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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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Toxic Algae Blooms in California

By Gabrielle Feldman

According to the California Department of Public Health, toxic blue-green algae blooms (known as cyanobacteria) are increasing in number, frequency, and severity all throughout the state. In conjunction, they are seeing deaths in dogs and livestock that are linked to blue-green algae toxins.

 

What Exactly Is Blue-Green Algae?

 

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Spring is Here: When Should My Dog Visit the Groomer?

All dogs usually grow thicker coats during the colder months of winter, including our short-haired pups like Chihuahuas, Boxers and even Dobermans! While pet owners may not notice the difference during winter months, they may start to notice now that spring has sprung. This is due to increased shedding or as groomers call it, “blowing their coat.” Below are some tell tale signs it may be time to see your groomer:

 

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4 Things You Should Know About Heartworms

By Jennifer Reed

April is National Heartworm Awareness Month! Are your pets protected?

Here’s what you need to know.

Heartworms are transmitted by mosquitos.

Heartworms are long, spaghetti-like parasites that live in the heart or pulmonary arteries. These worms cause disease by clogging the heart and major blood vessels, resulting in reduced blood supply to other organs, such as the liver, kidney and lungs.

But how do they get into the heart?

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