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victoria schade cpdtka updated february 10 2021 published october 23 2018 share this theres nothing more frustrating than calling your dog over and over again only to have him ignore youor worse yet if your dog runs away in the opposite direction the basic steps of training a dog to come when called are straightforward but many pet parents dont realize just how much work goes into building a longterm reliable recall add to that the fact that we can accidentally untrain the behavior and you have a recipe for a very frustrating dog training scenario the following are some typical mistakes made…

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wailani sung ms phd dvm dacvb updated may 02 2019 published october 11 2018 share this do cats talk to each other felines communicate with their peers through vocalizations physical contact visual cues and chemical cues when communicating cats exhibit subtle signaling compared to dogs due to their smaller features and quicker movements if you blink your eye you may have missed a crucial message from your cat if you want to know how cats communicate with each other you must learn to read your cats body language cat language physical cues pay special attention to the eyes ears tail and overall…

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petmd editorial published october 10 2018 share this image via istockcommustafagull on september 10 2018 unilever issued a press release announcing that they are supporting efforts to institute a global ban on animal testing according to the statement unilever today announced its support for a global ban on animal testing for cosmetics as part of an ambitious new collaboration with animal protection leader humane society international hsi animal testing for cosmetics has actually been banned since 2013 in the eu unilever is hoping that by supporting hsis becrueltyfree initiative they can help…

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petmd editorial updated april 08 2017 published july 02 2008 share this cachexia in dogs when should your dogs weight loss concern you the standard is when the loss exceeds ten percent of normal body weight and when it is not due to fluid loss there are many things that can cause weight loss including chronic disease it is important to understand this because the dogs entire body will probably be affected by the weight loss and it ultimately depends on the cause and severity of the underlying medical condition causes insufficient calorie intake poor quality of food taste palatability of food…

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petmd editorial published october 08 2018 share this image via istockcomdeviddo pennsylvania dog breeder joan huber faces charges that include felony torture after cutting puppies ears illegally for almost a year huber 82 faces a maximum sentence of 56 years in prison and fines up to $120000 on eight counts of aggravated cruelty to animals with four counts labeled as torture the breeder was initially convicted of animal cruelty in 2017 after she was discovered cropping puppies ears without using anesthesia or a veterinary license she was put on house arrest shortly after and assigned a…

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petmd editorial published october 04 2018 share this image via wood tv8facebook kent county courts are now offering support dogs for children and adult special needs victims who have to testify in court this new program came to fruition after public act 236 went into effect less than a week ago that allows dogs to be used by courts in michigan since the program kicked off last wednesday 24 pooches are available at the kent county district court on the east beltline the 61st district and kent county circuit courts downtown to provide comfort for victims of crime wood tv8 reports that many…

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petmd editorial published september 28 2018 share this image via istockcomscanrail in helsinki finland the police department has decided to establish a specialized unit that will focus on animal rights and animal protection according to yle news the departments chief investigator jonna turunen said that the unit will work closely with veterinarians and other groups such as animal rights organisations the special animal protection unit will collaborate with the police and other authorities as well to deal with animal issues throughout helsinki yle news explains the helsinki police animal unit…

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petmd editorial published september 27 2018 share this photo via boulderphotoshutterstockcom the city council in akron ohio is considering an ordinance that allows jail time for pet owners whose dogs repeatedly disturb the neighborhood by continuously barking currently a pet owner with a barking dog will receive a $100 fine no matter how many times they are cited for their dog barking according to 13 wthr councilman russ neal has received dozens of calls about the barking problem in akron which neal attributes to pet owners leaving their dogs outside while theyre at work to solve the issue…

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petmd editorial updated april 12 2017 published july 02 2008 share this vaginal hyperplasia and prolapse in dogs vaginal hyperplasia and prolapse refers to a mass which protrudes from the vaginal area the condition is similar in nature to fluidfilled tissue edema if serious it can prevent normal urination vaginal hyperplasia affects dogs of all ages although it is found more commonly in younger animals the outcome is positive for most animals but the chance of the condition recurring is high symptoms and types type 1 hyperplasia occurs when there is a slight protrusion even though it does not…

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petmd editorial published june 29 2018 share this ottawas biggest music festival bluesfest is a twoweek music showcase filled with artists from all over the world the festival doesnt just feature blues bandsit also includes musical artists from all sorts of genres like beck bryan adams brett eldredge brockhampton chelsea cutler chromeo dave matthews band and hanson this year however bluesfest almost didnt happen during festival preparations a tiny nest was found in an ottawa park where bluesfest preparations are underway while this may not seem significant in and of itself it turns out the…

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petmd editorial updated september 23 2019 published june 29 2018 share this image via david ladeshutterstock by nancy dunham many people who do not consider themselves to be cat people see cat behavior as random and unpredictable but for those paying attention understanding cats reactions and behaviors isnt all that mysterious problems arise when people unfamiliar with cat language do not pay attention to the messages a cat is trying to communicate the result is an unpleasant experience for everyone involved the key for preventing these negative experiences is through educating people who are…

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wailani sung ms phd dvm dacvb updated july 07 2020 published june 29 2018 share this there are plenty of amazing stories about how certain dogs are able to find their way back home after being lost on a trip or after wandering away how do they do that do dogs have a good sense of direction like some people do do they navigate by watching the stars like sailors in the past or have an internal compass are they in tune to the magnetic fields of the earth although there is no research on the homing ability of dogs there is speculation that dogs most likely rely on two of their five dog senses…

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petmd editorial published june 28 2018 share this if you live in florida or are planning a trip down to the sunshine state with your dogs it is important to be aware of the lurking threat of cane toads more commonly known as bufo toads bufo toads become more prevalent during the humid summer months when there is a lot of rain they can be found hopping around in yards parks streets and even pools they are larger in size than most toads usually measuring between six and nine inches long these toads tend to come out more in the evening night and morning hours when the ground is damp but they can…

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petmd editorial updated september 23 2019 published june 27 2018 share this image via javier broschshutterstock by russell hartstein cdbc cpdt and owner of fun paw care in los angeles people often seek immediate gratification and find it difficult to invest in relationships and outcomes that take a while how to teach a dog to sit no matter where you are is an exercise to practice with your dog for the longterm it doesnt take a day but it doesnt take a lifetime either dog training is a process that starts at home it helps to remember that dog training and behavior is not an event but a process…

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petmd editorial updated august 14 2018 published june 27 2018 share this image via roxana gonzalezshutterstock by teresa k traverse as marijuana is starting to be legalized throughout the country it means that veterinarians will probably see an increase in pets accidentally ingesting the drug so what should pet owners do if their dog eats marijuana can dogs get high does marijuana have harmful effects on dogs find out what to do why you shouldnt treat your pet at home and why you should never be afraid to bring your dog to the vet if you suspect theyve eaten marijuana cbd oil and dogs first…

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petmd editorial updated november 03 2020 published june 27 2018 share this reviewed and updated for accuracy on june 27 2018 by katie grzyb dvm a visit to the vet clinic can be stressful for both pets and their people for many cats and dogs a simple wellness exam is actually a series of increasingly scary and uncomfortable manipulations that might result in the animal lashing out at the practitioner and for pet parents the stress of watching their best friend go through necessary yet anxietyinducing exams might deter them from returning to the veterinarian for important health checks that…

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petmd editorial updated march 15 2016 published july 02 2008 share this aspirin toxicity in dogs aspirin a nonsteroidal antiinflammatory medication has beneficial effects including antiplatelet antiinflammatory and analgesic properties however it can also be toxic once ingested aspirin forms salicylic acid which is then distributed throughout the body dog owners must therefore follow their veterinarians orders strictly if they use aspirin for any reason the condition or disease described in this medical article can affect both dogs and cats if you would like to learn more about how this…

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alison birken dvm updated january 21 2021 published june 25 2018 share this image via marie charouzovashutterstock by dr alison birken dvm i evaluate and treat many cats at my animal hospital in fort lauderdale these funny adorable independent and very much peculiar little guys have a special place in my heart unfortunately cat owners do not bring their cats into the veterinary hospital for wellness visits nearly as often as they do for dogs i typically evaluate a cat for illness or trauma rather than for wellness it is very common for me to treat cats for trauma sustained from fighting or…

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petmd editorial published june 21 2018 share this while we have all heard about the various state animals within the us it can actually get way more specific than just one animal many states have a variety of animal mascots from state amphibians state birds and state fish to state mammals and even state crustaceans many us states choose to make endangered or threatened species their state animals in order to provide them with protection and spread awareness about the need for preservation efforts the press of atlantic city reports that on june 18 2018 governor phil murphy signed legislation…

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petmd editorial published june 20 2018 share this there are a lot of things we will do for the animals we care about and that doesnt end with just pet owners zoos are also taking extra steps to ensure that the animals they care for are living their best and most comfortable lives two zoos in particular the denver zoo and the audubon aquarium of the americas are working to make sure some of their senior residents feel their most limber and agile through the use of animal acupuncture at the denver zoo a 25yearold penguin named dancer receives animal acupuncture treatments for her arthritis as…

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petmd editorial published june 19 2018 share this from june 1424 2018 there is an art show in los angeles that is dedicated solely to celebrating cat art for those thinking that the cat artwork might be secondrate or amateurish think again the cat art at this art show is topnotch the show will feature a slew of artists who specialize in a variety of mediums from digital art painting and photography to drawings embroidery sculptures and a mixture of the styles the cat art show will benefit cats and the environment they have chosen the ian somerhalder foundation as their charity beneficiary for…

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petmd editorial updated february 21 2019 published june 18 2018 share this image via anna hoychukshutterstock by paula fitzsimmons you made the decision to buy a puppy and have even found your potential new family member online while plenty of reputable puppy breeders and rescues exist on and off the internet puppy scammers are also rampant and if youre not careful you can easily fall prey learn how to spot a puppy scam so you can take steps to protect yourself before making a commitment how common are puppy scams at least once every year and a half somebody calls to tell me theyve been…

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petmd editorial published june 15 2018 share this at a recent bark in the park event at a tulsa drillers baseball game a young german shepherd proved who the goodest boy is during the teams warmup between innings a few canine baseball fans were brought onto the field for some fun and thats where the mischief began while other dogs were demonstrating their obedience prowess one german shepherd realized that at baseball games players are actually throwing balls around the temptation proved too much and the ambitious pup sprinted out to join the game this was obviously a game of fetch and no…

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victoria schade cpdtka updated february 10 2021 published june 11 2018 share this image via lightfield studios by victoria schade plugging numbers into a spreadsheet is more fun when youve got your furry best friend beside you and take your dog to work day can make that happen this petcentric event is celebrating its 20 th anniversary this year on june 22 2018 and it helps to spread the word about pet adoption beth stutz take your dog to work day spokesperson states we feel that through the events businesses are able to foster relationships with local petadoption organizations and the event…

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petmd editorial updated march 15 2016 published july 02 2008 share this nasal adenocarcinoma in dogs nose cancer or nasal adenocarcinoma occurs when too many cells in the animals nasal and sinus passages come together the disease progresses slowly and occurs both in dogs and cats studies have shown nose cancer is more common in larger animal breeds than in smaller ones and it may be more common in males than females options exist when the disease is caught early and aggressively treated the condition or disease described in this medical article can affect both dogs and cats if you would like…