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Bathing Your Puppy: A Step-By-Step Guide

Cute, cuddly, and full of personality, puppies might just be the key to happiness. But that happiness comes with a little bit of work, especially when it comes to bathing. Fortunately, there’s a way to make bath-time enjoyable for both you and your dog. Jennifer Bishop-Jenkins, an international certified master groomer and owner of Love Fur Dogs in Glencoe, Illinois, shares her insights on the best approach to bathing your puppy. Step 1: Determine Your Puppy’s Coat Type Before you even get you

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Why Does My Dog Not Care About Playing Fetch?

There are a number of reasons dogs may not like playing fetch — including genetics and age Mix it up — try playing fetch with a variety of toys to increase your pup’s interest A great solution for many dogs is trying the “two toy” game Maybe your dog once loved playing fetch, but they’ve since lost interest. Or perhaps they never really enjoyed chasing after balls in the first place. Whatever the case, you may be wondering what’s going on, and why your dog doesn’t seem into fetch. Why Do So

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Raw Food vs. Kibble: What Should You Feed Your Dog?

Dog owners want the absolute best for their canine companions to ensure they live healthy, happy, and active lives. The first step in achieving that goal is feeding your dog a balanced, nutritious diet. Historically, dry dog kibble and canned dog food were the only choices on the market. But over the years, raw food options have become increasingly available. Some brands, like Wellness® CORE, now even offer formulas featuring a blend of dry kibble with freeze-dried raw meats mixed right in. Wha

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Group Dog Walks: Tips For Preparing Your Pup For A Pack Walk

As all owners know, walking your dog is a top priority to keep pups happy and healthy. Walks provide great low-impact exercise for dogs of all ages and their owners. It also allows dogs to explore the wide world that exists outside of their own backyards. Dogs are stimulated by sights and sounds, and they want to understand their surroundings. Bringing your pup out into the world also helps desensitize them to noise and teaches them to keep calm in a crowd. What’s more, exploring as a group is

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Humans' ability to read dogs' facial expressions is learned, not innate

Researchers assessed how experience with dogs affects humans' ability to recognize dog emotions. Participants who grew up in a cultural context with a dog-friendly attitude were more proficient at recognizing dog emotions. This suggests that the ability to recognize dogs' expressions is learned through age and experience and is not an evolutionary adaptation. View the source article

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AI could help diagnose dogs suffering from chronic pain and Chiari-like malformation

A new artificial intelligence (AI) technique could eventually help veterinarians quickly identify Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (CKCS) dogs with a chronic disease that causes crippling pain. The same technique identified unique biomarkers which inspired further research into the facial changes in dogs affected by Chiari-like malformation (CM). View the source article

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Does Your Dog Have UTI Symptoms Or Something Worse?

Urinary tract infections (UTI) are a painful and potentially dangerous condition in dogs. Bloody urine, difficulty urinating, and licking of the area are all signs your dog might have a UTI. Some symptoms of UTIs may, in fact, indicate something worse, like bladder cancer or kidney disease. You and your dog might not agree about how many treats a day they should get. But you can certainly agree that urinary tract infections (UTI) are a pain. Urinary tract infections are uncomfortable at best

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Chemotherapy For Dogs With Cancer: Common Questions

As in humans with cancer, chemotherapy is used as a treatment for cancer in dogs. Dogs often receive lower doses of chemo than humans, though some side effects are still experienced. Cancer affects each dog differently, so canine chemo plans are often individualized. Cancer is a common canine concern, affecting an estimated 25% of all dogs and 30% over the age of 7 years, according to the AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF). Unfortunately, for many dogs, the disease can be fatal. For older pe

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Fitness For Handlers: Getting Yourself In Shape For Dog Sports

Handlers participating in dog sports, especially agility, are prone to knee and back injuries. Strength and fitness training routines for handlers can help to minimize agility injuries. Ease into any fitness training slowly to avoid injury, and be sure to always warm up first. Competing in dog sports can be fun and physically challenging for both you and your pup. But, as with other sports, lack of proper fitness and preparation can lead to potential injury. Dr. James Smoliga has a Doctor o

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What to Do If Your Dog Needs a Wheelchair

Have you ever wondered if your dog needs a wheelchair? Many senior dogs and dogs with joint issues show signs of mobility issues later in life. If your pet is showing any changes in mobility or exhibits pain when walking, talk to your vet immediately. Your vet may recommend a wheelchair. When you first learn your dog needs a wheelchair, it can seem overwhelming. There’s a lot to do, and many pet wheelchairs are expensive, but don’t fret. Buying a wheelchair for your dog can lengthen your pup’s

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Bone Cancer Genome in Dogs Could Help Decipher Disease in Children

Osteosarcoma (OS) is a bone cancer that is common in dogs, but rare in children. Studies found that the OS in canines shares genetic and genomic similarities to OS in kids. Comparative oncology helps doctors use dog OS as a means to unlock answers for OS in children. The bone cancer known as osteosarcoma is rare in children, with only up to 1,000 cases a year. However, it’s a common cancer in dogs, with over 25,000 cases a year. For both people and dogs, the disease is the most commonly diag

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Why Is My Dog Scooting?

Scooting a bottom across the floor is a common dog behavior often indicative of an anal sac issue. Anal sacs may become clogged or injured for a variety of reasons, which can lead to scooting. Visiting your vet is recommended to ensure scooting isn’t due to a serious issue like allergies or parasites. Many dog owners can recall a certain dreaded scenario. You’re sitting around your living room with a few guests when suddenly, your dog starts scooting their bottom brazenly across the floor in

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CBD Oil for Dogs: What You Need to Know

As with any pet wellness trend, when it comes to CBD oil for dogs, there’s a lot of information floating around online. Of course, you want to do what’s best for your pup, which leads to the question: What do I need to know about CBD oil? The AKC’s Chief Veterinary Officer, Dr. Jerry Klein, explains what CBD oil is, what it does, and its safety concerns and side effects. What Is CBD Oil? CBD, or cannabidiol, is a compound found in cannabis and hemp. Dr. Klein says it is essential to note that

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Genetic risk factor for laryngeal paralysis in miniature bull terriers identified

Laryngeal paralysis is a serious and sometimes deadly disease in some dog breeds that prevents proper opening of the larynx for breathing. Specialists in canine head and neck surgery and geneticists have identify a mutation responsible for laryngeal paralysis in Miniature Bull Terriers, enabling the development of a genetic test for the disease. View the source article

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Using Technology To Improve Your Dog’s Life

Most dog owners would love to spend more time with their pups. Keeping track of daily activity and rewarding good behavior can help ensure happy and healthy dogs. Thanks to technology, no matter where you are, you can do all of those things and more. Now, you can keep in touch with your pets using interactive cameras, and monitor their health using activity trackers designed just for dogs. These devices improve owners’ lives, helping catch health problems early, nipping behavioral issues in the

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Dog First-Aid Kit Essentials

Emergencies can strike at any time, whether you’re at home, running errands around town, or traveling. When they do occur, you should always be prepared with a dog first-aid kit, in addition to your human supplies. This list will help you assemble everything you’ll need in a first-aid kit for a canine medical emergency or health issue. Aside from these items, be sure to remember to include important paperwork, including a copy of medical records, vaccination records, and emergency phone numbers

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Conditioning Basics For Your Canine Athlete

Exercise and conditioning are important for all dogs, but especially so for canine athletes. Walking, running, stretching, and trick training are all ways to keep your dog well-conditioned. The AKC Fit Dog program is an excellent motivator to help keep you and your pup in shape. Regular exercise and keeping your dog in good physical condition is important for all canines, and essential if you are thinking about participating in any dog sports together. Human athletes prepare their bodies bef

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