Debra Steilen

Debra Steilen, editor of Meredith's Happy Paws magazine, is the CEO and executive writer/editor for Buzzworthy Communications, Inc. She also manages the day-to-day activities (e.g., eating kibble and treats, taking naps, going on walks, and nudging for attention) for two golden retrievers: Ruby (12) and Daisy (6).

It’s true: Dogs have been man’s best friend for a really, really long time.
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With all the focus on food, fun, and football, don't forget the fur kids on the 4th Thursday in November. This year, try to make sure their Thanksgiving is as enjoyable as yours.
Food! Decorations! Parties! However you plan to celebrate this year, learn how to keep your pet safe with this winter holiday survival guide.
The ice melt that keeps you safe in wintery weather could harm dogs and cats who come into contact with it. Find out which pet-safe ice melts are the best choice to use this winter.
Wondering how to cat-proof your Christmas tree? Learn some great tips here to keep your kitty (and your beautiful decorations!) safe this holiday season.
Just because your dog loves meat doesn’t mean grain-free dog food is good for him. Find out what grain-free diets are and why they have stirred up controversy.  
As gross as it may seem, it's a pretty common canine behavior. Here’s what to know about why your dog eats poop, whether you should worry about that, and what you can do to prevent your dog from eating feces in the future.
Dogs howl for a lot of reasons (but not because death is near, despite superstitions). Find out how you can curb your hound's howling tendencies.
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Panting is perfectly normal, until it's not. Learn what you need to know about why your dog is panting so much and what you should about it.
Afraid your dog is stressing out when you're not home? Here’s how to recognize the signs of separation anxiety in dogs, what you need to know about this condition, and what you can do to help your dog.
Here’s what to know about why your dog eats grass, whether or not it’s safe, and what you can do to change his behavior.
Soft, easy-to-digest foods will help your precious pooch feel better.
Does your dog cheat on his diet by eating cat food? Find out why food swapping is not ok.
Surprise! The right amount of food to feed your dog isn’t necessarily what it says on the dog-food bag.
From weaning through the change to adult dog food, here’s everything you need to know about giving your dog a nutritious start.
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Are raw food diets for dogs a good idea? Learn the pros and cons of feeding your dog only raw meat, bones, and other uncooked or unpasteurized ingredients.
Help your dog put his best paw forward and learn how to trim his nails at home. With the right tools and a bit of patience, you can make the process stress-free—for both you and your canine companion!
Protect your cat's health and the well-being of nearby humans—not to mention furniture—by keeping those claws neatly trimmed.