Eventually I need to get around to filing my 2016 taxes.  I work from home as an independent contractor and also make a bit of side money through various outlets so, as you can probably imagine, my taxes are always a bit of a nightmare.  But what do taxes have to do with pets?  Although most pet owners will probably tell you that they consider their pets to be a part of the family, and I personally don't even want to think about how much a year I spend on mine, the IRS seems to take the stance that dependents have to be human.  Since they can't be claimed as dependents you might be asking, is there anyway pet owners can claim pet expenses on taxes?
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Millions of homeless pets are euthanized in animal shelters each year. One sure way to make sure that your beloved pets do not contribute to this tragic number is to get them spayed or neutered. However, depending on where you live and what type of pet you have the surgery to have your pet fixed can be quite expensive.  Luckily, there are a number of different programs that offer lower cost spaying or neutering services. ...continue reading "Low Cost Spay and Neuter Programs"

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Happy Valentine's Day!  While plenty of Americans will be out looking for love, those of us with dogs don't have far to go to find it.  Your dogs won't care if you forgot to get them Valentine's Day gifts - and who would make a better snuggle buddy than your dog?  He won't even make fun of you if you decide to spend the evening in your pajamas watching cheesy romance movies!  I almost never quote politicians, but in the words of George G. Vest, "The one absolutely unselfish friend that man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him, the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous, is his dog". ...continue reading "6 Signs Your Dog Loves You!"

Before I discovered essential oil diffusers, I was a big fan of scented candles.  Who doesn't love when their house smells nice?  Unfortunately having pets and stinky neighbors means that our house doesn't always smell quite as fresh as I'd like.  Candles can help set the atmosphere in our homes, serve as decorations, and fill our homes with their pleasant odors.  Unfortunately it doesn't seem to be common knowledge that some candles can also be dangerous and/or not environmentally friendly. ...continue reading "Is it Safe to Burn Candles Around Pets?"

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Visiting the vet is one of the many responsibilities that comes with owning a pet. It may not be fun, but it's important for your pets health. Challenging economic times couple with the rising cost of quality vet care means that more people than ever are struggling to pay their pets expensive vet bills. Pet ownership isn't something that should be entered into lightly, and you should always make sure you are financially able to care for an animal before bringing it into your home. However, even for the most prepared owners, sometimes things happen that are out of our control. ...continue reading "Financial Help with Veterinarian Care"

Chris and I are gearing up to get a new (to us, at least) car soon!  To a lot of people it probably seems weird that we don't have one already, but we live in the city.  Between public transit, taxis, and Uber we've never had an issue getting around our city and the surrounding areas.  But we don't want to live in the city forever.  Getting a car is the first step of our escape plan, plus will allow us to travel more and greatly expand our adventure radius. ...continue reading "Dog Car Safety"

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It's a dirty job, but you really should do it.  Picking up your pooch's poop is a part of responsible dog ownership. Besides just being considerate towards others, there are some pretty important reasons why you should always pick up after your pet. ...continue reading "Why It’s Important to Pick Up After Your Dog"

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We live in a busy city, full of people and pets.  I spend a good amount of time each day walking my own dogs, and every once in awhile during one of our walks we'll happen upon loose pets.  In many cases a concerned owner won't be far behind, chasing after Fluffy or Fido after he/she bolted out of an open door.  Once in awhile we'll find a lost pet with no owner in sight, which always presents us with something of a dilemma. ...continue reading "What To Do if You Find a Lost Pet"

With the holidays right around the corner, pet vaccination schedules are probably one of the last things on most people's minds!  However, with the new year quickly approaching, and pet license renewals looming in the near future for many pet owners, it's important to make sure your pets are up to date on their rabies vaccines. ...continue reading "Don’t Forget to Renew Your Pet’s Rabies Vaccine!"

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I know Thanksgiving is a big holiday for some people.  My fiance and I don't generally make a big deal of it.  I have a lot to be thankful for, but I'm more of a give thanks everyday type of person.  I remember when I was a kid on Thanksgiving, my mom would ask us all to list a few things that we were thankful for.  Undoubtedly if asked, many of us would say that we're thankful for our pets!  They give us unconditional love and companionship and ask for little in return.  If someone asked your pet the same question what do you think he/she would say? ...continue reading "What Pets are Thankful For"