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The Signs of Kennel Cough

There are many different places that your dog can contract Kennel Cough, also known as Canine Infectious Tracheobronchitis. That is why it is important to keep the Bordetella shot up to date (every six months to a year). Even with the vaccine, dogs can still pick up this cough through other strains of bacteria, just like people can still get the flu even if they are vaccinated. Dogs can get these bacteria through shared surfaces like bowls, touching noses or exchanging kisses, or simply through the air. If you are suspicious that your pup may have Kennel Cough, check out…

Should I declaw a cat?

To declaw, or not to declaw a cat, that is the question. This is a topic many new cat owners inquire about at the vet’s office. People are often confused about the procedure and unaware of the behavioral and physical issues that may arise after the procedure. Before we talk about declawing, we must first understand why cats scratch, and what they gain from using their claws. Why do cats scratch? Just like sneezing, scratching is a very natural behavior in cats. As the nails grow longer and thicker, cats need to scratch to remove the dead outer layer and…

Bucket List: Best Dog-Friendly Trails in the U.S.

When dog owners go hiking, our first instinct is to bring our dogs along on the journey. It is great exercise and socialization for dogs to interact with others on the trail. Some trails are off limits to dogs because governmental parks share the land with cattle ranchers. Others realize that off-leash dogs can damage vegetation, harass or kill wildlife, and leave urine or feces on the trail. Even if you are a responsible dog owner, unfortunately, some people are not. In order to keep our ecosystem safe, it is best to take your dogs on dog-friendly trails like the…

How does a dog’s nose work?

It’s a burning question for many dog owner’s: how does a dog’s nose work? A lot of attention is focused on a canine’s sense of smell. Dogs use their sense of smell to guide their direction of movement and to recognize each other and their owners. Humans have around 6 million receptors to process smell, whereas a dog has around 300 million. With positive reinforcement methods, humans have been able to train dogs to recognize and discriminate between different odors to our advantage. The strength of a dog’s sense of smell usually varies breed-to-breed depending on the anatomy. Dogs with…

What happens if you don’t brush a dog?

Brushing is a very important part of the care routine for canines. This may be required weekly or daily, it just depends on the breed of dog. Think about how many times you brush your hair every day. Your pup’s hair or fur needs attention too! Here are some potential mishaps that may happen if you don’t brush a dog. Mats & Tangles Dogs with long, silky hair and thick coats tend to develop small tangles, which can turn into mats. The tangles can simply be brushed away if you keep up on a regular grooming routine! Tangles can also…

What will a dog DNA test tell me about my dog?

As dog adoption and mixed breeds become more popular, dog owners are more interested in DNA tests for their pets. There are many different companies catering to pet owners that offer plenty of valuable information. So, why order a dog DNA test for your furry friend? DNA, also known as deoxyribonucleic acid, is very similar among all dogs. But there are certain genetic markers that are unique to each breed. You can retrieve a sample of a dog’s DNA by doing a simple cheek swab or a blood test. More extensive tests offer more specific information about health risks and…

What type of dog food should you be purchasing?

There are many people out there with strong opinions about dog food. We are here to look at the advantages and disadvantages for each type of dog food that you could feed your pet. With the increase of recalls, food allergies, and the desire to know where food is coming from, people are choosing to feed their dogs differently. Remember, each dog is an individual and may digest and enjoy foods differently. Before you make a decision, please discuss your plan with a veterinarian to make sure all essential nutrients are included. Raw Diet A raw diet consists of only…

What temperature is safe for a dog outside?

Involving our canine friends in outdoor activities that keep us active is important for bonding and exercise. But, what temperature is safe for a dog outside? Here are some key tips to think about when planning your outdoor adventures, rain or shine. Hot Weather It is always important to bring plenty of water for our furry friends on all our outings, as dogs can become dehydrated very quickly. Breaks in the shade may also be necessary for dogs that are brachycephalic, like pugs and boxers. It is essential to pay attention to the signs of heat stroke, particularly for breeds…