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(BPT) - Animals play a meaningful role in the lives of their owners. In fact, most people consider their furry friends part of the family. And while dogs and cats tend to be the most common companions, nowadays, the beloved family pet can come in many different shapes, sizes and species.

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(BPT) - For millions of pet parents, their beloved dog is more than just a four-legged friend — he’s a member of the family. When looking at products for their pet they are willing to explore all options to ensure they provide the very best items like organic foods, therapeutic bedding, uniq…

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(BPT) - It seems like just yesterday you brought her home and made her a part of the family. If you own a cat or dog, you have fond memories of your furry family member from day one.Fast forward to today. Just like with people, age sometimes creeps up slowly on pets. Every pet is unique, so …

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(BPT) - Your pets are members of the family. They are the source of some of your best memories, they are your travel companions, your confidantes and your evening snuggle partners. You love them and you want them to live the longest, healthiest and happiest life possible.

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(BPT) - It’s no secret that Mother Nature can be unpredictable. Research shows that weather patterns are in flux across the United States, making it more important than ever to think ahead and be proactive in order to stay safe. Advanced planning is not just for humans. While you may already…

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(BPT) - Millions of people every year open their hearts and homes to rescue dogs to find their new best friend. It’s an act of compassion that is beneficial and fulfilling for person and pet.

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(BPT) - Congratulations, it’s a dog! Now that you’ve made the decision to add a furry friend to your family, here are some tips from Dr. Karen Lass, field veterinary services manager at Merial, for acclimating your dog to his new forever home.

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(NAPSI)—According to the ASPCA, there are more than 85 million pet cats in America. If one (or more) of them is yours, you may have noticed one aspect of cat companionship that's less than delightful: the litter box. Fortunately for cats and their humans, following a few steps can help keep …

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(BPT) - Approximately 6.5 million cats and dogs enter animal shelters each year, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). This massive number underscores the need for volunteers to provide the necessary care to ensure as many pets as possible can be…

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(NAPSI)—When it comes to keeping your horse healthy, hoof care is often the critical element that allows you to enjoy normal activities with your horse, such as riding. Both shod and unshod, otherwise known as shoed or barefoot, philosophies offer benefits, but also come with limitations, wh…

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(StatePoint) Do you share a playlist with your poodle? Take a bath with your turtle? It might seem far-fetched, but since many people treat pets like family, they often let them do surprising things.

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My rescue pup, Lela loves food. This dog even goes out of her way to chow down on napkins/paper towels/plates/trash bags that have come into contact with some yummy, intended for human-consumption-only delights. 

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Get ready to smile, and to sing and dance! If you believe in rescuing pets, this is not to be missed. (Also, if you love Abba as much as we do, this is for you!) This video perfectly captures all of the happy feelings associated with adopting pets. Special thanks to the folks at the Wake Cou…

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An antibiotic is a chemical substance produced by one organism that is destructive to another. The word antibiotic came from the word antibiosis a term coined in 1889 by Paul Vuillemin that means a process by which life is used to destroy life.

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Going to the vet can be overwhelming for pets and owners. Taking time to read, make lists and prepare questions can help you and your veterinarian create the best care for your companion.

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If you are knees deep in planning your wedding, then you already know that 50 percent (or more) of wedding planning is honoring the most important people in your life. After all, there's a special place for your closest of friends as honorary attendants. Then you acknowledge your other frien…

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During my first year in practice, I had three unfortunate experiences that were frustrating because the pets could have survived if different forms of drugs or delivery of medications and treatments had been available at the time.

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When King, a 22-year-old cat, came into my office with a broken leg, his owner said she felt his case was hopeless. She had been to another vet who had refused to anesthetize him to set the leg, fearing he would not wake up from the procedure.

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Our pets are like our family members. They are there for us when we need company and love us unconditionally even on our worst days. But sometimes they can also save our lives, as one Sarasota family found out on their camping trip a few months ago.

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When we say we love our pets, we put our money where our mouth is. The American Pet Products Association says that Americans now spend more than $50 billion a year on their animals.

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(NewsUSA) - Is your dog bad to the bone? Does your sweet Jack Russel guard all doors from intruders -- friends and family included? Or is it your Boxer puppy that won't stop shredding socks and underwear? Some of the cutest pooches have the worst manners. Whether you're at work or just in an…

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(ARA) - In 2005, a group of French archaeologists discovered the remains of an 8-month-old cat buried with its human owner at a Neolithic site in Cyprus, leading some to believe cats may have been domesticated as far back as 10,000 years ago. While I'm no archaeologist, I'm certain that cats…

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(ARA) - Sixty-two percent of U.S. households include a pet, and 78.2 million of those pets are dogs, according to the American Pet Products Association's most recent survey. Dog lovers want good nutrition and flavor to ensure happy, healthy animal members of the family.

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(NewsUSA) - Pets, like humans, have been anxiously waiting for warm weather to play outdoors and enjoy nature. However, pet owners should prepare for a pest battle unlike in previous years as hungry ticks, fleas and mosquitoes await their prey -- of the two- or four-legged kind.

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(ARA) - When it comes time to take a vacation, don't forget to invite your family pet along for the ride. Traveling with your pet adds an extra element of fun to your getaway and means you don't have to make separate arrangements for feeding and boarding your pet while you are gone.

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(NAPSI)—Approximately half of the pets that end up in shelters in North America are euthanized before they find a home. That adds up to about 11,000 pets each day—or about 4 million pets this year—that will lose their lives even though the majority are healthy and adoptable.

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(ARA) - If you've ever taken in a kitten found on the street or adopted a puppy from an unplanned litter a friends' dog had, you know there is no such thing as a "free" pet. No matter how you acquire your new best friend, pet ownership comes with significant start-up costs and ongoing mainte…

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(NAPSI)—Loyal and lovable, dogs make exceptional friends and family pets, but there are a few things to consider before bringing one home. Whether you’re interested in a new puppy or a rescued dog of any age, below are some useful tips to help incorporate a new pet into the family:

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(NAPSI)—Theres good news for people who love animals. The percentage of dogs and cats in homes adopted from shelters and rescue groups has risen from 27 to 29 percent in the last few years, while the number of healthy and treatable pets losing their lives for lack of a home has dropped from …

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(NAPSI)—Pet owners can help put an end to a sad situation: Each year, thousands of kittens and puppies wind up in shelters as a result of accidental litters from pets that are not spayed or neutered. While they may be small in size, these unplanned offspring have a giant impact on a communit…

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(ARA) - If you love your dog like a true member of your family, you want to give him the absolute best. So when your furry friend seems to have a lackluster coat and flaky, itchy skin, you're bound to feel concerned. It's time to take a proactive approach so your dog can be healthy - both in…

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(ARA) - For pet owners, there are few things more exciting than bringing home a new companion. And while it's fun to play with that new furry friend during those first months together, there's also some business to take care of. Setting a pet up for a long, rich life is in your hands, so it'…