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8 Ways to Keep Your Dog from Chewing Your Stuff

Chewing is a common canine behavior. It helps dogs satisfy their curiosity as they explore the world. Unfortunately, some pets may engage in problematic or destructive chewing. Their teeth can leave a trail of damage that is very frustrating. Some dogs like to chew things like shoes, furniture, or clothing — even destroying expensive possessions.

Destructive chewing is a common problem many dog owners face, however there are a few simple methods to stop this destructive behavior. Here are six ways to curb your dog's destructive chewing.

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Which Houseplants are Toxic for Pets?

Plants and floral arrangements brighten any home's interior. Unfortunately, these natural additions present hidden dangers for your dog or cat. Poisonous household plants can have systemic effects when a dog or cat ingests them. Symptoms may range from mild GI issues to life-threatening problems.

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The Best Toys to Get Your Dog or Cat This Holiday Season

Recent headlines reveal the toy marketplace for pets is now a billion-dollar-a-year business with sales reaching historic highs. While dog toys account for around 75% of these annual purchases, cats still enjoy their fair share of these practical playthings.

While pet toys are an excellent gift for animals, they also provide a source of exercise, stimulation and increased activity, giving our animals intellectual and interactive benefits leading to a longer and healthier life. 

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3 Ways to Stop Your Cat from Scratching and Biting

It can be difficult to understand how or why our pets act in certain ways. However, when it comes to problem behaviors, it becomes necessary to act as both psychologist and behaviorist in order to curb the issues.

Cats, in particular, can be hard to understand, especially when it comes to aggressive biting or scratching behaviors. Here are three ways to stop your cat from scratching and biting, so that you and your pet can stay in harmony.

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What You Should Know About Hemorrhagic Gastroenteritis (HGE) in Dogs

Hemorrhagic gastroenteritis is an acute gastrointestinal disorder that strikes healthy dogs without warning. This serious condition can progress quickly in small dogs. It causes vomiting, hemorrhagic (bloody) diarrhea, and other symptoms. The illness can potentially kill if left untreated.

Read on to learn the difference between gastroenteritis and hemorrhagic gastroenteritis (HGE), and to find out common symptoms of this potentially deadly ailment. 

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How to Get Some Sleep When Your Pet Keeps You Up at Night

No matter how much you adore your pet, you may get irritated when your beloved companion constantly wakes you up at night. Your hungry cat may scratch at the bedroom door until you get up to feed it. The dog may whine, whimper, or even howl until you let it inside your room.

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How To Choose The Perfect Pet For You

There is nothing quite like the relationship between a pet and its owner. You love each other unconditionally, even after they chew up your favorite pair of shoes, or use the good furniture for a scratching post. Having a pet is rewarding in so many ways, but finding the perfect one can sometimes be difficult.

There are many breeds of dogs and cats, and they all have very different qualities. So, how do you decide what qualities to look for in your new pet, and figure out which breed is a perfect fit for you?

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Why Do Cats Have Hanging Bellies?

You may have noticed your cat's belly hanging low and swinging while they're walking. Some pet parents assume their kitty gained a few pounds from eating one too many treats, but they may not be overweight. Belly flaps are a normal part of feline anatomy called primordial pouches, or "abdominal folds."

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How to Curb Your Dog's Excessive Licking

Dogs have limited ways to communicate with their pet parents. Some dogs whine when they're anxious during severe thunderstorms, they bark loudly when delivery workers approach their front doors, and others thump their tails when they're happy to see their owners.

Unfortunately, most dogs can't tell their human companions when something is wrong with their bodies. Some pet parents don't know that there is something wrong with their fur babies until they behave abnormally. One such abnormal behavior is excessive licking. While not always serious, excessive licking is a sign that your dog may have an undiagnosed medical or behavioral condition. 

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Should I Give My Pet Probiotics?

One of the more vexing questions pet owners confront is whether particular medications and supplements which are effective for humans are also appropriate for dogs and cats. While most pet owners know, for example, not to give nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) (like aspirin) intended for people to their dogs and cats, they don't necessarily know whether other medications and supplements are safe and effective.

So, what about probiotics?

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