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Newfoundlands Are at Home on Land or Sea

July 8, 2021

Named after the island off the east coast of Canada, the Newfoundland’s water-resistant double coat, rudder-like tail and webbed feet made them ideal shipmates. The powerful dogs thought nothing of leaping into the icy Atlantic waters to haul fishing nets or rescue a sailor who fell overboard. They were also hard workers on shore, whether …

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Grapes Are Toxic to Dogs, and Now We Know Why

June 24, 2021

Among the many things on the no-no list for dogs are grapes and their relatives, raisins and currants. Accidentally feeding your dog any of these fruits could quickly lead to severe kidney failure and even death. For a long time, no one knew what, exactly, about these foods were toxic to dogs. The type of …

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How to Make Peaceful Introductions When Adopting a New Cat

June 17, 2021

Owning cats is like eating potato chips: It’s darn near impossible to have just one. In fact, the average number of cats per household in the U.S. is about two, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. As part of National Adopt-a-Cat month, perhaps you’re thinking about joining the ranks of multi-cat households (and who …

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Pack Your Beach Towel and Your Best Friend, Too

June 10, 2021

Whether you’re boating, swimming, dock diving or just sailing a Frisbee on the beach, chances are, your dog wants to share in the fun. And why not? With a few precautions to help keep your dog safe, everyone can get their paws wet at the beach: Check the water conditions — When your dog plunges …

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Bernese Mountain Dogs

June 3, 2021

Bernese mountain dogs, affectionately called “Berners,” are named after the central region of Switzerland where they originated: the canton of Bern. Ancestors of the Berner appeared in Switzerland more than 2,000 years ago, when Roman soldiers invaded the area, bringing with them tall, mastiff-like dogs with broad chests and muscled legs, which made them ideal …

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Pet Tech: From the Wired to the Wacky

May 27, 2021

Automatic tennis ball launchers for dogs are so yesterday. At the 2021 virtual Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the world’s largest annual consumer tech trade show, companies applied artificial intelligence (AI), robotics and other advanced technologies to deliver futuristic gadgets for pet lovers and their furry family members. Some inventions offer clear advantages, and others, not …

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Feeding the Skinny, Older Cat

May 20, 2021

Cats are living longer, with some of them ticking past their twentieth birthdays and. As they age, cats often lose weight, especially after about age 11, becoming frail, bony versions of their younger selves. Sometimes this can be attributed to one or more underlying diseases, such as inflammatory bowel disease, chronic kidney disease, hyperthyroidism (overactive …

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Pet Cancer Awareness Month: Focus on Lymphosarcoma

May 13, 2021

Thanks to advances in veterinary medicine, nutrition and good daily care from owners like you, dogs and cats are living longer than ever before. But unfortunately, pets can be diagnosed with cancer, especially as grey creeps into the fur around their faces. One of the most common cancers in both dogs and cats is lymphosarcoma, …

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German Shepherds: The Ultimate Working Dogs

May 6, 2021

Can a dog be a workaholic? If so, the German shepherd dog would certainly qualify. Multitalented and eager to work, German shepherds have held a wide array of jobs over the decades, from herders and guide dogs for the visually impaired to police dogs that apprehend criminals and detect illegal substances. They’ve also joined the …

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