16 Years Later: Remembering the Hero Dogs of 9/11

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dogs of 9/11Everyone who was old enough to realize what was happening on September 11, 2001, remembers where they were and what they were doing when they heard the World Trade Center in New York City had been attacked. Whether you saw the towers crumble to the ground on live TV or watched and re-watched the footage after the fact, the images from that day are not something any of us will ever forget.
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Getting to the Bottom of Pet Insurance

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pet insuranceMost of us have car, home, health, and life insurance to help protect us in the wake of unforeseen situations. Most of the time, we are glad for the coverage we have, as associated costs can be high, and the possibility of a major issue can threaten our financial future.

Similarly, animal lovers can invest in pet insurance. Because accidents happen and our pets can get sick unexpectedly, carefully choosing a pet insurance plan allows you to provide emergency care for your pet when it matters most. Among other things, pet insurance could save your pet’s life – without breaking your finances.

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The Moment of Truth: What are Cat Whiskers Really For?

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cat whskersA large part of a feline’s handsomeness lies not in those fancy, pointy ears, triangular nose, or those gleaming eyes. While these features are amazing, cat whiskers account for a great deal of how a cat looks. Some whiskers are long and almost curly at the end; others are short and sturdy. However they appear, it’s what cat whiskers can do for your cat that really matters.

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Get Moving: The Best Fitness Gear for Dogs

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Exercise for dogs (and their people) is more than just a fun way to spend an afternoon. Active movement helps to keep pets at a healthy weight and allow them to fulfill their instinctive urge for hunting and roaming. Daily exercise also decreases behavioral issues, such as destructive chewing or digging, barking, and hyperactivity.

In our increasingly tech-oriented world, it’s not surprising that the fitness industry has jumped on the pet exercise bandwagon. Fitness gear for dogs has exploded onto the market and Union Lake Pet Services is excited to share with you some of the many gadgets and gear that can make exercising with pets that much more meaningful.

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Ticks and Pets: What You Need To Know

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ticks and petsThe tick population is experiencing record highs in Michigan, and the cases of tick-borne illnesses in people and pets continue to climb right along with it. As our Indiana neighbors grapple with the recent death of a two-year-old from Rocky Mountain spotted fever (a disease spread by ticks), many of us are left wondering what we can do to prevent a tragedy in our own families.

Ticks and pets often go hand in hand, and many tick-borne illnesses can affect our pets as well as us. Minimizing your pet’s exposure to ticks will not only keep him or her healthier, it will also go a long way toward protecting the human members of the family.

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Play It Cool: Summer Fun for Dogs

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The combination of beautiful weather and longer days make summer the perfect time to enjoy outdoor fun with our four-legged friends. Because heatstroke is a serious risk for our pets during the warm months, playtime should be geared around keeping them cool and hydrated. When it comes to safe summer fun for dogs, you are limited only by your imagination…but here are a few ideas to get you started!

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Exploring on Four Paws: Hiking with a Pet

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hiking with your petThe dog days of summer are back, and after a long winter we can’t wait to hit the rugged trails, beaches, and campsites that abound in our great state. Exploring the outdoors with a four-legged companion can make the experience even more rewarding, but hiking with a pet is not without its dangers. Keep our safety tips in mind as you prepare for a summer of outdoor fun.

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Puppy Housetraining Tips Straight from the Pros

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puppy houstraining tipsThat silky fur, those precious paws, and sweet puppy breath… Not many things in life can compete with a new puppy. Along with those wonderful cuddles and adorable playful moments come the inevitable responsibilities, not the least of which is housetraining.

Many pet owners dread the housetraining task, but it doesn’t have to be difficult or stressful. Your team at Union Lake Pet Services is happy to help you get set up for success with our puppy housetraining tips. Let the fun begin!
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The Best Partnership: Involving Kids with Pet Care

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Growing up with pets can be meaningful, educational, and so much fun, especially if a child is an active participant in the pet’s daily care. Our pets depend on us for every aspect of their health and safety, and involving kids with pet care is an important step toward becoming adults who love and respect animals.

Involving Kids with Pet Care

Whether you have just adopted a new pet, or are beginning the process of teaching your kids to care for an existing pet, it’s important to keep the age and abilities of each individual child in mind. Once you have determined an age-appropriate pet care schedule for your child, be sure to stick with it. This will help your child to learn that pet care is a long-term commitment, with many rewards.

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Dealing with Dog Behavior Issues Early

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There’s something deeply satisfying about having a well-trained dog for a companion. Indeed, proper and humane obedience training can serve as the cornerstone for a lifetime of fun, companionship, and bonding for you and your pooch. But when challenging dog behavior issues crop up (as they so often do), it helps to be ready to recognize them and to have a plan in place ahead of time.

Common Dog Behavior Issues

Some of the most common dog behavior issues actually start as normal behaviors for most puppies. In order to become a well-rounded member of a human family, however, some of these behaviors may need adjustment as your  dog matures, including:

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