Dogs

Layla, one of 22 “Vicktory dogs” rehabilitated at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, died at 15½ years old on June 21, 2019. Photo: Tess Rushton (All other photos: Best Friends) It has been more than 12 years since a police raid on Michael Vick’s property turned up dozens of pit bulls in hellish conditions. A federal raid followed several weeks
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Working dogs are often bred to have boundless energy. You may be wondering how to calm down an energetic dog like this once you’re both back in the house. Photo: Pixabay Sure, shepherds, collies and retrievers have shiny coats, winning personalities and the ability to make any heart melt. But these types of dogs also
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Maker: Pet Supplies PlusCause: Potential for salmonella contaminationAnnouncement: FDA announcement dated July 3, 2019 (archived here)What was recalled: All bulk pig ear dog treats stocked in open bins, from various vendors (not prepackaged, branded pig ears) This recall follows an FDA advisory warning consumers of the potential for bulk pig ears to be contaminated with
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Salukis love the outdoors, but be careful — they can run away pretty quickly. Photo: elisabettabellomi 1. Key Characteristics of Salukis AKC Group: Hound Height: 23–28 inches Weight: 40–65 pounds Life Expectancy: 12–14 years Aristocratic in appearance, Salukis are fast, slim dogs who resemble Greyhounds. These dogs have incredible sight and high endurance, and they’re able
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Excessive tiredness and increased thirst are just a couple possible symptoms of Addison’s disease in dogs. Photo: mootown Addison’s disease in dogs is an endocrine disease (hormonal). It’s rarely seen in humans and very rarely seen in cats. Sometimes called “the Great Pretender,” Addison’s disease generally affects middle-aged, female dogs, and there is definitely a
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Allergies in pets are frustrating and difficult to treat. Photo: LUM3N Veterinarians see lots of itchy pets. Skin problems are common — and frustrating for everyone involved. A pet scratching constantly or who has icky-yicky-licky lesions all over their body makes you take notice. Extreme itch or irritation (called pruritus) will make pets scratch until their skin bleeds or
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This is Bugaboo, photographed at the 2013 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. He’s in there somewhere. Photo: Kristy May/Petful 1. Key Characteristics of Old English Sheepdogs AKC Group: Herding Height: 22–24 inches (male); 20–22 inches (female) Weight: 70–100 pounds (male); 60–80 pounds (female) Life Expectancy: 10–12 years The Old English Sheepdog — a.k.a. OES, bobtail
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Disclosure: This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Varo. The opinions and text are all mine. This Labradoodle named Skipper is one of my clients as a pet sitter. Photos: Melissa Smith/Petful One of the worst feelings in the world is when you’re sitting helplessly in front of a veterinarian, knowing
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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post from Honest Paws. Honest Paws has an impressive array of CBD-infused products that fit pets of all ages and sizes. A natural and homeopathic approach to health is rapidly becoming the norm. By now, you have undoubtedly heard of the wonders of CBD oil. This “miracle” herb has been
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Isn’t it time you learned how to teach your puppy to lie down on command? Photo: aylinkauhorka Yesterday I went out to dinner with my extended family to celebrate a special occasion. We sat outside eating, chatting and listening to music and took up a large portion of the patio. At the end of the
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Boxers are patient and affectionate, making them great dogs for children. Photo: iStock.com/Alona Rjabceva 1. Key Characteristics of Boxers AKC Group: Working Height: 21.5–23.5 inches (females); 23–25 inches (males) Weight: 50–65 pounds (females); 60–70 pounds (males) Life Expectancy: 11 to 15 years or more Boxers are medium-sized dogs with well-developed muscles. They have unique, chiseled
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The Treeing Walker Coonhound looks like a tall Beagle. Photo: Petful 1. Key Characteristics Treeing Walker Coonhounds AKC Group: Hound Height: Males are 22–27 inches; females are 20–25 inches Weight: 50–75 pounds Life Expectancy: 12 to 15-plus years The Treeing Walker Coonhound looks a lot like a tall Beagle. The eyes and ears are large
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Showing your dog’s training certifications may persuade a landlord to accept your apartment application. Photo: elvissa Dogs have long been notorious for making the whole apartment search process a difficult. Many landlords simply will not accept a dog. In this Apartment Dog Guide, we’ll cover: The reasons why hiding a dog from your landlord is a terrible
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The socialization window in a puppy’s life is something most people don’t know too much about unless they attend puppy training classes. Photo: kyle thurin I remember watching my youngest dog, River, race around the room on long, clumsy legs with another, more graceful pup in her puppy training class. River couldn’t catch the faster
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These carrot and almond butter dog treats came out so yummy-looking. Photos: Allison Gray/Petful Confession: I’m tempted to taste most of the dog treats I bake for Banjo. Although usually I leave the taste testing to Her Royal Slobberiness, some of the recipes I try yield cookies that look good enough to serve at a
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Puli dogs are a herding breed with unique coats. Photo: iStock.com/allinvisuality 1. Key Characteristics of the Puli AKC Group: Herding Height: 14–18 inches Weight: Males weigh 25–35 pounds; females weigh 20–30 pounds Life Expectancy: 12–16 years The Puli (plural: pulik) is a compact, agile dog able to perform work in almost any area and climate;
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This pretzel recipe for dogs allows optional toppings of either cheddar cheese or carob (dog-friendly chocolate). Photos: Allison Gray/Petful One great aspect of cooking your own dog treats is the flexibility and control you have with the recipe. Dogs, just like people, can have allergies and diet restrictions. Fortunately, most recipes can be altered in
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Large breeds like German Shepherds are especially susceptible to hip dysplasia. Photo: Katrina_S Did you know that hip dysplasia in dogs is one of the most common musculoskeletal problems they experience? But this fact is pretty much the only straightforward thing about hip dysplasia in dogs — there are no rules. For example, some dogs have
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Deputy Nick Carmack and K-9 Shep of the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office in Florida. Photo: A&E Network The police K-9 is an integral part of any police department. Not only do these working dogs provide services such as search and rescue, suspect apprehension and narcotics detection, but they also serve as a bridge to the
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This Thogersen Family Farm recall involves packages of pet food that were already sold/consumed or were never sold, according to the company. Photo: Facebook Maker: Thogersen Family Farm (Stanwood, Washington)Cause: Potential for listeria contaminationAnnouncement: FDA announcement dated April 4, 2019 (archived here)What was recalled: 2-pound packages of the following raw frozen pet food, with no lot numbers, batch
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Boston Terriers are known as “the American Gentleman,” according to the American Kennel Club. Photo: iStock.com/Helioscribe 1. Key Characteristics of Boston Terriers AKC Group: Non-Working Height: 15–17 inches Weight: 15–25 pounds Life Expectancy: Over 15 years Boston Terriers (a.k.a. Bostons) are small, muscular dogs with short, square appearances. The head is square and flat with
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Three lots of Darwin’s Natural Selections dog food were recalled, but the company did not issue a public announcement, according to the FDA. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on March 26, 2019, issued a letter cautioning consumers not to feed 3 specific lots of Natural Selections dog food made by Arrow Reliance Inc., doing
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Dog pimples usually appear on the muzzle and lips. Photo: Phatthanun.R Can dogs get zits? Yes, they sure can. (And cats can get zits, too.) Dog pimples, zits, acne, plukes, spots … call them what you like, but pimples are definitely a canine thing. Much like human acne affects teenagers, dog acne tends to affect
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One reason you might want to learn how to teach the “out” command is that it can help a new puppy and your older dog get along. Photo: Pixabay The “out” command, also called the “away” command, lets your dog know that they should leave the area they are in. Although this command isn’t widely
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