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(NAPSI)—For the past 100 (human) years—nearly a millennium in dog years—people have been focusing on how to help pets, farm animals and wild animals through American Humane Association’s “Be Kind to Animals Week®.”

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Monday 04/27/2015
Expert tips for preventing and treating tick bites
Updated: May 04, 2015 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - If you think ticks are a concern only in the deep woods, it’s time to think again. Partially due to migrating deer populations, ticks are now abundant in suburban and city backyards – and they're spreading disease. In fact, an estimated 300,000 Americans are infected with Lyme disease each year, according to estimates from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as other types of diseases.

Wednesday 04/22/2015
Seven Steps To Keeping Your Pet Healthy
Updated: April 23, 2015 - 4:34 am

(NAPSI)—A total of 68 percent of U.S. households own a pet, according to the American Pet Products Association (APPA), with 56.7 million owning a dog and 45.3 million owning a cat.

Four Ways To Keep Your Pet Happy In Hot Weather
Updated: April 23, 2015 - 4:34 am

(NAPSI)—Pet parents who are cool to four important facts can help their furry friends flourish during the warm weather months.

Tuesday 04/21/2015
One health, One medicine: 5 ways people and their pets can stay healthy together
Updated: April 28, 2015 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - Your household is busy, but keeping yourself, your children and your pets healthy is a top priority. Fortunately, wellness for people and pets can go hand in hand, allowing your entire family to feel their best and live life to the fullest.

Monday 04/20/2015
May is National Pet Month: Tips to Save on Pet Care
Updated: April 20, 2015 - 4:34 am

(StatePoint) While pets deserve your love every month of the year, National Pet Month, celebrated in May, is a great time to go the extra mile.

Friday 03/27/2015
Breakthrough Innovation In Nutrition For Dogs 7 And Older
Updated: April 02, 2015 - 4:34 am

(NAPSI)—There are approximately 87 million dogs in the U.S. and an estimated 44 percent of them are 7 years old and older. And since dogs are considered senior by the time they reach age 7, that’s nearly 35 million senior dogs. But many dog owners who are closely attached to their pets may not be aware—or want to believe—that their furry loved one is considered senior at age 7. According to experts at Purina Pro Plan, a dog’s brain relies on energy from glucose to thrive; however, around 7 years old, the glucose metabolism in his brain begins to change, which can affect memory, learning, awareness or decision making.

Wednesday 03/25/2015
6 Myths About Pet Allergies
Updated: March 26, 2015 - 4:34 am

(NewsUSA) - By gaining a better understanding of the allergies caused by pets, you may be able to find a healthier coexistence with your furry friend.

Thursday 03/19/2015
Closing The "Cat Gap" Can Increase Adoptions
Updated: March 20, 2015 - 4:34 am

(NAPSI)—For many, cats and kittens can be an almost endless source of fascination. It's not uncommon for people to confess they can spend hours watching cute cat videos on the Internet and sharing cat photos online.

Unfortunately, it seems this online fascination with cats is not translating into real-life adoptions. Every year, an estimated 8 million pets enter U.S. shelters, and approximately 4 million of them are euthanized because there are not enough homes.

A recent PetSmart Charities survey of people's perceptions of cats found that the negative opinions some people have of cats are hurting their image.

For instance, when asked about the personality and behavioral traits of cats, respondents overwhelmingly described cats as curious, stubborn, moody and aloof. Dogs, on the other hand, were described in much more positive terms, such as friendly, loyal, protective and loving. It's thought perceptions such as these that are making it more difficult for cats to be adopted into permanent homes.

Fortunately, there are indications that some people are taking steps to end these misperceptions once and for all. Sixty-six percent of respondents said that too many people have negative impressions of cats and 56 percent said that the stereotypes about cats simply aren't true. Additionally, half of the respondents believed that more people would have a pet cat if the stereotypes around cats were removed.

The survey also found that cat lovers may be uniquely positioned to help cats the most. Research shows that by sharing more about their cat online, particularly through social media, cat owners can help to counter the negative stereotypes surrounding cats and show them in a positive light.

The PetSmart Charities cat perception survey was fielded via Toluna Analytics to 1,022 U.S.-based respondents during the period from February 11−14, 2015. It has a +/- 3 percent margin of error.

To learn more, visit www.petsmartcharities.org.

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Small-batch cooking trend moves from human tables to pets' plates
Updated: March 26, 2015 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - Food trends constantly evolve, reflecting society’s growing awareness of how what we eat affects our health and the environment. More Americans are choosing foods with an eye to nutrition, natural and locally sourced ingredients, and sustainable preparation processes. They’re not just considering those factors for their own plates, either – they’re thinking about them when it comes to choosing pet food, too.

Tuesday 03/17/2015
Nutrition beats price when it comes to pet foods [Infographic]
Posted: March 17, 2015

(BPT) - When it comes to serving foods to their pets, pet parents want the best nutrition available. But it's not easy to determine what makes pet foods nutritious, or even more yet, what nutrients are included in some packaged food products. This infographic looks at ways to read pet food labels so you know you're feeding your pet exactly the foods he needs to stay an active member of your family.

Tuesday 03/03/2015
Prevention Is Key When Treating Ticks And Fleas
Updated: March 04, 2015 - 4:41 am

(NAPSI)—When it comes to your pet’s health, investing the time and effort to use tick and flea preventatives can really pay dividends. For starters, such treatment will do more than just eliminate your pet’s itchy fleas and prevent allergic reactions.

Thursday 02/12/2015
What to Know Before Bringing Home an Adopted Dog
Updated: February 12, 2015 - 4:31 am

(StatePoint) Dogs play a special role in a home, bringing laughter, love and warmth. But dog ownership comes with great responsibility and there are certain things to consider before beginning the adoption process.

Tuesday 02/10/2015
How to reduce unwanted litters and end shelter deaths for kittens nationwide
Updated: February 17, 2015 - 4:32 am

(BPT) - The spring season brings warmer weather, longer days, colorful blooms and many baby animals. In the wild, newborn babies can flourish freely, but for many animal shelters, the spring is the busiest time of year because donations of unwanted kittens and cats often outpace available space.

Thursday 02/05/2015
Helping Cat Owners Prevent Homeless Pets
Updated: February 06, 2015 - 4:31 am

(NAPSI)—Spaying or neutering your cat is considered one of the most effective ways to reduce pet overpopulation. That’s the word from experts such as the American Veterinary Medical Association. They also say the procedure is safe for kittens as young as 8 to 10 weeks old.

Friday 01/23/2015
Top 5 reasons you're a cat owner
Posted: January 23, 2015

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Wednesday 01/21/2015
Fascinating felines: The surprising truths about 5 common cat myths
Updated: January 28, 2015 - 4:31 am

(BPT) - Americans’ love affair with pets continues to grow with approximately 69 million households owning a pet, according to American Veterinary Medical Association. In fact, pet ownership has tripled since the 1970s, and today there are 74.1 million owned cats alone. Felines are great companion animals, but there is still a surprising amount of widely accepted misinformation about cats – and it’s causing a multitude of issues.

Tips for determining pet food quality
Updated: January 28, 2015 - 4:31 am

(BPT) - Because pets are such beloved members of the family, it isn’t a surprise that pet parents want what is right for the health of their furry friends. In fact, nearly four out of five pet owners say they choose a pet food based on how nutritious or how healthy they think it will be for their pet, while only 10 percent say they make a selection based on how their pets may like the taste, according to the Buying & Choosing Pet Food survey recently conducted by PetMD and Pet360.

Tuesday 01/13/2015
Winston Deserves An Active Life!
Updated: January 14, 2015 - 4:32 am

(NAPSI)—There’s good news for pet parents looking for a way to soothe their pet’s aches and pains. For over 20 years, pet parents have relied on ArthriSoothe-Gold Advanced Joint Formula to help keep their pets healthy and active. But NaturVet has taken ArthriSoothe-Gold to the next level by conducting a double-blind, clinical trial to ensure pet parents that ArthriSoothe-Gold is the best solution for their pet.

Thursday 01/08/2015
Live and let live: Americans favor a kinder approach for managing cat populations
Updated: January 15, 2015 - 4:31 am

(BPT) - Shocking statistics show that nearly three-quarters of the cats who enter our nation’s animal shelters each year, most of whom are free-roaming and un-owned, are killed. Fortunately, Americans’ love of animals doesn’t end with the pets that live in their homes; their care extends to the millions of cats who do not have owners and simply live throughout towns and cities. Across the country a growing number of communities are adopting humane ways to manage these populations and reduce the number killed in shelters.

Thursday 12/18/2014
German shepherds to gerbils: How to choose the best pet for your family
Updated: December 25, 2014 - 4:32 am

(BPT) - Whether a loyal pal like Lassie is what you’re looking for, or a Garfield–like couch potato is more your speed, a pet can make a wonderful addition to your family. But there is more to choosing a new pet than simply falling in love with a cute face. Making an informed and well-researched decision can lead to a happy home life for both you and your pet.

Tuesday 12/09/2014
Supporting Your Pet's Liver Health
Updated: December 10, 2014 - 4:33 am

(NAPSI)—Many may be surprised to learn that a disease commonly associated with humans can also put your dog or cat at risk. Fortunately, there are management options.

Thursday 12/04/2014
Give Your Dog Comfort And Security
Updated: December 05, 2014 - 4:33 am

(NAPSI)—At holiday time or any time you and your family are busy, it’s important to remember that pets can get stressed out, especially if they spend a lot more time alone than normal.

Thursday 11/06/2014
A New Kind Of Love Story
Updated: November 07, 2014 - 4:33 am

(NAPSI)—Your adopted pet could be named in an upcoming novel, thanks to a unique contest.

Thursday 10/30/2014
Keep Pets Happy and Healthy this Holiday Season
Updated: October 30, 2014 - 4:33 am

(StatePoint) The holiday season can mean new routines, new décor and new foods in your home. While these temporary changes can be exciting for people, they can be hazardous to pets.

Friday 06/13/2014
Fireworks and Thunderstorms: A Summer Guide to Keeping Cats Calm
Updated: June 13, 2014 - 5:42 am

(StatePoint) The majority of pet owners say they have at least one dog or cat with behavioral problems, which easily can be exacerbated by such startling things as July 4th fireworks and summer thunderstorms.

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