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Living with a Blind Dog

By Tony Johnson

When a dog's eyes fail them and blindness is the result, it can have a serious impact. But that doesn't always mean that they have no quality of life. There are a few important differences between blind dogs and blind humans, and I'd like to talk a bit about them and discus some easy tips for living with a blind dog or one with decreased vision.

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Balancing Dog Training & Enrichment with Kids

By Toni Mark

I was once a (childless) dog trainer that didn't completely understand how families found it difficult to squeeze in time and training for their pets. Now, as I chase a toddler and carry a newborn, I can understand how our pets can sometimes fall further down on the priority list, even if it isn't fair to them. The good news? There ARE ways to create an enriching environment, work on behavior problems AND provide the life your dog deserves--even with sticky peanut butter hands chasing you while you trip over trucks, dolls, and plastic figurines. 

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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How to Take the Perfect Pet Pictures

By Audrey Pavia

Thanks to smart phones and social media, pets get their pictures taken more today than any other time in human history. While it's easy to take a casual snapshot of your cat or dog to post online, these tips can help you get a better shot that your friends will really notice!

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My Dog Needs a Spleen Removal! Is That Bad?

By Gretchen Statz

The spleen is an organ whose job is to filter the blood and remove old red blood cells. It is also plays a role in the immune system. This article discusses some of the common diseases in dogs that require removal of the spleen (splenectomy).

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Which Wire Gauge Do I Need to Install an In-Ground Fence?

By Justin Young

Get answers to your frequently asked questions about the right in-ground pet fence wire gauge for your yard.