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Ways to Protect Your Dogs Paws from Hot Pavement

Photo Credit: Dogtime and Hobart and Channel Highway Animal Hospitals While we bask in the sun’s warm rays, knowing that summertime weather may only last until September and not return until May, our pets don’t typically seek the heat. Not only do their all-season coats and limited ability to regulate body temperature by panting and sweating … Continued

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pet fire safety

Fire Prevention: Pet Fire Safety Tips and Disaster Planning

Did you know earlier this month we celebrated Pet Fire Safety Day? One of the most common dangers to befall families is a house fire. According to the American Fire Administration, house fires affect approximately 500,000 pets each year. A portion of these fires are started by pets themselves. Naturally curious, pets are attracted to … Continued

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dog dehydration

Symptoms of Dehydration in Dogs and Safe Ways to Re-hydrate

Pets are especially prone to dehydration and hyperthermia as they are not designed to efficiently regulate body temperature. They cool themselves by conduction, or transfer of heat, by lying on a cool floor. Sweat glands in the paws and panting help to carry away body heat and fur helps to provide insulation. On hot days, … Continued

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travel anxiety and car sickness

How to Prevent Travel Anxiety and Motion Sickness in Dogs

For many of us, not only do we treat our pets LIKE family, they ARE family; I’ll admit, sometimes the dogs are my favorite family members. They don’t whine, kick the seats, fight with their siblings, or complain of boredom. Especially on road trips. My human children can’t possibly imagine how we survived long car … Continued

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kids and pet safety

Kids and Pet Safety: Teaching Kids How To Interact With Pets

Did you know that 68% of U.S. households have a pet and 89.7 million dogs live in these pet-loving homes? You don’t have to be a mathematician to understand that is a LOT of dogs! Children up to age 18 live alongside these pets in many homes and what’s better than watching a child beam … Continued

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pet allergies

Love Pets, Hate Allergies? Managing and Treating Pet Allergies

Love pets, but hate allergies? For some unlucky folks, cats, dogs, horses, and bunnies all cause the same pet allergy symptoms: itchy, watery eyes, a runny nose or congestion, a rash, hives, and even difficulty breathing. Even allergies are common in dogs and cats, but what is it about some pets that cause allergies to … Continued

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pet food

How to Transition Your Pet Food Gradually

Back in 1999 when I graduated veterinary school, there was just one semester course that covered the basics of animal nutrition from chicken to goat to horse to dog. Over the last several decades, the way pet professionals and owners have come to think about nutrition has vastly changed. Boutique pet foods are all the … Continued

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