Calculating Your Dog’s Age

The seven to one ratio is a thing of the past

For the longest time, it was thought that seven human years was roughly equivalent to one dog year. The ratio becomes problematic when you think about pups that live to 18 years of age or older, since no human is known to have lived beyond 122.

Dog people know that, just as there is great variation between breeds, there is a wide spectrum of typical life expectancy. Body size is generally correlated with life span in mammals (so, for example, a larger …

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Lucca the Three-Legged Retired Army Dog Has Been Nominated for a Hero Dog Award

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This Monday’s miracle is a very special Monday Miracle, because it’s also Memorial Day.

We know we’ve talked about Lucca before, but we felt she deserved special recognition on today of all days.

Lucca is a nine-year-old German Shepherd/Belgian Malinois mix. She is now retired after serving in the United States Marine Corps for six years. During her service, Lucca was the victim of an explosion in Afghanistan. She suffered serious burns to her chest and torso, and …

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Dog Panting – Normal or Not?

Ed. Note: Like many of you, Dr. Coates is taking a short respite from her responsibilities on this wonderful Memorial Day. Have no fear, though. We have lined up one of her great posts from last January on the topic of dog panting.

Dogs pant. They pant when they’re hot, they pant when they’re excited, they pant when they’re scared, and sometimes they seem to pant for no good reason at all (from our point of view, at least). When a dog is panting more than expected, should an owner be concerned? …

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How to … Make a Dog Vomit

Up next in our “How to” series, inducing emesis in dogs, or in laymen’s terms, making a dog vomit.

Dogs are scavengers and have the maddening tendency to find and eat the things in their environments that are destined to make them the most sick. Human medications, pet medications, insecticides, cleaning products, fertilizer, weed killer, poisonous plants, pesticides, potentially toxic human foods (e.g., chocolate, grapes/raisings, xylitol) … you name it and a dog has probably eaten it.

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Cats Need the Right Environment

“Addressing environmental needs is essential (not optional) for optimum wellbeing of the cat.”

So says the Feline Environmental Needs Guidelines recently published by the American Association of Feline Practitioners and International Society of Feline Medicine. I whole-heartedly agree. Evidence continues to reveal that inappropriate environmental conditions play a huge role in the development of stress, illness, and unwanted behaviors in cats.

The Guidelines are structured around five pillars …

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Aww of the Week: Shih Tzu Saves a Kitten, Nurses Her Until Help Arrives

Last week, animal control officer Michelle Smith of Anderson, SC, got a call about a dog in a ravine behind a Home Depot. She figured it was a local dog who got stuck — she’s seen that before. She followed the dog’s bark through some heavy foliage and down steep embankment. Then her jaw dropped. A little Shih Tzu was curled up in some bushes, but she wasn’t alone.

She had a little kitten with her. And the kitten was suckling milk from the dog.

“I didn’t know what to think,” she told 10 News. …

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Arlington National Cemetery is Dog Friendly

Arlington National Cemetery is a pet-friendly historic slice of history where you are welcome to bring your well-behaved, leashed dog. Arlington National Cemetery, located in the northern part of Virginia and bordering Washington D.C., is the final resting place of more than 300,000 people. Beginning with the American Revolution, veterans from each of our nation’s […]

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Preventable Illnesses on the Rise for Cats

Pet health care is more sophisticated currently than it has ever been in the past. We have vaccines at our disposal to prevent many common viral diseases. We have flea and tick products that are more effective and more easily used than previous products. We have quality foods available that fit the needs of almost any pet and pet owner. We have a wide variety of technology that can detect many diseases early in their course when treatment is most likely to be successful. Despite all of this, preventable …

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Protecting Your Pets from Natural Disasters

Yesterday, a tragic event happened in Oklahoma and through other areas of “tornado alley” when a tornado as large as two miles wide destroyed homes, communities and most horribly, lives. Living in Nebraska, also located in the area of the country where unpredictable cyclones are a yearly concern, weather has always had the power to scare me. I grew up hearing tornado sirens shreiking and seeing, as…

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A Smelly Problem-When Your Dog’s Sprayed By a Skunk

This spring, several unsuspecting dogs wandering around outside will get “skunked!” The poor dogs will reek of the most insufferable smell. Their owners will be mortified as their own eyes burn and their noses are insulted by the noxious odor. Fido, through no fault of his own, will be banned from the house and subjected […]

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