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Grains in Dog Food: What You Need to Know

Filed Under Nutrition

By Helen Anne Travis In the human world, eliminating grains from the diet has been credited with everything from reducing belly fat, to improving skin tone, to alleviating the symptoms of depression. But what about our pets? Could...

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Can You Give a Dog Pepto Bismol?

Filed Under General Health

By Caitlin Ultimo It’s hard to watch your dog feel uncomfortable, especially if what ails him is as common and simple as an upset stomach. If your dog has diarrhea, he may not be acting like himself and you may want to help him...

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15 Summer Treats Your Dog Will Love

Filed Under Nutrition, Puppy, Adult Dog

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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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5 Ways to Keep Your Dog Feeling Full

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If your dog seems hungry all the time, it's important to know why. Here are some tips on identifying when your dog is hungry and how to keep him feeling full.

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Can Dogs Drink Milk?

Filed Under Nutrition

By Caitlin Ultimo When you picture a pet drinking milk, most will imagine a cat happily lapping up some out of her bowl. So many, might be surprised to hear that cats really shouldn’t ever be poured a bowl of milk. But, when it...

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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

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

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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10 Puppy Supplies to Add to Your Checklist

Filed Under Care, Puppy

Congratulations, you are now the proud caregiver of a new puppy! Make sure you have these puppy checklist items on hand.

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What Happens After Socialization?

Filed Under PurelyPuppy, Puppy

"I really like your blog, but I have one complaint." This was my friend and colleague Debbie, who generally says exactly what's on her mind. Her point was that although I talk a lot about socialization in this blog, I don't...

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When Dogs Are Too Afraid to Socialize

Filed Under PurelyPuppy, Puppy

"This one is really cute." That is my nurse describing the patient that she just put into the exam room for me. When I enter the room, I am greeted immediately by a friendly but cautious 9-month-old Brittney Spaniel. He is very, very...

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DHA - It’s Not Just for Senior Dogs

Filed Under NutritionNuggets

First some background. DHA, a type of omega-3 fatty acid, is found in fatty, cold water fish like salmon and is a major component in fish oil supplements. Vegetarian DHA typically comes from seaweed. Flaxseed contains another type of omega-3...

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Puppy Proofing Checklist

Filed Under Adoption-Getting-a-Puppy, Puppy

It’s important to puppy proof your house before your bundle of joy sniffs out a bunch of trouble. Start by walking your entire house and yard and imagining what a puppy could eat, climb, or pull down, then secure those things. We’ll...

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Five Life-Lengthening Health Tips for Your Pet

Filed Under Care, Puppy, Adult Dog, Senior Dog

How to Add Years to Your Pet's Life By Lorie Huston, DVM Anyone who has ever had a dog or cat wishes just one thing — that he or she has a healthy and long life. Here are five tips that can help your pet do just that. 1....

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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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