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7 Hidden Household Pet Hazards

As a conscientious pet owner you want to provide the best care for your furry friends. This includes feeding them a healthy diet, regular grooming, giving them adequate play and exercise, and scheduling routine check-ups at your local veterinarian. 

Sometimes, however, the safety of the household environment they spend most of their time in is ignored until a curious pet eats or is exposed to an overlooked hazard. Most accidents results from the pet parent's lack of knowledge rather than negligence. Here's a list of seven hidden household pet hazards to be aware of as you seek to create a safe and happy home for your pet.

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The Top Ten Eye Afflictions in Dogs (and What to Do About Them)

Your dog's eyes allow them to see the world and explore new territories. These two organs capture light waves that your pet's brain and neural network convert into imagery. Your furry friend's vision works at its best when they have healthy eyes. Sadly, injuries can damage the eyes' structures. Other diseases can also impact your dog's sight.

Here are ten common eye disorders your dog may develop, and how to manage these issues.

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How To Crate Train Your Pet

Your pet deserves safety and security within your home. In a bustling household, especially one with many visitors or small children, it's important to give your dogs or cats a place of their own to retreat to if company, noises or unwanted attention are troubling them.

Providing your pets a comfortable crate and training them to enjoy its privacy and safety is a great way to encourage good bathroom and sleep habits. It's also important for keeping your pets out of trouble if you can't supervise them.

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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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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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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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