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The most popular dog breeds in West Palm Beach will surprise you

The most popular dog breeds in West Palm Beach will surprise youCuteness incorporated: Labrador retriever puppies. Labs are the favorite dog breed in West Palm Beach, according to the American Kennel Club.
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A round of a-paws for the top 10 most popular dog breeds in the USThe American Kennel Club announced its top breeds of 2014, and while the leader of the dog pack comes as no surprise, a few new furball faces

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At Detroit Metro Airport, this trip’s for the dogs

At Detroit Metro Airport, this trip’s for the dogsOne by one, the six black labs and their trainers boarded the escalator to the tram inside the Ed McNamara Terminal at Detroit Metro Airport.
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ASK A VET: Dietary supplements give pets a boost

feeding-older-petsASK A VET: Dietary supplements give pets a boostGood sources of omega 6 fatty acids for your dog would be primrose oil, … to be even more reliable than glucosamine when treating arthritis in dogs.
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Man whose devotion to dog went viral gets new puppy

Man whose devotion to dog went viral gets new puppy  The man seen by millions cradling his old dog with arthritis in Lake Superior, just … Unger thought about getting a new dog but nothing seemed right.
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John Unger, Wisconsin Man In 2012 Viral Photo With Arthritic Dog Schoep, Adopts New DogJohn Unger, the Wisconsin man behind the 2012 viral photo in which he is shown embracing his old arthritic dog in the waters of Lake Superior has
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TOP 10 PET CARE MISTAKES: WHAT NOT TO DO

While you probably have a good idea about how to care for a pet, do you know what not to do when looking after your animal friend?  Either way, brushing up on a few pointers never hurts. Here are 10 common mistakes pet guardians should learn to avoid.

Either way, brushing up on a few pointers never hurts. Here are 10 common mistakes pet guardians should learn to avoid.

Leaving a dog home alone for too long can lead to destructive behaviors.

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Arthritis in Dogs – 6 Ways to Ease the Pain -Part 6 Anti-Inflammatories

We found this wonderful article on Arthritis in Dog written by a knowledgeable vet Jo who is a veterinarian blogger.  Please go to her site to read more insightful articles:  http://creatureclinic.com/

Here is the last installment of 6 Ways to Ease Arthritis Pain in Dogs

Part 6:  Anti-Inflammatories and Pain Relief

Drugs are available that can reduce inflammation and suppress pain in dogs with more advanced disease.  The main category is a group called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS).  They are very effective, but not without potential side effects.  If used improperly or in the wrong patient, they can cause stomach ulceration or damage the kidneys.  Side effects can be minimized by monitoring your dog’s blood work regularly. Other forms of pain relief that may be beneficial include Tramadol, Gabapentin and Amantadine.   It’s super important not to give human drugs to our pets, as they can cause illness or even death.

 

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Arthritis in Dogs – 6 Ways to Ease the Pain – Part 5 Dietary Supplements

We found this wonderful article on Arthritis in Dog written by a knowledgeable vet Jo who is a veterinarian blogger.  Please go to her site to read more insightful articles:  http://creatureclinic.com/

Here is the fifth installment of 6 Ways to Ease Arthritis Pain in Dogs

Part 5:  Consider Dietary Supplements

So we’re mainly talking glucosamine and chondroitin sulphate.  You may have heard of them if you yourself or someone you know has arthritis, as many humans use these products too.  They are extracted from sea molluscs (such as New Zealand Green-lipped mussel), from shark skeleton, and from cattle.   They support that all important cartilage structure,  reducing further deterioration, suppressing inflammation, and reducing free radical damage.  An example of a veterinary product is Cosequin.  Products designed for humans can be bought over the counter, but are not all created equal, so it is worth discussing this with your veterinarian.

Omega-3 fatty acid (OFA) supplements may also be beneficial.  Rather than adding several fish oil capsules to your dogs meal every day, another way to get a great dose of  OFAs into your dog is to feed a diet that already has them built into it, such as Hills j/d.

 

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Arthritis in Dogs – 6 Ways to Ease the Pain – Part 4 Orthopedic Dog Bed

We found this wonderful article on Arthritis in Dog written by a knowledgeable vet Jo who is a veterinarian blogger.  Please go to her site to read more insightful articles:  http://creatureclinic.com/

Here is the forth installment of 6 Ways to Ease Arthritis Pain in Dogs

Part 4 – A Comfortable, Padded Place to Sleep!

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I don’t mean a cell, although I do question Ani’s sanity on a pretty regular basis!

This one is pretty straightforward.  A bit of padding under stiff, sore joints can make things a lot more comfortable.  Memory foam beds are a good option as they mold and contour to your dog’s body, reducing pressure on those arthritic joints.  It’s also helpful if the bed is easy to get in and out of.  Sounds obvious, but it’s important that it’s not too high, too soft, or has sides that make it difficult to climb onto.

 

Of course we need to mention Buddy Beds Memory Foam Dog Beds.  These beds offer a patented sleep system that relieves the pain of arthritis by eliminating all painful pressure points.  See all our award winning beds at: www. BuddyBeds.com

 

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Arthritis in Dogs – 6 Ways to Ease the Pain- Part 3 Shelter

We found this wonderful article on Arthritis in Dog written by a knowledgeable vet Jo who is a veterinarian blogger.  Please go to her site to read more wonderful articles:  http://creatureclinic.com/

Here is the third installment of 6 Ways to Ease Arthritis Pain in Dogs

Part 3:  Keep ‘em Cosy: Provide Shelter from Wind, Rain and Cold

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Particularly during cold weather, it’s so important to protect your dog from the elements.  Here in Melbourne we don’t get snow, but I know I wouldn’t want to be lying out in the open overnight during winter, even if I did have a nice thick fur coat.  Protection from rain is important, but we also need to realise that if the wind is blowing straight into the dog house, it’s going to be freezing in there.  Obviously the best place for a furry family member to be sleeping is inside, but if your dog sleeps outside, it’s up to you to ensure they are warm enough.  Check kennels regularly to ensure they are clean, dry and comfortable.

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