Good job, Petco.   Petco is the first national pet retailer to remove all Chinese-made dog and cat treats from its stores. The move comes after increased public scrutiny and concerns the treats may...
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Tapeworms (Dipylidium caninum) are one of the most frequently diagnosed intestinal parasites in dogs and cats. This long, segmented parasite can grow over two feet long and live in an infected pet’s...
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I’m a pet foodie. I’m also a people foodie but my real passion lies with pet food. I’m constantly scouring journals and news outlets for any pet food news. Recently the Institute of Food...
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From time to time, a friend or family member will call or email with questions about a sick pet, and I am happy to try to help. I always explain that without actually physically examining a pet, it is har...
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Cutaneous adverse reactions to food (CARF) is the new way of saying “food allergy.” In simplest terms, CARF refers to the condition experienced by some pets that eat something and begin itchin...
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One of the leading reasons pet owners schedule veterinary visits is for “ear infections.” For almost 25 years, I’ve been besieged with cases of dogs ceaselessly shaking their heads, cats...
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Research published by the Messerli Research Institute at the Vetmeduni Vienna suggests that over the course of their lives, dogs learn in remarkably similar ways to humans. Scientists refer to this as the...
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There is no doubt that Golden Retrievers are a popular dog in America. According to the American Kennel Club, the Golden Retriever ranked 3rd in popularity for the last two years (the Labrador Retriever t...
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Dog tails do a lot. Not only are they an important source of communication (both among dogs and between dogs and their humans), but they also serve as balancing tools, rudders while swimming and, of cours...
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    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
There are some patients that I will simply never, ever forget, I think. Many of these are from early in my career and stand out as the first time I diagnosed or treated a particular illness, and many of t...
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