Canine

How Often Should I Bathe My Pet?

Is your dog starting to smell a bit? By all means, give him or her a bath! This can seem like a trivial point, but is actually a very common question posed to veterinarians. Owners want to know if too much bathing is harmful for their pets, or if too little bathing can predispose them […]



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Dogs May Protect Babies from Some Infections, Study Says

Babies who spend time around pet dogs have fewer ear infections and respiratory ailments than those whose homes are animal-free, according to a recent study. The study, published in the U.S. journal Pediatrics, did not say why but suggested that being around a dog that spends at least part of its day outdoors may boost a […]



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Strains and Sprains Spell Pain for Dogs

Our dogs stand on their toes, ankles in the air, knees forward. Imagine doing that all day and you’ll have a better idea of the weight and stress your dog puts on his muscles and joints. It takes lots of energy, strength, and flexibility to chase squirrels, scratch behind ears, wrestle with playmates, jump on beds, and leap for toys. […]



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When to Bring Your Pet to the ER

Emergencies happen. They are an inevitability for pets and their families. So, it’s imperative pet parents are prepared for them, that they know what constitutes an emergency, and they know when to see immediate veterinary medical care. Here from CriticalCareDVM are two articles about common emergency situations and what you should do about them: Dog […]



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Check the Chip Day is August 15

Microchips greatly increase the chances that pets will be reunited with their families if they are lost or stolen, but a microchip only works if its registration information is accurate. The American Veterinary Medical Association sponsors Check the Chip Day every August 15 as a reminder for pet owners to check and update their microchip registry information. […]



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Dogs and Injuries

There’s a pretty good chance your dog will get injured at least once or twice in his life. Dogs are often adventurous and some are even fearless. Most dogs explore the world barefoot and uninhibited. Unfortunately, the world is full of things that can harm your dog. Accidents happen; do your best to be prepared for them […]



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Summer Heat is Dangerous for Your Dog

Pets can easily become dehydrated during the summer, and symptoms such as decreased skin elasticity, dry gums, lethargy and sunken eyes are not always easy to spot, says veterinary internal medicine specialist Jennifer Reinhart, who notes dogs should be given ample access to clean drinking water, especially during exercise. Veterinary critical care specialist Caroline Tonozzi […]



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Why Does My Dog Lick Me?

It’s not much of a conundrum, really. The bottom line is that most of the time, dogs will lick their people as a sign of affection. “You are the sun and the moon,” their silky tongue would have you know. “And guess what? You taste good, too!” But much as barking can be, licking is also a […]



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Keep Your Family Together — Microchip Your Pet

During this stormy and noisy season, more pets run off and are lost than at any other time of year. A key to being reunited with a lost pet is a microchip. If your pet does have a microchip, make sure it is checked yearly to ensure it is working. Not all microchips are created […]



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