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Canine Heatstroke is Real. And Can Be Deadly.

July 5, 2018

Is it possible to have too much fun in the sun? For dogs, the answer is yes. In fact, it may not take long for a dog’s body temperature to reach dangerous levels, leading to heatstroke. What Is heatstroke? It’s a potentially life-threatening condition in which the core body temperature rises to around 105 °F …

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Vacation with Your Best Friend

July 7, 2016

Pets have never been a bigger part of the family. So it only makes sense to include yours on the family vacation, right? Before you go, we’ve compiled some tips to help keep your pet safe and comfortable. Consult your veterinarian Your pet should be healthy enough for travel and current on his or her …

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Should You Buy Pet Health Insurance?

June 16, 2016

More than ever before, U.S. pet owners consider their furry friends to be part of the family, according to a 2015 survey conducted by the Harris Poll. And when our four-legged family members are sick or hurt, our veterinarians can offer increasingly sophisticated testing and advanced therapies — in fact, many of the same diagnostic …

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Don’t Let the Sun Ruin Summer Fun

May 26, 2016

Spending time outside during the summer is a great way for you and your dog to get exercise and have fun together. But hot, humid weather can make anyone uncomfortable, and that’s especially true for your canine companion. In fact, according to information from Nationwide Pet Insurance (formerly Veterinary Pet Insurance), summer weather may mean …

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Getting Your Dog Fit for Summer Fun

May 19, 2016

Most dog owners walk their dogs regularly no matter what the season. But with spring and summer weather, many owners and their dogs venture outdoors for more active pursuits such as running, hiking and swimming. We know how to get ourselves ready for summertime adventures, but what about our dogs? Family dogs — not just …

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Safety First: Summer Grilling Tips for Pet Owners

May 12, 2016

Summertime means plenty of outdoor activities, including grilling, barbecuing and eating. Many pets love spending time outside too, and it’s only natural that we include them in our summer festivities. But have you ever considered the risks to your pet when you’re grilling outside? Before you fire up the grill — and to keep your …

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6 Types of Fun Games to Play with Your Hound

April 28, 2016

From devoted racers to couch potatoes, dogs—like people—have different athletic aspirations. However, even the most relaxed furbaby needs excitement to prevent boredom and destructive behavior. On average, adult dogs need at least 30 minutes of rigorous game time per day to stay happy and healthy. If your dog follows you around with a toy in …

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Protecting Your Tiny Buddy

April 14, 2016

He’s cute. He’s cuddly. And he’s somewhat breakable. If you’re planning on adopting a small breed, be ready to take on some unique challenges. Due to their stature, smaller breed dogs face challenges that many larger breeds avoid. Here’s how to keep your little fluffball safe. Hold On Your dog may think that jumping from …

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