Spring Shedding = 'Tis Grooming Season!

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Are you noticing a lot more pet hair clinging to your clothes or tufting around the corners of your rooms? Don’t worry: you’re not alone! This just means spring is here! And hand in hand with the rising temperatures comes the shedding of those winter coats. It may surprise you to learn that short-haired dogs like labradors and pugs actually shed the most often and most continuously! And dogs with double coats, like a Siberian husky or Alaskan malamute usually shed once a year in the springtime (and sometimes also in the autumn) by “blowing” their coat with nature’s anticipation of the changing temperatures, which means that their fur will come out in huge chunks. We’ve combed through (pun intended!) our library of grooming tips to help you get a handle on the flying fur this season. Read on to find out how:

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Fleas: Does your best friend have hangers-on?

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It’s among the worst fear of every pet owner: a flea infestation. You know they cause major itchies and irritation, but there are other dangers that can cross the canine-human barrier. Fleas can trigger problems like skin irritation, allergic reactions and anemia, and are just downright disgusting, since they can also infest your house and bite the human inhabitants living there! You should know the signs of fleas and ticks so you can get any infestation under control before it gets, well, out of control. Read on for flea facts, flea treatments, and flea prevention.

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Pet Travel Essentials

If you’re going to be road-tripping (or even heading out for a fun day in the sun) with your pet this summer, don’t forget your dog-specific travel supplies! We’ve compiled a list of the 8 most important items to ensure you both make the most of your day(s) off without any hassles or health trip-ups!

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Top six (preventable!) pet health problems

The importance of this is confirmed in the 2011 “State of Pet Health” Report, a 40 page comprehensive summary of research conducted by Banfield Pet Hospital, a nationwide network of veterinary hospitals. Compiled from medical data from more than 2.1 million dogs and 450,000 cats, the report lists the most common diagnoses in dogs and cats, and details six specific and preventable health conditions that are increasingly affecting our pets:

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What are "hot spots" and what are the best ways to treat them?

“Hot Spots,” also known as moist eczema, is often associated with dampness of the undercoat in heavy-coated breeds, as well as general inflamed skin irritations caused by a myriad of things. If your dog has hot-spot trouble, or general itchy, sensitive or irritated skin, try using our all-natural Tea Tree Oil and Aloe Shampoo and Spritz. Our Tea Tree Oil spritz is the simple solution: it’s blended with soothing melaleuca oil, nature’s finest hot spot ointment. Tea Tree Oil has long been recognized as an effective and beneficial antibacterial and soothing agent for all skin irritations, ranging from acne to insect bites (if you don’t believe us, try it yourself the next time you have a minor breakout or are a meal for mosquitoes yourself!). In addition, Aloe Vera is widely known as one of nature’s finest soothing emollients. The combination of Tea Tree Oil and Aloe Vera soothe and relieve hot spots and itchy, dried or chafed skin caused by flea bites, dandruff or other dermatitis.

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How often should I bathe my dog?

how often you bathe your dog depends on so many individual factors such as what breed of dog you have, any specific skin sensitivities and allergies, coat type, your lifestyle and the climate you live in (humid, hot, dry, windy and cold), what season it is, your dog’s activity level (which may variable based on many of these previous attributes), and of course, the kind of shampoo you use!

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Safety Tips for the Dog Days of Summer

Summer is the season most of us look forward to for outdoor activities, but dogs don’t do as well in hot weather as people do. Sometimes it’s kinder to your dog, not to mention safer, to keep your dog at home (and even at home, there are summer safety tips to keep in mind)! But whatever you do and wherever you go, we’ve compiled the best tips to keep your dogs safe and happy this summer!

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Dog-Friendly Outdoor Adventures

Summertime is here, which means the opportunities to get out and play – with our canine companions – abound far and wide. And it doesn’t get much better than hiking with your dog. It’s a great opportunity to hit some new trails, revisit a wilderness area that may be an old favorite, newly green and sun-warmed after a winter buried under snow cover, and explore a nature that is very different from the “nature” that you typically see in daily dog walks around your neighborhood! However, good preparation and planning are key to a successful outdoor adventure with your dog. You can’t just show up at any trailhead and expect your dog to be welcome. National Parks are not the only option for wilderness exploration. There is just as much wildnerness and natural beauty to discover and explore in most national forests and national recreation areas. Websites like hikewithyourdog.com and petfriendlytravel.com are great to help you plan your next vacation with your four-legged friend while leaving the pet-sitter home!

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Why – and how – you should bathe your cat!

If you or anyone in your family suffers from cat allergies, bathing your cat monthly and using special wipes weekly (or even more frequently) is one of the best things you can do to alleviate your sneezing fits. In addition, if your cat is allowed outside, bathing your cat is necessary to prevent disease and parasite infection. By following the simple tips below, the dreaded procedure of bathing your cat becomes a bit more tolerable – and the end result – asweet-smelling, fluffier, danderless (well, reduced dander, anyway) feline is well worth it! Read on!

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