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Did you know obesity during puppyhood could lead to continued weight problems for adult dogs? Pudgy puppies can make some of the cutest and cuddliest companions, but our friends at know when portly can become a problem.

They also have some tips on how to reduce the diet of pudgy playmates, and our friends at the ASPCA® offer a quick overview of not only what causes obesity, but how you and your pet can work together to counteract it.

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If you are thinking about adopting a second pet, our friends at Dogster have five things you may want to consider to make sure you’re prepared. For instance, just like with children, pets don’t necessarily reinforce each other’s good habits, and multiples can get into twice as much mischief without proper training.

If you decide to take the plunge and expand your family, our friends at the ASPCA® offer these great tips for introducing cats to cats, dogs to dogs, a new cat to your dog, and even a new dog to your cat.


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Some dogs get the treat of a car ride most days, while others may only ride along for special trips to the veterinarian or park. Regardless of how often your pup gets to ride shotgun, Dog Care Journey has some important tips you should read before hitting the road.

If you’re planning an extended journey with your dog, our friends at the ASPCA® have a great checklist available with all sorts of travel tips. They also have information available if your furry friend is afraid of riding in cars.

Safe travels!


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What’s the first thing you should do before petting a dog you don’t know? If you answered, “Ask the pet parent for permission,” then you are correct! 

While some dogs seem to want to jump straight into your arms, not all pups are that sociable. PawNation offer these tips about petting a dog you don’t know, which can help keep both you and the dog safe.

Also, if you have a dog who seems timid or afraid of people, our friends at the ASPCA® have some great information about what might cause this behavior and how to treat it. 


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Are you looking to spruce up your living space? We’ve found some great tips from Pet Hooligans that will help you make sure your interior design plans are pet-friendly.

And if you really want your pet to be an integral part of the new design, check out these “10 Awesomely Clever Pet Friendly Furniture Items.” Our favorite is the night stand/dog bed!

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If you’re looking for a healthy new treat to share with your dog, look no further than fruits!

As with any treat, be sure to consult your veterinarian first and also double-check that the type of fruit you are looking to give your pup isn’t potentially toxic. This article from provides some good tips and a list of 13 dog-friendly fruits and melons.

Additionally, be sure to check out a list of harmful foods on the ASPCA Pet Health Insurance website. And, if your pet has a poison emergency, the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center can help at 1-888-426-4435. ASPCA Pet Health Insurance plans cover calls to the Animal Poison Control Center.

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Just like with a baby, all new pet parents need to consider prepping their home when they bring home a puppy. Our friends at the ASPCA® offer some great tips on what to do before you bring your new dog home.

The No. 1 tip the ASPCA® mentions is to stock up on supplies. Luckily, PetMD has a great in-depth checklist of what to get for your new puppy. Most important, don’t forget about stocking up on cleaning supplies until your new ball of fur is housetrained!

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Have you been woken up in the middle of the night by your dog sawing wood? Or have you had to turn the TV up because your pup’s nasal symphony is drowning out the dialogue? You’re not alone. The most common causes of snoring for dogs are:

     1.   Genetics

     2.   Allergies

     3.  Nasal Obstructions

     4.  Medications

     5. Obesity

Pets Adviser offers some tips on curbing the noise so that your pet (and you!) might enjoy a more restful slumber.

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Did you know that, just like in summer, you shouldn’t leave your pet in a car when it is cold out? Even a short period of time can result in your pet freezing, as cars act like refrigerators during chilly winter months. Here are eight myths about pets and winter care that have been debunked by Carol Bryant of FIDO Friendly magazine.

We also recommend checking out these winter exercise guidelines and cold weather tips from our friends at the ASPCA®. Stay warm!

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Forget red or blue states, the real is battle is between cat and dog states! According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, Arkansas has the highest percentage of dog households and in Vermont, cat parents reign supreme.

We want to know: Do you live in a state where felines rule, or is your state keen on pups? Tell us on our Facebook page!

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As we’re dedicated to making a difference for pets, we want to keep you informed about pet health topics and your ASPCA Pet Health Insurance plan. Our blog will provide you with fresh, interesting and informative topics—from pet health tips and customer stories, to the latest industry news and a Pet Parent Q&A column. Most of all, we encourage you to share comments and join the discussion!

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