Getting a New Puppy? Here Are the Most Common Mistakes to Avoid
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https://www.barkandwhiskers.com/2015-11-16-nl-new-puppy-arrival-preparations/ https://www.barkandwhiskers.com/p/fd850f41-6e12-433c-bd9b-aaefccaf8165/   By Dr. Becker Bringing home a new puppy is a very exciting, fun time for family members (including the new furry addition). It's also typically a somewhat stressful period as everyone makes the adjustments necessary to integrate the new puppy into the household. In order for things to go as smoothly as possible, I believe preparation is priceless. Planning ahead for your new arrival can make a huge difference in managing everyone's stress ..read more
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What 56 Percent of Owners Do With Their Pets: Avoiding Tragic Mistakes
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https://www.barkandwhiskers.com/2016-05-28-nl-travel-with-pets/ https://www.barkandwhiskers.com/p/68a31d3a-98b7-41b5-9d5c-3109c2df7781/ By Dr. Becker More than half of U.S. pet owners (56 percent) travel with their pets, as do a sizeable number of those in the U.K. (41 percent).1 Understandably, the biggest concern pet owners have is that their pets will become stressed out, but this can be effectively managed by making the proper preparations. While it may be tempting to hop in the car, roll down the windows and let your pup happily ride in the front seat, stick his head out the window and tr ..read more
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This Strange Feline Action Means She's Craving Affection
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https://www.barkandwhiskers.com/2015-06-12-nl-cat-kneading/ https://www.barkandwhiskers.com/p/2b863a3a-21f1-4232-a26a-ab1004d97c9c/ By Dr. Becker Cats are mysterious, often independent creatures, but that doesn’t mean they don’t interact with their owners. On the contrary, cats use multiple methods of communication and will actually follow your lead in terms of how much involvement the two of you share.1 As felines, however, cats tend to display certain behaviors that may seem peculiar to us humans. One of the most common is “kneading,” which is when your cat pushes her paws against a soft su ..read more
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11 Cute Animals You Should Never, Ever Approach
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https://www.barkandwhiskers.com/2015-04-17-nl-11-cute-but-dangerous-animals/ https://www.barkandwhiskers.com/p/3d81d3a5-7512-4008-949e-2b36e80b9e97/ By Dr. Becker Just because an animal is cute, it doesn’t mean it’s friendly. This is one of the first lessons we should teach our children, who are drawn to furry and fuzzy creatures of all kinds. But running up to and trying to pet a strange animal is rarely a good idea, especially if you haven’t asked its owner if it’s ok. Then there are the animals with no owners … the wild animals that share the Earth with us. Many are cute to look at and mos ..read more
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Dogs Often Do This Just Before They Bite - Can You Spot the Tipoffs?
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https://www.barkandwhiskers.com/2017-04-10-nl-national-dog-bite-prevention-week/ https://www.barkandwhiskers.com/p/b7445686-8bb0-4cd4-b478-ac859b09eaac/ By Dr. Becker For those of you who keep track of dates, the annual National Dog Bite Prevention Week has been permanently changed from the third week in May to the second full week in April. "It is never too early to prevent dog bites," said Dr. Tom Meyer, president of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). "Moving up the time frame to the early warm days of spring expands our opportunity to work with schools and communities to e ..read more
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Is Your Middle Aged Dog at Risk for This Complex Condition That Requires Medical Treatment?
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https://www.barkandwhiskers.com/2015-04-26-nl-immune-mediated-thrombocytopenia-dog/ https://www.barkandwhiskers.com/p/b86668d1-6765-4796-b078-af4593d6f7dd/ By Dr. Becker Immune-mediated thrombocytopenia (IMT) is a condition in which the body’s immune system destroys its own blood platelets. IMT is primarily a disease of middle-aged dogs, and while any breed can be affected, Poodles, Cocker Spaniels, and Old English Sheepdogs are predisposed. The disease is quite rare in cats. The Job of Blood Platelets Platelets are very important types of blood cells that are produced from bone marrow. Th ..read more
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This Popular Pet Food Trend Could Put Your Pet's Life at Risk
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https://www.barkandwhiskers.com/2017-05-29-nl-falsely-named-natural-pet-food/ https://www.barkandwhiskers.com/p/ac26130d-fbd3-4229-8011-4f1282eaf183/ By Dr. Becker A recent issue of a pet food industry journal listed popular trends in what is called the "natural" pet food market. For those who might not be aware, the term "natural" has become a meaningless marketing buzzword in both the human and pet food industries. It appears all over processed food packages and labels, ignoring the fact that processed food cannot be natural food. Definition of natural: "Existing in or derived from nature ..read more
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New Pet Food Recall, This One Is Critical
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https://www.barkandwhiskers.com/2018-12-14-nl-dry-dog-food-recalled/ https://www.barkandwhiskers.com/p/2bf1ae1f-1dec-4b81-b960-796f81b6da5c/ As the headline in a recent issue of the Whole Dog Journal states, "Some Dog Food Recalls Are More Critical Than Others; This One Is Critical."1 Dry Dog Food Recalled for Dangerously High Levels of Vitamin D The WDJ is referencing a recall for elevated levels of vitamin D in Nutrisca brand dry dog food, specifically:2 4 lb. bags of Nutrisca Chicken and Chickpea Dry Dog Food; Bag UPC: 8-84244-12495-7 15 lb. bags of Nutrisca Chicken and Chickpea Dry Dog Fo ..read more
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These Painful, Oozing Sores Appear Suddenly and Are Hard to Get Rid Of
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https://www.barkandwhiskers.com/2017-07-05-nl-what-triggers-hot-spots/ https://www.barkandwhiskers.com/p/eb11f6a9-eeaf-4e91-949f-a78f54f094b5/ By Dr. Becker A hot spot on your dog (or less likely, your cat) is a raw, painful area of skin that is usually an angry red color and the hair has often been licked, rubbed or bitten off. The area over and around the hot spot is typically crusty and stinky. The medical term for hot spots is pyotraumatic dermatitis or superficial pyoderma. But hot spot is a much better descriptive term for your pet's inflamed, infected skin. What Triggers Hot Spots? Just ..read more
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This Hidden Threat Is Making Pets Sick All Over the Country
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https://www.barkandwhiskers.com/2017-03-12-nl-pet-detoxification/ https://www.barkandwhiskers.com/p/38745817-57be-4a3e-b915-050379a219ee/ By Dr. Becker It's mind boggling to think about all the different ways our pets are exposed to toxins and chemicals in today's world. There's radiation, environmental pesticides, lawn and home chemicals, electromagnetic fields (EMFs), flame-retardants, bisphenol A (BPA), hydrocarbons and heavy metals. There are also synthetic hormones and antibiotic residues in the animal meat used in pet food, as well as potentially toxic preservatives, mycotoxins in grain ..read more
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