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Heart Disease in Dogs: A Silent Killer

On a percentage basis, more dogs than people suffer from heart disease. According to Novartis Animal Health, a Switzerland-based healthcare company, 25 percent of dogs over the age of seven have the most extreme form of heart disease — heart failure. By contrast, the National Institutes of Health estimates that only 6.4 percent of men […]

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Mealtime comes soon after Shah’s alarm rings in the morning. “Anyone who knows Labs knows they love to eat,” says Shah. “They get fed in a specific order, and they wait until their food is poured. It’s very routine.” Be Patient and Predictable When Feeding Dogs With seven large dogs, Paul Caster’s feeding times can […]

Faux Fidos Mimic Real Dog Behavior

Imagine the delight residents in several St. Louis nursing homes recently experienced when a dog, tail wagging cheerfully, pranced into their community rooms. Like all well-socialized dogs, this mutt, named Aibo, responded to the elderly residents’ petting and praise.  But there’s a big difference between Aibo and the typical terrier. Aibo is a robotic dog. […]

Dog Blood Banks Save Canine Lives

Checkers and his owner, veterinary technician Bonnie Heitz, acted as heroes, even though their names never made the headlines. While this pair may not be familiar to you, Checkers, the Australian Shepherd from Concord, Calif. donated blood to save the lives of countless dogs that required blood transfusions to treat trauma, cancer, and other life-threatening […]

Lassie Come Home with High Tech?

Every day, David Moore takes his two Norwegian Elkhounds, Victoria and Liza, for a lakeside walk in a wooded area near his home in Vancouver, British Columbia. The two rambunctious dogs often run off by themselves to sniff everything in sight, but they always return back to the house safe and sound. Always, that is, […]

Vacation Safely With Your Dog

When Gerard Hanson of New York City planned a road trip to visit a friend in Maine, he was excited to bring his puppy, Charles, along. But the trip did not go smoothly. “Charles got carsick,” explains Hanson. “Then my friend didn’t want me leaving him at his house alone for more than an hour […]

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 […]

National Dog Day Do’s and Don’ts

National Dog Day on August 26 offers the opportunity to celebrate not only your pooch, but also dogs everywhere. While National Dog Day founder Colleen Paige worked as a paramedic in Los Angeles, she saw many dogs requiring better care. Paige, now an animal behaviorist and author, created National Dog Day to highlight what we […]

Are Tick and Flea Control Products Safe?

Dr. Katy Nelson, a Virginia-based emergency veterinarian, has rarely seen an adverse reaction to flea and tick repellents in her career. “Maybe I’ve seen three or four dogs have reactions — allergic, itchy or swollen faces. You give medication or a bath and they’re fine,” she says. Nevertheless, the Environmental Protection Agency has recently become […]