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Is It True That Cats Prefer People Who Don’t Like Them?

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The first time my sister spent the night at my house and left the guest bedroom door open, she came downstairs with circles under her eyes and a disheveled head. “Was the bed uncomfortable?” I asked nervously. “No,”...

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Oral Medication for Dogs: What's the Difference Between Tablets, Chews, Liquids and Suspensions

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By Patrick Mahaney, VMD Does your pet regularly take any medications? If so, in what format does the medication enter your pet’s body? There are multiple forms in which drugs are manufactured or compounded, with the primary options...

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What Should My Dog's Poop Look Like?

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Is My Dog's Poop Normal? By Jessica Vogelsang, DVM As a veterinarian, a lot of my time is spent on poop — looking at it, talking about it, thinking about it—all in the service of assessing the health of the pet...

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5. Nutritional Allergies

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While dogs most frequently suffer from allergies due to environmental triggers, allergic reactions to food is possible. Some dogs may be allergic to certain proteins (beef, dairy, chicken, etc.) and/or grains (wheat, corn, rice, etc.). This...

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4. Seasonal Allergies

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Seasonal allergies, which mainly manifests with itchy skin in dogs, tend to be most prevalent during spring, summer, and fall, but regions that undergo frequently warm and/or humid weather can have a year-round allergy season. Blooming plants...

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3. Mange

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Mites like mange (Sarcoptes, Demodex, etc.) are microscopic insects that burrow deep into the layers of the skin to feed and live. Chewing their way through your dog’s skin creates inflammation and leads to secondary infections (bacteria,...

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2. Ticks

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Like fleas, ticks seek blood to survive. That is why tick bites create inflammation at the point of entry that can worsen the longer the tick stays attached and releases its saliva into the skin. Additionally, secondary bacterial infection can...

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1. Fleas

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Flea saliva is very allergenic, so a single flea can cause flea allergy dermatitis (FAD) that makes your dog itchy at the bite site (often around the head, anus, neck, tail base, or groin area). In addition to the itching/scratching, dogs with...

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Why is My Dog Scratching Himself

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By Patrick Mahaney, VMD Itching and scratching is a common issue among dogs. However, that doesn’t make it any easier to witness your dog suffer. Here are a few of the more typical reasons for itching and scratching in dogs and how...

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Consult a Veterinarian

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“Relieving yourself (as anyone who has held it on a long trip knows) is very rewarding,” says Dr. Radosta. “Once the dog has urinated, no amount of yelling is going to change that. It will make your dog afraid of you.”...

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5. Medical Disorders

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“Medical disorders [such as urinary infections, bladder stones, kidney disease, diabetes, etc.] increase urgency so the dog can’t get to the outside fast enough,” says Dr. Radosta. “If that is the case, they will go wherever...

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4. Marking

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According to Dr. Radosta, dogs mark for various reasons. Unfortunately, once they start it can quickly become a pattern – urinating small amounts in very specific areas around the house. It may even cause other household dogs (and sometimes...

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3. Improper House Training

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“If your dog was not formally taught that outside was the only correct option for urination, it isn’t fair to expect the dog to urinate only outside,” says Dr. Radosta. “You can only reasonably expect the dog to do what...

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2. Submission/Fear

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Submissive urination can be exhibited in any age of dog, though it is most commonly seen in puppies. According to Dr. Radosta, it generally occurs when someone leans over, reaches for or scolds the dog. It can be triggered by a stranger or the...

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1. Overexcitement

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“Dogs who exhibit excitement urination do not show submissive body language,” says Dr. Lisa Radosta, a board-certified veterinary behaviorist. Instead they exhibit joyous behavior such as wiggling, jiggling, and jumping as they happily...

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Why is My Dog Peeing in the House?

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House soiling is a common problem among dogs, but often one that is resolved early on during puppyhood. So what do you do if your adult or senior dog is still peeing in the house? Here are a few possible underlying behavioral and medical causes...

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A Few Hiking Safety Tips for Dogs

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Before heading out on your hike you will want to ensure that: Your dog is up to date on his vaccinations. Your dog has a rabies tag on him. Your contact info on his collar or microchip implant is up to date. Your dog is free of any...

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10. Mixed Breed

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Mixed-breed dogs are great at so many things, why not hiking too? In fact, many mixed-breed dogs share the same qualities and characteristics of the other aforementioned dogs on this list.

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9. Rhodesian Ridgeback

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Originally bred by European Boers for lion-hunting, the Rhodesian Ridgeback is now one of the best hiking companions. The dog's short and shiny wheaten coat helps the Rhodesian Ridgeback adapt better to hot climates than most other breeds.

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8. Border Collie

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Known for its high energy, incredible agility and superb intelligence, the Border Collie is adept at many outdoor activities, including hiking. The dog breed also follows directions well, which is extremely important on a trail.

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7. Australian Shepherd

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Originally bred as an all-purpose herder and farm dog, the Australian Shepherd is nearly unmatched when it comes to obedience, high energy and agility – all of which are essential on the hiking trail. The Australian Shepherd is especially...

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6. Alaskan Malamute

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If you are looking for a big dog to accompany you through harsh terrain in cold climates, then look no further than this dog breed. Considered larger and stronger than the Siberian Husky, the Alaskan Malamute has a thick, double coat and huge...

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5. Portuguese Water Dog

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Does your hiking trail travel near water or a beach? Bring a Portuguese Water Dog along. This dog breed is adventurous and thrives on daily mental and physical exercise.

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Nutrition Questions
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Q. My pet is overweight, what should I look for in a food?

A. There are many therapeutic food options available. These foods have been formulated...

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Q. How does Hill's Metabolic Advance weight solution food work?

A. Hill's Pet Nutrition uses the most advanced technologies to understand how nutrients...

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Q. My cat will not eat the renal food my veterinarian recommended, can I feed a grocery store food?

A. Your veterinarian recommended a therapeutic kidney diet because it has ingredients...

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