Affordable Pet Care: Where & How to Find Financial Assistance For Your Dog

Struggling to find affordable pet care for your dog? Don’t worry! There are a few different organizations that offer financial help with vet bills or low-cost services.

Dog with his hears back, holding two hundred dollar bills in his mouth.

Did you know there are different organizations that offer financial assistance to pet owners who can’t afford veterinary treatment, as well as nonprofits that offer low-cost spay and neuter services, vaccines and wellness checks, and even pet-food pantries if you have a hard time feeding your pets? Today’s pet parents are fortunate to have so many different options — you just have do some research and know where to look for affordable pet care.

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A Raw Food Diet for Cats — What are the Pros and Cons?

Looking to get the scoop on feeding your cat a raw diet? We spoke with the experts to get the pros and cons of a raw food diet for cats.

Cat sitting at the table with a piece of raw meat in a bowl.

When selecting what you hope is a nutritionally fortified food choice for your cat, it’s easy to be afflicted with a case of the Double C’s — Confusion and Concern. Confusion occurs due to the eruption of choices available online and on store shelves, and concern that you are indeed picking one containing healthy nutrients your cat needs. Should you stick with traditional commercial “cooked” diets that come in kibble and canned forms or venture into the world of raw food diets? Nowadays, a raw food diet for cats could run the gamut from uncooked, fresh meats you prepare at home to dehydrated ones you add water to, pre-packaged frozen meals and freeze-dried versions.

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How to Socialize a Dog Through Dog Training Classes & More

So, you’ve adopted an older dog … and he has little to no social skills. How do you socialize adult dogs? Do you go to dog training classes or is there more? Let’s talk about how to socialize a dog, especially if that dog in question is an adult dog.

A senior beagle dog.

Dogs in the wild grow up in packs and they are socialized almost from birth. A dog becomes socialized by interacting with other canines and learning their verbal cues and body language. The boundaries in the pack are very clear and each pup learns to understand their elders or get thrown out. Domestic dogs also begin socialization in their litter and when they come into a human family, socialization with humans begin. The initial socialization period of a dog is four to 12 weeks. It is during this time that social skills are imprinted on them and their interaction with other dogs and humans is, hopefully, positive. The socialization then should continue into adulthood. But many dog owners choose to adopt older dogs who sometimes were not socialized during this time. Wondering how to socialize a dog, especially if that dog is an adult dog? Do you need dog training classes to socialize them, or is it a combination of different factors?

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How to Take Care of Fish

Are you thinking about getting a fish but aren’t sure whether or not a fish would make the best pet? No matter what type of fish you’re thinking about, there are some basic fish-care facts that apply. Once you’ve made your decision, make sure to research the type of fish and it’s individual needs. Below, you’ll find answers to several of the most common fish-care questions to help you decide whether or not a fish is the right type of pet for you.

 

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You Found a Stray Kitten — Here’s What to Do

So, you found a stray kitten … but the next step isn’t simply taking him home with you. What do you feed a stray kitten? Where should you take stray kittens if you can’t care for them yourself? And how do you determine if the kitties are in fact strays in the first place?

Feral kittens outside.

Summer coincides with the height of kitten season, which means that around the country, people are encountering stray kittens more than any other time of the year. Here’s what you should do if you find a stray kitten.

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Why Do Dogs Howl? 5 Reasons

Why do dogs howl? It starts with wolf ancestry, but there are many reasons why dogs howl. Let’s review some of them here.

A beagle dog howling.

No matter where you live, you almost certainly have had the experience of being out on the stoop or porch late at night and hearing the unmistakable sound of dogs howling in the distance. Sometimes, I have the same thought as Bram Stoker’s famous vampire, “Listen to them — the children of the night. What music they make!” That often leads me to think of Dracula’s strange and threatening agenda, and I start to wonder if the howling dogs are, in fact, making music, or if they are plotting the overthrow of humanity and the establishment of universal dog empire. So, why do dogs howl?

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3 Summer Tips for Cats

Our top summer tips for cats include advice on how to ensure your cat drinks enough water, stays groomed and avoids heatstroke. Find out how right here!

A closeup of a cat drinking water and her tongue.

Since Memorial Day marked the unofficial start of summer, we’re here to bring you three essential summer tips for cats! It’s essential to keep your cat comfortable, healthy and safe in the summer.

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