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Pet Dangers During the Holiday Season

The holiday season is a stressful, hectic time, but it can also be a downright dangerous season for pets. Being aware of the hidden dangers that lurk in everything from holiday food and decorations to family visits is essential for all pet owners to safeguard their furred, feathered and scaled family members. Top 10 Holiday Dangers to Pets – And How to Keep Safe Many holiday things we enjoy – special foods and feasts, enchanting decorations, twinkling lights, gifts, visits from family and friends – can actually be dangerous to pets. Fortunately, avoiding these dangers is easy once we understand the potential risks. Poisonous Foods Delicious treats are part of any holiday. Not only do we often have special treats...

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How to Get an Older Dog to Learn a New Name

Adopting an older dog can be the ideal addition to your family. Not only are you giving the dog a new and loving home, but it will give you love, companionship and so much more in return. It will take time for you both to learn to communicate effectively with one another, however – for the dog to learn your commands and expectations and for you to learn your dog's personality and behavioral quirks. Both sides of that communication start with the dog's name – but how can you change a dog's name after it has recognized a different name for years?Choosing a New Name for Your DogYou may never know your dog's old name, but if you do, it...

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Tips to Help Calm Your Pets During Storms

A sudden thunderstorm can be terrifying for any pet, and cats and dogs can become very stressed during storms. There are easy ways to help your pet feel more comfortable, however, and keep them from getting too excited or anxious when storms pass by. Provide a Safe PlaceYour pet will feel more secure if they have a safe, comfortable place to retreat when a storm strikes. A small, interior room without windows works best, such as a laundry room, walk-in closet, pantry or bathroom. Make sure there is a comfortable, familiar blanket, some water and other comforting objects in the room, but avoid crating your pet or restricting their movements, which would make them more anxious or destructive. Minimize the...

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How Often Should I Clean My Pet's Teeth?

Good dental care is essential to a pet's health, and cleaning their teeth at home is the first step to good oral hygiene for your dog or cat. But while you may brush your own teeth several times a day, how often should you be cleaning your pet's teeth?Why Dental Health MattersPoor tooth care can lead to a range of problems for pets just as it can for humans. It may start with a simple buildup of plaque and tartar, but that can lead to...Excessive, uncontrolled droolingTooth decay and loose or lost teethInflamed gums and gum diseaseBad breath from rotten tissuesPain eating and loss of appetiteIn time, untreated dental problems can also lead to heart, liver or kidney disease, conditions...

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