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How to Get Rid of Stinky Dog Breath

There are many reasons your dog may have bad breath, including diet and disease Talk to your vet to see if your dog is a candidate for a dental cleaning Get rid of bad dog breath with our top product picks Few smells are as unpleasant as a dog with bad breath. Your dog might think that you appreciate his kisses, but if he has bad breath, then getting up close and personal is the last thing that you want to do. Bad dog breath isn’t just gross – it could also be a sign of a health problem.

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Alone Time for Dogs: How Much Is Too Much?

The amount of time dogs need to spend with humans varies depending on each individual pet A dog should spend no more than 6-8 hours alone during the day without a dog walker or dog daycare Recognize the signs of separation anxiety, which is a sign of stress when dogs are left alone Working humans, students, families juggling busy schedules, and those who travel a lot may have to leave our dogs alone more often than we’d like. Whatever the reason your pet may be alone at the house for long

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How humans have shaped dogs' brains

Dog brain structure varies across breeds and is correlated with specific behaviors, according to new research published in JNeurosci. These findings show how, by selectively breeding for certain behaviors, humans have shaped the brains of their best friends. View the source article

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Dog Ear Infections: Symptoms, Causes, Treatment, and Prevention

As many as 20 percent of dogs have some form of ear disease Dogs are more prone to ear infections than humans because of the shape of their ear canals Prevention is key — learn how to clean your dog’s ears safely If your dog is showing any of the common signs of ear infections, it’s important to visit your veterinarian as soon as possible Purchase a safe ear-cleaning solution for your dog Many dog owners have learned to recognize the telltale signs of an ear infection: whining, scratchin

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Are Dogs Color Blind? Side-by-Side Views

The popular notion that dogs only see in black and white is incorrect Dogs can make out yellow and blue, and combinations of those colors This means the best toys for your dog may be those in blue and yellow hues Is everything in a dog’s world black and white? That idea was widely accepted for decades, but new research and conclusions about canine anatomy and behavior have shown that while dogs can’t see the same colors humans do, they actually are not color blind. Technicolor may be beyo

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Puppy Senses: How Your Puppy Sees, Hears, and Smells the World

Puppies’ eyes open at 14-21 days old, but their sight is still limited Hearing is the last sense that puppies fully develop — they can’t hear until about three weeks old Puppies navigate by smell from the moment they are born — it is their strongest sense Puppies come tumbling into our lives full of exuberance, energy, and a wholehearted enthusiasm for life. It is natural that we wonder how they perceive the world, and if they see, hear, and smell differently than we do. We want to share t

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Yet another way dogs help the military: aeromedical patient evacuations

Animal-assisted therapy has many benefits in health care. Yet, its biological and psychosocial effects in the military are unknown, especially for injured, airlifted patients. Researchers teamed up with a non-profit animal organization that trains therapy dogs to see if an animal-assisted intervention could reduce stress in this setting. Results showed that levels of the stress biomarkers cortisol, alpha-amylase, and immunoglobulin A, significantly decreased after a 20-minute intervention with t

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Hush, baby -- the dog is whimpering!

We are all familiar with the sounds of a cat or dog vying for human attention, and for pet-owners, these sounds are particularly evocative. Dog sounds are especially sad to both cat and dog owners, who actually rate a whimpering dog as sounding as sad as a crying baby. View the source article

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Treating dogs with human breast cancer drug

Like many women who develop a particular type of breast cancer, the same gene -- HER2 -- also appears to be the cause of lung cancer in many dogs. Researchers found that neratinib -- a drug that has successfully been used to battle human breast cancer -- might also work for many of the nearly 40,000 dogs in the US that annually develop the most common type of canine lung cancer, known as CPAC. View the source article

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Dog down: Effort helps emergency medical staff treat law enforcement K-9s

Law enforcement K-9s face the same dangers their human handlers confront. Recognizing a gap in care for law enforcement K-9s injured on the job, a team of veterinarians, emergency medical services experts and canine handlers has developed protocols for emergency medical service personnel who may be called upon to help treat and transport the injured dogs. View the source article

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When Does My Puppy Finish Growing?

Some puppies continue growing up until 24 months Larger dog breeds take longer to reach full adult size than smaller breeds Puppies require the right amount of food and exercise (not too much or too little) to stay healthy Puppies seem to grow up so fast. One day, they’re little balls of furry cuteness and, in what seems like the blink of an eye, they’re fully grown into loving canine companions. But not all dogs grow at the same rate, with smaller breed dogs growing up much faster than thei

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How to Make Sure Your Puppy Gets Enough Sleep

Although puppies are little bundles of energy, they usually sleep 18-20 hours a day. One minute your puppy may be a miniature tornado, and the next he’s fallen soundly asleep, almost mid-dash. Sleep is essential to healthy growth, contributing to the necessary development of his central nervous system, brain, immune system, and muscles. All of that sleep also helps him rest up during growth spurts. When they’re awake, puppies burn a lot of energy – growing physically, experiencing new people an

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How To Tell If Your Dog Is In Shape Or Overweight

If your pooch is looking a bit more pudgy than usual, it’s actually quite common. The battle of the bulge isn’t just something people face — so do pets. In fact, according to a 2018 survey conducted by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, 55.8 percent of dogs in the United States are overweight or obese. And that extra weight can cause a lot of health issues for your dog, including canine diabetes, heart problems, and painful arthritis. Wondering how to tell if your dog is fat or overwei

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The growing trend of emotional support animals

Emotional Support Animals (ESAs) are showing up in places previously understood to be animal-free. The growing trend includes 'certifying' animals to provide emotional assistance to a person with a diagnosable mental condition or emotional disorder. New research outlines the ethical challenge and offers possible solutions to better serve both people who feel they need ESAs and those who must comply with the animals. View the source article

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What to Do if Your Dog Eats Chocolate

Chocolate is toxic to dogs, and depending on the type and amount of chocolate consumed and the weight of your dog, it could cause a serious medical emergency. If you know your dog has eaten chocolate, it’s important to monitor him for signs of toxicity (see below), and it’s recommended that you contact your veterinarian or the Pet Poison Helpline (855-213-6680, fee applies) for advice. Learn how much is too much, which types of chocolate are the most dangerous, and what signs to look for that ma

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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. 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 contribute to your dog’s care, like nail trimming, ear cleaning, and teeth cleaning. How to Find a Dog Groomer The first step in discovering your dream

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