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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...

Top 5 Signs of Stress in Pets

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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...