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COVID-19 and Pets: What are the Risks?

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Whether or not your pet can become infected with the COVID-19 virus has produced some confusion. While some reports have surfaced that pets cannot contract the virus, other reports say it is still possible. So what’s the truth? “The facts haven’t really changed, although we continue to develop more nuanced understanding,” said Dr. Kate Creevy, associate professor of small animal ...

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10 Tips for Caring for a Pet During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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During this global pandemic, many pet parents are finding themselves quarantined at home with their four-legged family members and facing related challenges they never imagined possible. More than 80 million American households are home to at least one feline or canine family member. RestoraPet, a pet health supplement that restores wellness in older pets experiencing age-related decline and boosts the health and ...

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5 Ways You and Your Pet can Shed Some Serious Pounds Together

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Humans aren’t the only ones who tend to pack on a few extra pounds during the winter months. Our pets are susceptible to some unwanted weight gain as well. Being just 10% overweight reduces your pet’s life span by one-third and predisposes him or her to a variety of disorders ranging from arthritis and diabetes to cancer and heart disease. ...

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Call for 2020 Grant Applications

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The call for grant applications is now open and will close on Monday, March 16, after which no applications will be accepted. No exceptions. We are again using an online system for grant applications. All grant applicants, including those that have received grants previously, will need to set up an account and apply online. We anticipate grants ranging from $2,500 to ...

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Pets Before Partners?

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Even when romance is in the air, pets remain first in our hearts. That finding – as well as several heartbreaking and heartwarming relationship stories – came out of a recent poll of PetFirst Pet Insurance policyholders. Nearly eighty-five percent said that pets were non-negotiable when dating, selecting “love me, love my pet” as their reaction to potential partners.  “I ...

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Beat Burnout with 10 Tips from Grace the Dog

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With burnout now classified as an occupational syndrome, people are seeking new resources to deal with their symptoms and begin the road to recovery. Below are 10 tips to beat burnout – delivered through the lovable persona of a fluffy, adventurous dog named Grace. Grace and her “mom” Katy are the central characters of the delightful children’s book series, “Everybody ...

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Top 10 Best Cities for Pets

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From Georgia Bulldogs to Alaska Malamutes, Maine coon cats to California Spangleds, every state and every city has its own pet personality. But is it comfy indoor winter kittens in the North or Southern cities with plentiful dog parks that are the cat’s meow? Across the U.S., what cities have gone to the dogs? Apartment Guide finds the best cities ...

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Love is in the Air

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Love is in the air for our furry friends this valentines day as pet owners gear up to shower their dogs in gifts. As they say – dogs are better than humans! According to a survey conducted by Finder, on average, households are expected to drop $17.37 on their pet dogs. That comes out to $479.2 million in gifts for ...

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5 Fun Things to do with your Pup in the Cape Fear

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Visit a Brewery The Cape Fear area is full of amazing breweries that are totally cool with you bringing your pup inside for a brew. Some of our faves include Flying Machine Brewing Company, The Sour Barn, Waterline Brewery, and Flytrap Brewing. Take a Hike There are great spots to get your dog outside year-round. Carolina Beach State Park is ...

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Keeping Your New Puppy Safe, Healthy, and Comfortable

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When you get a new pet puppy, it can be one of the most exciting times in life. Puppies make excellent companions for all members of the family, and they can provide tons of fun and laughs. When you first bring your puppy home, though, it can take some preparation. Preparing for your pup can ensure that your puppy is ...

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