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(StatePoint) If you’ve ever experienced dry mouth, you know how uncomfortable it can be. Unfortunately, your pet can get dry mouth too, and it can lead to more serious issues down the line and can also be a sign of more serious current health issues.

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(BPT) - Dog shows are an extraordinary opportunity to learn more about the nuanced and wonderful things that make dog breeds unique. But while many of us have an idea of what a dog show is — often from what we have seen depicted on television or in movies — there are a lot of misconceptions …

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(BPT) - Having a pet may seem like the beginning of a never-ending mess, but the key to living with furry friends is preparation. Whether combating odor, keeping surfaces free of dirt and fur or removing pesky stains, taking preventative measures and using the right products can turn any mes…

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(BPT) - From their loyal ways to their silly antics, pets bring so much joy to homes. While you wouldn’t trade any of the cuddles and welcome-home slobbers, one thing most pet owners don’t find quite as lovable is all the pet hair!

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(BPT) - ‘Tis the season to get ready for the holidays! This time of year is known for spending quality time with loved ones, so don’t forget to include your furriest family members in all of the festivities. Whether you’re decorating for the season or celebrating with some of your favorite t…

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(BPT) - Americans in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico suffered through devastating hurricanes this year, and they weren’t alone in their desolation — Hurricanes Irma, Harvey and Maria also caused unparalleled upheaval for wildlife, including bird populations. Many nature experts are worried ab…

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(BPT) - Because cats become so ingrained in people’s lives, it’s often easy to forget they are animals with specific needs that could be outside of what owners may think is best. According to research from Mintel, cat owners consider taste as the most important factor when buying food for th…

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(BPT) - The fall season, with its crisp, cool air and beautiful foliage, is the perfect time to create a fresh start and establish healthy new routines for both you and your dog. To help you make this fall your happiest and healthiest season, Beneful has tapped Dr. Kurt Venator, chief veteri…

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(NAPSI)—If you’re like many pet parents, it’s probably crossed your mind lately about what would happen to your animal if a natural disaster strikes.

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(BPT) - You’re an animal lover, and you’ve dreamed about your dog running through a field alongside a horse or watching your pup play with a pet goat. But how will your companions respond when they meet their new unique sibling?

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(NAPSI)—If your home is like most, you share it with at least one animal friend. According to a recent Harris Poll, 62 percent of Americans have at least one pet; half of cat owners also have a dog; and a third of dog owners also have a cat.

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(BPT) - Researchers are predicting 2017 will be one of the worst years for ticks that we have seen in quite some time — and by all indications, those researchers are correct. People who have found themselves pulling ticks off their pets, children and their own bodies can readily attest to th…

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(BPT) - First impressions are important, but for shelter dogs it can make the difference between life and death. While rescue organizations work tirelessly, less than half of the 3 million dogs entering shelters each year are getting the grooming they need to let their lovable, adoptable sel…

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(BPT) - Recently, I got really sick. I had just spent a fun-filled week with all my friends at doggie daycare while my family was on vacation. Shortly after they brought me home, I started coughing a lot. It was really hard to breathe and I started vomiting. I didn’t feel like eating anythin…

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(BPT) - With good weather and flexible work schedules, summer time is the best season for spending some extra time with your pet. However, once fall comes, the kids aren’t the only ones in the family that experience the back-to-school blues. Separation anxiety can happen for many reasons amo…

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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…