Choosing a chemical-free car for you and your pet

New cars can be loaded with chemicals, which can be harmful to both you and your pet. Everyone knows the smell of new cars, but it turns out that the lusty aroma of recent automotive wealth is now being linked to potential health problems in pets. These are important factors to consider, especially if your pet often rides in the car with you. The Ecology Center, a nonprofit organization, has a website

Can Dogs Really Catch Fish?

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Winning Over Your Partner's Pet

Introducing your pet to your new boyfriend or girlfriend can be a big step. Imagine this: You think you’ve just met the guy or girl of your dreams. You’ve been on a few dates and everything’s going great. So much so, that tonight, you’re going to introduce the person to your very best friend: your dog. You’re sure it’ll feel as strongly about your new love interest as you do.

Stump the Sussex Spaniel Takes Top Prize at Westminster

Stump is the Sussex Spaniel that won Best in Show at the 2009 Westminster Dog Show.  He’s like the Obama of dogs, reminding us that if he, a ten-year-oldSussex Spaniel can win best in show — anyone can. You gotta love him. After rebounding from a near-death experience in 2004, Stump has spent the past five years like most dogs. As his owner, Scott Sommer, told USA, Today, “He’s just

Leash Training Your Indoor Cat

Leash training your cat for walks outside is possible. Take Bongo, for example. Bongo playfully rolled on his side as a cocker spaniel approached him, waiting only a second before exchanging sniffs with the dog as their leashes crossed. But as Bongo’s owner warned the spaniel’s owner, Bongo swatted at his new friend, reminding onlookers that they were in fact watching a cat. Bongo represents a growing number of cats


Pancreatitis is an inflammation of the pancreas in dogs and cats, which is found in the right side of the abdomen. The pancreas has two vital functions: to produce hormones such as insulin and to produce enzymes that help in digestion of food. Dogs of any age, sex, or breed, and occasionally cats, can get pancreatitis. The exact cause is not known, although it is often associated with corticosteroids or

How your dog can help you find love

It may be a little-known fact among singles, but the truth is this: People are more likely to talk to you if you’re with a dog than if you’re alone. Single dog owners, take note. Case in point: Deborah Wood was at the grocery store in Portland, Ore., when she noticed that the “scary tattooed” guy in front of her was holding an adorable Pomeranian. Surprising even herself, she asked if

Separation Anxiety in Dogs

Dogs with separation anxiety are usually overly attached to or dependent on one or more family members.  They become extremely anxious and show distress behaviors of vocalization, destruction, house-soiling, or inactivity when separated from the owners. Many of these dogs begin to show signs of separation anxiety as the owners prepare to leave.  They often salivate or pant profusely, vocalize, eliminate, refuse to eat, and become destructive.  Some dogs simply