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.
Your dog loves to give you kisses. But could it make you sick?
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Pet experts weigh in with smart ways to boost your furry pals’ health throughout this year and beyond.
Spoiler: There's a reason why most dogs can't stand even the smell of lemons.
You say crotch-sniffing is rude. Your dog says it's just communication.
All collie dogs are intelligent and loyal. But when it comes to energy levels, training, and grooming, there's a big difference among the breeds.
These are the steps to take when you're feeling overwhelmed.
Get to know each breed and why these dogs deserve a closer look. (Spoiler: They're big sweeties.)
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Finally, the answer to if your pup actually feels guilty after he chews up your favorite shoes.
Because you (and your pup!) want that odor gone ASAP.
Get to know each breed and why these dogs deserve a closer look. (Spoiler: They're big sweeties.)
Finally, the answer to if your pup actually feels guilty after he chews up your favorite shoes.
Because you (and your pup!) want that odor gone ASAP.
A dog trainer shares tips on creating a bedtime routine, where to put the crate, and what to do if your puppy fusses.
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.
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.
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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.
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.