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Animal Wellness will donate 40% of each subscription purchased using promo code AWA229 to Leave No Paws Behind. Location: Sun Valley, CA Year established: 2011 Number of staff/volunteers/foster homes: Three full-time volunteers and 32 long term/hospice foster homes Types of animal they work with: “We are an all-breed dog rescue, specializing in seniors, terminal and …

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canine giant breeds

GIANT BREEDS ARE PRONE TO SEVERAL COMMON CONDITIONS. HERE’S HOW TO HELP KEEP YOUR BIG GUY OR GAL WELL AND HAPPY. Giant breeds can have some giant health problems. These issues affect not only purebreds, but also very big dogs of mixed parentage. In my experience, “very big dogs” are those that weigh 95 pounds …

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urate stones

Some breeds are more susceptible to this than others. Here’s what you need to know about protecting your best friend from urate stones. Good urinary tract health is crucial to your dog’s overall well being, happiness and longevity. A number of issues and diseases can affect this part of his “plumbing”, and among these are …

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A new initiative at the Pet Expos this year is what the company is calling their Creature Feature. If you see it, you’ll notice that a menagerie of animals are welcome in this area, whether they are giant lizards and falcons, goats and pigs, or hissing cockroaches and kinkajous!   This section was added when …

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groomer

DON’T just open the phone book and pick the first groomer you see. DO some research to ensure you select a well-run salon that’s right for you and your dog. Cathy took her Shih tzu to a new groomer recently, but was less than happy with the results. “They nicked Tinker’s skin in one place …

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Hip Dysplasia

Hip Dysplasia is common in large and giant breeds. Learn what you can do to protect your dog from debilitation. If you’ve ever had a dog with hip dysplasia, then you know how incapacitating it can be. Characterized by laxity (looseness) of the hip joint, canine hip dysplasia (CHD, or simply HD), means “badly grown …

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The past decade has seen a rise in breed specific legislation. With blame being put on certain breeds of dogs instead of how they are trained, negligent dog owners are let off the hook while the dogs suffer. The main breed targeted by these laws is the Pit Bull, but many other breeds are included. …

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warm water therapy

Warm water therapy relies on the properties of water to help with the rehabilitation process. My friend Yvonne Garst always wanted a Bernese mountain dog because the breed reminded her of a cherished dog from her childhood. Her dream came true when she brought home a “Berner” puppy named Morgan back in 2001. Several weeks later, …

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His whimsical balancing act has made him a star – and an irresistible “spokesdog” for pit bulls. He’s patient, good-natured and droll. And he has a uniquely humorous talent that has attracted attention from news networks, TV shows and dog lovers all over the globe. Scout is a charming nine-year-old pit bull who loves to …

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hairless

Faced with the job of removing pine sap, chewing gum or some other gooey, smelly, hard-to-remove tick from your dog or cat’s coat, you might be forgiven for thinking, if only you were hairless. But people living with hairless breeds have their own itch to scratch. These breeds have their own distinct needs and characteristics, …

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pet services

Today’s busy lifestyles mean our dogs and cats may not get all the TLC they deserve – services geared for the on-the-go animal lovers are ready to step in and help out. After Linda split up with her husband, she had to give up her home-based business and go back to work full-time. She enjoyed …

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tv trainer

An experience animal trainer for film and TV shares a few of his secrets. Lassie, RinTinTin, Benji…they’re just three of the famous dogs that have blazed their way across movie and TV screens, delighting thousands of fans around the world. The unique canines that star in these roles seem to have been born with a …

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breed dna

If you’ve adopted a dog from the shelter, it’s safe to say your favorite breed is rescue. But, have you ever wondered what type of dog she really is? Krista loves Tobias, her energetic and sometimes rambunctious two-year-old shelter dog, but often wonders what breed mix he is. “He looks like he may have beagle and …

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smarter

Everyone wants their dog to be the smartest on the block. With these training tips you’ll be sure to get her off on the right paw. Adopting a puppy or kitten guarantees lots of love and laughter. It also guarantees some added responsibilities. New animal parents may not experience the same intensity of caretaking duties …

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animals

Animal lovers unite! Social media is a great tool to stay connected with those who share your passion for dogs and cats and everything in between. What is social networking? Think “birds of a feather” meets high tech, without the constraints of coordinating schedules or even being in the same country. Groups of people with …

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positive training

Does your dog have behavior problems? Find out why dominance training doesn’t work, and why a positive approach is so much better. You’ve heard the term “positive training”. But what exactly does it mean? Positive trainers are opposed to the dominance/submission approach still used by many trainers. They often work with fearful and reactive dogs, …

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black dog

The term ‘black dog syndrome’ is sometimes used to describe feelings of depression, but it can also refer to a very real phenomenon often seen at animal shelters. As animal lovers, we know how indispensable shelters and adoption agencies are. According to the Humane Society of the United States, an estimated six to eight million …

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dog bite aggressive

You may think your dog is too well- behaved to bite someone, but there’s no guarantee it won’t ever happen. Here’s how to protect yourself, and your dog. Melinda was shocked when her Pomeranian cross snapped at her five-year-old grandson, Bryce. “Petey is normally so friendly with everyone,” she says. “But this time, something went …

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rapper

Meet Esoteric, a Boston-based rapper with a soft spot for dogs. When you picture rappers and dogs together, what comes to mind? If it’s an image of a scowling guy with a mean-looking pit bull, you’re not alone. Rappers aren’t always known for being the most sensitive breed, and the stereotype of aggressive rappers brandishing …

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puppy

When feeding your puppy, the right diet and balance of nutrients is critical for proper development and the prevention of health problems in adulthood. Adopting a puppy is exciting. You want to do the best for your new friend, and that includes feeding him properly. This is important with any pup, but large breed dogs …

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breed specific legislation loyal

In a time where LGBT rights, bullying and other human issues are front and center, making headlines is an animal issue that the world is finally starting to take notice of in hopes of ending right away: Breed Specific Legislation. For those of you who are unaware, the Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) law was designed …

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17 IS HE PRONE TO PERIODONTAL DISEASE? Dental problems are common in all dogs, but factors such as breed and mouth conformation make some pooches more susceptible. 20 FROM FLABBY TO FIT Spring is on the way, and with it comes more time spent outdoors. Start getting your dog in shape with a calorie-smart diet …

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breeds

A new study reveals that canines use both visual and cognitive cues to identify others of their species, no matter how different the breeds. Louise’s daughter asked her an interesting question one day while they were walking their dog. The friendly golden retriever had just stopped to say hello to a passing pug. “How does …

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Periodontal disease

Periodontal disease is common in all dogs, but factors such as breed and mouth conformation make some pooches more susceptible. Periodontal disease is one of the top conditions veterinarians see in dogs. It affects not only the teeth and gums (gingiva) but the supportive structures that keep the teeth in place (such as the periodontal …

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  By Jasmine-June Cabanaw The headline proclaimed, “Lexi Hudson Death: Family told killer dog was safe around children.” This certainly peaked my attention, but not for the reasons the article went into explaining. I thought I was going to read an article about responsibility, accountability, the importance of education, or at least something along those …

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nose work

If you haven’t heard of nose work yet, you’re not alone. This new sport that combines training and fun with mental and physical stimulation is gaining in popularity. Amelia thinks nose work is tailor made for her,” says Elizabeth Lundell of her Basenji companion. “But what’s not to like? When she locates a specific odor, …

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When people ask how my boyfriend and I got together, we say it was my dog that did it,” says Tiffany. “I used to walk my golden, Max, in the park and one day stopped to chat to this good-looking guy. I’m wary when meeting someone for the first time, but when Sam knelt down …

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Feral cat on the street.

When caring for a feral cat colony in your neighborhood, factor community relations into your action place to avoid friction with those who don’t like wild felines. Bernice does everything she can to help the feral cat colony in the valley below her subdivision. She feeds them, maintains shelters for them, and even has them …

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Sweet potato dental treats.

Formulated by a chef, these sweet potato dog treats feature locally grown ingredients, and are produced as sustainably as possible. As a child, Chef David Baldus was introduced to organic vegetable gardening by his mother. Since then, he’s been devoted to the study of nutrition and the creation of healthy, balanced meals. In 2003, his …

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HCM is the most common heart condition in cats.

Feline hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is the number one heart disease in felines. Though currently incurable, a combination of conventional and alternative therapies may help treat it. RICKY WAS THAT RARE KINDRED SPIRIT that graces us once in a lifetime, if we’re lucky. He was a Devon Rex, and best friend to newspaper columnist and radio …

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Polydactyl cats are relatively common and becoming moreso, thanks to a dominant yet harmless genetic mutation that many cat lovers find appealing. We used to have a polydactyl cat named Flurrie who had six toes on each front foot. It almost looked as though he had thumbs, and when he was a kitten, they made …

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dog camps and acupressure

High energy dogs need lots of physical activity, but injury is a risk. This acupressure session done after exercise helps prevent problems by keeping him strong and flexible. The average dog is a high energy animal that welcomes every opportunity he can get to go outside and run, play and roughhouse. It makes sense. The …

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