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Don’t Get Ticked Off: Protect Your Pet From Ticks

(PET CARE) Earlier this summer, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a warning about a rise in diseases from ticks, mosquitoes, and fleas. In the last 13 years, diagnoses of tick-born diseases alone have more than doubled. Given this increase, prevention should be everyone's priority--especially during the spring, summer, and early-fall when ticks are most active. Read the tips below to help your pet stay tick-free all year long. — Global Animal

Caring For Your Cat’s Coat: Tips To Keep Your Feline’s Fur Looking Fabulous

(CATS/PET CARE) There’s nothing softer than your cat. Their silky fur and the warm sensation of their bodies snuggling up to you is one of those little things that makes you love your pet even more, and it’s so very soothing to stroke their heads and hear them purr. But let's face it, cat fur--especially if you have a long-haired pet--is not always the easiest thing to maintain. They shed, their fur can become matted if you aren’t careful, and they get dirty very quickly if you don’t use the right products. Since we want our darling animal companions to feel good in their own fur, so to speak, it’s important that we give them the proper care and attention. If you want to know the best way to care for your kitty and make sure their coat is soft and smooth, here are some helpful tips. -- Global Animal

Pet Obesity: A Growing Problem

(PETS) Over 100 million dogs and cats in the U.S. are currently classified as overweight or obese--up from 80 million five years ago. While an estimated 60 percent of cats and 56 percent of dogs are considered above the average weight, many would argue that dog and cat obesity in the U.S. is mirroring the human obesity epidemic. But there's not as much stigma with animals being overweight as with people. The worst part? Many pet parents find their pets' weight gain of little concern, or even "cute." It's safe to say the public is more tolerant of overweight pets than they are of thin ones. But the truth is pet obesity can bring on a number of health problems including diabetes, arthritis, liver and kidney diseases, high blood pressure, heart failure, and even some cancers. Read on to learn more on what's contributing to the pet obesity epidemic and how to stop it. -- Global Animal
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International Cat Day: Fun Facts Celebrating Our Favorite Felines

(CATS/PETS) Today, August 8 is International Cat Day! Founded by the International Fund of Animal Welfare (IFAW) in 2002, International Cat Day is dedicated to celebrating people's passion for these furry friends, while spreading awareness for cats in need. But today isn't the only holiday dedicated to cats. There's also also National Cat Day on October 29, Respect Your Cat Day on March 28, World Cat Day on February 17, and of course, every cat lover's favorite day of the week, Caturday! Read on for more on International Cat Day, and for other fun facts about our favorite felines. -- Global Animal

The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA): Putting Pets First

(VETS/PET CARE) As the only institution that accredits small animal hospitals in the U.S. and Canada, the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) sets the standard of veterinary excellence. Since veterinary medicine is always evolving and improving, the AAHA has over 990 guidelines for accreditation of care--ranging from pain management and anesthesia, to medical records and surgery--that are closely adhered by over 3,500 practices. There's no doubt, AAHA accreditation is a big deal as 85 percent of pet parents prefer AAHA-accredited hospitals over institutions that are non-accredited. Read on to learn more about the country's most esteemed veterinary association, the path to accreditation, as well as the future of the organization. -- Global Animal

K9s For Warriors: Lending A Helping Paw To America’s Heroes

(SERVICE DOGS) K9s For Warriors is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit veterans service organization that specializes in providing service dogs to veterans suffering with PTSD, brain injury, or other trauma resulting from military service post-9/11. The dogs are trained to help ease symptoms related to war trauma such as anxiety, isolation, depression, and nightmares. Ultimately, the organization's goal is to empower soldiers to return to civilian life with a sense of dignity and independence. As of July 2018, K9s For Warriors has rescued 880 dogs and 458 disabled veterans since 2011. Read on to learn more about this life-changing organization and its amazing success stories. -- Global Animal

Tips On How To Get Your Dog To Swallow A Pill

(DOGS/PET CARE) Sometimes giving your dog medication can be a tough pill to swallow. While some dogs may not mind swallowing pills, many are quite resistant. There are several ways to get your dog to swallow a pill or medication, but it's important to find a technique that works for both you and your dog--whether you use a pill dropper or coat the pill with peanut butter or cheese. No matter what, be sure to reward your pup with a treat at the end of it all to make sure the experience is a positive one. Continue reading below for the many different ways you can get your dog to swallow a pill. -- Global Animal

Dog Health 101: Common Symptoms Dangerous?

(PET CARE) No matter how healthy your dog may be, he or she could still be exposed to serious illnesses. It's important to remain attentive to your pets at all times to track and regulate their symptoms. Steve Manik at the Dog Help Network explains that even though health problems such as diarrhea can be quite common in dogs, it can also be extremely dangerous at times. While changes in diet or an increase in stress can often lead to diarrhea in dogs, it can also be brought on by viral, bacterial, or parasitic diseases or infections. Read on for more advice from the Dog Help Network. — Global Animal

Developing A Spiritual Connection With Your Pet

(PETS/HUMAN ANIMAL CONNECTION) You love your pet, but are you connected spiritually? Read how you can become connected, and learn how pets help people create better connections with each other. -– Global Animal

10 Tips To Protect Your Pup’s Paws From Hot Pavement

(DOGS/PET CARE) For those experiencing the intense heat wave currently scorching the Southland, it's vital to always use your best judgement and practice safety when taking dogs outside. Unlike humans, dogs can only sweat through their footpads and cool themselves by panting, so soaring temperatures can cause heat stress and be physically damaging or even fatal. And as much as we all want to treat our dogs to summer walks, do not forget that hot pavement and sidewalks can severely burn a dog's paws. Believe it or not, if the air temperature is 77 degrees Fahrenheit, asphalt temperatures can reach up to 125 degrees. So be sure to always be prepared when taking your dog with you to the next street fair or summer concert. From Paw Wax to dog boots, check out these 10 tips to keep your pup's paws safe during hot summer weather. -- Global Animal

How To Keep Your Dog Calm During Fireworks

(PET CARE/PET SAFETY) The 4th of July holiday is the busiest time of the year for animal shelters. Dogs are found wandering terrified on the streets after being scared from home by fireworks. Fortunately, there are simple precautions you can take to keep your pets safe and their anxiety levels at a minimum during this patriotic holiday. — Global Animal

Animals Say ‘Happy Birthday, USA!’ (GALLERY)

(ANIMAL PICTURES) It's the 4th of July, and even animals are celebrating Independence Day with a birthday party! Check out the adorable photos of these patriotic pets. And a very happy birthday to You-S-A! — Global Animal
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Top 10 Fourth Of July Pet Safety Tips

(CATS AND DOGS/PET CARE/PET SAFETY) Fourth of July fireworks are all fun and games until Fido gets hurt. What we know as a spectacular holiday tradition is pretty terrifying for our beloved pets and wildlife. The panic brought on by fireworks can cause pets to run away, injure themselves, or even get killed, and can also cause wild animals to abandon their babies and exhibit other life-threatening behaviors. Read on to find out how you can ensure your pets are safe this Independence Day. — Global Animal

Tail-Wagging Tips To Help Your Pooch Get Comfortable With Grooming

(DOGS/PET CARE) Having pets can be overwhelming at times. They become our nearest to dearest ones in just no time, which makes us willing to do anything we can to keep them happy, healthy, and safe. When it comes to grooming, we'll discuss how it relates to your dog's hygiene and betterment. Just like training a puppy, making him/her comfortable during groom time requires some effort and close attention. Whether you have a big dog with minimal hair growth or a smaller-sized breed with long hair, here are some tips to make your furry friend comfortable when being groomed. -- Global Animal

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