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Is your poor pooch constantly scratching and licking certain parts of their body? Perhaps your pet has been restless lately, like something is bugging them.

It could be a lot of little things bugging them—fleas and ticks!

We’ve created a graphic with everything you need to know about these pests including how to get rid of fleas and ticks on your pet and in your home.

When is Flea and Tick Season?

While fleas and ticks are active year round, pets are most susceptible to becoming a host to these tiny pests from May to September.

Fleas prefer warmer temperatures but ticks are hardier and can survive colder climates.

Check out the graphic below to see if your state is one of the worst places to live for dogs and cats in regards to fleas and ticks.

Flea and Tick prevention on dogs

What’s the Difference Between Fleas and Ticks?

Though both pests look similar, fleas and ticks have very different life cycles and habits. Fleas tend to stick to one host for the duration of their lives, which can last for more than 100 days. Adult fleas lay 20-40 eggs … Read Entire Post

 

Not only is it a sad day when your dog gets sick, but the case can become a costly trip to the veterinarian for you, too. Today, even a visit for a simple ear infection or bout of diarrhea rarely costs less than $100. Major problems are typically covered by pet insurance if you chose to take that out for your pet. If you didn't, then this is simply a cost one has to live with. But there are things you can do at home to help prevent certain problems with your dog, which will ultimately reduce those costly vet bills.

This is a guest post by Beth Jeffery, pictured above, of Top Dog Tips, a professional dog trainer and animal behaviorist with 15 years of experience in the field.

Not only is it a sad day when your dog gets sick, but the case can become a costly trip to the veterinarian for you, too. Today, even a visit for a simple ear infection or bout of diarrhea rarely costs less than $100. Major problems are typically covered by pet insurance if you chose to take that out for your pet. If you didn’t, then this is simply a cost one has to live with. But there are things you can do at home to help prevent certain problems with your dog, which will ultimately reduce those costly vet bills.

Note that I am not a veterinarian, so if your dog has a serious medical condition or an ailment that is not getting better, please take your dog to the vet regardless of any advice you can find online. Potential complications to unknown dog health issues can be very serious and even life … Read Entire Post

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So you’re thinking about getting a dog? Choose the right breed and you’ll never regret it for a moment, but choose the wrong breed and you could find yourself in a sticky situation. Here’s what you need to know about finding the pet that best meets your family’s needs.

Are You Active?

Bored dogs are destructive dogs. One of the best ways to prevent chewed couches, jumping and other undesirable behaviors is regular exercise. Some breeds need more exercise than others. Small, companion dog breeds such as the Shih Tzu and Havanese don’t often require as much exercise as larger breed dogs such as Labrador retrievers and German Shorthaired Pointers.

Every breed is different, so make sure do your research. If you’re not ready to walk or run your Weimaraner for at least an hour a day, every day, you might need to reevaluate. However, remember that there are exceptions to every breed and breed characteristics are not set in stone.

Can You Tolerate Shedding?

Although all dogs shed, some shed more than others. If keeping your house in pristine condition matters a lot, avoid … Read Entire Post

 

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Dogs are dogs and cats are cats, and never shall they meet. We’ve come up with the 7 most hilarious differences between dogs and cats. Enjoy!

1. You’re Not Sugar. You Won’t Melt.

Many dogs, especially retrievers, never met a beach or mud puddle they didn’t like. With dogs, even bathtime can be fun. In fact, photos and videos of dogs doing everything from surfing to drinking from the garden hose to jumping off the local dock are everywhere. We challenge you to find one photo of a cat relaxing with his thoughts while wet. If you’ve never seen a wet cat picture, you’re in for a real treat. A wet, angry cat is a funny cat.

2. Wild Kingdom vs. Couch Potato

Watch a cat through your living room window and you’ll get the best live-action nature adventure you’ve ever seen. Domestic cats move and hunt like their bigger cousins on the African plains. See his proud swagger when he catches that field mouse and brings it to your door? Compare it to your dog, who has probably spent the afternoon sleeping on … Read Entire Post

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