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Acupuncture for dogs: What you need to know first

Acupuncture is one branch of traditional Chinese medicine that has been steadily gaining popularity as a holistic treatment modality for pets. It involves placing extremely thin needles in the skin along energy meridians to balance or restore the flow of energy. The practice has been used to treat an extensive variety of conditions in humans for thousands of years.

America’s most dog-friendly cities: Albuquerque, New Mexico

Albuquerque is one of the most culturally diverse cities in the country, home to more than 70 different ethnicities. That diversity is reflected in the area’s architecture, artwork, cultural centers and cuisine. The city is home to more than 550,000 residents, and both humans and pets will discover many fun activities in the Duke City, as it’s known.

America’s most dog-friendly cities: Atlanta

Atlanta is a buzzing metropolis that is a major hub in the southern United States. The city boasts an amazing arts culture, a breathtaking aquarium, headquarters of big businesses like Coca-Cola, and quaint surrounding neighborhoods. The variety you will find in Atlanta is sure to have you coming back for more.

America’s most dog-friendly cities: Charlotte, N.C.

The “Queen City” of Charlotte, N.C. lives up to its nickname with true genteel character. It’s a place that’s bustling with business as one of the biggest banking centers in the United States, but it also has a strong cultural heartbeat and visitors are always treated to a generous dose of the famed Southern hospitality – even if the visitors are four-legged. If you’re traveling with your pup, you’ll find plenty to enjoy in this dog-friendly city.

America’s most dog-friendly cities: Chicago, Illinois

The “windy city” is known for its thriving metropolis and bustling culture. As the third largest city in the United States, Chicago has a lot to offer. From amazing museums and shopping to world renowned restaurants and sports teams, Chicago has something for everyone. No matter what brought you and your dog to the biggest city in the Midwest, be sure to check out some of the best dog-friendly sites while you are in town.

At-home grooming: Beyond basics

After the first few months of owning a pet, you master the basic grooming tasks. You brush your pet frequently, and he knows exactly what that bottle of pet shampoo means. But grooming your furry family member means more than just the occasional brush and bath. When you are ready to move beyond the basic grooming for your pet, you can start to take on additional tasks. Grooming should be a relaxed process, so be sure to ease in the new tasks to your pet’s at-home grooming routine with plenty of treats and praise. Start by adding these tasks to your pet’s routine:

Black Dog Syndrome: Why life can be more challenging for dark dogs

Every dog owner knows that each dog is a uniquely special animal. Whatever they might look like on the outside, dogs have their own personalities and develop one-of-a-kind relationships with their owners. Unfortunately, those outward appearances can have an effect on the kind of life a dog has – and it shows in the effects known as “Black Dog Syndrome.”

Daily to-do’s: establishing a routine for you and your pooch

Developing a daily routine for you and your pooch is essential to both his wellbeing and yours. Having a schedule creates structure for Fido—structure that comforts him. Pets don’t necessarily understand the concept of time; instead they react to events. For example, if you always let your dog out the moment you return home from work, your pet will expect to be let out immediately after you return, even if you are early one day.

Eye of the (tiny) tiger: Keeping your cat’s eyes healthy

Good vision is critical to quality of life for your cat, so doing what you can to maintain her eyesight is incredibly important. Knowing how to spot problems is key, but so is maintaining a lifestyle that supports her eye health. Whether you’ve got a new kitten or a senior cat, you can do a number of things to ensure she can see clearly for as long as possible.

Finding a pet-friendly rental

Moving to a new location with your dog or cat can add extra stress to the moving process. On top of packing, hauling and organizing, finding a pet-friendly rental can be difficult. There are often weight restrictions or breed restrictions on apartments and homes even if those places are listed as “pet-friendly,” so be sure that you ask for the specifics before you fall in love with a location.

How does your garden grow - pet-friendly?

A carpet of emerald green lawn, a dazzling rainbow of fragrant flowers in bloom and not a pest in sight - it sounds like the perfect garden, doesn’t it? But for your dog, that same backyard paradise could be a minefield of poisonous plants and dangerous chemicals. Plan carefully, though, and you can have the garden you want, with far less risk to your pets.

If I had a nickel

When someone asks what I do for a living and I say that I run a pet food company, the question invariably comes up – “How did you ever get into that?” If I had a nickel for every time that I’ve told the entire story, I would have $3.65. Most of the time I just shorten the story to the Cliff Notes version – “Oh, I just kinda fell into it.” Of course, that doesn’t do the story justice, but then again, a nickel ain’t worth what it used to be.

Is your pet well-adjusted? What to know about pet chiropractic care

Chiropractic work can be an all natural way to boost your pet’s health. It is the realignment of the nervous system to restore proper nerve connections and flow. Adjustments work to restore the root problem, not just alleviate surface symptoms like many medications do. Pet chiropractors work on a wide range of animals from dogs and cats to horses and elephants.

Keep pets happy and healthy while on vacation

Summer isn’t summer without a vacation, and there’s no better time of year to bring your dog along for the fun. As you plan the great getaway, whether it’s a weekend visit or a two-week camping extravaganza, make sure that your pets’ needs are covered and plan for ways to make the trip comfortable for them.

Keeping everyone happy in a multi-pet household

“Fighting like cats and dogs.” Everyone knows that old chestnut has a shred – or maybe more than a shred – of truth in it. Nevertheless, plenty of pet owners love both dogs and cats, so mixed-pet households are a definite reality. Pet parents know that finding a balance that keeps the fur from flying can sometimes be a challenge, but with a few adjustments, everyone can get along just fine.

Love your pets and leave them at home

It’ summertime and temperatures are heating up! You love your dog, and want to bring him with you whenever you can. Sometimes, though, it’s better to leave Fido at home. When you’re headed to a place that does not allow dogs, consider what could happen when you leave your pet unattended in the car.

Pet tech: Must-have gadgets and apps for pet owners

It’s not just we humans living in a high-tech world – our pets do as well.. From microchip identification systems to food and water dishes that refill automatically, pets are very much a part of the digital age. Since new developments are practically constant these days, it pays to stay up to date on what new and wonderful innovations are available for pets and their owners. These are some of our favorites:

Pooch on the loose! Searching for a lost pet in the digital age

It’s a pet owner’s worst nightmare: a beloved cat or dog goes missing. After the panic sets in, what can you do to ensure that your best buddy gets home safely? Luckily, in today’s digital world, there are options that will spread the word far and wide faster than a flier on a telephone pole could ever do.

Protect your pet from hazards in your home

Pet-proofing your home can be just as challenging as baby-proofing. It takes a lot of work to prepare and it’s a job that’s never over. Keep your pet safe and your family happy by taking a few precautions in your shared space. Make a sweep through your home to pinpoint these potential dangers. Indoors *Latch cabinets with childproof latches if you have a curious pet. Especially secure household chemical, medications, and cleaning products. *Block small spaces behind appliance or cabinets where pets could get stuck.

Resolutions to share with your pet

The new year is upon us, and that has many people thinking of how they can prepare for a happy, healthy and successful 2013. While there are plenty of resolutions that fall to the wayside by February, you can beat the odds by taking a slightly different approach: share your resolutions with your best four-legged friend. We all want to give our pets the best lives possible, so tying them into your resolutions can help bolster your resolve to turn goals into accomplishments. When you succeed, your dog will benefit as much as you do.

What dogs can do: How our canine companions help us cope and heal

In the days since the shooting in Newtown, Conn., the affected community - and the nation - have been reeling with grief. In the face of such a senseless tragedy, we all mourn together. Finding a sense of connection and love is incredibly important, and many people believe that dogs can help suffering people do just that.

Why you don’t need to brush to banish bad ‘doggy breath’

Any dog lover knows how cute puppy breath is, but when those roly-poly little furballs get bigger, “doggy breath” is a whole other aroma – and often not a pleasant one. But don’t be fooled into thinking that bad breath is normal for a dog. In fact, it can be an indicator of deeper health problems. The numerous possible reasons for bad breath mean that brushing his teeth won’t necessarily fix the issue.

‘Fraidy felines: Understanding skittish cats – and how you can help them

You want your pet to be a confident, happy member of your family. A confident pet will be more interactive and spend more time with you, and most of us want all the extra snuggle time we can get with our little buddies. But, many cat owners have to cope with pets that are skittish and scared, which can leave owners feeling like they’ve done something wrong – and lead to a less-than-ideal relationship.