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A dog receives medical treatment from the veterinarian after having a seizure that lasts longer than five minutes. Read here to learn more about episodes.
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Seizures in Dogs

Seizures in Dogs Convulsions, or seizures, are very troubling to witness. If your pet has an episode, call the veterinarian about handling the immediate situation. Keep the animal safe by removing it from stairways or dangerous objects. A blanket for padding and protection is usually not required unless the animal is actively pacing or thrashing. Swallowing the tongue is not often an issue with an animal amid a seizure, so don’t think you must pull the tongue out to prevent swallowing if you can. Time the attack and note the severity. If the episode lasts more than 3 minutes or

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A man gives their pet fresh water on a hot day. Summertime is dangerous for pups if they do not have proper shade and fresh water. Learn how to protect your dog here.
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Heatstroke in Dogs

Summertime means hot weather and fun in the sun, but it can also be a dangerous time for dogs. Dogs can suffer from heatstroke if they’re not accustomed to the heat or are left in a hot environment for too long. Heatstroke can cause organ failure and even death, so it’s essential to know the symptoms and take steps to prevent it. In this article, we’ll explain what heatstroke is, how to spot the signs, and how to keep your dog safe during the summer months. What is Heatstroke in Dogs, and What Are the Symptoms? Heatstroke is a condition

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A dog has its paw wrapped due to an injury from walking on hot pavement. Learn how to administer first aid at home if this should happen to your pup.
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Treating Blisters On Paws

I recently saw an episode that said dogs need about a 45-minute walk per day. Well, I started walking my miniature dachshund this week, but we have only walked about 20 minutes each day so far. I noticed today after our walk that she was licking her paws a lot, and I was concerned. I just looked at them again, and she now has a couple of blister-looking sores on her pads. What should I do to help her with the pain and make sure her paws heal properly? Thanks, Tamara Richardson Boiling Springs, SC Dear Tamara, We see this

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Volunteers at a rescue shelter take time to play with the puppies to ensure they get enough exercise and attention. Read how to choose the right puppy for your lifestyle.
Choosing A Compatible Breed/Dog

How To Pick A Healthy Puppy

Picking a dog is a huge decision. Since you’ll be spending the next decade or more together, you need as close to a perfect fit as you can get. So much has been written about the energy and temperament aspects of this decision, but the question I’m most often asked is, “What is the healthiest breed?” And my answer to that question is always the same: It isn’t a breed but simply a 30-pound brown mutt. Do Your Research When you’re thinking about bringing a new puppy into your home, it’s essential to do your research and learn about the

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Vomiting

Any pet that eats grass will probably vomit the grass and stomach contents. Grass has no food or medicinal value whatsoever to dogs and can cause gastrointestinal tract irritation or bleeding. First aid remedies for vomiting can be helpful or can be your pet’s worst enemy depending upon the cause of the vomiting. Using Kaopectate, Pepto Bismol, or herbal remedies for vomiting due to a foreign object penetration of the stomach or intestine can be disastrous! Your judgment regarding the seriousness of vomiting is critical. If the vomit contains blood, call the veterinarian immediately! Try cautious observation at home if

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Dog Breeds That Don’t Shed (Much)

​​Just because you love dogs doesn’t mean you love having their fur all over your house. After all, who wants to sit on a couch that’s more hair than cushion? Or be forced to run their vacuum daily (okay, weekly) basis? And if you have allergies, a dog that sheds a lot can leave you sneezing, wheezing, or even covered with a nasty rash — not fun. In contrast, while not all low-shedding dogs (there’s no such thing as a dog who doesn’t shed at all) are hypoallergenic, they can help to keep you from pulling your hair out —

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A dog injured his foot on a nail. Learn the common causes of puncture wounds and how to treat them at home or your pet care office.
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Puncture Wounds in Dogs

If you’re a pet owner, you may have to deal with a puncture wound. These injuries can be severe if not treated properly, so it’s essential to know how to identify and treat them. We’ll discuss what puncture wounds are, how they occur, and how to care for them. We’ll also provide some tips on preventing puncture wounds from happening in the first place. Read on to learn more! What are Puncture Wounds on Dogs and What Causes Them? Your pup can get into all sorts of trouble. One of the most common injuries that dogs suffer from is puncture

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A mischievous dachshund has made a mess of electronic cords that were not correctly stored. Learn how you can keep cords away from your puppy here.
All About Dogs

Puppy Proofing Basics

The day has finally arrived: Your new bundle of fur is coming home! After a long search, you found the right puppy for you and your family — and now the preparation begins. As a responsible pet lover, you will need to provide a safe environment for this little puppy. Preparing your home and yard for the new family member is similar to doing so for a curious toddler — you want to eliminate all dangers. Your pup will want to investigate every electrical cord, every closet, and every rut in the yard, and he won’t distinguish between your favorite

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A dog sits outside after a long walk, the heat causing him to drool more than usual. Monitor your pup for unusual symptoms that could point to more severe health issues.
All About Dogs

Why Is My Dog Drooling So Much?

Dogs are beloved for many reasons, from their unwavering loyalty to cute little tails. But of all the traits you love about your dog, her tendency to drool a lot probably isn’t one of them. You should be willing to forgive your pet’s drooling as a natural function that helps him eat and digest food. If your dog seems to have more saliva than usual, it could be a sign of a problem, and it’s better to be safe than sorry. Reach out to your vet to talk about your dog’s excessive drooling. Below are listed some common causes and

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Abrasions On Your Dog

When the top layers of skin are abraded, and tissue under the skin is not disturbed, we refer to this injury as a skin abrasion. Most superficial scrapes or wounds no longer than an inch or two can be treated with first aid, and larger or deeper abrasions require professional medical attention. Types of Abrasions Injuries can affect each dog differently. Knowing the difference of each type will aid you in understanding how to care for your pup and the type of first aid you or possibly your veterinarian will need to administer. Bites and Punctures A puncture can happen

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