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Are You Prepared to Protect Your Dog in the Event of a Calamity?

Are You Prepared to Protect Your Dog in the Event of a Calamity?

Life-saving tips for your canine pal when severe weather or other phenomena strike.

May 2016 - The second Saturday in May is National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day (May 14th this year), and by the look of things, preparedness for disaster is becoming all the more important. Last year’s wildfire season shattered national records, with more than 10 million acres burned. And while tornado season is officially mid-March through June, violent tornadoes and major tornado outbreaks have been documented in the United States in every single month of the year.

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Changing It Up - Walking Your Dog in Different Places

Changing It Up - Walking Your Dog in Different Places

Why it's important to walk your dog in different places.

To begin with, getting your dog outside to relieve herself twice a day is not enough. Taking your pet out of the house is not just for the purpose of elimination but also to stimulate her, to interact with her, and to help her expend some of her considerable canine energy.

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Canine Diet for Heart Disease

Canine Diet for Heart Disease

When your dog's heart begins to decline, certain nutrients take on special significance.

Last month we discussed the fact that because unlike people, dogs don’t get the kind of heart disease in which fatty deposits clog the arteries and hinder blood flow, the fat and fat-like substances in their diet are not a big heart disease issue. Instead, dogs’ heart disease tends to be in the form of faulty heart valves, which allows blood to leak backward rather than flow forward like it’s supposed to.

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The Dog Growls When I Touch His Toys

The Dog Growls When I Touch His Toys

What to do when the aggression is directed at the owner.

Deborah Betson of Aurora, Colorado, has a situation. Her mixed-breed dog, Camo, has begun to growl when she tries to move any of his toys or his dog bed. She can’t even move his possessions around in order to clean. She adopted Camo only recently from a Colorado correction system program that takes dogs from various shelters and gives them to prisoners to train, and the first couple of months went beautifully.

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