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Should You Be Present for the Euthanasia of Your Pet?

Research suggests that staying may be the better option. When that agonizing time comes and you and your veterinarian have decided that euthanasia is necessary for your beloved animal, should you remain with your friend throughout the process? Or should you say goodbye beforehand? It can be exceedingly painful even to contemplate the death of our animal friends, but I encourage...
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We Owe It to Dogs to Keep Them Healthy, Fit, and Trim

What and how much we feed our canine companions affects their health. .ugb-f1676c9 .ugb-blockquote__quote{width:70px !important;height:70px !important}It’s estimated that more than half of all dogs in the United States and the United Kingdom are overweight. (Reference 1) Veterinarians talk about the canine obesity crisis in the same dire terms that public health experts talk about the human obesity crisis. Many consider obesity to be one of the top welfare...
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What foods are harmful to dogs?

It’s easy to think that if something is safe for us to eat, it must be safe for our dogs too. But that’s not always true – a few of the foods we love can be bad for, or toxic to, dogs. It’s important to know which ones, so you don’t accidentally give your dog something that could make...
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How To Tell If Your Dog Has Worms

Dogs Have Bad Habits Do you know how to tell if your dog has worms? Dogs love to eat things they shouldn't, roll around in things they shouldn't, and in general, act like a dog. Unfortunately, many of these things can bring on unwanted visitors like worms into your dog's world. Fortunately, if you detect worms early it keeps them from...
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Is the Trend Toward Open Adoption Good for Animal Welfare?

Should we try to make people "more adaptable" or animals "more adoptable"? In this post, I talk to Rain Jordan about the use of “open adoption” policies in animal shelter and rescue organizations, and why she thinks these policies put animals at risk. We also explore how the language and goals of rescue could usefully shift, so that instead of talking about “making...
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Managing your dog’s weight and how to keep it under control

For many of us pooch lovers, managing our dog’s weight is a constant battle with the scales. But that struggle can go both ways. Heavily food-motivated pups can quickly pile on the podge, while fussy eaters can sometimes be leaner than they should be. But as dog obesity rises, it’s important we get our pooch’s weight under control to...
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Noise Anxiety In Dogs And How to Stop It

Noise Anxiety In Dogs Is With Us Again Noise anxiety in dogs can be a problem now the festive season is upon us again when there will be lots of fireworks being set off. Fireworks may really frighten your dog and we don’t have time now before it all starts to properly desensitise him to them. So I’ll give...
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How To Understand Your Dog

How to understand your dog needn't be restricted to observing and understanding what his behavior tells us about his emotional and physical health. Nowadays there is much anecdotal and indeed scientific evidence to support the view that we can communicate with our dog and often unwittingly do so using the power of telepathy. Not convinced? Well first of all...
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Do Dogs Hold Grudges?

They're definitely not unconditional "love muffins." "Yesterday, at my local dog park, I said that my dog, Tommy, holds grudges, but other people told me I'm wrong, that it's all about me and my reading into the situations, rather than about Tommy, and that dogs don't hold grudges." This email from Peter made me think about the general question, "Do dogs hold grudges?" There's no shortage...
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Can Dogs Eat Grapes? This Is What Vets Recommend

Can Dogs Eat Grapes? What You Need To Know Most dogs will eat anything you give them whether it's good for them or not. Some people are like this too. To some extent this accounts for the fact that more than two thirds of American adults are overweight or obese. Anyway I digress. The simple truth is that our best buddies...
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10 Ways to Make Your Dog Happier and More Content

We can help our dogs thrive in human environments by letting them be dogs. During the research for our book Unleashing Your Dog, ethologist Marc Bekoff and I asked a bunch of people who love their dogs what they consider their essential ethical obligation toward their canine companion—what it means, to them, to be a responsible dog guardian and their give their...
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Punishment-Based Dog Training a Risk Factor for Euthanasia?

A new study examines reasons why dogs are relinquished or killed. Because one of my main areas of research interest is animal euthanasia, I am always on the lookout for articles in the scholarly literature with “euthanasia” in the title. The article that caught my eye this morning was from the most recent issue of the Journal of Veterinary Behavior: “Dog-...