As members of the family, our cats and dogs enjoy a great deal of affection, a warm home and the best foods to eat. A large number of these four legged family members will also receive some sort of gift to commemorate the holidays, a birthday or other special occasion. So, what kinds of presents are both fun and safe for our pet friends?

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The pet food industry has spent billions of marketing dollars motivating pet owners to buy their brand of food. That does not always mean that these brands are good for your pets. Let’s look at some key features in pet food marketing that will make you a smarter consumer and your pets healthier.

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For almost five years, the Food and Drug Administration has warned pet owners and veterinarians about concerns with “jerky treats” for dogs. Over this time reports of pets with kidney failure, diarrhea and other illnesses have started to pour into the FDA’s offices and the situation has even garnered Congressional concern. What’s the whole story and how will you keep your pets safe?

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As much as we think our pets would never leave our side, millions of animals do end up wandering away from their homes every year. Some will rejoin their families, thanks to high tech identification like microchips, but many end up in shelters, some go to new homes and a few are even taken for illegal activities. What can you do to make sure your pet comes home safely?

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It’s been said that along with genetics and environment, nutrition plays a crucial role in the overall health of your pets. But, whether it’s due to excessive marketing or simply confusion, most pet owners don’t give much thought to that bag of pet food they purchase from the grocery store or pet store. Are there ways to find better food for our four-legged friends?

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