Cats are some of the most complex, curious and compassionate critters I know. Deciphering cat behavior is far more complicated and challenging than most other animals. Too often, we mistakenly apply can...
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Though nearly perfect in design, the hip joint is not without its weaknesses – especially in dogs predisposed to hip dysplasia and those with shallow sockets. Even the strongest ligaments and mu...
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There is one common seasonal question that I don’t know the right answer to, and I’m guessing that I never will. That question is: Should I shave my dog in the summer to keep him cool? &nbs...
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Every dog has its day, but let’s face it, most of our dogs and cats lead pretty boring lives—probably the reason they’re always scratching at the door to be let out or destroying your wind...
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Healthy homemade pet treats don’t have to be costly or difficult – they can be as simple as one ingredient! Try Dr. Ernie Ward’s nutritious whole food recipes for an easy, mess-free an...
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You’re probably familiar with malaria, yellow fever, dengue, Chikungunya and West Nile virus. The latest unwelcome addition to this mosquito-borne disease list is Zika virus. Here is everything ...
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Clicker training is an animal training method based on behavioral psychology, where you mark and reward a desirable behavior. In clicker training, your dog has the freedom to make decisions. You simply ...
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I’ve often “prescribed a pet” to help boost a furry family member’s quality of life – especially if they’re aging. Adding a tumbling kitten or playful pup to your fur...
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When I graduated vet school nearly 25 years ago, we were taught all dogs and cats should be spayed and neutered around 6 months of age. New research proves that early spay or neuter may not be ideal for...
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How is Rocky Mountain spotted fever transmitted?   RMSF is carried by the wood tick, the American dog tick and the brown dog tick and is transmitted to your dog (or yourself!) through the tick&rs...
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