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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

Be Prepared: Emergency Plan For Your Pets

(PET CARE) The effects of Tropical Storm Harvey this past week are a sobering reminder of how everything can change in a moment. This begs the question: How prepared are you for a natural disaster? Here is an excellent article for pet guardians on what we need to know and do—including a pet first aid checklist—to care for our furry family members in the event of an emergency. – Global Animal

Why Walking Your Pet Is A Must

(CATS & DOGS/PET HEALTH) Ever wonder what it's like to be stuck in a house for nine or more hours a day? Cooping up your dog or even your cat for extended periods of time without multiple long walks a day can seriously affect your pet's health. Overeating due to idle time is a major reason why cats and dogs become overweight. Taking your pet out for 30 minutes to an hour daily can not only drastically improve their girth, but their mood and personality, too. Read more on why it's important to exercise your four-legged friends. — Global Animal

Lending A Helping Paw To Pets Of Orlando Shooting Victims

(PETS/ANIMAL CARE) Over the weekend, the U.S. witnessed the deadliest mass shooting in it's history after a gunman opened fire in an Orlando nightclub. With 49 people killed and another 53 injured, local animal groups are offering to care for pets affected by the horrific tragedy. Continue reading for a list of Orlando-based organizations volunteering their assistance during this difficult time. -- Global Animal

Jet Set Pets: Top 10 Tips For Safe Air Travel

(PETS/PET TRAVEL) Air travel is often stressful, and even more so when a trip includes an airline flight with the four-legged members of your family. But with a bit of preparation, flying with a pet can be safe and comfortable for everyone. Here's how to plan for friendly skies and wagging tails, courtesy of the ASPCA. – Global Animal

Protect Your Pet This Holiday Season

(PETS/PET CARE) While holiday meals and festive decor often bring us joy, they can serve as a huge danger to your pet. During the upcoming season, veterinarians see a huge influx of patients, due to consumption of "human" food and even decorations. Read the tips below to learn how both you and your pet can celebrate the holidays safely. — Global Animal

5 Worldly Tips When Traveling Long-Distance With Pets

(PETS) Many of us are accustomed to seeing dogs driving alongside us with their heads hanging out the window, tongues and tails wagging, but these images are becoming a thing of the past. Safety concerns are outweighing this popular practice and rightfully so since it can be dangerous for a variety of different reasons. But we can still travel with our pets safely during these excursions while keeping in mind some of these important travel tips. -- Global Animal
Flavoring agents used in e-cigarettes could entice pets. Photo credit: CBS News

Protect Your Pet From E-Cigarettes

(PET HEALTH/PET CARE) Every pet guardian knows that their furry companion can get into trouble--whether they're getting into a box of chocolates or chewing on the furniture. However, electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes, may pose an even bigger danger to your pet. As the popularity of e-cigarettes continues to grow, more pets encounter the harmful effects of nicotine poisoning. Because e-cigarettes contain a greater concentration of nicotine than traditional cigarettes do, they pose a greater risk to pets if ingested. Several parts make-up an e-cigarette, including a rechargeable battery, a cartridge to hold liquid, and an atomizer--all of which can be poisonous to pets. The most common effect of nicotine poisoning in animals is vomiting; however, other symptoms include seizures, lethargy, muscle weakness, and even death. Read on to learn more about nicotine poisoning and how to protect your pet from e-cigarettes. — Global Animal

Pet Safety: How To Give CPR To A Pet

(ANIMAL VIDEO/PET CARE) If your pet collapsed, would you know what to do to save his or her life? Watch this video from the Daily Herald to learn how to do pet CPR. — Global Animal

What Does Your Pet Want For The Holidays?

(PETS/CHRISTMAS) Are you forgetting someone special in your life this holiday season? The one that you see every day; you give them a scratch and a tickle; you feed them and groom the—they are your pet! Why not treat the special animal in your life to some new pet supplies? Pets appreciate gifts. While dogs love tennis balls and squeaky toys, cats love scratching posts, teasers and jingle balls. Choose toys that can stimulate your pet's brain, as well as their body. It can be a great way to help you and your pet burn off some holiday weight! — 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

6 Tips To Keep Your Dog Cool During The Dog Days Of Summer

(DOGS/PET CARE) Summer days can be fun for pets and humans alike. The sun is shining, the sky is clear, and the park has never looked more inviting. But just as children and even adults can be negatively affected by excessive heat, animals are susceptible to those same dangers. Here are six tips to keep your beloved pet happy and healthy during this heat wave and throughout the summer season. — 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
Some dogs eating Beneful have experienced Internal bleeding, diarrhea, seizures, and liver malfunction. Photo credit: ABC 7 Chicago

8 Myths Uncovered About Pet Food

(PETS/PET CARE) Having a pet is a huge responsibility. Deciding and following a particular diet guide for a pet can be tricky and daunting, as a lot depends on the species, breed, and the life stage of a pet. One's diet guide should completely be pet-specific. Their food should be well-balanced, nutritious, easily digestible, and most importantly, safe (free of deficiencies or other harmful chemicals). fortunately, most people make general assumptions or follow advice from other pet keepers and draft out their own diet sheets. What they don’t realize is that without performing thorough research on pet diet information, some decisions may be harmful to pets. You must have a proper understanding of raw and dry food, as well as the byproducts and how different animals react to different foods and ingredients. You should also be aware of their allergies or intolerance to certain grains or meats. If you are unsure about what your pet should be eating, please contact your vet, and let your pet enjoy a happy, healthy life. The following infographic discloses some of the myths about nutritional food for pets--take a look! -- Global Animal

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