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Do you have to choose between installing beautiful wood floors in your home and keeping the family pet? Probably not, but you will have to take precautions to help protect the floor and do some research to determine what type of wood will hold up best against scratches from animal claws and the damage that can result from an unexpected puddle.

Laminate looks like real wood, and luxury vinyl…

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You might have noticed a lot of times that your kittens snuggle around you and keep their tails quivering, that’s their way of telling how much they love you. Sweet isn’t it? Although saying I love you too kitty isn’t enough as these loving felines need more care and affection than any other pets. Here are a few general guidelines for you to ensure that your cat lives a good healthy life.

  • Vet Checks

You should take your cat for a regular check-up and vaccinations to keep a tab on their health. If any change in cat’s meowing, acting, eating, walking etc is noticed you should take him in for a check-up as soon as possible.

Why Do Horses Sleep Standing

by on January 10, 2014

in Horses

All it takes is sleeping on one international flight to convince anyone that lying down is the only way to get a good night’s sleep. However, not all mammals sleep lying down. Horses, despite the tiring look of their heavy, long bodies, actually do most of their sleeping standing up — and it’s more than a quirk of the species – there’s a scientific reason why.

It’s part of their survival

The root of horses sleeping while standing comes from their days in the wild and their “fight or flight” response. Rather than fight like some animals do when attacked, horses, being herbivores, are more inclined to flight, or run, from their predators. Since they have a difficult time standing up once they lay down, standing gives horses a higher chance of survival.

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A Pitbull Love Story

by on January 3, 2014

in Dogs

I’ll never forget the moment I first laid my eyes on a pitbull puppy. My brother had called my parents the night before, pleading with them to adopt this helpless puppy he had come across who was in danger of being euthanized. At the time, our family wasn’t seeking adoption of another dog, as we already cherished our beloved mutt, Snickers. Yet being the saps we all are, my parents agreed to meet my brother and the puppy the following day.

He had a small frame with large, tadpole eyes and even bigger paws, a beautiful brindle pattern sloping his sleek body. Though a puppy, he was fairly calm and could melt anyone’s heart with his sullen, droopy stare. After we had all taken turns doting on him (whom my brother hastily named Bubbies), a confession was made: Bubbies was a pitbull mixed with boxer.

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Saying Goodbye to a Friend

by on November 28, 2013

in Dogs

Although it’s a subject not many of us want to broach, our beloved canine companions aren’t going to be with us forever. The often overwhelming grief we feel when we do have to let go of our pets is a testament to how much joy and love they provided us during their all too brief tenure.

Just the other day there was an unseasonable sprinkling of snow here in the UK, which reminded me of my labrador, Sam. We had to put him down in April 2008 at the ripe old age of 14 as he had severe hip-dysplasia and was effectively immobile. We knew it was a kindness. The vets visited the house and gave him the injection while the family sat by and comforted him in his last moments. Rather than watch the vets take him away after the procedure (he was a big old beast), I took a walk to clear my head, and it began to lightly snow. Now, whenever a few flakes of white drop from the heavens I think of the boisterous jet black dog that was by my side from my boyhood through my teenage years. It’s a strange, difficult to explain feeling somewhere between nostalgia, sentimentality, and joy. Maybe some of you readers can relate.

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Every reader of petsblogs is aware of the huge benefits animals can have for our minds, souls, and bodies. In recent years, medical and therapeutic organizations have started to appreciate these benefits themselves, and started introducing animal-based therapies to help struggling people to reconnect with their lives. The effects have been startlingly effective. Thus far, dogs have led the way in the animal healing sphere. However, increasingly people are starting to wake up to the potentially huge therapeutic skills of one of the greatest partners and most selfless helpers humanity has ever had – the horse.

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The Rise of the Cat Widower

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by on November 19, 2013

in Cats

There’s a reason why people talk about ‘crazy cat ladies’ and not ‘crazy cat men’ and it’s probably due to the fact that women tend to find it easier to show their emotions and feelings than the average male. Of course, women have a maternal instinct too, and for some, hugging and caring for a pet can be almost as rewarding as having your own children.

However, if you’re a guy whose girlfriend or wife is smitten with their kitten, or batty about their cat, it’s easy to feel a bit left out. While envying an animal may seem a little extreme, what are you do if the love of your life seems more keen to spend time with their moggy than they are with you?

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The second annual Pet Safety Week has begun! This year, Pet Safety Week is October 20 – 26. And to get the conversation started, Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited (“Toronto Hydro”) and the Toronto Humane Society have their top picks for ‘Howloween’ costumes and safety tips for furry friends.

Halloween is a fun time for the entire family; make sure your pets are safe too…

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