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Does grain-free dog food cause heart problems? Photo: Gladskikh Tatiana A summer 2018 report from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) alerting consumers to a possible connection between certain types of grain-free dog foods to a heart condition known as dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) has put some people in a panic. With the safety of these
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February is coming which means National Pet Dental Health Month is on its way too. This month is all about creating awareness that dental health in pets is very essential and it helps to prevent them from so many diseases. If you haven’t ever celebrated National Pet Dental Health Month till now, fret not, it’s
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Bloodhounds are known for being excellent scent hounds. Photo: pixabay 1. Key Characteristics of Bloodhounds AKC Group: Hound Height: 25–27 inches (male); 23–25 inches (female) Weight: 90–110 pounds (male); 80–100 pounds (female) Life Expectancy: 10–12 years Bloodhounds are powerful, large scent hounds known for their tracking abilities. The “blood” in the name refers to breeders working
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These brewer’s yeast dog treats feature cheddar cheese for an irresistible taste for your pup. Photos: Allison Gray/Petful Did you know brewer’s yeast is good for dogs? According to PetMD, “brewer’s yeast promotes healthy skin, hair, eyes and liver function” and “may reduce anxiety in dogs.”1 Dr. Judith K. Herman DVM, CVH, agrees, saying, “Brewer’s
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Want to remove mats from a long-haired cat? Read this article first, and put away those scissors. Photo: izik/Flickr We received this question from a reader, who wanted to know how to remove mats from a long-haired cat: “I was wondering if you have any advice on removing my long-haired cat’s mats on her back. They
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Heartworm treatment for dogs is available, but prevention is the best way to protect your pup against these parasites. Photo: wunderBILDlich Heartworm treatment for dogs is not pleasant for the pup, the people or the veterinarian — so prevention is the name of the game when it comes to heartworms. “But can a dog with
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The dangers of rawhide chews can include choking, bowel obstruction and food poisoning. Photo: MaxShutter Here’s a question for you that may help illustrate the dangers of rawhide chews: How digestible is shoe leather? Answer: Not very. So is it a surprise to learn that rawhide is arguably even less digestible? Plus, rawhide goes through more
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Even though your cat keeps herself immaculately clean, there are some common diseases that find ways to infect your kitty. A number of viruses and bacteria keep lurking to multiply and as soon as they find the host, their activity surges in leaps and bounds. This is why it is important to know what problems
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The most aggressive dogs don’t always belong to the stereotypical “pit bull” category. Photo: Lindasay Nature versus nurture: It’s the age-old debate, especially when applied to the question of who the most aggressive dogs are. Any dog who endures an abusive, neglectful or life-threatening situation can become aggressive. Does that mean these are bad dogs?
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Too much digging caused this dog’s broken dewclaw. Photo: oakleyoriginals What is a dewclaw? It’s that little digit on your dog (or cat’s) inner front leg, somewhat analogous to our thumb. Although dewclaws are nowhere near as helpful to a dog as a thumb is to a human, they still have a purpose. Some people
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Rottweilers are intelligent and powerful. Photo: Pixabay 1. Key Characteristics AKC Group: Working Height: 22–27 inches Weight: 85–130 pounds Life Expectancy: 8–11 years Rottweilers (a.k.a. Rotties) are strong, powerful, intelligent dogs who are known for their high endurance and guarding instincts. This medium-sized dog has a short, black coat with either rust or mahogany markings. 2. Where
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