5 Defamed Dog Breeds

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Dogs are wonderful pets but some breeds have earned terrible reputations due to their stern appearance and occasional behavior issues. It’s important to note, however, that any dog can attack or bite, emphasizing the need to train and socialize your pup properly during those crucial early months. Every dog owner has been in a situation where another canine has become aggressive. And, if we’re honest, this usually has very little to do with specific breeds – but rather the owner of that animal.… Read more


Benefits of Exercising with your Dog

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It’s easy to arrive home from a long day at work and curl up on the couch for the rest of the night with your dog. Though, if you’re being honest with yourself, you really should get outside and play with your dog before you settle in for the night. If you’ve been at a desk all day and your dog has been in a crate, there’s tremendous value in taking the time to exercise with your dog. Even if you’ve had a dog walker from Rover.com take care of your dog during lunch, the benefits of scheduling time to exercise and play with your dog are invaluable.… Read more


Top 5 Family-Friendly Dog Breeds

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So you’re thinking about getting a new dog, huh? Congratulations! A new pup is bound to bring you and your family closer together and provide some extra companionship for everyone. Question is: which breed are you thinking about getting? Do you know which qualities you’re looking for, or do you want a dog to please everyone?… Read more


6 Common Canine Respiratory Infections

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Infections of the upper respiratory tract (URT) are quite common in dogs and usually affect young pups, unvaccinated dogs and those with poor immune mechanisms. Unlike cats, dogs rarely develop asthma or allergic respiratory disease. In cases of respiratory tract infections, two signs are most commonly noticed – labored breathing (dyspnoea) and increased breathing rate (tachypnea).… Read more


5 Common Zoonotic Diseases

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Diseases which can be transferred from animals to humans are known as zoonotic diseases. Humans can acquire these infections through a variety of means including airborne pathogens or through bites and saliva.… Read more


5 Socialization Tips for Shelter Dog Adopters

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Many of our members adopt adult shelter dogs having never owned a pet before. And, while we commend them for their good deed, it is important to point out there will be a period of transition and it’s likely there will be a few challenges along the way. Understandably, some shelter dogs will experience stress when they move to a new home and consequently might be apprehensive or fearful about social interactions with people and other animals. Don’t be put off. It’s your job to show them a loving environment in which they can flourish.… Read more


Is Your Dog Suffering with Urinary Stones?

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The condition where urinary calculi (uroliths) or stones form in the urinary tract is called urolithiasis. Just like in humans, the disease can cause extreme discomfort during urination and other associated symptoms. Uroliths can form anywhere in the dog’s urinary system (kidneys, ureters, bladder or urethra) but in 85% of cases the stones occur in the bladder. Stones are made up of minerals, commonly calcium oxalate, struvite, urate and cystine in dogs.… Read more


5 Signs Your Cat Needs to Visit the Vet

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Most pet owners recognize emergency circumstances when they absolutely must take their pet to the vet – difficulty breathing, vomiting or consuming toxic substances, for instance. But there are less obvious indications that your pet might have underlying medical issues that need to be dealt with.

Cats in particular are masters at hiding ill health so it becomes even more challenging for pet parents. Throw in their aversion to car travel and it’s too easy to avoid the ‘dreaded’ vet visit and miss an opportunity to tackle important health needs. Don’t forget that preventive care is always the best option. Cats age much faster than humans, so regular check ups with your vet may help weed out potential issues before they become larger, more serious ones. Here are five signs your cat might need to see the vet.… Read more


Understanding Feline Idiopathic Cystitis

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Feline Idiopathic Cystitis (FIC) is an inflammatory condition of the bladder. And, as the term “idiopathic” implies, it isn’t exactly known what causes the disease. FIC is one of many medical issues that fall under the banner of feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD) and some veterinarians may use the two terms interchangeably. Generally speaking, cats between the ages of 2 – 6 years are at risk and both genders can be affected. Cats suffering with FIC commonly display problems with urination or with pain and irritation around the genital region.… Read more


What is Leptospirosis?

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Leptospirosis is a zoonotic infectious disease caused by leptospira bacteria which affect domestic pets and wild animals including rats, raccoons, opossums, deer, skunks, cattle, pigs and foxes. Wild animals often function as asymptomatic reservoir hosts for leptospirosis, and as dogs and people gain greater exposure to wildlife, their risk of getting leptospirosis increases. The disease is somewhat rare in cats, but felines do produce antibodies against leptospirosis serovars (bacteria).… Read more