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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're 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. Learn about saving dogs locked in cars and you may save a life this summer.

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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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How Microchips & I.D. Tags Save Lives

By Tony Johnson

Have you ever had a pet go missing? Each year, millions of pets get lost or separated from their owners and homes. Some manage to get back home, while for others, their fate remains a mystery to their loving families. I'd like to share a few tips and pointers about microchips that may help reunite you with a lost pet. I'll also provide some tips for steps to take if your pet does become lost.

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Is Your Dog Summer Ready?

By Stacy Hackett

Summer is coming! Longer days and warmer weather will tempt you and your dog outdoors to enjoy long walks, games of fetch, and lazy picnics on the beach. Before you head outside for summer fun, however, make sure you and your pet are summer ready. We've put together a list of common warm weather mishaps, along with tips to avoid them. Check off the list below, grab your sunscreen and your dog's favorite ball, and get ready for summer fun!

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Should You Pet That Cat? How to Tell If a Cat Is Feral

By Meredith Stepita

We've all seen cats living outside that look just like our pet cats. Some of these cats may have owners, but others are what we started calling feral long ago. Feral cats are the same domestic cats that live in our homes, but they aren't socialized to humans or have lost that socialization over time by either being born outdoors or abandoned. Wondering how to tell if a cat is feral and what you can do to help her?

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Dog Park Safety for All Breeds

By Tony Johnson

As a veteran vet of 20 years in the small animal ER, one of the most heartbreaking emergencies I've seen over the years goes by the name of "Big dog - Little dog" in medical slang. It's heartbreaking because not only does the bigger dog usually win, human bites (while they try to break up the fight) are common, and in most cases these fights arise out of a simple desire to take your dog for a walk. Here are some tips and tricks to help you keep your pet (big or little) out of trouble at the dog park.