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The Lagotto Romagnolo

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The Lagotto Romagnolo is a sporting group dog breed whose history can be traced back to the Middle Ages in Italy’s countryside. Bred originally as waterfowl retrievers, the Lagotta Romagnolo became the go-to dog breed for truffle hunting...

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What Should You Have in Your Spring Pet Grooming Kit?

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Reviewed for accuracy on March 19, 2019, by Dr. Katie Grzyb, DVM The arrival of warmer weather means that your pet’s coat may start shedding like crazy to compensate for the rising temperatures. To help handle the sudden influx...

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5 Things You Need to Make Your Pet Guinea Pig Healthier and Happier

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Reviewed for accuracy on March 18, 2019, by Dr. Katie Grzyb, DVM Having guinea pigs as pets can be a lot of fun, but these easygoing, cute creatures still need proper care and attention in order to thrive. As a current or future...

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How to Soothe Flea Bites

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Reviewed for accuracy on March 18, 2019, by Dr. Katie Grzyb, DVM Flea bites are naturally itchy and can cause even more discomfort if your pet is allergic to fleas. “Fleabites are itchy because of antigens (chemical compounds)...

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What You Need to Know Before Bringing Home a Sphynx Cat

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Reviewed for accuracy on March 18, 2019, by Dr. Katie Grzyb, DVM Ever since Sphynx cats first hit the scene in the 1960s—the result of a genetic mutation, according to the Cat Fanciers’ Association—cat lovers have been...

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Dog Shaping: You Can Use This Dog Training Method in Almost Any Situation

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Picture a behavior that you’d like to teach your dog, but have no idea how to go about it. Maybe it’s getting him to go to his bed or crate when you ask, or maybe it’s something cute, like ringing a dinner bell. If you...

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Dog Walking Tips: What Not to Do When Walking Your Dog

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The fuzzy end of the leash is faced with a long list of do’s and don’ts during their daily walks, but we often forget that our behavior can also impact what happens during our strolls. You might have a few dozen things...

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These Are the Best Pets for Kids at Each Age

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As many adults know, caring for a pet is a rewarding and satisfying experience. And, adopting a pet that a child can also help take care of can be an enriching experience for your kid. “It teaches empathy and responsibility. Being...

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How to Control and Remove Phosphates in Your Aquarium

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The emergence of nuisance algae in an apparently "clean" tank can be as perplexing as it can frustrating, especially for those who are still learning about nutrient cycles. Though they may be invisible, dissolved nutrients...

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How to Care for Tube Anemones (Subclass Ceriantharia)

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As reef aquarists progress in the hobby, their eyes and hearts are drawn to increasingly unusual animals. Indeed, after mastering the care of corals (no small feat in itself), one might find themselves looking for new challenges as well...

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You’re Not a Bad Pet Parent If Your Dog Doesn’t Like to Cuddle

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One of the most basic ways that pet parents and dogs connect is through touch. We love the sensation of petting our dogs, and it’s clear that most of them adore it, too. After all, when we stop, we usually get a paw-swat and a “More,...

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5 Health Benefits You Can Expect When You Help Your Dog Lose Weight

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p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica} Reviewed for accuracy on March 14, 2019, by Dr. Jennifer Coates, DVM Veterinarians have been raising concerns about the issue of pet obesity, and with good reason....

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Five Simple Tips for Training a Puppy and Building a Bond

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You have just brought home a puppy, and your new four-legged friend is running around like an excited furry maniac. Will this energy level last forever? Can your puppy stay calm long enough for you to train and bond with your new puppy? This...

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4 Lucky Pets Who Cheated Death

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Some people believe that certain objects can bring us luck, like a four-leaf clover or a lucky coin. However, for these four lucky animals, it wasn’t an object, but some very special people who came to their rescue at just the right moment...

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Why Do Dogs Chase Their Tails?

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Reviewedforaccuracyon March 12, 2019, by Dr. Jennifer Coates, DVM Your dog never fails to make you smile with his silly antics. He chases a tennis ball for hours on end and barks at every squirrel that enters his backyard. He also loves...

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How to Honor the Military Dogs Who Serve Our Nation

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Reviewedforaccuracyon March 12, 2019, by Dr. Katie Grzyb, DVM Military dogs are elite K-9 dogs (currently there are about 2,700 who serve) who are trained to detect danger and protect their people. With their acute sense of smell, they...

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What Does a Yellow Ribbon on a Dog Mean?

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Reviewedforaccuracyon March 12, 2019, by Dr. Katie Grzyb, DVM While out on a walk, you observe a dog retreat behind his owner with a growl when approached by another dog. Eventually, a scuffle erupts—and thankfully, the owners are...

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What to Do When Your Puppy Whines in His Crate

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Reviewedforaccuracyon March 12, 2019, by Dr. Katie Grzyb, DVM Puppies do plenty of adorable things that we love. They pounce around with their big, clumsy paws, snooze in all sorts of weird positions and unknowingly pose for the cutest...

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Dog Park Safety: 6 Tips for Pet Parents

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Image via iStock.com/Milaspage Reviewedforaccuracyon March 11, 2019, by Dr. Katie Grzyb, DVM By Deidre Grieves When most pet owners think about dog parks, they conjure up images of fenced-in play areas where dogs roam free...

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Why Does My Cat Stare at Me?

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Do you ever wake up and find your cat lying on your chest, staring right into your eyes? Or maybe you feel those green eyes boring a hole into your back as you are working on your computer? What is your cat thinking about? You have...

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Is Your Guinea Pig’s Diet Providing the Right Nutrients?

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Image via iStock.com/Svetlanistaya By Dr. Sandra Mitchell Feeding your pets seems like such a simple process: buy a bag of food and feed it to your pet, right? Butdo you really know what a guinea pig can eat? It is a lot more complicated...

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Why Doesn’t My Dog’s Personality Fit His Breed?

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Image via iStock.com/GeorgePeters By Victoria Schade Dog breed descriptions are almost like dating profiles; pet parents want to match up with the best companion for their lifestyle. That is why many pet parents rely on breed profiles...

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What a Vet Has to Say About National Respect Your Cat Day

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Did you know that there is a day set aside just to honor cats and celebrate the special bond humans have with their feline family members? It’s true! Mar. 28 is National Respect Your Cat Day, and as a veterinarian, I fully support...

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Why Does My Dog Stare at Me?

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As you go about your daily activities, you might notice your dog quietly staring at you. Your first instinct might be to feel self-conscious; is my hair hopelessly disheveled? Is there something stuck in my teeth? But, rather than...

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4 Health Care Considerations for Flat-Faced Dogs

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Image via iStock.com/xiao zhou By Jennifer Coates, DVM Flat-faced dogs, like the French Bulldog, Pug, Boston Terrier and English Bulldog, are among some of the most easily recognizable dog breeds. Many of the most famous dogs on...

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