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Can Dogs Have Dog Best Friends?
Can Dogs Have Dog Best Friends?
When we brought our puppy home several years ago, I worried that my adult dog would not like the puppy, and that my puppy would not bond with my older dog. Thankfully both dogs got along beautifully. Poe followed his big brother, Revan, around and mimicked the older dog’s behavior.  When we brought Poe to puppy class, it was interesting to see how he interacted with other dogs.  Initially,...
What to Do If a Dog Scratches You
Many people know about cat scratch fever, but can a dog scratch be just as dangerous? Although you are less likely to contract severe illness from a dog scratch, there is still a possibility of it happening. If you are scratched by a dog, here’s what you need to know. Potential Infections Can Occur from a Dog ScratchDogs walk on all four feet and dig in whatever they can find, which means dog...
Pet Death: Why Missing Your Dog Is Normal
Dogs hold a special place in our hearts and families. We celebrate their birthdays, take extra effort in keeping them happy and healthy, and even lean on them for emotional support when life gets tough. As much as we love our dogs, we know that, at some point, we will inevitably experience the pain and grief of a beloved dog’s death. Make no mistake about it—grief over a pet’s death is real...
Can Dogs Help Kids Experiencing Stress?
Can Dogs Help Kids Experiencing Stress?
Dogs have been used in various ways to provide comfort and support for humans. Whether they provide emotional support to a single person or act as a therapy dog for hospital patients or victims of a traumatic event like a natural disaster, people often find that they can escape a certain moment in time when they are in a dog’s presence. Their steady demeanor in the face of so much stress and...
Can Growing up with a Cat Prevent Asthma in Children?
Having a pet as part of your family has many well-documented health benefits. Some are specific to cats, while others are particular to dogs. One of the downsides of having a pet is the increased need to clean. Even the most fastidious pets leave their hair wherever they rest. But pediatrician and researcher Dr. James Gern and his colleagues suggest that there is something about having pets that...
The Cat Flea Vaccination: What You Should Know
With the start of spring, we can finally breathe a sigh of relief that the tight grip of winter has finally given way to warmer temperatures. However, with warmer temperatures comes the nuisance of fleas for our beloved cats. Cat fleas (Ctenocephalides felis) are tiny external parasites that cause big problems. Because they feed on a cat's blood, fleas can cause intense itching that leads to...
Touch Screens for Senior Dogs: Can They Help?
When it comes to cognition and mental clarity, the phrase “if you don’t use it, you lose it,” fits. Science has shown that lifelong learning is associated with slowing down the deterioration of mental ability, and it turns out that holds true for our canine companions as well. Researchers at the Messerli Research Institute at the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna recently found...