Are Your Home and Pet Ready for the Holidays?

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Big blue house in the winter
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.

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.

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.

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

Bald Eagle Rescued in Virginia Euthanized

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A bald eagle similar to this one recently was captured after being injured in Fairfax County, Virginia. (Photo courtesy of Wildlife Prairie State Park)
A bald eagle similar to this one recently was captured after being injured in Fairfax County, Virginia. (Photo courtesy of Wildlife Prairie State Park)

Professionals can be the best choice for animal rescue or removal. Fairfax County workers recently tried to save an injured eagle, but it was later euthanized.

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.

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.

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Animal Breeder

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.

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

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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dog with a snowy nose
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.

5 Lessons from a Professional Dog Trainer

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Being a friend to your dog is great, but good obedience and good behavior actually depend on how respectful a dog is of its owner, says Kantak. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List Member Lisa H. of San Francisco)
Being a friend to your dog is great, but good obedience and good behavior actually depend on how respectful a dog is of its owner, says Kantak. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List Member Lisa H. of San Francisco)

You can find plenty of conflicting advice for training your dog and so this highly rated professional dog trainer shares his most valuable dog training lessons.

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Veterinarian

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.

Losing Weight Can Help Your Pet Live Longer

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Regular exercise, whether laps in the pool or walks in the park, is an important part of keeping your dog at the proper weight, says Bailey. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Melissa H. of Houston)
Regular exercise, whether laps in the pool or walks in the park, is an important part of keeping your dog at the proper weight, says Bailey. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Melissa H. of Houston)

A longer life for your pet? It might be as simple as losing weight. Putting your dog on a diet, reducing snacks and exercising can add two years to his life.

Found a Lump on Your Dog? Don't Panic, Here's What to Do

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Finding a lump on your beloved pooch can be disconcerting, as it was for this member's 11-year-old black lab. Your vet can help track down the source and whether it's a concern. (Photo courtesy of member Frederic R. of Clifton Park, New York)

You're petting your dog and notice a lump you don't remember. Before assuming it's cancer, consider these options, and know what to expect when you see a veterinarian.

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Dog Kennel

Are Your Home and Pet Ready for the Holidays?

Leave home8.jpg

Big blue house in the winter
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.

3 Tips to Keep Your Dog Healthy in Cold Weather

dog with snowy nose.jpg

dog with a snowy nose
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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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

9 Questions to Ask a Potential Pet Sitter

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Snoozing dog
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.

$50-a-month gym memberships for dogs? Canine sports club opens near D.C.

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Dog gym near D.C.
A trainer at Frolick Dogs prepares a canine client for his workout at the facility's gym. (Photo courtesy of Frolick Dogs)

Frolick Dogs in Alexandria, Virgina, operates a gym with treadmills, balance balls and agility courses for dogs. It's the latest trend for D.C. pets and owners.

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