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Do Dogs Have Maternal Instincts? How Dogs Encourage Independence in Puppies

Canine mothers are the first sign of love and protection for newborn puppies. For the first three weeks after the puppies are born, the mother dog gives them her undivided attention and care. “What you’ll see on day one is a mother who doesn’t want to be away from her pups for more than a second,” says Dr. Ann Hohenhaus, Staff Doctor at NYC’s Animal Medical Center. Puppies Completely Depend on Their Mother Because they are born unable to see, hear, or walk, puppies are completely dependent on

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How to Improve Your Senior Dog’s Quality of Life

As our dogs’ muzzles start to gray and we begin to see signs of them slowing down, it’s tough not to worry about how you are both going to cope with their older years. It’s important not to bury your head in the sand, though, and remember that senior dogs can still have a wonderful quality of life for many years to come. There are also lots of ways owners can promote movement, health, cognitive function, and comfort. The Difference Between a Senior and a Geriatric Dog The senior label varies

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Dogs' aggressive behavior towards humans is often caused by fear

A study encompassing some 9,000 dogs demonstrated that fearfulness, age, breed, the company of other members of the same species and the owner's previous experience of dogs were associated with aggressive behavior towards humans. The findings can potentially provide tools for understanding and preventing aggressive behavior.http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciencedaily/plants_animals/dogs/~4/L1mE5s1yoW4 View the source article

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Steps to Prevent Pregnancy Problems in Bitches

Experienced breeders understand the importance of ensuring that a bitch is a good candidate for breeding. No pregnancy is the same, thus the importance of evaluating a bitch’s physical and nutritional status prior to breeding. It also helps to partner with a veterinarian to guide you through all facets of breeding, pregnancy, and delivery. Veterinarians who specialize in reproduction, neonatology, and genetic diseases are known as theriogenologists. At Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary M

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Can You Use Human Shampoo on Dogs?

With so many dog products on the market, you may wonder what’s essential and what you can do without. For example, do dogs really need their very own dog shampoo? Why can’t you just use human shampoo on your dog? The short answer is, don’t. Learn the reasons why dogs should have their own shampoo. Acidity and Alkalinity: The pH Balance Dog skin and human skin have very different pH balances. The skin has a thin layer called the acid mantle, which protects the topmost layer of the skin, the str

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Home Cleaning Guide for Pet Owners

This year, while you’re airing bedding, flinging open the windows, mopping the floors, and dusting everything in sight, don’t forget to include your dog’s living space too. It’s important to take a yearly audit of your pet’s supplies and sanitize any items such as toys that may be used often. Make your annual cleaning ritual pup-friendly by adding these dog-specific tasks to your checklist. Remember to always use pet-safe cleaning products! Pick Up Your Yard If you live in a colder climate, y

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​12 Tips for Choosing the Right Dog Groomer

When we think of caring for our dogs’ health, our thoughts might turn instinctively toward healthy foods, exercise, and vet visits, but grooming is just as important to your dog’s well-being. Does Every Dog Need a Groomer? All dogs need grooming, whether they needed a full-blown bath and trim on a regular basis or need their nails trimmed. Although some dog owners prefer to groom their own dogs, a skilled professional not only makes your dog look great, but he or she also offers services that

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Metronidazole for Dogs

Dog owners today are armed with more tools for keeping their dogs healthy and fit than ever before. Modern medicine has radically improved how well, and how long, our companion animals live. For both humans and dogs, antibiotics continue to be a potent ally in the fight against disease and infection. What Is Metronidazole? Metronidazole (also known by the brand names Flagyl, Metizol, Protostat, Metrogel) is a strong antibiotic primarily used as an antidiarrheal to treat inflammation of the lar

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Marijuana Poisoning in Dogs

The number of cases of marijuana intoxication in dogs has risen dramatically in recent decades. Fortunately, it’s rarely fatal, but it can bring about some worrying symptoms, and you should always seek veterinary advice if you suspect your dog has ingested this drug. Why Has There Been Such a Drastic Rise in Reported Cases? In 1996, California became the first state to legalize cannabis use for medicinal purposes. Marijuana is now only prohibited in a few states, and an increasing number also

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Separation Anxiety in Dogs and Puppies: Symptoms, Causes, Prevention, and Treatment

When you’re raising a puppy, there can be a parade of behavioral issues that march through his—and your—life. Separation anxiety (SA) can be one of them. Understanding and recognizing SA will prepare you to do all you can to prevent the condition as well as to address it at the first signs. According to the Tufts Animal Behavior Clinic, although older dogs can develop SA, it usually affects young dogs. So, don’t dismiss this as something to worry about later, prevent puppy separation anxiety bef

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A gene finding links severe canine juvenile epilepsy to mitochondrial dysfunction

Researchers found a cause for severe epilepsy resulting in death in Parson Russell Terrier puppies at a few months of age. A change in the PITRM1 gene can lead to a dysfunction of mitochondria, the cellular energy pumps. Concurrently, amyloid-beta accumulation and widespread neurodegeneration associated with Alzheimer's disease were identified in the puppies' brains. Changes to the PITRM1 gene in humans also cause a severe but slowly progressing brain disease.http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/scien

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AKC Pupdate Is the Go-To Puppy Resource You’ve Been Looking For

The day is finally here. It’s time to pick up your carefully chosen puppy. You are all ready to welcome this four-legged bundle of joy to your family… Or are you? Do you have all the puppy supplies you’ll need? Have you puppy-proofed your home? Picked out a veterinarian? If you haven’t covered all your puppy bases, or even if you (think) you have, we’ve got just the thing for you as a new puppy owner: AKC Pupdate presented by Purina® Pro Plan®. Whether this is your first puppy, it’s been a wh

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Raising Newborn Puppies

Once the anticipation and waiting are over, and your pregnant dog has successfully delivered her new litter of puppies into the world, it is time to roll up your sleeves and dig into the business of caring for your newborn puppies. This care starts even before the puppies are born, but the moment they are, it (of course) continues. After you have taken care of helping the mother clean up the puppies and have ensured that all puppies are breathing, you must help your bitch turn to the important

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How to Know if Your Dog is Depressed

Unlike humans, dogs can’t verbalize what they are feeling. But even though dogs experience different emotions than we do, experts recognize that mental health problems akin to depression can occur in canines. How to Spot Signs of Depression in Dogs The symptoms of depression will vary depending on the individual dog and the severity of the problem. There are some key things to look out for, however, including changes in body language during their interactions with people and other pets, decrea

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Can Dogs Have Identical Twins?

Dogs are always born in litters and oftentimes look alike, so it is easy to assume that identical twins aren’t uncommon in puppies. But in reality, identical twins in dogs are incredibly rare. Twins are two offspring produced by the same pregnancy. They can be either identical twins, meaning that they develop from one egg (monozygote), which splits and forms two embryos, or fraternal twins, meaning that they develop from two different eggs (dizygote). In fraternal twins, each twin is fertilized

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Shift in diet allowed gray wolves to survive ice-age mass extinction

Gray wolves are among the largest predators to have survived the extinction at the end of the last ice age. A new study analysing teeth and bones shows that the wolves may have survived by adapting their diet over thousands of years --- from a primary reliance on horses during the Pleistocene, to caribou and moose today.http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciencedaily/plants_animals/dogs/~4/UOckykQqSqU View the source article

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Dogs act jealously even when they don't see their rival

Dogs are one of humanity's most-beloved animal companions. They share our homes and seem to reciprocate our affections. But could this emotional bond extend into feelings of jealousy? To help answer that question, a team of researchers gauged the reactions of a group of dogs when their owners appeared to shower attention on a perceived rival.http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciencedaily/plants_animals/dogs/~4/J4s4NVt8ttE View the source article

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Is It Safe For Dogs to Drink Out Of Communal Water Bowls?

When you’re out and about at a dog park or on an outdoor adventure, it’s convenient to spot a communal water bowl available to hydrate your precious pup. However, communal water bowls come with some hidden risks. Your dog may be lapping up bacteria, viruses, or parasites when they quench their thirst after an outdoor adventure. Obviously, it’s really important to keep your canine companion hydrated — dehydration can lead to heatstroke, a dry nose, vomiting, loss of appetite, and more. But are

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Preventing Obesity in Senior Dogs

Alexandra Anastasio also contributed to this article Like the humans who care for them, dogs are not exempt from the battle of the bulge; they, too, struggle with weight gain and the health problems that come along with carrying around extra pounds. “Dogs of all ages can be obese, although the greatest prevalence of obesity occurs in dogs between 5 and12 years old. This condition may result in serious health problems, decrease longevity, and detract from quality of life,” says Dr. Jerry Klein,

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