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How to protect your pets from extreme heat

Extreme heat can be unpleasant for anyone, and pets are no exception. While it's easy for men and women to detect if their bodies are responding negatively to heat, those warning signs may not be so prevalent in pets, who may suffer in silence as the mercury continues to rise.

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The benefits of professional dog groomers

Grooming is something few dog owners may consider before bringing man's best friend into their homes. But grooming is an important component of dog ownership that keeps pooches healthy and looking their best.
 
Some dogs are more cooperative than others during grooming sessions. Likewise, some dog owners are apprehensive about grooming their dogs, knowing that dogs can easily be hurt during the grooming process. Professional dog groomers can make grooming that much more comfortable for uneasy dogs and owners while providing a host of additional benefits.

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How to help pets maintain healthy weights

Like their human companions, pets can struggle with their weight. According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, in 2014, an estimated 53 percent of dogs and 58 percent of cats in the United States were overweight or obese.
 
Being overweight or obese can shorten pets' lives by increasing their risk for insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, kidney disease, cancer, and osteoarthritis. The APOP estimates that unhealthy weights can shave up to 2.5 years off of pets' lives.

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Things to consider before getting a dog

Dogs are wonderful companion animals, providing their owners with loyal friends who are seemingly always up for walks or games of frisbee.
 
Dog ownership is rewarding, but it's also a significant responsibility. Before adopting a shelter dog or buying from a breeder, prospective dog owners should consider a host of factors to determine if now is the best time for them to welcome a new four-legged friend into the family.

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Adapting to your new furry friend

Adopting a dog is a wonderful way to bring joy into a home, and adoption may very well save a dog's life. According to the Humane Society of the United States, between six and eight million pets end up in shelters each year and half of those are unlikely to be adopted.
 
Adjusting to life with a dog is not always easy. Owning a dog is a big responsibility, the scope of which first-time dog owners may not fully grasp until their furry friends arrive at their new homes for the first time. But there are ways to make the transition to dog ownership go smoothly, which should afford new dog owners more time to spend with the newest additions to their families.

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