Do Pets Make Good Gifts?

Yes or No: Do Pets Make Good Gifts for the Holidays? With the Christmas season coming, some people prepare great surprises for their loved ones. You may have an elderly relative who has lost their partner or is living alone. Maybe a child in the household has been asking for a pet for years, and promises…

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Breeding your Dog: 5 Things to Consider

That sweet puppy you got last spring has grown up into a young adult. Your vet advises you to spay or neuter them around 6 months, on average. But you’ve been putting it off, because you’re trying to decide if you want to breed them, right? There can be a number of reasons involved in…

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What Is DM In Dogs?

We often get asked, “What is DM in dogs?” Degenerative Myelopathy (DM) is a progressively-degenerative disease affecting the spinal cord. It can start with simple symptoms such as unsteadiness while walking or having trouble getting up. It can look like hip dysplasia in the early days, but then the dog starts dragging its rear limbs,…

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Senior Pet Care: 5 Things to Watch For

Getting old is not a disease, but it does bring our pets as many pitfalls as it does for us. Knowing the signs of aging helps us care for our dogs and cats the way they’ve cared for us all their lives—with unconditional compassion. Giving the best senior pet care can be challenging, yet it’s…

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Dog DNA Testing: What is Collie Eye Anomaly?

When looking over the menu of options dog DNA testing, you may be unsure which might be a wise choice for your pet’s breed. Here’s a little information about an inherited disease you might not know a lot about. If you are the proud new owner of a Collie or Australian Shepherd puppy, you’ve probably…

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What is von Willebrand’s Disease in Dogs?

If you own a Doberman Pinscher or breed them, in your studies about this magnificent dog you’ve no doubt come across the subject of von Willebrand’s disease. It is widely considered in the veterinary community as the most common inherited bleeding disorder for dogs, and it can definitely be life-threatening. Although it’s relatively most prevalent…

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Raw Food Diet for Dogs: Pros and Cons

The statistics say it all: Americans are crazy about dogs. In fact, according to the ASPCA, there are an estimated 78 million dogs from coast to coast, and 44% of U.S. households have a pooch. That’s some serious puppy love, and all those tail-waggers need to be fed. The pet-food industry is huge and their…

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DNA Screening in Animals: Options for Dogs

  DNA screening in animals could soon become just as popular as DNA testing for humans. And why not? Our four-legged or feathered pets are members of the family every bit as much as people-babies, and we have important questions about them for which DNA might hold answers. So what’s available out on the market…

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