Health Articles

Whether it's your first day with your new best friend or you're looking to teach an old dog some new tricks, we encourage you to browse these helpful tips, informative articles and pointers to keep your furry friend healthy, happy and safe.

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Monday, September 11, 2017

Why the Need to Knead? 

Five reasons your feline friend kneads.

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Which Plants are Safe for Pets?

Ten pet-friendly greens and blooms for your home.

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Picking the Right Cat Bed

Help your feline get to sleep comfortably with the right bed.

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Monday, July 31, 2017

Raising a Smarty Cat

Stimulate your feline’s brain and body with fun food-games and activities.

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Puppies and Kittens Need DHA

Why DHA is an important Omega 3 fatty acid all puppies and kittens need for healthy development.

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

How to Give Your Dog or Cat Medications

Avoid the spills and spit-outs of administering pet medication with these helpful tips.

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

How to Introduce Cats to Resident Dogs

Get tips for successful cat and dog introductions from Blue Buffalo.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Tips for Calming Pets During Fireworks

Help lower the boom of summer celebrations with these pet-calming tips.

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Monday, June 12, 2017

De-skunking Your Little Stinker

Get tips for preventing and treating smelly encounters with skunks.

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

How to Spot Kitten Diseases

Help protect your kitten by watching out for these symptoms.

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Social Butterflies, Not Scaredy Cats

Get tips for socializing your kitten so she has healthy relationships with everyone.

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Does Your Cat Have Allergies?

Fleas, food, pollen. See if your cat is showing signs of feline allergies.

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Can Dogs and Cats Catch Colds?

Can they share illnesses with us? Learn more about illnesses affecting dogs and cats.

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

How Dog Lovers Can Bond with Cats

Three ways canine people can relate to felines.

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Dogs and Cats are Good for our Health

Emotionally and physically, furry family members are good for us.

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Hairy Situation?

Learn about the cause of your cat’s hairballs and how to help reduce them.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Five Ways to Spring into Good Pet Health

Get five seasonal tips to help your dog or cat enjoy a healthy spring.

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Keeping an Eye on Your Pet’s Vision

What to look for to care for your dog’s or cat’s eyes at home.

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

See Why Older Pets Make Great Rescues

Read how senior shelter pets may be the perfect furry addition to your family.

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Monday, March 13, 2017

Does your cat have a clawing personality?

Safely change her scratching behavior so your furniture, and your sanity, remains unscathed.

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Monday, March 13, 2017

Tips for Preventing Injuries in Older Felines

Stay on top of diet, exercise and vet visits to help your mature cat stay injury-free.

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Set up a Healthy Feeding Schedule for Your Kitten

See how to start your kitten off on the right paw with a healthy feeding schedule.

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Surviving Bath Time

Does your water-hating cat need a proper bath? We make it easier with some helpful tips.

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

CPR How-To for Pet Parents

It’s wise to arm yourself on the basics so you can administer CPR before the veterinarian is able to treat your four-legged companion. Here are steps that could save your furry family member’s life.

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Think Inside the Box

What good is a litter box if your cat doesn’t use it? Here are 7 tips to get your cat to love her litter box.

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Friday, September 9, 2016

Tips to Survive Kitten Teething

Kitten teething can be made more bearable for your kitten and you with these helpful tips.

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Friday, September 9, 2016

Importance of Exercise for Mature Cats

Just like us, cats are less likely to play on their own as they grow tired with age, a time when exercise becomes increasingly important. Here are a few ways you can engage your feline pal more easily. 

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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

What to Expect at Your Pet's Yearly Checkup

The annual veterinarian visit is not a favorite road trip for many of our four-legged friends. Here are ways to make the journey a bit smoother for your dog or cat.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Kitten-Proofing Your Home

In order to keep your new kitten safe, you’ll want to kitten-proof your place before you bring the fluff ball home that first day. 

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Safe Cat Car Travel

Short trip or long, making your cat comfortable in the car will provide smoother travel for all.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

How to Find the Best Carrier for Your Cat

When transporting your cat to the vet or on a long trip, it is always best to use a cat carrier for everyone’s safety.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Tips for keeping pets calm during a storm

Whether your cat or dog becomes clingy, hides under the nearest upholstery cushion or tears up the carpet, try these six strategies to help keep them calm during thunderstorms.

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Monday, June 20, 2016

How To Leash Train Your Cat

Leash training your cat is the safe and fun way to introduce her to the big outdoors. Learn how with these steps.

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Friday, June 17, 2016

Kitten Training 101

Kittens are extremely intelligent and can be trained to use litter boxes, obey commands and even perform adorable tricks. Just keep some of these basic training steps in mind.

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Three Ways to Improve Your Pet Photos

Capturing a great image of your furry family member isn’t rocket science, but it can be a bit of a challenge. So here are three tips to get that perfect dog or cat picture.

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Mosquito Prevention for Dogs and Cats

How to help your furry loved ones avoid mosquito-borne diseases.

 

 

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

5 Reasons to Adopt a Shelter Dog or Cat

Thinking about getting a new pet family member? Consider these 5 reasons why adopting a shelter dog or cat is the best way to bring a new family member into your home. 

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

The Link to the Lynx

When it comes to our felines’ ancestors, no cat better captures the spirit of the wild than the lynx. Stealthy predators that roam Europe, North America and Asia, the lynx has long been shrouded in mystery and revered for its hunting prowess.

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

10 Life Lessons Pet Parents Can Learn from Our Dogs and Cats

We take advice from friends, family and TV personalities; why not tune into the wisdom of our pets? All of that pawing, nudging and staring must be trying to tell us something…

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Exercising Your Pet's Body and Mind

Just like humans, dogs and cats need exercise to maintain good health. Along with physical exercise, your pet's brain needs exercise also to prevent boredom and depression.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

The Pet Obesity Epidemic

We’ve been hearing it for years: Being overweight can cause heart disease, diabetes, joint problems, and a host of other health issues. Unfortunately, many of us haven’t gotten the message—at least where our dogs and cats are concerned.

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Monday, January 11, 2016

Wet Your Cat’s Appetite

Cats aren’t hydrophobic by nature, in fact some like getting wet, but for some reason felines tend not to drink as much water as they should.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Is your Dog or Cat Overweight? What you need to know.

Read through this handy infographic for more information on the impact of pet obesity and how you can help your pet stay fit

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Sunday, September 6, 2015

Eight Dog & Cat Tips for Autumn

The crisp, sweet smell of apples in the air, pumpkins decorating doorsteps, and cooler temps; Fall has its merits but make sure your pet stays safe during this season.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Separation Without Anxiety

Your pet is a member of your family, but there are times when it's not possible, convenient or well-advised to include your furry friend in your travel plans.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Cat Nutrition

Learn more about your cat's specific nutritional requirements and how to ensure healthy growth and playful energy.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Disaster Preparedness for Pets

Having a plan and being prepared for disaster is important for all family members, especially your dog and cat. Follow these tips to make sure you are all prepared - just in case.

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Plants That Are Poisonous to Dogs and Cats

Even though spring botanicals are a sensorial reward after winter’s whiteout, some flowers and plants can be toxic to dogs and cats. As you begin to plant, or simply admire neighbors’ flowers, keep your pets in mind and steer them clear of the greenery.

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Healthy Adult Cat Guide | 1 - 7 Years Old

Tips on keeping your adult cat healthy and strong from 1 year to 7 years old.

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Healthy Mature Cat Guide

Tips on keeping your mature cat healthy and vital over 8 years old.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Why Do Cats Meow?

Cats have many ways of expressing themselves whether they purr, meow, howl or hiss — but what do they all mean? De-code your cat's vocal stylings to discover what she really wants.

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Monday, January 12, 2015

How to Take Care of Kittens

Adopting a new kitten or just thinking it over? Even if you've had a kitten before, here are some basics for your review before you bring her home.

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Monday, January 5, 2015

Taking Care of a Kitten | 8 to 12 Weeks

Congratulations! You now have an unending source of unconditional love all wrapped up in a wriggling, adorable ball of fur. Here are tips to keep your kitten healthy during the first 12 weeks.

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Monday, January 5, 2015

Taking Care of a Kitten | 3 to 6 Months

Your kitten is growing quickly now at 3 to 6 months. Here are training tips and nutrition advice to keep your kitten healthy.

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Monday, January 5, 2015

Taking Care of a Kitten | 7 to 12 Months

At 7-12 months old, your kitten is growing into adulthood. Here are training tips and nutrition advice to keep your kitten healthy during this vital stage.

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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Adopting a Cat from a Shelter

There are millions of cats in shelters waiting to find forever homes. Consider these 7 reasons to adopt a cat from your local shelter.

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

How to Introduce Two Cats

If you’re adding a second (or third) cat to your lovable litter, consider the following tips to help make life easier for all the felines in your family—including yourself.

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Saturday, November 1, 2014

Picking the Right Toys for Dogs and Cats

As pet owners we intuitively know to give our dogs and cats toys for playtime, but did you know all the benefits they are providing? Learn about all the incredible benefits pet toys provide for your dog or cat.

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Friday, October 31, 2014

Brush Up on Home Dental Care for Your Pets

Your cat or dog doesn’t need to use their sharp fangs to hunt down their food anymore, but they still need healthy teeth and gums. Learn how to brush your pet's teeth and other pet dental care tips.

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Monday, October 6, 2014

Dog & Cat Training Tips for the Holidays

Whether you have a new pet or a long-time pal that needs a refresher, it’s a good idea to review their repertoire of commands before the holidays hit.

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Monday, October 6, 2014

Holiday Pet Safety Tips

First Thanksgiving, then Hanukkah and Christmas…then the New Year’s here before you know it. Help keep your dog and cat safe during the hectic holiday season.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Grooming Your Pet-From Head to Paws

Grooming your dog or cat is more than just about keeping them clean, it’s really about their overall health and well being. Check out these valuable grooming tips and important insights into keeping your dog or cat looking and feeling his best.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Right Vet For Your Pet

One of the most important people in your pet's life is your veterinarian. Choosing the right vet for your dog or cat requires careful consideration.

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Separation Anxiety in Dogs & Cats

End of summer and back to school can just as jarring for your pets as for your kids. Be ready for changes in your pet's schedule that may cause separation anxiety.

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Monday, July 21, 2014

5 Resolutions to Help Your Pet Thrive in the New Year

The new year is a time for new beginnings. But humans aren’t the only ones who can benefit from a fresh start. Here are 5 resolutions you can make to help your pet thrive in the new year.

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Barbecue Safety for Pets

Outdoor barbecues and summertime go hand in hand, but many of us may not realize some of the inherent dangers for pets when it comes to grilling.   Make sure to keep your dog or cat safe during the next outdoor barbecue with these tips.

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