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Is Your Cat a Psychopath?

December 28, 2021 at 9:15 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Vets Near Me,

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Have you ever been over at a friends’ house and their cat stares at you like you’re their next victim? Or maybe you have a feline furball that randomly yowls and hisses at you 30 minutes after purring and rubbing up against your leg. Could your cat be bipolar, moody, or possibly even worse? Researchers in the UK may have an answer for you: your cat could indeed be psychopathic.

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Safest Toys for Your Pets

December 20, 2021 at 11:30 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Puppy Care,

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Toys are a necessity for all pets. Toys can provide comfort, entertainment, and even help combat bad behavior problems. So, when choosing a toy for your pup or kitty, you want to make sure it is the correct type of toy, especially for cats, as they are very particular about what toys they will play with.

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A Tale of Tails

November 9, 2021 at 3:30 PM by Nikki Wardle posted in Pet Facts

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Humans use our face and body to communicate with other humans non-verbally; dogs use their ears and tails. And the science behind how dogs use their tails to communicate with other dogs, as well as humans is fascinating.

Dogs wag their tails to convey happiness, anxiety, alertness, and most likely a vast array of other emotions. Dogs pick up on each other’s wagging signals that will influence whether they will respond positively or negatively.

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Where Do “Dog” Expressions Come From?

August 5, 2021 at 9:15 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Pet Facts

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Have you ever said, "the dog days of summer" or "work like a dog" and wondered where those phrases originated from? After a bit of digging into those sayings, we've uncovered some pretty interesting history and evolution to some of the most common dog expressions.

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Now That You’re Going Back to Work…What About Your Pets?

January 21, 2021 at 9:24 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Pet Care,

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March of 2020 changed every American’s life in one way or another. But for pets, that month turned into one of the best months ever. Some fortunate employees were able to work from home, and their fur babies were over the moon happy. 

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The Canine Head Tilt Explained

November 19, 2019 at 10:15 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Animal Hospital Near Me,

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Ears perked up with a slight head tilt back and forth is dang near the cutest thing dogs do.  But why?

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Why We Stopped Declawing Cats

November 5, 2019 at 11:06 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Pet Facts

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“I love when my cat uses the furniture as a scratching post,” said no cat parent ever. This is why, for the past few decades, feline parents have opted to declaw their cat as a way to save their home and keep their fur-baby indoors with them. However, recent research has been released that has since reversed our previous policy on declawing cats.

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The CDC is now advising against giving pig ears to dogs

August 7, 2019 at 9:17 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Pet Facts

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On July 31st, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) and the FDA (Federal Drug and Administration) announced they have started an investigation in several states concerning an outbreak of multi-drug resistant Salmonella. These cases all have linked back to pig ear dog treats.

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The Story of Your Dog's Stool

July 9, 2019 at 9:00 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Pet Care,

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Poop can look differently depending on your dog’s breed and the kind of food they eat. However, all things being equal, it should generally have a medium brown color and not be too hard or too soft (you can probably tell just by looking at it).

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How to Help Your Pets Live the Best Life Possible

April 9, 2019 at 9:00 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Pet Facts

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Having a pet in your life has been proven to make you happier and healthier, but deciding to add a furry (or not so furry) pet to your family is a big decision. It’s almost as big of a choice as adding a child to your family. It’s not something you should rush into and ask questions later. Below are a few tips to help you make the best decision so that you, and your pet, can live the best life possible.

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