Kristi Valentini

Kristi Valentini writes health and lifestyle articles for pets and people, often with her pup Penny by her side. A huge animal lover, she’s been known to bring home lost kittens, foster puppies and even have a baby goat sleep over – much to the dismay of her husband and delight of her children. Her work has also appeared in publications including Good Housekeeping, Redbook, Oprah Magazine and Woman’s Day.
Puppies are cute and a lot of work. Get expert tips to smooth the transition and help your furry pal grow into a well-mannered dog.
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Share all the leaf-crunching, pumpkin-eating, and football-watching joy with your pooch.
Here's when to go, what to avoid, and if your dog is ready for the adventure.
They don’t mean any harm, but puppers that spring up on people can be a problem. Find out how to train a dog to stop jumping by changing their behavior.
What you see is definitely not the same as your dog. Find out how your pup's peepers are better (and worse!) than yours.
Learn what your dog's sidelong glance means and how to respond.
They won't stay small forever, and these key factors determine how big your kitty will be.
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Learn how dogs express fear and what you can do to help your pooch become calmer and more confident—on the leash, in the yard, and at home.
Get expert tips that'll help your super-sized canine feel good well into his golden years.
They won't stay small forever, and these key factors determine how big your kitty will be.
Learn how dogs express fear and what you can do to help your pooch become calmer and more confident—on the leash, in the yard, and at home.
Get expert tips that'll help your super-sized canine feel good well into his golden years.
Here's what matters most when it comes to connecting with your pup.
Extreme thirst and frequent urination may be signs that your cat has kidney disease. Learn why regular veterinary care is key to discovering and managing the condition.
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Learn if this medicated, over-the-counter skin cream can ease irritated, itchy skin on dogs like it does for people.
Discover why your puppy is ignoring the food bowl, and get expert tricks for stoking a puppy's appetite.
Here's the difference between a kitten's healthy round belly and a swollen one—and how to make your furball feel better.
Bloody diarrhea is a sign that something is seriously wrong. Find out if it could be hemorrhagic gastroenteritis (HGE)—which can be deadly if left untreated.
It can add up, but there are ways you can save—and the joy of having a new feline friend is totally worth it.
Get a handle on what your furry butterball will run you, so you can plan ahead.
The same-old, same-old can get boring, even for dogs. But add one or more of these elements and watch your dog have a blast.
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If your dog is itchy or has irritated skin, it could be a yeast infection. Look for these signs and symptoms so you can treat it quickly.
Here are the steps to guide you in creating the best last days of your pet’s life and giving them the send off they deserve.
These activities bust kitty boredom and strengthen your bond. The bonus? Lots of belly laughs for you.
These special appendages served a purpose at one point in time.
These mementos honor the bond between you and your late pet.
Learn what commonly causes constipation, if home remedies work, and when to see a vet.