Author: Jeanne Bennett

Fizzing Out Philly soda tax actually affecting Delco

While the controversial “soda tax” passed by Philadelphia City Council continues sparking heated debates there, Delaware County residents are lesser known casualties of the landmark legislation because we’re paying more for fizzy, sugary drinks, too. To compensate for what they claim are significant losses directly attributed to Philly’s soda tax, soda manufacturers have raised wholesale prices to retail distributors who, in turn, sell directly to the public. In Philadelphia, the new mandate applies a 1.5 cents-per-ounce tax on sodas, fruit drinks, sweetened iced teas, and juices that contain less than 50 percent real fruit. Essentially, the tax adds about...

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Pet supplements may not be worth the effort

Every year pet owners spend over $60 billion on their pets. This number represents everything from clothing to very pricey medical treatments. In the last few years, dietary supplements for pets have seen a large increase in popularity. Nutraceuticals and dietary supplements include vitamins, minerals, herbs, enzymes, botanicals, amino acids, probiotics, fiber, and fatty acids. They can be taken in the form of tablets, capsules, powders, or liquids. There are even energy bars for you and your dog! You may be taking one or more of these dietary supplements yourself. But does that mean that your dog and cat...

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Bird watching can be fun, but…

Birding is one of those hobbies that will truly bring you closer to nature. Watching and studying birds is educational, enlightening, and really opens your eyes to what is going on in your local ecosystem. It can be a bit intimidating for some people. They think you need extensive knowledge of ornithology (the study of birds) to truly call yourself a birder, or that you have to become some kind of extreme naturalist to be any good at the hobby. Many people have the idea that to be a real birder you must spend hours in waist-deep swampy waters...

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Common illnesses your cat can get

As a cat parent, it is important to recognize the signs and symptoms of common illnesses so you can seek veterinary help for your feline friend in a timely manner if necessary. Read on for information about diseases and other medical inflictions that frequently impact cats. Cancer Cancer is a class of diseases in which cells grow uncontrollably, invade surrounding tissue and may spread to other areas of the body. As with people, cats can get various kinds of cancer. The disease can be localized (confined to one area, like a tumor) or generalized (spread throughout the body). Diabetes...

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OOPS! He did it again

While both male and female dogs can mark, it’s usually a male dog that is lifting his leg around your house. And first things first, your dog isn’t marking because he is jealous or pissed off at you. Male dogs do mark for a variety of reasons, though he smells a place where another dog peed, he has a medical issue, he isn’t actually housebroken, he is anxious about a new person or dog, or he is a new dog in a new situation. Let’s go through these and talk about how to remedy each one.   1. He...

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