Author: Elise Phillips Margulis

About The Author

Elise Phillips Margulis

Elise Phillips Margulis is a contributing writer for FIDO Friendly magazine and has been published in The Mighty. She’s obsessed with animal welfare, environment protection, and human rights. Elise lives with her adorable & precocious 10-year-old son, her husband, their gorgeous canine, and their elegant feline. She's also a card-carrying member of Chocoholics Anonymous.

Take Me With You! The Safest Way to Travel with Pets

You hate leaving your beloved pets at home. You miss them, you worry about them, and the guilt is overwhelming. Eliminate the trauma for you and your furry, feathered, or finned family members by bringing them along. Whether you’re going on vacation or need to pack up your pets for a move, learning the safest way to transport animals will ease the stress for both of you. One tip is universal for all animals: never leave them alone in the car. This goes double in extreme heat or cold — but even in fair weather you expose them to thieves and...

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Eating Your Greens Can Save You Piles of Green

Being vegetarian or vegan is generally an altruistic decision based on compassion for animals, a desire to protect the environment or both. But it turns out that there’s a selfish reason to skip the meat, as well: research shows that a plant-based diet costs much less than a carnivorous one. The Journal of Hunger & Environmental Nutrition has found that eating a vegetarian diet is significantly less expensive than a meat-centric one. The research concluded that by eating a plant-based diet using olive oil as a healthy source of fat, one could save nearly $750 a year compared with the average cost...

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Hampton Creek Brings Vegan Goodies to Target, Walmart, Amazon and other Megastores

There are two types of people in the world. One group is vegans and the other group is people who should be vegans. I can say that because I’m still struggling to join the ranks of the former group. Being a vegetarian is easy. Going vegan means learning how to prepare foods without dairy, which is far more complex. Enter Hampton Creek, makers of vegan mayonnaise “Just Mayo.” They have just added 43 new vegan foods to their product line that will be available at Walmart, Target, Costco, Safeway, Kroger, and Amazon. No more side trips to Whole Foods...

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Warning: The Sugar Glider Craze is Shockingly Cruel

The sugar glider is one of the most desired pocket pets around, with their adorable big eyes, cute little ears, and tininess that make them small enough to hold in a human hand. But the truth behind the exotic pet industry — including sugar glider sellers — is nothing short of insidious. Television programs and films with beyond-cute exotic animals create demand for them. Some people impulsively buy them online. The Internet has made purchases of exotic pets practically effortless. Grab your credit card; it’s like buying a T-shirt. According to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the exotic pet...

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How to Treat Fleas, Ticks and Other Common Dog Pests Completely Naturally

Protecting your pet from Lyme Disease, skin lesions and other maladies that fleas and ticks spread can be dangerous, or even fatal. Consumer Affairs reports that there are a variety of horrific side effects of commercial medicines for common dog pests: seizures, neurological problems, chemical burns, deterioration of eyesight, shutdown of immune system, vomiting, excruciating pain, drooling, and trembling. Thousands of deaths have been attributed to spot on treatments. It stands to reason that a product designed to paralyze and kill fleas and ticks would have a negative impact on the dogs treated with it. Let’s take a look at natural preventatives and remedies that work without dangerous...

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