Some dogs (and cats) literally worry themselves sick while you’re away – shredding sofas, scratching floors and inhaling throw pillows as a nervous attempt to hightail it out of the house. S...
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It’s about time to break out the backpacks, sharpen those pencils and get back into the swing of the school season. For most families, that means an end to the laid back days of summer and the sta...
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As technology marches along, there’s a whole new generation of cats that are being denied one of the simple pleasures of cat life: sleeping on top of the television. As mammoth televisions are bei...
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Every 20 seconds, somewhere in America a fire department is responding to a fire, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Any fire is a tragedy; it’s even more devastating wh...
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Having a pool can help your whole family beat the heat, dogs included! Some dogs are natural swimmers, like Labrador Retrievers, Portuguese Water Dogs and Poodles. But even if it doesn’t come natu...
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The coyote population in the United States is likely its highest so far, due in part to their combination of tenacity and cleverness. And, it doesn’t hurt that they’ll eat anything. This is ...
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Frankenstein “Frank” Harris, Giant Schnauzer The best part of my day? That’s easy — when Dad gets home from work and asks if I want to play catch. We usually play with a Chuckit! ...
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With cookout season in full swing, one concerned pet parent wrote in regarding an unusual snack her dog swiped from the grill: “Dear Dr. Ward, my dog ate some ashes from our charcoal grill. He see...
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Which heat-related conditions do you treat most frequently in your practice? The most common conditions I treat are blistered paw pads, heat stroke and trouble breathing. Pets with existing medical con...
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Many dogs love crunching on ice cubes, especially on a scorching day – but is it safe? You may have heard that giving dogs ice or ice water can cause bloat, and while there’s evidence that r...
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