Dog Health & Care

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Health is wealth, both for our canine friends and their owners, who can be spared eyebrow-raising veterinary expenses with annual check-ups, proper exercise and diet. Our dog health and care section provides expert advice on everything from dog grooming to parasite prevention, dog dental care, alternative treatments and more. Learn the basics of dog first aid and read up on the tools you should have on hand in the event of an emergency. Whether you’re curious about Parvovirus or the proper way to trim dog nails, we’ve got your back when it comes to dog health.

Talk About Health & Care

Vaccinations for Adult Dogs

My vet recommend vaccinations every three years for adult dogs. Three-year vaccinations are exactly the same as annual ones (in regards to what's in them.) In my not-so-professional opinion (though I have done tons of research on this issue), I believe that once immunity to a disease is formed, that immunity exists for life. Unfortunately, lots of initial puppy vaccinations are given when the mother's antibodies are still in the puppy's blood, which will kill the disease in the vaccine without allowing the dog to form its own immunity. This is why puppy vaccinations are given (usually) three times in a span of a month or so--it's basically a guessing game, and they're guessing when the maternal antibodies will stop being effective.

Janine C., owner of a Mixed Breed

Hot Outside? Teach Your Dog Tricks Inside

When it's hot outside you can use that time to work on cute tricks indoors - weaving through your legs, high five, sitting pretty, and so on. There are endless tricks that could keep you busy forever! If you want to stimulate your pet's body as well as his mind, you should invest in a few interactive toys like Busy Buddies! They dispense food but your dog has to work for them! We play fetch in the house and tug is always fun too.

Andrea H., owner of a Rhodesian Ridgeback

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