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Why Is My Dog a Picky Eater?

Does it seem like your dog suddenly has lost interest in eating food? Knocks over their bowl out of boredom with their food? While it could mean you have a picky eater on your hand, changes in appetite could also signal a greater health problem that should be addressed right away, particularly in young puppies, senior dogs, or pets with known underlying health conditions. Is my dog a “picky eater” or behaving normally? “The saying goes, ‘Some dogs eat to live, other dogs live to eat,'” says Dr

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Protect Your Dog From These Hot Weather Hazards

Summer means ice cream, hikes in the woods with your dog, swimming in ponds, running through fields, and generally having a ball while soaking up the warmth. All that fun in the sun can have a downside though. Most people are aware of the more obvious hazards that come with long, warm days — heat stroke, drowning, disease-spreading mosquitoes, fleas and ticks. But here are some other hazards that may not be on your radar screen. Foxtails and Other Mean Seeds “Mean seeds,” is a term that has b

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Why Does My Dog Cough?

Every dog or puppy coughs from time to time — and it’s no surprise as much as they use their mouths and noses to explore the world. But how do you know if it’s something more and you need to call the veterinarian? While the occasional cough is probably nothing to be concerned about, if your dog is coughing often or in a specific way, it might be worth talking to a vet to rule out something more serious. Causes of Dog Coughing There are several causes of dog coughing, ranging from something mi

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5 Easy Ways to Keep Your Dog’s Teeth Clean

Oral hygiene is just as important for dogs as it is for humans. Poor oral hygiene can lead to serious life-threatening conditions including kidney, liver, and heart muscle damage. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, 80 percent of dogs show signs of canine periodontal disease as early as age three. Practicing good dental care at home will lead to more than sweeter-smelling kisses; your dog will live a happier, healthier, and longer life. Thankfully, cleaning your canine com

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Easy Homemade Dog Shampoo

Whether you prefer natural products for your dog, are a regular DIY’er, or just want to save some money, making your own dog shampoo is one way to accomplish all three. The ingredients may already be in your pantry, and if not, they’re easy to find in stores. They’re as basic as baking soda, vinegar, and ordinary dish soap. One thing you don’t want to use is shampoo made for humans. The pH level of our skin is different from that of dogs: ours ranges from 5.5-5.6, while dogs’ pH is between 6.2-

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Can Dogs Eat Bones?

We’ve all heard the phrase “give a dog a bone,” but the literal action might not be as harmless as we believe. There was a time when families didn’t think twice about treating Fido to the pork chop bones left over from Sunday dinner. Today’s dog owner is much more knowledgeable about canine nutrition and realizes that the watchword about dog bones is: caution. Bones are a good source of minerals and other nutrients and help satisfy your dog’s appetite. Chewing stimulates saliva enzymes and help

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Why Does My Dog Roll Around Where Something Has Died?

Bugs? Check. Worms? Check. The questionable remains of something deceased? Check. Check. It never fails. Even if I’ve killed a bug on the floor and cleaned it up, my dog still runs over to the spot rolling and rubbing himself all over the area where something has just died. What gives? If you can relate, it likely means your dog leans down on a walk, gets a good whiff of something you probably don’t see, and proceeds to start rolling around and writhing on the ground. Even if the spot is clear

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Puppy Nutrition: From the Dam to First Food

Got “milk teeth,” now bring on the puppy food. Rapidly growing puppies tend to be eager eaters. Not surprising considering that until they are around six months of age, puppies need two to three times the amount of most nutrients and calories per pound of body weight compared to an adult dog. Choosing Puppy’s First Food A puppy’s first food, generally introduced at three to four weeks of age, should provide complete and balanced nutrition and be formulated to meet the nutrient requirements of

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Dog Lice: What They Are, How to Avoid Them

First, the good news: You cannot get lice from your dog, nor can your dog pick up this parasite from you. Lice are species-specific; those that thrive on your dog’s blood won’t change their dining preferences if they land on you, or vice versa. But there is plenty of bad news where this parasite is concerned. Like the more common pest for dogs — fleas — a louse infestation, which is known by the scientific term pediculosis (from the Latin word for louse, which is “pediculus”), can cause itching

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Great Dane Life Span & Health Issues

Big, brave, and beautiful, Great Danes hold a special place in our hearts. But despite their larger-than-life persona, this giant breed has a relatively short life span. Why Are Great Dane Life Spans So Short? For such big dogs, Great Danes sure get the short end of the stick when it comes to longevity. Great Danes live between 8-to-10 years, with some living only 6 or 7 years, and a lucky few reaching the ripe old age of 12. Compared to small dogs, which can live almost twice as long, this ha

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Flea & Tick Prevention: Why It’s Worthwhile

Summer is a time when the lure of the great outdoors calls to us and our family pets. Unfortunately, it also rings in the full-blown season of fleas and ticks. Whatever we do to keep our dogs healthy and protect them, it is impossible to keep them from meeting up with ticks and fleas when they go outside. And unfortunately, these parasites can have a serious effect on your dog’s health. There are big benefits to being consistent when protecting our dogs against these pesky parasites. Plethora

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Palliative Care and Hospice for Terminally Ill Dogs

Even under the best circumstances, a dog’s life is too short. It’s a difficult subject, but one every pet owner must face eventually. As the end of your dog’s life approaches, whether due to illness or old age, you might be contemplating some difficult choices. But while euthanasia was long considered the most humane option for aging or terminally ill pets nearing the end, the growing fields of veterinary palliative care and pet hospice provide dog owners with options that can extend both your c

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Is It OK to Shave Your Dog’s Coat?

Temperatures are soaring, your dog is panting, and there’s dog hair all over the house. You might be thinking that a good, close shave down could help cool your dog off while eliminating some of that furry mess. Well, think again. Many dogs should not be shaved at all, depending on their coat type. Shaving can actually have the opposite effect of what you intend and make your dog even hotter. Here are some insights on shaving your dog, and some steps you can take instead to keep your dog health

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How Dog Owners Can Keep Their Pups Healthy and Safe This Summer

Now that warmer weather is here, it’s extremely important for dog owners to take certain precautions when it comes to their pup’s health. To ensure that you and your canine companion have an enjoyable summer, we’ve compiled a list of cautions to keep in mind this season, so that your furry BFF stays safe. Car Travel If you’re planning any road trips this summer, your dog may be included in your vacation plans. Please keep in mind that every year, dogs die from being left alone in hot vehicles.

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How Changes in Weather Can Affect Your Dog’s Mood

Have you ever noticed that your dog’s mood shifts with the weather? Storms, heat, cold, and the changing seasons affect our dogs, just like they affect us. Most dogs can even sense when the weather is about to change. Understanding the impact of weather changes on your dog can help you prepare your canine companion for the forecast ahead. Changing Seasons When the temperature heats up, some dogs rejoice, while others seek out cool, shady spots where they can rest. Though all dogs can be suscep

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Canine Herpes Virus: What Breeders Should Know

Canine herpes virus, more commonly known as fading puppy syndrome, can be a devastating disease if it hits your kennel. Dogs typically become exposed by nose to nose contact with an infected dog or through the air in crowded areas. Dogs at highest risk for the virus are young females who’ve never been exposed and their newborn puppies. Puppies can be infected in utero, through exposure to infected secretions of the dam, or through postnatal exposure to infected older members of the household do

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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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