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Cold Weather Can Be Dangerous For Pets So Here Is How To Keep Pets Safe and Warm

Tail-Wagging Tips To Keep Your Pet Healthy During Winter

(PET CARE) Certain animals may like to play in the snow, but chilly weather can present health hazards for your pet. Here are some tips to keep your pet safe and healthy during winter. — Global Animal

Avoid Holiday Hazards: Seasonal Safety Tips For Furry Friends

(PET CARE/PETS) The holiday season is a festive time of the year for families all across the globe, but sometimes all the holiday cheer can be a bit dangerous for pets. Holiday decorations, such as poinsettia plants and tinsel, can be extremely harmful if swallowed by our furry friends. In order to keep your pets safe and happy, make sure to keep decorations and tinsel out of reach, and beware of poisonous plants. Continue reading below for more safety tips for your pets during the holiday season, including how to help your pets slim down to a healthy weight. -- Global Animal

Pet Insurance: Protect Your Pet & Your Wallet

(PETS/CATS AND DOGS/PET CARE) It's a sad fact that pets don't live as long as humans. However, pet guardians can ensure their furry friends live long and healthy lives by investing in pet insurance. Pet medical insurance may seem confusing to pet parents, but it's actually fairly straightforward and offers many benefits. There are also a variety of affordable plans to choose from, so when your pet needs immediate medical attention, the cost of care shouldn't be a concern. Read on to learn more about the ABCs of pet insurance. — Global Animal

Stiff Joints? How To Treat Dog Arthritis

(PET CARE/DOGS) Notice your pup limping or more stiff than usual? Maybe they're sleeping more often? These could by symptoms of canine arthritis, a common occurrence in older pets. Ciara Black is a Global Animal contributor from the Dog Help Network, a resource for dog health related websites. Read on for symptoms of arthritis and remedies to help keep your pup comfortable and happy. — Global Animal
 
Being exposed to dogs early in life can decrease one's risk of asthma by 13%.

The Relationship Between Your Dog & Your Home

(PET CARE/DOGS) Making your home a safe place for everyone takes thought and preparation. No doubt, you've probably considered safety gates to block pets' access to certain rooms. You're also careful about opening outside doors. But have you ever considered the indoor air quality of your home? Pets not only contribute to this issue, but they can also suffer from the effects at the same time. Read on to learn more about indoor air quality and pet health. -- Global Animal

How To Protect Your Pets From Fleas All Year Long

(PET CARE) Fleas are not only irritating to people but to pets, as well. Once they get into your pet’s fur, they can bite and cause a slew of different problems including itching and inflammation. In fact, a large percentage of all feline and canine skin problems reported by pet parents are caused by the animal’s hypersensitivity to flea bites--which is why flea prevention is not just necessary, it’s crucial! What's more, fleas are also known to cause diseases in pets. For instance, fleas are vectors for a bacteria called Bartonella, a common cause for cat scratch disease in felines and Bartonellosis in canines. Fleas can also serve as a host for tapeworms and can pass the parasite to your pets. With all of this in mind, check out these six important ways to keep fleas off your pet all year long. -- Global Animal

Why Water Is So Important For Dogs

(PETS/DOGS) We all know about the importance of drinking water. Doctors and scientists can't emphasize the benefits of staying hydrated enough--explaining that proper hydration...

Tips To Make A Dog Parent’s Life Simpler

(DOGS/PET CARE) While there’s nothing quite as joyous as snuggling up with your dog, new pup parents might still find themselves a little overwhelmed at times. Between all the walking, feeding, vet visits, and training, it’s not always easy to organize your time with them, and they could need something that you aren’t even sure how to provide. But our pets are treasured family members and most people want to do a good job of caring for them, and that’s generally all you need to make the whole pet-parenting thing work. With some patience, a few helpful tips, and a whole lot of love, you’ll bond with your pup and make a lifelong friend. -- Global Animal

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

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

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

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