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Preparing Children for the Death of a Pet, Part Two

Preparing Children for the Death of a Pet, Part Two

The loss of a beloved family pet can be difficult for children and teens. Some children are less affected when they have knowledge of a pet’s short life span. Take for example, a fish or hamster. Children seem to understand these pets will not live as long as a cat or dog. Most children understand euthanasia will relieve a pet’s…

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Preparing Children for the Death of a Family Pet, Part One

Preparing Children for the Death of a Family Pet, Part One

Loss of a family pet may be your child’s first experience with death and the concept of mortality. How you respond and support your child can help ease their grieving process. Though we as parents find it difficult to watch our children suffer, it is vitally important to always be honest and forthright with children about a pet’s death or…

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Are Cicadas Dangerous to Dogs?

Are Cicadas Dangerous to Dogs?

Brood X refers to the billions (yes, billions) of cicadas which recently emerged from their 17 year underground slumber. Cicadas are serenading residents and their pets throughout 18 states in the mid-Atlantic region including Tennessee. In fact, Tennessee is one of five states considered an epicenter for cicadas. The others include the states of Maryland, Northern Virginia, Indiana as well…

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Please Leash Your Dog For Her Safety

Please Leash Your Dog For Her Safety

Recently Susanne Craig, a reporter with the New York Times, shared a story describing what happened when her dog was viciously attacked by an unleashed dog. While out walking her beloved Chloe, who she rescued from a shelter in New Jersey over a decade ago, another dog could be heard barking frantically. The reporter and Chloe were accompanied by a…

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COVID-19 Preparedness for Pets

COVID-19 Preparedness for Pets

COVID-19 has created a new normal. The possibility of being quarantined means planning to be prepared to stay home for two weeks or longer. Many of us have purchased food supplies and related items we need in case the possibility of a quarantine becomes a reality. Beyond purchasing food and household supplies, think about the supplies your pet will need…

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How to More Accurately Convert Dog Years to Human Years

How to More Accurately Convert Dog Years to Human Years

New research from the University of California, San Diego reveals a more accurate formula for converting dog years to human years. Geneticists and biologists involved in the study believe the seven to one year rule is not accurate because dogs mature much faster than humans. A dog can produce their first litter of puppies before one year of age while…

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Cats Do Care

Cats Do Care

Cat lovers understand cats are quite capable of expressing their affinity towards humans. In fact, a new study confirms what many of you know to be true. Cats care about their pet parents and want to be with them. Though many believe dogs are better able to form strong attachment bonds to humans, a new study demonstrates cats are also…

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The Fine Art of Dog-Walking

The Fine Art of Dog-Walking

Dogs help us connect to others in our communities and neighborhoods. Taking your dog for a walk is not only great exercise, it is a great way to meet people. By following a few simple rules, you and your dog will not only be appreciated by others in your community, you will set an example of what it means to…

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