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The 5 Best Ways to Celebrate National Black Dog Day

Did you know that people are less likely to adopt black dogs from shelters because of their color? This phenomenon persists regardless of a particular dog’s breed, general behavior, size, personality, or age, and it results in far too many good dogs never finding their forever homes.


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Cat Wellness 101: What Vaccinations Does My Feline Need?

Vaccinating your cat is the best way to protect them from a wide range of contagious — and potentially deadly — diseases. From Rabies to Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, your feline friend could fall victim to many illnesses if you fail to keep them up to date on essential vaccines. Even if you keep your cat strictly indoors, it’s vital to keep their vaccinations updated. It only takes seconds for a cat to slip out a door or window, and if mice or other pests find their way into your home, you never know what types of diseases they could be carrying.


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Deaf Pet Awareness Week: How to Help Your Deaf Dog Live their Best Life

September 19-25, 2021, is Deaf Pet Awareness Week when owners of these special pets celebrate the lives of their faithful companions and the unique relationship they have. While deafness is considered a disability, it’s often overlooked since the pet isn’t struggling with mobility. However, deaf pets need to adapt to a different way of life, just as a dog with an amputated limb or a cat with a missing eye. Proper training and a devoted owner means a deaf dog can still live their best life.


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Dog Gone It! How to Master the Leash and Get a Polite Walker

Many new dog owners are surprised to learn that their puppy doesn’t instinctively know how to walk politely on a leash. They understand the reality quickly during the first few walks when their new little fur friend is bolting until they run out of leash or tugging the entire way. Mastering the leash is something that requires training, and it’s surprisingly easy if you know what to do. A few quick steps will have your new puppy “loose leash” walking alongside you instead of pulling you along so that you can both enjoy the many benefits of exercise.


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How to Spot the Personality Differences Between Male and Female Cats

Before bringing a new cat into your home, there are several things to consider, including whether you should adopt a male cat or a female cat. As veterinarians, we’ve cared for countless cats over the years, and we’ve come to notice some interesting differences between males and females. The biological differences are apparent, but you may wonder if any more subtle differences would make one sex a better fit for your family than the other. Of course, each cat is different, and what’s true for one might not be for another.


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Bad Behavior, Loneliness, Separation Anxiety, Oh My! Is It Time for Doggy Daycare?

According to the Washington Post, there were 26,000 more pet adoptions in the first nine months of the Coronavirus pandemic than the year before, January 6, 2021. Puppies purchased from breeders were also dramatically increased. Rover.com polled 1000 owners and 68% of Generation Z owners, and 42% of millennials plan to hire dog walkers or reserve spots in doggy daycare for their transition back to the workplace.


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Mythbusters, Dog Edition: 8 Things Your Veterinarian Wants You to Know

Myths follow us through life, from the idea that lightning won’t strike twice in the same place to the infamous penny thrown off the Empire State Building being lethal for an unsuspecting pedestrian below. Our dogs are no exception, being the subject of many myths themselves. As veterinarians, we want to correct as many misconceptions as possible so owners can steer clear of falsehoods and let their dogs live their best lives. Following are some of the most common we hear, and the truth behind them.


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How to Tell if Your Cat Has an Ear Infection

Though they are more common in dogs, ear infections can plague cats, too. And when they do, they are used caused by an underlying issue that needs to be addressed by a veterinarian. The underlying causes of ear infections in cats are often serious and can lead to complications ranging from deafness to facial paralysis. Unfortunately, many pet parents are unaware of the signs of ear infections in cats. And cats’ natural ability to hide their discomfort makes it even harder to detect problems in their earliest stages.


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