Hantavirus is a relatively new zoonotic (passing between animals and humans) infectious disease to the United States, prevalent mainly in the southwest. If you’re not familiar with this potentiall...
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We often see dogs happily chasing balls and bringing them back to their owners. And while a game of fetch may come naturally to some, others have quirky fetching habits like running away with the ball o...
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Every year during late spring and early summer I get the same question from many pet parents: “Can my dog or cat get Chagas disease from kissing bugs?” The short answer is, “It’s...
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You’ve just finished bathing your dog and buffing him shiny. He smells sweeter than buttered biscuits and looks more dapper than Don Draper. As you stand back to admire your canine conversion, he ...
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    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Dogs are known to eat all kinds of things, ranging from truly bizarre to downright disgusting. Coprophagia is one condition that tends toward the latter—this is the medical term used to describe t...
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The pet community was all up in paws when the startup company, Petnostics, landed a $300,000 investment on the popular TV show, Shark Tank. Petnostics sells at-home urine test kits for pets so that owne...
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I love chew toys. Not for me, mind you, but for my dogs. I recommend nearly all dog owners invest in a variety of interactive, engaging and just plain fun tooth and tug toys for their dogs. Chew toys he...
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Update: May 3, 2016: Cats confirmed to be infected with H3N2 canine influenza in Indiana. There is currently no vaccine against H3N2 in cats. Update: January 22, 2016: The first two H3N2 cases have been ...
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There’s been a lot of barking lately about why, despite how much you love your dog, you should stop hugging her. For many, this new rule goes against every loving bone in your body, but I’m ...
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    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Thunderstorms may be exciting to watch, but for dogs who are thunder phobic, even a storm far off on the radar can ruin their entire afternoon.   Sometimes, but not always, storm phobias and...
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