Should You Vaccinate Your Dog?

With all the different stories in recent years about vaccines, let's be perfectly clear on this:  Puppy vaccines are essential for a healthy pet. The sooneryou start your puppy on a regular vaccination program, the healthier andhappier your pet will be. While the rabies vaccine is required by law, theother shots will also protect your new pet from disease. You can be sure thatregular vaccinations are healthy for your dog, and the possible side effectsare usually minimal. Side Effects and Reactions Some mild discomfort at the injection side is normal, andshould be expected. In some cases, your puppy may experience[...]

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10 Things To Know About Puggles

Many people are not familiar with the term "designer dog."This sounds like an adorable pooch that fits into your matching handbag, but infact, it is a deliberate mating of two breeds with known characteristics to getthe best of both. One popular combo is the "Puggle," which combinesthe adorable Pug with the self-assured Beagle. Here's a look at what you canexpect when you combine these two breeds. Although the goal of designer dogs that mix breeds is to achieve thebest characteristics, genetics can be a game of roulette, with differentfeatures coming into prominence unexpectedly. The Pug is small, shorthaired andvery affectionate,[...]

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5 Cool Facts About Cockapoos

The Cockapoo is often referred to as a mixed-breed or designer dog. It is a cross between a poodle and a cocker spaniel, creating a pet that offers some of the features from each breed while avoiding many of the genetic imperfections commonly found within purebreds. The cockapoo is often healthier than either a poodle or acocker spaniel simply because it does not have any of the genetic defectstypically found in either breed. Since the animal is healthier, it is oftenhappier as well. Fewer vet visits and treatments are required, minimizing anydiscomfort commonly associated with poodles and cocker spaniels. Crossbreeding[...]

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Canine Aggression Warning Signs

Do you have a good dogor a bad dog? That question and its answer are actually misleading as weshould really be looking for abnormal behavior, not "good or bad.” Aresponsible owner recognizes this behavior in their dog and works to addressthe issue before it escalates into a dangerous situation. Check out the 11 dog behaviors below to see if your canine isshowing aggression signs. Neutral Behavior Licks nose: A calmingsignal , a dog will lick its nose to show comfort and happiness. Sits and paws owner:A signalof communication , dogs’ paw at their owners to get their attention, whetherthat’s wanting[...]

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