Canine Diabetes

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We have all heard of diabetes for humans, but did you know that your dog can get it, too? Diabetes is a disease caused by the lack of insulin or lack of response to it. Some forms of diabetes are inherited, but you can help prevent it by exercising your dog regularly and preventing obesity […] Read more »

ASPCA’s Senior Pet Adoption Month

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When most families talk about getting dogs, they tend to talk about the puppy they will bring home. This is a beautiful thing, but there are so many advantages to adopting an older pet that might otherwise be overlooked: 1) You get to skip the hard stuff. An older pet usually understands at least the […] Read more »

Happy Pets on Halloween

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Happy Halloween! While you’re preparing for your holiday party, don’t forget about your pets and their needs and safety tonight. Here are some tips to keep them happy on this holiday: 1) Chocolate and candy are not for your dog. Not tonight, not ever. 2) Keep your pets away from the door. This can be […] Read more »

Colder Weather and Older Dogs

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As your dog gets older, you may notice a little bit of a slowing in their steps and a little graying in their muzzle. There are other changes that happen as well, and one of them is their lower tolerance of climate change. Before the cold season hits, try to take your dog to the […] Read more »

Ear Care for Dogs

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There are plenty of different types of dog ears. Blunt tipped ears, and front facing, drooped down, folded ears, filbert ears, cocked ears, button ears, and as dogs breed with different breeds, the distinction between the types of ears that come on different dogs is becoming slightly blurry. The thing that is still very clear, […] Read more »

Dogs Without Teeth

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Dogs’ teeth can fall out due to disease, bad hygiene, injury or just old age. Many owners are afraid to have their dogs’ teeth extracted, but the truth is that a mouth without teeth is better than a mouth filled with diseased teeth. If he is at a point where he needs his teeth removed, […] Read more »

So You Want a, “Lap Dog?”

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So you’re at the shelter and your child falls in love with the big eyed gray dog with the sweet temperament that crawls right into her lap and falls asleep. “Mommy, I want this one!” and you want no more than to say yes… and then you realize that 3lb puppy dog is a great […] Read more »

Why Dogs Howl

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When one thinks of howling, references are often made to wolves. Wolves howl to tell their pack where they are, and when another pack that isn’t their own howls back, it tells them to stay away from that particular area. And vice versa. Their domesticated partners that are living in your home, however, are probably […] Read more »

Socializing Your Adult Dog

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As an adult dog, your dog falls out of the several month window that dogs have as puppies where they learn behaviors that are imprinted on them and that they tend to take into their adult life. Does that mean they can never be socialized with other dogs or people? Absolutely not. It is important […] Read more »

Deaf Dog Awareness Week

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You finally found the perfect dog to adopt? Is she everything you want? Is she friendly, active, playful and is giving you that puppy dog look as you walk away from her kennel? Maybe you’re ready to take her home, so you read the sheet attached to her cage… and you realize she’s deaf. In […] Read more »