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Dog Care Center - Behavior

What Not to Do with Dogs and Babies

Filed Under Behavior, Adult Dog

by Kellie B. Gormly We love our dogs, so much so that for many people their dogs are considered full members of the family. And that prime status shouldn’t change when you bring home a new pint-size human – but, experts say,...

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6 Dangerous (and Surprising) Items That Contain Xylitol

Filed Under Poisoning-Toxicity, Puppy, Adult Dog, Senior Dog

by John Gilpatrick Dog owners know the dangers that foods like chocolate, garlic, onions, and grapes pose to their canine companions’ health; foods that are harmless to most people. Another common substance that’s harmless...

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Anemia in Dogs – Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

Filed Under General Health, Puppy, Adult Dog, Senior Dog

Anemia in a dog can be sudden or long term, and medical treatment is necessary for the health of the dog and to prevent a fatal outcome. Learn more about this condition in dogs here.

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9 Mistakes Dog Owners Make at the Vet

Filed Under Care, Adult Dog

A trip to the vet’s office can be tense, especially if your pup is sick or hurt, so why add any more stress to the situation? For the sake of your dog (and yourself), the next time you visit your vet’s office, avoid making these common mistakes.

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8 Essential Tips for Picking Up Dog Poop

Filed Under Care, Puppy, Adult Dog, Senior Dog

Dog waste carries harmful microorganisms that can have a major impact on wildlife and the environment, so picking it up is not only good manners, in most locations it’s the law. The following tips will help you get down and dirty with all things poop removal.

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7 Dangers of Not Socializing Your Dog

Filed Under Training, Puppy

What happens if a puppy doesn’t get the benefit of early socialization? How might that impact the dog when its fully grown? Behavior is a product of both nature and nurture, a mix of genetics and experience, but it’s possible that under-socialized dogs can exhibit any of the following problems.

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6 Things Commonly Found in Your Dog’s Poop

Filed Under General Health, Puppy, Adult Dog, Senior Dog

Next time you are cleaning up after your dog, take a moment to examine what he or she is producing. If you notice any of the following, your dog’s health could be at risk.

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6 Poisonous Mushrooms That Are Toxic to Dogs

Filed Under Emergency, Adult Dog

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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Feeding Your Puppy: What to Keep in Mind

Filed Under Nutrition, Puppy

By Samantha Drake From nutritional needs to training rewards, here’s how to keep your puppy happy and healthy. Growing puppies love to eat. These little bundles of energy, with their big, soulful eyes and furiously wagging...

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Can Pets Get Cancer from Owners’ Smoking?

Filed Under Wellness

By Jennifer Coates, DVM The Dangers of Second Hand Smoke for Pets You must have been living on a desert island for the last few decades if you are not aware of the danger that smoking poses both to smokers and to the people who...

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Anxiety Disorders in Dogs: Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment

Filed Under Care, Adult Dog

Anxiety is a fact of life—even for a dog. For every stressed dog, there’s plenty of help available through veterinarians, trainers, and canine mental health professionals. This slideshow explores the signs and symptoms of canine anxiety, and how owners can help their dogs deal. Read more.

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Tremors and Seizures in Dogs: Causes, Diagnosis, and Treatment

Filed Under Neurological, Adult Dog

By David F. Kramer Perhaps one of the most disturbing things a dog owner can experience is a bout of uncontrollable shaking in their pet. While tremors by themselves can simply be an indication of excessive stress or fear, they...

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5 Rare Diseases of Dogs

Filed Under General Health, Adult Dog

Veterinarians have a saying, “when you hear hoof beats, think horses not zebras,” which serves to remind us all that rare diseases are… rare. These five rare dog diseases are worth knowing about. Read more.

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11 Ways You're Shortening Your Dog's Life

Filed Under Slideshows, Puppy, Adult Dog, Senior Dog

There is a lot more that goes into raising a healthy pup. And sometimes, our busy lifestyles cause us to overlook some simple measures that could help to extend the lifespan of our canines.

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How to Stop Your Dog From Pulling on the Leash

Filed Under Behavior

By Caitlin Ultimo We all have that friend, relative,or rival who walks their dog with expert leash-wielding skills. They aren’t being pulled down the block, tied 'round trees,or tangled up with the friendly neighbor dog...

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5 Things Your Puppy Can't Live Without

Filed Under Care, Puppy

Puppies are fun and cute, but they are also a responsibility that shouldn't be taken lightly. Here are 5 crucial things to get for your puppy.

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What Causes Diarrhea in Dogs (and How to Treat it)

Filed Under Care

Diarrhea is a prevalent problem for dogs. Even worse, it can be a serious issue that quickly leads to dehydration. What people want to know most, though, is how to treat diarrhea in dogs. Let's look into that as well as the common causes...

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Using Omega 3 Fatty Acids Effectively and Safely

Filed Under NutritionNuggets, Puppy, Adult Dog, Senior Dog

Omega 3 Fatty Acids are very popular nutritional supplements for dogs. They are advertised to help with skin conditions, allergies, kidney function, lymphoma, heart disease, cognitive function, arthritis, and more. Research is spotty but supports...

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The 12 Best Dog Hugs of All Time

Filed Under Care, Adult Dog

These huggy pooches spread their love to their humans, other animals, and even toys!

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Is Your Home Poisonous to Pets?

Filed Under Care, Puppy, Adult Dog, Senior Dog

by Matthew Bershadker This guest post is written byMatthew Bershadker, President & CEO, ASPCA. Most people are generally aware of potentially toxic products in their homes. After all, we can read labels, we can receive alerts,...

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How to Keep Your Senior Dog from Destroying Your Home

Filed Under Care, Senior Dog

Dog Proof Your House: Senior Dogs In their twilight years, doggies naturally become less physically agile and mentally sharp. Dog proofing your home to accommodate these changes will make both you and your senior dog more comfortable. Clear...

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6 Ways Pets Improve Your Health

Filed Under Care, Puppy, Adult Dog, Senior Dog

You’ve heard before: Adopt a pet from a shelter or rescue and you save a life. And while those words ring true 365 days each year, they have even more meaning on April 11 – National Pet Day, founded by animal welfare advocate Colleen Paige in hopes of saving some of the 16,000 unwanted pets killed each day in U.S. shelters. Indeed, providing a forever home for a dog or cat is a loving, noble and worthwhile act. But based on findings from some four decades of medical research, their lives aren’t the only ones being “saved” in their adoption. Here are six ways pets can save your life from America’s top killer – heart disease – and improve your overall health:

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5 Steps to Save Your Dog's Teeth

Filed Under Nutrition, Puppy, Adult Dog, Senior Dog

Dental disease is a common problem in our pets and can lead to a variety of health issues. It is estimated that 80% of dogs over the age of 3 years suffer from some degree of periodontal disease. Every time a dog with periodontal disease chews, bacteria are showered into the bloodstream, which then lodges in the kidneys, liver, and heart causing damage and disease. Additionally, fractured teeth, feline resorptive lesions, and tooth root abscesses are painful and can act as a constant source of discomfort for your dog. Here are a few steps you can take to help maintain the dental health of your dog.

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6 Tips for Choosing Healthy Puppy Food

Filed Under Nutrition, Puppy

Choosing a type of food for your new puppy can be confusing, here are six tips to help you choose the best one for your dog.

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Dog Care Questions
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Q. From whom should I get my puppy? The local shelter, my neighbor, a breeder, or a pet supply store?

A. Many people believe that it is better to get a puppy from a reliable breeder. While...

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Q. How do I select a quality dog breeder?

A. To choose a quality breeder, take the time to conduct a thorough research on the...

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Q. Should I get a mixed breed or purebred puppy?

A. A purebred puppy is a better option for some people because there is a better idea...

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