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Peanut allergies: what you need to know

By Jessica Klimczak on January 24, 2014

In the last few decades the peanut, a once-popular airplane snack, has become somewhat better known as a potentially fatal food. To some, the stories of small children dying from a bite of a peanut butter cookie sound paranoid or extreme, but to those with a severe peanut allergy or who parent a...

Alphabet blocks

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Does my five-year-old have to start kindergarten?

By Jessica on January 23, 2014

In the U.S., it’s generally accepted that children start kindergarten at age 5. Which is to say that they can start kindergarten anytime within their fifth year, either by turning five before a cut-off date – generally September 1st or 30th depending on the school district...

Pet Memorial Stones

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Dealing with a pet’s death

By Jessica Klimczak on January 23, 2014

Grieving the loss of a pet can be profoundly painful. Sometimes we try to minimize the grief because of social attitudes that perceive the loss of a pet as not as important as that of a human. But a bond with an animal bond can be a strong one; most probably because of the unconditional love our...

Cat in the litter box

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Why did my cat stop using the litter box?

By Jessica on January 23, 2014

Changes in litter box behavior can be either medical, behavioral or both.  It can point to conditions such as kidney failure, colitis, hyperthyroid, diabetes and intestinal parasites, so it’s important to first bring your cat to the vet for tests and an examination. If all medical issues are...

Cat Claws

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The declawing debate

By Jessica on January 20, 2014

Cat declawing, while still considered a routine procedure in the U.S., was once much more common. It’s actually illegal in the UK and Australia and many animal rights advocates, including PETA, have spoken up in recent years about the inhumane nature of declawing. It continues to draw debate and...

Cat on a scratching post

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Get the claws off the couch

By Jessica on January 16, 2014

The back of your favorite chair, the arm of your expensive couch; kitties with a serious hankering for claw sharpening seem to have a sixth sense about scratching the particular piece of furniture—or rug—that will drive you to the edge of frustration.

Claw sharpening is perfectly normal...

Housetraining a New Puppy

By Jessica on January 15, 2014

When it comes to potty training a new puppy there are many schools of thought. From crates and wee pads to outdoor training there is a lot of information out there which can make the process feel even more overwhelming. Veterinarian, Dr. Brian, recommends crate training your new puppy for...

Cat Meeting a Dog

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Introducing a new dog into the family

By Jessica on January 15, 2014

Families that have pets often find themselves looking to adopt or purchase another animal to help grow the love and joy in their home. While finding the newest pet can be fun and exciting, introducing them to your current animals can prove more challenging than one might originally anticipate....

Houseplant in diffused sunlight

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Houseplants: everything in moderation

By Jessica on January 09, 2014

Q: I just bought a few houseplants for my new apartment. I’m not much of a green thumb, and I made a New Year’s resolution to keep them alive this year! Any general rules for keeping houseplants healthy? One of them is a majesty palm.

A: With houseplants, like human...

Should I use investments to pay down debt?

By Jessica on December 20, 2013

Q: I have an investment of $200k, a monthly income of $4,560, and debt of $28,000 (excluding real estate). What would you suggest to either pay off the debt or reduce it?

A: If you were going to pay off, or...