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Common Dog Behavior Problems and What You Can Do About Them

If you’re like Sandy, you brought home your cute rescue pup hoping for a cuddly companion. While Cooper is cuddly-- for about 30 seconds at a time -- more than not, he’s chewing on your couch legs or barking at invisible foes.

What’s a dog lover to do?

First, frequent barking and excessive chewing are common dog behavior problems. However, with a little insight, you can probably curb these tendencies in most dogs.


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What is Kennel Cough?

What is kennel cough?
Kennel cough is more technically known as canine infectious tracheobronchitis. This term localizes the most common clinical sign, coughing, to the trachea (windpipe) and bronchi (within the lungs). It may be caused by several viruses and bacteria. These include adenovirus type 2, parainfluenza virus and bacterium bordetella bronchiseptica. The infection spreads rapidly from dog to dog in close quarters, such as a boarding kennel. This is the origin of its name.
 

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The Latest Canine Influenza Outbreak

Since the canine influenza strain, known as CIV H3N2, first emerged in Chicago two years ago, it has spread sporadically to nearly 40 states across the country. Most recently, in late May, there were two dog shows in Florida and Georgia that incubated the latest outbreak.


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Leash Lessons

A leash is a leash is a leash, right? Wrong!

If your pup’s on a less-than-ideal lead, you may actually be encouraging pulling or even hurting your dog. Use this guide to find the correct fit for your canine and start off on the right paw with leash training classes.


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Pets Can Have Allergies, Too!

We typically think of itchy eyes, sneezing and fatigue as common allergy symptoms in humans, but if your pet is excessively grooming, licking, itching or has a terrible smell, he/she could be suffering as well.


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Diagnosing and Treating Your Own Pet: The Dangers of Dr. Google

I think we can all agree that the internet is an amazing resource, one that has completely transformed our lives. Do you remember having to actually step foot inside of a library to research a topic? Now, we just say “Google it”, and viola- we have instant answers. We have all been there- we jump on Web MD because we have a sore throat, and suddenly we are afraid we may have a life-threatening illness.


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Have a Pet-Friendly Fourth of July

The Fourth of July is the perfect time to celebrate our independence with family, food, and fun. However, approached without caution, summer fun can quickly turn frightening—or fatal—for our four-legged friends.

From overwhelming noise to overheating and obstruction, this summer holiday can mean significant danger for your pet. Keep your animals safe this Independence Day—and all summer long—with these tips.


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The Truth About Ice-water and Bloat

Every year as the weather heats up, so does a widely-spread warning about the dangers of giving dogs ice water.  

This well-intentioned rumor, which claims ice water causes bloat, has been circulating the internet for years. Fortunately, it’s just that—a rumor!

We want to take the opportunity to set the record straight for concerned pet parents and help stop this belief in its tracks.


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