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A Legacy of Healthy Pups Requires Nutrition They Can Trust

July 9, 2020

The Matthews family knows a thing or two about pet nutrition. When your family motto is “Work hard, play hard,” and part of that work and a lot of that play involves multiple litters of goldendoodles at a time, you need to make sure that everyone — especially those on four legs — is happy …

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Sad and Lonely Dog on a Curb After Losing His Owner | Taste of the Wild Pet Food

Planning for Your Pet’s Future Without You

November 28, 2019

No one wants to think about saying goodbye to a dog or cat who’s been your friend for years. What’s even harder to imagine is if you go before your pet does. But anything can happen, and we’re all one mishap away from potentially leaving our pet waiting at home for us to return. Since …

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Evolution Makes Puppy Dog Eyes So Irresistible

October 31, 2019

Every dog owner knows the look: wide brown eyes rimmed with a bit of white, eyebrows slightly raised. It’s the look that says, “Can you share that little morsel of cheese with me?” Or “Can I please come snuggle on the couch with you?” And no matter how many times you’ve vowed not to let …

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Not Ready to Say Goodbye: Pet Hospice and Palliative Care

February 21, 2019

Pets, like all of us, eventually reach a time when the body deteriorates and there’s no going back. For some pets, a terminal diagnosis such as cancer or kidney disease happens at the end of a long and active life. Other pets, unfairly, receive this kind of diagnosis when they’re still relatively young. In the …

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Is a Special-Needs Pet Right for You? (And Vice Versa)

October 11, 2018

A pet’s ability to adapt to hardship can be remarkable. A blind cat, for example, can learn to navigate the house (just don’t plan on moving the furniture often). Many deaf dogs can be taught to respond to hand signals. Even the loss of a limb won’t stop most pets from chasing a laser pointer …

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Ethics of “saving” sick or aging pets

The Ethics of “Saving” Sick or Aging Pets: How Do You Know When to Let Go?

August 16, 2018

Sir Walter Scott was not only a prolific poet and novelist, he was also “perhaps the most devoted dog lover that ever was,” according to a New York Times article published in 1898. In paintings, he is almost always portrayed with a dog. And his deerhound, Maida, is immortalized in the monument of Scott in …

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Canine Dog Heatstroke Prevention

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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What, Exactly, Are Pet Foods for All Life Stages?

March 8, 2018

Anyone who’s ever roamed the pet food aisles knows how overwhelming it can be. You could easily spend more time examining pet food labels than choosing your own food. Is there a way to cut to the chase and find a complete and balanced diet for your pet? A diet for all life stages could …

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Is It a Stroke or Old-Dog Vestibular Syndrome?

January 25, 2018

One minute your dog is fine, and the next they are staggering with their head listing to one side. It looks like the canine equivalent of a human stroke. What’s going on? While it could be a stroke or other serious condition, in a gray-muzzled dog, it’s often idiopathic vestibular disease, more commonly known as …

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How to Act if You Suspect Cataracts in Your Pet

September 21, 2017

Have you noticed that your older pet has a haziness at the center of his or her eyes? Most people might fear that it’s cataracts. The good news is that it’s much more likely to be nuclear sclerosis, a normal condition in aging cats and dogs in which the lens of the eye becomes cloudy. …

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