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Making Sense of Dental Care Toys & Treats

By Tony Johnson

Teeth are vitally important to your pet - dogs and cats are not big fans of gumming their kibbles into submission. In order to properly chew and digest their food, dogs and cats need to keep their teeth and gums healthy and strong. Not only can it be painful, but infected and inflamed teeth can be the launch pad for diseases elsewhere in the body. When you go into the dental aisle at your local pet retailer, you're faced with a whole host of choices. Toys, specially-designed treats, and dental appliances like toothbrushes and dental wipes are all vying for you attention - and your dollar. So which of these are worth the effort, and which are just hype?

Start with a Vet Visit & Teeth Cleaning

Before you are faced with the decision on what products to choose for your pet's oral health, you should take one preparatory planning step: visit your veterinarian. They can make a thorough...

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Create a Simple Feeding Schedule for Your Dog

By Charlotte Higgins

Is your dog waiting at the door for you to come home every day? How does he know that you are just about to walk through the door? Most dogs seem to have a natural sense of time. Setting up a feeding schedule for them just makes sense, and it can help prevent obesity, accidents, and health issues.

How to Keep Dogs & Cats Away From Each Other’s Food

By Amy Shojai

When dogs and cats live together, they often snack from each other's food bowls. A taste now and then probably won't upset your pets' nutrition, but it can hiss off the cat or put the dog's tail in a twist. While we love them both, their nutritional needs are not the same, and eating each other's food can make them sick or worse.

These 7 Hotels & Restaurants Have Gone to the Dogs

By Audrey Pavia

Looking for a dog-friendly meal out or a hotel stay where you can actually bring your pup? Look no further than these 7 popular dog-friendly restaurants and hotels across the U.S. 

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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.

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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?