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Microchipping of Animals FAQ

Q:  What is a microchip? A:  A microchip is a small, electronic chip enclosed in a glass cylinder that is about the same size as a grain of rice. The microchip itself does not have a battery—it is activated by … Continue reading

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BPA from canned foods may be harming dogs

A study by veterinarians at the University of Missouri found that dogs’ levels of the endocrine disruptor bisphenol A nearly tripled after the animals ate a canned-food diet for two weeks, and the exposure was associated with metabolic and microbiome … Continue reading

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Nutrition, Skin, and Dogs

My dog sheds all the time and sometimes he gets sores where he has chewed himself. My veterinarian says he may have allergies and that he may need to eat a special diet. How can his diet make a difference … Continue reading

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Help! Does my dog have OCD?

Just like people, dogs can have compulsions that cause them stress and anxiety. Here’s what you need to know about compulsive behaviors in your dog. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) in humans is characterized by repeating thoughts (obsessions) and activities (compulsions) … Continue reading

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Understanding food allergy in dogs

To understand food allergy, you first need to know how dogs’ allergies work. In a nutshell, an allergy is when an animal’s immune system identifies something that is harmless as a threat. The dog’s body then mounts a response to … Continue reading

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With dogs, it’s not just what you say but how you say it

Courtesy of NEWStat When it comes to canine patients, matching the pitch of your voice with words of praise isn’t just natural. It is also the most effective, according to a new study. Researchers from Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, … Continue reading

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Is your best friend feeling their best this summer?

If you have been giving your pets nutritional supplements, you’re not alone. In fact, one third of all cats and dogs are taking supplements in the United States, at a cost of $1.3 billion annually. Is that good or bad? … Continue reading

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Identifying pain: The enigmatic ways pets show—and hide—pain

Unfortunately, our pets can’t just tell us when they hurt. Of course, there’s no doubt when it’s dinner time, right? But the truth is, dogs won’t always express pain by whining, and cats—they’re masters at hiding pain. If you don’t … Continue reading

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Fourth of July Safety Tips for Pets

For many people, nothing beats lounging in the backyard on the Fourth of July with good friends and family—including the four-legged members of the household. While it may seem like a great idea to reward them with scraps from the … Continue reading

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Are over-the-counter medications safe for my dog?

Our dogs are part of the family. They keep us company, play games with us, and provide emotional support. In other words, they are almost human, so it’s understandable that we reach for human medications when they feel poorly. Before … Continue reading

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