Dog approved people food

By Nicole Pajer

We try to keep our dogs on their canine diets but sometimes we just can’t resist slipping them an occasional human morsel. If you’d like to reward your pet with a table scrap, make sure that you choose people foods that are safe for canine tummies.

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Can Grass Kill Your Dog

How to Protect Your Dog from Grass Awn Injury

When it comes to risks to the health of our dogs, the culprits are literally all around us. While a nice walk is quality time for both and dog and owner, it too can be fraught with potential danger.

While you might be on the lookout for squirrels, skunks, porcupines, and other denizens of the forest, there are just as many hazards that make their homes closer to the ground, including the ground itself. One such hazard is the grass awn.

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By David F. Kramer

What is a Grass Awn? 


This Adorable Dog Thinks He’s A Meerkat!

One of the reasons why we love our dogs so much is because they make us laugh. Their silly antics and their goofy faces always bring smiles and laughter in our lives. Now this one silly dog has caught our attention! He made us laugh and smile with the way he sits! Everyone, meet Dante–the dog who thinks he’s a meerkat! He’s so cute he has more than 28,000 followers on!

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Yup, that’s how Dante sits. Even when he’s at the dinner table, he sits like a human, and well, it makes him look like a Meerkat.
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And I gotta say, this sitting position of his works really well when he’s begging for treats!
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Dante is one huge goofball even when he’s not in Meerkat position.
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And he’s got one of the silliest, goofiest smiles!
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How can anyone resist this face?
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Watch the short video below and see how adorable this goofball is!
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Awwww…I’m in love with this doggy!
You can check out more photos and videos of Dante on Instagram!
Does your dog have strange sitting positions too? Tell us about it in the comments section below!


5 Smartest Dog Breeds Chosen by Veterinary Professionals

Think your dog deserves to sit at the head of the class? If your pooch is one of these breeds, you're probably right!

We surveyed 122 veterinary professionals to learn which dog breeds are the smartest, and the five listed below garnered the most votes. And anyone who has spent any time around these dogs is sure to agree. After all, we can't be the only ones who've been outsmarted by a Border Collie, can we?

Most Intelligent Dog Breeds

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No. 5: Golden Retriever

The gentle Golden Retriever is a people pleaser, to be sure, but this sweet face has a big brain behind it. Originally developed to hunt, today's Goldens are fiercely devoted family dogs who need plenty of exercise in order to keep destructive tendencies at bay. Like the other smarties on this list, he's a good choice for activities that utilize his mind and body, so go ahead and sign him up for that dock diving or fly dog competition. As long as you're willing to put in the work to teach him, he'll do the rest.

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No. 4: Australian Shepherd

The Australian Shepherd is one devoted dog, and he's not afraid to show his love by leaning on your leg, sitting on your foot or finding a way into your lap (never mind the fact that he might weigh as much as 65 pounds). But he's not just a snuggle bug; he's a total braniac who excels in just about anything he puts his sharp mind to — obedience, agility, flying disc competitions, herding trials, you name it.


Things You Should Know Before Getting A Dog

1. According to the ASPCA, the annual cost of care for a small dog is $420, a medium dog $620 and a large dog $780.

2. But be sure to factor in extra costs when bringing home a pup.

Emergency vet visits can be costly, so consider that before you bring home your buddy.

3. Training a puppy takes a lot of time and patience.

If you don’t have the time to devote to a little tyke, consider adopting an older, house-trained dog through your local animal shelter or on Petfinder.

4. Take your time if you’re considering adopting a new dog.

Talk with the staff at the shelter, make sure your new pup meets all the members of your household, and most of all, make sure you have the time and space to make sure your new buddy can live his best life with you!
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10 Healthiest Dog Breeds

Healthiest Dog Breeds

Although it’s nearly impossible to predict which breed of dog will live the longest or be the healthiest, there are certain breeds that seem to have lower instances of genetic diseases, bone-related injuries and conditions relating to their skin and coat. Take a look at which breeds are thought to be among the healthiest and how to help your dog live a long, healthy life, below.

Australian Cattle Dog

While there’s no way to prove which breed is the healthiest, some working breeds, including Australian Cattle Dogs, may be among those with the least number of health-related issues.

“Unfortunately, there’s no hard data that provides a scientific answer,” said Jennifer Coates, DVM in Fort Collins, Colorado and veterinary advisor to “In my experience, dogs that are still being bred to do a job tend to be the healthiest.”

Australian Cattle Dogs have been traditionally used for cattle herding and have remained popular working dogs because of their intelligence, problem solving skills and soft but assertive bites with cattle. With a lifespan of about 10 to 13 years, Australian Cattle Dogs make excellent companions to high-energy families or on-the-go owners. Major health concerns include hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia and deafness.


Dog Stomach Swelling ( Causes and Treatment )

Stomach swelling in dogs can be a life-threatening emergency, or it can be as simple as your dog eating too much.

To keep your canine companion in good health, it helps to know the signs of dog stomach problems and what you can do when they happen.
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14 Dog Breeds Closely Related To Wolves

All dogs have descended from wolves or other wild canids and many still maintain their primitive looks and temperaments today.

Although it’s been centuries since dogs became domesticated, recent DNA studies have brought to light which of the recognized breeds are the most closely related to wolves and their ancestors. The study included 414 dogs from 85 different breeds and the results might surprise you! You can read more about the study at National Geographic.

Shih Tzu

Although this breed looks nothing similar to wolves and other wild canids, the Shih Tzu is genetically one of the domestic breeds most closely related to wolves. It is thought that this companion breed originated in China around 800 BC.


Like the Shih Tzu, this lapdog hails from China and despite its appearance and temperament, is one of the least diverged from its ancestors. This breed has been owned and adored by members of the Chinese Imperial Palace for centuries.


A northern spitz-type from Russia, the Samoyed looks more believable when it comes to wild ancestors. This breed is social but primitive, still used for sledding and reindeer herding in its native land.


Correcting Zinc Deficiency in Huskies

In the first part of this article I talked about how Zinc Deficiency and Malabsorption were often the root cause for many of the mystery illnesses and conditions that we see in our Snow Dogs.

These problems are often misdiagnosed or not understood by vets who are not familiar with the specialized needs of our Snow Dogs. In this article I discuss how through diet and supplementation, you can often correct these medical issues in your Snow Dog. But before you begin this protocol please ensure you’ve read the first article.

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Setting Up An Indoor Dog Toilet To Housetrain Your Pup

The more you can be around for your puppy, to take her in and out for bathroom breaks, the more quickly housetraining will proceed.

But what if you can’t be there during the day? Or you’ve got a young puppy still vulnerable to catching diseases in public places and you don’t have a private yard to use as a potty area?
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Washing your puppy

How you wash your dog will largely be determined by his breed. But sooner or later, you’re going to have to do it; we’ll explain how:

Wet, wet, wet!

There are two major points to consider when bathing your dog; how often to do it, and how to go about it.

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How often?

‘Not too often,’ is the short answer. A dog’s coat needs its natural oils to remain soft and silky and to keep from getting brittle or damaged. If you bathe your dog too often (every week, for example), you will strip away those oils.


How Smart Is Your Dog

You might think your beagle is the smartest canine on the block, but he's got the dubious honor of being among the least trainable of dog breeds. The snarling Doberman next door? He's a quick study.

Dog intelligence, like human intelligence, comes in various forms. And although the best in any breed can be nurtured by owners willing to put in the time and effort, there are fixed realities when it comes to your animal's inherent qualities.

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If it's bred to hunt, herd, or retrieve, the dog is more likely to be quick on its feet, eager to work, to move, and to please you. It will learn faster. If it's bred to be a livestock guard dog or a scent hound, it may seem distracted and just a bit dense.

Yet, even if some breeds are more nimble, trainers say any dog can learn the basics like sitting and staying. It just might take them longer to catch on.

The key is knowing what your pooch is built for and how to motivate him.

But keep in mind that the smartest dogs often don't make the best pets. Your job is to find a breed that suits your lifestyle and to focus on bringing out the best in your dog.


Healthiest Human Foods For Dogs

There are plenty of people foods we’d love to share with our dogs, but some are much healthier than others. In fact, some foods are even toxic to our dogs. But fear not, there are certain human snacks that can actually benefit our four-legged friends. To see what they are, check out this list!

(As always, practice moderation and check with your vet before making any dietary changes.)

Peanut Butter

Peanut Butter

Peanut Butter is one of the best treats to give to dogs because it lasts them so long! Plus, its packed full of protein, healthy fats, niacin, vitamin B and vitamin E. Unsalted peanut butter is the best, as too much salt is just as bad for dogs as it is for people. Make sure you check your peanut butter to make sure it DOES NOT contain sugar substitutes like Xylitol, which can be deadly for dogs.


These 10 Incredible Transformations Show How Grooming Helps Dogs Get Adopted

Here are this year’s 10 finalists:






Abnormal Eyelid in Dogs

Entropion in Dogs

Entropion is a genetic condition in which a portion of the eyelid is inverted or folded inward. This can cause an eyelash or hair to irritate and scratch the surface of the eye, leading to corneal ulceration or perforation. It can also cause dark-colored scar tissue to build up over the wound (pigmentary keratitis). These factors may cause a decrease or loss of vision.


Entropion is fairly common in dogs and is seen in a wide variety of breeds, including short-nosed breeds, giant breeds, and sporting breeds. Entropion is almost always diagnosed around the time a puppy reaches its first birthday.