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Toxic Foods for Dogs

Toxic Foods for Dogs: Are they all truly toxic?

When you ‘Google’ “Toxic Foods for Dogs” and quickly read through the various articles, you might inadvertently believe that a food is toxic, when it truly is not. While the authors go on to explain if a particular food is or is not toxic, you still may have the embedded thought that it is toxic.…

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Climate Change Can Affect Seasonal Allergies

Climate Change Can Affect Seasonal Allergies

Several studies have predicted that the increase of seasonal allergies is due to climate change. Indeed, these studies suggest that the increases and numbers affected will likely continue. We and our companion pets are and will be subject to increases in frequency, intensity, and duration of allergies due to extreme weather events – particularly heat.…

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Is That Truly the Spot Why Does My Dog Kick When I Scratch Him

Is That the Spot? Why Does My Dog Kick When I Scratch Him?

“Oh, that’s the spot.” Many of us companion dog parents say that when our pooches involuntarily start moving their legs when scratching their bellies. According to experts, that’s the scratch reflex, it’s probably not the spot and may be an indicator of other medical conditions. This involuntary response to scratching is coined appropriately as the…

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Wuhan Coronavirus and Companion Pets

The Wuhan Coronavirus and Companion Pets

The new and novel coronavirus outbreak spreading throughout Wuhan, China – and now internationally due to travelers from there – is prompting Chinese officials to quarantine the city and surrounding areas. Many of us are wondering why the Chinese Government has literally implemented wartime measures since the overall deaths – while tragic – are relatively…

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Exercising Your Companion Dogs and Mental Health

Exercising Your Companion Dogs and Mental Health

While we all hear about how exercise is good both physically and mentally for us and our companion dogs, we often take it for granted. However, we need to see the connection between the mental health of our puppies and how it affects our mental health. For instance, many new puppy parents don’t connect puppy…

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Glyphosate and Your Companion Pets

Glyphosate and Your Companion Pets

Due to several recently won or pending civil lawsuits, many of us know of the herbicide glyphosate – commonly known as RoundUp™ and by other tradenames – as a potential cause of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Are there other diseases that have been linked to and might be connected to use of glyphosate? Yes; links have been…

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Atopic Dermatitis in Dogs and Cats

Atopic Dermatitis in Dogs and Cats

Atopic dermatitis in dogs and cats specifically refers to an environmental (inhalant or contact) or seasonal allergen that causes flare ups in companion pets that typically are genetically predisposed to this inflammatory response. Veterinarians and veterinary dermatologists concur on this definition. To clear up any confusion, however, human atopic dermatitis is commonly referred to as…

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