Keeping Kids and Pets SafeChildren, by nature, are inquisitive and hands on. When it comes to pets, this isn’t always a good thing. Here are 5 tips I’ve found useful to assure the safety and happiness of both my kids and the pets they encounter.

1) Always ask the owner before petting. Sometimes while on walks we come across neighbors walking their dogs. The kids have learned to always ask, although we have yet to meet a dog they couldn’t pet.

2) Never get right in an animal’s face. Just like humans, pets have a “bubble” too. Getting right in their face can make them feel confronted, which could lead to them being scared or angry.

3) Practice petting gently with a stuffed animal. When my youngest was about to turn 1, our cat – Potatoe – decided that she was comfortable going near him. We encountered the problem of my son not realizing how hard he was “petting” her. We used a stuffed animal, as well as older siblings at times, to learn “pet nice.” We showed him how to pet, both softly and so it wasn’t rubbing the hair the wrong way.

4) Pay attention to when a pet is ready to be left alone. Even pets that enjoy playing with kids get tired after awhile, and it’s important that children acknowledge when they are done playing. Teaching kids to pay attention to things like body language is a good idea, as well as to not chase a pet once they walk away.

5) Use an inside voice, and try not to roughhouse. Yelling and/or screaming can scare or excite pets. The same goes for playing rough. In some cases they may feel threatened by it, and react negatively. Probably the hardest thing for my two youngest children is not yelling and screaming. Thankfully, they know now that it scares our cat, and they stop doing so when she is around.

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Amazing Growth Rates of Koi

by Aquatics on August 1, 2017

Koi Fish Pond

Did you know that koi fish are indiscriminate growers? This means that they continue to grow all their lives. Just like humans, the fastest growth rate is in the earlier years. I just measured my 6-year-old daughter with a pencil mark on the closet door. She grew 2 inches in 12 months! That is pretty fast.

Consider koi when they hatch weigh just milligrams and can attain an adult size of 40 pounds (18 Kilograms) in ten years. That is an increase of 360,000 times. This would be like my 8-pound baby girl growing to 2,880,000 pounds in 10 years. That’s amazing. read full post

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Photo Gallery: Summer Swimming FUN for Pets!

by Melissa R. July 15, 2017

Summer time usually means high temperatures. High temperatures usually lead to one of the more enjoyable activities for most dogs… swimming! Enjoy some photos of pets enjoying summer swimming fun! Does your pet enjoy the water?

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Don’t Forget the Water!

by Claire H. June 15, 2017

When packing the car for a fun day at the beach we always remember to pack drinks and refreshment for all the humans… do you remember to pack fresh water for your dog, too? Just as we don’t want to drink the water from a lake (or ocean) it isn’t a good idea for dogs to either. Lake water can contain algae that can be harmful to dogs when ingested, and the salt content of saltwater can cause salt poisoning if too much is ingested. It can take as little as a few swallows of contaminated lake water to make a dog sick if the wrong algae is present.

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Discovering and Dealing with Motion Sickness in Pets

by Heather C. June 1, 2017

Heather’s new puppy had a drooling problem that lead to vomiting when riding in the car. Here’s her story and what her solution was.

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Enjoy the 4th of July with Your Pet SAFELY in Hot Weather!

by Melissa R. June 1, 2017

The 4th of July can be a fun time for you and your pets! Family, friends, cookouts, playtime and fun in the sun. But please remember to BE SAFE with your pets during hot weather.

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On the Road Again – Car Safety and Comfort for Dogs

by Keri K. May 15, 2017

How to get your dog to appreciate riding in the car, along with a few products that can help.

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Got a Stressed Dog? Try These Tips!

by DFS-Pet-Blog May 1, 2017

Like humans, dogs can also get stressed. Dog stress can result in undesirable behavior and can lead to health issues. Try these tips to calm your dog.

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2017-2018 MASNA Student Scholarships Available

by Aquatics April 19, 2017

We are proud to again partner with the Marine Aquarium Societies of North America (MASNA) for the 2017-2018 MASNA Student Scholarships. There are two scholarships available: One $4,000 scholarship for a college undergraduate student One $4,000 scholarship for a college graduate student The 2017-2018 MASNA Student Scholarships are sponsored by Drs. Foster and Smith LiveAquaria.com, […]

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Heartworm: Keep Your Dog Protected

by DFS-Pet-Blog April 15, 2017

Remembering to give your cat or dog a heartworm pill is too important to forget. Prevention is easy…treatment is not. Learn about heartworm disease.

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What You Need to Know About Heartworm Disease

by DFS-Pet-Blog April 1, 2017

Prevention is easy…treatment is not. Learn about heartworm disease so you can keep your dog and cat safe from this devastating disease.

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New Puppy?

by Melissa R. March 29, 2017

Get tips and advice on how to care for the new puppy in your life.

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Happy Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day!

by DFS-Pet-Blog February 2, 2017

February 23 is Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day! Here are a few fun trivia facts plus what you can do to celebrate this doggitylicious day.

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