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What Do Ticks Look Like?
What Do Ticks Look Like?

When our readers ask us to describe what ticks look like, instead of a description, we like to show them pictures. Looking at pictures is the only way that you can truly see how horribly ugly ticks are! The Tick photographed above has already fed (you can see this because it looks nice and plump, and […]

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What Does Scabies Look Like?
What Does Scabies Look Like?

So, what does scabies look like? As you can see from the pictures in this article, scabies looks far worst than just a rash! Scabies which is also referred to as mange is a horrendous skin infection that causes untold misery to any dog or puppy that is infected by the parasite referred to as […]

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How to Keep Mosquitoes Away from Your Dog
How to Keep Mosquitoes Away from Your Dog

Mosquitoes are miserable enough for people to deal with, and they're equally annoying to our dogs. They get bug bites just as easily as we do, and they can also get the various diseases that mosquitoes carry. While dogs are immune to some of the diseases mosquitoes have been known to carry, they can contract […]

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Dog Bite Facts and What to Do If You Are Bitten
Dog Bite Facts and What to Do If You Are Bitten

Some common reasons for dog bites are provocation, aggression, excitement, and health problems. Usually, dog bites are just an accident, like a nip from a puppy going through the teething process. Sometimes, it's just a question of being at the wrong place at the wrong time, for example, getting caught in a dog fight. Whatever […]

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4 Tips for Dealing with the Loss of Your Dog
4 Tips for Dealing with the Loss of Your Dog

If you're like many pet owners, your dog is an important part of your family. Just like your human family members, you'd love for your pup to be around forever. Unfortunately, dogs have relatively short lifespans compared to people and eventually we'll have to let them go. While the death of a pet is always […]

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When and How to Induce Vomiting in Your Dog
When and How to Induce Vomiting in Your Dog

As responsible pet owners, it is important to safety-proof your home to prevent your dog from getting into any potentially hazardous or toxic substances. Nonetheless, given dogs are notorious for eating just about everything, the need to induce vomiting in your dog may occur. Fortunately, as long as you are prepared with the proper knowledge […]

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Essential Grooming Tips for Older Dogs
Essential Grooming Tips for Older Dogs

As dogs grow older, their grooming needs evolve as well. A good owner must be able to adjust expectations and accommodate an aging dog's unique needs, but the process doesn't need to be a complicated one. Taking an older dog to the groomer can be just as rewarding and enjoyable as ever as long as […]

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5 Non-Shedding Dog Breeds You Would Love
5 Non-Shedding Dog Breeds You Would Love

One of the hassles of owning a dog is putting up with dog hair. It necessitates frequent vacuuming, it creates an unkempt appearance when it sticks to your clothes, and it might even prevent those with bad allergies from visiting your home. Some dog lovers are willing to put up with finding their furry friend's […]

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A Dog Owner's Guide to Doggy Dental Care
A Dog Owner's Guide to Doggy Dental Care

Dental care is just as important for your four-legged friend as it is for you. Dogs are not prone to cavities like humans are, since they are less likely to have a diet as high in sugar. Nevertheless, they do get plaque and tartar build-up on their teeth which can lead to […]

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Care for Dog Vomiting and Diarrhea
Care for Dog Vomiting and Diarrhea

Dogs may vomit for a number of reasons; some reasons are minor, but others are, in fact, cause for concern. It is important to know how to differentiate between the times when it is not absolutely necessary to consult a veterinarian and when it is vital to take immediate action. Upset Stomach […]

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Tips For Living With A Vision-Impaired Dog
Tips For Living With A Vision-Impaired Dog

Dogs can be born blind or can become blind through injury or illness. A recent study at Illinois State University has shown that these animals can still be wonderful companions and can easily compensate for their impairment in a number of ways. However, vision-impaired dogs may require a bit of extra care to ensure their […]

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6 Ways to Keep Your Small Dog Safe
6 Ways to Keep Your Small Dog Safe

Caring for a small dog carries special responsibilities that every new dog owner should know. Because of their size, these dogs may be especially vulnerable to temperature and injury from everyday activities. These issues often occur with small puppies, but they can also affect toy breed dogs throughout their lives. Accidents are […]

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How To Reduce Grooming Fear In Your Puppy
How To Reduce Grooming Fear In Your Puppy

The good news is that you have a new puppy. The bad news is that he, or she, will require regular haircuts. It's best to have a plan when doing it yourself; begin with suitable clippers and a stress relieving routine. With a few simple steps, the process can be painless and […]

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Is Your Dog Ready For The Dog Park?
Is Your Dog Ready For The Dog Park?

Dog parks are increasing in number and popularity all over the United States. There are many benefits to taking your pup to a dog park. However, there are several things to take into account before you go. So, how do you know if you and your dog are ready to begin visits to your local […]

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How Proper Diet Can Prevent Disease In Our Pets
How Proper Diet Can Prevent Disease In Our Pets

Vets treat most animal health problems with antibiotics or pain medications. However, nutrition has a great influence on the development of animal illnesses and you can prevent many diseases with a proper diet, especially kidney, liver, skin and digestive tract problems. While diet may not always cure a disease, it can usually ease the symptoms. […]

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Diagnosing Liver Disease in Dogs
Diagnosing Liver Disease in Dogs

The liver is one of the largest organs in the body and is responsible for processing biochemicals produced by the body or ingested. It fights disease, provides nutrients and energy to the rest of the body, and helps with growth and reproduction. As it is involved in so many body processes, it is not surprising […]

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Common Reasons Why a Dog Won't Eat
Common Reasons Why a Dog Won't Eat

Some dogs live to eat, other dogs less so. We use food rewards to train service dogs, and the act of giving a treat is a source of much pleasure to both dog and owner. So if your dog goes off his food and refuses to eat, it can be deeply worrying – especially if […]

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Prostate Disease in Dogs: The Dog Owner's Guide
Prostate Disease in Dogs: The Dog Owner's Guide

If your dog is male, be that entire or neutered, he has a prostate gland and you should read this guide. The trouble is that this seemingly insignificant gland can cause a lot of problems; indeed an eight-year old entire male dog has an 80% chance of developing prostate disease. If that […]

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The Top 10 Dog Injuries and How to Prevent Them
The Top 10 Dog Injuries and How to Prevent Them

“Always expect the unexpected.” Whoever wrote this, obviously worked at a veterinary clinic. Any veterinarian will tell you if the day diary looks quiet, it's just the calm before the storm because a pet in serious distress doesn't book an appointment in advance. No one intends for an accident to happen – […]

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A Dog Owner's Guide to Canine Dry Eye
A Dog Owner's Guide to Canine Dry Eye

It's not often a topic makes a particular patient instantly spring to mind, but say “dry eye” (keratoconjunctivitis sicca) and I immediately think of Ben, a gorgeous bear of a German shepherd. Ben was a gentle giant, an imposing dog that some children avoided, and yet all he wanted was love. But […]

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