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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

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
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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

How To Effectively Evacuate Your Pets 101

(PET SAFETY) When any sort of natural disaster hits, we often hear about the large number of displaced pets in need of a home. In the article below, Florida resident Brandy Arnold shares her experience of preparing her animal companions for Hurricane Irma. Read on for tips on what you should do to ensure your beloved critters are safe during an emergency. -- 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

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

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