6 Steps to Enhance an Aging Pet’s Quality of Life

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Vaccinations should be kept current and a regular physical check by the vet can help prevent illness. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Michelle P. of Charlotte)
Vaccinations should be kept current and a regular physical check by the vet can help prevent illness. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Michelle P. of Charlotte)

As your pet ages, you can help your loyal companion to thrive, not just survive, at any age. Learn steps you can take to enrich your older pet's golden years.

Why Hiring a Cat Sitter May Be a Great Choice

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Is your cat a homebody? Hiring an in-home sitter will allow your cat to stay in familiar surroundings while you're away. (Photo by Sit-Stay-Play)
Is your cat a homebody? Hiring an in-home sitter will allow your cat to stay in familiar surroundings while you're away. (Photo by Sit-Stay-Play)

Is your cat a homebody? If Fluffy likes her routine, hiring a cat sitter when you travel can allow your cat to remain in her own home and reduce stress for all.

What Will I Pay for Pet Sitting?

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Keeping pets happy is just one reason that people hire pet sitters. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Lia M. of Crystal, Minnesota)

What helps determine how much you’ll pay for someone to care for your pets while you’re away? Find out what they are, and what the price could be.

Dog Kennel

Stressed or Depressed? Try a Little Animal Therapy

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Dog on the all (Photo by Jason Hargraves)
Taking a dog for a walk along the National Mall is one way to enjoy D.C. sights. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)

Animals can be great stress reducers, but consider all the responsibilities of pet ownership before adopting a four-legged friend this Christmas season.

Are Your Home and Pet Ready for the Holidays?

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Whether you leave home over the holiday season, host guests or do both, follow these tips. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Michael R. of Wakefield, Massachusetts)

Whether you’re traveling, hosting or doing some of both, here are ideas for making sure that your house and your pets are prepared for the holiday season.

Chicago Animal Control Hoping to Expedite Stray Adoptions

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Violetta is a pit bull mix that is available for adoption through Chicago Animal Care and Control. (Photo courtesy of Chicago Animal Care and Control)
Violetta is a pit bull mix that is available for adoption through Chicago Animal Care and Control. (Photo courtesy of Chicago Animal Care and Control)

A new ordinance proposed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel would shorten the hold time on impounded animals so that they more quickly will find forever homes.

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Pet Groomer

Chicago Animal Control Hoping to Expedite Stray Adoptions

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Violetta is a pit bull mix that is available for adoption through Chicago Animal Care and Control. (Photo courtesy of Chicago Animal Care and Control)
Violetta is a pit bull mix that is available for adoption through Chicago Animal Care and Control. (Photo courtesy of Chicago Animal Care and Control)

A new ordinance proposed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel would shorten the hold time on impounded animals so that they more quickly will find forever homes.

Reducing Static Electricity in Your Pet’s Coat

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Being careful of the materials that your pets sleep on and wear (if they do) can make a difference. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Melanie S. of Fort Mill, South Carolina)

Static electricity can build up in pet fur when humidity is low and air is dry. So how do you keep your dog and cat from shocking you this winter?

Like to Pamper Your Pet? Check Out These Spa Services

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This pup's dressed for success with a blue tail and necktie. (Photo courtesy of Misty Gieczys)
This pup's dressed for success with a blue tail and necktie. (Photo courtesy of Misty Gieczys)

Pets need pampering, too. Dog spas across the country offer mud baths, blueberry facials, hair dye, massages and more. Read this to see what's popular.

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Dog Walker

DNA Leaves Dog Owners Holding the Poop Bag

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Poop bags (Photo by Jason Hargraves)
Technology helps track down dog owners who don't clean up after their pooch. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)

DNA testing is a new way apartment complexes and condo buildings hold dog owners accountable for picking up after their pet. If Fido poops, you better scoop.

9 Questions to Ask a Potential Pet Sitter

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Finding a good pet sitter means that you, and your pets, can relax when you have to be away from home. (Photo courtesy of member Robert D. of Gambrills, Maryland)

If you can't take your pet with you while you're away, a pet sitter can step in and care for your animals. How do you find a good pet sitter? We've got 4 tips!

How a Capitol Hill Cemetery Came Back to Life as an Off-leash Dog Park

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Neighborhood dog owners can join the dog park for $225 per year or visit for $10 a day. (Photo courtesy of Historic Congressional Cemetery)

Congressional Cemetery in Washington, D.C., is one of the city's largest off-leash dog parks. Membership is required, but day passes are available for a fee.

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Pooper Scooper

Tired of house cleaning, lawn care and window washing? Hire a pro

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Hiring a house cleaner can help those with hectic schedules. (Photo by Elizabeth McQuern)
Hiring a house cleaner can help those with hectic schedules. (Photo by Elizabeth McQuern)

By hiring a professional to tackle tedious tasks, families can spend more time together and less on jobs like house cleaning, lawn mowing, window washing and even scooping the poop.

10 tips to remove dog poop

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It's a good idea for pet owners to clear their lawn of waste weekly or bi-weekly, Constante says. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Heidi D. of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.)
It's a good idea for pet owners to clear their lawn of waste weekly or bi-weekly, Constante says. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Heidi D. of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.)

Cleaning up after your dog doesn't have to be a hassle. One top rated provider offers pooper scooper tips to help make the process simpler.

Cleveland dog poop experts give the scoop on No. 2

Cleveland-area pooper scoopers share their tricks of the trade for successfully cleaning up dog poop. They talk pricing, disposal and stopping the spread of diseases.

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Pet Shelter

What Should I Know Before Adopting a Pet?

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Many pet adoption agencies and humane societies will offer full background information on animals. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Elaine R. of St. Louis)
Many pet adoption agencies and humane societies will offer full background information on animals. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Elaine R. of St. Louis)

On this episode of the Chat with the Experts podcast, we talk with Hannah Bennett of the Humane Society of Indianapolis about the pet adoption process.

Stressed or Depressed? Try a Little Animal Therapy

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Dog on the all (Photo by Jason Hargraves)
Taking a dog for a walk along the National Mall is one way to enjoy D.C. sights. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)

Animals can be great stress reducers, but consider all the responsibilities of pet ownership before adopting a four-legged friend this Christmas season.

5 Reasons to Foster a Pet

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This friendly pooch awaits a forever home at the Humane Society of Indianapolis. (Photo by Steve C. Mitchell)
This friendly pooch awaits a forever home at the Humane Society of Indianapolis. (Photo by Steve C. Mitchell)

Are you considering adopting a new cat or dog? Consider fostering first. Fostering saves lives, and it helps you see how well the pet fits into your family.

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Animal Breeder

What Should I Know Before Adopting a Pet?

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Many pet adoption agencies and humane societies will offer full background information on animals. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Elaine R. of St. Louis)
Many pet adoption agencies and humane societies will offer full background information on animals. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Elaine R. of St. Louis)

On this episode of the Chat with the Experts podcast, we talk with Hannah Bennett of the Humane Society of Indianapolis about the pet adoption process.

Chicago Vet: 'Huge Spike' in Rare Dog Illness Leptospirosis

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Dog vaccine (Photo by Brandon Smith)
Leptospirosis in dogs is preventable with vaccines, but changes in the frequency of distemper vaccines has left some pets vulnerable to the illness. (Photo by Brandon Smith)

Leptospirosis is considered rare in domestic animals, but veterinarian Dr. Tony Kremer says he's seen a sharp rise in dog cases, especially in suburban Chicago.

Dog breeder loves her gentle golden retrievers

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Seven-year-old Megan Cloudman of Palmetto, Fla., finds a gentle and loving friend among a young liter of adorable golden retrievers. (Photo courtesy of Megan Cloudman)
Seven-year-old Megan Cloudman of Palmetto, Fla., finds a gentle and loving friend among a young liter of adorable golden retrievers. (Photo courtesy of Megan Cloudman)

An expert and highly decorated Florida animal breeder shares advice on caring for golden retrievers, which she has placed in many home and unique environments.

Noblesville breeder says Labradoodles make great service dogs

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Australian labradoodle Bippidi Boppidi Boo nurses her 4-week-old puppies at Noble Vestal Labradoodles. (Photo by Brandon Smith)
Australian labradoodle Bippidi Boppidi Boo nurses her 4-week-old puppies at Noble Vestal Labradoodles. (Photo by Brandon Smith)

Animal trainer and breeder Kendra Vestal, founder of Noble Vestal Labradoodles in Noblesville, Ind., says her dogs help her give back to the community. When they don’t have puppies, breeding dogs double as therapy dogs.

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Dog Trainer

5 Tips to Litter Box Train a Dog

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Though it typically takes several months, dog trainers say you can teach a small pooch to use a litter box. (Photo courtesy of ©Thinkstock)
Though it typically takes several months, dog trainers say you can teach a small pooch to use a litter box. (Photo courtesy of ©Thinkstock)

Cats aren't the only pets that can use a litter box. If you plan to get a small dog and keep it inside, you can teach it to do the same. Here's how.

How To Desensitize Your Dog to Nail Trims

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A happy dog after a nail trimming. Always keep the process of desensitizing and trimming your pet's nails positive. Stay calm, patient and assertive. (Photo by Sit Stay Play In-Home Pet Sitting & More LLC)
A happy dog after a nail trimming. Always keep the process of desensitizing and trimming your pet's nails positive. Stay calm, patient and assertive. (Photo by Sit Stay Play In-Home Pet Sitting & More LLC)

If trimming your dog's nails makes you both a nervous wreck, rely on treats and patience and follow these 5 tips for desensitizing your dog during nail trims.

3 Tips to Keep Your Dog Healthy in Cold Weather

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When it's cold out there, pet owners need to know how to keep their furry friends healthy. There are a number of ways to do that. (Photo courtesy of member Jill B. of Ankeny, Iowa)

Just like you, your pet may pack on extra weight over winter. But that's not the only health concern to watch for in winter. Here's how to keep your dog safe and happy despite the cold.

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Veterinarian

Pets and Holidays: A Guide to Four-Legged Happiness

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Cats and dogs may need comforting during a stressful holiday season. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Becky F.)

Think holidays stress you out? Your cats and dogs may have a tough time with new people, new surroundings and other changes at Christmas.

Holiday Safety Tips for Your Pets

The holidays bring many health hazards for your pets, including toxic plants and foods. Follow these holiday safety tips to avoid a trip to the emergency vet.

Chicago Animal Control Hoping to Expedite Stray Adoptions

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Violetta is a pit bull mix that is available for adoption through Chicago Animal Care and Control. (Photo courtesy of Chicago Animal Care and Control)
Violetta is a pit bull mix that is available for adoption through Chicago Animal Care and Control. (Photo courtesy of Chicago Animal Care and Control)

A new ordinance proposed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel would shorten the hold time on impounded animals so that they more quickly will find forever homes.

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