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  1. 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 Disease? The heartworm in dogs that’s prevalent in the U.S. goes by the scientific name Dirofilaria immit
  2. What Causes Carsickness in Dogs? There is usually one of two reasons for dogs to get carsick: physical or psychological. And sometimes the latter can cause the former. Just like in humans, motion sickness in dogs is related to the sense of balance. It’s most often seen in puppies, just as it’s most often seen in young children. That’s because the structures in the inner ear used for balance aren’t fully developed yet. Of course, also like humans, some dogs never outgrow the nausea and vomiting caused by motion sickness. Dogs may also suffer from car-related anxiety. If, for example, your dog
  3. As lockdowns lift and summer approaches, travel plans are brewing for many dog owners. If you’re taking your dog away with you, check out our recent guide to airline pet policies. But if the pup needs to stay home, you’re left with a different set of questions: where should you leave her, and with whom? How can you make sure that he’s well cared for in your absence? And what about dogs with separation anxiety? Here’s everything you need to know about preparing for your dog’s care when you leave town. Kennel, Private Boarding, or a Sitter in Your Home? These days, dog owners have many options
  4. Dogs are notoriously bad at dissipating body heat. Watch for early signs of heatstroke (also known as hyperthermia) in your dog to avoid serious outcomes. What Is Heatstroke? When a dog’s internal body temperature goes above a normal temperature of 101.5 Fahrenheit (F), this is a fever and is called hyperthermia. When the body temperature is above 105F, the dog may be suffering from heatstroke. Dogs have only a couple of ways to cool off: blood vessel expansion and panting. When dogs pant, they evaporate moisture from their tongues, nasal passages, and the lining of their lungs, and this coo
  5. Canine mothers are the first sign of love and protection for newborn puppies. For the first three weeks after the puppies are born, the mother dog gives them her undivided attention and care. “What you’ll see on day one is a mother who doesn’t want to be away from her pups for more than a second,” says Dr. Ann Hohenhaus, Staff Doctor at NYC’s Animal Medical Center. Puppies Completely Depend on Their Mother Because they are born unable to see, hear, or walk, puppies are completely dependent on their mother, and these first few weeks are extremely crucial. It’s estimated that they spend about
  6. As our dogs’ muzzles start to gray and we begin to see signs of them slowing down, it’s tough not to worry about how you are both going to cope with their older years. It’s important not to bury your head in the sand, though, and remember that senior dogs can still have a wonderful quality of life for many years to come. There are also lots of ways owners can promote movement, health, cognitive function, and comfort. The Difference Between a Senior and a Geriatric Dog The senior label varies depending on the size of the dog. So a tiny Chihuahua, for example, won’t hit their senior years unti
  7. Experienced breeders understand the importance of ensuring that a bitch is a good candidate for breeding. No pregnancy is the same, thus the importance of evaluating a bitch’s physical and nutritional status prior to breeding. It also helps to partner with a veterinarian to guide you through all facets of breeding, pregnancy, and delivery. Veterinarians who specialize in reproduction, neonatology, and genetic diseases are known as theriogenologists. At Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, Julie T. Cecere, DVM, Ms, DCAT, and clinical associate professor of theriogenology, and Aly
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    Can You Use Human Shampoo on Dogs?

    With so many dog products on the market, you may wonder what’s essential and what you can do without. For example, do dogs really need their very own dog shampoo? Why can’t you just use human shampoo on your dog? The short answer is, don’t. Learn the reasons why dogs should have their own shampoo. Acidity and Alkalinity: The pH Balance Dog skin and human skin have very different pH balances. The skin has a thin layer called the acid mantle, which protects the topmost layer of the skin, the stratum corneum, from contaminants such as viruses and bacteria. It also keeps the body hydrated by abso
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    Home Cleaning Guide for Pet Owners

    This year, while you’re airing bedding, flinging open the windows, mopping the floors, and dusting everything in sight, don’t forget to include your dog’s living space too. It’s important to take a yearly audit of your pet’s supplies and sanitize any items such as toys that may be used often. Make your annual cleaning ritual pup-friendly by adding these dog-specific tasks to your checklist. Remember to always use pet-safe cleaning products! Pick Up Your Yard If you live in a colder climate, you likely already know why you need to clean your yard. When the snow melts, it reveals everything yo
  10. When we think of caring for our dogs’ health, our thoughts might turn instinctively toward healthy foods, exercise, and vet visits, but grooming is just as important to your dog’s well-being. Does Every Dog Need a Groomer? All dogs need grooming, whether they needed a full-blown bath and trim on a regular basis or need their nails trimmed. Although some dog owners prefer to groom their own dogs, a skilled professional not only makes your dog look great, but he or she also offers services that contribute to your dog’s care, like nail trimming, ear cleaning, and teeth cleaning. When Should Pup
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    Metronidazole for Dogs

    Dog owners today are armed with more tools for keeping their dogs healthy and fit than ever before. Modern medicine has radically improved how well, and how long, our companion animals live. For both humans and dogs, antibiotics continue to be a potent ally in the fight against disease and infection. What Is Metronidazole? Metronidazole (also known by the brand names Flagyl, Metizol, Protostat, Metrogel) is a strong antibiotic primarily used as an antidiarrheal to treat inflammation of the large intestine. It’s also used for other illnesses and conditions in dogs, cats, and horses, as well as
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    Marijuana Poisoning in Dogs

    The number of cases of marijuana intoxication in dogs has risen dramatically in recent decades. Fortunately, it’s rarely fatal, but it can bring about some worrying symptoms, and you should always seek veterinary advice if you suspect your dog has ingested this drug. Why Has There Been Such a Drastic Rise in Reported Cases? In 1996, California became the first state to legalize cannabis use for medicinal purposes. Marijuana is now only prohibited in a few states, and an increasing number also allow its use for recreational purposes. As a result of the drug’s increased accessibility, there ha
  13. When you’re raising a puppy, there can be a parade of behavioral issues that march through his—and your—life. Separation anxiety (SA) can be one of them. Understanding and recognizing SA will prepare you to do all you can to prevent the condition as well as to address it at the first signs. According to the Tufts Animal Behavior Clinic, although older dogs can develop SA, it usually affects young dogs. So, don’t dismiss this as something to worry about later, prevent puppy separation anxiety before it starts. What is Puppy Separation Anxiety? Whether in a puppy or an adult dog, separation anx
  14. The day is finally here. It’s time to pick up your carefully chosen puppy. You are all ready to welcome this four-legged bundle of joy to your family… Or are you? Do you have all the puppy supplies you’ll need? Have you puppy-proofed your home? Picked out a veterinarian? If you haven’t covered all your puppy bases, or even if you (think) you have, we’ve got just the thing for you as a new puppy owner: AKC Pupdate presented by Purina® Pro Plan®. Whether this is your first puppy, it’s been a while since you’ve had one, or you just want to be the best (and most knowledgable) dog owner you can
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    Raising Newborn Puppies

    Once the anticipation and waiting are over, and your pregnant dog has successfully delivered her new litter of puppies into the world, it is time to roll up your sleeves and dig into the business of caring for your newborn puppies. This care starts even before the puppies are born, but the moment they are, it (of course) continues. After you have taken care of helping the mother clean up the puppies and have ensured that all puppies are breathing, you must help your bitch turn to the important task of nursing. Newborn Puppy Nutrition Newborn puppies depend on their mother for nutrition durin
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    How to Know if Your Dog is Depressed

    Unlike humans, dogs can’t verbalize what they are feeling. But even though dogs experience different emotions than we do, experts recognize that mental health problems akin to depression can occur in canines. How to Spot Signs of Depression in Dogs The symptoms of depression will vary depending on the individual dog and the severity of the problem. There are some key things to look out for, however, including changes in body language during their interactions with people and other pets, decreased appetite, and lethargic behavior. Dr. Leslie Sinn runs Behavior Solutions and is a Diplomate of
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    Can Dogs Have Identical Twins?

    Dogs are always born in litters and oftentimes look alike, so it is easy to assume that identical twins aren’t uncommon in puppies. But in reality, identical twins in dogs are incredibly rare. Twins are two offspring produced by the same pregnancy. They can be either identical twins, meaning that they develop from one egg (monozygote), which splits and forms two embryos, or fraternal twins, meaning that they develop from two different eggs (dizygote). In fraternal twins, each twin is fertilized by its own sperm cell. So technically, all dog litters with more than one puppy are considered fra
  18. 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 communal water bowls the best option for your dog? Here’s what you need to know to keep your dog co
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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, AKC chief veterinary officer. “Obesity in dogs is a widespread problem in the U.S. today, yet it is
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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 anxiety, and motion sickness. While you should always consult with your veterinarian before giving
  21. 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 with short muzzles), like Bulldogs or Pugs, should only sprint for short distances. Also, be aware th
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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 cause disease by feeding on hosts or through fecal contamination, when infected flea feces are scratc
  23. 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 Bees? Movement enthralls breeds like Labrador Retrievers, English Springer Spaniels, and Pointers. Th
  24. 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 activity occurring in the brain.” There are a variety of causes, the most common of which is idiopathic
  25. 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 deadly diseases. Some of these diseases have no cure, so being diligent in checking for and removing tic

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