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Fend Your Flock: 8 Best Dog Breeds To Protect Chickens

(DOGS/FARM ANIMALS) Chickens are vulnerable to predators, and if you are raising them, you must take adequate measures to ensure they are protected. One of the best ways to do so is to adopt a guard dog, and luckily there are many livestock guard dog breeds you can choose from. They are harsh on predators and extremely gentle with chickens. They stay with livestock around the clock and anticipate an attack or threat, thereby avoiding it even when you are not present. But which guard dog is the best? There are quite a few, and we have mentioned the best of them in the list below. -- Global Animal

Should Your Cat Go Vegan?

(CATS/PET CARE) Wondering if you should put your cat on an all vegetarian or vegan diet? Are you worried about your cat's protein intake? Read on for one veterinarian's opinion on whether or not your cat should go vegan. — Global Animal

Tail-Wagging Tips On Caring For Older Pets

(PET CARE) Although we never want to see our pets get older, acknowledging our pet's rising age will allow us to share many more loving memories with our beloved animal friends. Regular vet checkups, though detested by our pets, need to be scheduled. We can also ease our pets into old age by simply having fun with them and making sure we provide them with the best accommodations. Our pet's age is nothing to fear as long as we schedule an extra vet appointment and make sure our pet remains active. Continue reading on how to keep your aging pet healthy. — Global Animal
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This Memorial Day, Remember Pet Safety!

(MEMORIAL DAY/PET CARE) Memorial Day Weekend is finally here, which means it's time to honor those who served. It also means traveling and spending time with friends, family, and Fido! But between high temperatures, road trips, and family BBQs, holiday weekends can be stressful and potentially dangerous for animals. Luckily, simply ensuring your pet(s) have a shady place to get out of the sun and checking that they're microchips and ID tags are up-to-date can significantly help prevent a Dog-Day disaster. Prevent Memorial Day mishaps with these helpful tips, courtesy of the ASPCA, below. -- Global Animal

Avoidable Tragedy: How To Help Dogs In Hot Cars This Summer

(DOGS/PET CARE) Did you know that a car parked in the sun with all windows closed can reach up to 116 degrees in just minutes? With Memorial Day and hot summer weather just around the corner, it's important to be aware of the risk of pets dying in hot cars, as well as the legal actions one can take if they see a dog trapped in a hot car. If you must leave your dog in the car, we suggest parking the car in the shade, having all windows tinted (including clear tint for the windshield), keeping the windows open, and parking the rear of the car so it faces the sun. But the most important preventative measure is not parking the car in the sun, period. Regardless, if it comes down to watching a dog die in a hot car or breaking the window to save it, we would always break the window. The dog's guardian will most likely be grateful rather than mad or litigious. Even if you have to replace the window yourself, it will be worth it to save the animal. Just in time for Heat Awareness Day, read below for tips on what you can do if you see an animal in distress in a locked car. -- Global Animal

Doggy Don’ts: No More Jumping On People!

(DOGS/PET CARE) Having trouble keeping your pooch's paws on the floor? Not only can jumping be a nuisance, but it can be dangerous too. Here are some tips to teach your dog to not jump on people. — Global Animal

Is Your Furry Friend in Pain? Joint Pain In Big Dogs

(PETS/PET CARE) Caring for dogs--particularly larger dogs--can be challenging, especially given that 80 percent of older dogs silently suffer from pain caused by arthritis and other joint ailments like hip and elbow dysplasia. Just like people, every dog responds to discomfort differently. But unlike people, our furry friends can’t tell us what’s wrong. In the infographic below, learn how to recognize the signs of joint paint in big dogs and take the right steps to prevent symptoms from worsening--from diet and exercise to even their bedding. -- Global Animal

Killer Couch Chemicals Pose Danger To Dogs

(DOGS/PET HEALTH) Have you redecorated your living room in the past few years? If not, you may want to invest in a new couch, at least for your dog's sake. Chemicals present in old furniture pieces can invade your pet's bloodstream and food supply. Since newer sofas may pose a similar threat in the future, a better option is to buy handcrafted furniture or ensure your animal companions stay off potentially harmful sofas. Let sleeping dogs lie—but not on the couch! Read on to learn more about how chemical flame retardants can affect our furry friends. — Global Animal

Young Han & Chewie: May The Force Of Cuteness Be With You

(DOG PICTURES/PETS) Happy Star Wars Day! May the 4th be with you! Photographer Rocio Preciado takes us back to a galaxy far, far away, when Han was just a boy and his fateful companion Chewie was just a young Dachshund. If the original Star Wars trilogy is ever remade, at least we now know who should get the roles of Han and Chewie; this adorable little kid and his equally adorable pooch. See more of young Han and Chewie in the gallery below and be sure to see more of Preciado's work at Cuije.com. — Global Animal

Animals Cover Up For The Camera (GALLERY)

(WILDLIFE PHOTOS/CUTE ANIMAL PICTURES) We've all been embarrassed at some point. But what could these adorable animals have done to be so camera shy? Take a look at these cute animals as they cover up for the camera. — Global Animal

A Pinky Promise: Imprisoned Pup Finally Freed

(DOGS/ANIMAL RESCUE) Fighting for animal rights is one of the best ways to help our furry friends. When Pinky, a mixed breed pit bull made a mistake, her punishment was unusually cruel. Luckily, animal welfare activist Diane Helmers stumbled upon Pinky's story and knew she had a duty to save this dog from “bureaucratic purgatory.” Read on to find out more about Pinky's story and how the love for one animal can start a movement. -- Global Animal

Hooch For Pooches? Using Pot To Ease Pet Pain

(PETS/ANIMAL WELFARE/MEDICINE) We love our animals and will do anything to stop their pain, but what if your beloved dog or cat was diagnosed with cancer and the vet’s medicine wasn’t enough? What would you do? Now with the growing acceptance of medical marijuana, many pet guardians are using the drug to ease their furry friends’ suffering. There are many stories of animals including dogs, cats, and even horses who have had their health restored by marijuana treatment, but since marijuana is classified as an illicit drug, veterinarians aren't legally allowed to prescribe cannabis to our pets. As a result, research on the the medical benefits of marijuana for animals is non-existent. With many states now legalizing the use of medical marijuana for humans, the question remains: should veterinarians also be allowed to legally prescribe marijuana to our pets? Read on for more about this controversial subject, and let us know what you think in the comments’ section below. — Global Animal

14 Ways To Go Green With Your Dog This Earth Day

(DOGS/GO GREEN) Ever wonder how you can help reduce your dog's carbon paw-print? Going green with your dog is actually really easy. Not only will you feel good about reducing your environmental impact, but it will make your dog healthier and happier while saving a ton of money in the process. Just in time for Earth Day, take a look at these 14 ways dog parents can "go green" with their dogs, courtesy of Ultimate Home Life. From buying organic dog food to choosing to adopt, and not shop, there are so many ways you can become a green pet parent.
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Dog’s Last Day On Earth Will Bring You To Tears (GALLERY)

(DOGS/ANIMAL PICTURES) The Roberts family knew it was time to put down their beloved black lab named Duke after cancer began to take over his body. But first, they gave him the best last day on Earth a dog could ask for. The day was filled with love, family, friends and all of Duke's favorite activities. Relive Duke's last day in the moving photographs below. Tissue alert! — Global Animal

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