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Fish Losing Popularity as Pets Because Selfies Are Difficult?

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By LisaBeth Weber There is no shortage of dog and cat Instagram accounts, but look for the same among pet fish, and you won’t find many. This lack of fish galleries was noted by one U.K. magazine, who questioned whether the lack...

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Amazing Fish Surgery Cases

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By Jessie Sanders, DVM, CertAqV Yes, even fish can undergo surgery. Be they small goldfish or large sharks, all species of fish can be diagnosed with conditions that require the need for surgery. Surgeries are not conducted under water,...

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How to Plan a Single Species Aquarium

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By Kenneth Wingerter Most aquarists like variety. This is especially so with new hobbyists. Community tanks — that is, aquaria that display a broad number and diversity of species — satisfy this soft spot for color, form,...

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Choosing and Caring for a Blenny Fish

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By Kenneth Wingerter With so many brilliantly hued marine fish available for the home aquarium, it’s easy to become smitten by their vibrant colors and exquisite finnage. Even so, most aquarists’ favorite specimens are often...

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Can Dogs Be Allergic to Grass?

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By Nancy Dunham You and your dog may have something in common you hadn’t considered before: spring and summer allergies caused by grass and other sources of pollen. Devoted dog owners often scratch their own heads as they...

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Can Dogs Feel Embarrassed?

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By LisaBeth Weber The varied emotions of our four-legged friends are apparent, whether it’s their unconditional love, their curious nature, their sympathy when they recognize distress, or less pleasant examples, like anxiety and...

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Is Dry Nose a Sign of Illness in Dogs?

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By Sarah Wooten, DVM How Dogs Use Their Nose Dog noses are fascinating little structures. Not only do dogs use their noses for breathing, dog noses also drain excessive tears from the eyes through tear ducts. In addition, they...

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Identifying and Treating Fungal Infections in Dogs

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By Reyna Gobel Bacteria and viruses are what typically spring to mind hen pet parents think “infection,” but fungi can also be to blame. While not as common as bacterial or viral infections, fungal infections can be just...

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Pets and Newborns: Myths You Shouldn’t Believe

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By John Plichter When you’re a new parent, it can seem like everyone has advice. From how to feed your baby to how to put her to sleep, there are plenty of opinions out there—and many of them sound a little suspect. One...

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Can Cats Get Concussions?

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By Maura McAndrew We’ve all heard the sayings that cats have “nine lives” and they “always land on their feet.” These old adages reflect our perception of cats as incredibly resilient creatures. They...

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Caffeine and Pets: Safety Tips and Considerations

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By Helen Anne Travis Coffee. Soda. Tea. When it comes to caffeine, many of us humans can’t go a day without our beverage of choice. But what effects, if any, does caffeine have on our pets? It turns out our pets react...

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9 Facts About Your Dog’s Tongue

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By Teresa K. Traverse You probably don’t think twice about your dog’s tongue, but it does a lot more than just lick your face. “The tongue is an essential part of the mouth in a dog,” says Dr. Alexander...

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Laser Therapy for Dogs

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By Heather Larson As a dog owner, you want your pet to have the best quality of life possible. So when he’s uncomfortable or in pain for whatever reason, alleviating his distress moves to the top of your agenda. In many cases,...

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7 Negative Side Effects of Declawing Your Cat

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By Kate Hughes There are few subjects related to cat ownership as hotly debated as declawing. There are passionate arguments on each side of the issue, with some veterinarians so staunchly against declawing that they refuse to perform...

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Why Do Dogs Shred Paper Products?

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By Lindsay Lowe Dogs have a way of getting into things they shouldn’t, and one thing many pups seem to love playing with is paper. Used tissues, napkins, paper towels, toilet paper—countless pet parents have come home...

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Laparoscopic Spay for Dogs and Cats

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By Heather Larson If you’re looking for a minimally invasive alternative to a traditional spay procedure, a laparoscopic spay might be a good fit for your female dog or cat. With a traditional spay procedure, both ovaries...

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Treating the Cat That Won't Sleep at Night

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By Nancy Dunham You love your active cat, but when night-time rolls around and the meowing, running, pouncing, and scratching thwarts your plans for a good night’s sleep, love may take a backseat to annoyance. Cats are genetically...

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Worms in Fish Tanks – Are They Dangerous to Fish?

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Jessie M Sanders, DVM, CertAqV When keeping aquarium fish, a lot of time and research goes into what is normal versus what is abnormal. It can be challenging to distinguish. Among these challenges are worms. What are they? Where do they...

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How to Stop Your Cat from Climbing the Curtains

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By Carol McCarthy So, your cat clawed his way to the top of your custom draperies and left them in shreds. The bad news is that you can’t blame your cat for this because it’s your fault. The good news is that you can do something...

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Albino Dogs: Interesting Facts You Should Know

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By John Plichter It’s no secret that man’s best friend comes in a variety of shapes and sizes, with assorted traits and features. Spots, coats, eye colors, and skin types all make dogs as unique as human beings. Considering...

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5 Types of Cat Grass You Can Grow

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By Cheryl Lock Just because your cat loves her chicken, beef, and tuna meals doesn’t mean she wouldn’t also love to sink her teeth into something a little more green and leafy. That’s where cat grass comes in. “I...

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Dog Attempts to Steal Pancakes Off Stove, Accidentally Starts Kitchen Fire

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You can't blame a dog for trying. After all, who isn't tempted by the smells, sights, and sounds of pancakes being made? That was the case for a Golden Retriever inSouthwick, Massachusetts, who jumped up to steal some pancakes...

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Military Working Dogs: Understanding Canine Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

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By Desireé Broach, DVM, Dipl. ACVB Military working dogs (MWDs) have served officially in the U.S. military since 1942, although their history of service dates back before then. Training originally ranged from scouting, messenger,...

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Why Dogs Love to See You Smile

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Have you ever found yourself gazing into your beloved dog's eyes, feeling a connection that only you understand at that very moment in time? For a brief second, nothing else in the world matters, and you and your dog have a bond that...

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Why Do Dogs Shake Their Fur?

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By John Plichter Some canine behavior is so ordinary that we fail to even question it in the first place. If you’re enjoying dinner with the family, odds are Fido has positioned himself in hopes of catching a rogue scrap. Scrappy...

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