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Puppy Feeding Fundamentals

Walk down the dog food aisle of any large pet-supply store, or peruse the shelves at a boutique pet-food shop, and you can quickly become overwhelmed. This is especially true for puppy owners, and probably even more so for first-time puppy owners. When did it get so complicated? Back in the day, dog food options were far more limited, and even responsible dog owners didn’t worry too much about what went into their dog’s dish. The process may now be somewhat more involved, but that’s a good thin

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The 7 Biggest Dog Food Myths

The Internet can offer a wealth of tips and facts on dog food. Unfortunately, it provides even more dog food myths and misinformation. Here’s a sampling of dog-feeding urban legends populating the Web and the actual truths behind them. Dog food myth No. 1: “Never feed dogs pork!” My initial reaction to this was “hogwash!” But then I started to wonder why so few commercial foods contained pork. A perusal of the Internet found several sites warning me off the killer pig, including the thought th

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Tips on Finding the Perfect Dog Walker for Your Pup

Whether your dog is an active pup who requires a few miles of jogging each day or a couch potato, exercise and mental stimulation are important for all dogs. So, what happens if you work long hours, have an erratic schedule, or are physically unable to give your dog the required exercise? As a responsible pet owner, you might want to consider hiring a dog walker. Like hiring a babysitter, choosing the right dog walker is serious business; he is responsible for your dog’s well-being and safety d

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​11 Things to Ask Potential Groomers Before You Hand Them Your Dog

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, he or she also offers services that contribute to your dog’s care, like nail trimming, ear cleaning and teeth cleaning. The first step in discovering your dream groomer is research: ask trust

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Hurricane-Related Health Concerns for Dogs

Natural disasters affect everyone, including your pets. If you live in a hurricane-prone area, you will need to make certain that you protect your dog from the unique health concerns that can arise during a storm. During a hurricane, dogs are exposed to many of the same dangers as people. Being prepared will keep your pet safe both during and after the storm. Make an Emergency Plan for Your Dog Long before disaster strikes, your family should have an emergency plan in place. A good emergency p

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How to Calculate Dog Years to Human Years

Since the 1950s, the popular calculation of how old a dog was “in human years” has been that 1 dog year is the equivalent of 7 human ones. Even though this formula has been around for a surprisingly long time, the reality is not so cut-and-dried. That doesn’t stop many people from defaulting to this traditional calculation. “You can’t really kill the seven-year rule,” says Kelly M. Cassidy, a curator of the Charles R. Connor Museum at Washington State University, who compiles studies about longe

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Can Dogs Swim In Chlorine Pools?

If you are an owner of man’s best friend, you can relate to watching your furry companion lunge himself into a pool. While this is pleasing to watch for many humans, it does raise a question — is chlorine safe for dogs? When humans swim in a pool, most chlorine levels are safe, even if you happen to ingest water by accident. Most canines, on the other hand, have ears and eyes that are more sensitive than the ears and eyes of their owner. This sensitivity makes dogs more susceptible to the dange

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Treating and Preventing Hot Spots on Dogs

Hot spots are one of the most common skin conditions in dogs, particularly in the summer months. These painful, oozing sores can appear seemingly out of nowhere and often spread rapidly. While hot spots are frustrating to deal with, they can be treated and even prevented with the right management. What Are Hot Spots? Also known as acute moist dermatitis, hot spots are localized areas of skin inflammation and bacterial infection. Often a hot spot will begin as a small red area that owners may m

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Warning Signs of Dehydration in Dogs

What Is Canine Dehydration? Dehydration in dogs occurs when the body loses more fluid than it’s taking in. All mammals rely on water to keep their bodies functioning properly, and dogs are no exception. In fact, water is necessary to virtually every important body function, including lubricating joints, cushioning internal organs, aiding digestion, and regulating body temperature. When we think of nutrition, we generally think of food. But water is a critically necessary ingredient that allows

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What Do Flea Bites Look Like on Dogs?

An itching, scratching dog conjures up nightmarish images of fleas hopping everywhere—especially onto our furniture, beds, and carpets. Fleas are prime suspects if your dog is scratching without any apparent reason, but before you can blame fleas for your dog’s discomfort you need to do a little more investigating. The best way to find out if your dog has fleas is to look for symptoms of flea bites on dogs. What Are Fleas? Fleas are tiny parasites that feed off of the blood of their hosts. Th

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Joint Disease in Dogs and How to Treat it with Dasuquin

Dogs experience joint pain, stiffness, and aches just like people do. This discomfort can limit their mobility, prevent them from enjoying their favorite activities, and ultimately impact their quality of life. Even simple actions like jumping on the couch or walking up the stairs can become difficult for dogs with joint disease, which is often upsetting for pet owners. While any dog can experience joint pain, large- and giant-breed dogs are particularly prone to developing orthopedic disease.

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Vaccinations for Your Dog: The Upshot

One of the most important responsibilities you have as a dog owner is to make sure your dog is properly vaccinated to help protect against dangerous and sometimes deadly diseases. Knowing what to vaccinate for and when can be confusing, so we’ve created this guide to help you take the best care of your dog. The information is based on the latest guidelines from the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). The AAHA classifies vaccines as core vaccines and noncore or lifestyle vaccines. Core

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Everything You Need to Know About Dog Diapers

Anyone who’s had a child or babysat for one has been through the diaper experience. But some pet owners may find that, for a variety of reasons, their dog needs to wear a diaper. There are products made specifically for canines. Why, you might ask, would a dog ever need a diaper? Reasons to Use Dog Diapers Urinary Incontinence in Dogs Actual urinary incontinence is not a behavioral issue. It may be caused by a urinary tract infection, bladder problems, a weakened urinary sphincter muscle, and

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Dog Grooming Tips to Keep Your Pup Cool in Summer

Warmer weather typically means spending more time outdoors with your dog. These grooming tips will help keep your dog feeling cool and comfortable. As a bonus, they will also enhance the relationship you have with your pet. “Grooming is one of nature’s strongest ways of bonding,” says Jorge Bendersky, a certified master groomer and best-selling author. “It’s a way to show our love.” Even if you have a designated groomer, there are things you can do at home in-between visits. Brushing Your Dog

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How to Remove a Tick from Your Dog

Removing a tick from your dog, or worse — ticks — may not be pleasant, but it’s important to do it promptly and correctly. Once you know how to remove a tick, it will be a fairly easy process. Because they can carry infectious organisms, every year ticks infect thousands of animals and people with illnesses like Lyme disease, babesiosis, and ehrlichiosis, among others. Pathogen transmission can occur as quickly as three to six hours after a bite occurs, so the sooner you remove the tick the les

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Can All Dogs Swim? Safety and Training Tips for Dog Swimming

Does your dog run with excitement to every body of water in sight? Maybe you can’t walk past a creek or pond without your pup diving in. Or maybe your dog treats water like the enemy and will do anything to stay dry. Every dog is different and not all are born with a love of getting wet. But can all dogs swim? Depending on the breed, your dog might be a natural in the water or swimming might be challenging. However, whether your dog enjoys taking the plunge or prefers staying on land, it’s esse

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Why Is My Dog Limping?

Like us, dogs limp for a variety of reasons. Unlike us, dogs can’t tell us what happened or where it hurts using words, leaving us struggling to figure it out for ourselves. Your most valuable resource for determining the cause of your dog’s limp is your veterinarian. Before calling to make an appointment, however, most of us want to know a little bit about the common causes of limping in dogs, what to expect from a veterinary visit, and when limping is a veterinary emergency. Gradual Onset vs

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Summer Shows and Events: How to Keep Your Dog Cool

Outdoor dog shows and events present particular challenges in the summer. If you want to see what it’s like for our dogs in hot weather, the next time it’s 90-plus degrees, put on your warmest coat and go outside. Now try running. Whether you have an English Setter participating in field trials or a Border Collie showing off his agility skills, exertion combined with high temperatures and high humidity can spell trouble for your dog. One of the biggest challenges owners face when preparing for

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Tips for Keeping Your Dog Safe This Summer

Summer is the time to have outdoor fun with our dogs. Longer walks in the park, ambitious hikes, beach days, or family travel — the sun is shining, and the outdoors is calling. But hot weather can also make us uncomfortable, and it poses special risks for dogs. From an increased exposure to ticks and other insects, to sunburn, and even heatstroke, all sorts of things can go wrong for your dog in summer. Keep the following safety concerns in mind as the temperature rises, and follow our tips for

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What is Xylitol? The Dangers Of Xylitol for Dogs

A substance called xylitol is making thousands of dog sick and even causing death, affecting more pets now than ever before, and it’s probably in your home right now. The Pet Poison Helpline confirms that cases of xylitol poisoning have increased dramatically in recent years. “In 2018 we received nearly 4,000 cases and now have more than 20,000 such cases in our database,” Dr. Ahna Brutlag, the helpline’s Director of Veterinary Services, told the American Kennel Club. “Looking back over the pas

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Understanding, Preventing, and Treating Dog Anxiety

Just like humans, dogs experience anxiety. While unpleasant, it is a normal and also healthy emotion. Dog anxiety can affect all breeds, but may affect each individual dog differently. Although it is something that all dogs experience from time-to-time, if disproportionate levels of anxiety are left unchecked, a dog can develop an anxiety disorder. If left untreated, dog anxiety can lead to behavioral and other issues. How do you know if your dog has anxiety? What can you do to treat dog anxiet

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Anaplasmosis: Another Tick-Borne Threat to Dogs

When it comes to tick-born threats to your dog, Lyme disease usually gets all the attention. But anaplasmosis is another tick-borne disease that can cause bruising, lameness, and even uncontrolled bleeding in your pet. That’s why you should learn the signs of anaplasmosis and what to do if your pet contracts the disease. What is Anaplasmosis? Anaplasmosis, aka dog fever or dog tick fever, is a tick-borne disease that infects a dog’s bloodstream. Anaplasma phagocytophilum, the most common form

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A Timeline of Puppy Teething

Congratulations on deciding to welcome a new puppy into your life! Whether this is your first dog or it’s been a long time since you’ve owned a puppy, there’s a lot to learn about what to expect and how to handle certain changes in your dog as he ages. Here, we are focusing on the teething process. (Yes, puppies have baby teeth that fall out, just like human babies!) We’ve compiled a puppy teething timeline so you know exactly what to expect as your furry friend grows into his adult body. Weeks

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Best Dog Toothpaste on Amazon According to Pet Owners

As humans, we brush our teeth thoroughly every day, but many of us don’t do the same for our dogs. Periodontal disease is the most common clinical condition in adult dogs according to the AKC Canine Health Foundation. To prevent illness and keep your dog healthy, it’s important to clean your pup’s teeth. Although many dogs may not like it initially, finding the right dog toothpaste, introducing it slowly, and brushing consistently, can help with the process. To help owners improve their dogs’ o

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AKC’s Chief Veterinary Officer Weighs In On Tick-Borne Diseases

Tick-borne disease is a growing threat to both canine and human health. Ticks are parasites that attach themselves to animals and people, feed on blood, and transmit diseases directly into the host’s system. The disease occurs when an infected tick bites a dog or a human and transmits the disease into the victim’s body. The geographic distribution of ticks is changing due to climate change, de-foresting, and the changing living and migrating patterns of deer, birds, and rodents. This can vary y

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