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Brush Up On Your Dog’s Dental Health

Does your dog knock you over — not because he jumped on you — but because he has bad breath? That might be a sign of a periodontal problem, which can lead to serious health issues. Here are some vital tips (and a couple funny pics) to help you keep your pup’s teeth shining bright.

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The Dog Days of Summer

Summer is upon us and for your service dog or companion animal, here are some tips for helping your furry friend stay cool, no matter how high the temperature.

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10 Things You Might Not Know About Dog Paws

Whether gi-normous or tiny, goofus-like or dainty, sensitive or not, a dog’s trotters are a fascinating study in anatomy and adaptation. Here are ten things that many people don’t know about this amazing appendage.

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Holiday Biscuits and Dangerous Bites (of food, not dogs)

A recent magazine article claimed that the average person gains one to two pounds during the holidays. Gain one to two pounds over the holidays? Are they kidding? That’s about as believable as those television infomercials, which promise a program that will make you rich beyond your wildest dreams and reveal the secret to losing […]

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Questions You’re Too Embarrassed to Ask Your Vet or Dog Trainer (Answered Here!)

  If you have a dog, you love him or her. Yet, as much as we like to “humanize” our beloved canine friends, they are really, really, really . . . not human (gasp!), nor are they cuddly little humans wrapped in fur (more gasps!). Thus, at some point or another, we bump up against […]

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Doggie Kisses: Disgusting or Divine?

  I kiss my dog. A lot. I know, I know . . . “You shouldn’t do this!” is a refrain I’ve heard all my life – from my mother when I was little to my latest vet who says that, by now, I should know better. (Note: When asked: “How old are you?” I […]

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The Curious Development of Dog Breeds

The domestic dog, is a subspecies of the gray wolf, a member of the Canidae family of the mammalian order Carnivora. Scientific name: Canis lupus familiaris Rank: Subspecies Higher classification: Gray Wolf Lower classifications:  Affenpinscher, Afghan hound, Aidi, Airedale Terrier . . . and the list goes on and on through an estimated 157 dog […]

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How old is my dog?

There is a widely-held notion that one year of a dog’s life is equivalent to seven years of a human’s.  But the calculation to determine a dog’s age is more complicated.  Breed, size, health and other facets ultimately determine how long a dog will live.  Most people, however, realize that large-breed dogs do not live […]

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Pet insurance is the best safety net

Less than 1% of dog owners use this safety net.

A true story: “The dog is limping,” I said to my husband. “Well, let’s wait a couple days and see how he is.” “He’s limping badly. Something’s wrong,” I emphasized. “Well, maybe he just sprained something.  Let’s see how he is in a day or two.” “We have pet insurance,” I reminded him. “I’ll call the […]

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