How to Leash Train Your Cat (Seriously!)

If you’re one of the many feline owners who feel a bit envious every time you see a dog being walked, there’s good news! While it may seem out of the ordinary, many cats can learn to walk on a leash and actually enjoy it – when positive reinforcement training is used.

Learning how to leash train your cat (and crate train!) also offers many benefits beyond just enjoying a springtime stroll together. Leash training can help build confidence, encourage socialization, and can even make those trips to the vet less stressful.

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The Challenges of Flat-Faced Dog Breeds

It is easy to understand why Bulldogs, Pugs, and Pekingese are so widely loved. Not many can resist the charms of those cute, smooshy faces and the gregarious grunting that goes along with them. Flat-faced dog breeds are not all adorableness and funny noises, though. Before considering one of these as your next pet, take the time to make yourself aware of the challenges that come with caring for flat-faced dog breeds.

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Protecting Your Dog from Canine Distemper

Canine distemper is an extremely contagious and dangerous viral illness in dogs that attacks the respiratory, gastrointestinal, and nervous system. Distemper affects dogs, pet ferrets, and wildlife, such as raccoons, foxes, coyotes, wolves, and more.

At-Risk Dogs

Puppies under 4 months old and dogs who have not been vaccinated are at risk for contracting canine distemper. Transmission generally occurs through airborne exposure (droplets due to coughing or sneezing), or by sharing food, water bowls, or other items with an infected animal. Mother dogs can also pass the virus to their puppies via the placenta.

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Pet Ownership Around the World

From the time our ancestors kept wolves for protection to the $50 billion dollar pet industry of today, it’s understood that pet ownership is something that’s integrated into our culture.

From food and shelter to grooming and supplies, pets require so much from us. The price tag of responsibly caring for a pet can add up fast. On the other hand, humans thrive from having pets and enjoy many physical and mental health benefits. We also don’t seem to mind providing our pets with the same luxuries afforded to human family members.

However, the concept of pet ownership differs from country to country, including which animals are most popular and general practices around veterinary care.

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