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What Does Your Dog's Poop Mean?

It may be a gross topic, but let's face it - if you're a responsible dog owner, you're picking up your dog's poop multiple times a day. So, you might as well know what to look for to determine whether your dog's poop is normal or problematic. We've broken down ...

Heartworm in Dogs: Causes, Prevention and Treatment

Learning your dog has heartworm can be awfully frightening; after all, the disease affects dogs in all 50 states as well as internationally, and is very difficult to treat. Fortunately, there are ways to prevent your dog from getting a heartworm infestation. According to WebMD , the only way for ...

The Argument: Cats vs. Dogs

It is sometimes said that there are two types of people: cat people and dog people. Each will try to argue why their pet is best, yet a consensus is never reached. Here's what we have to say about the two furry creatures--and by the end of this article, you ...

K9 Veterans Day: A Day to Say 'Thank You' to Military Dogs

On March 13, we recognize K9 Veterans Day, a day to salute the brave war dogs for their service to the U.S. military. While dogs have been accompanying humans in battle for centuries, official training centers for pooches under the Dogs for Defense did not come about until 1942. Today, ...

Brachycephalic Dogs: The Truth About Those Adorable, Pushed-In Little Noses

The first thing you probably notice when you see a pug, boxer, or bulldog is that cute, wrinkly, smooshed-in face (Who can resist those velvety folds?). But underneath those wrinkles is a medical condition to be aware of, which can negatively impact a dog's quality of life. If you have ...

A Step by Step Tutorial to Leash Training

We've all seen those dogs. The ones who zigzag every which way on their walks. The ones who mark on every tree. The ones who drag their owners down the street. It begs the question: Who is walking who anyway? Prevent these unfortunately common situations from becoming your situation by ...

Common Puppyhood Illnesses: Coccidia

Just as non-furry children tend to get childhood illnesses like chicken pox, puppies can also be susceptible to similar puppyhood illnesses. One fairly common illness that you may encounter is coccidia, also known as coccidiosis. Coccidia are single-celled organisms that can infect a puppy or adult dog's intestinal tract. It ...

What to Know about Spaying and Neutering

Spaying and neutering, defined as the sterilization of dogs through removal of their reproductive organs, are safe and routine medical practices performed by veterinarians across the country. But, the average dog owner may not know why the procedure is done, the associated benefits and whether the surgery is necessary. So, ...

How to Crate Train a Puppy

The philosophy behind crate training your furry companion is to create a familiar and safe location where your dog will want to enter of her own will and enjoy relaxing and sleeping inside her very own comfy and cozy spot. Because dogs don't like to soil their sleeping areas, they ...

How Your Dog Can Help You Make Friends and Meet People

Owning a dog comes with many perks. There's the unconditional love, health benefits and a sense of security, just to name a few. But what you may not know is that your furry friend can help find more human companionship, too. Read on for ways to put your best paw ...

Giardia-The Common Puppy Parasite

Giardia is a common intestinal parasite that affects both humans and pets, including our canine friends. If you're worried about your new puppy being infected by Giardia, have no fear. We've laid out all you need to know about Giardia, answering some common questions and debunking misconceptions about the ailment. ...

Car Safety: The Right Way to Transport Your Puppy

Many puppy parents don't think twice about shuttling their new furry baby around in a car. Most of the preparation for a new puppy surrounds training, purchasing the necessary "stuff" and puppy proofing your home. But, what most don't realize is that there are strict laws around transporting your four-legged ...

Fido, the Petsetter: Air Travel Safety

Flying your dog on an airplane can seem worrisome, but rest assured that hundreds of thousands of pets fly every year, and the number of pet-related incidents is extremely low relative to the large amount of pets traveling in the great blue sky. Whether flying in-cabin as carry-on or flying ...

Epilepsy in Dogs: Is My Dog at Risk for Seizures?

Seizures don't just affect those of us who walk on two legs. Our four-legged friends can also suffer from seizures, and if the fits of uncontrollable twitching turn into a pattern, your dog may have epilepsy. About Canine Seizures Seizures are uncontrollable outbursts of twitching or shaking which result from ...

Keeping Your Dog Fresh and Clean Between Baths

Fluffy comes home from the groomer's looking prim and perfect, with a coat as white as snow. The next day on your walk, she rolls around in a pile of manure, practically undoing the maintenance of yesterday, but it's too early for another bath. What's a dog owner to do? ...

Clean Your Dog's Ears in Just a Few Easy Steps

With all of the upkeep that goes into caring for your beloved pooch, ear cleaning can be an easily forgotten hygiene task. But don't play this health regimen "by ear," if you catch our drift. It's imperative to clean your dog's ear canals on a regular basis and keep them ...

The First Two Weeks: Warning Signs Your Dog Could Be Hypoglycemic

If your new puppy weighs four pounds or less, one important health condition to be aware of is Hypoglycemia. Hypoglycemia, also called low blood sugar, can be triggered by stress, over excitement, or missing a meal. While treatable, it is important to know what to look for and to act ...

What to Expect at 12-16 Weeks of Age

At 12-16 weeks of age, your puppy will be growing rapidly, both physically and mentally. Puppy's senses and motor skills are becoming more advanced, which means you'll notice his curiosity peaking, a more acute awareness of his surroundings and less awkward movements as he continues to discover his new environment ...

The Hottest Eco-Friendly Pup Products: A Green Gift Guide

Making an environmental difference for the planet may seem like an overwhelming undertaking, but even the smallest of conservationist efforts is worthwhile in helping the greater cause. And some of those changes can be made at the pet store aisle alone! By simply being aware of what products you are ...

What to Expect at 8-12 Weeks of Age

Congratulations! Between 8-12 weeks, your puppy has arrived home and the intense bonding process between puppy and family has already begun. You've entered a crucial learning period which will provide the foundation for your puppy's mental and physical development. Newly away from his biological mommy and litter siblings, your puppy ...

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