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Help Your Pets Have a Safer Holiday

By Amy Shojai

When holiday decorations come out, the risk of dog and cat injury goes up. Pets explore their world by tasting, sniffing, chewing, climbing and pawing objects. They can turn your celebration decor into toys or treats that hurt them or even damage your home.

Fireplaces and candles flicker an invitation to explore, and cats are heat seekers that can become burned when they lounge too close or try to sniff an open flame. Holiday plants like mistletoe and holly can poison pets that taste them. Cats that bat and claw a leaf and then lick clean their claws also risk poisoning.

Dogs and cats that chew or claw holiday lights risk electrocution that could kill them or cause a fire and destroy your home. Swallowing tinsel, pine needles, ornamental snow, and ornament hooks predicts a trip to the emergency room veterinarian. So does raiding the garbage for all the left-over goodies like gravy-soaked tin foil and string. Chocolate toxicity causes upset tummies with vomiting and diarrhea or worse,...

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Early Cancer Detection Gives Room for Hope

By David Haworth

Why is it that cancer tends to scare us more than any other disease? One friend of mine put it this way, "It's like the shark in the movie Jaws. You know it always might be there, but there's never a disturbance in the water until it shows its ugly head." I couldn't agree more. We are always more afraid of threats we can't see coming, even more so in our furry kids, because they can't or won't tell us when something is wrong.

How to Keep Pets at a Healthy Weight for the Holidays

Holiday time means more treats for people and their pets, and when your pet's routines change for travel, family time, and holiday activities, mealtimes can get hectic. Did someone remember to feed Fluffy? Is Fido begging for yet another snack? Keep it simple with a pet feeder for automatic meals and easy portion control.

Holiday House Rules for Dogs & Cats

By Jessie McDowell

With the holidays approaching and visitors making holiday plans to come over, you might be worried about guests dropping food on the floor or leaving doors open. While your pets are practicing their best hungry faces for begging, you can prepare for holiday traffic by printing this handy list of guest guidelines for your dog or cat. Fill it out with info guests should know about your pet. Send a copy to relatives who you'll be visiting, too.

How to Help a Fearful Cat

By Meredith Stepita

What do you do when you have a scaredy cat? Not just a cat who's afraid sometimes, but a cat who's always stressed out? Many things we take for granted often scare our pets, like fireworks, bumpy car rides, and strangers visiting. Your cat may show her stress in subtle ways, so it's important to learn to read cat body language. Once you identify what stresses your cat, the first step is to avoid these triggers as much as possible and then find ways to associate those scary things with more positive rewards.

Why Cats Potty on Beds

By Amy Shojai

Cats are natural born clean freaks, with kittens using the litter box by the age of 3 weeks. Hit or miss bathroom behavior, though, is a wake-up call that something has gone wrong. It's bad enough when she leaves nasty "gifts" under the piano bench, but truly disgusting if she targets your bed. Peeing or pooping on your bed has very specific triggers. While every cat is different and combinations of reasons may be involved, here are the top reasons why cats turn beds into a litter box.

Prevent Pet Poisoning

By Tony Johnson

Poisoning is a common reason for pets to make a trip to their local veterinary ER, especially around the holiday season. The National Animal Poison Control Center handled 180,000 cases of animal poisoning in 2013. Don't let your pet become a statistic. Read on to learn some of the more common poisonings that pets encounter plus specific tips on how to pet proof your home to prevent poisonings.