Fourth of July Safety for Dogs

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The fourth of July holiday is a fun one for many of us – with barbecues, picnics, parades, and fireworks. But, how do you keep your dog safe during a day filled with many hazards? Here are some tips: 1. Leave him at home. You don’t want to risk your dog getting hurt or panicked […] Read more »

Protecting your Dog from Foxtails

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What are foxtails? Foxtails are a common breed of meadow grass that has soft, brushlike flowering spikes. Foxtails can be found worldwide, but are very common in the Western United States – California in particular. How can foxtails affect my dog? They might seem harmless, but foxtails can pose risk for your dog, as they can easily […] Read more »

Benefits of Adopting an Older Dog

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Sadly, older dogs in shelters have a very tough time finding homes. Abandoned by previous owners, they are often overlooked by potential adopters in favor of younger animals. However, there are so many reasons to open your home to an older dog! Here are just a few: – Senior dogs are less destructive. Chances are […] Read more »

Are Tennis Balls Bad for Dogs’ Teeth?

If your dog, like many others, loves to chase and chew on tennis balls, you might be wondering if this hobby will effect his/her teeth. The short answer: yes, the outer layer of a tennis ball is abrasive and can wear down tooth enamel after extended chewing. Additionally, tennis balls pose other hazards – they […] Read more »

Fly Masks for Horses

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What: Fly masks are used to cover a horse’s eyes, jaw, and sometimes ears. The mask is made from a mesh that allows the horse to see and hear. Most are made from black or white mesh, but some have designs on them that do not interfere with vision. Most have fleece padding around the muzzle. […] Read more »

Thunderstorm Phobia

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It’s not uncommon for dogs to be afraid of thunderstorms, but this phobia can take a major toll on their psyche (and yours!) and cause them to behave destructively.  Here are a few tips to deal with this issue: – Catch it early. If you notice a fear of thunderstorms in your puppy or young […] Read more »

Summer Safety for Dogs

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As the weather is heating up, how do you make sure your dog has a happy, healthy, and SAFE summer? Here are a few guidelines to get you started: 1. Please never leave your pet in a hot car. You may not think that your car will get that hot, but you would be surprised. […] Read more »

Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV)

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Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) is a “slow virus” in the same category as the feline leukemia virus, though FIV differs in fundamental ways from feline leukemia in terms of the shape of the virus itself and how it causes disease. In the U.S., about 1.5-3% of healthy cats are infected with FIV. FIV is spread […] Read more »

May is Pet Cancer Awareness Month

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Cancer will affect one out of every four dogs in the United States. According to the Morris Animal Foundation, cancer is the number one disease-related cause of death in both dogs and cats. Remarkably given its extensive reach, 80% of pet owners do not know enough about pet cancer symptoms. It’s important to recognize early […] Read more »

Having a Dog in the City

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City living with a dog comes with a number of challenges that may differ from those a dog owner in a more rural area. For the well-being of others, your dog, and yourself, here are some tips for urban canine owning: 1. Find the right dog for your living situation. If you live in an […] Read more »