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Update on FDA’s Investigation on Grain-Free Diets

As you may be aware, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released an update on June 27th on their continued investigation into a potential link between certain diets, primarily grain-free, and canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). DCM is a heart condition where the heart muscle dilates abnormally and leads to a decreased ability to pump blood properly. There are certain dog breeds with a known inheritance of DCM but there have been an increase in dogs diagnosed with this disease outside of these typical breeds.


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Escape Summertime Boredom with These 5 Activities for Kids and Dogs

Summertime and the living is easy! Well, it actually might not be so easy once boredom has set in for your kids. If you’re starting to hear those two words all parents dread to hear – “I’m bored” – then keep reading. Summer is a great time for kids to give their dogs some much-deserved attention. Here are some fun activities for kids and dogs to do together this summer.


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Having A Pet-Friendly Fourth of July

By Nicole Abrego

As we celebrate the birth of our nation this Fourth of July holiday, some of us pet lovers may want to include our furry companions in on the festivities. Like most holidays, there are certain pet hazards that we as responsible pet owners need to ensure that our pets avoid. Check out our 5 tips for having a safe and pet-friendly Fourth of July.


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Nutrition Tips for Your New Kitten

The image of fluffy, baby kittens will put a smile on most anyone’s face. Yet, their energy is almost as boundless as their cuteness. The adage of “curious cat” must have come from kittens as they’re excited to explore every nook and cranny in an effort to discover their new world. Seemingly unafraid of heights or dark corners, kittens rarely take “no” for an answer.


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World Pet Memorial Day

World Pet Memorial Day was created as a special day to memorialize beloved pets that have passed away. It is observed every year on the second Tuesday in June, and it is a great time to celebrate the lives of your pets. Although pets are only in our lives for a short time, they stay in our memories forever. It’s a small consolation, but it’s nice to know there are many ways you can honor the memories of your pets this June.


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Keeping Your Pets Cool This Summer

By Nicole Abrego

Beach days, pool parties, warm breezy nights, the summer season is upon us in beautiful Encinitas! With warmer weather heading our way, we need to take caution when it comes to our furry companions. Hot temps can get unpleasant for us humans, which means that they can feel even worse for our pets and could put them at risk of serious health issues. Here are tips on how to keep your pet cool this summer season.


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