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Helpful tips, recent news, inspiring tales, cute photos and more fun stuff from The Drake Center.

How to Brush Your Dog's Teeth

Establishing an at home dental care routine is an important part of your dog’s overall health. You would never think to go days without brushing your own teeth, and it’s no different for your pets. Ideally we recommend brushing your dog’s teeth daily, but a great goal is at least three times a week.

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How to Give Your Cat a Pill

If you’re like most cat owners, you have struggled at one time or another while trying to give your cat a pill. With a little bit of advice and patience, you will be a pro in no time.

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How to Give Your Dog a Pill

If you’re like most pet parents, you have struggled to give your dog a pill at some point. With a little advice and patience, you will be a pro in no time.

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The Latest Canine Influenza Outbreak

By Gabrielle Feldman

Since the canine influenza strain, known as CIV H3N2, first emerged in Chicago two years ago, it has spread sporadically to nearly 40 states across the country-including California. Most recently, in late May, there were two dog shows in Florida and Georgia that incubated the latest outbreak. **Update: As of August 2017, there are now confirmed cases in the Los Angeles, California area.**

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5 Cool Dog Treats to Make This Summer

By Gabrielle Feldman

As the weather warms up, so does the temperature of your dog. Unfortunately, dogs do not sweat the way humans do, so the risk of heat exhaustion increases dramatically during the summer months.


Check out these quick tips to beat the heat:


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Top Signs Your Dog Suffers from Noise Aversion

Did you know that the day after the Fourth of July is the busiest day of the year for animal shelters in the United States? Many dogs become very anxious about noise when their owners are out, especially when the fireworks begin. If left alone, dogs can funnel their anxiety into destruction- including vocalizing, digging, chewing-or even running away.

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A Story of Loss and Love and Why We Have Our Pets

By Dr. Keala Shotwell 

A few months ago we lost our kitty of 19yrs, Calvin. He was a very special grey and white, sweet kitty. He had a dog-like personality. He loved food! He would body slam our bedroom door and meow at the top of his lungs to demand breakfast. He could put most dogs in their place so they knew he was boss, but he would allow them to cuddle with him too.


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