Dog Care

Knowing the basics of how dogs function as well as the basics of how to take care of a dog are important aspects to keeping you and your pooch happy and healthy.

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There's no question you love your cats and dogs like family. What you don't love is their shedding.

By Sharise Cunningham

Some of us get it, some of us don't – the scourge of so many nature lovers everywhere – but did you know that our four-legged friends are also susceptible to the three-leaved menace?

By Patty Rasmussen

All dogs have anal glands that serve multiple functions. The problem is they can also get blocked or infected, and even leak, which is really disgusting if you're a human.

By Kristen Hall-Geisler

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All dogs need baths. But how often? And can you bathe them too much?

By Meg Sparwath

It's one of your worst nightmares. Your dog isn't breathing and you can't find his pulse. Do you know what to do to save his life?

By Wendy Bowman

Retractable leashes, martingale collars, slip leads, harnesses, choke chains – this dog walking business is way more complicated than you thought. So, with all the options out there, what is the best way to leash your dog?

By Patty Rasmussen

The dog days of adolescence are tough on humans. But what about our four-legged friends? Do they deal with similar hormonal changes as they age?

By Meg Sparwath

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Some people believe dogs need a full complement of yearly vaccinations and some don't think they need any at all.

By John Perritano

Ceramic and plastic bowls, especially, have been shown to breed E. coli, salmonella and even MRSA.

By John Perritano

A new study shows that our beloved four-legged friends are moved to action when they see us in emotional distress.

By John Perritano

If your pooch has an emergency, chances are he could need a blood transfusion. So where exactly does the blood he gets come from?

By John Perritano

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With so many dog foods on the market, how do we know what's best for our furry friends?

By John Perritano

Think your dog would be willing to share his treats with other dogs? Studies show he probably would.

By John Perritano

Scientists have developed two new vaccines for canine influenza that are far superior to those now available.

By John Perritano

What's it going be, Fido: kibbles or kudos? A new study tackled the question.

By Robert Lamb

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Only seven cases of Guinea worm have occurred in humans so far in 2016. But hundreds of cases have appeared in dogs. What does this mean for guinea worm eradication?

By Robert Lamb

Pet stores provide scientific, anatomical names for dog chews, so why resort to euphemisms like "pizzle" and "bully stick"? Dogs have no shame — but we humans do.

By Laurie L. Dove

Regardless of what a dog's breed actually is, if it's labeled a "pit bull," its chances of adoption drop. Pity the poor pit pup.

By Christopher Hassiotis

All dogs, regardless of breed or age, are susceptible to the flu. What do you need to know before you drop your pup off at doggie day care?

By Julia Layton

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The old rule of thumb of seven dog years per human year typically makes dogs seem older than they really are. No fear, there's a formula to estimate your dog's age the right way!

By Bambi Turner

Thanks to your pet greyhound's superior speed, trying to keep up with them on a run would be an exercise in futility. Surprisingly, these dogs are lazier than you think!

By Bambi Turner

When it comes to dogs, age really is just a number. If you've got the patience, you surely can teach an old dog some new tricks.

By Bambi Turner

Pick up dog food? Check. Take doggie to the vet? Check. Perform regular exams to gauge his health? Yep, you can do that, too. Find out how in this article.

By Shanna Freeman & Dr. William Fortney

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Fleas are nasty little parasites that infest your pets -- especially dogs. So, what can you do to prevent and treat these itchy infestations? Find out in this article.

By Shanna Freeman & Dr. William Fortney

The words "mangy dog" get thrown around pretty often, but have you ever wondered what they mean? Find out what mange is -- and how you can treat a do that has it.

By Shanna Freeman & Dr. William Fortney