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Pet of the Week: Most-Read Tips of 2009

The Humane Society of the United States

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Jennifer Evers

Over the past year, Pet of the Week enewsletter readers have submitted hundreds of photos of their dogs and cats, suggested their favorite cat-related songs, and even shared their football-loving mutts.

In 2010, we'll bring you even more great pet tips, news, and many new furry faces. Here's a look back at the 10 most-read pet tips from 2009.

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1. Cat aggression toward people: Originally featured on July 12.

We're guessing that quite a few of you have been swatted by your frisky feline once or twice. This was the most popular pet behavior tip of 2009. Learn the different types of cat aggression, what causes them, and how to avoid these confrontations » 

2. Dog barking: May 5.

Learn what causes dogs to bark, and how to get them to quiet down »

3. Can your pet get swine flu?: Nov. 22

There's no question that the 2009 H1N1 influenza (swine flu) virus got plenty of attention in 2009, for both people and pets. The HSUS' experts lay out the facts about the flu virus and how it has affected our pets »

4. Removing pet stains and odors: Sept. 27.

Start the new year squeaky-clean: follow our tips to get rid of pet stains and odors in your home » 

5. Plants potentially poisonous to pets: July 19.

Make sure your indoor foliage isn't fatal to your furry friends » 

6. What you should know about flea and tick product ingredients: Sept 20

Read this before buying over-the-counter flea and tick products for your pet »

7. Common household dangers for pets: Oct. 18

See what you might have around your house that could harm your pets »

8. Identifying lost pets with microchips: July 26

Learn why microchips are an essential tool for pet owners » 

9. What you can do to stop puppy mills: Nov. 29

Easy ways you can help stop cruel puppy mills »

10. Having trouble affording your pet?: Jan. 4

Did you know that there are resources across the country dedicated to helping pet owners who are having trouble affording the cost of their pets? If you need help, look for groups near you »