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Fat Dog

Fat Dog

We’re a nation of overeaters. Perhaps up to two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese. So is it really a surprise that so many of our pets are overweight as well?Just as with humans, our pets can gain weight for a variety of reasons: Overeating, lack of exercise, medications, illness, etc.My normally fit and trim mixed-breed dog gained 5 pounds over the course of a year or two. She started at 30 pounds, so those five pounds represented 16 percent of her body weight. She wasn’t running around as much as she had been as a puppy, but the main...

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A Long, Strange Trip with Stuey

A Long, Strange Trip with Stuey

“Stuey is hiding under the bushes. He’s shaking and won’t come in the house. It’s like 10 degrees out there. If I try to go near him he shows his teeth.”That’s certainly not the text you want to receive from the pet-sitter when you’re away for the weekend. But that was the one of the first clues that something wasn’t quite right about our little brown dog.The next time we visited our veterinarian, he confidently diagnosed Stuey with Separation Anxiety Disorder. I know, some of you are thinking: Seriously? He’s a dog. He’ll get over it.But it’s no joke. According...

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Grain-Free? Don’t Panic

Grain-Free? Don’t PanicRed wine is excellent for your heart health. Red wine can cause stroke and heart failure.Coffee can lower your risk for developing Type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer’s Disease. Coffee can cause anxiety and heart problems.In the same way that we are fed contradicting information regarding the things we humans consume, pet owners have recently been bombarded with some misleading news regarding grain-free diets and heart problems in dogs.News spread like wildfire across social media, after Lisa Freeman, a well-regarded veterinary nutritionist with connections to veterinary food companies, warned pet owners to avoid “boutique, grain-free or exotic diets.” Her...

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Incredible Pets

In just the last couple of days, we’ve seen pets doing things so incredible they left us thinking maybe our own cats and dogs could possibly do more than nap and chase squirrels. The third annual World Dog Surfing Championships held in California over the weekend made me wish my dogs would venture more than just two inches into a lake. These thrill-seeking pups rode gnarly waves with and without their human companions. CBS Sunday Morning featured truffle sniffing dogs at the North American Truffle Dog Championship in Oregon. Although we do have customers with dog breeds especially known for...

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Orange Fluffball Still Going Strong

Orange Fluffball Still Going Strong

Orange Fluffball Still Going Strong   The thing about squeaky dog toys is that many dogs (mine included) are apparently convinced that bad things will happen if the squeaker buried inside the toy isn’t immediately removed. Whether they think it’s actually a chipmunk or a bird in there, or are just really curious, lots of dogs just won’t stop until they see that little piece of plastic. Because of this, I’ve essentially stopped buying squeaky toys for Roxy and Stuey, my little brown rescue dogs. It’s not only wasteful to see all that fluff and fabric get thrown away, it’s...

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