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6 Fun Facts About Chinchillas

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By Vanessa Voltolina No, they’re not rabbits, nor are they the next trend in small and furry animals. Chinchillas are fun family pets that are here to stay – and their quality of life in your home can be made even better by...

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What to Do if Your Dog Eats a Wild Mushroom

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“If you witness or even suspect that your dog has eaten all or part of a mushroom, try to get a sample of the fungus to bring with you to the veterinary hospital,” Good explains. This will help with quick identification and appropriate...

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Preventing Accidental Mushroom Consumption for Dogs

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Before visiting a new outdoor area with your pet, take some time to check the out the North American Mycological Association, that lists poisonous mushrooms that are popular in different regions across the U.S. And, keep your dog on a leash...

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Mushrooms That Cause Gastrointestinal Distress

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These mushrooms include: - Boletus - Chlorophyllum - Entolomo Found throughout the US, “The least toxic species of the poisonous mushrooms include the Boletus,ChlorophyllumandEntolomaspecies,” says Dr. Good. These...

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False Morel Mushrooms

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False morel mushrooms include: - Gyromitra esculenta (Beefsteak) - Gyromitra caroliniana - Mushrooms in the Verpa genre - Mushrooms in the Helvella genre Commonly found in areas with sandy soils under coniferous trees...

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Mushrooms Containing Muscarinic Agents

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Mushrooms that include muscarinic agents include: - Inocybe - Clitocybe Mushrooms of theInocybespecies orClitocybespecies contain muscarinic agents, these toxins produce dysfunction at certain nerve endings. Commonly found across...

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Toadstool Mushrooms

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Toadstool Mushrooms include: - Amanita pantherina (Panther Cap) - Amanita muscaria (Fly Agaric) “Ingestion of the speciesAmanita pantherina known as the Panther Cap andAmanita muscaria also referred to as the Fly Agaric,...

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Hallucinogenic Mushrooms

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Hallucinogenic Mushrooms include: - Conocybe - Gymnopilus - Psilocybe - Panaeolus Mushrooms of theConocybe,Gymnopilus,PsilocybeandPanaeolusspecies contain psilocin and psilocybin as their toxic components and are typically...

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Liver-Toxic Mushrooms

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Poisonous liver-toxic mushrooms include: - Amanita phalloides (Death Cap Mushroom) - Amanita ocreata (Angel of Death) - Lepiota (False Parasol) - Galerina Mushrooms that present the greatest threat for dogs are what veterinarians...

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6 Poisonous Mushrooms for Dogs

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By Caitlin Ultimo Poisonous mushrooms that grow in the wild can be extremely difficult to identify, but they cause serious harm to your dog if you’re not careful. While some dangerous mushrooms may have obvious warning signs,...

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6 Poisonous Mushrooms That Are Toxic to Dogs

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Can dogs eat mushrooms? The answer is—not all of them. Find out all about poisonous mushrooms and which wild mushrooms your dog should avoid at all costs.

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End Your Night With a Walk

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If you’ve taken some time to walk your dog during the day during your own personal breaks, that’s great, but taking time at night to take your dog on a longer walk will be an added bonus. “Before your dog goes to bed, take...

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Become Familiar With Body Language

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Sometimes it’s not about specific actions we take with our pets but rather the way we tune into what they’re feeling that helps show how much we love them. “By understanding how your dog feels, you can react appropriately...

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Take Them for a Drive

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If you’re running an errand that won’t require you leaving the car (like picking someone up, heading through the drive-thru, etc.), why not bring your pup along? “[Many] dogs love car rides, especially when it’s just...

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Add Training Time to Your Schedule

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If you have any wiggle room, even just an hour a week, a training class is a great way to show your dog you care. “Then, you can spend 15 minutes a day practicing what you learned in class,” says Burch. “Plus, trained dogs...

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Pay Attention to Praise

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It’s easy to turn our attention on our dogs when they misbehave, but by praising them when they are behaving like perfect angels, simply lying there and being quiet and calm or doing something cute, you’re helping to reinforce...

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Take Quick Walks During the Day

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Everyone needs a break from the booked-solid lifestyle, and if you can get outside with your dog during those five minutes, all the better. Of course this suggestion won’t work for everyone, but if you work from home or are lucky enough...

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Focus On Touch

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While your first instinct may be to hug or pat your dog on the head to show affection, to dogs, these are actually signs of dominance, says Dr. Rachel Barrack of Animal Acupuncture. “Instead, try gently massaging their bellies or behind...

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Let Your Dog Hang Out With You

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Even the smallest act — like letting your dog hang around while you work — can help him feel like he’s part of your busy day. “Pets respond to interaction, even the simplest kind,” says Dr. Oscar Chavez, DVM...

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Leave Toys When You're Gone

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If you have to be gone during the day, make sure your dog has plenty of mental stimulation in your absence. “There are a variety of interactive canine toys into which treats can be stuffed,” says Burch. “The dog stays engaged...

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Create Morning Cuddle Time

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If you’re already stressed about how crazy your morning routine is, try waking up just five or 10 minutes early to include your dog in it. If you start the day with a quick trip outside with your dog, your pup will come to appreciate...

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10 Easy Ways to Show Your Dog Affection

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By Cheryl Lock No matter how much we love our furry family members, sometimes life just gets a little too hectic. Showing our dogs the affection we want to — and the affection they deserve — often falls to the wayside. The...

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10 Easy Ways to Show Your Dog Affection

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Even with busy schedules, it's important to show our dogs we care. Here are simple, quick ways to show your dog affection.

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Kitten Survives 130-Mile Trek in a Car's Engine Compartment

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It's rare that getting a flat tire can be considered a blessing in disguise, but that was exactly the case for a kitten who was found under the hood of a car in Birmingham, Alabama. When a family traveling from Atlanta, Georgia,hit...

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How to Use Bones in a Dog's Raw Food Diet

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By Aly Semigran For pet owners feeding their dog a raw food diet, the inclusion of bones can provide optimal nutrition, as well as added benefits such as dental care and mental stimulation. As Dr. Karen Becker, DVM, explains, “You...

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