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Does Cold Weather Affect Your Dog’s Arthritic Joints?

January 20, 2022

Some people with osteoarthritis (OA) claim they can predict the onset of cold weather through their joints. “Blizzard’s coming, I can feel it in my knee,” your grandfather may quip. If cold weather makes human joints feel stiff and achy, there’s a pretty good chance it can have the same effect on your dog. While …

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Pain in Pets: A Guide by Taste of the Wild

January 13, 2022

A pet in pain can be more emotionally painful for pet owners than we ever truly realize. Cats and dogs can’t tell us where it hurts, and that’s even if they want to tell us at all. Due to natural instincts, many pets actually work to hide the fact that they might be in pain. …

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Should I Be Worried About My Vomiting Pet?

January 13, 2022

Stomach issues are the top reason cats are brought to the veterinarian, according to a Healthy Paws analysis of more than 870,000 pet insurance claims from June 1, 2020, to June 1, 2021. For dogs, stomach issues came in third, behind skin problems and pain. While we know a vomiting pet generally prefers to expel …

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Dogs at Work: Samoyeds Kept the Cold and Wolves at Bay

December 30, 2021

According to legend, the phrase “three dog night” describes a night so frigid that early hunter-gatherer people needed three dogs to sleep with them to stave off the cold. Although where the phrase originated is unclear, it could very easily have originated with the semi-nomadic Samoyed people of Siberia and their namesake Samoyed dogs. In …

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Movies to Watch with Your Dog This Holiday

December 23, 2021

Only so much eggnog and sugar cookies can be consumed before your family eventually plops on the couch, ready to snuggle in for a traditional evening of movies. But since your dog is truly a part of your family, why not let him or her pick the flick this time? Here are a few holiday …

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Stop Unwanted Barking Before the Holidays

December 9, 2021

Sometimes, we like it when our dogs bark. It lets potential intruders know there’s a canine guarding the house. It alerts us to someone at the door. Or it tells us our dogs are ready to come in from outside. But some dogs can go overboard on barking, keeping a constant high-pitched commentary going on …

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Adventures in the Wild: Snowshoeing with Your Dog

November 24, 2021

It’s a little like being inside your own, personal snow globe: You on snowshoes, your dog at your side, and snowflakes whirling around you. Whether you want to carve out a trail in the deep woods or mount the snow-capped hills of your local snowmobile trails, here are a few questions to ask yourself before …

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