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Do Dogs Sweat?

As a dog owner, you may be used to seeing your canine companion pant in warm weather, but do dogs sweat? Contrary to popular belief, dogs do sweat, but sweating is only a small part of the process they use to cool themselves down. How Do Dogs Sweat? There’s a reason why you’ve never seen your dog sweat in the same way you do, and that’s because dogs only produce sweat in certain parts of their bodies. Dogs have two types of sweat glands: Merocrine glands Apocrine glands Merocrine sweat gl

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Should Your Dog Wear Sunscreen?

Humans often take precautions to protect themselves from the sun, but should we be doing the same for our dogs? Do dogs need sunscreen? The answer is yes. Just like people, canine companions are prone to sunburn and to other complications and diseases associated with sun exposure. Taking certain safety measures can lower your dog’s risk of developing serious sun-related medical issues. This includes choosing a sunscreen appropriate for dogs. Sun Risks Sunburn isn’t just painful for dogs; it ca

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How to Manage the Symptoms of Canine Arthritis

If you have an older dog who has started to slow down on walks and has difficulty getting up and down the stairs, arthritis may be the culprit. According to the Arthritis Foundation, one in five dogs suffers from canine arthritis. This disease, most commonly seen in older dogs, can affect the legs, hips, back, and more—making everyday movements painful.  However, as a dog owner, you can look out for symptoms of arthritis in dogs, and if your dog is diagnosed, you can work with your veterinarian

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Heartworm in Dogs: What You Should Know About the Mosquito-Borne Parasite

Heartworm is a potentially deadly parasite that is transmitted only by mosquitos, which pick up larval heartworms, called microfilaria, circulating in the bloodstream of infected animals. Dogs and other canids, such as fox, wolves, and coyote, are considered the primary heartworm hosts, but these parasites can also affect other mammals, including cats and ferrets. There are treatments available for dogs, but prevention is the wisest approach to dealing with heartworms. What is heartworm disea

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Dog Shedding: What to Expect And How to Manage It

Some dogs, like Labrador Retrievers, Newfoundlands, and Pekingese tend to shed a lot. Others, like Dachshunds, Poodles, and Border Terriers seem to be almost shed-free. There are reasons why some dogs shed and others don’t shed at all. But how do you deal with dog shedding? Different dog breeds shed in different amounts: Some shed seasonally, while others shed year-round. This depends on the type of coat your dog has. A Golden Retriever, for example, has a thicker double-coat, which makes it mo

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Is It Dangerous for Dogs to Drink Salt Water?

Anyone who has ever swallowed a mouthful of salt water when swimming in the ocean knows how unpleasant it tastes. When dogs drink salt water, it can be dangerous for them, and it can even be deadly. Dogs Drinking Salt Water Dogs love the beach, but playing games of fetch, chasing waves, and swimming can all lead to a thirsty dog who consumes salt water. In most cases, a few mouthfuls of salt water may only cause diarrhea. Consuming large amounts of salt water, however, can be fatal. When a do

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Why Is My Dog’s Nose Dry?

A cold, wet nose means a healthy pup. That wet nose is part of the reason why dogs have an amazing sense of smell –10,000 to 100,000 times more powerful than ours. The wet nose draws in tiny particles to be examined by a dog’s olfactory glands. The thin layer of mucus on dogs’ noses holds and absorbs scents and when a dog licks its nose, that adds the sense of taste to its sensory information. Should you be concerned if your dog has a dry nose? Although sometimes it can signal something serious,

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Is Your Puppy Drinking Enough Water?

As a general rule, adult dogs need about one ounce of water per pound of body weight per day. But growing puppies, despite their smaller size, drink more than their adult counterparts. A lot depends, however, on your puppy’s age, size, and activity level. Very young pups fulfill their hydration needs from their mother’s milk. As they are being weaned and starting to eat solid food, they will need a fresh supply of water. Generally, young puppies need about one-half cup of water every two hours.

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Steroid Responsive Meningitis-Arteritis in North American Dogs

Steroid-responsive meningitis-arteritis (SRMA) is a common inflammatory disease of the central nervous system in young dogs. A recently published study (1) examining records from a British veterinary referral hospital found that 48 percent of juvenile dogs that presented with a fever were diagnosed with SRMA.   Most of the published literature on this disease describes cases from Europe, but a dedicated group of dog owners and researchers are collaborating with the AKC Canine Health Foundation

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First-Year Puppy Vaccinations: A Complete Guide

When you bring that soft, sweet-smelling little ball of a puppy 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 nutritious food, plenty of attention, gentle training, safe toys, socialization, a comfortable home, and proper veterinary care. And that includes puppy vaccinations throughout her first year. Which Vaccinations Do Puppies Need? Going to the vet

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Your Puppy’s First Vet Visit – What To Expect

Finally, it’s the exciting day you’ve been anticipating for months, maybe even years. Your new puppy is ready to come home with you. You’ve gotten your crate, food, and other supplies, you’ve chosen a place for training and socialization, and you’re ready to start an amazing adventure with a little ball of fluff who is going to become your best friend. Whether your pup is coming from champion show lines or from a local shelter, a first step is a trip to the vet. Breeders generally include a ve

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New Studies on Ticks and Your Dog's Health

In 2016, the American Kennel Club (AKC) launched its Canine Health Foundation (CHF) Tick-Borne Disease Research Initiative, and the research is continuing this year. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, the challenge to collect $250,000 in donations for this initiative, matched… View the source article

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Thyroid Disease in Dogs

Thyroid disease is a relatively common problem in dogs. While it is usually treatable, learning that your dog has a thyroid condition is understandably concerning. Here is some information about the more common thyroid diseases that can affect dogs to help you… View the source article

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Benefits of High-Fiber Dog Foods

Fiber is an often-overlooked nutrient in dog foods, but it’s surprisingly beneficial to our dogs. Although it comes only from plant-based ingredients, there are plenty of healthy ways it can be included in your dog’s diet -- through ingredients such as sweet… View the source article

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How Many Treats Can Your Dog Really Have?

As an AKC writer, I frequently come across the 10 percent rule. It sounds simple. “Treats should not make up more than 10 percent of your dog’s diet,” say veterinarians everywhere. I’ve quoted this so many times I’ve lost count, but then, as I was… View the source article

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Is the Flu Transferrable between Dogs and Humans?

With flu season underway, everyone is rushing to their doctor’s office to get their flu vaccine. The last thing anyone wants to do is risk catching an illness that may keep you bed ridden for days. Not to mention you’ll be contagious to others living in your household or in… View the source article

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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 Cirque du Soleil, you definitely need to take some action. You’ve probably heard someone in… View the source article

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Protect Your Dog's Paws from Snow, Ice, Salt

During the wintertime your dog’s paws can take a beating with all the snow, ice, salt on the sidewalk, and overall cold weather. It’s important to protect their paw pads as they don’t have protection like we do when we wear shoes. Fortunately, there are several ways to protect your… View the source article

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Protecting Your Pup's Joint Health Step-by-Step

This content is sponsored by Nutramax Laboratories Veterinary Sciences, Inc. Human athletic champions are known for saying, “If you fail to prepare, you’re prepared to fail.” This theory holds true for dog owners and their dogs, as… View the source article

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Are Heated Beds Safe for Your Dog?

As temperatures drop, most dog owners are looking to keep their pets warm and cozy by buying them heated beds. It’s especially important to keep your dog warm and comfortable as he gets older or if he has health conditions that may affect his comfort levels. The good thing is… View the source article

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Healthy Pumpkin Dog Treat Recipe

Unfortunately for many veterinary practices, the holiday season can bring with it an increase in visits from dogs with intestinal maladies. Many people are unaware that the rich festive foods so many dog owners enjoy during the holiday season are not always safe for canine consumption. Often times, well-meaning guests… View the source article

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Give Your Dog's Digestive Tract and Immune System a Boost

Dog owners today know there is more they can do for their dog’s health than simply providing food, water, and proper vaccinations. Research into canine digestive and immune systems is helping us keep dogs healthier. And anyone who has tried to pick up diarrhea… View the source article

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Why Is Bladder Cancer More Likely in These Breeds?

Cancer. The word sends a chill down our spines, whether it is in regard to ourselves, our human loved ones, or our dogs. Cancer is scary, and it makes us feel out of control. This is especially true if you own a dog breed… View the source article

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Dog Skin Cancer: Types, Symptoms, and Treatment

The word "cancer" instills fear into the heart of every dog owner, but not all growths are cancerous. The most common growth found on dogs are lipomas, which are fat cells. Also commonly found on dogs are sebaceous cysts, which can become cancerous.… View the source article

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