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Why Are Foods Sold By Prescription So Much More Expensive Than Dog Food in Stores?

Why Are Foods Sold By Prescription So Much More Expensive Than Dog Food in Stores?

Ingredients are largely the same, so it seems like a rip-off. But pricing is not about ingredients or even veterinarians expertise.

March 2017 - Sometimes a dog has a condition for which a veterinarian will recommend a specific diet. Maybe the dog has a tendency to develop bladder stones, or suffers from kidney disease, or is allergic to certain ingredients commonly found in pet food and therefore needs special kibble, and the doctor advises that a particular food can mitigate symptoms or even help slow the course of the disease.

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Dog Products Go Green

Imagine finding a way to shop for your dog and protect the planet all at once. Here are five of them.

According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), dog owners spend an average of $1,314 on items for their small dog, $1,580 for a medium-size dog, and $1,843 for a large one — in the first year alone! Multiply that by the estimated 70 to 80 million pet dogs in the United States, and it adds up to quite a lot of stuff — toys, beds, and other pleasure- and comfort-giving paraphernalia. That means a lot of wear and tear on the planet through the use of materials and manufacturing processes that leave a large ecological footprint.

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How to Take Better Pictures of Your Dog — and Your Dog with Kids in the Same Frame

Three professional photographers give advice you can easily apply even with the camera on your smart phone.

Photojournalist Jann Tenenbaum used to train her camera lens on subjects with names like Queen Elizabeth, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Bruce Springsteen, Pope John Paul II, and hockey great Wayne Gretzky. Her pictures appeared in publications ranging from The New York Times to USA Today. Then a friend of hers was on the way to Los Angeles one morning when her plane was rammed into the World Trade Center during the 9/11 attacks.

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Ten Signs Your Dog Feels Stressed

Follow our tips for calming your pet when he is anxious.

Sometimes it’s easy to tell when your dog feels stressed — during loud fireworks displays, perhaps, or when he doesn’t want to get out of the car in the parking lot of the veterinarian’s office. But there are signs of stress in our canine loved ones that can come across more subtly. What are they, and what can you do to calm your dog during those times that anxiety has gotten the better of him?

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