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5 Reasons To Adopt A Senior Dog

For starters, senior dogs are much easier than puppies By Samantha Grossman When getting ready to welcome a dog into their home, many people gravitate toward puppies and rarely consider adopting an older pooch. This means that senior dogs are overlooked in shelters and have a difficult time getting adopted. What many people don’t realize,…

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Secrets of Being a Dog Walker

Secrets Your Dog Walker Wants You To Know … and a couple they probably don’t. By Laura Stampler As of December 2018, research from IBISWorld shows that dog walking has officially become a $1 billion business in America with approximately 52,000 people working in the field. (Or, more appropriately, dog park.) And even though pet…

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February is Pet Dental Health Month

By Dr. Bruce Little February is National Pet Dental Health Month created through a joint effort by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the American Veterinary Dental College (AVDC). This annual event provides information and recommendations about the most frequently diagnosed disease that effects dogs and cats, dental and gum disease, collectively called oral disease….

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Cats and Dogs in the Cold Weather

By Dr. Bruce Little The past couple of weeks have been brutal for our pets who have had to cope with the onslaught of winter weather across the country.  First, a winter storm delivering up to 18 inches of snow hit the Midwest then moved off into the Northeast causing power outages, impaired driving conditions,…

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How to Retrain a Rescue Dog

In the US, more than 3.3 million dogs enter animal shelters every year. It’s a sad fact that some people aren’t able to look after their pets. This may be due to age, new or existing disabilities, lifestyle change, financial burden or many other unfortunate reasons. In other cases, dogs are retrieved due to abandonment, or…

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9 Signs Your Dog is Sick

We all have off days, but when you’re able to talk it’s easy to explain your alignments and seek help. However, it’s less easy for dogs to communicate their feelings especially when they are unwell. It’s important to understand some of the sounds, actions and behaviors from dogs, and how they communicate with us. If…

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Medical Marijuana and Pets

By Dr. Bruce Little Much has been written and discussed over the past two years about marijuana and other plant derived products regarding the use of these products in pets.  Since January 2017, records indicate that as many as 28 states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana. In addition, eight states and…

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Signs of Pain in Dogs and Cats

By Dr. Bruce Little There has been much studied and written by researchers and clinical veterinary practitioners regarding the issue of pain in these pet family members. So much so that organizations such as the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) have joined forces to write and publish…

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Cancer in Dogs and Cats

By Dr. Bruce Little Although cancer in pets differs very little from cancer in humans, it remains a complex, misunderstood, and disheartening tragedy when our four-legged family members are diagnosed with some form of the dreaded “Big C.”  First, it might be productive to review terms that are part and parcel to these conditions. The…

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What You Need to Know About Dogs With Anxiety

Dogs suffer from anxiety just like people do. Any dog breed is susceptible to anxiety and, if left untreated, it can lead to serious behavioral problems. There are three basic reasons that dogs become anxious: Fear. Dogs express fear-based anxiety in reaction to several triggers. These might include thunder or loud sounds like fireworks, strange places,…

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National Canine Lymphoma Awareness Day

National Canine Lymphoma Awareness Day is observed every year on November 7th. This day helps to generate awareness about canine lymphoma, and nudge every pet parent to check their dogs regularly. According to the Animal Cancer Foundation (ACF), there are approximately six million new canine cancer diagnoses each year. Here are some important facts to…

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Halloween Safety Tips

By Dr. Bruce Little Halloween is almost here! While Halloween is a joyous and thrilling time of year for us, it can create a lot of stress and anxiety for our pets. The constant doorbell ringing and strangely dressed people, with lots of scary costumes and elevated and unusual noises, can stress out many dogs and…

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Anxiety in Dogs and Cats

By Dr. Bruce Little Fear and anxiety in pets can come from many different sources. Pets can become fearful of people, sounds, sights, and other pets, either within your home or out in public. The cause can usually can be traced back to inadequate handling and exposure during the first few months of their lives….

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Is My Pet Overweight?

By Dr. Bruce Little Beginning in the 1990’s, it became obvious that an increasing number of dogs and cats were overweight or downright obese. Veterinarians began to diagnose this malady and to instruct pet owners that they needed to address the weight problem in their pets before the excess began to take its toll on…

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Benefits of Dog Parks

Dog parks are great, because dog owners can take their dogs and let them run around off leash in the company of other dogs. These parks can be beneficial to both pets and their owners. Dogs need exercise to stay healthy, happy, and also out of trouble! If your dog likes other dogs, is social…

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Pet Safety for Fall Months

By Dr. Bruce Little Labor Day is over, which means fall is almost upon us. It might be beneficial to review some precautions pet owners should take as we head into this next season.  If you haven’t already done so, get your pets vaccinated for rabies and other communicable diseases. Thursday, September 28 is World…

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Fun Facts About Show Dogs

You’ve watched the Westminster dog show and wondered what all the hype is about. Or perhaps you want a show dog but don’t know the first thing about finding one. Or maybe you’ve laughed at the movie Best in Show and wanted to know more. Here are some fun facts about show dogs, and the…