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7 Common Mistakes in Flea and Tick Prevention
So you can’t remember the last time you plucked a tick off your pup or flicked a flea off your feline? That’s great! But it doesn’t mean you can let down your guard when it comes to prevention. Protecting your pets from parasites that bring discomfort and disease requires precision and persistence. Avoid these common mistakes to keep your pet healthy. Many pet parents only use preventative...
Why Do Dogs Lick and Chew Their Paws?
If your dog is licking his paws, you’ll need to find out the underlying cause and whether it’s an issue that requires a vet visit. The problem is that there are so many possible reasons why dogs lick or chew at their paws. Here’s a guide for determining the cause of the paw licking, spotting other symptoms, and treating and protecting your dog’s paws. 18 Reasons Dogs Lick or Chew Their...
10 Symptoms of Diabetes in Dogs
Reviewed for accuracy on August 26, 2019, by Dr. Katie Grzyb, DVM Diabetes mellitus can affect dogs of any age, but early detection is the most important step in ensuring that your dog continues living a happy, healthy life. Annual wellness visits are essential for early disease detection, but if you know the signs and symptoms of diabetes in dogs, you can recognize the problem between checkups...
7 Safe and Healthy Human Foods for Dogs That You Can Serve for the Holidays
By Jennifer Coates, DVM   Do you want to include your favorite furry friend in your holiday celebrations? There are plenty of traditional Thanksgiving and Christmas foods that are perfect for sharing. So, if you want to create a festive meal for your special four-legged companion, here are some safe human foods for dogs you can fill your pup’s holiday dog bowl with. No Thanksgiving dinner for...
6 Pet Safety Tips for After a Hurricane Hits
Reviewed and updated for accuracy on September 17, 2018 by Katie Grzyb, DVM   While hurricane safety is often a topic of conversation—how to prepare for it and what to do if disaster strikes—few pet parents are actually ready for what comes after.   From contaminated waters to dangerous animals to mosquito-borne illnesses, the hurricane aftermath requires just as much preparation as the...
These 5 Advocates Are Helping Homeless Dogs Across the World
By Ralph Quinonez   While the number of homeless dogs varies by country, the problem is of worldwide concern.   Stray dogs typically live shorter lives and frequently suffer injury, illness and abuse. And the efforts and approaches to control the homeless dog populations vary widely. These may include catch-and-detain in high-kill shelters, culling (mass killing) by various means, spay and...
These 6 Halloween Candies Top the List of Dangerous Foods for Dogs
By LisaBeth Weber   While the annual tradition of trick-or-treating on Halloween is one that children and adults look forward to year-round, it isn’t always safe or fun for everyone. For dogs, the extra candy around the house and the neighborhood can be a hazard to their health.   When Halloween comes around, it’s best to be extra vigilant, for your dog’s sake. Pet nutritionist and...
Halloween Safety Checklist: 5 Things Pet Parents Should Do on Halloween Night
By Nancy Dunham   When the doorbell rings on Halloween night, you don a mask and scurry to answer as a chorus of kids shout, “trick-or-treat,” and your pet happily watches from the sidelines. But just because your pet doesn’t act out during Halloween activities doesn’t mean it’s fun for them.   “Just because your pet tolerates it, doesn’t mean it enjoys it,” says Russell...
Dog DNA Tests: The 6 Most Common Results for Mixed Breed Dogs
By Paula Fitzsimmons   You’re the proud pet parent of a mutt and wouldn’t have it any other way. Things like his capacity to display unconditional love are what’s important to you—not what breed of dog he is. Still, learning about your dog’s lineage can provide you and your veterinarian with an invaluable wealth of information about his health, and can even offer insight into his...
6 Dog Grooming Secrets Your Groomer Wishes You Knew
By Victoria Schade   If you prefer to leave the dirty work of nail trims and anal gland expressing to someone else, you probably assume that your dog grooming responsibilities end when you drop your dog off with the groomer. Let the groomer worry about mats in the fur and unruly behavior in the tub, because that’s their job, right?   Most groomers beg to differ.   Grooming dogs is a big job...