We already know that having a pet in your life is a great step towards your best health. Laughing is also a surefire way to live longer (or at least happier). Our sister site, DogWork.com, has been working for over a year now compiling some of the funniest and most inspiring pet videos for your viewing pleasure.
Whether you are a devoted pet parent or just an animal enthusiast there is always a daily dose of love waiting for you over at DogWork. Take some time to enjoy a few featured videos below — remember it’s good for you!
Did you know cats can be just as susceptible to fleas as dogs?
They can, and they can certainly suffer just as much as dogs do from fleas. Fleas are pretty gross — biting and sucking blood — and they can also transmit diseases like tapeworm.
Even indoor cats can catch fleas — either from a dog in the house, or just from fleas hitching a ride indoors on someone’s shoes. The truth is fleas are present all over the country. So what’s the best flea medicine for cats? Here are some options:
Flea collars: Most flea collars on the market are best used to treat cats once they have a flea infestation, but a new flea collar, Seresto, is also a preventative that keeps working for 8 months.
Oral flea medications: Oral flea medications are pills that you give to your pet to eat or swallow. These usually work as one month preventatives, though some flea pills are meant for treating a current problem.
Spot on flea treatments: Spot ons, or topicals, have to be applied to your pet’s skin, usually between the shoulder blades. Find out how to apply these preventative medicines.
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As vacation time comes around, many of us will be entrusting our cats to kennels and boarders until our return.
Since kennels almost universally have close quarters and lots of cats at a time, there’s potential for germs to spread and for your cat to become sick. Make sure you’re prepared by checking up on your cat’s vaccinations.
All felines should get the core kitten vaccinations starting at about 6 to 8 weeks of age. If your cat hasn’t been vaccinated for feline distemper, feline calici virus, feline herpes type 1, and rabies, make an appointment with your vet to do this right away. Rabies vaccinations are required by law in most states, and a kennel or boarder will likely ask about these core vaccines before accepting your pet.
Bo Reilly, a handsome Yellow Labrador Retriever, came into my life when I was just 10 years old, and remained my loyal sidekick for the next 13 years. As a relatively shy pre-teen girl, coming home from a long day of school to his wagging tail and smiling face (he really did smile!) provided me with the sense of relief and belonging sought after by many kids my age.
Me and Bo
When Bo passed away last summer, it was difficult to accept that my childhood friend was gone; but I think of him almost every day, and cherish the fun times we’ve had together. Despite the pain of losing my first childhood pet, I wouldn’t change one lazy Saturday snuggled on the couch, rambunctious game of fetch in the backyard, or unsolicited, but comforting, lick on the cheek for anything. Thanks Bo, for showing me the joy that pets can bring into your life, and for inspiring me to work in a setting that feels the same.
Bo Reilly the summer before he passed
What Emily Does at PetCareRx
Emily Pope is a Marketing Associate in charge of social media at PetCareRx. She enjoys looking at puppy pictures on the Internet, finding the next pet-inspired human interest story, and babysitting her parents’ new puppy, a German Shepherd named Tilly.
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The age of the mobile device is upon us and it seems a rarity to ever meet a person who isn’t plugged in. It’s great to always have access to GPS or to be able to look up that fact you are dying to know right now. On the other hand, crossing the street without looking will never be a good idea.
The Mobile Dog
It may not be all that surprising that the portable super computer is entering the dog world, albeit in a unique doggy fashion. New devices like the Whistle dog collar and FitBark have the ability to track some of the benchmarks of your dog’s health. These devices can monitor daily activity and report back to your phone with updates on whether Fido was getting enough exercise today. Future devices may even be able to monitor eating and bathroom habits and external stimuli like temperature and humidity.
Canine Health & Activity Trackers (CHATs) are a novelty now but how long before we come to regard these devices as the norm? With a CHAT you will be able to see patterns of inactivity and, even if you take your pooch to the park every day, you might be surprised at how sedentary their lives have become.
With technology racing forward almost anything is possible. It begs the question: what aspects of your dog’s life would you like to have monitored 24/7? When we are micromanaging every move our dogs make it brings new meaning to the term “on a short leash.”
Grumpy Cat is getting a movie — and he’s dreading every moment of it.
The Wall Street Journal has reported that the world’s most beloved cranky feline has just landed a movie deal. Grumpy Cat, the internet sensation whose real name is Tardar Sauce, will be the inspiration for a movie by Broken Road Productions, the company that made Adam Sandler’s 2011 “Jack and Jill.”
If that doesn’t inspire much confidence in you, you’re not the only one: io9 has proclaimed the movie a harbinger of the apocalypse.
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