Health & Care

No matter how old your new puppy is, we have all the answers to puppy health and care questions.

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Traveling with your new Puppy

Congratulations on your new puppy! Your new puppy isn’t just entering your life; they will enter your heart and stay there permanently. For the safety and care of the puppy, we have some tips and recommendations to ensure that your travel back home is a safe and happy one. Keep ...

What is OFA certification?

In 1996, John M. Olin founded the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) as a private not-for-profit foundation to evaluate and determine if a dog will have problem hips. Canine Hip Dysplasia is a genetic condition that primarily affects larger breeds but can be diagnosed in a few smaller breeds as ...

10 Signs of a Healthy Puppy

Raising a puppy is both challenging and rewarding. It's a time of change where you will get used to having a young dog while it gets used to living with you. Keeping an eye on any changes that your puppy undergoes during its first year can ...

Possible Salmonella Health Risk in Midwestern Pet Foods

The FDA recently announced a voluntary recall of dog food by Midwestern Pet Foods due to a potential salmonella contamination. The recall includes a large list of brands with specific expiration dates. These brands include: CanineX Earthborn Holistic Venture, Unrefined Sportmix Wholesomes Pro Pac Pro Pac Ultimates Sportstrail Sportmix Meridian ...

Video About Puppy Hypoglycemia

New puppies sometimes have problems with hypoglycemia. This video explains the ins and outs of helping the puppy through times.

FDA Announces Recall of Certain Dog Food Products

In a recent release, the FDA announced the recall of certain dog food products due to potentially elevated levels of aflatoxin, "a toxin produced by the mold Aspergillus flavus, which can grow on corn and other grains used as ingredients in pet food. At high levels, aflatoxin can cause ...

The Dark Truth About Smoking Around Your Dog

We all know smoking around others can be detrimental to even a non-smoker's health, but what about smoking around your dog? You may have seen the recent anti-smoking campaign by Truth which condemns smoking around pets, warning, "Fact: Dogs and cats are twice as likely to get cancer if their ...

Puppy Shots and Vaccination Schedule

Every dog lover knows the feeling of having a new puppy in the house: a complicated feeling, puppies need attention, love, and safety. The fact is, while fun to play with, train, and have in the house, puppies can be complicated and hard to take care of. Everything in their ...

Your Puppy's Development: 6-12 months

Congratulations, your puppy is now reaching adolescence! During these "teenage years" you can expect your pup to be a bit of a handful, but she'll emerge as a full-grown doggy adult before you know it and you will miss these silly puppy days. She may be a bit awkward physically ...

Your Puppy's Development: 3-6 months

Between three and six months old, your puppy is starting to find his place in the "pack" that is your family. It is important to provide leadership that establishes a healthy balance of power between you and your furry member of the family, while also making him feel loved and ...

Your Puppy's Development: 9-12 Weeks

The period between nine and twelve weeks is the time during which a puppy really hones her social skills, is open to learning and starts acting more and more like a full-fledged canine. She'll begin chasing things, and this is a prime time to begin basic obedience training. Health At ...

Your Puppy's Development: 8 Weeks

The time has finally come! After a long several weeks, your puppy has finally reached the age of homecoming and can travel to his new family if he weighs at least four pounds. This is a special time for both you and your puppy. From an owner's point of view, ...

Your Puppy's Development: 7 Weeks

At seven weeks old, your puppy is nearly ready to come home! Some puppies need just one last week to develop alongside their littermates, with their mom as a guide. Seeing how active she can be during this stage, though, it's clear that she's almost ready for a new chapter ...

Your Puppy's Development: 6 Weeks

Your puppy is now six weeks old and one step closer to becoming independent! He is likely weaned, or very close to being weaned from his mother. Just as humans learn appropriate behaviors from their family and peers at a young age, puppies also must learn social cues during this ...

Your Puppy's Development: 5 Weeks

Week five is when a puppy is exposed to new faces other than his mom and littermates. At this age, your puppy appears more playful and curious by the day. She is exploring the world around her and learning how to interact with others. Socialization is all about learning how ...

Your Puppy's Development: 4 Weeks

During the first four weeks of a puppy's life, integral development begins that will set the stage for the rest of his life. While still very young, the puppy takes his first step towards independence: weaning. It is during this period of time that your puppy starts to gain independence ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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