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6 Dangerous (and Surprising) Items That Contain Xylitol

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

[video:wistia|kdgpyf10gk|true] 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...

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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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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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5 Reasons Your Pet is Lethargic (and When to Worry)

Filed Under Slideshows, Puppy, Adult Dog, Senior Dog

Lethargy accompanies a vast majority of canine and feline medical problems, and can also be a symptom of many behavioral problems in pets. Read on for five of the most common reasons for pet lethargy.

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Liver Disease in Dogs

Filed Under Digestive, Puppy, Adult Dog, Senior Dog

[video:wistia|swpow0bere|true] by Jessica Vogelsang, DVM Ask anyone to name the vital organs of the dog and you’ll get the usual: kidney, heart, lungs, brain, but for some reason people keep forgetting the liver. It may not...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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, Puppy, Senior Dog

I recently wrote about the benefits of including DHA (docosahexaenoic acid)in the diets of cancer patients. Cancer is typically a disease of old age, but I hope my previous post didn’t give you the impression that DHA is something that...

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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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3 Benefits of Pets in the Workplace

Filed Under Care, Puppy, Adult Dog, Senior Dog

There are myriad reasons for having a pet, not the least of which being that they offer significant health benefits to people.

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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...

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Puppy Vaccinations and Shots: Important Vaccination Schedule for Your Dog

Filed Under Care, Puppy

[video:wistia|w2qmtikigf|true] By T. J. Dunn, Jr. DVM The first few months in a dog’s life are his most formative. He’s meeting his human family for the first time and learning how to interact with the world around...

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Tips for How to Stop Dogs and Puppies from Chewing

Filed Under , Puppy

We've all been there -- you go into your closet, pull out your favorite pair of shoes and suddenly you notice that they've been torn to pieces. Who's to blame? The dog, of course. Here are some guidelines on how to get a puppy...

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Darci

Canaan Dog

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The Canaan Dog developed in the Middle East centuries ago as a herder and flock guardian. Although it is aloof with strangers, this medium-sized dog is loyal and loving with its human...

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