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Helping Your Dog or Cat Chill May Add Years to their Lives

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Reading Time: 3 minutes Can fear, anxiety, and stress be stealing precious heartbeats from your beloved pet at home? That’s the theory being studied by Dr. Robert Hamlin, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVIM. His work is examining the idea that stress, especially when it triggers the body’s fight or flee “sympathetic storm” mechanism, not only affects the quality of your […]

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This Dog Has No Idea She Is Getting a Vaccine and It’s How Every Veterinary Visit Should Be

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Reading Time: < 1 minute Dogs and cats aren’t capable of multitasking; they live in the moment. So if pets are busily and happily eating, it’s impossible for them to worry about anything else. In this case, I am certain Ethel had no idea that she was pricked with a syringe containing a vaccine. She never saw the needle. She […]

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Why Fear Free? Behavior Expert Steve Dale Shares His Thoughts

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Reading Time: 3 minutes Have you ever felt you are about to die? I mean that literally, like you’ve been held up at gunpoint or held out a window by your suspenders 30 stories up? I’ve suggested for years that too many of our pets at the veterinary clinic feel like they are being held up at gunpoint or are […]

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Why Does My Dog Look Guilty?

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Reading Time: 2 minutes When your dog meets you at the door, head low with ears slicked back and eyes averted, is that a canine apology? Does your dog look guilty? The behaviors certainly mimic what humans associate with feeling shame or apology. Whether or not this accurately reflects the dog’s true feelings is open to debate. Not all […]

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The Nose Knows: Scent Game For Dogs Builds Confidence

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Reading Time: 3 minutes I’ve long thought dog sports were good for dogs’ souls. More than their souls, really — sports help them to face the world with confidence in themselves and their handlers. But never have I found a sport so suited for helping dogs gain confidence as nose work. Founded in 2008 by detection dog handlers Ron […]

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Smart Mouth: Help Your Pup Have a Happy Oral Exam

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Reading Time: 2 minutes Every time your puppy or dog visits the veterinary hospital, he will get an oral exam. From looking at your dog’s mouth, your veterinarian can collect quite a bit of information. From this quick exam, your veterinarian will look at your dog’s teeth, his bite (alignment for those of you having dealt with orthodontia), his […]

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How You Can Treat Your Pet to a Bon Voyage

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Reading Time: 3 minutes For humans and pets, flying is stressful, no doubt about it. But if you are planning to move cross-country this summer or take your pet on vacation with you, flying may be the best way to transport a dog or cat who will fit in a carrier that slides beneath your seat. Here are our […]

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Help! My Dog Pees on my Bed!

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Reading Time: 3 minutes You’ve had a long day and all you want to do is slide in between the sheets. As you do so, however, you feel a cold wet spot. Ugh! Your dog has urinated on your bed. Why Does This Happen? Many theories have been offered as to why some dogs urinate on their owners’ beds. […]