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Is It Safe For Dogs to Drink Out Of Communal Water Bowls?

When you’re out and about at a dog park or on an outdoor adventure, it’s convenient to spot a communal water bowl available to hydrate your precious pup. However, communal water bowls come with some hidden risks. Your dog may be lapping up bacteria, viruses, or parasites when they quench their thirst after an outdoor adventure. Obviously, it’s really important to keep your canine companion hydrated — dehydration can lead to heatstroke, a dry nose, vomiting, loss of appetite, and more. But are

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Preventing Obesity in Senior Dogs

Alexandra Anastasio also contributed to this article Like the humans who care for them, dogs are not exempt from the battle of the bulge; they, too, struggle with weight gain and the health problems that come along with carrying around extra pounds. “Dogs of all ages can be obese, although the greatest prevalence of obesity occurs in dogs between 5 and12 years old. This condition may result in serious health problems, decrease longevity, and detract from quality of life,” says Dr. Jerry Klein,

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Benadryl for Dogs

The temptation to reach into our medicine cabinets to treat our pets can be very dangerous. Humans and dogs react very differently to medications, which is why veterinarians caution dog owners against making independent decisions about how to medicate their animals. However, some human medications are safe for use with dogs, as long as they are used appropriately. Veterinarians use diphenhydramine, commonly known by the brand name Benadryl, for dogs on a regular basis to treat allergies, travel

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How to Train Your Dog to Run With You: Tips for Running With Dogs

Running with your dog is a fun way to spend time together and helps keep both of you in tip-top shape. Canine fitness is an important part of overall health. Plus, having a running buddy can be an important source of motivation. Before training your dog to be the perfect running companion, make sure you’re aware of the following advice. The Right Breed and Age Before you start your training program, make sure your dog is suited to long-distance running. For example, brachycephalic dogs (those

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How to Get Rid of Dog Fleas

Fleas are a nuisance. These tiny, blood-sucking parasites irritate your dog and infest your home — often before you realize that fleas have moved in. Many dogs are allergic to flea bites, which can cause intense scratching, red and flaky skin, scabs, hot spots, and hair loss. Fleas can also cause tapeworm and anemia. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, fleas prefer animal hosts but will resort to biting people when animals are unavailable. They can transmit germs that c

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Why Do Dogs Try to Eat Bees? What to Do if Dogs Eat Bees

Does your canine companion lunge and snap after bees on your daily walk or in your backyard? Unfortunately for our four-legged friends, our plant-pollinating friends can create a painful sting. It’s even possible for dogs to eat and swallow flying bees, especially if their mouths are open while playing or chasing. Understanding why your pooch is attracted to these flying creatures and how to stop this pesky behavior can help you tell bees to buzz off once and for all. Why Do Dogs Want to Eat B

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If Your Dog’s Having a Seizure, Here’s What You Should Do

Few things are as alarming for dog owners as witnessing your pup having a seizure. These situations can make us feel helpless and out of control, but there are steps you can take to help your dog recover safely. We spoke with AKC’s Chief Veterinary Officer Dr. Jerry Klein about seizures in dogs to find out what you should do if you witness one. What Causes Seizures in Dogs? “First of all, a seizure is a sign, not a disease,” Dr. Klein explains. “It is a manifestation of some abnormal motor act

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7 Places to Look for Ticks on Your Dog

Ticks are a problem for dogs (and for humans) throughout the United States during all seasons of the year. When temperatures rise, and you and your dog are spending more time outside, these bloodsucking pests become a larger threat. Ticks sit themselves on tall grasses and shrubs, waiting for your dog to walk by, so they can attach themselves to him. Tick prevention should be taken seriously, and not just because these arachnids make many people squeamish — ticks actually carry quite a few dead

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How to Groom a Golden Retriever: Keeping Goldens in 14-K Gold Grooming

The Golden Retriever’s lustrous coat, ranging from liquid amber to a light red, matches the breed’s 14-karat loving heart. With soft, friendly eyes, this enthusiastic sporting group member, family companion, and therapy dog is completely devoted to its people. Want to make sure your butterscotch beauty keeps the glam on? Here’s an easy guide to grooming. First Steps “Begin by training your dog to let you touch its body, including the head, ears, mouth, and feet,” says Terri Becker DiMarino,

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Map: What’s Your State’s Flea-and-Tick Season?

Although fleas and ticks pose a threat to pets year-round, these pests become most active during the warmer months, starting as early as March in some areas of the United States. Find your state on the map shown here to learn where and when your pets are most at risk for fleas and ticks. Fleas & Ticks: More Than Just a Nuisance The Merck Veterinary Manual says, “Ticks are blood-sucking parasites that attach themselves to animals and people. Once attached to a host, ticks feed voraciously.

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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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COVID-19 and Dogs’ Sleep: Pandemic Routines Could be Stressing Canines Out

How much of the day should a dog spend snoozing? This perennial question has felt more pressing the past year, with humans locked down at home and able to pay much closer attention to their pooches’ sleeping habits. So should your dog really be sleeping for 12 hours a day? Or is there a problem? Here’s the lowdown. Healthy Sleep Patterns in Dogs The question of how much dogs should sleep has typically been hard to answer because the research was out of date—until a new study in December. Resea

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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 the internet, and it’s difficult to know what’s accurate and what’s exaggeration. 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 for dogs? The AKC’s Chief Veterinary Officer, Dr. Jerry Klein, explains what CBD oil is, what it does for dogs, and its safety concerns and potential side effects. What Is CBD Oil? CBD,

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Can Senior Dogs Get Alzheimer’s?

One of the most common questions owners ask veterinarians about their senior dogs is “Can elderly dogs get Alzheimer’s?” You may have noticed that your older dog has started slowing down, or that she seems disoriented and anxious. Some of this is normal aging, but your dog could also have the canine equivalent of Alzheimer’s disease: Cognitive dysfunction syndrome (CDS) Cognitive function, or a person’s memory, learning, perception, and awareness capabilities, is easy to measure in people, but

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Pancreatitis in Dogs – Symptoms, Causes & Treatment

Pancreatitis in dogs is one of those conditions that owners must be informed about before it strikes because the warning signs may not always be obvious at first, the symptoms might be mistaken for something less serious, and yet it’s potentially life-threatening. The medical definition of pancreatitis is simple: “inflammation of the pancreas.” But like all serious conditions, there is more to it than that. Because it is dangerous, a suspected case of pancreatitis needs to be addressed by a vet

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Can Dogs Get Colds?

Rarely life threatening, but always irritating, the common cold is just a fact of life. But what about dogs? Do they get colds? Dogs can get infections that make them sneeze and sniffle, just like we do. However, your dog’s cold symptoms could also be the result of a more serious disease. What Is a Cold? When people talk about catching a cold, they are actually referring to a wide range of viruses. All of these viruses are grouped together as cold viruses because they cause similar symptoms,

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How to Groom a Standard Poodle

Achieving the signature look of a Standard Poodle requires loving attention and following grooming best practices. “The great thing of course about the Poodle is the fact that they do not shed,” says Poodle expert Gail Wolaniuk, a professional Poodle handler and groomer who has shown Poodles for 40 years and has a private grooming practice. “But in return for that fabulous trait is the fact that they require routine grooming. If you choose to groom your puppy yourself it adds to great bonding a

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Hip Dysplasia In Dogs

Hip dysplasia. These two words terrify large and giant breed dog owners, but the truth is hip dysplasia can happen to any size or breed of dog. This painful condition can drastically reduce a dog’s quality of life and is difficult for owners to watch. The good news is that embracing responsible dog ownership and educating yourself about potential health conditions like hip dysplasia can go a long way toward keeping your dog comfortable. Learn what all dog owners should know about hip dysplasia,

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Osteoarthritis in Dogs — Signs and Treatment

Osteoarthritis is a common problem in dogs, particularly in seniors and large breeds. Although there is no cure for this progressive condition, identifying the problem early and initiating appropriate management can help keep your dog active and improve quality of life. What is Osteoarthritis? Osteoarthritis, also referred to as Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD), is a progressively worsening inflammation of the joint caused by the deterioration of cartilage. In a healthy joint, cartilage acts a

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Can Glucosamine for Dogs Help Treat Arthritis and Joint Pain?

Many dogs suffer from arthritis as they age. This painful condition, which occurs in dogs and people, results when cartilage, the cushioning between the bones, begins to thin and wear away. As a result, the ends of the bones start to rub against each other, and you may notice your dog starting to limp. Trauma, disease, or normal wear and tear that comes with use over years all may cause arthritis. “While there is no cure for canine arthritis, some treatments can lessen pain and improve mobility

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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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Why Does My Dog Not Like Being Brushed?

While many pooches love being pampered, some of our canine companions go berserk when they see a brush. But brushing your pup’s coat isn’t just a great way to keep them in tip-top shape—it’s a vital part of responsible dog ownership. Routine grooming sessions keep you connected to their overall health so you can examine their coat, body, and paws for any problems. Don’t lose hope if your dog wiggles, hides, bites, or runs away at the sight of a brush—there are ways you can make the ritual much m

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Puppy Teething and Nipping: A Survival Guide

Congratulations on your new puppy! This adorable, four-legged family member is going to bring you love and affection — and also some challenges, including how to survive teething and nipping. Puppies’ mouths are filled with 28 tiny, razor-sharp teeth that seem to be attracted to nipping at your fingers and toes. Although an annoying behavior, this is completely normal for teething puppies and something you can train away. When Do Puppy’s Teeth Fall Out? Puppies get their baby teeth at a much

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Your Complete Guide to First-Year Puppy Vaccinations

When you bring that soft, sweet-smelling little ball of puppy fuzz into your home, you know right away that she depends on you for, well, everything. It’s up to you to give her all the care she needs every day. It can be a little intimidating — she needs the best puppy food, plenty of attention, gentle training, safe toys, puppy socialization, a comfortable home, and proper veterinary care. And that includes puppy shots throughout her first year. Which Shots Do Puppies Need? Going to the vet r

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Why Do Puppies Shed Their Coats?

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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