Dogs

English Springer Spaniels were bred to hunt, flush and retrieve ducks. Photo: iStock.com/johnnyscriv 1. Key Characteristics of English Springer Spaniels AKC Group: Sporting Height: 18–21 inches Weight: 40–50 pounds Life Expectancy: 12–14 years English Springer Spaniels are medium-sized dogs with a long overcoat and soft undercoat. Their coloring is limited to black or liver with
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The Jan. 31, 2019, recall of certain canned Hill’s Science Diet and Prescription Diet dog foods came too late, say some heartbroken pet parents. Multiple lawsuits have been filed against Hill’s Pet Nutrition. For 4 years, Donna Nehrenz fed her dog, Macy, the same trusted brand of dog food without a problem: Hill’s Science Diet’s
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Pyoderma in dogs sometimes appears in breeds with skin folds, such as French Bulldogs, because the skin can rub together and become infected. Photo: ivanovgood Which of the following are signs of pyoderma in dogs? Spots and pimples Weeping skin sores Inflamed skin with hair loss Actually, that was a trick question. All of the
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Learn how kids can help animals in shelters. Photo: donnieray Most kids we’ve met want to hug and pet every fuzzy 4-legged critter they can wrap their arms around. Children love animals. And that’s precisely why it’s a great idea to get kids involved with helping animal shelters when they’re young. It’s not always simple
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Chinese Shar-Peis are devoted to their families. Photo: iStock.com/AndraSimionescu 1. Key Characteristics of a Shar-Pei AKC Group: Non-Sporting Height: 18–20 inches Weight: 40–60 pounds Life Expectancy: 9–11 years The appearance of the Chinese Shar-Pei is unmistakable. The head and body shape, abundant wrinkles, and darkened nose and muzzle are signature attributes of this ancient breed.
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These spinach, apple and carrot dog treats aim to impress. Photos: Allison Gray/Petful I love finding homemade dog treat recipes that call for ingredients I already have. That’s especially true for recipes that call for fresh ingredients that might spoil if I don’t use them up. After a recent visit to Costco (wherein I bought
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Dog cataracts aren’t the only ailment that cause a milky-blue hue to appear in dogs’ eyes. Photo: Mark Dog cataracts are a common cause of blindness in dogs. You’ll recognize them without realizing it — those dogs have milky white pupils instead of black. Cataracts lead to loss of vision, so understanding the options is
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The difference between DHPP and DHLPP? The latter includes a leptospirosis vaccine. Photo: Shine Nucha What is DHLPP? This vaccine is the “core” canine vaccine given to puppies and adult dogs to protect them from several serious and possibly fatal contagious canine viral diseases. A core vaccine is a vaccine considered essential for all domestic dogs
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Dalmatians have distinctive markings in their fur that develop after they’re born. Photo: iStock.com/LucyCartwright 1. Key Characteristics of Dalmatians AKC Group: Non-Sporting Height: 19–23 inches Weight: 35–75 pounds Life Expectancy: 10–15 years Dalmatians are distinctive in their coat pattern and are the only spotted breed, according to the Amereican Kennel Club. Their short coats are
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Answering the question “Why do dogs lick their paws?” is rarely straightforward, so work with your vet to find out why your dog engages in this behavior. Photo: isakarakus “Why do dogs lick their paws?” This ranks right up there with queries clients regularly ask. But while foot licking is a common problem, getting to
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The longest-living dog breeds tend to be smaller dogs. Photo: Peter077 Ever wonder what the shortest- and longest-living dog breeds are? Here’s another question: Remember your grade-school reading lists, where you learned the ins and outs of life through books like Old Yeller and Where the Red Fern Grows? Dogs and humans make the perfect
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Wondering how to clean a dog’s ears? First, determine whether doing so is necessary by performing the sniff test. Photo: Ermolaev Alexander Is ear cleaning good or bad for your dog? And if it’s good, what’s the right way to do it? The truth is, cleaning a dog’s ears wrong damages the ear. But clean
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Leth Oun went from the killing fields of Cambodia as a child in the 1970s to being a U.S. Secret Service dog trainer. (Photo illustration by Petful) Leth Oun has always been passionate about dogs. When Oun was a child, a French Bulldog named Dino saved his spirit during the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia.
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Pugs are full of personality. Photo: pixabay 1. Key Characteristics of Pugs AKC Group: Toy Height: 10–14 inches Weight: 13–20 pounds Life Expectancy: 11–15 years One of the oldest dog breeds, Pugs are small dogs with round heads, short muzzles and large eyes. The face is wrinkled — sometimes deeply — and the high tail curls
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Maker: Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc.Cause: Elevated levels of Vitamin DAnnouncement: FDA announcement dated Jan. 31, 2019 (archived here)What was recalled: The following canned dog foods: Hill’s Prescription Diet: c/d Multicare Canine Chicken & Vegetable Stew, 12.5 oz., SKU #3384, Lot #102020T10 or 102020T25 i/d Canine Chicken & Vegetable Stew, 12.5 oz., SKU #3389, Lot #102020T04, or 102020T10, or
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Woody’s Pet Food Deli recall Maker: Woody’s Pet Food DeliCause: Potential for salmonellaAnnouncement: Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) announcement dated Jan. 28, 2019 (archived here) and expanded/corrected on the company’s Facebook page (archived here)What was recalled: 15 oz., 2 lb. and 5 lb. packages/tubs, as well as bulk orders over 25 lbs., of Woody’s Pet Food Deli
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These chickpea and sardine dog treats were a big hit with my dog, Banjo. Photos: Allison Gray/Petful A while back, I jumped on Pinterest to see if I could find any out-of-the-ordinary dog treats to try out. I was feeling adventurous — and I’d like to think Banjo was, too. We had, after all, just
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Wondering how to socialize a shy dog? There are many different methods to help your dog grow into a confident, happy pooch. Photo: Winsker If you’re wondering if it’s worth it to socialize a shy dog, take it from me: It most definitely is. Case in point: When I first brought my Border Collie, Mack,
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Does grain-free dog food cause heart problems? Photo: Gladskikh Tatiana A summer 2018 report from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) alerting consumers to a possible connection between certain types of grain-free dog foods to a heart condition known as dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) has put some people in a panic. With the safety of these
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Bloodhounds are known for being excellent scent hounds. Photo: pixabay 1. Key Characteristics of Bloodhounds AKC Group: Hound Height: 25–27 inches (male); 23–25 inches (female) Weight: 90–110 pounds (male); 80–100 pounds (female) Life Expectancy: 10–12 years Bloodhounds are powerful, large scent hounds known for their tracking abilities. The “blood” in the name refers to breeders working
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These brewer’s yeast dog treats feature cheddar cheese for an irresistible taste for your pup. Photos: Allison Gray/Petful Did you know brewer’s yeast is good for dogs? According to PetMD, “brewer’s yeast promotes healthy skin, hair, eyes and liver function” and “may reduce anxiety in dogs.”1 Dr. Judith K. Herman DVM, CVH, agrees, saying, “Brewer’s
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Heartworm treatment for dogs is available, but prevention is the best way to protect your pup against these parasites. Photo: wunderBILDlich Heartworm treatment for dogs is not pleasant for the pup, the people or the veterinarian — so prevention is the name of the game when it comes to heartworms. “But can a dog with
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The dangers of rawhide chews can include choking, bowel obstruction and food poisoning. Photo: MaxShutter Here’s a question for you that may help illustrate the dangers of rawhide chews: How digestible is shoe leather? Answer: Not very. So is it a surprise to learn that rawhide is arguably even less digestible? Plus, rawhide goes through more
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