What do your shoes, your furniture and your remote control have in common? Chances are, if you have a puppy at home, the answer is: “things that I’ve pulled out of my puppy’s mouth thi...
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I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard pet parents say, “Dogs and cats only see in black and white.” So what’s the scoop? Can dogs and cats see colors and, on a similar...
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Every dog has his day – and our canine* companions’ birthdays are the most special of all. So why not go all out? Nothing says “Happy Woofday!” like a party (or should I say paw-...
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In the wild, cats spend up to 30% of their day searching for food, eating small meals nine to sixteen times a day, on average. Outdoor cats are stealthy, cunning hunters — foraging for food exerci...
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Do dogs stick to instructions? Not if they don’t have to, according to new research from the Yale University Canine Cognition Center. In other words, our brilliant best friends can learn to cut co...
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It’s no biggie when we get water in our ears — we tilt our heads, hop on one foot and (usually) the water trickles out. But for our canine friends, it’s not so simple. And when water&r...
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Natural disasters like earthquakes, hurricanes, tornados, wild fires, floods and blizzards can be devastating, but being prepared in advance can help you remain calm in the face of disaster. Keep in mind th...
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Hair loss (or alopecia) in dogs can be more than just an unsightly nuisance — it could signal an underlying issue. From contagious conditions to hormone imbalances, illnesses that cause hair loss ...
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“It’s not only what you say, it’s how you say it” is true for both humans and dogs, according to howling new research. Hungarian scientists have proven something most dog lovers ...
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Lungworms are one of those things vets learn about in parasitology. But cases are pretty rare, so the info was stored way back in the hidden files of my brain when I had a curious case of a cat who was ...
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