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Breed Specific Legislation: Is Your Pit Bull Next?


Breed specific legislation otherwise known as ?BSL? has started to sweep the world. Germany, Canada, The United States, France, and England are among the major countries that have enacted some form of breed specific law that restricts or calls for a complete ban on several breeds from existing peacefully within their borders.

Home Hazards That Can Affect Our Pets


Is your home safe for your Furr Kids? It might surprise you to know how many hazards there are in a typical home for the pets we love.

Crate Training Dogs: The Right Way and the Wrong Way - Part One


Part1: There is Actually a "Wrong" Way to Crate Train

Crate Training Dogs: The Right Way and the Wrong Way - Part Two


Part2: Does your puppy want to be crate trained?

Cats And Litter Box Problems


If your cat has recently decided not to use the litter box, this can create a lot of stress for both of you. This frequently happens, and often there is a simple fix for the problem.

Holistic Pet Care?From a Distinctly Christian Perspective


As a business, I?ve not been in the holistic pet care industry long. As a pet owner and pet care worker, it has been a very long journey. I came to this industry as a result of not only being extremely frustrated in traditional care and methods but because I am attracted to doing things naturally, the way God intended and always have been. What I?ve found in this industry is almost an oxymoron though.

How To Save Money By Testing For Feline UTI Yourself


Do you want to save money, anxiety for your kitty, and unnecessary trips to your vet? Would you like to know if your cat is developing crystals in her urine that could lead to a feline UTI?

Responsible Dog Ownership


With all the companionship and love that our dogs give so freely, it's hard to imagine that some owners just don't take responsibility for their dogs. But it's true. Millions of dogs?healthy dogs?are euthanized every year. Whether through owner neglect or owner ignorance, millions of healthy dogs will endure the same fate this year. So what's a responsible dog owner to do? The best thing you can do, as a dog owner, is to ensure that your dog doesn't become a statistic, and you do that through responsible pet ownership.

Hamsters; The Perfect Starter Pet


As a parent, you want to be able to give your kids everything that they want in life.

Starting a Home-Based Pet Related Business


If you?re contemplating the idea of starting a home-based business here are some facts you should know:

Pet Tracking Devices


It was the Saturday morning of August 20, 2004 and my two kids saying that they couldn?t find our cat Nala anywhere waked me up. I didn?t pay much attention, because it was common for her to find a new hiding spot and sleep there for hours.

Kids and Pets, Will it Work?


How can my child benefit from having a pet?

Helping Your Pets Cope With The Stress Caused By Loud Noise


Which is the noisiest species of all? Nope, not the lions, or the elephants, or the geese? it?s us, humans. Our voices were not enough, we started making music and creating musical instruments to help us being louder.

So, You?ve Decided To Kill Your Pet!


The other day I was doing a research online for an article I was writing and I came across an article, which the author started by saying: ?Euthanasia, is often the hardest thing to do, yet the greatest act of kindness? Then he went on explaining the ?grueling? suffering and the guilt the pet owner goes through before making the decision, how it affects the whole family, especially the kids. But then he explains euthanasia in the most loving way I?ve ever seen someone describe a murder. I remember ?simple and peaceful? were some of the words he used, he even gave recommendations on how to avoid stress during the ride to the vet?s clinic.

Top 10 benefits of Natural and Holistic Pet Care


There are a number of reasons for choosing natural pet foods, treats and supplies. First, use of natural products is consistent with a holistic view. A holistic approach considers all factors regarding your pet's health, not just individual symptoms. The top 10 benefits of choosing natural and holistic pet care are listed below.

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