5 Reasons Your Dog’s Breath Smells and How to Fix It

Does your pooch’s breath make you say “pee-ew”? If so, you’re not alone. Dog owners all over the world suffer from the effects of their four-legged friend’s foul smell. In fact, dog bad breath is so common that many pet owners believe that’s just how things are supposed to be.

Dog owners, let us tell you: That is NOT how it’s supposed to be. Bad breath is not only unnatural, but it could indicate a serious health concern that’s gone undetected.

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Why Your Dog Sometimes Forgets His Training, and What You Can Do About It

by Victoria Schade

    Have you ever asked your dog to do something simple—sit, for example— only to have him look at you as if you’re speaking another language?

You know your dog knows how to do it; it was the very first thing you taught him! You ask him to do it several times a day, in fact, and he always complies. So, what gives when he doesn’t?

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Why Your Veterinarian Doesn’t Recommend Pet Health Insurance


OK, so that’s just a salacious title. Your veterinarian may well recommend pet health insurance. I do, so that makes … um … two of us.    Okay, maybe I exaggerate. It’s clear that veterinarians increasingly buy into pet health insurance. When faced with very sick patients whose owners hold insurance policies for them, we breathe a sigh of relief. In our experience these clients more readily accept our recommendations to treat their pets. More and more of us see pet health insurance as a positive influence on patient care — not to mention out bottom lines. Yet even those of us who wholeheartedly endorse it tend to tread lightly on the subject, as if we’re well aware that we should be careful what we wish for.

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Dog Breath Fresheners

“Dog breath” is an age old insult, and for good cause. It can be pretty vile — as yours would be if you ate what they do and never brushed your teeth. But could dog breath be a thing of the past, thanks to new products designed to make dog’s kisses smell a little sweeter?

After testing out a range of breath fresheners for dogs, I have to say no. While some products may help a tiny bit for a short time, there’s no cure for dog breath on the market yet. If you really want your dog to have better breath, you need to brush her teeth regularly, preferably every day.

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4 Important Vaccines Every New Pet Needs

If you’re like most pet owners we know, there’s nothing more important than keeping your pet healthy. But if you’re a new parent to a furbaby, it can be difficult to figure out what your pet really needs. This is especially the case when it comes to vaccinating your new pet. With so many vaccines out there, how do you know which ones your pet really needs? As it turns out, there are four standard “core vaccines” that veterinarians typically administer to cats and dogs. We’ve broken them down for you below.

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Some Breeds Handle Anesthesia Better than Others

Story at-a-glance

  • Genetic differences among breeds and anatomical variations can increase the risk of anesthesia for certain dogs and even cats.
  • Brachycephalic pets – those with “pushed in” faces – are at high risk for airway obstruction, which makes anesthetization a special challenge.
  • Other breeds tend to be hypersensitive to sedating drugs, which makes the risk of over-sedation higher than usual.
  • If you have a pet at higher than normal risk for anesthesia complications – including a brachy, a sighthound, one of the herding breeds, a tiny dog, a giant breed, a Doberman Pinscher or a boxer bred in the UK – you’ll want to inform yourself about your pet’s special needs.
  • Sedation and anesthesia can be done safely and successfully with any breed of dog or cat, providing all necessary pre-work is accomplished and the patient is carefully monitored from premedication through extubation.
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