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New Research Reveals Evolution of Dog Breeds

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On days when my patients go straight from Shih Tzu to Newfoundland to Whippet, I marvel that all of these dog breeds are the same species. Not only do they look different, but they also have different medical and behavioral needs. Of course,...

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Cat Saved from Antifreeze Poisoning with Vodka

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Cheers to this: Veterinarians from theRSPCA Animal Emergency Hospital at Wacol in Australia saved a cat's life by giving him...vodka. According to the RSPCA's Facebook page, the cat was rushed to their facility on July 17 after...

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5 Rabies Prevention Tips for Dogs

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By Hanie Elfenbein, DVM Rabies is a scary viral disease that is transmitted through a bite or scratch—saliva or blood from an infected animal must pass into your dog’s bloodstream. Rabies can also be passed to dogs if...

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5 Things That Stress Out Your Cat

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By Paula Fitzsimmons Sounds and smells we may enjoy or don’t think twice about can make our feline family members miserable. Cats have a heightened sense of smell and hearing that serves their wild counterparts well. But our...

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How to Desensitize Your Pet to the Vet

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By Carol McCarthy If there is one experience that all pet parents have witnessed or been party to, it is that of a frightened animal having a hard time coping at a veterinary office. The cause of a pet’s anxiety at the...

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How to Tell If Dogs Are Feline Friendly

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“Dogs and cats, living together...mass hysteria!” (Dr. Peter Venkman, Ghostbusters, 1984). This quote always comes to mind when I see pictures of dogs and cats happily co-existing, snuggled up together, grooming each other, and living...

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How to Protect Your Pet from Common Causes of Sudden Death

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By Dorri Olds Losing a pet is an extremely painful experience for pet parents, but it can be even more difficult to cope with when the death is unexpected. Fortunately, owners can prevent some of the causes of sudden death in pets. Your...

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Low-Protein Dog Food: Is It Right For Your Pet?

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By Kate Hughes Like any member of the family, your dog needs to eat a balanced and healthy diet to live a long, full life. Many experts consider protein to be the most essential macro-nutrient in you canine companion's dinner. However,...

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Do Cats Burp?

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By Kate Hughes Burping after eating or drinking is a fairly common occurrence in humans. Our penchant for socializing during meals and consuming carbonated beverages only exacerbates this issue. If you’re chatting it up while...

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American Shelter Dog Initiative Gives Pet Adoption a New Name

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What's in a name? Well, when it comes to certain dog breeds, a whole heck of a lot. Certain dogbreeds and/ormixessuch as Pit Bulls, German Shepherds, Doberman Pinschers, and Rottweilers get a bad rap based on outdated stereotypes...

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SuperZoo Rules

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Why Your Cat Can’t Go Without Food

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By Mindy Cohan, VMD Because cats have an innate ability to hide illness, an underlying disease might be quite advanced by the time a pet parent notices a problem. An important red flag is a change in appetite. There are many reasons for...

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What to Do About a Dog That Bullies Other Dogs

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By Victoria Schade No one wants to hang around a canine bully. These inappropriate dogs are pushy, annoying, and tone-deaf about dog-speak, and instead of following the rules of polite social interactions, they make their own rules. It’s...

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Grooming Care for Your Guinea Pig

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By Dr. Laurie Hess, DVM, Diplomate ABVP (Avian Practice) Guinea pigs are cuddly, full of personality, and live on average 7-9 years. Unlike many other pets, such as dogs, cats, or rabbits, guinea pigs typically need minimal grooming and...

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Causes of Bad Odors in Cats

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By Jennifer Coates, DVM When you think of smelly pets, cats aren’t the first species that come to mind. Cleanliness is one of their biggest draws, after all. So, if you start to detect a bad odor emanating from your cat, you need...

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Who’s Watching Whom? Inside the Mind of Your Pet Fish

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By Jessie M Sanders, DVM, CertAqV – Aquatic Veterinary Services (CA) You’ve may have heard the joke: A fish and its three second memory will never be bored swimming around its bowl because by the time it makes a full circle,...

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Caring for a Baby Gecko

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By Dr. Laurie Hess, DVM, Dipl ABVP (Avian Practice) Geckos are one of the most popular lizard species kept as pets. Baby geckos can make adorable additions to any family and when housed and fed properly can grow up to be hardy adults...

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Hypothermia in Reptiles

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By Dr. Laurie Hess, DVM, Dipl ABVP (Avian Practice) Reptiles are ectotherms — cold-blooded animals whose body temperature regulation depends on external sources, such as direct sunlight or a heater. Without external heat sources,...

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Signs of Stroke in Cats

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By Jennifer Coates, DVM According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “someone in the United States has a stroke every40 seconds,” and strokes are responsible for “1 out of every 20 deaths.” While...

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Is Your Pet’s Food Safe?

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Did you hear about the recent Clean Label Project study into pet foods? The organization screened more than 900 dog and cat foods and treats for over 130 toxins “including heavy metals, BPA, pesticides, and other contaminants with links...

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Obedience Training for Dogs: 4 Easy Cues to Master

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By Victoria Schade The first thing most pet parents teach their dogs is the very important “sit” cue, but there are a few other obedience lessons that are equally important to master. These basic cues help dogs improve...

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Fawkes the Cat Severely Burned in Fire Makes Dramatic Recovery

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[video] After a fire ripped through a vacant building in Philadelphia, a firefighter discovered a badly burned stray cat among the rubble. The rescue worker—who found the cat on the anniversary of her cancer surgery—brought...

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Dogs with Underbites: What Is Canine Malocclusion?

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By Maura McAndrew Photos of “dogs with underbites” have been the focus of many an adorable Internet slideshow. But while misaligned teeth in dogs, or canine malocclusion, may make our pets seem more endearing or “ugly-cute,”...

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3-Month-Old Kitten Sustains Major Injuries from Fireworks

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Fourth of July celebrations may be enjoyablefor humans, but these eventscan beterrifying and sometimes life-threatening for our animal friends. In early July, a 3-month-old kitten in Jasper County, Iowa, was picked up by local animal...

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