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Cathy Kangas: The Good News For The Dogs In Yulin, China

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7 Ways to Remedy Stinky Dog Breath

If your pup has dog breath, it's a sign of an unhealthy mouth. Keep your pet's kisser halitosis-free with tips from Dogster's alternative pet health guru, Julia Szabo.

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8 Reasons to Add Olive Oil to Your Dog’s Diet

This staple's many health benefits support adding it to your canine companion's food bowl.

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5 Facts About Cats and Sleep

Our feline friends are true masters at falling asleep any time, any place, under any circumstances. Even a cursory web search will reveal thousands of photos of cats sleeping in cute or crazy positions. But why do cats sleep so much, and what happens in their minds when they’re sleeping? Do they have sleep cycles …

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If Your Cat Suckles Himself (or You), Is That a Bad Thing?

In previous Catster articles, I’ve posted many pictures of my adorable kitten Norton, who came into our household this past August and is quickly turning into a beautiful and wonderful young adult. Norton was rescued with other litter mates at about three weeks of age, and no momma cat was present. (The kittens were found …

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5 Reasons Dogs Howl

Why do dogs howl? It starts with wolf ancestry, but there are many reasons why dogs howl.

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What Causes Seizures in Dogs and How Should They be Treated?

Canine seizures are life threatening and frightening. Here's what to do if your dog has one.

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I Learned How to Treat Cat Bites — After I Was Bitten Twice

I had never been bitten by a cat before I started volunteering at a cat shelter last summer. I’d been nipped at, sure, but never to the point of broken skin. However, none of the cats who bit me meant to do me harm — which is an important thing to remember in my position …

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How to Calculate A Cat’s Age in Cat Years

A popular misconception is that cats age seven years (in human years) for each calendar year. In fact, feline aging is much more rapid during the first two years of life. A cat reaches the approximate human age of 15 during its first year, then 24 at age 2. Each year thereafter, it ages approximately …

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How Much Water Should a Dog Drink a Day?

Many dog owners leave out water for their dogs all the time with the thought that they'll drink as much, or as little, as they need. But how much water does a dog need? Monitoring your dog's water intake can improve their health, prevent illness...

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5 Alternatives to the Cone of Shame

Collars made of fabric or inflatable material might substitute for hard-plastic devices during your pet's healing.

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The Different Types of Tabby Patterns

People sometimes call the average domestic cat a Tabby, but tabby is not a cat breed — it is actually the pattern of kitty’s coat. And it happens to be the most common of all the feline coat patterns. Technically speaking, no matter what color or markings you see on your cat, all felines possess …

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The Best Locations for Your Cat’s Litter Box

People who love cats adore just about everything about them. What’s not to love? Cats are adorable, entertaining, and a joy to be around. Although cats are almost perfect, one of the less appealing aspects of living with them, as well as other animals, is that they have to relieve themselves at least once a …

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8 Ways That Cats Talk to Us With Their Tails

A cat’s tail is an amazing and beautiful thing. Not only is it an anatomical wonder, it’s an excellent tool for feline self-expression. Even the most obtuse of humans can learn the secrets of this behavior — “tail talk,” if you will — with a little observation, and your cat will love you even more …

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Aspirin and Ibuprofen: Are Human Pain Meds Safe for Dogs?

If your dog is in pain, avoid human medications like aspirin and ibuprofen. Here's why.

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6 Reasons Why Your Cat Wakes You Up at Night

When was the last time you got a good night’s sleep? If kitty is the culprit, some troubleshooting is in order. Here are the top six reasons your cat is waking you up at night. Note that this article addresses repeat offenders. If your typically quiet cat suddenly pounces or meows relentlessly one night, investigate: …

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10 Reasons We Love Our Nutty Cats

The world is a better place with cats in it — not to mention a funnier place. The quirky things our cats do is part of the joy of having them in our lives. Here are 10 crazy cat behaviors that are probably very familiar to you. 1 They walk in circles before they lie down …

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Is it Normal for Cats to Snore?

Catster recently received an excellent query from India through Facebook: Hi, I wanted to know if cats snore. And if they do, is there something seriously wrong with them? Some cats snore. For many, nothing is wrong. However, snoring can be a sign of trouble. Snoring occurs when the passages in the “upper airways” — …

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What Fruits Can Dogs Eat?

You might know that grapes and raisins are toxic to dogs; here's a rundown of other popular fruits.

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Coast Guard Halts Shooting And Stabbing Animals For Training Purposes

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Living with a Super Sensitive Dog

My pit bull Bunch is a very, very, very sensitive dog (feel free to add a few more “verys”). She’s a rescue from the streets of New York City, so there’s no way of knowing what she experienced during her first two years. Of course, you can have a very sensitive dog who wasn’t subjected …

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How to Help The Vet Make Your Dog’s Appointments The BEST

As loving guardians, you want the BEST for your pets and do all you can to make it happen. You feed them a premium diet. You offer the most comfortable nighttime “zzz’s” with cozy bedding. You keep canine body and mind in top shape with walks, park visits and games. And to guard their health, …

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Why It’s Imperative To Let Our Dogs Sniff Each Others’ Butts

Butt sniffing is how dogs gather information about each other and it’s not only normal, it’s a necessary ritual that dogs do during greetings. Gross, right? Well, not to them. The hormones excreted by the glands surrounding their genitalia offer much information about the dog and we need to get over it. It’s a dogs …

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How the Smells Around Your House Might Delight or Offend Your Dog

I’m constantly impressed by my dog’s sense of smell, especially when she finds even weakly scented nibbles during games of hide-and-seek-the-treat around the house. At the same time, I worry that I’m filling our home with too many olfactory obstacles for her. From slow cooker meals to baby diapers to scented candles, I wonder what …

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How Do You Say “Dog” In Other Languages?

There are as many foreign words for dog as there are languages. In English, dog is, of course, the preferred nomenclature, but there are even a wide range of variants in our own tongue, with new ones popping up all the time. We’ve got pup, pupper and doggo, for instance. You might think a word …

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