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How Your Dog's Food Affects His Mood

Nutrition has an enormous impact on the health of our pets. But have you considered how it may affect their behavior as well? Here are three ways diet can directly impact your pet's behavior. Credit: Getty Creative 1. FEEDING TIMES It's no longer considered standard regimen to feed your pet once a day or leave food out all day - also known as free-feeding - unless recommended by your veterinarian due to a medical reason. "Just think about how you would feel (and look) if you were only able to eat once every 24 hours, or kept nibbling on a high-calorie food all day long," says Nan Arthur, dog behavior expert and owner of Whole Dog Training. Arthur recommends asking your veterinarian if...

What things are necessary to provide a healthy life for your dog? Most owners would answer nutrition, regular vaccinations, parasite control, and regular veterinary exams. Few, if any, would answer socialization. But socialization is a key to the overall wellness and health of dogs. Credit: Getty Creative Improperly socialized dogs risk their own health, pose an injury risk to others, and often jeopardize the ability to provide ideal medical care when it is needed. Here are four reasons why socialization should be a part of a dog wellness program. Fear and Its Unhealthy Hormones Poorly socialized dogs are fearful of unusual or new circumstances. This sets off neurological signals that...

I've heard it many times before: You have a large dog in an apartment? That's just cruel! But I have some good news, renters-it's not cruel to have a big dog in an apartment, if you do it the right way. In fact, some large dog breeds make excellent apartment pets! Ensure rental bliss for you and your overgrown furry friend with these tips. Credit: Getty Find the Right Neighborhood Some neighborhoods are more dog-friendly than others. Before you start your apartment search, make sure you choose a neighborhood with plenty to offer you and your pet. You'll want to make sure there is grass nearby for your pup to do his or her business, places to go for a walk, and a park for some much-needed...

How to Care for a Senior Cat

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