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Core Conditioning for Your Dog

While attending the Purina Sporting Dog Summit, several experts gave advice on ways to keep your dogs healthy and injury free. Jennell Appel, DVM, CCRT; James L. Cook, DVM, PhD, DACVS, DACVSMR Purina’s Arleigh Reynolds, DVM, PhD, DACVN all stressed the importance of warming a dog up prior to competition/hunting/exercise and then cooling down afterwards…. read more

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Junior Spotlight: The 2015 Junior Agility Competition

BY FAITH ROGERS, JUNIOR HANDLER   Agility is in every sense of the word a team sport, a combination of speed, consistency, and trust. This is a sport filled with magical runs, but also frustrating disappointments. Perseverance builds character when training plans don’t succeed and the only choice is to try again. The dedication and… read more

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My Veterinary Support Group: Clients Helping Clients

So many veterinary diseases take pet owners by storm and leave them feeling disoriented — and sometimes distrustful of the diagnosis and the doctor behind it. Misdiagnoses do happen, but for a pet owner to agree to a diagnostic or treatment plan they have to, at the very least, believe that the doctor has some… read more

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FDNY Says Goodbye to Dalmation Given to Ladder 20 After 9/11 Attacks

On Sept. 11, 2001, the Fire Department of New York’s Ladder 20 lost seven of its members who raced to the 35th floor of the North Tower of the World Trade Center before the building collapsed. Yesterday, they lost the dog who helped the survivors cope. Twenty, a Dalmatian puppy given to the department shortly… read more

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2016 Westminster Kennel Club Judging Program Available Online!

The Judging Program for the 140th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is available online now! Click here to view all the information regarding this prestigious event. The 2016 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show will be held on Monday and Tuesday, February 15th and 16th. Breed competition, breed benching, Junior Showmanship preliminaries and the Master Obedience… read more

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Line Breeding Myths and Italian Greyhounds

As anyone who has researched their symptoms of an illness online would tell you the internet isn’t always the best place to obtain information! And the same is true when it comes to pedigree dogs; the net is a veritable minefield of inaccuracies and misinformation (as the writer of a recent article concerning Pugs in… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – I wouldn’t feed that to my dog!

Dog shows are teeming with foodies — of the discerning and, perhaps, not so vigilant variety. Far too many folks seem to subsist wholly on bad “show” food… Greasy nasty cheeseburgers, greasier fries, soda, energy drinks, doughnuts, gallons of coffee, and the occasional olive on a pizza slice for balance. Eek! We’d die before we… read more

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AKC Announces Full Recognition of American Hairless Terrier, Sloughi

The American Kennel Club announces the full recognition of two breeds, the American Hairless Terrier and the Sloughi, raising the total number of AKC dog breeds to 189. “We’re excited to welcome these two unique breeds into the AKC family,” AKC Vice President Gina DiNardo said. “Both breeds make wonderful companions for the right family…. read more

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Prevention Is Smart Breeding- Urate Bladder Stones in the Spanish Water Dog

Though reliable accounts marking the early origins of the Spanish water dog (SWD) are lost to history, likely ancestors of the SWD (and probably the Portuguese water dog) were described in the Iberian Peninsula around the 12th century. Primarily used as a herding breed, the Spanish water dog has also been trained to perform tasks… read more

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The Eight Most Vital Things Pet Owners Need

Owning a pet isn’t all fun, games, and sloppy kisses. I mean, it mostly is, but there’s a downside. Not like a deep, dark, tragic downside, or a secret government plot to have your hamster spy on you and report your activities to a secret agency. Nothing like that. But pet ownership is both a… read more

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