Crash Test Doggies: Prevent Your Pet from Becoming a Projectile

Do you regularly put your dog in danger? If your pet travels unrestrained in any vehicle then the answer is "Yes". The idea of keeping a pet safe in transit is not a new one. Indeed the Center for Pet Safety (CPS) has undertaken crash tests to rate the effectiveness of canine travel restraints.
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Can I Get Home Insurance if I Have a Pit Bull?

The cost of homeowners insurance can be impacted by a myriad of things, from crime rates to flood risk in the area. Many homeowners don’t expect the cost of a policy to depend on the breed of dog they own, but this does factor into the cost. One breed of dog that has received a lot of negative press lately in the pit bull – a breed of dog commonly used in dog fighting, and also a very common breed to see in shelters and rescues.
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7 Surprising Dangers of Driving with Pets

What do your dog, cell phone, and a hamburger have in common? Answer: They are all potentially lethal distractions when driving. You’re a busy mom. Ferrying kids about. Dashing off to work. Not to mention finding the time to shop and walk the dog. Mind you, it helps that the dog is a good boy. He hops in the passenger seat like an angel and sits looking out of the windshield. Your furry co-pilot. Do you buckle him up? No. It's only a short journey.
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7 Tips to Prevent Your Pup from Becoming a Liability When Renting

Finding a decent rental property isn't easy, and it's especially hard when one of your family is four-legged. Owning a dog earns you the cold shoulder from many prospective landlords. And even if you strike lucky and find a great place that allows you to keep the whole family together, your dog may become a hidden liability.
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Pit Bull Prejudice: Why You Need Pet Liability Insurance

Is your dog the subject of prejudice? Do people cross the road to avoid your canine companion and do insurance agents suck their teeth when it comes to bite liability cover? If your answer is "yes", then the chances are you own a bull breed dog. The trouble is this (unjustified) prejudice runs more than fur deep and could cost you money.
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5 Simple Steps for Landlords to Safely Rent to Dog Owners

If you are a landlord, perhaps you'd like to rent to people with pets, but the implications worry you too much. In fact, concern about what could happen keeps you awake at night. You imagine that new hardwood floor scratched to pieces, anti-social barking, and tenants with a vicious dog that refuse to leave.
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An Autism Service Dog Graduation Speech

When your child receives a diagnosis, your world spins. Your mind tries desperately to manage emotions so intense you wonder if you’ll ever make it through. And then, then you find someone else just barely able to stay afloat and you look at them, secretly at first. How do they do it? Do they feel the guilt, shame, fear? Do they feel a love so fiercely protective that they can hardly breathe? Are they like you? And then you realize they are like you. You open up a little, and then a little more. You talk, you laugh, and you share. You bond because there are few like you and your friendship will be rare. This week many of these rare bonds were formed, and for that we are grateful.
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The Shocking Truth About What's in Your Cat Food, Part 2

Commercial pet food companies are not out to get our cats and other pets, but for them it’s really all about their market-share and bottom line. For pet owners like you and me the bottom line is all about the health, wellness and quality of life we can provide the cats we love. To provide healthy, nutritious and safe foods for our feline companions we have to be proactive consumers willing to learn about the cat products we buy.
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The Shocking Truth About What's in Your Cat Food, Part 1

These days many of us strive to be health-conscious food shoppers because we want our family meals to be healthy and nutritious as well as great tasting. As we push our carts along the food aisles we stop to read the bag, box and can labels in our effort to avoid the bad stuff like high levels of salt, fat, calories, and cholesterol. Sadly though, we aren't as label conscious about the food we buy for the cats we love.
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Everything You Need to Know About Pet Insurance But Were Afraid To Ask

Finding the right pet insurance policy is a lot like house breaking a puppy: it takes time, patience, and knowledge. In fact, with subtle differences such as per condition, per year, lifetime cover, time limited, cover reset, direct claims, accident only…researching pet insurance can leave you feeling frazzled. But if this makes you want to hide in a corner and whimper, fear not! All is made clear.
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Your New Dog Could Really Cost You: Dog Bites and Beyond

Acquiring a new pet is like becoming a parent; pets and children are your responsibility, both emotionally and financially, and you need to plan for all eventualities. In the case of pet ownership, this includes being aware of your public liabilities so that unexpected costs don't bite you in the backside.
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Don't Try This at Home: Hair-Raising Pet Remedies

If your pet becomes unwell, where do you turn for help? As a veterinarian, I understand the need to seek professional advice, but do you? Treating an animal can end in disaster if you don't know what you are doing. In the 19th century veterinary medicine was practically nonexistent and yet owners wanted to help their sick pets. So where did they turn for help?
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Foolproof Tips for Road-Tripping with Pets

Is it normal to take pets on vacation? If you are anything like me, the answer is a resounding "Yes!" Years ago, I realized I missed my animals so much while traveling that on our next vacation we decided we’d take at least one with us (we have five cats, two guinea pigs, and a bearded dragon.) Thus a family tradition of traveling with pets was born.
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7 Ways to Keep Your Dog Cool and Healthy in Summer Heat

In my household, dogs are part of the family. Belle, our curious Weimaraner, and Orion, the energetic bull terrier mix, even went on the honeymoon with the hubby and I. Our dogs are always at our sides. So it's no surprise that when the mercury climbs, I'm very aware of how the heat and summer weather affect my pups. Today I'm happy to share several tips for keeping your canine cool and healthy during the dog days of summer.
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Have You Talked to Your Pets Lately? There's an App for That.

Have you ever wondered who's really responsible for all those socks and shoes that go missing while you're at work? Thanks to a wide array of new products leveraging home security technology, your question may finally be answered. For example, one new product, PetChatz, appeals specifically to pet owners by allowing users not only to monitor their pets' activities, but to speak to them and feed them a treat with the push of a remote button.
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8 Expensive Things My Dog Ate

Dogs are weird. You never know what they'll get into next. Aside from the traditional homework consumption, man's best friend has been known to gobble up some pricey merchandise. These are a few high-ticket items owners have sacrificed for the love of a dog. Zeppelin Breed: English Sheep Dog - Pit Bull Worst Crime: Consumed entire ball of black twine, plus a stick Bill: $1,000 in veterinary expenses Zeppie has a long history of eating dog toys, beds, walls, and furniture. But the real kicker was a ball of black twine wrapped around a stick, which she consumed entirely. It got so tangled in her intestines that the vet had to do emergency surgery to remove it. She made a full recovery, and went on to swallow many more toys.
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Can You Afford Not to Insure Your Exotic Pet?

Once there was a time when parrots and tortoises were considered to be the exotic pets, but now people are adopting the most uncommon animals like pythons, boas, rats, birds of prey, iguanas, pot-bellied pigs, alligators, zebras, monkeys, and reptiles. These days, even insects can be counted as members of a typical American family.
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