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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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    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).

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    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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    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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If you have a cat, you've no doubt experienced hairballs. We curse them as we step out of bed with bare feet, warn our dogs not to eat them, search out holistic and homeopathic remedies to make the cats stop producing them... But hairballs remain a fact of life. For this reason, it seems completely normal to us that there would be a day commemorating them.

This year, National Hairball Awareness Day falls on the last Friday of April. So today we’re going to talk about a few things you may not be aware of. For example,

We’re going to tell you in this article because I’m sure you’ll agree that these are all critical pieces of information you need to know...

Hairball Museum Exhibits

Now in it’s sixth year, the National Museum of Health and Medicine offer a very specific exhibit: The Hairball Exhibit

The annual exhibit features both animal and human hairballs (also called trichobezoars). Trichobezoar is a word derived from the Persian word “Bezoar” which means, “Protection from poison.”  Bezoars (hairballs) were once thought to be a universal antidote against poisoning and were used in 11th century Europe for various ailments. China still uses ground-up cow bezoars as a medicine to prevent mouth disease. The exhibit contains 3 human hairballs and several pet hairballs. We think a visit to this museum would be well worth your time!

15 Things You May Not Know About Hairballs

Take a look at the Top Fifteen Things you Probably Didn’t Know about Hairballs.

For example, did you know that the average cat consumes 173 grams of cat hair each year? That’s the equivalent of 86 Ruby-throated hummingbirds. Or $7.50 in quarters!

10 Creative Uses for Hair (and hairballs)

As part of our tribute to hairballs, we’ve created a list of 10 Creative Things You Can Do with Hair & Hairballs. These range from making special insulated bird nests for your feathered friends to selling your most distinctive cat hair ball on Ebay or ETSY...

Ways to Prevent Hairballs

Cats ingest hair because their tongues are covered in tiny barbs (papillae) that act like brushes when they clean themselves. Many things can result in excess hairballs forming in your cat, including boredom, health problems and poor diets. You can help your cat by brushing long-haired cats daily and short-haired cats at least once per week. For this reason, we've brought you an Insider's Look at Cat Grooming. Nutrition is the single biggest external factor for animals and for hairball problems the right diet can pay dividends.  Feeding your cat food with a perfect balance of fatty acids promotes a healthy skin and coat which means your pet will shed less.

A Fun Way to Pass the Time

Want to learn more about hairballs (and have some fun at the same time)? Visit the Hairball Battle and get your hairball war rolling... It's even more entertaining than Candy Crush!

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Author: stacymantle
About the Author

Stacy Mantle is a freelance writer who currently resides in the southwestern deserts of Arizona with a few dogs, several cats, and a very understanding husband. She is a regular contributor to Pet Age Magazine, Catster, Animal Behavior College, and of course, PetsWeekly. Many of her stories and articles have been translated into several languages, and now reach an international audience. She is also the author of a bestselling urban fantasy/thriller, Shepherd's Moon; a humor book entitled, Conquering the Food Chain: Living Amongst Animals (Without Becoming One), and a line of Educational Activity Books for children.


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