Hiking With Your Dog

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Are you an outdoorsy kind of person? Do you love hiking? If so, you should consider that when you go to adopt a dog. If you are an avid hiker that goes on strenuous terrain on a regular basis, you should seek out a dog that will be able to successfully keep up with your […] Read more »

Mosquitos and Dogs

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Even though your dog has fur, he has patches of skin vulnerable to mosquito bites- nose and ears, for example. Just as in humans, mosquito bites can be just a source of irritation and annoyance, or they can cause something more serious such as parasite-borne diseases. For dogs, the most serious disease that can come […] Read more »

Removing Cactus Needles

When one lives in Arizona or anywhere where the landscape is characterized by native cacti it is important to know what to do if your pet should have a tangle with prickly spines. If you choose to remove the spines with tweezers or pliers be sure to first apply an antibiotic ointment, since the spines […] Read more »

Dog Appetites


  Appetite changes in your dog, especially dramatic ones, can  be a cause for concern. Usually, appetite changes in themselves are a symptom of an underlying condition, be it physiological, environmental, or psychological. Greatly increased appetite in dogs to the extent that your dog appears ravenous all the time (polyphagia) can be caused by a […] Read more »

No Sweets For Cats


I’m sure most humans have at some point or another wished they had no innate taste for carbohydrates or sweets. It would make the summer months less stressful on our waistlines. Cats lucked out in this one seeing they simply cannot taste sweets. In 2005 researchers at Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia found that […] Read more »

Dogs and Swimming

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After watching movies and maybe your friend’s dogs, you might be under the impression that all dogs are born with the swimming gene, but that’s not the case. Certain breeds like boxers, dachshunds and bulldogs don’t do well in the water at all, but even if you have a breed without physical restrictions, swimming just […] Read more »

Getting a Second Dog


If you are considering adding a second dog to your family, it’s worth thinking hard about how this second dog will affect your family environment, including your first dog. It’s possible to re-home a dog after adoption, but there are emotional implications to this process, for both your family and the dogs. So, there are several […] Read more »

Keeping Your Senior Dog Healthy


A senior dog often has different health requirements than a younger dog. Here are some ways to ensure your senior dog is most comfortable: Bi-Yearly Health Exams- There are many vets who recommend bi-yearly exams because of issues that are more likely to plague older dogs. Behavior Changes- Notice behavior changes such as alterations in […] Read more »

Dog Safety on Independence Day

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Happy 4th! In the spirit of the festive nature of today’s holiday, it may be extremely tempting to take Fido with you to your neighbor’s backyard BBQ. We don’t recommend it. While we associate the lights, whizzes and explosions with the excitement that is celebrating the birth of our nations, these things can often terrify […] Read more »

Heroic Cats

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Dogs have a reputation for saving their humans, but did you know that cats can act heroically as well? Here are just a few examples of some cats who stepped up to the plate in tough situations: First, there’s Tara, the cat who recently took on a dog that attacked a little boy on Tuesday, […] Read more »