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Caring For Your Pet

Happy dogs As every pet lover will tell you, there's more to caring for your pet dog, cat, or other animal companion than putting out a bowl of food & water and providing bathroom breaks. Here are a few popular tips about how to include our furry friends in family activities, strengthen the bonds between people & their pets, and keep our pets as healthy and happy as they can be!

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7 Practical Ways to Help Aging and Senior Pets
The often subtle changes in aging pets can creep up so gradually that many of us don't consciously notice. Then, one day, we happen to look at our furry friend and see a graying, grizzled muzzle... or realize that our active pet is moving a little slower. Here are a few things we can do to help our pets age more gracefully and enjoy their senior years.
What To Do If You Find a Lost or Stray Pet
At some point or another, many of us have seen scared, lonely, hungry, or sick pets who appear to be lost, abandoned, or homeless. With some skill and luck you may have even managed to lure or catch the pet and placed them into the safety of your car or home. Now what? Here are a few tips on what to do next if you find yourself in the position of playing temporary caretaker to a lost or stray pet.

Polite Petiquette for House Guests With Pets
The holidays are often times filled with opportunities to socialize. Family, old friends, new friends; casual get-togethers, dinners, overnight stays... it's a great way to catch-up with our loved ones. But what do we do with our pets? Most pets can easily be left at home for short visits, but what about all-day visits or overnight stays? Here are a few etiquette tips for those times when you might, just might! bring your pet with you.
7 Factors That Affect a Dog or Cat's Lifespan
Many of us grew up hearing that every year that a dog lives is equivalent to 7 human years. This is no longer thought to be true; there are many theories and opinions on how old a dog is in human years but the fact of the matter is, every dog is an individual and lifespan is dependent on many different factors.
7 Reasons Why We're Thankful for Our Pets
s Canadians head into Thanksgiving weekend, there are many things to be thankful for - including our pets! Here are a few reasons why we're so grateful to have our pets in our lives. What other reasons can you think of?
Adopting a Shelter Pet - Don't Let a Bad Experience Deter You!
Not long ago I was talking to a friend who went through the process of attempting to adopt a dog from a shelter... a process she called "offensive" and "insulting", particularly since she ended up walking out of there without a dog - and not by her choice. This is someone who has adopted shelter dogs before, all of whom turned out happy, confident, and beautifully mannered.
5 Easy Ways to Keep Your Dog Cool Outside This Summer
We tend to spend a lot of time outdoors during the summer - particularly in Canada, when warm weather doesn't seem to last long before winter sets in again! But hot days can be taxing on our dogs. Here are five easy ways to help them keep cool this summer.
What To Do If Your Pet Goes Missing
None of us ever plan to lose our pets. Sometimes, despite our best efforts, they simply go missing - and knowing where to start looking for help can speed up the happy reunion.
Designing a Pet-Friendly Yard and Garden Space
Are you itching to get out into the yard and garden? Puttering around the yard with our pets at our side is a relaxing way to spend the day. Our pets love to be where we are - and there are ways we can create a pet-friendly yard space, giving our pets the opportunity to run & play, sniff, roll, or just laze around.
A Pet Owner's Guide to Fleas & Ticks
Spring has sprung in most parts of Canada by now. With the warmer temperatures, it's time once again to think about flea and tick awareness. Fleas and ticks can be found in outdoor spaces where we spend time with our pets, whether we're out hiking with the dog or simply working in the yard and garden.

Playing or Bullying Behaviour in Dogs
Watching dogs play together is so much fun. Many make friends easily and thoroughly enjoy the moments spent in play ... it's hard not to smile at their antics! But there are times when play escalates and a dog may no longer be enjoying himself. When should you step in and call things off? How does one recognize the signs of bullying and signs that your dog is uncomfortable?
10 Useful Life Hacks for Dog Owners
Caring for our dogs can sometimes be a challenge. They each have their own personalities and their own quirks. While we wouldn't trade our pets for anything, we can try to make things a little easier! Here are ten practical, useful, and easy life hacks for all of us who share our lives with dogs.
In Praise of Old Dogs
I love old dogs. There is something about their gentle companionship and greying faces that is so very sweet. Sure, puppies are full of adorableness and exuberance and hard to resist - and that's why they're a far more popular adoption choice then old dogs in an animal shelter. Senior dogs, however, are still full of life and love. They need and want homes too! Here are some of the many reasons to adopt an older dog.
Resolving to Exercise Your Dog or Cat
Exercise, in particular, has wonderful benefits for our pets (and for us!) ... and a New Year's resolution could be to exercise with the dog or cat every day. Exercising a pet doesn't have to a burden - even shorter 'play' sessions or walks can be a lot of fun and beneficial to your pet. Here are some reasons why regular exercise is good for pets too.
Nose Work for Dogs
Many dogs who don't get enough physical exercise and mental stimulation will start developing "bad" behaviours in order to relieve the boredom. Stuff like excessive barking, digging in the garbage, or gnawing on furniture are common examples. "Nose work" is one way to help keep our furry pals feeling happy and fulfilled.
Preparing for Unexpected Vet Bills
As pet owners, we are sometimes faced with a surprise vet bill when a pet unexpectedly gets into an accident or falls ill. Here are some ways you can prepare for those unexpected (and sometimes hefty) vet bills.
Dental Care for Your Pet
Why it's important to keep your pet's teeth clean... and some ways to go about it. It's about much more than bad doggy breath or 'prettiness' of the pearly whites!
Should You Choose the Less Adoptable Pet?
It can be hard to resist the plea to "give a less adoptable animal a home"... and hard to resist wanting to help an animal who has had a hard past... but is it really the right thing to do?
Ways to Make Your Pet Even Happier!
Our pets give so freely to us: love and affection, joy, laughter... wouldn't it be great to be able to show them how special they are to us? Here are a few ways to enhance your pet's life whenever you have a spare moment or two.
What Pet Amenities Are Important When Traveling With A Pet?
When your thoughts turn to a relaxing holiday with friends and family - one that includes the family pet! - do you have preferences as to the type of amenities you'd like to be have in a pet-friendly accommodation? Here's some food for thought.
Summertime Hazards for Pets
These glorious summer days are all about squeezing in some R&R. Those of us with pets can attest to how much pets enjoy basking in the sun or playing in the water... and how much we love watching them enjoy themselves so much! Let's all keep our pets safe while we have fun this summer. Here are a few summertime hazards to keep in mind.
Frozen Summertime Treats for Dogs
One of life's simple pleasures is a delicious frozen treat to help us keep cool on these hot summer days. Dogs like them too! Their idea of "tasty" might not be the same as ours, but luckily, it's quick and easy to whip up a batch of frozen dog treats. Here are some tasty ideas.
Is Your Pet in Pain? Signs to Watch For
Our pets are so good at hiding pain that it becomes our job as their people to look for the subtle signs and clues that may indicate pain. Here are some things to watch for.
Holistic, Conventional, or Integrative Vet
Pet care can be complicated. So can choosing a vet - you may have heard of 'holistic' veterinarians ... but what's the difference between a holistic vet and a regular one?
Our Friends, Protectors, and Helpers - The Many Ways Dogs Help People
Our dogs are a part of our families. They provide love and laughter, comedy and comfort, and they share our homes and our lives. We wouldn't have it any other way! But they are also so much more, to so many people. Dogs are amazing creatures - here are some of the many ways they help us.
Foods That Are Poisonous to Pets
A list of foods that are toxic to pets, including the symptoms to watch for.
How to Break Up a Dog Fight (Without Getting Hurt)
We all hope that our dogs are never involved in a fight with another dog, but sometimes it happens. Having a "plan" in mind can help you feel more confident and focused if it should ever happen. Here are a few tips on how to break up a dog fight without getting hurt.
Saying Goodbye: When Is It Time to Let a Pet Go?
None of us ever wants to think about the day when we have to say goodbye to a pet. It's something that, eventually, all of who share our lives with pets will have to deal with. Euthanasia is also a very personal decision - one that's often filled with more questions than answers. Here are a few things to think when trying to decide if it's time.

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