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Go green with your pet

Environmentally conscious lifestyles are a way of life for many people. But while men and women may look to hybrid cars or energy-saving appliances to reduce their carbon footprints, few may know they can go green with their pets, too.

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Easy ways to keep your dog's ears healthy

Many dog owners never give a second thought to the health of their dogs' ears. Unless Fido isn't answering the dinner bell, pet owners may fail to recognize signs that man's best friend is dealing with ear trouble.
 
Though it's easily overlooked, maintaining a dog's ears is something owners must do throughout their four-legged friend's life. Such maintenance is simple, and owners who remember to make it a part of their dog's grooming routine can help ensure their dog stays clean and healthy for years to come.

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Changes to expect as cats age

Dogs are widely referred to as "man's best friend," and few dog owners can imagine life without their beloved pups. But Fido's feline counterparts are incredibly popular as well.
 
According to estimates from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, somewhere between 74 million and 96 million cats are owned in the United States, putting cats on par with dogs (the ASPCA estimates Americans own between 70 million and 80 million dogs). 

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Make vet visits easier on cats

Some pets handle trips to the veterinarian better than others. Animals used to car trips or spending ample time among other animals might not hesitate to get in the car for routine vet visits, while pets that don't often socialize with other animals may be more resistant when it's time for their routine medical checkups.

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What to do when your cat needs a bath

According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, indoor cats rarely need baths. That's because indoor cats use their tongues and teeth to stay relatively clean. While cats can benefit from routine brushing, which can reduce shedding and cut back on hairballs, the bath tub is a place cats need not visit regularly.

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