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Canine dilated cardiomyopathy: What’s the cause?

September 14, 2018

In July, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced they are investigating a possible link between canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) and certain pet foods. The foods being looked at are made with peas, lentils, other legume seeds or potatoes as main ingredients, the typical makeup of grain-free dog food. The number of dogs affected …

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Interpreting the Language of Pet Pain

September 7, 2018

Human babies can emit a high-decibel wail when uncomfortable. A small child can point out an owie on the elbow. But aside from the occasional whimper or yowl, most pets lack the physical or verbal skills to communicate pain. And many pets — especially those of the feline persuasion — instinctively hide evidence of pain …

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Can Dogs Help Prevent Cancer in People?

August 30, 2018

Just having a dog in your life can be good for your health. There are the obvious benefits of companionship, including the squeals of delight when you return home and unlimited snuggling on lazy Saturday mornings. But research shows that dogs can also lower your blood pressure, reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease and help …

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13 Tips for Camping with Your Dog

July 19, 2018

Unplug your computer. Power down your phone. Disconnect from the stress of everyday life. And connect with your dog under a canopy of stars in the wilderness. What outdoor adventure is better than camping with your best friend? But before you pack up and head out, consider these tips to help make your trip safe …

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Counting Calories for Your Pet

July 12, 2018

If food is love, America’s pets are being loved to death. Veterinary professionals estimate that 60 percent of cats and 56 percent of dogs in the U.S. are overweight or obese, according to a 2017 survey by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention. Those extra pounds can lead to diabetes, arthritis, kidney disease, high blood …

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