Educational Articles

Dogs + Care & Wellness

  • Field trials focus on team-hunting and allow humans and their pet dogs to rekindle their hunting instincts in a fun, competitive format.

  • On your marks, get set, go! Dogs running, jumping, catching balls, making razor sharp turns, and racing to a finish line—that’s the canine sport of flyball.

  • Here are a few tips to make walking a safe and pleasurable outing for both you and your dog.

  • My dog produces so much gas! It is really a problem when we have guests over. Why does she pass so much gas?

  • Even though e-cigarettes may be safer for humans than using traditional tobacco products, they are certainly not safe for pets. The nicotine associated with e-cigarettes, even without the tobacco, poses a serious health threat for dogs and cats.

  • Eclampsia (hypocalcemia or puerperal tetany) is an emergency medical condition associated with a life-threatening drop in blood calcium levels that occurs in nursing mothers. Eclampsia occurs most commonly when the puppies are one to five weeks of age and the mother is producing the most milk.

  • Dogs will have their first estrus cycle when they reach puberty. Estrus is the stage of the reproductive cycle in which the dog can become pregnant; sometimes a dog that is in estrus is said to be "in heat" or "in season".

  • Our culture has evolved to embrace the human-animal bond with love and respect. Our dogs are members of the family, and many of us describe ourselves as “pet parents.” Because of advances in veterinary medicine and preventive care, as well as the migration of dogs from the backyard to the house and even into our bedrooms, dogs are living longer and in closer relationships with humans than ever before.

  • Getting a dog is a long-term commitment. Before choosing a pet, consider initial and recurring costs, home environment, size, temperament, and physical characteristics of the dog. Consider training, exercising, and grooming needs, along with your lifestyle.

  • The veterinary profession now understands that many dogs do not receive the veterinary care they need and deserve. The veterinary behavior community has clarified that many dogs experience fear, anxiety, and stress (FAS) when faced with a visit to the veterinary clinic. FAS can be a problem at many points leading up to and during the veterinary visit.