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Antibiotic Resistance

Antibiotic Resistance: An Important Global Issue That You Can Help

By Tony Johnson

You can’t read a news website or magazine these days without a headline warning about antibiotic resistance. You may have heard of MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), but the alphabet soup of super bugs is growing to include VRSA (vancomycin-resistant Staph aureus), VISA (vancomycin-intermediate Staph aureus) and a host of other scary bugs. So, let’s discuss a few points about what antibiotic resistance is and what it means for people and pets.

Some history regarding antibiotics will help explain the problem’s roots. Antibiotics have been around for only about 100 years. Early antibiotics were derived from molds – they are mold’s way of fighting off bacteria: molds produce substances that kill bacteria in competition for the same resources that molds were.

Alexander Fleming, father of the antibiotic era, noticed in his lab that there was ring of...

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7 Ways to Prevent Hairballs

7 Tips to Prevent Hairballs

By Stacy Hackett

Because of the backward pointing barbs on a cat's tongue, the grooming action causes a cat to swallow a lot of dead hair. If the hair collects in the cat's digestive system more rapidly than the cat can naturally pass it, the hair often comes back up in the form of the slimy hairballs. Obviously, long haired cats are more likely to experience hairballs than their short haired cousins. Luckily, you can take some steps to help prevent hairballs--or at least decrease their frequency.

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Keep Kids Safe Even with the Dogs You Know

By Michelle Mullins

77% of dog bites to kids come from a familiar dog. Do your children know how to stay safe around dogs?

Training Collars: a Vet Gives You the Pros and Cons of Different Types

Training Collars: a Vet Gives You the Pros and Cons of Different Types

By Tony Johnson

You wouldn't think something as simple as a dog collar would be a hotly contested subject, but a simple scan of some online discussions shows just how contentious it can be - and how confusing, as well.

Teach Your Dog to Stay Calm and Stop Barking

Teach Your Dog to Stay Calm and Stop Barking

By Justin Young

Is your dog’s excessive barking keeping you from having a peaceful home? If so, now is the perfect time to get started on training him when it’s ok to bark.

5 Ways to Splurge on Your Pet with Your Tax Refund

5 Ways to Splurge on Your Pet with Your Tax Refund

By Justin Young

It’s that time of year again. Millions of Americans have filed their taxes, found out they’ll receive a tax refund and are figuring out exactly how they’ll spend that money. Some people will save the money for a rainy day. Others may splurge on something shiny and new. Then, there are pet parents who might be wondering what to buy for their dog or cat.

Easter Scavenger Hunt

Create an Easter Scavenger Hunt for Your Dog

By Caryl Wolff

While kids are participating in Easter Egg hunts, we want our pups to have an activity, too. Here's a DIY version of putting together a scavenger hunt for a dog.