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Would You Believe Cats Get Acne, Too?

July 22, 2021

Oh, the embarrassment of those unsightly blemishes. While often the source of teenage angst in humans, acne doesn’t have the same social repercussions for cats. In fact, feline acne has nothing to do with a cat’s teenage years or hormonal roller coasters going on inside the body. So what’s the deal with acne in cats? …

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Dog Ear Cleaning 101

July 15, 2021

Believe it or not, healthy dog ears actually come with a self-cleaning feature. In this process, known as epithelial migration, the skin in the ear canal gradually migrates from the tympanic membrane, or eardrum, outwards, carrying with it excess debris. So, if the ears aren’t bothering your dog, it’s usually best to leave them alone …

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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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