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Breakthrough Innovation In Nutrition For Dogs 7 And Older

(NAPSI)—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, at around age 7, a dog’s glucose metabolism in the brain begins to change, which can affect memory, learning, awareness or decision making.

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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.

Tuesday 10/28/2014
Prepping for cold weather? Don't forget your pet
Updated: November 04, 2014 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - Fall weather affects pets just like their people. While you are taking precautions to protect yourself from cooler temperatures and environmental changes, you need to safeguard your dogs and cats, too. 

Thursday 10/16/2014
More Action Needed To End Pet Homelessness
Updated: October 17, 2014 - 4:32 am

(NAPSI)—There appears to be a significant difference between what many people offer as their opinion about pet homelessness and what, if anything, they do about the problem.

Tuesday 10/14/2014
How to protect your pet from the obesity epidemic
Updated: October 21, 2014 - 4:32 am

(BPT) - The most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that more than one-third, or 78.6 million, of U.S. adults are obese. While the issue is well-recognized among the public, many don’t realize there is a second obesity epidemic occurring simultaneously - a pet obesity epidemic, which is even more severe.

Monday 10/06/2014
How to stop pet stains from straining your family events
Updated: October 13, 2014 - 4:32 am

(BPT) - While there is no doubt that pet owners love their furry friends, it’s fair to say that dogs and cats can easily take over the home. Whether you’re dealing with a sick cat or attempting puppy potty training, you can quickly find yourself in a bacteria breeding ground.

Wednesday 09/10/2014
Pet-proofing your home in preparation for adopting a shelter animal
Updated: October 02, 2014 - 5:22 pm

(BPT) - The addition of a new pet to the family is always a cause for celebration. Stress can occur, too, no matter how welcome the new addition. When you’re thinking about adopting a pet from an animal shelter, some preparation can help ensure he or she is as safe and happy as possible.

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.

Monday 04/14/2014
New Ways to Solve Cat Behavior Problems
Updated: April 14, 2014 - 4:36 am

(StatePoint) From inappropriate marking to excessive meowing to scratching, a misbehaving cat can cause disruption to your home. Unfortunately, behavior problems are the number one reason for pet euthanasia, resulting in the death of approximately 15 million pets annually, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association.

This National Pet Month: Tips for Cutting Costs on Pet Care
Updated: April 14, 2014 - 4:36 am

(StatePoint) Regardless of whether you’re a dog, cat, bird or other pet lover, most people can agree that pets are part of the family.  Caring for your pet doesn’t have to cost a fortune with a few helpful tips.

Monday 03/31/2014
It’s Flea and Tick Season: Tips to Protect Pets
Updated: March 31, 2014 - 4:35 am

(StatePoint) Protecting dogs from fleas and ticks is an important part of responsible pet care and this season shines a light on the prevention of Lyme disease in dogs. Distressing and harmful for your pet, parasites can cause diseases that affect you and your family.

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