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How To Take a Good Pet Photo

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We all like to get that perfect photo of our four-legged best friend, but sometimes it can be a challenge. Ellie Stivers, a feature photographer for Petcurean, has put together her top five tips on how to take a good pet photo. 1. Teach a good stay Work on teaching your dog to stay in one spot by putting them in a position, such as a sit or a down. Tell them to stay or wait and take a step back, if they don’t move then give them a treat. Once they do this consistently you can start to build...

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Dog First Aid: What Every Owner Should Know

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When you sustain a minor injury like a cut or scrape, you probably find your first aid kit and pull out the antibiotic ointment and bandages. Dealing with small injuries is no big deal. But what do you do when your dog is injured? Knowing the basics about dog first aid could save your pet’s life one day.  The three steps of dog first aid If your dog sustains an injury, even if it seems relatively minor, your first instinct might be to panic. If you lose control of your own emotions, however, your dog might pick up on...

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Solving Litter Box Problems

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Cats are the neat freaks of the animal kingdom. They spend hours each day grooming themselves, making sure that every hair is in its proper place. What many cat owners appreciate about their pets is the fact that they eliminate discretely in a box that can be hidden away – out of sight, out of mind. Unfortunately, it is fairly common for cats to develop elimination problems. In fact, as many as 10% of cats will start eliminating outside the litter box on occasion or, in some cases, stop using it at all. Dealing with litter box problems in cats...

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7 Reasons Why You Should Crate Train Your Dog

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I got my first dog over thirty years ago . We always had dogs when I was growing up, but this was the first purebred of my very own after I moved out of my parent’s house. She was a golden retriever from a well-respected breeder and proved to be an education for me. I had always thought that crates were cruel. One of the things I learned with the new pup is that crates are not cruel when used properly, and in fact can be a great tool for the average pet owner. Proper, positive crate training can provide...

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Taurine in Pet Food

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There are 22 amino acids, the basic building blocks of protein. Animals can manufacture many of them in their liver, but some must be obtained in the diet—these are called ‘essential.’ In humans and dogs, taurine is not ‘essential’, since it can be synthesized within the body. But for cats, it’s a different story. Taurine is a lesser known amino acid that until recently, has remained under the radar. It isn’t part of the muscle protein yet plays an important role in metabolism, especially in the brain. Taurine functions in the brain and heart to help stabilize cell membranes. It...

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