Great Alternative Pets (That Aren’t Cats and Dogs)

So you want to get a pet, but it can’t be a dog or a cat. Maybe you’ve got allergies in the family, or maybe your apartment hates fun and furry friends. There is, of course, always the chance that you’re just looking for a different kind of pet. Dogs and cats are cool, sure, but what about a snake? Or a tiger?

Okay, so maybe not a tiger. The point is, sharing a bond with a pet and taking care of any animal can be an intensely rewarding experience. It can build a kind of reverence and affection for the animal world that’s hard to come by from a distance, but having a pet in your home comes with an equal amount of responsibility. So, let’s check out some good choices for people looking for something a little different.

Here are eight great pet alternatives and why they might be a great fit for your home.

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7 Summer Care Tips for Dogs

Summer weather is here!  Time to schedule weekend picnics, road trips, and B-B-Qs with the family, including your beloved furry ones!  But as much as summertime is the opportunity to kick back, relax and enjoy the great weather, it’s also the time to pay extra attention to your dogs and make sure they stay cool as the summer temperatures begin to climb.

To help keep your dogs from overheating, here are seven summer care tips for you to remember:

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Tips and Tools to Care for Flat-faced Dogs

Flat-faced dogs like pugs, bulldogs, and boxers may be known for their squished features and loud snorting but these characteristics that are affectionately admired by their owners also make them prone to health problems. Here’s how you can make sure your flat faced furry friend is getting the care they need.

These dogs were bred for people that adore the squish-faced look, but the unfortunate reality is that this look comes with a multitude of health issues. Breathing issues, dental issues, and eye issues are all a result of the changed skull shape, and it’s something to be aware of if you find yourself with one of these flat-faced friends.

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How To Care for Sphynx Cats

At first glance, you might think Sphynx cats are low maintenance compared to their fellow long-haired friends. But no fur to brush or vacuum up doesn’t mean less care, in fact Sphynx are some of the highest maintenance cats out there. In addition to their temperature sensitivity, their exposed skin makes them sensitive to dirt, oil, moisture, and other environmental factors. They also happen to be one of the more social breeds, meaning they like attention or companionship with other animals around the house. Beyond that, they come with all the other trouble associated with relatively rare breeds of cat.

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How To Keep Your Dog Safe From Common Springtime Health Issues

Springtime is the perfect season for dogs and their owners to head outside and have some fun. Tired and bored of cold winter days, both animals and their human friends are eager to soak in some sunshine and enjoy the fresh breeze. But no matter how lovely the spring season is, warm weather also brings some health risks for pets.

So, before you head out, here are some tips on helping your pet have fun and stay healthy while outside.

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How To Provide Loving Care For Your Senior Cat

Did you know that cats used to be considered seniors when they reach eight years of age? Things are different nowadays – it’s not unusual to see cats hitting ages between 18 and 20, while old age in cats starts between 11 and 14 years old.

Care for cats has improved significantly in the past decade. They live healthier lives with better food, indoor lifestyles, and the perks of advancing veterinary medicine.

Unfortunately, people aren’t always well informed on how to care for their aging cats. If your cat is getting up there in age, it’s time to learn some common rules for taking care of your geriatric or aging felines.

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Microchipping: The Invisible Leash

It doesn’t matter if your dog or cat wanders out a forgotten gate, chases an unwitting squirrel or digs under the fence… if your pet is loose, your number one priority is bringing them home. Why isn’t your pet’s collar enough to guarantee a safe return? Simply put, tags can wear out and collars can fall off. Microchips are becoming the universal standard to extend the tether between pets and their homes.

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Tips to Make Life with a Blind Pet Easier

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The most common reason for blindness in pets is old age, but genetic factors and conditions like glaucoma could leave your pet blind or vision-impaired at any age. While this may be heartbreaking for pet owners and frustrating for pets, blind cats and dogs can still have a great quality of life.

These tips can make things a bit easier for both you and your pet!

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Parvo Season is Coming: Here’s What You Need to Know

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If you’ve ever seen a dog struggle through parvovirus, then you know that it’s a truly terrible and potentially fatal disease. With spring on the horizon, parvo season is about to begin, and it’s imperative that your pet is protected.

Proper prevention, quick recognition of the symptoms, and early treatment can mean the difference between life and death for your dog. Here’s what you need to know to give your pet the best chance against parvo:

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