3 pet sitting options for your dog or cat

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A medium sized white dog with black spots around his brown eyes lays sleepily on a white fuzzy blanket.
The most important step is researching the company or individual with whom you are leaving your pet, says Cawthorne. (Photo Courtesy of Scales, Tails and Paws)

Leaving pets at home during vacation can be stressful. Navigate your many pet-care options and make the best choice for your pet with these expert questions.

7 tips to find the best pet sitting service

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During the initial visit with your pet sitter, observe how they interact with your pets to see if they are a good fit, says Ostrander. (Photo courtesy of Michael’s Personal Concierge Services)
During the initial visit with your pet sitter, observe how they interact with your pets to see if they are a good fit, says Ostrander. (Photo courtesy of Michael’s Personal Concierge Services)

One highly rated provider shares seven tips to find the most trustworthy pet sitting service to take care of your animals and your house while you are away.

Care tips for your aging pet

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Aging pets will often appreciate a little personal peace. Creating a quiet place with their personal items can do wonders for your pet, says Pasek. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Jon Y. of Eden Prairie, Minn.)
Aging pets will often appreciate a little personal peace. Creating a quiet place with their personal items can do wonders for your pet, says Pasek. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Jon Y. of Eden Prairie, Minn.)

Caring for pets as they grow older and recognizing our furry friends’ needs is what pet palliative care is all about. Learn how to care for your aging pet.

3 things every new dog owner should do

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The general rule of thumb is to take an adult dog for a break outside every four to five hours. For puppies, the time span is half of that, says Levine. (Photo courtesy of The Regal Beagle)
The general rule of thumb is to take an adult dog for a break outside every four to five hours. For puppies, the time span is half of that, says Levine. (Photo courtesy of The Regal Beagle)

Owning a dog is a big responsibility and includes things that many people may not be prepared for. Learn three things every owner should do after getting a dog.

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

Abused dog who captured Chicago's heart ready for adoption

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Ellen, the shih tzu-terrier mix, captured the hearts of hundreds who want to adopt her, but adopting severely abused animals comes with many challenges. (Photo courtesy of Trio Animal Foundation)
Ellen, the shih tzu-terrier mix, captured the hearts of hundreds who want to adopt her, but adopting severely abused animals comes with many challenges. (Photo courtesy of Trio Animal Foundation)

Adoption applications have soared for Ellen, the shih tzu-terrier mix who had been neglected and abused. What you should know and prepare for before adopting a pet who was severely abused.

Help! Who can rescue my cat from a tree?

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Kraus says every cat rescue is different and usually depends on the cat's demeanor. (Photo courtesy of Dan Kraus)
Kraus says every cat rescue is different and usually depends on the cat's demeanor. (Photo courtesy of Dan Kraus)

Cat up a tree? Don't call the fire department. Instead, hire a tree service. Meet a few contractors who make a habit of climbing up after intrepid felines.

5 things to look for at an animal rescue for purrfect pet adoption

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Before adopting a cat, you need to consider a few factors to determine which one is right for you. (Photo by Brandon Smith)
Before adopting a cat, you need to consider a few factors to determine which one is right for you. (Photo by Brandon Smith)

Adopting a pet from an animal shelter or rescue is a fantastic way to bring a pet into your life. Here's how to make find the right pet for your home.

Preventing lost pets in Houston

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Maggie Kovacs, a Houston SPCA vet technician, inserts a microchip into a dog at a mobile clinic. (Photo courtesy of Houston SPCA)
Maggie Kovacs, a Houston SPCA vet technician, inserts a microchip into a dog at a mobile clinic. (Photo courtesy of Houston SPCA)

A national study released last year estimated pet owners lost about 24 million dogs and cats during a five-year period. What to do when pets go missing and how to prevent it.

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Animal Breeder

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.

3 tips for picking the perfect pet

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Doing your research before choosing a pet means you'll both be happier. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Amy A. of Okemos, Mich.)
Doing your research before choosing a pet means you'll both be happier. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Amy A. of Okemos, Mich.)

Choosing a pet is a decision that involves much more than the cuteness of the animal in question. Read more to determine what kind of pet may be right for you, ensuring you have the best chances of success.

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Dog Trainer

Pet detective uses search dogs to locate lost pets

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Morgan is the newest member of Cooke's search crew. (Photo courtesy of Deborah Cooke)
Morgan is the newest member of Cooke's search crew. (Photo courtesy of Deborah Cooke)

Fictional character Ace Ventura popularized the term pet detective, but the occupation is real. Deborah Cooke locates lost pets around the country.

Dog lovers dive into summer at these 7 dog-friendly beaches in Chicago

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Black dog in life vest at Lake Michigan beach (Photo by Lindy McLain)
Your dog may need a life vest or swimming lesson before heading to one of Chicago's dog-friendly beaches on Lake Michigan. (Photo by Lindy McLain)

The dog days of summer? Not for Chicagoans who take their dog to cool off at these North Shore dog-friendly beaches. See where they are and the permit you need.

How safe is that doggie in the (car) window?

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No matter how imploringly your pup pleads, avoid the temptation to allow it to ride unrestrained in a vehicle. (Photo courtesy of Angel M. of Lafayette, La.)

No matter how cute or delightful it seems, it’s dangerous to allow your dog ride in the car on your lap or to hang its head out the window of a moving vehicle.

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Veterinarian

Abused dog who captured Chicago's heart ready for adoption

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Ellen, the shih tzu-terrier mix, captured the hearts of hundreds who want to adopt her, but adopting severely abused animals comes with many challenges. (Photo courtesy of Trio Animal Foundation)
Ellen, the shih tzu-terrier mix, captured the hearts of hundreds who want to adopt her, but adopting severely abused animals comes with many challenges. (Photo courtesy of Trio Animal Foundation)

Adoption applications have soared for Ellen, the shih tzu-terrier mix who had been neglected and abused. What you should know and prepare for before adopting a pet who was severely abused.

Chiropractic care for dogs? Chicago-area veterinarian adjusts canine spines

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Older dogs can see a tremendous benefit fro veterinary chiropractic adjustments, improving their quality of life in later years. (Photo courtesy of member Mary Engstrom)
Older dogs can see a tremendous benefit fro veterinary chiropractic adjustments, improving their quality of life in later years. (Photo courtesy of member Mary Engstrom)

Is your pet in pain? Chiropractic care isn't just for humans. A growing number of veterinarians specialize in fixing spinal issues for dogs and other animals.

Can the neighbor's cats ruin your property value?

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Lawsuit says 20 cats in Chicago condo make property impossible to sell (Photo by Steven Jack)
One Chicago couple is suing a neighbor for $100,000 after they say an estimated 20 cats in the home have ruined their property values. (Photo by Steven Jack)

One Chicago couple is suing their condo neighbor over excessive cat-pee odors and allergies caused by an estimated 20 cats living below their Lakeview condo. They say they can't sell the home because of the smells.

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Dog Kennel

3 pet sitting options for your dog or cat

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A medium sized white dog with black spots around his brown eyes lays sleepily on a white fuzzy blanket.
The most important step is researching the company or individual with whom you are leaving your pet, says Cawthorne. (Photo Courtesy of Scales, Tails and Paws)

Leaving pets at home during vacation can be stressful. Navigate your many pet-care options and make the best choice for your pet with these expert questions.

Don't be thunderstruck by your pup's panic: Tips for calm in the storm

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Dogs enjoy outdoor play at Camp Wagging Tails, but people inside keep an eye on the radar for summer storms. (Photo courtesy of Richard Colven.)

Several tips to calm down dogs with storm anxiety during Charlotte's summer thunderstorm season from a highly rated Cornelius, N.C., dog kennel / daycare owner.

Dogs pack into D.C. boarding kennels as summer vacations heat up

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Dog packed for vacation D.C. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)
In Washington, August is a tough month for dogs hoping for a last-minute kennel stay as local boarding kennels fill up early. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)

D.C.-area animal kennels fill up in August as vacation season peaks around Washington, so reserve a boarding spot early and get your dog ready for an interview.

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Pet Groomer

D.C. mobile dog groomers keep pets looking good on the go

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Your pets don't have to wait in a crate when they visit a mobile dog groomer. (Photo courtesy of Trevor Burkhart)

Mobile pet groomers in the Washington area offer speed, convenience and less anxiety-inducing grooming for pet owners who want their dogs to stay close to home.

Abused dog who captured Chicago's heart ready for adoption

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Ellen, the shih tzu-terrier mix, captured the hearts of hundreds who want to adopt her, but adopting severely abused animals comes with many challenges. (Photo courtesy of Trio Animal Foundation)
Ellen, the shih tzu-terrier mix, captured the hearts of hundreds who want to adopt her, but adopting severely abused animals comes with many challenges. (Photo courtesy of Trio Animal Foundation)

Adoption applications have soared for Ellen, the shih tzu-terrier mix who had been neglected and abused. What you should know and prepare for before adopting a pet who was severely abused.

Tips for getting rid of fleas in your home

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After you rid your home of fleas, be sure to take steps to prevent it from happening again. (Photo courtesy of National Pest Management Association/Tom Myers)
After you rid your home of fleas, be sure to take steps to prevent it from happening again. (Photo courtesy of National Pest Management Association/Tom Myers)

Pesky fleas making your nice house their humble abode? These tips will help you kick them out so you can once again enjoy an itch-free home.

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Dog Walker

3 things every new dog owner should do

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The general rule of thumb is to take an adult dog for a break outside every four to five hours. For puppies, the time span is half of that, says Levine. (Photo courtesy of The Regal Beagle)
The general rule of thumb is to take an adult dog for a break outside every four to five hours. For puppies, the time span is half of that, says Levine. (Photo courtesy of The Regal Beagle)

Owning a dog is a big responsibility and includes things that many people may not be prepared for. Learn three things every owner should do after getting a dog.

Need a pet sitter for the holidays? 3 tips to pick dog, cat caretakers

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Don't hand over your house keys and pet care to just anyone. Vet your pet sitter as you would any contractor. (Photo courtesy of Lori Mendelsohn Thomas)

Who do you turn to when all your friends turn down your request to care for your pet while you travel? How to find, vet a dog walker or pet sitting service.

St. Petersburg pet sitter makes buddies and pals

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Gonsales has taken member Amelia Shevenell's dog Sespe on three walks a week for almost two years. (Photo courtesy of Lexi Gonsales)
Gonsales has taken member Amelia Shevenell's dog Sespe on three walks a week for almost two years. (Photo courtesy of Lexi Gonsales)

Lexi Gonsales parlayed a lifelong love of animals into a successful business offering dog walking, dog sitting, house sitting and cat sitting services.

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