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The Galveston County Daily News: Pets

January 20, 2017


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Bred for purpose: History behind the show dog, and what makes your breed unique today

(BPT) - It’s easy enough for any dog lover to fall for the silky coat of the Golden Retriever, a Siberian Husky’s striking blue eyes or a Dalmatian’s spots. In fact, most dog owners say it was the look of a breed that drew them to bring home that puppy in the first place.

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Tuesday 12/20/2016
Survey Unmasks the Peculiar Behaviors of Pet Owners
Updated: December 20, 2016 - 2:31 am

(StatePoint) Do you share a playlist with your poodle? Take a bath with your turtle? It might seem far-fetched, but since many people treat pets like family, they often let them do surprising things.

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Thursday 12/15/2016
5 tricks to keep your pup active, healthy and happy all winter long
Updated: December 16, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - No matter how hearty and fun-loving your dog is, as a pet parent you know there will come a time when it’s just too cold, snowy, icy, wet or windy for your pup to comfortably exercise outdoors. When the weather outside is frightful and the fire inside delightful, it’s important to find ways to help your dog stay active indoors where it’s safe and warm.

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Holiday Safety Suggestions For Pet Parents
Updated: December 16, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—According to legend, at midnight on Christmas Eve, all animals are able to talk. If you want your pets to say nice things about you, heed five hints on how to keep them healthy and happy throughout the holiday season:

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Saturday 11/19/2016
Make the Holidays Furry and Bright: Tips for Holiday Travel with Pets
Updated: November 19, 2016 - 2:31 am

(StatePoint) For many pet owners, canine companions and feline friends are considered members of the family. If pets are joining out of town holiday festivities, it’s important to remember that traveling with pets requires a few extra considerations.

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Tuesday 11/08/2016
5 ways dogs are more than furry friends
Updated: November 11, 2016 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Did you know that approximately 37 to 47 percent of households in the United States have a dog? Chances are you have a pet dog living in your household, or you know someone who is a pet owner. Unconditional love is one of the many benefits of man’s best friend; however, dogs can also play an important role in the lives of those coping with an illness or a health condition. Learn these five key facts you may not know about dogs.

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Tuesday 11/01/2016
Plastic prosthesis helps one dog live a better life [Video]
Updated: November 02, 2016 - 2:31 am

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Wednesday 10/26/2016
Get adventurous with these 5 fun family activities
Updated: October 27, 2016 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Before this year ends, take advantage of the free time you have to partake in fun activities with those you love the most: your family. It's tempting to stick to the same routine of going to the local playground, taking in a movie or playing in the backyard. Why not try some new experiences this year and go on a family adventure? These five activities are fun for the whole family and will help create lasting memories together. Incorporate a couple (or all five!) ideas into your schedule to begin fall on a fun note. 

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Tuesday 10/25/2016
Calming Aid
Updated: October 26, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—Just like us, our pets can experience stress; stress can be caused by fear, excitement and anxiety. There is a solution to help your pets manage stressful situations naturally. NaturVet Quiet Moments is veterinarian formulated and recommended to support the nervous system in reducing stress and tension while promoting rest and relaxation. Quiet Moments’ unique blend of thiamine and L-tryptophan helps reduce stress and tension. Ginger supports sensitive stomachs, which is especially important when traveling, while melatonin helps to promote rest and relaxation.

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Thursday 10/20/2016
4 ways you can help your cat with asthma
Updated: October 21, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Humans aren’t the only ones that can suffer from asthma. As one of the most common respiratory diseases in cats, asthma affects about 1 percent of the domesticated feline population in the U.S. Cats between the ages of 2 and 8 are most likely to develop the disease.

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Tuesday 10/18/2016
Feed backyard birds this season for the greater, global good
Updated: October 26, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - When you fill your bird feeders and put fresh water in the birdbath this season, you’ll definitely be giving your feathered friends a helping hand. But you could also be serving the greater good!

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Friday 10/07/2016
Brighten your yard this winter with the help of wild birds
Updated: October 15, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Bright colors aren’t often associated with winter — but they can be. In fact, a backyard full of beautiful colors and cheerful chirps may be just a few feedings away.

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Wednesday 09/28/2016
Pet Play With A Superstar Twist From Petmate's WWE Collection
Updated: September 29, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—Exercise is a vital part of a healthy lifestyle for pets. They need to get up and get active to stay healthy and fit. And, just as for people, exercise is not only important for pets physically, but crucial to their mental health as well. Consider these three things:

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Tuesday 09/20/2016
Three Surefire Signs That It's Time To Have 'The Talk' With Tabby
Updated: September 21, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—These days, many people know that spaying and neutering are the most humane and effective ways to reduce pet overpopulation. Not everyone, however, knows that fixing your cat will also address some of the most vexing and bothersome cat behaviors, including:

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Thursday 08/04/2016
Senior Dogs Who Wet Their Beds—What Pet Parents Of Senior Dogs Should Know
Updated: August 05, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—If you’re like most dog owners, you’ve stumbled upon, or even into, a few urine “accidents” from time to time.

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Thursday 07/28/2016
10 top trends to keep your dog fit and healthy
Posted: July 28, 2016

(BPT) - For pet owners and their four-legged friends, social activities such as playing at the dog park, hiking through the woods, strolling around town or making new friends at doggy day care are great ways to stay fit, but can also pose health risks. Here are 10 ways to keep your dog healthy and happy:

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Thursday 05/12/2016
Tips to Protect Your Pet from Summer Dangers
Updated: May 12, 2016 - 2:31 am

(StatePoint) Summer creates potential everyday dangers for pets because of the heat.

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Thursday 03/10/2016
Heartworm Testing: What Every Dog Owner Needs to Know
Updated: March 10, 2016 - 2:30 am

(StatePoint) Your dog is your best friend, and you take good care of him, making sure he gets quality food and exercise, immunizations and heartworm medication. Why, then, does your veterinarian also insist on a yearly heartworm test?

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Thursday 02/18/2016
Pet Owners: Tips to Keep Floors in Tip Top Shape
Updated: February 18, 2016 - 2:30 am

(StatePoint) Whether you share your home with dogs, cats, birds, turtles or anything in between, you are probably aware of the challenges of protecting and cleaning your floors.

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