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Should You Break a Dog out of a Hot Car?

By Audrey Pavia

It's happened to many of us: You are out on a hot summer's day and you see a dog alone, locked in a car. The dog might be barking in distress, panting heavily or worse yet, unresponsive. What do you do? 10 years ago, your options would have been pretty limited. You could try to find the owner, but other than that, you had little legal recourse. These days, in many states, you have the law on your side.

Hot Car Laws Protect Pets

According to the Animal Legal Defense Fund, a total of 22 states currently have "hot car" laws on the books: Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

These "hot car" laws make it a crime to leave a dog locked in a car in the heat of the day. 5 of those...

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UTI FAQs: Urinary Tract Infections in Dogs & Cats

By Gretchen Statz

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are a relatively common occurrence in dogs and cats. Infections in the urinary tract can occur in the bladder or can become serious and involve the kidneys. Most pets with urinary tract infections will have fairly classic symptoms and most UTIs can be treated relatively easily. Learn more about improving your pet's urinary health and preventing and treating UTIs.

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11 Things Your Cat Is Desperately Trying To Tell You

What is your cat trying to tell you when she chirps at the birds? What's she saying when she belts out a loud meow in the middle of the night? Why does she bite your hand when you stop petting her? 

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Is Your Pet Dehydrated? Try These Simple Tests

By Jessie McDowell

Your pet's skin and gums give you clues to how hydrated and healthy your pet is. 

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How to Travel with Your Pets

By Audrey Pavia

Summer is the most popular time for traveling, whether it's to visit family, go camping on the beach or spend a weekend in the city. Whatever your destination, there's a good chance you can take your pet with you. In order to make sure both you and your pet have a good time on your trip, preparation is key.

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What to Do If You Find a Lost Pet

By Four Paws Handbook

So you’ve rescued a lost cat or dog. Congratulations for helping an animal in distress! Someone out there is frantically searching for a beloved pet. Follow these steps to give them both a happy ending.

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15 Signs Your Pet Has a Drinking Problem

By PetSafe Guest

Listen, your pet may have a problem with drinking. Is your pet acting angry but also sort of lethargic? Are they legit trying to find water anywhere they can? Could your pet have a drinking problem?