasons, but none of which are to purposefully destroy your beautiful garden. Dogs like to dig to find a cooler or warmer place to relax, to bury their valuables like food, bones, and toys, to hunt prey like moles, groundhogs, and gophers, but most often dogs like to dig because they think it’s fun.

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Pet First Aid Awareness

05/22/17 at 11:09 AM | by Sandy Robins

If you regularly take your dog places, it’s a good idea to put together a first aid kit to keep permanently in your car to take care of minor issues and possible emergencies until to can get proper veterinary care.

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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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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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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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