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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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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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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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Plasma Treatment for Fading Puppies Could Offer COVID-19 Clues

EDITOR’S NOTE: A big, blinking, red stop sign of warning: There is absolutely no connection between the COVID-19 virus and any canine coronavirus referenced in this article. Most importantly, even though dogs can get a mild respiratory form of the canine-specific coronavirus, that virus is totally unrelated to the current human pandemic. Bottom line: Your dog cannot give you COVID-19. As the coronavirus pandemic upturns every aspect of daily life, many Americans are perched on the edge of not k

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Why Does Your Puppy Shed Their Coat?

There is not much in this world cuter than a puppy. Besides their downy ears and ridiculous antics, part of their undeniable appeal is their soft puppy coats. Unfortunately for adoring owners, puppyhood doesn’t last forever. Loss of puppy coat is a normal part of your dog’s growth, but it can be alarming for first-time owners. Here is what you can expect during this phase of your puppy’s life. What’s the Difference Between a Puppy Coat & Adult Coat? Puppies are born with a single coat of s

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How to Groom a Dog

Good grooming will help your dog look and feel his best. Routine grooming sessions also allow you to examine your dog’s coat, teeth, eyes, ears, and nails for signs of problems. How often you need to groom your dog depends on his size, breed, and type of coat. Brushing Several brushing sessions a week will keep the average dog neat and clean; daily attention is even better. Brush all the way down to the skin, letting the massaging action stimulate blood circulation and loosen and remove flakes

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Flea Pills for Dogs

The flea circus your grandfather told you about was cute. Fleas on your dog are not. If your home feels like it is turning into your very own flea circus, you definitely need to take some action. You’ve probably heard someone in your life mention flea pills for dogs. These pills can be a very effective method for getting rid of fleas on dogs, and there are more options available today than ever before. Here is what you need to know about flea pills to help you choose the best option for your do

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Sexual Maturity In Puppies: What To Know & What To Expect

Humans take years to develop. Dogs though, in our eyes, mature almost overnight. One morning you have an adorable little puppy on your hands, and the next your puppy is starting to act like a teenager, complete with mood swings and behavioral changes. Sexual maturity is an important part of this process, and it is something that we need to understand if we want to be responsible dog owners. Here is what you need to know about sexual maturity to keep your puppy healthy and prevent unwanted breedi

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Hydrotherapy for Dogs: A Growing Trend in Canine Physical Therapy

Humans have known for millennia about the healing properties of water for injuries and aching joints. But it’s only recently that dogs have begun to enjoy the benefits of hydrotherapy. Is it simply another pet health craze, or does it work? What is Hydrotherapy? Hydrotherapy literally means water therapy and can refer to any therapeutic use of water to aid or improve health. For humans, hydrotherapy includes exercises such as swimming and water aerobics, as well as more sedentary activities li

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Mistakes You Might Be Making When It Comes To Dog Food

Naturally, owners want what’s best for their pets when it comes to nutrition. But, you may be making mistakes when it comes to dog food without even knowing it. Here are eight common dog food mistakes and how to remedy the situations. 1. Buying Too Much Dog Food Generally speaking, you don’t want to buy an enormous bag of dog food for a smaller dog. Excess dog food can turn rancid before your dog gets a chance to eat it. Dr. Carly Fox, a staff doctor at New York City’s Animal Medical Center re

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Supporting Blind Dogs: How To Deal With Vision Loss In Your Canine Companion

Three years ago, my now 17-year-old retired service dog Mercury started going blind. Even though I had worked with dogs for 20 years before he started losing his vision, I didn’t know much about blind dogs. Naively, I thought his blindness would dramatically change his life. It turns out, I had a much harder time than he did adjusting to his blindness. Initially, it was hard for me to realize that this dog who had saved my life wasn’t able to see me anymore. But, once I stopped feeling sorry fo

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Proper Puppy Nutrition Nourishes Rapid Growth

Puppies grow rapidly. At times during their rapid growth and development from weaning until approximately 4 to 6 months of age, puppies, depending on the breed, require about twice as much energy, or calories, per pound of body weight as adult dogs of the same breed and a higher nutrient intake to support their growing bodies. “The first food a breeder introduces to puppies should provide complete and balanced nutrition to meet the nutrient requirements of growing puppies,” says Purina Veterina

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How To Help Your Dog Avoid Cancer

“Cancer” — that dreaded word that nobody wants to hear. But as a leading cause of death in dogs, it’s a reality all too many owners may have to face. Sadly, many cancers have a genetic basis, meaning there’s not much owners can do to avoid it in their dogs. Yet there are certain choices you can make to minimize the risk of your pup developing the dire disease. If you suspect your dog shows signs of cancer, seek professional veterinary advice immediately. However, there are certain choices you ca

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