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Pooch Pampering on a Budget

These days, it's all about cutting corners to make ends meet. And while you want to spoil your dog, you may feel you can't when you have to watch every penny. But pampering your pooch doesn't take loads of dough. You don't have to be the Queen of England or come from an exclusive Upper East Side, New York family to let your dog live the life of the rich and famous. Credit: Getty Creative So how, then, does one have budget-friendly fun with their furry yet penniless friend? Well, you can start by following a few of these tips. RELATED: Top 10 Most Lovable Dogs in the World Make Bath Time Lots of Fun Instead of spending wads of cash you don't have on those lovely doggy spas and boutiques...

10 Ways to Green Your Pet

We asked our Facebook fans, "Do you take any earth-friendly steps to help reduce your pet's carbon pawprint?" Today, we're sharing some of our favorite answers. Credit: Getty Editorial 1. Prevent pet overpopulation "Spay or neuter!" says Leslie H., and we agree. All pets have some environmental impact, but spaying and neutering keeps the pet population in check (and unwanted litters out of shelters). 2. Buy in bulk Maria R. buys the biggest bags of pet food available. "That saves on gas back and forth to the store," she says. It also cuts down on packaging waste (and is easier on the wallet). RELATED: Preparing Your Apartment for a New Puppy 3. Scoop poop Unscooped dog poop can...

Choosing a Pet Sitter

Pet sitters do much more than provide your pet with food and water while you're away from home. A good pet sitter also spends quality time with your pet, gives him exercise, and knows how to tell if your pet needs veterinary attention. What's more, pet sitters typically offer additional services, such as bringing in mail and newspapers, watering plants, turning lights on and off, and providing homes with a lived-in look to deter crime. Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto But just because someone calls herself a pet sitter doesn't mean she's qualified to do the job. This information will help you find the best pet sitter for you and your pet. WHY HIRE A PET SITTER? When you must be away from...

Veterinary research can sometimes appear to have little relevance to what dog owners care about most. Investigations delve into minutiae while we want answers to the big questions. But two recent research papers deal with possibly the biggest of big questions -- how to prolong life. Credit: Getty Creative In the first, 48 Labrador Retriever puppies from 7 litters were divided into 24 pairs based on their gender and weight at weaning. One dog from each pair was randomly designated to be the control, while the other was fed 25% less than what the control dog ate. The study ran from when the dogs were eight weeks old until they died. The pair was housed together with access to both indoor and...

The Benefits of a Dog House

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