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Feline Hairballs: Mere Nuisance or Cause for Concern?

Let me describe an all-to-familiar scenario. As we dream peacefully in our beds, at times we find ourselves awakened in the middle of the night by nature’s call. In an attempt to not awaken others or blind ourselves by turning on the light, we clumsily stumble from bed in the dark and head towards the […]

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Help for Hermit Crabs

They are sold in beach shops, handed out as prizes at carnival booths, and touted by pet stores as an “easy” pet. But to be happy and healthy, hermit crabs have specific needs that few casual purchasers are prepared to meet. For Mary Ann Casselman, founder of the Mill Creek Hermit Crab Sanctuary of Northwest […]

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Building a Community of Caring

Charlene and her puppy Chocolate have been coming to Faithful Forgotten Best Friends (FFBF) for a few months now to get pet food and see the vet. She only comes when she is completely out of food, so as to not take it from others who need it more. She loves all of the people […]

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Wet, Dry, or Homemade: Adventures in Feline Feeding

Feeding your cat can be complicated. As someone who has had a dog most of his life, I figured that taking care of a cat wouldn’t be much different. One policy I had adopted over time with my dog was that I would feed him the same things that I ate; his diet consisted of […]

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Heartworm in Dogs and Cats

Dirofilaria immitis, also known as the heartworm, is a parasite that can cause significant disease in dogs and cats including disease of the lungs and other organs, and possibly heart failure. The best way to deal with heartworm is to prevent it in the first place, as treatment options for dogs can be costly and […]

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Delivering Smiles: Charlie the Therapy Dog Makes His Rounds

It seems like a typical day at any hospital. Nurses and doctors clad in scrubs walk through the halls, pens and charts in hand, while family and friends pop in and out of rooms to visit patients, some bringing food and flowers. A typical day, until they round a corner and come face to face […]

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In Case of Emergency

Summer is in full swing, bringing with it the possibility of flash floods or windstorms that might force you to leave your home. When preparing for emergencies such as these, don’t forget to include your pets in the plan. Read on to find out how to keep your animal companions safe during disasters. Have a […]

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Goats at Sunrise Sanctuary

Finding Sanctuary in Marysville

The experience of stopping by Sunrise Animal Sanctuary in Marysville, Ohio, is like having pages of E.B. White’s Charlotte’s Web come to life. Behind the house, which provides shelter for dogs, cats, rabbits, rats, gerbils, chinchillas—and the occasional duck—are three barns that house a variety of farm animals. While it appears that one barn is specifically […]

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