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Heart Disease in Dogs: A Silent Killer

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 “With human beings, it’s a matter of lifestyle putting on weight, not eating properly and not exercising,” explains Dr. Deborah Fine, assistant professor of cardiology at the University of Missouri-Columbia College of Veterinary Medicine. “With dogs, what we see is mostly caused by genetics or breed susceptibility.”  There are various ways of ensuring a healthy […]

Benefits of a Dog DNA Test

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The DNA tests cannot reveal every bit of information about your dog since genetic data isn’t available for every breed and mix. Even if you don’t receive an entirely positive breed identification, at least some breeds can be eliminated from your dog’s pedigree. Are Dog DNA Tests Accurate? Dog DNA tests can identify the majority of […]

Your Chihuahua Adoption Guide

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The same thing has happened to Pit Bulls since they have an established “tough and cool” image. She says, “Sadly, many people do little research into breed characteristics and don’t understand and commit to the responsibilities of lifetime ownership of a puppy or dog.” The Pitfalls of Adopting a Chihuahua If you’re still considering adopting a Chihuahua […]

Small, Adult, and Large Dog Food Formulas

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“She seemed to be having a hard time with the bigger pieces,” he explains. Unfortunately, the kibble didn’t stay down, leaving Kantor with a most unwanted “gift” to clean up. He surmises, “I guess she wasn’t able to chew the large chunks quickly enough.”  Kibble size isn’t the only reason to feed your best friend […]

Dog Breeds at Risk for Swallowing Nonfood Items

Carl Greenhous’ English bull terrier, Toby, had a strange obsession with dental floss. With every chance he got, the canine rummaged through the bathroom trash bin and picked out only the used strands of floss. “He would usually poop it out, but sometimes it wouldn’t pass all the way through,” recalls Greenhous. New research is […]

How to Determine a Dog’s Strength

According to a recent study in the journal Behavioural Processes, it’s possible to predict the strength of a dog and its speed by looking at the dog’s head. The reason for this is that trade-offs between structure and physiological features constrain physical performance. Project leader William Helton, a senior lecturer at the University of Canterbury’s Department of […]

How to Stop Your Cairn Terrier From Chasing

One famous cairn terrier was Toto from The Wizard of Oz. In that classic movie, it seemed like Toto was being chased more than he chased. In reality, cairn terriers are infamous for going after cars, bikes and anything else that catches the dog’s eyes. If you do a Google search for “cairn terrier” and […]

Dog Training Partner

The best workout partners never complain, bring unfailing energy to your exercise sessions and stick by your side rather than racing ahead or trailing behind. If it sounds like it would be tough to find someone to fit that description, it’s time to consider a four-legged workout partner. “For the most part, any dog can […]

Does Breeding Impact Dog Behavior?

All domesticated dogs have likely had their behavior and personalities altered as a result of breeding. “Breeding of the brain” has become a catchphrase among some scientists who study dogs. But first, consider how just spaying or neutering impacts your dog. For example, the ASPCA reports that female dogs can become far less irritable and […]