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Behavior resembling human ADHD seen in dogs

A study involving some 11,000 dogs demonstrated that the gender, age and breed of the dog, as well as any behavioral problems and certain environmental factors, are connected to hyperactive and impulsive behavior and inattention (ADHD).http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciencedaily/plants_animals/dogs/~4/o2fum62e3IgView the source article

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Reiki Healing for Pets: Is It Possible?

Our pets provide so much happiness, love, retreat, and even peace in our lives. So, when we see our dog, cat, or any other animal friend suffering — be it from anxiety, old age, or illness — we’re willing to do anything to provide that comfort and relief to them. Reiki has provided a path to healing for many people who are coping with mental, physical, and spiritual difficulties. It’s an energy-based Japanese holistic method applied through noninvasive, nonmanipulative gentle touch that dates b

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Man's best friend could be a jaguar's next meal: A case study from the Mexican Caribbean

Events of jaguars predating on and attacking dogs are poorly documented throughout the Americas. Researchers from Mexico and Germany report in detail jaguar attacks on 20 dogs at a tourist site in the Mexican Caribbean. In addition, they describe an initiative proposed by locals as well as national and international NGOs to prevent human-jaguar conflicts due to pet predation.http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciencedaily/plants_animals/dogs/~4/YMxp97HEvfUView the source article

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Puppies: How Much Exercise Is Too Much?

I’ll never forget the look my puppy obedience class trainer gave me when I told her proudly that my puppy had gone on a two-mile hike with me. As she explained, puppies, especially large-breed puppies, should not be exercised too much, as over-exercising could cause joint and bone problems, and two miles was definitely too much for my three-month-old dog. While I never made that mistake again, it did leave me with a few questions. Just how much exercise is too much for a puppy, and how do you k

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Do Dogs Need a Flu Shot? Facts About the Canine Influenza Vaccine

There have been reports of recent pockets of outbreaks of canine influenza virus (dog flu) in various parts of the country. As with the human influenza, the dog flu will remain with us. The difference now is that we know what the viruses are that cause two different strains of influenza, and that helps veterinarians diagnose and treat the illness properly. There are now vaccines available for both known strains of canine influenza: H3N8 and the more recent H3N2. In fact, you may be able to obtai

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How to Choose the Best Dog Food

In an ideal world, all dog food would be created equal. Instead, dog owners are presented with an overwhelming array of options, all claiming to be the best dog food on the market. Wading through these choices to find a dog food brand that is healthy, affordable, and appealing to your pet is often frustrating. We’ve compiled expert advice to help you narrow down your options. What Makes a Dog Food “Good”? Most people feed their dogs dry kibble or canned wet food. These processed foods might no

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How to Prepare For a Puppy’s First Flight

When I decided to add a Lagotto Romagnolo puppy to my household, I searched for a responsible, knowledgeable breeder I thought would breed the qualities I wanted in my new dog. When I found my chosen breeder, I didn’t let the fact that she was in the Midwest, while I live in the MidAtlantic, stop me from applying to be on her puppy waiting list. Families wanting to welcome a new puppy into their lives have more options than ever for connecting with the perfect pet. If you’ve found that special

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Dog Anesthesia: What Every Dog Owner Should Know

Whether you have a young dog and you’ve scheduled routine neutering, an old dog who needs dental work, or an active dog who has torn a ligament – you may be scheduling a veterinary procedure that requires anesthesia. There’s a risk involved any time a dog is given drugs to put him under for surgery. So it’s important for responsible dog owners to be aware of potential complications, have a plan in place beforehand, and work with a veterinarian to ensure your pet’s safety. When it comes to rout

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The Best Dog Jackets & Sweaters

Just as we humans get cold in chilly weather, your dog may, too. And while Siberian Huskies, Alaskan Malamutes, other northern breeds, and dogs with dense coats may be just fine in winter, short-haired, small, and light-bodied breeds could use an extra layer of protection. Old or infirm dogs may not tolerate the cold well, either. Luckily, there are dozens of types and styles of dog sweaters to choose from, so your pup can be warm and fashionable. Choosing the Right Dog Sweater Consider the ma

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The Best Dog Jackets & Sweaters

Just as we humans get cold in chilly weather, your dog may, too. And while Siberian Huskies, Alaskan Malamutes, other northern breeds, and dogs with dense coats may be just fine in winter, short-haired, small, and light-bodied breeds could use an extra layer of protection. Old or infirm dogs may not tolerate the cold well, either. Luckily, there are dozens of types and styles of dog sweaters to choose from, so your pup can be warm and fashionable. Choosing the Right Dog Sweater Consider the ma

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Bloat (or GDV) in Dogs — What It Is and How it’s Treated

I hate this disease. When I first started as a vet, we gave a dog with bloat a 50-50 chance if he could walk into the hospital. Many were too weak and had to be carried in. They often died. Now, 30 years later, bloat still kills about 30 percent of the dogs it affects, even after extremely intensive treatment. I hope you never see this disease in your dog, but learning about what it is, why it happens, and how it’s treated may help your dog fall into the percentage of dogs that survive. Read on

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Why Is My Dog’s Nose Dry?

Most dog owners would probably tell you that a cold, wet nose on their canine companion signals a healthy pup. Likewise, many believe a dog is sick when his nose is dry — but is this true? Before we get into that debate, we first need to understand why dogs have wet noses. The answer is simple: wet noses work better. Dogs depend on their highly developed sense of smell to interpret their world, and scent particles stick better to moist surfaces. That wet nose also cools your dog down on hot day

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The Importance of Training Your Senior Dog

Chances are, when you first got your dog, you spent many hours training new behaviors and teaching him the rules of your household. Now that your dog is a senior, training might be the furthest thing from your mind. After all, isn’t good behavior one of the benefits of an older dog? Well, continuing or restarting a training program with your senior dog has many benefits, too. According to trainer, breeder, and AKC GoodDog! Helpline program manager Penny Leigh, CPDT-KA, your dog will be healthie

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Why Won’t My Dog Eat?

If your dog isn’t eating, consult a vet within 8-12 hours if there is any accompanying vomiting or diarrhea. Absent these symptoms, there’s a few likely reasons your dog isn’t eating, including emotional issues. While concerning, a dog not eating is an issue that often resolves itself, though it’s best to monitor closely. It can be very concerning when your dog isn’t eating regularly. After all, a good healthy diet is a key part of a happy life. So what exactly is happening when your dog ref

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