Family Dogs – These Are the 7 Best Breeds for Kids

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There comes a time in the life of every parent when they capitulate to the multitude of pleas for a family dog. What family hasn’t endured the everyday demand for a puppy like the little boy down the street got for his birthday or your daughter’s BFF got for Christmas last year? You can only say “No!” so many times before that little four-legged monster sounds better day by day. After all, it couldn’t be worse than the two-legged imps running around screaming for a puppy, could it?

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How to Clean Up After Your Pet

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Getting a new family pet can be very exciting, especially if you have small children who will be able to grow up with a new pet. Many wonderful memories can be made and shared together when a family adopts a new pet. But with a new pet comes much responsibility. It’s important to know how to take care of your new pet, and in particular, it is important to know how to clean up after your pet. Because here’s the thing: pets don’t clean up after themselves, but they sure do know how to make a mess!When your pet spills its food: while your first instinct will be to scrap the food up and put it back in their food bowl, it is healthier for the animal to just dispose of that food. If you use household cleaners on your floors, especially around your pet’s food dish, the chemicals may get onto their food and make them sick. You may want to consider switching to electronic mops that use steam instead of chemicals to prevent the possibility of making your pet sick.

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The Sad Truth about Corn, Wheat and Soy in Dog Food and Treats

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While we always pay such close attention to every morsel that goes into our own mouths and the mouths of our children, do any of us really suspect that there could be a multitude of unhealthy ingredients in what we are feeding our dogs? The sad truth about corn, wheat and soy in dog food and treats is probably even more serious than you may want to believe.

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Choosing the Right Pet Cat for Your Family

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Cats make great pets, but not all cats are child-friendly, so it is important to choose carefully if you plan to invite a fur baby to come and live in your home. Some breeds of cat are more aggressive and demanding than others, so if you have young children, they might not be the best choice. Here is a quick guide to help you choose the right feline friend for your family.  [Read more…]

Why Visit a Groomer Instead of Grooming Your Pet Yourself?

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With the spring weather in full effect, there’s a good chance your dog is shedding fur at a ridiculous rate. Along with the spring thaw comes the rain and mud, which can also do a real number on your dog’s otherwise immaculate coat. What this means is that it’s time for a good grooming, which leads to the question of whether you should tackle the job yourself or head to a professional groomer.  [Read more…]

How to Pond and Care for Koi Fish

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Many people respond to an advertisement for koi fish for sale, and choose some of the most beautiful fish you’ll ever want to add to your pond. While it is usually those new to ponding koi fish who make inadvertent mistakes that can seriously hurt their fish, even those who have been keeping koi in their ponds for a long period of time also have problems occasionally. Unless you have been caring for koi and have learned the ropes, it might be wise to read through a few basics on how to care for your beautiful, exotic koi fish.  [Read more…]

How to Pick the Best Kennel for Your Dog So You Can Vacation Worry-Free

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Now that you’ve got that perfect dream trip booked at a fabulous and luxurious hotel like the Blackcomb Lodge in Whistler, BC, all that’s left to do is count down the days until you leave. That is unless you’re a dog owner. While travel is fun and relaxing, as a pet owner there is always that added stress of what to do with your beloved companion while you’re away. For many pet owners, the best option is to book a stay in a local kennel for the duration of your trip. Now, because not all kennels are equal, you will want to do a little research before you pick one. Here are some tips you can use that will help you pick the best kennel for your furry family member. [Read more…]

6 Life Hacks to Living with Cats

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For many, cats make a great pet. They’re more independent than dogs, smaller, and less high-maintenance than pups or other furry critters. With lots of feisty personality, cats make great companions for an active family or singles looking for that extra bit of love in their lives. However, even the easiest to manage cat will come with some struggles, such as hairballs and fur everywhere. If your cat is a loved part of the family, but you need some tips and tricks on how to better manage life with your pet, I’ve provided some useful ways you can solve some of the common problems cat owners run into, along with some fun ideas! [Read more…]