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6 Reasons Why It’s Hard for Veterinarians to Talk About Overweight Pets

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I’ve been a veterinarian for many years, but obesity is really something that all of us who love pets and want them to feel good and live long and healthy lives need to address. With pet obesity at epidemic levels (over 58 percent)...

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Research Reveals What Your Dog Is Really Thinking

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I would love to talk to my dog—or at least know what he is thinking. Dr. Gregory Berns is trying to do just that. Berns, a researcher and physician at Emory University in Atlanta, has been doing the impossible since 2011. That is when...

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Canine Cancer Genome Project Gets $1 Million in Funding for Research

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The AnimalCancer Foundation (ACF), a nonprofit organization dedicated to finding novel treatment therapies and eventual cures for cancer,recently receiveda $1 million donation from theBlue Buffalo Foundationin support of its Canine Cancer...

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Life With Pets, Episode 6: All About Pit Bulls

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[podcast] In thesixth episode of petMD's Life With Pets, hostVictoria Schade welcomes journalist and author Bronwen Dickey to talk about her book "Pit Bull: The Battle Over an American Icon." Fellow dog trainer and Pit...

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Southern California Wildfires and Their Impact on Animals in the Region

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The devastating wildfires in Southern California have burned more than 100,000acres across the region, putting the lives of both people and animals at risk. As evacuations take place, authorities are urging pet parents to bringan...

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5 Dangers of Smoke Inhalation for Pets

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By Christina Chan Wildfires in the United States are on the rise. As of Nov. 30, the fires have burned nearly 9.2 million acres of land in 2017—almost 45 percent more than the 10-year average, according to statistics from the...

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9 Signs Your Pet Is Jealous (and How to Stop It)

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By Nicole Pajer Sometimes our pets behave in a way that suggests they are jealous. When we bend down to pet another dog, our pup may shove his way in front of us, knocking our hand away from his canine companion. A cat may excessively...

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Why Is My Cat Drooling?

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By Kate Hughes While some amount of drooling may be expected with dogs, for most cat owners, seeing saliva dripping from their kitty’s mouth is a very unnatural sight. “Cats, unlike people and dogs, don’t start drooling...

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Winter Workout Safety Tips

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Generally speaking, if it’s too cold for you, it’s too cold for your dog. “If the weather report includes a frostbite warning, it’s not a good time for your dog to spend any more time outside than the time it takes...

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Play Hide-and-Go-Seek

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Dogs love to learn and earn, says Dr. Robin Downing, hospital director at The Downing Center for Animal Pain Management in Windsor, Colorado. “They want a job, so you can turn the delivery of meals into working sessions,” she...

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Walk the Treadmill

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Treadmills can offer versatility and mental stimulation that activities like fetch and leisurely walks don’t always provide, says Blanchard, who is a certified canine rehabilitation practitioner. “When doing these activities,...

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Swim Indoors

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Swimming is excellent for cardio function and is easy on the joints, says McNamara, who is also a certified canine rehabilitation therapist. She recommends using facilities equipped for dogs, and those with a high staff-to-dog ratio. “Here...

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Trade Yoga for Doga

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Yoga offers health benefits like improved cardio function and flexibility, so why not partner with your dog for even more feel-good perks? “Dogs teach us so much about being content and in the present moment,” says Suzi Teitelman,...

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Strengthen Those Muscles

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Mixing strength training and flexibilityexercises with cardio is essential, says Dr. Beth Ellen McNamara, a veterinarian at MedVet Medical & Cancer Centers for Pets in Chicago. "Sit to stand" is a frequently used move in her...

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Hit the Steps

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If it’s too chilly outside, head indoors and do stair work. To work out without a leash, one person should be positioned at the top of the stairs and one at the bottom, Noonan says. “Practice calling your dog back and forth,...

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Take Advantage of Snowfall

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Put shoveling the driveway on hold and head to the park with your dog to enjoy winter sports. With cross-country skiing, you’re in complete charge of the equipment. Your dog runs alongside of you but independently. "Off-leash...

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Turn a Leisurely Walk Into a Winter Obstacle Course

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Leash walking is one of the safest exercises for dogs, says Jeris Pugh, owner of The Martial ARFS in Long Island, New York. “Unfortunately, because it’s so easy, it can sometimes be ineffective, especially for your dog,”...

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8 Safe Ways to Burn Calories With Your Dog This Winter

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By Paula Fitzsimmons Plunging temperatures give rise to pet hazards like frostbite, hypothermia, and paw pad injuries. But this doesn’t mean you and your canine companion have to be confined to the sofa all winter. With basic...

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8 Safe Ways to Burn Calories With Your Dog This Winter

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Cold weather doesn't mean you and your dog should be confined to the sofa all winter. Here are eight safe ways to stay active with your dog.

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What Should My Cat’s Poop Look Like?

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By Cheryl Lock While most cat owners are on the lookout for litter box problems, they may not be paying close enough attention to what’s going on inside the box. As unappealing as it may sound, keeping an eye on your cat’s...

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5 Ways to Relieve Your Dog’s Boredom

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By Maura McAndrew When we think of dogs, life’s simple pleasures come to mind: a nice long nap, a good bowl of food, a casual stroll around the neighborhood. And while it’s true that dogs enjoy having a daily routine,...

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Are Cats or Dogs Smarter? Scientists Break Down the Numbers

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Cats versus dogs. Whether it's about their cleanliness, theirfriendlinessor, in this case, their intelligence, there's always some contention about who comes out on top. While pet parents of each respective animal will argue...

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Your Mental Health Suffers When Your Pet Is Sick

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Have you ever taken care of a seriously ill pet? If so, you’re likely to agree with the results of a recently published paper that found that owners of seriously ill companion animals experience a “caregiver burden.” Specifically,...

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Paralyzed Corgi-Chihuahua Gets New Wheelchair, Ready for New Family

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Meet Tiger, a 7-year-old Corgi-Chihuahua mix who is on his way togetting a second chance at thehappy life he deserves. After receivingsurgery for aslipped disc, Tiger's hind legs were paralyzed. Hisformer owners abandoned him...

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Life With Pets, Mini-Episode 5: Kids and Dogs

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[podcast] On this week'smini-episode of petMD's newpodcast,Life With Pets, host Victoria Schade welcomes fellow dog trainer, author, and kids and dogs expert Colleen Pelar to answer a listener question about how a newly mobile...

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