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2009-08-25 - 6:33 PM
If your pet is panting, make sure you can easily determine the cause. Dogs are known to pant more often than cats, but cats do occasionally huff and puff w... Read more
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2009-09-08 - 7:36 PM
Demodex canis mites are a normal inhabitant of canine skin. They live in the hair follicles and sebaceous glands of the skin. These mites are not contagious and in mo... Read more
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2009-09-08 - 6:17 PM
Vaccines are an important part of good pet healthcare. My clients regularly ask me questions about vaccinating their dogs and puppies.   What is a vaccine a... Read more
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2009-09-14 - 4:03 PM
Wouldn't it be great to have a sense of smell like dogs do?  You could tell where family members have been, and who they have been with by the odors left on their... Read more
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2009-08-25 - 6:36 PM
It’s one of Mother Nature's most dramatic biological phenomena: Each spring and fall, thousands of salmon come home to Pacific Northwest rivers to spawn. Driv... Read more
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2010-03-08 - 1:25 PM
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2009-02-01 - 12:12 AM
Socialization is a topic that can be misunderstood. It's important that our dogs are properly socialized, but what is socialization?   Let's look ... Read more
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2009-08-14 - 4:35 PM
What is heatstroke?   In simple terms, heatstroke occurs when a dog loses its natural ability to regulate its body temperature. Dogs don't... Read more
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2009-09-08 - 5:37 PM
We often see sheepish hands raised in the air in response to the question "is your dog allowed on the couch?" We would like to set the record straight that allowing s... Read more
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2009-10-13 - 5:09 PM
Tick-borne diseases are those carried and spread by blood-sucking ticks, which inadvertently ingest these "hitchhikers" and transfer them to the next victim. If the i... Read more
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2009-05-21 - 10:43 AM
Here are some general points about allergies you should be aware of:   1) Allergies are cumulative. In other words, a pet may have both food and environmental... Read more
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2009-09-15 - 1:14 PM
Influenza viruses of an assortment of varieties have been the subject of concern for humans, wildlife, and domestic animals for many decades. Dogs were largely felt t... Read more
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2009-02-05 - 8:43 AM
In some cases stress can manifest itself as obsessive - compulsive behavior such as tail chasing or obsessive ball chasing. Some dogs express stress by continuously b... Read more
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2009-11-25 - 5:39 PM
It's true. Dogs age at approximately seven times the rate humans do. So it's not surprising that Fido should have a physical examination at least every seven "d... Read more
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2010-02-08 - 1:14 PM
The Kong product line is popular for its durability and versatility. It is often my first choice to redirect innate chewing behaviors because it is virtually indestruct... Read more
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2010-02-09 - 10:20 PM
Canine solar dermatitis or chronic sun damage to the skin is a common skin problem in any hot sunny climate. However solar dermatitis can sometimes mimic other skin d... Read more
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2009-06-11 - 2:03 PM
To clarify before I share my own approach to handling three of the most common ailments I hear about parasites, obesity and paw chewing. I am a veterinary naturopath.... Read more
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2009-09-29 - 5:17 PM
Fatty acid-derived compounds appear to play an important role in bone and joint health. Numerous lipid-derived hormones (eicosanoids), derived from arachidonic acid (... Read more
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2008-12-18 - 11:47 AM
All puppies experience some anxiety. Dogs are pack animals and feel most secure when in the company of members of their pack—their guardians or other dogs. Puppi... Read more
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2010-03-08 - 1:49 PM
Some dogs happily accept every toy their human brings home and will eat any treat with wild abandon; other dogs need a little more prodding to determine what makes them... Read more
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