The offensive skunk smell is legendary. Blinding, headache-inducing, with a lingering effect that can last for weeks, the notorious skunk spray is respected – and avoided – by predators thro...
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I feel like cat owners sometimes get a raw deal because our feline friends usually aren’t quite as demonstrative in their affection as their canine cousins are. Aside from mealtime at our house, I...
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You’ve heard about electric or invisible fences, and maybe you have friends who use them. But is it the right tool for you? While there are pros to the fence, like cost effectiveness and aesthetic...
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Before you burst out the door with Fido on a summer day, stop to think — is the street too hot for four-legged feet? We all know the phrase “hot enough to fry an egg,” but pavement c...
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Cats are some of the most complex, curious and compassionate critters I know. Deciphering cat behavior is far more complicated and challenging than most other animals. Too often, we mistakenly apply can...
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Though nearly perfect in design, the hip joint is not without its weaknesses – especially in dogs predisposed to hip dysplasia and those with shallow sockets. Even the strongest ligaments and mu...
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There is one common seasonal question that I don’t know the right answer to, and I’m guessing that I never will. That question is: Should I shave my dog in the summer to keep him cool? &nbs...
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Every dog has its day, but let’s face it, most of our dogs and cats lead pretty boring lives—probably the reason they’re always scratching at the door to be let out or destroying your wind...
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Healthy homemade pet treats don’t have to be costly or difficult – they can be as simple as one ingredient! Try Dr. Ernie Ward’s nutritious whole food recipes for an easy, mess-free an...
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You’re probably familiar with malaria, yellow fever, dengue, Chikungunya and West Nile virus. The latest unwelcome addition to this mosquito-borne disease list is Zika virus. Here is everything ...
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