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  • Far from BFFs: Why Puppies and Senior Dogs May Not Mix

    from Healthy Paws Pet Insurance & Foundation

    Wednesday November 26th, 2014 at 12:58 PM

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    You and your dog have been partners for years, but as he slows, you find yourself wanting a new four-legged pal. This new friend you plan to bring in to your family isnt just for you, hes also a companion for yoursenior dog. After all, what better solution to liven up an aging dog than a puppy?

    Unfortunately, pairing a puppy and a senior dog is not that simple. As dogs age, they become more sensitive to changes in their routine, loud noises, and overwhelming activity. Puppies, on the other...

  • Getting Fat Dogs Slim: How to Help Your Pet Lose Weight

    from Healthy Paws Pet Insurance & Foundation

    Tuesday November 25th, 2014 at 11:33 AM

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    When a veterinary specialist told Nicole Stewart that her Pomeranian, Ellie, was fat, she was shocked. The thirtysomething Pilates instructor couldnt imagine a world in which she owned an overweight dog. Stewart is, after all, a tiny thing who dabbles in veganism and makes a living whipping people into shape. She prides herself on her fitness, and she hadnt guessed that her dog was anything more than a bit plump and a lot furry.

    The specialist said, I know this is probably going to be hard to...

  • The Most Criminal Foods for Dogs: Alcohol

    from Healthy Paws Pet Insurance & Foundation

    Thursday November 20th, 2014 at 11:46 AM

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    Dogs, like people, often eat things theyll later regret.Small objects and chemicalsare generally kept out of reach of dogs, but its also up to pet parents to make sure they dont leave dangerous foods within four-legged reach. In this series about the most criminal foods for dogs, well uncover why five foods avocados,chocolate,macadamia nuts, andgrapes and raisins are hazardous for pups.

    Excessive alcohol consumption never ends well for humans, but even a few sips can cause life-threatening...

  • The Distinguished History of Distillery Cats

    from Healthy Paws Pet Insurance & Foundation

    Tuesday November 18th, 2014 at 09:49 AM

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    In the hierarchy of working pets, dogs usually reign supreme. Canines help us with important and praiseworthy tasks like sniffing out bombs or acting as an early medical alert system for patients with diabetes or epilepsy. But there is one beloved human pastime where cats, not dogs, are indispensable: making booze.

    Mr. C.H.O at the distillery

    Distilleries making whiskey and other spirits require massive amounts of grain, which tend to attract lots of mice. Enter cats, the natural predators of...

  • How One Mexican Mutt Chose His Owner

    from Healthy Paws Pet Insurance & Foundation

    Thursday November 13th, 2014 at 01:44 PM

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    A few years agoI adopted a dog from Mexico. NotNewMexico. Mexico. The country.

    Despite the fact that U.S. animal shelters are overcrowded and I live in a major metro area with thousands of homeless pets to choose from, I ended up with an 8-month-old poodle mix from south of the border. The only explanation? My theory that a dog chooses younot the other way around.

    Peluso was an owner surrender, which is a nice way of saying his previous owner dumped him at a shelter. When I spotted him on the...

  • How to Keep Kids and Babies Safe Around Dogs — and Vice Versa

    from Healthy Paws Pet Insurance & Foundation

    Monday November 10th, 2014 at 10:19 AM

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    If your Facebook feed is to be believed, dogs and kids go together like peanut butter and jelly. But take a closer look at those images and you may detect a different story, says Stacey Campbell, founder ofGo Fetch Dog Training.

    There may be an adorable picture of a little girl hugging her dog, but when you look at the dog, you can tell its so stressed out, she says.

    Creating a calm, positive environment for every member of the family often requires extra attention for both pet and child. We...

  • The Most Criminal Foods for Dogs: Macadamia Nuts

    from Healthy Paws Pet Insurance & Foundation

    Friday November 7th, 2014 at 07:00 AM

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    Dogs, like people, often eat things theyll later regret. Its easy to remember to keepsmall objects and chemicalsaway from canines, but its also up to pet parents to make sure they dont leave dangerous foods within reach of their four-legged friends. In this series about the most harmful foods for dogs, weve investigated why three people-pleasing treats avocados,chocolate,andgrapes and raisins are hazardous for pups.

    Up next: Macadamia nuts. The satisfying snacks and delightful additions to...

  • Pet Insurance Keeps Family Calm in Ibuprofen Scare

    from Healthy Paws Pet Insurance & Foundation

    Tuesday November 4th, 2014 at 10:15 AM

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    Pet parents minds fill with dread when they realize their beloved dog or cat needs a swift trip to the emergency room. One recently panicked visitor to The Pet Hospitals at Houston Levee in Cordova, Tenn. is no exception. A woman named Dede brought her two-year-old Golden Doodle, Bentley, to the ER when he accidentally ingested an unknown amount of ibuprofen.

    It was a horrible time in our familys life, Dede tells Dr. Doug Kenney, the vet who treated Bentley, in apodcast interview. Bentley, who...

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