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Renting with Pets

By Four Paws Handbook

Most of us have been tenants at some point in our lives and know the challenge of a “no pets allowed” rental policy. Finding a rental house or apartment for both you and your pet can take time and effort. If you plan ahead for your move, understand your landlord’s point of view, and equip your cat or dog with a resume (yes, a resume), the search for a new home can be easier.

Planning Ahead

  • Give yourself at least a month to find pet-friendly housing. Contact real estate agencies and search print and online classified ads.
  • Obtain references. Ask your previous landlords for letters of recommendation stating that you’re a responsible pet owner. If your dog has had training classes, include certificates. Get records from your veterinarian showing that your pet is up to date on vaccinations, health exams and has been spayed or neutered. Put the reasons why your pet makes a good tenant...
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Can Dental Toys & Treats Really Help with Bad Teeth?

By Tony Johnson

When you were growing up, your parents probably told you to brush your teeth after every meal. But what about your dog and cat? Many people don't know that pets need dental care too. Dental disease in pets starts the same way as it does in people: poor oral hygiene. And poor oral hygiene leads to periodontal disease.

7 Winter Weather Pet Care Tips

By Amy Shojai

As I write this, snow flurries dance outside my office window, while my 20-year-old cat, Seren, curls up on a blanket on the desk under the lamp's warm glow. Magical-Dawg adores playing outside in cold weather, but could easily overdo if I didn't limit outdoor excursions. It's not just about the cold and potential for frostbite or hypothermia. Winter also means indoor furnaces that dry skin, burn risks from fireplace use, and toxic antifreeze under vehicles. So how do you keep your special pets safe from winter's danger?

6 Ways to Slim a Cat

By Amy Shojai

The New Year is a time of beginnings for both people and their pets. For cat lovers, keeping cats slim is a priority that has many health benefits, and healthy food, healthy eating habits, and (yes!) healthy treats are ideal. For cats that have packed on the pudge, now's the time to put resolutions in place to help slim your cat.

Does Your Pet Wear a Seat Belt?

By Four Paws Handbook

The use of seat belts has dramatically reduced the number of people injured or killed in car crashes. But what about the four-legged potential projectile riding in the back seat of your car, or worse, perched in the front seat like a person? Is it really okay for your dog to hang his head out the window or for your cat to ride on your shoulder?

What Your Cat Wants from You

By Stacy Hackett

Cats communicate with meows less often with other cats and most often with humans, particularly those they live with as pets and companions. Why? Cats have learned that humans respond to meows, chirps, trills, and other feline vocalizations. And the meows one cat uses with his family may not be the same as those the cat down the street uses with her family. But just what is your cat trying to tell you?

My Dog Eats So Fast! Is That a Problem?

By Charlotte Higgins

How are your dog's table manners? Is he a "Gobbling Gus" or a "Dainty Danny?" Some dogs are simply more enthusiastic about food than others. Some dogs are nibblers; they eat a few bites at a time, then they're off to more exciting activities. Other dogs are gobblers. They devour their meal as soon as the bowl has touched the floor. It makes you wonder if they even taste what they're eating! Do your dog's eating habits really matter?