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This post contains affiliate links. Read more here. Not a substitute for professional veterinary help. Have you ever wondered where the term “mangy mutt” comes from?  Well, “mange” is the particular skin disease caused by a microscopic parasitic mite called Sarcoptes scabiei. This name might sound familiar because it’s the same mangy mite that causes
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This post contains affiliate links. Read more here. Whether you’re considering adopting a blind dog or have a sighted dog who’s losing their ability to see, it can be intimidating to figure out how to provide them with a fulfilling life. How can a dog navigate the home, let alone the world, without their vision?
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This post contains affiliate links. Read more here. The epitome of a big dog in a small dog’s body, the Yorkshire Terrier is a tiny toy breed that only weighs an average of 4 to 7 pounds. These little dogs have long, silky coats and, though they’re very trainable, they can be a bit of
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Summer is in full swing. And as the days grow longer (and, in many places, hotter) you’ve probably heard more than a few people say something along the lines of “It looks like the dog days of summer are here!” But what, exactly, does that mean? Does it mean that the ideal season for dogs
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This post contains affiliate links. Read more here. One of my favorite dog friends, Charlie, is very adventurous. We go to the big dog park and she runs wild and free, galloping through the fields like a gazelle (she’s actually part-Whippet/Border Collie). I live in the Pacific Northwest, where there’s ample opportunity for outdoor lovers
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This post contains affiliate links. Read more here. Not a substitute for professional veterinary help. Little Red cowers in the back of the closet, shaking with fear. In the distance, a loud boom rattles her bones. Little Red is usually a calm, playful orange tabby cat, but every Fourth of July, she becomes an anxious
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My dog Frances was on squirrel patrol at the off-leash dog park when I saw a puppy making a beeline straight for her. The puppy’s owner called over to me, “Is your dog nice?” Advertising I was about to give an enthusiastic “yes” when I heard the puppy yelp behind me. Turning, I saw Frances
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In a perfect world, your dog would be able to tell you exactly what he needs, when he needs it. Unfortunately, dogs lack the language skills to communicate and ask for help when they need it. But just because they can’t communicate with words doesn’t mean they don’t communicate at all! Your dog will definitely
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Lhasa Apsos and Shih Tzus are both ancient small breeds from Asia with a shared bloodline—but what are the differences between them? In this informational post, we compare the history, personality traits, activity level, and health of these two commonly confused breeds. Breed History The history of the Lhasa Apso and the Shih Tzu goes
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This post contains affiliate links. Read more here. Known for his bat-like ears and bow-legged gait, the French Bulldog is a charming little dog. He comes in a variety of colors and has many endearing qualities including a characteristic snore, a goofy personality, and a gruff bark. The Frenchie is a low-maintenance breed when it
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Considering taking your four-legged friend on vacation this summer? Whether you’re traveling by air, land or sea, travel fees can add up quickly even before leaving home. Thankfully, The Dog People at Rover dug into the data to help take some of the guesswork out of travel costs, so you can spend less time crunching
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This post contains affiliate links. Read more here. The Golden Retriever is consistently ranked among the top three dog breeds in the United States, according to AKC registration statistics. These dogs are known for their soft golden coats, gentle temperaments, and goofy personalities. Though all dogs are prone to certain health issues, Golden Retrievers are
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This post contains affiliate links. Read more here. Dog dehydration and heat stroke can have some serious ramifications. It happens more often than one might think, especially in dogs with short muzzles (think pugs and bulldogs), and obese dogs. One of our favorite—and most fun!—ways to keep dogs cool on a hot day is with
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This post contains affiliate links. Read more here. Hiking with your dog has tons of benefits for you both: it’s great exercise, gives you quality time to bond, and exposes you to beauty and serenity of nature. Giving your dog his own hiking backpack to wear can add a layer of benefit for your pup
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Not a substitute for professional veterinary help. You want to make sure your dog has everything he needs to stay happy and healthy. And a big part of that? Hydration. Just like humans, dogs need water to survive. And if they don’t get the water they need, they can quickly become dehydrated—and dehydration can put
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This post contains affiliate links. Read more here. Having a cat tree is great. Shopping for one? Less than great. All you want is a place for your cat to perch (other than on top of your head), but with so many reviews to comb through it can be exhausting trying to pick the right
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This post contains affiliate links. Read more here. Any responsible dog owner knows that all dog foods are not created equal, but do you need to buy dog food formulated for a specific breed? Not necessarily. Breed-specific diets lead dog owners to believe that different breeds have disparate nutritional requirements. While there may be some
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Petting a dog—it seems so simple! And of course, there are many ways to pet a dog, depending on your dog’s preference and your own routines. This fun video demonstrates just how true that is.&nbsp[embedded content] That said, the wrong sort of petting can make dogs dog nervous or scared—even if that’s the last thing
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Not a substitute for professional veterinary help. Remember back in high school when you’d have a few drinks at a party, arrive home, and try to sneak to your room without your mom noticing? Yeah, uh…me neither. No matter how much I was convinced that I was tricking my parents at the time, I’m pretty
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