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Dinner Time!


We’re very particular about what we feed our dogs and you should be, too. Here are a few options we’ve researched that get four paws up from both dog moms and taste testers. SquareEgg Leveraging the world’s most perfect protein source, SquarePet™ developed the SquareEgg dog food line.  With a cage-free egg and whey base, it provides an easy-to-digest and ...

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3 Tips to Keep Your Pooch Safe This Christmas


by Dr. Margit Gabriele Muller The festive season with sparkling Christmas trees and delicious food pose temptations for your pooch and are full of potential hazards. Many Christmas festivities take a bad turn when the party ends in a vet emergency. Here are my top 3 tips for enjoying a happy, safe and dog-proofed festive season. The Christmas tree and decorations ...

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NC is # 3 in the Nation for Pet Shelter Deaths


Best Friends Animal Society has released its 2020 pet lifesaving findings (consisting of statistics collected during 2019), which gives a national overview of the number of dogs and cats that enter shelters each year in the United States, and the number of dogs and cats that are leaving those shelters alive. Best Friends also released an inaugural state-by-state ranking of this data (view it here) and North Carolina is #3 in the country for pet shelter deaths. ...

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Nontoxic Cleaning

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Tips brought to you by Durisan. House cleaning your home is a necessity—but you don’t have to use toxic and harmful cleaners. Here are a few of our favorite ways to clean your home thoroughly and regularly using nontoxic methods and cleaners to keep your home safe for your kids and pets.   Ingredients to Avoid There are plenty of ...

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Pet Sitters Play Crucial Role in Emergency Pet-Care Planning


With sickness and/or hospitalization due to COVID-19 looming as a real possibility for many pet owners in the United States and across the world, Pet Sitters International (PSI) is encouraging pet owners to plan ahead for pet-care arrangements, just in case. PSI, the world’s largest educational association for professional pet sitters and dog walkers, encourages pet parents to contact their ...

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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


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


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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