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Dog Care Center - Health

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:


5 Tips to Keep Your Senior Dog Healthy

Filed Under Care, Senior Dog

Healthcare Tips for Senior Dogs By Lorie Huston, DVM A senior dog has different health requirements than a younger dog. Here are some tips to help you keep your senior pet healthy. 1. Don't Forget the Health Check-ups Make...


Parvo in Adult Dogs

Filed Under FullyVetted, Adult Dog, Senior Dog

Parvovirus is usually diagnosed in young dogs that have not received their full complement of preventative vaccines. Protecting puppies from parvo is a race between declining maternal immunity (antibodies they receive from their mom),...


Why Does My Puppy Itch?

Filed Under PurelyPuppy, Puppy

So my editor boss-guy gave me a list of topic suggestions when we first planned out Purely Puppy. One of the topics was "diseases and conditions that affect puppies in their first year." Well, since that’s a little broad, we'll...


Kennel Cough in Dogs

Filed Under Respiratory, Puppy, Adult Dog, Senior Dog

Infectious Canine Tracheobronchitis Kennel cough, the common name given to infectious canine tracheobronchitis, is a highly contagious respiratory disease among dogs. As the name suggests, it is typified by inflammation of thetracheaand...


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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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Chihuahua: The World's Smallest Dog Breed

Featuring Tacobelle
First discovered in Mexico, the Chihuahua is best known for being the smallest dog breed in the world. Extremely loyal to its owner, the breed has recently become a popular culture...