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SMART SHOPPING FOR DOG FOOD

Do you trust your dog food manufacturer? As a dog owner, we’d like to believe we are feeding our dogs the best food we can give them. And, sometimes the flashy commercials and ads can give us the impression that a certain brand has our dog’s best interest at heart. But often, those large companies with the deep pockets [...]

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DOG VOMITING - THE #1 REASON FOR EMERGENCY ROOM VISITS

When you think about a dog going to the emergency room, you might envision a dog that’s been hit by a car, bit by another dog or suffering from a broken bone. But the leading cause of dog visits to the ER is actually vomiting. Understanding possible causes, knowing what to look for and being prepared to act is [...]

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WHY DOES YOUR DOG GET DIARRHEA?

The messy truth about dog diarrhea is that it’s a pretty common occurrence among canines. Most all dog owners have walked into a room to immediately recognize “that smell.” Now what? Do we run to the veterinarian’s office?Like most humans, dogs can come down with a mild case of diarrhea for a variety of reasons that aren’t serious. Something [...]

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IS YOUR DOG STRESSED OUT DURING THE HOLIDAYS?

From the moment you start decorating your home for the holidays, your dog is sitting up and taking notice. If he has a vivid memory from years past, he may be anticipating what's coming next ... My pet parents will be gone a lot attending holiday parties or shopping for gifts. Our walking schedule will be [...]

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TOP SUPPLEMENTS FOR YOUR CAT

Pet supplements have enjoyed double digit growth for over a decade, closing in on $2 billion in sales this year. As with human supplements, consumers are turning to more natural ways to provide their pets with targeted health support. However, the path toward acceptance of supplements hasn’t always been a smooth ride.Veterinarians approach supplements with a healthy dose of [...]

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UNDERSTANDING CANINE & FELINE DISTEMPER

Distemper is a disease that affects both dogs and cats, but oddly, they are not related to one another. Our vets tell us to vaccinate our pets to prevent distemper, but do we really know what this disease is all about? Should it concern you? Read on!Canine DistemperCanine distemper is a highly contagious and potentially fatal disease that can [...]

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IS YOUR DOG LICKING OR KISSING?

Is that face slurping your dog gives you an expression of his love or something else? There are many possible explanations for this behavior, and they appear to vary for different dogs and under various circumstances.Biological Reasons for Dog LickingDogs lick for many reasons, some of which are purely biological. When a female dog has a litter, she licks them [...]

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WHAT IS YOUR CAT SAYING?

Cats make a variety of vocal sounds to convey their needs and reactions to things happening around them. Do you understand what your cat is trying to tell you? Here are some common noises with the meanings they often suggest. Chirp – A chirp is likely a high-pitched, short sound that communicates a surprised greeting. Your [...]

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CELEBRATE NATIONAL DOG DAY WITH A DOG-FRIENDLY DAY TRIP

While pet parents show their love every day, August 26th marks National Dog Day! Established in 2004, this annual event is a time to show our pooches some extra attention, as well as thank the hard-working service dogs, police and military dogs for their dedicated service. It’s also a day to showcase the many dogs in shelters who would [...]

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THE ABCs OF DOGGIE URINARY TRACT INFECTIONS

Does your dog seem to be urinating more often or showing signs of pain while urinating? He could be showing signs of a urinary tract infection (UTI). There are many causes of UTIs in dogs, and some pooches are prone to recurring infections. Learning how to recognize the signs of a budding UTI can help you seek treatment earlier [...]

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