For years we’ve known about the health benefits of living with furry friends: decreased blood pressure and heart attack risk, reduced depression rates and lower triglyceride and cholesterol levels...
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    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
You know that you should let sleeping dogs lie, but should you let them lie in your bed?    Many pet owners look forward to climbing into bed with their canine companion or friendly feli...
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Active, working dogs need a nutritious diet to keep them at their best. Try Dr. Ernie Ward’s recipe for Eggs-cellently Delicious Eggs to give your hard-working pup a boost with super-healthy, nutr...
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    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
You’d never consider eating off of the same dirty plate for every meal, or feeding your kids cereal from a bowl that’s rarely washed – yet most of us do this for our pets without batti...
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My cat loves me. Well, I’m pretty sure my cat at least likes me. Okay, I know for certain my cat tolerates me. What is love, anyway? How can we tell if our cats share the same fondness for us that...
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Getting a new puppy is a lot like bringing a new baby or toddler into your home – in order to keep everything and everyone safe, clean and happy, try these tips for puppy proofing.   Get y...
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    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
When you’ve got pets, you might find yourself worrying about the cleaning products you use in the house and whether they’re safe to use around your four-legged friends. The short answer is t...
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    Science writer and researcher of Morris Animal Foundation
If you’ve ever had a kitten or gone to a shelter, you’ve probably seen the sneezing, runny noses and watery eyes typical of upper respiratory tract infections in cats. Most of these infectio...
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For years, there’s been concern in the shelter and veterinary community that black dogs were less likely to be adopted. Recently, a large U.S. study showed no evidence for this so-called “bl...
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Whether it’s to freshen up fur or ditch the dirt, there are times your best friend needs a bath. Some pets take to water like rubber duckies, but for others bath time is a real soap opera. To make...
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