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  • Traveling with Pets

    Be sure to check this section out before you hit the road with your pet! We've got a look at pet-friendly hotels, the guidelines of air, train, bus and auto travel, and much more. Read More
  • Walking on the Wild Side

    Check out our animal profiles, rescues, articles, news and profiles - all about wild animals Read More
  • All About Reptiles

    A look at our cold-blooded friends and discovering how to care for these fun loving creatures! Read More
  • All About Cats

    Product Reviews, Behavior, health, humor, quotations, feline facts, news and stories. Read More
  • Behavior Problems? We have answers.

    Learn about behavior from our team of experts. Whether you have cats, dogs, reptiles, horses or birds, we can help you learn to live with them. Read More
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    Learn about equine science, whether you're an aspiring rider or a long-time owner, we have the latest in products, breeds, and more. Read More
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    Product Reviews, Behavior, health, humor, quotations, facts, news and stories about dogs. Read More
  • All About Birds

    If the avian life is for you, we've got a look at the best products, interesting species, and how to select and care for birds. Read More
  • All About Critters

    Take a look at what it means to have ferrets, rabbits, mice, rats, guinea pigs, and more. Read More
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    If you're a novice fish and pond enthusiast, join us as we discover the newest aquariums, beautiful backyards, and plenty of informative information about fish. Read More
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  • Guide to Hiking Etiquette with Dogs

    Cooler weather is on the way, and as the leaves change their colors to red and gold hues, it means many of us will be once again hitting the trails with our best four-legged friends.

    Let's face it - nothing cleanses the soul like a relaxing hike through the wilderness. Whether you want to enjoy the rich colors of wildflowers in that remote desert valley, or just want to run a few miles through the pines, it’s important to make sure everyone out there has the same level of enjoyment as you do. So dust off the walking stick and renew your wild spirit, but make sure you follow trail etiquette when you take your pets along.

    Dogs are usually naturals on the trailhead. That doesn’t mean you don’t have to watch them carefully - there are plenty of dangers in the wild - from poisonous mushrooms to cacti, and coyotes to rattlesnakes (not to mention hunters of the two-legged variety).

    This is why it’s so important to understand the basics of hiking etiquette. Here's a primer to get you started...

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  • 4 Favorite Pet-friendly USA Hikes

    Nothing cleanses the soul more than a day of hiking in an ancient forest with only yourself and your best four-legged friend as company. I don't know about you, but as I've matured, I've gained a stronger appreciation for the simple things in life. While we probably hiked when we were younger, we may not have noticed the rich hues of wildflowers or the tenacity of a wild mushroom growing under the cover of a 200-year-old pine tree... 

    But before you head into the wilds with your dog, it's important to choose your trail carefully, carry a GPS tracker, know your pets (and your own) limitations, and let others know exactly where you’re going and when you plan to return.

    Hiking with dogs requires only slightly more planning. Rules and regulations vary according to trail-head and park areas, so be sure to contact your local forest service before taking your pets along. Start slowly and work into more intense trail heads or you may find yourself carrying an exhausted dog out in your backpack.

    There’s a hike for whatever part of the country you’re in and whatever skill level you’re working around, but these are a few of our favorite day hikes around the country.

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  • 10 Weird Things We Have to Explain to Visitors

    We love our animals. We mostly tolerate humans. Out of about 7+ billion people on the planet (which, let’s face it, is WAY too many) - I enjoy the company of maybe, I don’t know, maybe 26 of them.

    Eventually, though, we all have to interact with our own species. The holidays are coming up and we’ll have to socialize and attend parties and do human stuff. And let’s face it - humans aren’t so bad when they love animals as much as you do.

    When we are feeling sociable enough to allow visitors, there are invariably things that we have to explain.

    If you have animals, you probably already know about these things. But if you don't, here's what we will probably need to help you understand...

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  • The FeedSafe Feeding Station for Feeding Individual Diets

    In multi-pet homes, keeping pets out of the others food is of critical importance. If you have a chow-hound who loves to invade your cat's food bowls (or any other situation that requires feeding individual diets in multi-pet homes), we have a solution for you.

    The name of this innovative product is the Feed-Safe Feeding Station.

    Feed Safe is a durable enclosure that easily stops larger pets from raiding your smaller pet's food bowl. Not only does this stop other your dog from raiding your cat's food, it can give critters like ferrets a safe place to eat while they're roaming around in their free time. It can also be easily adjusted to help separate kitten or puppy food from the mama-cat or mama-dog.

    This is also a very useful solution for animals who tend to be slow eaters, or those who are on a prescription diet.

    Another unexpected benefit was being able to keep the cats off the counters! We admit - we have some bad habits and the cats will usually eat their canned food on the counter. This is not the cleanest way to handle the situation, but placing the food on the floor became impossible with our quick acting dogs. This is a great way to let your cats eat their canned foods at their own pace without being on the counter top and without being harassed by larger pets.

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  • Choosing a Ferret as a Pet

    Ferrets are intelligent, mischievous members of the"mustilidae" family, which means they are cousins with mink, weasels, skunks and even the European polecat. These little guys capture our hearts with their antics and are a great addition to any home (as long as you don't live in New York, California, Hawaii or Washington D.C. where ferrets are outlawed). Before you think about purchasing or adopting a ferret, be sure you check your local laws as well as the laws and regulations at local levels (including your home owners association).

    If you've done your homework and you think you're ready to add one of these charismatic creatures to your home, we have a host of articles to help you integrate them into your family and keep them healthy. Remember that a ferret's normal lifespan is 7-9 years, so you need to be sure you're ready to commit that time to this entertaining and affectionate pet.

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  • Keeping You and Your Pets Safe Without Power in Winter

    The weather is moody as a wild cat and these days, no one really knows what to expect. When a cold front moves in, it can easily cause road delays making you late for dinner or freeze power lines and take out heaters.

    That means dangerous conditions for our pets, as well ourselves.

    You already know the basics: Keep your pets indoors, make sure any outdoor animals (horses, cattle, even feral cats) have access to extra calories and warm blankets, as well as covered shelter. I"m sure you also remember that you cold-weather and aquatic pets are going to require extra care until power is restored.

    But, once you get past the basics, there are a few other things to consider, particularly when it comes to birds, aquariums, reptiles and stray animals or livestock. You'll also want to look at some alternative ways to keep you and your pets entertained - and we've got plenty of suggestions for you.

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  • Dog Etiquette: Leashes

    Recently, we posted on Facebook that we were out walking our dogs and experienced two small, off-leash dogs aggressively running to our much larger, leashed dogs. My dogs were both on-leash and controlled, but I was still annoyed. After posting my experience, I received a lot of responses - some of which were a bit negative due to the fact that one of my dogs looks like a pit bull (apparently I shouldn't be walking him?). Here’s the thing: It doesn’t matter if my dogs are pit bulls or chihuahuas or golden retrievers. In fact, I could have been walking alone, or riding a horse, or walking my cat. The fact is, dogs of any size should never run up on another person or animal without being invited to do so. It’s a common courtesy that could save your dog’s life.

    Here are just a few reasons why...

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  • 5 Things You Should Know Before Getting a Ferret

    Ferrets are amazing animals. We love watching them hop around, curl up into a tight little ball to doze the day away, and the way they steal anything they find interesting - laughing as they run away with the item. They are the most entertaining pet you can have and make great pets.

    That said, there are a few things you should know before you run out to the store and buy one. We have them listed below and hope you'll take time to read before adopting.

    Here are five things you should know before bringing home a ferret.

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  • 10 Possible Reasons Your Cat Is Behaving Badly

    If your healthy cat is suddenly peeing on your bed or spraying in your office, if he's taken to running around at strange hours of the night, or mewing inconsolably all night, there are several possible explanations. Of course, you must always take them in for a vet check to eliminate any possible health conditions like blockages or disease. But health problems have been eliminated and your cat is still acting out inappropriately, here are some possible explanations.

    Room Deodorizers

    Everyone has probably used a room deodorizer in their home, particularly if they have cats. One of the most common places to put diffusers and other such items are near the litter-box. Avoid doing this! It can cause undue stress on  your cats and even make it difficult for them to use the litter box.

    Solve This: Instead of placing a deodorizer or diffuser near your cat's box, try one of the helpful Litter Box Deodorizers on the market. You can also tape live charcoal on the side or the bottom of the box or sprinkle the box with baking soda prior to putting cat litter inside.

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  • Animals and Their Souls

    I was talking with a co-worker the other day and he informed me that animals do not have emotions. This occurred just after he told me (the day that I put my dog of 17 yrs down) that animals do not have souls and therefore will never enjoy the concept of heaven.

    Now, this co-worker has the disadvantage of being, what I refer to, as a "bible-thumper." He is, in fact, a born-again Christian. Please bear in mind that I have nothing against Christians, nor do I have anything against religion in general. I do, however, have a problem with this co-worker passing along faulty information. Animals do have emotions and they also have souls, and I'll tell you how I know that... In over twenty years of working with animals, I have never seen a kitten duct-tape a live human baby to a freeway. I also have never seen a cat find enjoyment from setting a human on fire.

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Red Moon Custom Pet FoodRed Moon Custom Pet FoodWe recently learned of a new company called Red Moon Custom Petfood which specializes in customized diets for dogs and cats.And when we say customized, we mean customized. This is a diet that you can create yourself, complete with supplements, high-quality ingredients and rigorous testing requirements. You tell them what you want in it - they create it and ship it for you. It even comes complete with 110% money-back guarantee. If that doesn't demonstrate confidence, I don't know what will. Despite the fact that we rarely (never) do reviews of pet food, this was such a unique concept that we of course had to give it a try and bring you the results.

All of our pets are unique and they each deserve a food that is specialized as they are. Whether this mean a RAW diet, a prescription diet, an “OTC” diet, or a "make your own" diet, feeding is really something you need to consider carefully. For those of you who have dogs or cats with special needs, this is a unique way to take control of their feeding.

Read on for the details about this fur-tastic line of pet food! (Before you order, be sure to use the coupon to save $3!)

Not only is this a fun way to order pet food, it’s a healthy way to take control of your pets diets. Red Moon is another option you have in feeding.
When we first heard of the product, I was intrigued.

Here’s how it works:

1.    You go online to Red Moon Custom Pet Food and choose your species (dog or cat). We chose “dog.” (Before you do all of that, be sure to write down this coupon code: PetsWeekly - it will save you $3 on your first bag!)

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2.    You choose a base formula and energy level. These formulas are already a complete diet so you don’t need to worry about whether your pet is receiving the proper amount of Taurine or Protein or Karotine (see the next page to view the detailed analysis). Each formnula is 100% complete in their base form. We chose the “Lamb and Potato” as our base, and selected a "Senior or Weight Management"energy level, primarily because our dogs are older and mostly just lay around all day.

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3.    Choose the size of bag. “We started with the trial size which is 2.5 lbs. Pricing thus far is:

  • 2.5 lbs = $8.99
  • 7.0 lbs = $26.99
  • 27 lbs = $78.99

4. Choose the kibble size. (Currently they have one size available which is a medium kibble – good for nearly any size dog). Within the next few months, several different sizes will become available. Keep that in mind if you set your order for an "automatic reorder." They have lots of new features on the way.

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5. Choose your supplements. This can range from added Omega Fats for a healthier skin and coat, to an antioxidant formula that will assist in boosting immunity. The customized cat screens will include a whole different set of supplements that are only available to our favorite felines. For now, we chose five additions at $1.79 per supplement:

  • Anitoxidant Immune booster
  • Perfect Pant Oral Support
  • Spring Step Joint Reviver Plus
  • High gloss skin and Coat Makeover
  • Digest-Aid


6. Name your pet food and review your final formulation. We named our creation “Cheiss” so we can tell which dog gets which formula. However, you can be as creative as you want. Within the next two weeks, Red Moon will also allow you to upload your pets picture to create a "cover" on the packaging. This is a very neat feature that we can't wait to see!

7. Check out. Our new total was $12.57 and shipping is included. Total price was $13.97 with taxes.

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It took UPS about four days to deliver our food. So - all told, you're looking at about 4-5 days from development and purchase to your front door. Not too shabby for a custom order!

How Our Pets Liked It:

Cheiss, our most selective eater, shied away from it at first, but upon seeing Tristan and Roscoe wolf it down, he tried it and immediately loved it.

Now, as I'm sure you can understand, we haven't been able to assess the long-term effects of the food on our pets. For one, we only ordered a 2.5 lbs bag of food which lasts us about two feedings. But, that's because we have over 300 lbs of dog in the house.

However, after looking at the difference between what we’re feeding now and Red Moon, we can already tell you how much better we like the Red Moon (or should I say, "Cheiss") brand. Not only did the dogs love it, the cats even got in on some of the action and we had to ultimately place the food in the garage so the animals wouldn't rip up the bag to gain access. For us, that's always a good sign.

The Red Moon brand looks better, it obviously tastes better to the dogs, and it's a much better nutritional blend for the animals. In short, we are very comfortable in saying that Red Moon is really onto something. not only does the unique packaging make pet owners feel they are taking an active part in their pets lives by insuring that the correct pets are getting the correct foods, it allows for much better control over feeding, creates the ability for custom diets to be easily fed - even if you're out of town or someone else is feeding (just match the picture and name to the correct animal!), and creates an opportunity to get owners truly involved with what they are feeding their pets.

Red Moon uses only the freshest organic ingredients gathered from local services and farms - most within a 100-mile radius of their facility. If it can't be found nearby, it's brought in from regions who specialize in high-quality, USDA-certified, human grade iingredients. The salmon is outsourced from the Pacific Northwest where the freshest, most tastiest salmon in the world resides. The lamb comes from a location in New Zealand and is from grain-free, range-fed livestock.

Strict control processes are in place to guard against possible contamination and each batch is tested individually.

Specialized diets become a breeze and your creation is always saved so reorder is a cinch. If we were going to recommend a food, this would be one that we would recommend. Visit Red Moon Custom Pet Food and see for yourself.

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