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Do Dogs Dream? Understanding the Twitches and Running

If I had to guess what my dogs dream about when they enter the REM (rapid eye movement) phase of sleep, the images would certainly include squirrels, a peanut-butter filled KONG, and the flash of weeds as they tear along their favorite trail. Most of us have witnessed the tell-tale eye twitches and running motion … Continued

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Pet Coverage: Is Pet Insurance Worth It For Your Dog?

With more technology to diagnose and treat diseases such as cancer and chronic pain, pet owners have a multitude of choices for care when their pet becomes ill. Though cost should be the last thing on the mind of a concerned pet parent, owners often face a difficult decision when an animal companion becomes ill … Continued

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dog socialization

Making Friends: Socializing Your Dog With Humans and Other Dogs

According to the ASPCA’s National Pet Rehoming survey conducted in 2015, 47% of the 3.3 million dogs surrendered to shelters are relinquished due to “pet problems”  including aggression, undesirable behaviors, and eventual adult size of the pet. So much is known about dog and puppy behavior, training, and optimizing adoption success of a new pet, … Continued

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dog anal gland

A Stinky Situation: Dog Anal Gland Problems

There’s no polite way to introduce this topic: pet anal glands. These are mysterious, marble-sized, sacs that contain malodorous material and can be found at approximately 4 o’clock and 8 o’clock between your pet’s internal and external anal sphincter. All dogs, cats, and carnivorous species (including humans) have them; you may know what anatomical parts … Continued

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dog food

Portion Control: How Much Should I Feed My Dog?

Portion control and regulation: it’s something we Americans sorely lack and not only do our children pay the price, but our pets do as well. While it may be difficult for humans to ignore the barrage of commercials and Happy Meal temptations, we have a clear and simple obligation to fulfill when it comes to … Continued

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candle pet safety

Are Candles, Essential Oils, and Air Fresheners Safe For Pets?

Evoking memories of pumpkin patch visits, jumping in falling leaves, and eating apple cider donuts, the smells of fall are powerful triggers of times long past. It is about this time of year when we pull the blankets a little tighter and light the maple sugar or cinnamon apple scented candle. Estimates are that our … Continued

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Pet Transport: Local One Way or Round Trip Pet Shuttle Service

Your workday ends at four on Friday and your middle schooler has soccer practice until six. You still have to make dinner, but wait! The family pooch has a grooming session scheduled late that afternoon, and you might need to reschedule because you just don’t have the time. Looking for affordable pet transportation to take … Continued

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