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Cats: Tooth and Nail

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Pet safety usually means keeping your pet safe but part of that is keeping yourself and the people in your life safe from your pet's instinctive behaviors.

Adoption Jitters

Shelter Dog
Photo Caption: Arcaion

For many dogs, the animal shelter is the only place they have found a measure of acceptance, comfort, and stability. The car ride that will be such fun later was a worrisome thing today as you drove away from the place he felt safe. He has no idea what's in store for him next.

Before You Bring Home an Exotic Pet

Clifford
Clifford may live to be 80 years old and will continue to grow for as long as he lives.(Quarter on his back to illlustrate scale.)

Reptiles may come to recognize you and acclimate to your care, but they will never bond with you like a mammal would. However, it isn’t just because they are cold blooded. It has more to do with what is in their brain from birth than the temperature of their blood.



The Case Against Docking and Declawing

puppy and kitten

Some practices that we once considered standard and traditional we now see as intrusive and hurtful. In the United States, both the tail-docking of dogs and the declawing of cats are two practices that are still all too common.



Kitty Lifting

kitten in female hands

Does your kitty go ballistic when you pick her up? The problem could be in how you are lifting her.
If you lift your kitten by the “scruff of his neck” please stop. Some people think that is how mothers carry their kittens, but really — it isn’t.



Puppy Bites

puppy bite

No matter what we do with our dogs, they learn from it. Don’t offer your puppy your body parts as toys. Offer toys that he can chew and toys that he can tug at without worry about injury to either him or you.



Creature Feature:
Halloween Safety for Pets

black cat

Halloween is now the United States' second most popular holiday, after Christmas, but like many holidays, it can be a high-stress time for our pets.



A Bite Out of Shock Collars

cartoon about barking dog

Some people call them "Bark Collars" but, barking collars don't bark and aren't only used to stop dogs from barking. They are shock collars. Their sole purpose is not to train but to punish undesirable behavior with pain.

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