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The Most Popular Names for 5 Big Dog Breeds

great dane blogThe bigger the dog, the bigger the heart. Some people have a soft spot for big breeds, and their unique ability to simultaneously be protectors and giant lap dogs. Sometimes, big dogs get names that match their size, like Bear or Rocky. Other times, pet parents opt for friendlier sounding names like Buddy or Bella. Below are the most popular names for five big dog breeds:

Great Dane

Female: Bella, Daisy, Lucy
Male: Duke, Zeus, Max [click to continue…]

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4 Canine Health Conditions with Odd Names

black lab tennis ball blogYou’ve probably never worried about your dog contracting Tennis Ball Mouth or Little White Shaker Syndrome, mostly because you’ve never heard of either of these health conditions before. Below are 4 oddly named health issues found in the canine world:

Little White Shaker Syndrome: This disorder causes a dog’s entire body to shake for unknown reasons, although it’s likely related to central nervous system disease. [click to continue…]

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4 Ways You Might Be Feeding Your Pet Wrong

feeding mistakes blogIt’s estimated that more than 50% of dogs and cats in the United Sates are either overweight or obese. While a few extra pounds may not seem like a big deal, being overweight can lead to a variety of other health conditions like arthritis and heart disease. Below are four mistakes you may be making regarding your pet’s food:

1. You’re free feeding: Many, many pet parents are guilty of this. You put out food for your pet to eat whenever he or she wants. [click to continue…]

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bearded collie 2 blogWe can all probably agree that puppies, no matter what breed, are downright adorable. But some closely resemble their adult counterparts, while others grow up to look drastically different. Below are three dog breeds that are hard to recognize as puppies. [click to continue…]

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3 Fun Puppy Popsicle Recipes

puppy popsicle editedSummer’s not over yet and there’s still plenty of warm weather to be enjoyed! To help keep your dog cool and give him an extra-special treat, try one of these canine-friendly popsicle recipes:

Strawberry Kiwi:

8 oz. strawberries
1 1/2 cups plain yogurt
3 kiwis

Blend all ingredients in a blender. Pour into disposable cups or ice cube trays and freeze. [click to continue…]

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Should Older Dogs Eat Senior Dog Food?

senior dog food blogThere’s no question that a dog’s nutrition requirements change with age. But when it comes to whether or not a dog should eat a senior-specific dog food formula during his golden years, the answer isn’t always clear cut.

Generally speaking, a senior dog needs less calories and more fiber than during his younger years due to a slower metabolism, a decrease in activity level, and a higher likelihood of constipation. [click to continue…]

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7 Reasons Dogs Develop Behavior Problems

dog behavior slipperNext time you find yourself saying the words “bad dog,” you might want to take a step back and think about what’s really behind that undesirable behavior. Dogs exhibit “bad” behavior for a variety of reasons, from lack of exercise to health issues, and addressing the root cause of the issue can help. Below are seven reasons dogs develop behavior problems:

1. Lack of Exercise: A tired dog is usually a happy dog, and one that’s less likely to chew up your shoes or bark at the mailman. [click to continue…]

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overlooked health conditions blogAs a loving pet parent, you want nothing more than for your four-legged best friend to lead a healthy and happy life. Unfortunately, there are some serious health conditions that are easy to overlook because the symptoms aren’t all that obvious, and failure to diagnoses these conditions can have painful and dangerous consequences for your pet.

Keep an eye out for the subtle signs that your dog or cat may be suffering from the following ailments:

1. Kidney Disease: If you think your older cat is urinating outside of the litterbox just to be defiant, you’re probably wrong. [click to continue…]

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The Dangers of E-Cigarettes for Pets

e cig blogAs the popularity of E-cigarettes increases, so does the nicotine danger for dogs and cats. E-cigarettes are of particular concern because they contain a more concentrated level of nicotine than traditional tobacco products (it’s important to note, however, that all nicotine products pose a danger if ingested).

The cartridge of an E-cigarette can contain liquid nicotine comprised of up to 80 ml per teaspoon. [click to continue…]

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The Dangers of Pet Waste

pet waste blogIf you’ve ever stepped in dog poop, you already know how annoying it is when pet waste isn’t properly disposed of. But did you know that pet waste can also be harmful to people, pets, and the environment?

People & Pet Hazards

Unattended pet waste hosts parasites and bacteria. Roundworm eggs are able to survive for years, so canine waste should never be used in compost for produce garden fertilizer. [click to continue…]

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