First-Aid Tricks for Pet Emergencies

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You’re probably prepared in case a member of your family cuts himself or gets injured. But do you know what to do if your pet chokes on a bone or has a seizure?

Knowing some basic pet first-aid techniques could mean the difference between life and death. Here are some common pet emergencies and what to do on the spot, before you head to the vet.

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Dominant Paws: Is Your Dog a Righty or Lefty?

Dominant Paws: Is Your Dog a Righty or Lefty?

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If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance that you’re right-handed. According to WorldAtlas, only 10 percent of the human population are lefties. But have you ever wondered if dogs have dominant paws like humans have dominant hands? And are dogs right- or left-handed, on average? Find out how pet researchers — and you too! — can determine whether a dog is a righty or lefty.

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Controlling Mosquitoes and Dangerous Disease Risk

Controlling Mosquitoes and Dangerous Disease Risk

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Enjoying time on the patio; hiking with your furry friend; riding your horse; finishing up barn chores. What do all of these have in common? None of them are nearly as pleasant when you’re being swarmed with mosquitoes.

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Recognizing the Dangers of Overheating In Your Dog

Recognizing the Dangers of Overheating In Your Dog

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The potential for a dog to overheat can result in decreased performance as well as serious health conditions. A dog does not regulate his body temperature by sweating. Most adult dogs are good at controlling their body temperatures, except when they are put in stressful situations.

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How to Ease Your Dog’s Separation Anxiety

How to Ease Your Dog's Separation Anxiety

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Does your dog get nervous when he sees you getting ready to leave the house? Does he go bonkers with joy when you come home? Did he destroy your shoes, claw the door, or chew the corner off an end table while you were gone? Your dog could have separation anxiety.

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Chronic vs. Acute Pain in Dogs

Chronic vs. Acute Pain in Dogs

By Dr. Joyce A. Login | Featured on Zoetis Pet Care

Pain can be a tricky thing to identify in your dog. Pet owners often think of their dog’s pain as their inability to move or activity level – lower activity levels may equate to more pain. Although true, pain may be present in many other forms other than movement, like behavior. Dogs tend to hide their pain, often showing only subtle physical and behavioral signs. This makes it difficult for you to notice they’re suffering and potentially prolonging their discomfort.

There are two primary types of pain in dogs— acute and chronic. Here is some more information on each.

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How to Make Your Own Dog Obstacle Course

by Erin Ollila | Featured on Hillspet

You love spending time with your dogs, and as fun as a dog obstacle course would be, it can seem unattainable. Luckily, you may already have the materials and equipment for a homemade course around the house. It doesn’t matter if your dog has no practice or if you have no experience training. So many simple tricks are easy for you to teach on your own. Start your course with simple jumps, weave poles, and tunnels, and you’ll both look like professionals in no time.
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Owning a dog tied to lowering your risk of dying early by 24%, says science

Owning a dog tied to lowering your risk of dying early by 24%, says science

By Sandee LaMotte, CNN

Need an excellent reason to add a dog to your life? How about living longer?

“Our analysis found having a dog is actually protective against dying of any cause,” said Mount Sinai endocrinologist Dr. Caroline Kramer, lead author of a new systematic review of nearly 70 years of global research published Tuesday in “Circulation,” a journal of the American Heart Association.

The review of the health benefits of man’s best friend analyzed research involving nearly 4 million people in the United States, Canada, Scandinavia, New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom.

“Dog ownership was associated with a 24% reduction in all cause mortality,” said Kramer, an assistant professor in the division of endocrinology and metabolism at the University of Toronto. The meta-analysis found an even bigger benefit for people who had already had a heart attack or stroke.
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Causes of Skin Conditions in Dogs

Causes of Skin Conditions in Dogs

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Environmental Allergies

Skin problems in dogs are sometimes the result of environmental allergens. Dog skin allergies tend to show up in very specific areas of your dog including: face, ears, paws, base of the tail, under elbows and in the groin area. Allergies typically appear between ages of 3 months and 6 years. Be sure to ask your veterinarian if an allergy test is right for your dog.

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Health Tip: 7 Ways to Keep Your Pet Healthy

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For the 85 million families who own pets in the United States, your furry friends can feel like family. An important part of ownership is investing in your pet’s health, says the American Veterinary Medical Association.

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