Should You Feed Your Pets Pumpkin?

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Pumpkins are an inescapable part of the fall season. You’ll see them on porches, as coffee flavors and on cereal boxes in stores, and even as a David S. Pumpkins Halloween special on NBC. But some pet owners don't wait until the holiday is in full swing: They serve up canned pumpkin to their dogs and cats year-round, having heard it’s an excellent source of fiber. Is it true?

According to veterinarian Lisa Freeman, who authored a piece for Tufts University, domesticated pets don’t actually require fiber as part of their diet, but some might benefit from fiber’s ability to ease bowel issues or contribute to satiety on a low-calorie diet. The problem with using pumpkin as a source of that fiber, Freeman writes, is that there’s simply too little of it to be of much use. A medium-sized dog would need 12 cups of pumpkin a day in order to see any benefit.

Compounding the questionable wisdom of feeding pets pumpkin is the fact that the canned varieties often have additives that might not sit well with your furry friend. Pumpkin pie mix is loaded with sugar, which can lead to weight gain; dogs or cats with heart or kidney issues might also see adverse effects from the sodium found in processed pumpkin. (There’s also the fact that canned pumpkin is often comprised of different squashes, which may or may not have the same intended health benefits.)

If you think your pet would benefit from more fiber, ask your vet for recommendations—and save the pumpkin for the two-legged members of the family.

[h/t TuftsNow]

Wayfair’s Fourth of July Clearance Sale Takes Up to 60 Percent Off Grills and Outdoor Furniture

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This Fourth of July, Wayfair is making sure you can turn your backyard into an oasis while keeping your bank account intact with a clearance sale that features savings of up to 60 percent on essentials like chairs, hammocks, games, and grills. Take a look at some of the highlights below.

Outdoor Furniture

Brisbane bench from Wayfair
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- Jericho 9-Foot Market Umbrella $92 (Save 15 percent)
- Woodstock Patio Chairs (Set of Two) $310 (Save 54 percent)
- Brisbane Wooden Storage Bench $243 (Save 62 percent)
- Kordell Nine-Piece Rattan Sectional Seating Group with Cushions $1800 (Save 27 percent)
- Nelsonville 12-Piece Multiple Chairs Seating Group $1860 (Save 56 percent)
- Collingswood Three-Piece Seating Group with Cushions $410 (Save 33 percent)

Grills and Accessories

Dyna-Glo electric smoker.
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- Spirit® II E-310 Gas Grill $479 (Save 17 percent)
- Portable Three-Burner Propane Gas Grill $104 (Save 20 percent)
- Digital Bluetooth Electric Smoker $224 (Save 25 percent)
- Cuisinart Grilling Tool Set $38 (Save 5 percent)

Outdoor games

American flag cornhole game.
GoSports

- American Flag Cornhole Board $57 (Save 19 percent)
- Giant Four in a Row Game $30 (Save 6 percent)
- Giant Jenga Game $119 (Save 30 percent)

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The Worst Drivers In America Live in These 15 States

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No matter how many times you've been cut off on a road trip, anecdotal evidence alone can't prove that a certain state's drivers are worse than yours. For that, you need statistics. The personal finance company SmartAsset compiled data related to bad driving behaviors to create this list of the 15 states in America with the worst drivers.

This ranking is based on four metrics: the number of fatalities per 100 million miles driven in each state, DUI arrests per 1000 drivers, the percentage of uninsured drivers, and how often residents Google the terms “speeding ticket” or “traffic ticket.”

Mississippi ranks worst overall, with the second-highest number of fatalities and the second lowest percentage of insured drivers. This marked the third year in a row Mississippi claimed the bottom slot in SmartAsset's worst driver's list. This year, it's followed by Nevada in second place and Tennessee in third. You can check out the worst offenders in the country in the list below.

Some motorists may be more interested in avoiding the cities plagued by bad driving than the states. These two categories don't always align: Oregon, which didn't crack the top 10 states with the worst drivers, is home to Portland, the city with the worst drivers according to one quote comparison site. After reading through the list of states, compare it to the cities with the worst drivers in America here.

  1. Mississippi
  1. Nevada
  1. Tennessee
  1. Florida
  1. California
  1. Arizona
  1. South Carolina (Tie)
  1. Texas (Tie)
  1. New Mexico
  1. Alaska
  1. Louisiana
  1. Alabama
  1. Oregon
  1. Arkansas
  1. Colorado