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7 Reasons Why Your Dog May Need a Therapeutic Diet

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By Paula Fitzsimmons For many dogs, an over-the-counter diet containing the proper amounts of protein, carbs, fats, vitamins, and minerals is adequate for maintaining optimal health. In some instances, however, your veterinarian may...

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5 Diet Tips for Pets with Bladder Stones

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By Paula Fitzsimmons Stones form in an animal’s urinary tract when minerals are concentrated in the urine, then crystallize. The diet you feed your companion plays a pivotal role in the treatment and prevention of stones. “What...

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Can Dogs Laugh?

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By Maura McAndrew We often marvel at how “human” dogs can be—the way they look at us, the behaviors they engage in, the sounds they make. But the truth is, it’s not just our perception. Studies have shown that...

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Can Dogs Get Concussions?

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By Maura McAndrew When we hear the term “concussion,” many of us automatically think of athletes. Football players, for example, frequently suffer this type of traumatic brain injury. But any one of us is at risk for a...

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6 Tips for Feeding Your Pet During a Disaster

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By Carol McCarthy Hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, house fires…scarcely a week goes by without news of a disaster, natural or manmade, upsetting the lives of countless families. And four-legged family members are in no way...

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The History of Cats: a Look at Feline Domestication

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By Maura McAndrew More than 47 million American households own at least one cat, with two on average per household, according to the American Pet Products Association. As these statistics—plus the cat’s status as the...

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How to Properly Pick Up a Puppy or Kitten

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By Paula Fitzsimmons Who doesn’t jump at the chance to pick up and hold a puppy or kitten? “They are so cute, and they look like little stuffed toys,”says Dr. Robin Downing, hospital director at The Downing Center...

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Cats on Keyboards: Why They Love Them (and What You Can Do)

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By Monica Weymouth The best seat in the house? If you’re a cat, the answer is simple: the keyboard, of course. No matter how plush the bed, how cozy the kitty condo, or how elaborate the latest contraption you brought...

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How to Stop a Dog from Barking

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If you have a dog who won’t stop barking—whether it’s supposed to be a quieter breed or not—there are a couple of things you can do to help calm him. First, assess why he might be barking in the first place. If you...

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Barking in Multi-Dog Households

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When it comes to quiet breeds, keep in mind that if you have more than one dog, you will likely have more barking overall as one will mimic the other, Robinson says. “They will also find it more tempting to continue barking longer,”...

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Doberman

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These racy dogs tend to be quieter and more observant, says Robinson, but the Doberman is no less serious about his work than other working breeds.

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Scottish Deerhound

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A courageous, hardy dog known for good manners, loyalty, and willingness to please, Scottish Deerhounds also need sufficient exercise in a large, fenced-in area to stay healthy and happy. “Once mature, they are dignified, quiet housedogs,”...

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Bulldog

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A calm, courageous, and friendly breed, Bulldogs make wonderful companions. “They are also quiet, affectionate, and easygoing, with minimal exercise requirements,” DiNardo adds.

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Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

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Happy and affectionate, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are small dogs who are also known as ‘Comforter Spaniels’ for the soothing effect they have on their people. “They don’t need to vocalize much since they stick...

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Whippet

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Besides being friendly, affectionate, and gentle, the Whippet is also quiet and very versatile, DiNardo says. While their calm demeanor means they tend to be quieter than other breeds, they are also fast, athletic dogs who need daily exercise...

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Newfoundland

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As a generally all-around easygoing, laid-back breed, the Newfoundland’s temperament leads to less overall barking, Robinson says.

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Greyhound

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Friendly, sociable dogs who are well mannered and quiet at home, Greyhounds make great family pets, especially for families looking for quiet breeds. “These are sighthounds that concentrate on their surroundings using their eyes,”...

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Japanese Chin

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The Japanese Chin is a loving companion dog, DiNardo says. The breed is known to be gentle, affectionate, and sensitive, along with being a fairly silent dog.

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Chinese Shar-Pei

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Typically aloof and standoffish with strangers, the Chinese Shar-Pei is devoted to his family, and only tends to bark when he’s worried or playing. It’s also a very intelligent breed that needs daily exercise, DiNardo adds.

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Golden Retriever

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A polite breed that tends to get a lot of attention, the Golden Retriever is generally a quiet breed. Additionally, “since they’re geared toward holding something in their mouths, barking would not be consistent with successful...

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Basenji

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Commonly known as the “barkless dog,” the Basenji is a hunting dog from Africa. Although the breed is mostly quiet, they do tend to make a sound that resembles a yodel when they get excited, DiNardo says. Besides being quiet, this...

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Why Do Dogs Bark?

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“Barking is a dog’s way of communicating with the world, but some breeds tend to be quieter than others,” says Gina DiNardo, executive secretary of the American Kennel Club. “Certain breeds are just quieter by nature,...

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11 Quiet Dog Breeds

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By Cheryl Lock If you think owning a dog means constantly apologizing to your neighbors for disruptive barking, it’s time to think again. Especially for people who live in close quarters with others or simply prefer quiet, it’s...

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11 Quiet Dog Breeds

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If you think owning a dog means constantly apologizing to your neighbors for disruptive barking, it’s time to think again. Here are 11 dog breeds that tend to be quieter than others.

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Diabetic Alert Dogs Help Children in Need

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[video:brightcove|5714351983001|true] When people with diabetes experience a drop in blood sugar, symptoms can occur suddenly. They may feel dizzy, shaky, confused, irritable, anxious, or lethargic. If left untreated, low blood sugar...

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