Pet Glossary

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Laser Declawing

An alternative to traditional declawing that causes less bleeding and swelling and reduces your cat's pain.


One or more kittens or puppies produced by a single pregnancy.

Negative Reinforcement

A form of dog training that teaches a dog to behave correctly in order to avoid physical punishments like choking, pinching or leash jerking.


The castration of a male dog or cat to prevent reproduction.

Pedigree or Papers

The document recording the ancestors of an animal. Most pedigrees show three to five generations.

Positive Reinforcement

Considered a humane dog training method that uses rewards and affection rather than force to train a dog.


A dog or cat whose ancestors are all the same breed, or whose ancestry includes crossbreeding that is allowed in the breed standard. For example, a purebred Coca-poo has a Poodle and a Cocker Spaniel in its background.


Where the skin begins in the middle of the nail, and where your dog's nerves and blood vessels are housed.

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