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Bowel Obstruction In Dogs: Symptoms, Treatment, and Prevention

A bowel obstruction, also known as a gastrointestinal blockage, is a common canine problem. Dogs are naturally curious, and many have a desire to eat or chew almost anything. Most dog owners are aware of this issue, whether or not their own dog has experienced it. All dogs are at risk, but young dogs are especially vulnerable. Puppies tend to be more eager to put every object into their mouths, often because they are often teething and are looking for something to chew. If a bowel obstruction

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How To Get Fit With Your Dog

As January draws to an end, running shoes and yoga mats around the country are beginning to gather dust. If you’ve lost steam on your fitness-focused New Year’s resolutions, why not try adding your dog to your training routine? Exercising together not only benefits your health, but your dog’s as well. But remember, before beginning any exercise routine with your four-legged friend, consult your veterinarian to ensure your dog is in good physical condition for the exercise you’re envisioning. He

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The Real Reason Your Dog Smells Like Fish

Dogs can smell like many things, depending on what they have most recently rolled in, but one of the more unpleasant aromas dogs commonly develop is one of fish. If your dog smells like fish, it is probably not because he figured out how to spray himself with Eau de Sardine. A fishy odor is usually the result of secretions from the anal glands. What Are Anal Glands? Anal glands, which are also called anal sacs, are small sacs located on either side of your dog’s anus. These sacs are full of s

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Does Your Dog Need Dog Stairs or a Ramp?

If you have a senior dog, a dog with arthritis, or a dog with other mobility issues, it may be time for dog stairs or a ramp. In fact, stairs and ramps can also make life easier for some very small dogs or breeds with short legs and long bodies, like Dachshunds and Corgis. Your beloved canine pal shouldn’t have to struggle to get up on the sofa or bed or into the car. And, depending on his size, it may be difficult for you to constantly lift and carry him. Fortunately, there are dog stairs and r

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How to Stop Dog Farts

Whether they’re silent but deadly or startlingly loud and smelly, dog farts are something that no one wants to deal with. Not only are these farts embarrassing for you and your guests, they indicate that your dog could be in pain from excess gas. While the occasional gaseous emission from your pooch is a normal and unavoidable part of life, excessive gas is not. There are several causes of dog farts, from gastrointestinal issues to food intolerance, so you’ll need to visit your veterinarian to

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Cloudy Eyes in Dogs

If the eyes are the windows to the soul, then it is no wonder we get worried when our dog’s eyes start getting cloudy. After all, we don’t want our dogs to lose their vision or be uncomfortable. When dogs have cloudy eyes, it may be a natural part of the aging process. But cloudy eyes also can be a symptom of a number of eye problems. Trying to distinguish between what is normal and what is a problem can be tricky. While your veterinarian is your best source of information about your dog’s eye

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Assessing Quality of Life: End of Life Decisions for Sport Dogs

Sassafras Lowrey is an award-winning author and Certified Trick Dog Instructor. Sassafras’ books have been honored by organizations ranging from the American Library Association to the Lambda Literary Foundation. The death of a dog is devastating to any owner. When you’re involved in dog sports and that dog is also your teammate, the loss can be even more profound. This autumn my beloved Champion Trick Dog Charlotte died after a very intense but short battle with thyroid cancer. Charlotte wasn’

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Worms in Dogs: Diagnosis, Prevention, and Treatment

The idea of worms in our dogs is always unpleasant. Nobody wants to think about creepy crawlies infesting their dog’s internal organs. But understanding the risks, symptoms, and treatment options for worms in dogs is an important part of responsible dog ownership. “Serious health problems can occur if worms in dogs are left untreated,” says Dr. Jerry Klein, AKC’s chief veterinary officer. “Worms can be picked up from your dog’s stool and contaminated soil. They can infect other dogs, and in som

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Dog Owners: Breed Clubs Need You!

Are you passionate about your dog’s breed? Ever consider getting involved with your local breed club? It may feel intimidating thinking about joining a breed club. However, these local chapters of the national breed clubs, or parent clubs, are filled with dog lovers just like you. Getting involved is a great way to make new local friends and find out about fun breed-specific events and training opportunities in your area. Breed club members are dedicated to the education, training, care, and ov

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Should Dogs Lick Wounds To Heal Them?

Dogs instinctively lick wounds. Something hurts, so they lick it. That’s all they can do. The idea that dogs need to lick wounds in order for them to heal is so pervasive that many people, including ancient societies, believed that dog saliva can also heal human wounds. This belief has some basis in fact, but over time has achieved mythic proportions. To Lick Or Not To Lick Wounds Will saliva heal wounds? As unlikely as it sounds, scientific evidence suggests that dog saliva, and even human sa

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How to Spot A Sick Puppy

With a litter or two on the ground, a breeder’s hands are full of cleaning, weighing, handling, and much more. Having so much to do, it can be hard to catch the beginning stages of a sick puppy. Despite extensive research, first–time owners may not know the warning signs of certain illnesses and how a sick puppy might look or behave. AKC Pet Insurance has put together a quick checklist to help breeders and their new puppy owners catch the signs of illness early.  Lethargy While puppies do

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Can I Leave My Dog in the Car in the Winter?

You likely know about the dangers of leaving your dog unattended in a hot car. But, what about when it’s cold outside? While you might think it’s safe to park your pet during the winter months, the potential for harm, while not as high as in the summer, is still substantial. Your dog may enjoy the winter weather and colder temperatures while on walks, but dangers still remain for dogs left unattended in cars in any weather. Risk of Hypothermia A car can act like a greenhouse in the summer, bec

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Fish Oil For Dogs

Fish oil is a dietary supplement that helps supports dogs’ hearts, joints, coats, skin, and immune systems. High in omega-3 fatty acids, fish oil can either be part of a long-term plan or a momentary dietary boost. Always consult your veterinarian before starting your dog on fish oil or any other supplements. Fish oil is one of the best supplements to add to your dog’s diet. Fish oil supports your canine companion’s heart health, promotes a silky coat, reduces itchy and flaky skin, and rel

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Do Dogs Have Periods?

Before you get a dog, it’s important that you’re ready to be a responsible dog owner. From getting a properly-sized dog crate to setting up puppy vet visits, there’s a lot of preparation to do. And if you have a female dog, that includes getting ready for your dog’s periods — or rather ‘estrus’ cycles. Yes, female dogs have periods. Here’s everything you need to know about how to take care of your dog during their period, including when they get their periods, how often, and products you’ll nee

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Why Won’t My Dog Eat?

If your dog isn’t eating, consult a vet within 8-12 hours if there is any accompanying vomiting or diarrhea. Absent these symptoms, there’s a few likely reasons your dog isn’t eating, including emotional issues. While concerning, a dog not eating is an issue that often resolves itself, though it’s best to monitor closely. It can be very concerning when your dog isn’t eating regularly. After all, a good healthy diet is a key part of a happy life. So what exactly is happening when your dog r

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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

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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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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 be

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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

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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

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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 di

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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

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