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What Happens to Military Dogs When They Retire?

November 16, 2017

For decades, dogs have served side-by-side in combat with U.S. soldiers. They detect explosives and weapons and even root out enemy forces. In fact, one canine hero even participated in the raid of Osama bin Laden’s home in Pakistan. Military dogs assist on patrols, leap out of helicopters with Navy SEALs and save countless lives. …

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Eek! The Frightening Side of Halloween Chocolate

October 19, 2017

If your kids (or, ahem, you) overindulge in chocolate, you may wind up with a stomach ache. But pets who partake don’t always get off that easy. Dogs and chocolate are an especially dangerous combination — even a small amount can be toxic. While the confection can be poisonous for cats too, they tend to …

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Herding Dogs: From Home on the Range to Home

October 12, 2017

It’s a scene that movies have branded on your mind (cue the harmonica) for generations: The mounted cowhands crack their whips, the lowing cows kick up dust as the trusted herding dogs nip at their heels in the sunset. Long an essential part of cattle drives and farm work, today herding dogs are more likely …

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Is Clean Eating Possible for Your Pet?

October 10, 2017

Many of today’s pet parents have adopted the “clean eating” lifestyle and now want the same simple, wholesome nutrition for their canine and feline companions. Is it possible for your dog or cat to eat a “clean diet?” It depends on your definition of clean eating. What is clean eating? Clean eating is a deceptively …

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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 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. And since …

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Police Dogs Protect and Serve

September 14, 2017

Wanted: fearless, physically active dogs with keen noses to track down fugitives, defend citizens and safeguard their partners. Chihuahuas need not apply. In police departments across the country, K-9 officers are valued partners of law enforcement officers. These dogs track down and apprehend suspects, detect narcotics and explosives and help keep their partners safe in …

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13 Ways to Ensure a Safe Dog Park Experience

September 7, 2017

Does your dog want to romp in the Pacific? Check out Huntington Beach Dog Park in California. Are giant fire hydrants more his style? Visit Fort Woof Dog Park in Fort Worth, Texas. There’s a tennis ball tree —every retriever’s dream — at Beau’s Dream Dog Park in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. With 731 off-leash dog parks …

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