Archives: Dog Care

  • Pit Bull Awareness Month

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    October is National Pit Bull Awareness Month! Pit bulls and pit bull mixes make up a whopping 20 percent of American dogs. They are also one of the breeds most often found in shelters. A vet discusses the pit bull below. Basics The term pit bull is actually an umbrella term for several dog breeds: the American Bully, American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, and the American Bulldog. However, there is … Read More »

  • Spotlight On Fire Dogs

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    Today, October 1st, is National Fire Pup Day. Man’s Best Friend has held many different jobs throughout history. Fido has been a shepherd, guardian, tracker, and guide, to name just a few. However, fire dogs definitely rank up there with the best and bravest of our canine companions. A vet shines the spotlight on fire dogs in this article. The Dalmatian As you probably know, the Dalmatian is the breed most often found in firehouses. … Read More »

  • Meet The Pug

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    Our canine companions come in all shapes and sizes. Big, small, sleek, fluffy, we love them all! One of the most beloved and unique-looking pooches is the pug. Fido’s adorable face and expressive eyes have definitely earned him some fans! A veterinarian discusses the pug below. History Pugs were originally bred as companion dogs for ancient Chinese nobles, including several Emperors. As one might expect, being the Emperor’s favorite pet is a pretty sweet deal. … Read More »

  • 9 Signs That Your Pet Is In Pain

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    September is Animal Pain Awareness Month. Pets may be very good at making their points when they want treats, walks, or lap space, but they often have trouble letting on when they are in pain. To complicate matters, some animals also try to mask signs of illness or injury. It’s important to know what to look for. A vet lists some key ones below. Changes In Appetite Most dogs and cats are very, very enthusiastic … Read More »

  • Why You Should Never Feed Your Pet Grapes or Raisins

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    Have you ever considered feeding your dog or cat a grape or its dried counterpart, the raisin? It’s not a good idea. It turns out that grapes and raisins can actually prove toxic to our animal friends. These humble fruits can cause poisoning and even death in the most extreme cases. Read on as your local veterinarian tells you more about grape and raisin poisoning in pets.  Why are grapes and raisins poisonous? You might … Read More »

  • What to Know About Grain-Free Dog Food

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    You’ve probably heard about grain-free or gluten-free products over the past few years. They’ve gained a lot of popularity recently, and grain-free products have found their way into the pet food world, too. But is a grain-free diet right for your dog? Let’s take a closer look at what grain-free means and whether or not it’s the right choice for your pet.  What is grain-free dog food?  Grain-free dog food is just what it sounds … Read More »

  • Blue-Green Algae: A Lurking Danger for Pets

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    Have you heard of cyanobacteria? You may know it by its common name: blue-green algae. This is an extremely dangerous algae that typically lives in warm, nutrient-rich water. Cyanobacteria can make both people and pets very sick. It can grow rapidly, or bloom, under the right conditions. Unfortunately, these blooms are becoming much more common. A veterinarian discusses cyanobacteria below.  Warning Signs Blue-green algae blooms most often occur in summer and early fall, but they … Read More »

  • Introducing a Dog to Your Resident Cat

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    Are you adopting a dog? Congratulations! Of course, if you have a cat, your kitty probably won’t be as enthusiastic as we are. First impressions are a very big deal to pets, so it’s important to handle introductions properly. Here, a vet discusses getting Fido and Fluffy started out on the right paw. Sniff Before bringing Fido in, put Fluffy in a quiet back room with kitty essentials. After your pup has sniffed everything, let … Read More »

  • How to Make Your Puppy’s Training Stick

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    Have you recently added a puppy to your household? Congratulations on your new addition! Puppies are a lot of work, but they’re also loads of fun. One of the most important aspects of raising a well-mannered and well-adjusted puppy is proper training. The question is, how do you make your puppy’s training stick? There’s no sense in training your puppy when they’re young only for your hard work to go to waste.  Use these simple … Read More »

  • Help! My Dog Won’t Stop Sneezing

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    Just like you, your dog sneezes sometimes. Most often, it’s simply because small particles of dust, dirt, grass, or other materials make their way into the nasal passages—your dog uses their nose to explore the world, after all. But what happens if your dog sneezes frequently, or won’t stop sneezing? Here are some of the most common reasons that dogs sneeze:  Play Sneezing Did you know that most dogs sneeze when they’re playing? Whether your … Read More »