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Dogs and Joint Discomfort

Many dog breeds, especially large ones, are susceptible to joint discomfort, especially as they age. However, it can sometimes be difficult to identify and address joint discomfort in dogs because they often don’t show symptoms until the problem has become quite severe. This is one of the reasons that, as your dog ages, it is important to visit your vet regularly. There are also a few tips that vets recommend owners follow to support joint health and aged-related discomfort for dogs as they get older. Diet is an important component in supporting your dog’s overall and joint health. Keeping your

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Engage in Thoughtful Playtime With Your Dog

Although the moments we spend with our dogs may seem routine day in and day out, every moment is one that can be memorable. When I start to encourage playtime with my dogs, I first let them pick up the scent of whatever toy we are going to play with. By letting them smell the toy, you are getting their full interest and they will be focused on the game. I think one of the best games you can play with your dog involves a search and rescue theme, where the dog has to seek out the hidden object using

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How to Keep Your Older Dog Active

Just like us, dogs are living longer, fuller lives these days with support from improved veterinary care and loving owners who understand and want the best health care and support for the four-legged members of their families. But, just like with us, old age eventually catches up with dogs. One of the telltale signs of aging in dogs that owners often talk about with vets is mobility concerns. Your dog simply might get up more slowly after a nap. It might not have the energy it once did and start avoiding obstacles such as stairs. It might be experiencing discomfort

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Mourning The Loss Of A Dog

Dogs are the furry members of our families that bring us endless amounts of love and joy. Unfortunately, they don’t have lifespans that are as long as humans. And when it is their time to pass on, it always leaves a devastating hole in our hearts and our homes. Dealing with the loss of a beloved pet is always hard. And those who own pets often feel like they’re burdening the grief alone because it’s not something that is easily understood by those people who’ve never had a pet of their own.  While it is never easy to process the

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Why Do Chow Chows Have Blue Tongues?

Most dogs have soft pink tongues that feel like wet erasers when they cover us in their kisses. But there are several different dog breeds that don’t have the typical pink tongue. Instead, they have dark blue or black tongues. These dogs are typically the Chow Chow dogs. There are other dog breeds that have dark spots on their tongues which has led to many speculating that these dogs probably have some amount of Chow in their DNA, but that’s not necessarily the case. Other dogs that have black or blue tongues, or spotted tongues and gums are breeds such

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Why Do Dogs Age Faster Than Humans?

Our dogs are perfect to us. There is nothing about them that we don’t love. But if we had to identify one single flaw about our dogs it’s probably something that isn’t even within their control. And that would be their age. While humans can live for 80 years or more, the sad reality is that our dogs’ lifespans are much shorter. And that makes us sad because it means that they won’t be around forever.  On average or dogs will live to be between the ages of 10 to 18 years. Their lifespans are also factored by their breed,

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Why Dogs Are More Vulnerable To Snake Bites Than Cats

Our dogs are our best friends. We try to do everything within our power to keep them safe. But sometimes we can’t always anticipate the dangers that might be hiding in our own back yards, such as snakes. When it comes to venomous snakes, we can’t always see them coming. And unfortunately, there are occasions where our furry friends end up coming in contact with them. Surprisingly, there is scientific evidence to show that when it comes to snake bites it is out cats who are more than likely to survive, while our dogs may not.  Dr.  Bryan Fry and Christina

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Why Do Dogs Bow?

Dogs do all kinds of strange things. One of them is “bowing.” As dog owners, we’ve probably seen our pups do the bow when they’re feeling playful. And when it’s cute and certainly points to them wanting to have fun, there is meaning behind the gesture. If you’ve been wondering what is behind the position, then you’ll be happy to know that there is an explanation.  The bow is most commonly referred to as the “play bow” since it best expresses how they’re feeling. The bow is a common body language gesture that dogs use as communication. This playful gesture

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Why Do Dogs Like To Chew Bones?

A dog and their bone. It’s a love story as old as time. Dogs love to chew on things. Usually, it’s bones or chew toys that we buy them, sometimes it’s household items like pillows or shoes. But for the most part, we try to steer them towards bones because it’s so much better for them than our sneakers. But there are plenty of benefits for chewing on bones, as well as plenty of reasons why dogs like to chew on bones.  Some of the benefits can be nutritional value as some bones have high-calorie bone marrow in them. As

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Why Do Dogs Sometimes Tilt Their Heads?

Everybody loves the doggie head tilt. You know, that adorable little head cock to the side that dogs will do whenever they seem confused by something. My dog would often do her head tilt if I was talking to her with food in my hand. It was like she was confused as to why I wasn’t sharing my food, or more accurately, why I was taking so long to give her a taste of whatever I was eating. As dog owners, we’ve all seen the cuteness that is the head tilt. But what does it mean exactly? According to experts,

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