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Do You Need to Hire a Dog Behaviorist?

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Reviewed for accuracy on May 13, 2019 by Dr. Wailani Sung, MS, PhD, DVM, DACVB Unwanted dog behaviors can range from those that are merely nuisances to behaviors that are downright destructive and harmful. Maybe you have a pup who loves...

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Addison’s and Cushing’s Disease in Cats

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Adrenal gland disorders, including Addison’s disease and Cushing’s disease in cats, are often missed and underdiagnosed. We still don’t know a lot about these conditions, but if your cat is chronically or intermittently ill...

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Caring for Three-Legged Dogs and Cats, aka “Tripawds”

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Reviewed for accuracy on May 10, 2019 by Dr. Jennifer Coates, DVM As much as we feel our heartstrings tug when encountering a tripod pet, our three-legged dog and cat friends tend to be more nonchalant. “For the most part,...

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Does Your Dog Need a Lyme Vaccine?

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Reviewed for accuracy on May 9, 2019 by Dr. Jennifer Coates, DVM There are two kinds of dog vaccines—core vaccinations and noncore. Core vaccinations, like rabies and distemper, are required to keep your dog protected...

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7 Health Issues to Look for When You Have an Older Dog

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Reviewed and updated for accuracy on May7, 2019 by Dr. Hanie Elfenbein, DVM, PhD All dogs get older. And like us, dogs age at different rates, especially dogs of different breeds and size. For example, giant breed dogs like Great...

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Dog Manners: Why It’s Important to Teach Your Dog to “Say Please”

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Is your dog bossy? When it’s time to go for a walk, does he leap on you when you try to leash him up? Or, does he demand his meals by barking as you prep his food? Bossy dogs have learned that manners don’t matter...

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5 Dog Training Rewards That Aren't Food

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There’s nothing quite like using dog treatsfor positive reinforcement, which is why you probably have a cupboard full of dog training treatsfor your pup. There seems to be real power behind a tasty goody—but what if your dog...

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8 Cats for Dog People

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Reviewed for accuracy on May 7, 2019, by Dr. Jennifer Coates, DVM The International Cat Association (TICA), a worldwide genetic registry of pedigreed cats, currently recognizes 71 different cat breeds. The majority of these breeds display...

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Can Dogs Empathize With Other Dogs' Emotions?

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Reviewed for accuracy on May 7, 2019, by Dr. Jennifer Coates, DVM If you have a dog, you’ve probably had an emotional connection with them. Most dog owners claim that their pups are incredible at empathizing—picking up on...

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What You Need to Know Before Bringing Home a Persian Cat

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Reviewed for accuracy on May 6, 2019, by Dr. Jennifer Coates, DVM Anyone who has laid his or her eyes upon a Persian cat knows that these kitties are the epitome of elegance. The Persian cat breed is renowned for having long, soft fur...

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8 Dog Breeds for Cat People

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Reviewed for accuracy on May 6, 2019, by Dr. Katie Grzyb, DVM The polarizing debate about dog people versus cat people has led many to believe that cats and dogs are on opposite sides of a spectrum with no common ground. “Dogs...

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Can a Dog Be Allergic to Cats?

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Reviewed for accuracy on May 6, 2019, by Dr. Katie Grzyb, DVM You already know that people can be allergic to cats. Exposure to cat dander creates a host of discomforting symptoms for humans, from sneezing and itchiness to wheezing and...

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What Are the Best Fish for a Coldwater Marine Aquarium?

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Without a doubt, the marine aquarium fish trade is dominated by tropical reef species. This has been the case for several decades now. That notwithstanding, there has been a steady growth of interest in various types of coldwater marine aquaria. Coldwater...

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Saltwater Aquarium Fish: A Look at the Molly Miller Blenny

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We all love pretty fish. Saltwater aquarists can get especially spoiled, as there is a seemingly unlimited range of bold colors and patterns amongst the reef fishes. But, is there more to an "ornamental" fish than its pigments?...

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How Confidence-Building Exercises Can Help Timid Dogs

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Do you have a timid dog? Some dogs are born with a shy personality, while other dogs have had life experiences that have caused them to become fearful. Whatever the reason, there are ways that you can help your pup gain some confidence and...

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Ferret Care: How to Protect Your Ferret Against Fleas

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If you have a pet ferret, it is important that you remember that they can get fleas just like a cat or dog. If your ferret has fleas, you will need to find a ferret flea treatment that has been proven to be safe for ferrets in order to control...

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What to Expect When You Adopt a Blind Dog

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While many people feel moved to help special needs animals, adopting a pet with health concerns can present some logistical concerns. Blind dogs, in particular, can be challenging to potential adopters, as many people have never had the...

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Why Do Dogs Bring You Their Toys to Greet You?

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Each time you come home, it is heartwarming to be greeted enthusiastically by your dog at the door. And each dog’s greeting ritual is unique—some dogs might wag their tail and lick their owners, and other might jump on their...

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5 Myths About Senior Dogs

Filed Under Pet Lover

Reviewed for accuracy on May 1, 2019, by Dr. Katie Grzyb, DVM It’s true—there’s no greater companion than a wizened pup with a little gray in his whiskers and a twinkle in his eye. But not everyone, unfortunately, is...

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4 Simple Dog Massage Therapy Techniques

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Reviewed for accuracy on May 1, 2019, by Dr. Katie Grzyb, DVM Whether you’re suffering from a sore back, stiff shoulder or busy brain, massage is one of the best ways for people to loosen up and relax. But did you know that...

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What Is Insect-Based Pet Food?

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Dogs and cats eat bugs all the time, either by accident or when their hunting instincts kick in. But intentionally including insects in a pet’s diet—that’s a whole other hornet’s nest, so to speak. Insects...

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7 Subtle Signs of Cancer in Pets That Most Pet Parents Overlook

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With cancer in pets, early detection and treatment are critical. By detecting cancer in dogs and cats early, you can work with your veterinarian to increase the chance of cure or remission. Noticing the subtle signs of cancer in dogs...

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Dog Sports Breakdown: Dock Diving

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Reviewed for accuracy on May 1,2019, by Dr. Katie Grzyb, DVM Think you might have a dock diving dog? If your pup loves to jump into a lake or pool for fun, then there’s a good chance you may be right, says Steve Mize, operations...

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Could Dogs Survive in a World Without Humans?

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We love our dogs and cherish them as family members. We take them to the veterinarian’s office when they’re sick, buy them creature comforts and willingly pick up their poop. We’ve also become connected with our dogs on...

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Can Cats Have Asthma?

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You just got home from a long shift and flop down on the sofa to watch some TV and unwind. Then you hear what seems to be the familiar sounds of your cat coughing up a hairball. Except this time, it isn’t just a few hacks but a long,...

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