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  • Behavior Problems? We have answers.

    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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    All About Horses

    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
  • Traveling with Pets

    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
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    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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    All About Reptiles

    A look at our cold-blooded friends and discovering how to care for these fun loving creatures! Read More
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  • k9Honey

    K9 Honey is made for dogs (but you'll love it too!)

    K9 Honey: Raw honey gently blended with pollen from nine geographical regions

    • Naturally antiviral, antibiotic, antiseptic
    • Improves digestion, decreases digestive ailments and symptoms 
    • Helps improve healing time for wounds and burns 

    Retail: $10.99

    If you’ve never tried raw honey, it’s time to look into it for you and your pet. Raw honey is a fabulous, all-natural way to improve your pet’s digestion, alleviate skin and fur issues, decrease allergy symptoms, and help improve overall immunity. 

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  • New Ways to Keep Pets Cool in Summer

     If you’ve followed PetsWeekly for any length of time, you already know how we feel about summers in the desert. However, this summer, it appears our entire nation is going to experience a taste of our sweltering desert heat. Those of you who are not quite accustomed to 100+ degree temps will need some adjustment time.

    That’s why we want to share some of the newest products on the market to help protect your pets from the sun (and a few favorites we’ve used for years that we love).

    We also tossed a few tips in here on how you can stay cool without breaking the bank on air conditioning bills and even what you can do to help Keep Your Aquarium Running During Summer Blackouts and how to plan ahead for power loss.

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  • Take Your Pet to Work Week Features FREE Doggy Bagels

    June 19-23 is Take Your Pet to Work Week! Before you head into the office, be sure you swing by to pick up your free doggy bagel from Einstein Bros Bagels. We love it when companies join in on the pet revolution, so we wanted to make sure you knew that Einstein Bros is offering a free doggy bagel each day that week.

    Before we tell you how to get your free coupon, we want to remind you that the nation is in the grips of a heat wave. Be sure your pets have Keep Paws off Hot Pavement  by having paw protection available when walking across hot parking lots. Never leave your pets in the car (not even for a minute) and make sure they are microchipped. While at work, keep your pets on leash and under control so they are not a distraction to coworkers.

    Here's how to get your free doggy bagel coupon: 

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  • Keeping Dogs Cool with the Ruffwear Swamp Cooler

    In Arizona, there are basically two temperatures: Hot and Slightly Less Hot. Last year, on this day, we hit 118 degrees (you can see how I really feel about this topic here: Life in Arizona: An Environment Trying to Kill You)

    This year, we're at a (comparatively) balmy 103. 

    Sure, it's a "dry heat" but so is a convection oven. I don't care where you live - 103 is pretty hot. Which means everyone in the family is hot, including the dogs. So when Ruffwear agreed to let me try their Swamp Cooling Vest for dogs, I jumped at the chance. 

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  • Tips for Buying a Pet-Friendly Home

    Your pet is as much a part of your family as you are, so it’s only natural that you should want to buy a home that has pet-friendly features.

    If you’re a first-time home buyer, this could be the first time that you’ve taken your pet into consideration when choosing a place to live. Knowing what to look for can help you make a decision that will make you and your pet happy for years to come. 

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Dogs that can't Swim and Some that just aren't very good at it

Summer is officially here in the desert and we have reached temperatures in excess of 100 degrees, so you know Read More

Disaster preparedness with pets

September is National Animal Preparedness Month. Some natural disasters require that you evacuate your entire family, pets included. Wildfires, floods, Read More

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Summer is on the way, and that means possible brown outs (power shortages) and even blackouts (power outages) for most Read More

Keeping Pets Safe from Coyotes

No matter where you live, you’ve likely had to deal with wildlife. Whether its mountain lions and coyotes, or squirrels Read More

5 Questions to Ask Before Getting Chickens

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TrackR Uses Crowd GPS To Locate Your Pets

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Even though we should do our best every day to make this world we live in a beautiful place for generations to come, April is “Keep America Beautiful Month" and we’re going to take some time to spotlight some past and present innovations in the pet world that have the potential of making a huge impact in the environmental arena. From “green” doggy parks to a street lamp powered by none other than dog poop, this article is all about cutting-edge ideas with the potential to offer real solutions in keeping America beautiful.

Back in 2008, Jackass Acres K-9 Korral built what it believed to be the first entirely “green” doggy park. While one may wonder how a doggy park isn’t eco-friendly – closer inspection reveals what sets Jackass Acres apart from your standard dog park. From the very beginning, the park’s creators were devoted to making as little negative impact on the environment as possible. The entire park runs on solar energy, and all of the seating areas were made from wood that had fallen on its own. Quite literally, no trees were harmed in the making of this park. With no construction crew needed to create it, no fabricated materials being used to make the benches, and no electricity being used, this park is definitely “greener” than the rest.

 Two years earlier, the city of San Francisco began thinking about turning dog poop into power. As of 2006, almost 4% of the waste produced by the city’s citizens was animal waste – falling just shy of the amount of disposable diapers sent to landfills each year. Looking for ways to combat this problem, they began discussions with Sunset Scavenger about creating special “digesters” that would not only take care of at least a portion of the poop issue, but would turn it into something usable – methane. Unfortunately, San Francisco scrapped the entire idea in the face of the cost and all of the other kinks that still have yet to be worked out in the technology.

Fast forward four years and someone who doesn’t even have a dog takes matters into his own hands. In the summer of 2010, Cambridge, Mass. became home to the very first “Park Spark” dog waste converter created by Boston artist, Matthew Mozzotta. The methane produced by the digester in Cambridge is currently being used to light a park lamp. Sure, it’s not a large scale operation – certainly not enough to power even a small portion of a large city – but it has promise. Visit the Park Spark website to see how it works and keep up to date on their other projects.

There haven’t been many alternatives to dealing with the pet waste in our yards beyond throwing it in the garbage, or having someone else clean it up for us and throw it in their garbage. Sure, we’ve all heard of composting the material – but that can pose a serious health risk if not done properly, and let’s face it, a lot of people just aren’t interested in handling poop more than necessary. Green Pet Compost Company has given residents in their service area another option. What sets Green Pet Compost Company apart from other services like it? They turn that pile into pure gardening gold – compost. While the thought of having dog poop in your garden may not be overwhelmingly appealing, hit their site for information on the process and the safety of the product.

While we’re a long way off yet from getting ahead of the pet waste overload, it’s encouraging to hear that there are a lot of solid ideas out there, and we hope that this is a sign of things to come. It takes time to perfect a product or process, especially when it involves an entire city or county, such as what happened in San Francisco, but the more we go after new ideas and concepts, the faster progress will be made.

If you’ve taken measures to “Keep America Beautiful” as far as your pets are concerned, tell us about it below.

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