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  • Why Pets-as-Presents Don’t Always Delight

    from Healthy Paws Pet Insurance & Foundation

    Friday December 19th, 2014 at 12:33 PM

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    In the holiday hustle and bustle, we often make outlandish purchases we later regret. That full drum set for your over-eager son, for example, doesnt seem like the best idea when hes pounding away at 2 a.m. The fluffy puppy or cuddly kitten meant to make kids or a significant other clap with joy could be a mistake, too and its not something you can simply take back.

    Before you place an adorable, wriggly fur ball under the Christmas tree, here are a few points to consider:

    Theyre the Gifts That...

  • More Than Cute Cat Videos: Pet Adoption Gets Social

    from Healthy Paws Pet Insurance & Foundation

    Thursday December 18th, 2014 at 11:39 AM

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    Social media and petsits a beautiful, codependent relationship that brings you everything from honey badger videos in your Facebook news feeds to daily Twitter updates from your friends cat.

    But posting cute pictures of dogs and cats, when done creatively, can go beyond simply entertaining the masses of the Internet. Today, social media is an important vehicle for animal shelters and other organizations to help facilitate adoptions. Here are a few heartwarming examples of animals finding a...

  • Want to Donate to Animal Shelters? Take Your Dog for a Walk

    from Healthy Paws Pet Insurance & Foundation

    Friday December 12th, 2014 at 04:56 PM

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    Did you know that every time you take your dog for a walk, you could be raising money for localanimal shelters? Thats the idea behind Walk for a Dog a free app from WoofTrax, a Baltimore-based company that creates fundraising opportunities for shelters and rescues. Supported by advertisers and sponsorship deals, the app is both a distance tracker and a donation tool. Here, WoofTrax CEO and founding partner Doug Hexter shares the story of the apps humble beginnings and his ambitious plan to...

  • Hire Me, Hire My Dog

    from Healthy Paws Pet Insurance & Foundation

    Thursday December 11th, 2014 at 10:47 AM

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    This post originally appeared onMediumon October 27, 2014

    Forget bring your daughter to work day: Millennials are far more interested in bringing their dogs. Studies show that the number of babies among women age 1529 is declining, while the number ofsmall dogs they own is rising. And these young professionals are now hoping that care for their pet children will be extended to them at the workplace.

    With a growing number of Millennials entering the workforceby 2020,some studies say they will...

  • Keep Your Pet Safe This Holiday Season—and All Winter Long

    from Healthy Paws Pet Insurance & Foundation

    Tuesday December 9th, 2014 at 10:16 AM

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    Everybody knows a turkey and some mistletoe help to make the season bright (thank you, Nat King Cole), but the holidays and winter can be fraught with peril for pets.This time of year is loads of fun those first days of cooler weather give us a little spring in our step, and the prospect of time with family, as well as the opportunity to indulge in ways we rarely do, is exciting but there are a few things you need to know to protect your furry friends.

    Holiday Foods

    Baked goods, casseroles,...

  • 3 Tips for Jolly Holiday Travel with Pets

    from Healthy Paws Pet Insurance & Foundation

    Wednesday December 3rd, 2014 at 03:33 PM

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    Just put the poodle in first class.

    When a celebrity client suggested dog trainer Ami Moores transport a 90-pound standard poodle in the first-class cabin of an airplane, she was shocked. But when two tickets followed one for Ami and one for the dog she knew there was no turning back. Though the duo got raised eyebrows from other passengers, they traveled in style and the dog was happy.

    Of course, not every pet parent can purchase a plush seat on which their pup...

  • 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...

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