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A Few Reminders This Halloween

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Petplan Pet Insurance’s claims data – consisting of 150,000 insured cats and dogs – reveals that Halloween is one of the most dangerous times of the year for our four-legged family members, as chocolate toxicity emergencies increase by 140% during Halloween week. While it is a scary time for pets’ health, it can be frightening for pet owners’ budgets with the cost for ...

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Time to Let Go, How to Deal with the Death of a Pet

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By Jordan Walker Grieving and dealing with the loss of a pet is a highly personal and individual experience. Anyone who has gone through this can relate to the feeling of utter devastation and sadness at the realization that their beloved cat/dog/best friend/loyal companion/honorary family member is lost forever. This is understandable because for most of us who have pets, ...

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Teaching Children Responsible Pet Care

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To help prepare families and children everywhere, Heidi Ganahl, CEO and Founder of Camp Bow Wow, the nation’s largest pet care franchise, has provided helpful tips on how to educate children to become responsible pet owners. Teaching Children Responsible Pet Care Proper Feedings: Dogs need food, too! Dogs need to be fed two times per day. If dogs aren’t fed, ...

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Paws4ever Celebrates 10 Years

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Paws4ever, a guaranteed adoption animal shelter, celebrates 10 years of offering a unique, integrated approach to animal welfare at their animal sanctuary in Mebane, North Carolina. Located on 50 acres, Paws4ever is situated on land purchased by a bequest from Felicite Latane who loved her pets. Paws4ever is dedicated to improving the lives of cats and dogs through adoption, training ...

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Unlikely Heroes

Unlikely Heroes

In Unlikely Heroes, Jennifer Holland uncovers and celebrates yet another side of animals that we often think belongs primarily to people—heroism, that indefinable quality of going above and beyond, often for altruistic reasons, often at great personal risk. These 37 inspiring true tales show animals whose quick acts have saved lives, like the pod of dolphins who protected swimmers in ...

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Fire Prevention Week Pet Tips from Petplan

Pet Fire Safety Tips

Home fire safety and emergency evacuation plans have become a staple in American households but many plans might not account for every member of your family. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, around 40,000 pets die each year because of fires. In honor of Fire Prevention Week from October 5-11, Petplan pet insurance tapped three Pet and ...

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7 Virtuous Behaviors to Learn From – and For – You Dog

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By Dobie Houson Like people, dogs are complex, sentient creatures. They feel love and joy, sorrow and pain. They have thoughts and emotions, and hopes and dreams. And they care as deeply about their needs and desires as we, as human beings, care about ours. As an animal communicator, I work telepathically with dogs, often to help humans, whether at ...

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What Would You Do if You Saw a Dog in a Hot Car?

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A newly released poll by the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) today revealed that good intentions don’t always equate to action when it comes to rescuing dogs in parked cars on hot days. In a nationwide telephone survey, an overwhelming majority ̶ 93 percent ̶ of adults who have never encountered a dog in ...

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Outdoor Activities You can do with Your Dog

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Dogs love the outdoors, and dog owners who engages in outdoor activities with their pets not only keep their dogs happy and well behaved but can also improve their own quality of life. Researchers from Michigan State University found that two thirds of dog owners went for regular walks with their pets, and that 60 percent of those who took ...

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Water Safety Tips from Trupanion

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Most dogs can swim, but not all dogs are good at it or like it. Flat-faced dog breeds, like French Bulldogs or Pugs, not only have short snouts but are also top heavy with big chests. If they get too tired trying to stay afloat, they can quickly sink. When bringing your canine companion along to join the fun on ...

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