How Kids Should and Should Not Interact with Dogs

*Originally published on CattleDog publishing*

When a child is bitten by a four-legged family member, it can turn the household upside-down. Owners feel puzzled and confused. “They sleep together all the time,” they might say, or, “He’s always been really good. He even lets Timmy sit on him.” In a majority of cases, the bite seems out of the blue. The humans can’t fathom why their once-trusted companion would bite an innocent child. But anyone who reads “dog” or can see life from the pet’s point of view would most likely say, “I’m surprised it didn’t happen sooner.”

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The Importance Of An Annual Dog Check Up

*Originally published on Canine Journal*

If you have a dog, then they may be like one of your children: you spoil them rotten and care for them deeply. Since your pet is that important to you, then their health should be just as important! And we don’t mean just taking them out on walks, feeding them a balanced diet and pampering good dogs with toys and treats, although those are all important too! We’re talking about being proactive and taking them to the vet regularly for checkups. Read on to learn why checkups for dogs  are important, how frequently you should schedule them, what you get out of a dog health check and how much you can expect to spend (spoiler alert: it’s less than you think!).

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10 Things You Need to Know About Heartworm and Your Dog

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In recent years awareness of heartworm disease has increased a great deal. Heartworm infections are virtually preventable and yet hundreds of thousands of dogs are infected every year. Preventives are safe and affordable and most of all effective. So why are we still seeing heartworm disease? There are a lot of misperceptions out there about the factors that increase the risk of heartworm infection in your pet. Let’s talk about 10 things you need to know about heartworm and your dog. Learn more about feline heartworm disease here.

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