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A Few Swimming Safety Tips

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Don’t assume your dog can swim just because his breed was previously mentioned. Every dog will need to learn how to swim and will take time to feel comfortable in the water. Take it slow. You don’t want to traumatize him. Additionally,...

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10. Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

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The smallest of the retrievers, the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever was originally bred in the southern region of Nova Scotia to toll, lure, and retrieve waterfowl by playing on-shore.

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9. Golden Retriever

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The Golden Retriever, part of the sporting group of dogs, was originally bred as a hunting companion for retrieving waterfowl. It continues to be a favorite among hunters and families who want a dog that loves to swim!

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8. Labrador Retriever

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America’s most popular dog also happens to be one of the best swimming dog breeds. This is probably because the modern Labrador Retriever is the ancestral result of a popular fishing and retrieving dog from Newfoundland and Labrador, an...

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7. Portuguese Water Dog

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Once found all along the coast of Portugal, the Portuguese Water Dog was used mainly to herd fish into nets, retrieve lost fishing equipment, and act as a boat-to-boat or boat-to-shore courier. Nowadays the Portuguese Water is just as happy...

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6. Irish Setter

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The result of combining the best traits from several breeds, including the English Setter, the Pointer, the Irish Terrier and the Irish Water Spaniel, the Irish Setter has just as much fun out in the field as in the water.

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5. Irish Water Spaniel

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One of the oldest spaniel breeds around today, the Irish Water Spaniel was originally bred as a sporting dog and water retriever. Its beautiful double coat and tight curls help resist harsh outdoor conditions.

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4. English Setter

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English Setter often feel more at home in the water than on land. It was originally bred as a bird dog to point and retrieve game in English moors.

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3. Chesapeake Bay Retriever

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The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is often regarded as the toughest of the water retrievers. Many “Chessies”, as they are sometimes affectionately called, actually swim and dive into ice cold water. This is probably because their coat,...

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8 Simple Ways to Dog-Proof Your Backyard

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Many of us know how to dog-proof our homes, but we often don’t take the same precautions when it comes to our outdoor spaces. Here’s how to protect your dog from backyard dangers. 1. Choose Dog-Safe Flowers for Garden Seasonal...

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2. Newfoundland

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Don’t let its size fool you, the Newfoundland breed hails from the coast of Newfoundland, where it was a popular working dog, both on land and water. Among its chores, towing lines from ship to land in choppy seas and rescuing errant swimmers....

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1. Standard Poodle

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This dog actually derives its name from the German word pudeln, which means “to splash.” Hopefully your Standard Poodle won’t splash you in the eyes. That’s so annoying!

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Dogs that LOVE Water

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It’s often said that all dogs are born knowing how to swim— at least knowing how to do the so-called “dog paddle.” While that may not be true (and a good reason why you should never just toss a dog into a lake, pool or...

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Top 10 Swimming Dog Breeds

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It’s often said that all dogs are born knowing how to swim. While that may not be true there are certain breeds that are often more adept at swimming. Here are just a few of those...

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#1 Massachusetts

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Massachusetts is a beautiful place to live, full of rich history and culture. Unfortunately for pet parents, with over 130,000 reported cases of Lyme disease, ehrlichia, and anaplasma in dogs, according to IDEXX Laboratories., Massachusetts...

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#2 Pennsylvania

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With wide stretches of farmland and national forests, it’s no surprise the Keystone state has the second-most reported cases of Lyme disease in dogs.

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#3 New York

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Although most people think of New York City, the most populous city in the U.S., when they think of New York, there are plenty of other beautiful areas in the state – many of them more rural. Unfortunately for pet parents statewide, with...

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#4 Connecticut

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The fourth most densely populated state in the U.S. also happens to be the fourth worst state for pet parents worrying about ticks.

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#5 Virginia

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The oldest of the 13 original colonies, Virginia offers many historic landmarks and beautiful forests. However, Virginia, too, has a serious problem with ticks, according to IDEXX Laboratories.

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#6 Wisconsin

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With an interior overflowing with forests and farms, Wisconsin has earned its nickname “America’s Dairyland.” Unfortunately for pet parents it also had over 64,000 reported cases of Lyme disease, ehrlichia, and anaplasma in...

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#7 New Jersey

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The “Garden State” is like a huge barrel, with both ends open…to ticks that can transmit dangerous diseases to your pets.

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#8 Maine

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Maine’s towering mountains may be beautiful to look at, but these wooded landscapes are teeming with ticks which can easily migrate to residential areas.

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#9 Minnesota

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The “Land of 10,000 lakes” can also now be called the land of tens of thousands of positive tick-borne disease cases in dogs. Since 2012 there have been over 45,000 reported cases of Lyme disease, ehrlichia, and anaplasma in dogs,...

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#10 New Hampshire

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With large expanses of wilderness, New Hampshire is often known for its great spots for canoeing, fishing and hiking. Unfortunately, it also has a large tick population.

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Problem Area for Ticks on Pets

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Ticks can be found on every state in the U.S. and are often year-round problem, which is why veterinarians recommend protecting your pets against tick-borne disease with preventatives. However, if you live in one of the following states you...

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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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