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Things People Should Consider Before Adopting a Dog from a Shelter

Posted by on Sep 21, 2018 in Dogs, Pet Tips & Tricks | Comments Off on Things People Should Consider Before Adopting a Dog from a Shelter

Things People Should Consider Before Adopting a Dog from a Shelter

  Thinking about adopting a dog from a pet shelter? Great! Pet shelters are overflowing with happy, friendly dogs just waiting to find a new home. Unfortunately, there are quite a few misconceptions about pet adoption at shelters, plus some considerations you might not have thought of before. So below, we’ll go over 5 things you’ll definitely want to consider as you move toward dog adoption at a pet shelter.   #1 – Don’t believe the myth that all shelter dogs are badly-behaved.   You can easily trust that most pet...

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4 Ways a Pet Can Help Reduce Stress

Posted by on Sep 14, 2018 in Cats, Dogs | 0 comments

4 Ways a Pet Can Help Reduce Stress

  If you’ve ever owned a pet, you know that surprise accidents, barks that wake you from your slumbers, and constantly dirty litter boxes can be true frustrations. But there’s good news: The frustration is all worth it. Why? Because our pets reduce stress. They make us happier. And they may even help us live longer. Read on to learn more.   4 Ways Pets Reduce Stress   1. Pets reduce loneliness.   For those who live alone, pets provide much-needed companionship. They also encourage interactions with others — when you...

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Dog Car Sickness and What You Should Do

Posted by on Sep 7, 2018 in Dogs | 0 comments

Dog Car Sickness and What You Should Do

  How well does your dog ride in the car? For many dogs, riding in the car is pure joy and thrill. Head out the window, ears flapping in the wind, tongue hanging out … what could be better? Unfortunately for some dogs, plenty could be better. That’s because many dogs suffer from car sickness. Below, we’ll outline the common symptoms of this condition in dogs and discuss what you can do to prevent and reduce them.   Symptoms of Dog Car Sickness   The most obvious sign of car sickness is vomiting — either in the car or...

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Ask the Vet: Are Hairballs a Serious Problem

Posted by on Aug 31, 2018 in Cats | 0 comments

Ask the Vet: Are Hairballs a Serious Problem

  Cat hairballs are not only unpleasant to deal with — they can also be dangerous for your cat. Unfortunately, however, all cats are going to groom themselves, and that means hairballs. So how can you reduce them? Before getting into the details, let’s first discuss what exactly hairballs are.   What Are Hairballs?   Your cat grooms himself to maintain a clean and healthy coat. But as he does so, his barbed tongue catches the dead and loose hairs, and subsequently, he swallows them. This is a natural process, so most of...

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Ask the Vet: What Should Be on My New Kitten Checklist

Posted by on Aug 24, 2018 in Cats | 0 comments

Ask the Vet: What Should Be on My New Kitten Checklist

  So, you’ve adopted a new, fluffy, adorable kitten — congratulations! Just remember that pet adoption isn’t only about making space for him on your couch and buying a pack of cat food. There’s a lot of other things that should be on your checklist too! Below, we go over some of the must-dos for welcoming a new feline friend into your family:   1. Make your kitten legal.   First thing’s first! It’s crucial to get your cat a proper collar with name & phone number plate and a license. You might also consider a...

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Ask the Vet: What Should Be On My New Puppy Checklist

Posted by on Aug 17, 2018 in Dogs | 0 comments

Ask the Vet: What Should Be On My New Puppy Checklist

  It can be extremely exciting to have a brand-new puppy bounding around the house! But just remember that being prepared is truly the name of the game when it comes to adopting any new pet. Below, we’ll go over your “new puppy checklist” — a guide to making sure absolutely everything is in place before your new pup’s adoption day. Let’s get started!   New Puppy Checklist   1. Load up on products and food.   Start your new pet-owner journey with a trip to the pet store. Buy dog food that matches your new...

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Ask the Vet: Does My Pet Have Cataracts

Posted by on Aug 10, 2018 in Cats, Dogs | 0 comments

Ask the Vet: Does My Pet Have Cataracts

  A common question we get here at Sunset is “Is my pet developing cataracts because his/her eyes look cloudy?” The answer is “It depends.” Dogs and cats certainly do get cataracts but there can be other things that can make an eye look cloudy.   Lenticular Sclerosis   This is a normal age-related condition in older pets caused by the outer layer of the lens becoming less flexible over time. It can cause your pet’s eyes to look like they have a grayish blue haze to them. The good news is there is nothing that needs to...

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Happy DOGust! Here Are Ways to Celebrate the Universal Birthday of Shelter Pets

Posted by on Jul 31, 2018 in Dogs | 0 comments

Happy DOGust! Here Are Ways to Celebrate the Universal Birthday of Shelter Pets

  Do you have a shelter dog who’s a member of your family? Ever get the question, “How old is your dog?” Sometimes with shelter and rescue pups, it can be difficult to pinpoint an exact birth date — but that doesn’t mean your canine friend doesn’t have a birthday. And it certainly doesn’t mean you shouldn’t celebrate! “DOGust” is August 1st, and it’s a holiday that was created especially for shelter and rescue dogs by the North Shore Animal League. DOGust aims to provide a universal birthday for all of these...

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How to Keep Dogs Healthy in the Summer

Posted by on Jul 27, 2018 in Dogs | 0 comments

How to Keep Dogs Healthy in the Summer

  Summer means hot temps and some uncomfortable days and nights for both humans and animals. But where humans can decide to keep cool by staying indoors in the air conditioning and taking cold showers, dogs don’t have so many options. And of course… they’re wearing fur! That’s why it’s up to you as your dog’s owner to keep your pup cool, comfortable, and safe. Here are 5 tips for doing just that:   1. Keep cool water available at all times.   Like humans, dogs need to stay hydrated when it’s hot out. Make sure...

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The Right Steps for Taking Your Dog Camping

Posted by on Jul 19, 2018 in Dogs | Comments Off on The Right Steps for Taking Your Dog Camping

The Right Steps for Taking Your Dog Camping

Summer is the perfect time to take a restful (or adventurous!) camping trip with the whole family or a group of friends. And of course, unlike some other trips you might take in resorts or hotels, dogs are the perfect companions to take along when you camp. Still, when it comes to dogs and camping, there are certain steps you should take to ensure the safety and well-being of your pet. Step 1: Find a dog-friendly camping site. Remember that not all camping sites are dog-friendly. Do your research to ensure you find a site that allows and...

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