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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 […]

Our Top Tips For Feeding Your Dog

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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 get a bit […]

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, […]

What You Need to Know When Taking Your Dog on Holiday

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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 […]

What Is National Dog Day and Why Do We Celebrate It?

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What Do You Do On National Dog Day? Paige and other experts offer these suggestions:  Plan an Outing – Host a Barbecue or Picnic that includes other “dog friends.” Your dog will enjoy your undivided attention. Feeling ambitious? Try a getaway to a dog-friendly hotel or resort. Shop For Toys – Dogs can be rough […]

Dog Bites – How To Prevent Your Dog From Biting

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Evelyn Pang and Hilary Louie, authors of the book Good Dog!: Kids Teach Kids About Dog Behavior and Training, explain that bite inhibition is when your dog bites down on you, without pushing in with its teeth. Mostly, it is mouthing or nipping you. Puppies do this a lot, nipping at your heels and other places. In the case […]

What Human Medicine is Most Poisonous to Dogs?

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If your dog suffers from travel sickness, Dramamine is safe to give to most dogs half an hour before departure. Please note that there are canine-specific medications that are more effective and last longer than Dramamine. Some human antihistamines such as Claritin or Zyrtec may also be safe to give your dog on the say-so of your veterinarian.  Decongestants, however, are not safe for dogs, so check the label […]