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Dog Allergies: Symptoms and Treatment

Have you heard someone tell you that their dog has allergies? Has your veterinarian suggested that allergies could be a problem for your dog? Do you suspect that your dog has allergies? If so, then you’ve probably realized that allergies in dogs are not quite as simple as we might wish. For starters, there are several different types of allergies that could be causing your dog’s symptoms. Types of Allergies in Dogs Allergies are a misguided reaction to foreign substances by the body’s immune s

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Keep Your Dog Safe From Fleas and Ticks With 10 Prevention Tips

It’s that time of year again, folks. Flea and tick season is upon us, and nothing annoys a dog more than those pesky pests. Responsible dog owners know that their canine companion’s warm and soft fur is like a personal paradise for these insects. But once they move in — and begin feeding on your pet’s blood — they can cause a wide range of health problems, from skin infections to Lyme disease. American Kennel Club’s Chief Veterinary Officer Dr. Jerry Klein offers ten tips for flea and tick preve

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Are Rawhide Chews Dangerous for Dogs?

When it comes to choosing the right dog chews, the options are seemingly limitless. You’ve likely heard that rawhide chews are particularly bad for dogs, filled with awful chemicals and waiting to be lodged into your pup’s intestine. But is this really the case? Are rawhide chews safe for dogs, or are they delicious death traps? Many dogs love rawhides. They are great long-lasting chews that keep puppies and dogs busy, are a tasty snack, and even help clean teeth and promote oral health. The sho

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Budding Scientist: 11-year-old Tatum Duvall Investigates Salmonella in Vizsla Saliva

At just nine years old Tatum Duvall was catapulted into dog sports when her mom, Tanya Duvall, broke her leg. She began showing Vizslas as a Junior Handler and quickly fell in love with the sport. “When my mom got hurt, I didn’t expect to love dogs so much and showing so much,” said Tatum. Two years later, Tatum is a champion in the show ring. Growing through Junior Showmanship Even though the Colorado youth has only been a handler for a few years, Tatum and her dog Gambol have won several a

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Why Does My Dog Lick His Paws?

As with other dog behaviors, there can be several reasons that lead dogs to lick or chew their paws. These include injuries; skin problems; environmental, parasite, or food allergies; and boredom or anxiety. Occasional paw licking is normal for dogs as a part of their self-grooming process, especially when they come inside after walking on dirty or sandy ground. But if your dog frequently and intensely licks his paws, you can assume that something is wrong. Injuries The first step to take, es

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Saving livestock by thinking like a predator

Humans have struggled to reduce the loss of livestock to carnivores for thousands of years, and yet, solutions remain elusive. According to a new study, solving this ancient puzzle requires going back to Ecology 101. Simply put, getting in the mind of predators -- considering how they hunt, how their prey behaves and the landscape -- will help wildlife managers discourage wild carnivores from preying on valuable livestock. View the source article

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Why Dogs Eat Poop and How to Stop It

Of all the repulsive habits our dogs have—drinking from the toilet, rolling in swamp muck, licking their butts— nothing tops the disgusting practice of dogs eating poop. Their motivation may not be to gross us humans out, but it certainly does. So much so, in fact, that poop eating is often a reason people try to rehome a dog or even opt for euthanasia. There’s a scientific name for this habit— coprophagia (kop-ruh-fey-jee-uh)—and also both behavioral and physiological reasons why some dogs vie

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Flea and Tick Protection for Puppies

After you’ve welcomed a new puppy into your home, it’s important to use all available resources to set your puppy up for a long and happy life. That includes getting all required and recommended vaccinations for your puppy, continuing the socialization process, and initiating a regimen of preventive care, including heartworm preventatives and flea and tick treatments and medication. Flea and Tick Protection for Puppies Most flea and tick products are not safe to use on puppies until they’ve re

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Toothbrushing Steps To Make Dog Teeth Dazzle

If there is one area of canine grooming that is often overlooked, it is the dog’s teeth. Most dog owners remember to brush the coat until it shines and to clip the nails so they don’t click on the floor, but not everyone cares for canine tooth brushing. Brushing is important because it cleans away the plaque that leads to bad breath or more serious problems such as decayed teeth or gum disease. Get ready for your dog’s teeth to dazzle by brushing them every day, and following these 12 simple ste

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Dog Myths Debunked: Do Dogs Need Dental Care?

Has anyone ever told you that dogs don’t need dental care because they keep their teeth clean naturally by chewing? Unfortunately for our canine companions, this is not entirely true. Dental health is just as important for dogs as it is for humans. Luckily, keeping your pup’s teeth clean is surprisingly simple. What You Should Know About Canine Dental Care Your veterinarian’s insistence that your canine companion needs a dental cleaning addresses far more than the issue of a dog’s stinky breat

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Keep Your Dog’s Teeth Clean With Five Tips

When it comes to keeping our dogs healthy, many owners overlook the importance of oral hygiene. According to the American Veterinary Dental College, it’s estimated that the majority of dogs show signs of canine periodontal disease by just three years old. Since the primary sign of early dental disease is bad breath, it often goes unnoticed by owners because they simply think that bad breath is something dogs just happen to have. Sure, it’s not minty fresh, but your dog’s breath also shouldn’t be

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How to Provide Your Senior Dog With Proper Exercise

As our pets age, their mobility is likely going to decline. But this doesn’t mean our senior dogs don’t require any exercise. In fact, maintaining an active lifestyle will help decrease the onset of ailments, such as arthritis and muscle loss. Although your older dog might not be chasing the ball as fast or as far as he used to, there are still many ways to engage your aging pup with safe physical activity. Exercise helps keep their minds occupied, their weight healthy, and their bodies strong,

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The Power of Canine Rehabilitation Therapy

Canine physical therapy is a growing field of alternative veterinary treatment that can be very beneficial for dogs. It’s more commonly referred to as canine rehabilitation therapy, since the term physical therapy is actually trademarked by human physical therapists. What Can Rehabilitation Therapy Help With? Arthritic dogs and those recovering from debilitating orthopedic surgery are typical patients for the therapy. It’s also used to support dogs with other musculoskeletal problems or neurol

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The movie 'Jurassic Park' got it wrong: Raptors don't hunt in packs

A new analysis of raptor teeth shows that raptorial dinosaurs likely did not hunt in big, coordinated packs like dogs. Though widely accepted, evidence for this behavior is relatively weak. Recently, scientists have proposed a different model for behavior in raptors that is thought to be more like Komodo dragons, in which individuals may attack the same animal but cooperation is limited. View the source article

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Tips On Brushing Your Dog’s Teeth

Many things can contribute to a dog’s fear of having his teeth brushed, starting with the plastic thing you’re trying to stick in his mouth, the weird-smelling paste you put on the plastic thing, and the way you’re trying to force his mouth open to get the plastic thing with the weird-smelling paste in! This problem can be solved by using a desensitization program and lots of patience. Here’s how: Select a Location Pick a tooth-brushing place (like the bathroom) and start by making that room

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What Is Leptospirosis and Should You Be Concerned?

Leptospirosis is a disease that affects dogs, as well as many other kinds of animals. The organism that causes leptospirosis is a spirochete bacteria and is found throughout the world. There are a very large number of Leptospira; about 230 of them have been identified. In the United States, Leptospirosis is in the environment because it is carried in rats, wildlife, as well as domestic livestock. More cases are seen in late summer and fall and often after heavy rainfalls. Leptospira is known to

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How to Visit the Vet Safely in the COVID-19 Era

COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, has drastically changed lives and requires a rethinking of even the most basic everyday tasks. That includes taking your dog to the vet—an essential service that many dog owners are wondering how to access safely in the COVID-19 era. But living in the age of COVID-19 doesn’t mean that your dog has to go without necessary veterinary care. Here’s how to get the care your dog needs, while still protecting yourself. Understand How COVID-19 Spr

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