For many outdoor wildlife lovers it seems nearly impossible to keep squirrels from raiding their bird feeders. Although victory over the squirrels may appear impossible, there is a way to feed your beloved birds without the disturbance caused by these crafty creatures.

Even the best behaved-dog can temporarily forget his manners when faced with the many distractions of going on a walk. When the ground is covered with snow and ice, Fido’s momentary lapse can mean a nasty fall for you. Properly equipping yourself – and taking some safety precautions – can help ensure you stay on your feet, and that your walk remains enjoyable for both you and your best friend.

A researcher at the University of Hertfordshire, England, has proven that pets and their owners often look, think and act alike. Unfortunately, that’s not always a good thing; pets and humans can have similar weight problems.

Bird watching is one of the fastest-growing hobbies in the country. It's easy, inexpensive and relaxing. Best of all, wild birds are beautiful and fascinating to watch. They're also wonderful to listen to, and with more than 800 species in North America alone, there is something for everyone.

Feeding birds is a hobby shared by roughly 63 million people around the world. With bird feeding becoming even more popular, so has the enthusiasm to attract an elite group of birds.

Protecting your pet from harmful fleas and ticks is a vital part of pet care. And since this summer is projected to be unusually rainy and warm, extra caution is needed. Fleas and ticks not only irritate your pet, but are capable of transmitting serious diseases like Lyme disease and flea allergy dermatitis. There are about 20,000 reported cases of Lyme disease annually in the U.S. Furthermore, the likelihood of being exposed to ticks, and subsequently to diseases transmitted by ticks, is about 10 to 20 times greater than it was 10 years ago, according to the Companion Animal Parasite Council.

As you schedule flu shots for yourself and your children, you may want to consider doing the same for the canine members of the family. If you haven’t heard of the canine influenza virus (CIV), or the dog flu, you are probably not alone – the disease was first identified in 2004. While humans typically line up for vaccinations in the fall to protect them during the colder months, dogs can get the disease at any time.

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