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The Fourth of July and spectacular fireworks displays go hand-in-hand. From 1776 until the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence, with typical festivities ranging from fireworks, parades and concerts to more casual family gatherings and barbecues. READ MORE >>

Every year fireworks cause serious injuries and substantial property damage. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), fireworks start an average of 18,500 fires annually, including 1,300 structure fires, 300 vehicle fires, and 16,900 outside and other fires. READ MORE >>

As much as we love July 4th celebrations, our pets have a very different reaction. Communities across the United States large and small celebrate Independence Day with festivals, parades and fireworks displays as well as gatherings of family and friends. Although most people greet the festivities gladly, the story isn’t the same for pets. READ MORE >>

Your pet’s safety depends on you. So how can you ensure your four-legged pals are safe and comfortable during car rides, especially longer road trips? It’s important to plan ahead when it comes to how to keep pets safe in cars. The first order of business is to ensure that your pet has a safe harness. READ MORE >>

For many of us, an official "Love Your Pet Day" might seem a little unnecessary. We love our pets every day! But every year on February 20th, Love Your Pet Day serves as a little reminder to give our beloved pets some special attention. Here are a few fun ways to celebrate Love Your Pet Day this year. READ MORE >>

Millions of people are bitten by dogs each year, which results in a lot of costly homeowners insurance claims. According to the Insurance Information Institute, in 2013 insurers across the country paid over $483 million in dog bite claims. Aside from emotional trauma, dog bites can cause severe physical injury. READ MORE >>

The holidays are an exciting time of year full of get togethers, gifts and delicious food. While we’re focused on a season full of parties and fun times, a pet might think differently. Extra noise and visitors can leave pets feeling stressed. READ MORE >>

DISCLAIMER: Trained "Pooch-fessional" pictured above. Do not try this at home. Proper training and safety equipment required. Whether it is Spring Break, Summer Vacation, a Holiday Break, or just a simple getaway, it's a time when the kiddos are out of school ... READ MORE >>

From flowers to warm weather, spring ushers in all kinds of changes. Yet not all of these are welcome changes when it comes to your pet. But knowing what dangers they should avoid can go a long way toward keeping your furry friend safe. Here are the top 10 springtime pet dangers worth being aware of. READ MORE >>

Pet toys can make your dog or cat happier, more mentally engaged, and more entertaining to hang out with. Buying toys is fine, but it can add up and sometimes your pet might not like the new toy. Making your own from stuff you already have at home cuts down on costs and gives your pet an endless supply of fun things to play with. READ MORE >>

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