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- Do Dogs Need Coats or Sweaters? Only 3 Types Do
Q. How do I know if my dog needs a sweater or coat this winter? A. I feel safe in saying that if you have a healthy, young Siberian Husky or Alaskan Malamute who's acclimated to the cold and has the glorious coat common in the Northern breeds, you likely won't have to invest in canine clothing for walks in the snow. In general, there are three kinds of dogs who benefit from the insulation provided by a sweater or coat, as well as the protection afforded by life as a pampered house pet: Though protection from the elements is the biggest reason to put clothes on dogs headed outside, it doesn't hurt to leave a sweater on these dogs inside if you're keeping the heat down to save energy and money.
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- Another Fast-Food Chain is Cleaning Up Its Act
Chick-fil-A says it's removing high-fructose corn syrup from its white buns, artificial dyes from its sauces and dressings, and yellow dye from its chicken soup as part of a push to improve its ingredients. Still, I can't help but wonder why so many questionable ingredients have been used in fast-food products for so long, and how many are still persistent on chain menus. For example, here are a few questionable ingredients still present in some of Chick-fil-A's and other fast-food products: Monosodium Glutamate (MSG): This compound is used as a flavor enhancer, and it's classified as GRAS (generally recognized as safe) by the FDA, but it remains a controversial food additive, has been known to cause headaches, migraines, and a variety of other negative symptoms in many individuals.
- My Pet Has Bad Breath. What is Causing It?
Studies show that after the age of 3 years, 80 percent of dogs and cats will have signs of periodontal disease. As plaque matures and periodontal disease progresses, more destructive bacteria come into play. Periodontal disease is a painful condition that can lead to tooth loss and damage to organs like the heart and kidneys.
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- Best Ereaders Below $100 to Put Under the Tree
By Louis DeNicola, Cheapism.com Related: Best laptops under $500 Even among young people 16 to 24 -- a group with an undeniable affinity for electronic devices -- 62 percent prefer printed books to the electronic variety, according to a recently published study by British marketing agency Voxburner. That being said, ereaders make popular presents because they're lightweight, convenient, and can easily store hundreds of books at once. Ereaders are fairly inexpensive as well; the initial investment can sometimes cost less than $60 during special sales and ebooks are often cheaper than paper versions of the same book. Related: Holiday shipping comparison: FedEx, UPS, & USPS Cheapism.com has browsed the shelves to find three top ereaders available for less than $100. They all last weeks before the battery needs to be recharged and use E Ink technology to prevent eye strain. They can connect to the Internet using a wireless signal to download new books (some ereaders also use 3G, but those tend to be more expensive). Related: Cheap android tablet recommendations Amazon and Barnes & Noble have their own ebookstores, including titles that are unique to their platforms. Users can buy ebooks from a variety of other sources, as well, so long as the books are in a supported file format, or even borrow ebooks from a local library. More from Cheapism: Best cheap red wine reviews Best LCD TVs under $600 For more ways to save, follow Cheapism on Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook. To stay on top of the latest posts, read the Cheapism Blog.