Five Ways to Turn Up the Fun When Winter Blues Set In

by Carol Bryant for Pet360.com

Cabin fever. Winter blues. Whatever you choose to call it, both humans and our dogs can get a case of the wintertime blahs. No need to fret, worry, pace or line the house with sunlamps. There are things pet parents can do in the name of dog to keep their pooch in tip-top mental and physical shape as winter envelops this time of year.

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Dog Food for Thought

If you're like most dog parents, you're probably astounded by the ever-increasing amount of choice when you visit your local pet supply store to purchase dog food. There are so many brands, product lines and price points from which to choose. Whether you are selecting food for a new pup or changing your dog's diet, this article provides some informative guidelines to follow in making your selection.

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The Homemade Pet Food Revolution

By Dr. Ken Tudor

More and more pet owners are choosing to feed their dogs the same quality food they eat, and with good reason. The massive pet food recall due to melamine contamination in 2007 caused many pet owners to question the quality of commercial pet food. Smaller, yet constant, recalls still fill pages on the FDA recall website and create doubt that the quality of commercial food has improved since then. Realization that pet food is made from agricultural scraps from the meat, grain and food processing industries has led others to consider the homemade alternative for their pets. And other pet owners are drawn to homemade for pets after experiencing dramatic results for themselves with healthier dietary choices. And still more enjoy the flexibility to choose organic, free-range, preservative free and environmentally friendly choices not available with commercial pet food.

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On The Hoof

Celebrate National Day of the Horse

In 2004, Congress recognized the Official National Day of the Horse as December 13. This year marks the 10th official celebration of horses and the equine industry throughout the U.S
Some interesting horse facts:

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Choosing Where To Board Your Horse

Many horse owners have their own place to board a horse, but many either do not have the space or prefer to board their horse where others can help tend to their needs. Choosing your farm carefully is important for you and your horse.

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Paw-Vention: Fire Safety

Each year, 500,000 pets are affected by fires, 40,000 die in house fires and unbelievably 1,000 house fires are started by pets. Here are tips from the San Diego Regional Fire Foundation to make sure your pets don't start fires and can survive a fire.

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Prepare Your Pet for Car Trips

by Vanessa Voltolina for Pet360.com

Looking to hit the road with your family's dog or cat – or both? Bringing your pet along for a trip, both long and short, is a nice way to add some excitement to their day and explore new places. It may also cut down on paying for a kennel, cat sitter or dog watcher.

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No foot, no horse, no kidding!

Why do horse owners spend so much time and effort in nurturing and pampering the last few inches of the horse's leg, reading never ending magazine articles about the hoof, attending clinics about hoof care, reading blogs and even arguing about the best approach to care of the stubby little piece of anatomy? Why do people, such as myself, dedicate a large portion of their lives and careers to the care of the equine foot?

The equine foot or hoof is the source of about ninety percent of all equine lameness. Problems of the foot provide us a fair share of lost riding hours and aggravation. The foot is a complex system, perhaps the most complex portion of the equine locomotor system. The equine foot is the first line of defense against the rigors of the outside world.

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10 Tips for Enjoying Spring with Your Pet

With long days and warm weather just around the corner, now's the time to fill your calendar with fun, pet-related activities. Here are top tips for enjoying spring to the fullest while keeping your pets safe.

1. Invest in Bug Protection
Though you may have taken the winter off from flea and tick prevention (not recommended), it's time to start up again before spending extended periods of time in the park or any wooded areas. These pesky pets can be a nightmare to get rid of and can carry diseases that could prove fatal to your pet.

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