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The Perils Of Not Looking Into Your Dog’s Mouth

Dogs are five times more prone to periodontal disease than people, so we tend to overlook this problem. Continue reading

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Why You Need To Filter Water For Your Dog (and for yourself)

Chromium-6 in My Drinking Water  It all started last year, when on a lazy weekend afternoon my husband, a man of few words, used his verbal allowance for the day when he turned to me and wondered aloud what the … Continue reading

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Natural Births In A “Cesarean” Dog Breed

There is such a thing as an optimum environment for a natural birth. Continue reading

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video shared with the owner’s permission Breeders of Norwich Terriers have been long aware of a seizure disorder in the breed. Some feverishly insist on calling it epilepsy, while others cling to the word “cramp”. The first published mention of … Continue reading

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Why We Need To Pay Attention To Calcium In Dog Diets

Dog Food Industry Is Revising Calcium Requirements From Pet Industry blog post by David A. Dzanis, DVM, PhD, DACVN: “After eight years of deliberation and somewhat contentious debate, the revisions to the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) Dog and Cat … Continue reading

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Early Scent Introduction

I got an interesting question from a prospective puppy buyer. Do I use Early Scent Introduction (ESI) protocol with my litters? I never have but heard lots about it and am truly excited to experiment with it. ESI was developed by Gayle Watkins, … Continue reading

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Hip Dysplasia: Can a Shape and Surface of Whelping Box Prevent It?

Hip Dysplasia – Nature/Nurture Side of Things Hip dysplasia is one of those conditions that all dog breeders are very well aware of and have been making considerable efforts to eliminate. Almost every breed’s parent club recommends screening breeding stock for … Continue reading

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