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Co-Sleeping with Pets

Is Sleeping Together Healthy? by Erik J. Martin There was a time when Eliska, a three-pound Prague ratter, would curl up and sleep next to owner Krista DeAngelis, and most of the time she and the dog enjoyed a peaceful night’s slumber. Then DeAngelis married, and her husband banned the dog from the bed for fear of unintentionally squashing Eliska ... Read More »

Holiday Gifts for Pets

Tips for Interactive, Inexpensive Games and Toys by Sandra Murphy What’s on the family pet’s wish list this year? Family members can have fun creating interactive toys and games that are easy on the holiday budget. According to a recent American Pet Association survey, three out of four owners buy gifts for their pets during the holiday season, to the ... Read More »

New Cancer Test for Dogs

Detects Illness in Time for Effective Treatment by Shawn Messonnier Pet owners often ask if there’s an accurate, inexpensive way to test dogs for cancer before they develop clinical signs of it. A diagnosis early in the course of the disease is crucial for beginning effective treatment and better outcomes. Until recently, the answer to their question was no. As ... Read More »

Watersports for Dogs

Given a Pool or Lake, Canines Dive Into Action by Sandra Murphy Water sports for dogs can be done just for fun or to earn recognition. Venues range from a backyard adult or kiddie pool to a lake, river or ocean. All offer healthful exercise for canine bodies and brains. Some dogs seem born to swim, while others learn to ... Read More »

Lustrous Pooch

10 Foods to Make a Dog’s Coat Glow by Suzi Beber To keep our dog’s skin and coat healthy, supplements may first come to mind, especially oils and powders. However, whole foods deserve a closer look for naturally elegant results. Chia Chia seeds contain more healthy omega-3 fats and fiber than flax or other grain seeds and are a good ... Read More »

Pawprint Memories

The Fun of Pet Scrapbooking by Sandra Murphy For many, handwritten letters bundled with ribbon, pressed flowers and fading photographs have been replaced by emails, computerized cards and digital images, with the notable exception of scrapbooks. A scrapbook, done right, is a memorabilia treasure chest. Pages are embellished, decorated and personalized to bring memories alive. Pets get to strut their ... Read More »

Pain-Free Pooch

Five Natural Pain Relievers for Dogs by Jennifer Kachnic Because dogs won’t always let us know when they’re hurting, some people assume they don’t experience pain the same way we do, but that’s not the case. Instincts retained from their wild heritage will generally prompt them to hide pain as a sign of weakness. The truth is that arthritis and ... Read More »

The Well-Mannered Canine

Good Manners Make a Dog Welcome by Sandra Murphy It seems dogs travel just about everywhere with their humans these days. They’re spotted at home improvement stores, happy hours, drive-through restaurants and workplaces, in addition to their usual hangouts. To get Sparky invited into more people places, he must have good manners. “Just like with kids, not every venue is ... Read More »

Dog Scouts of America

Dog Troops Also Earn Badges and Go to Camp by Sandra Murphy Scouts, badges, troops and summer camp—they’re not just for kids anymore. Dog Scouts of America is a new twist on tradition that is fun for all ages. Dogs, their owners and the larger community all benefit when a pet earns the basic Dog Scout certification badge. Any dog ... Read More »

Chemicals Harm Pets, Too

The nationwide health epidemic of chronic diseases afflicting the human population is also showing up among companion animals. According to a 21st-century report by the Environmental Working Group, like the proverbial canary in a coal mine, pets may be the environmental sentinels now signaling a clear connection between disease and man-made chemicals. In a study that analyzed blood samples of ... Read More »

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