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Pet Wellness: Why it matters

Why should you care about pet wellness? Last week we talked about what pet wellness–or, more appropriately, preventive care–is: using your veterinarian to screen for serious illness and provide education on how to help your pet live a healthier lifestyle. But why should you care? We all know vets can’t prevent every problem. But even…

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Dos and Don'ts of Choosing the Right Dog Trainer

Choosing the right dog trainer is tough. Sure, you already know the hand-lettered sign on the freeway off-ramp isn’t a good place to start. Beyond that, though, what’s a dog lover to do? A good trainer helps you learn to teach your dog in a way that doesn’t promote fear, require you to dominate your…

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Dog Training Myths Guaranteed to Help Make Your Dog More Fearful

We all start dog training with the best of intentions. Nobody wants to make their dog fearful in the process. However, many dog owners, trainers, and even veterinarians still subscribe to common myths about dog training that can contribute to fearful behaviors. Here are three of those myths, the reality behind them, and some suggestions…

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Swimming Pool Safety for Pets

Pool weather is here! Many Arizona families let their dogs enjoy a dip in the pool, especially when temperatures soar over 100 degrees. Everyone knows that pools can be deadly for kids, but swimming pool safety for pets gets little mention. Remember, owning a dog is a lot like having a toddler for 15 years.…

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Heatstroke in Dogs: Symptoms and First Aid

Over the years, We’ve treated dozens of cases of heatstroke in dogs. Sadly, it usually happens when a well-meaning pet lover simply makes an error in judgement, either by overlooking risks and exercising their dog despite dangerous conditions, or by delaying treatment after heatstroke begins. All to often, it turns out to be a deadly…

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Heatstroke in Dogs: Dos and Don'ts

Every year, we see cases of heatstroke in dogs. This is tragic, because heatstroke is preventable. This weekend, we’ll leave our recent “cool snap” and temperatures will spike into the 105 to 108 degree range. Quick changes in temperature like this increase the risk for heatstroke in dogs. This is especially true for “weekend warriors”…

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How do you expect me to give these pills to my dog?

Q: My dog won’t take the pills my vet prescribed. How do I give pills to a stubborn dog? A: There are a number of different tricks you can use to give pills to your dog. In this short video, Dr. Burns demonstrates three low-stress ways to give tablets or capsules to your pup.

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5 Great Positive Gun Dog Training Resources

We meet dogs that serve many roles in their families: service dogs, lap dogs, running partners, you name it. We also meet hunting dogs. And before you start imagining dusty hounds living in a little dirt-floored kennel in the back yard, let me re-state that: we also meet hunting buddies. Loveable, happy, spoiled-rotten retrievers, flushing,…

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How do I stop my dog from eating poop?

Q: My dog has the grossest habit: he eats poop. How can I make him stop? A: According to a veterinary study, picking up dog droppings immediately was the only effective way to control this habit. A couple weeks ago I wrote about the traits common to dogs that engage in coprophagia (the medical term…

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Wordless Wednesday: Smile!

Smile!, a photo by Priority Pet Hospital on Flickr.

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