The science behind doggie DNA is progressing rapidly beyond most pet parents’ imaginations. The question is: Should you have your dog’s DNA tested? What can these tests tell you, and how acc...
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A common question this time of year is, “How cold is too cold for my dog?” The answer is a bit complicated, but thankfully, the good folks at Tufts University already developed a syste...
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What’s a placebo, you ask? A placebo is a treatment that has no physiological benefit. It’s like a “blank” pill, and it’s often used in drug studies to test the potential e...
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Darlene Cook wasn’t expecting a cancer diagnosis when her 10-year-old Golden Retriever Liberty (Libby) began limping. But MRIs of Libby’s chest, abdomen and bones revealed a localized bone can...
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If eyes are windows into the soul, then cats’ whiskers are a telescope into their mind. If you learn to translate the subtle twitches and tucks of cat whiskers, you’ll be one step closer to ...
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Imagine how hard it’d be to follow the rules if the signs kept changing. If one day a stop sign meant “Stop,” and the next day it meant “Go,” you’d be pretty confused...
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When dogs lick your face, they’re not actually giving you kisses as an expression of love. I mean, they do love you, but licking is their way of submitting to you and showing you the respect you d...
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Veterinarians search for ways to help pets enjoy longer and healthier lives their entire careers, driven by the desire to enable dogs and cats to remain vigorous and vital for many, many years. A new dr...
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What do your shoes, your furniture and your remote control have in common? Chances are, if you have a puppy at home, the answer is: “things that I’ve pulled out of my puppy’s mouth thi...
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I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard pet parents say, “Dogs and cats only see in black and white.” So what’s the scoop? Can dogs and cats see colors and, on a similar...
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