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Saint Bernard

Saint Bernard Background & History The Saint Bernard breed originated in Switzerland around the same time as the Bernese Mountain Dog. In fact, they’re all linked to the same gene pool. During the rule of Augustus, when Rome invaded the Swiss Alps, they brought with them their prized mastiffs. These Mastiffs were then bred to…

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Comprehensive List of Working Dog Breeds

From the beginning of canine domestication, man has shaped the animals once known as wolves into trustworthy companions. In addition, that evolutionary process has come in handy for a number of jobs required by humans – security of a homestead, transportation of goods, and rescuing humans from various states of distress, among other tasks. Today,…

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What Dog Breeds Are Prone to Seizures?

Any dog breed can suffer from seizures at any point during their lives. There are multiple reasons dogs can have seizures, from blood pressure to diabetes to ingesting poison to congenital defects. The most common cause of seizures in dogs, however, is epilepsy. While epileptic seizures in dogs can happen for a variety of reasons…

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Epilepsy in Dogs: Signs, Symptoms, & Treatment

As a dog owner, it is important to understand that your four-legged friend shares a lot of common health concerns with humans. For example, in addition to such conditions as seasonal allergies, diabetes, arthritis and even cancer, your pooch can have seizures just as humans do. In fact, epilepsy in dogs is one of the…

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How Common Are Seizures in Dogs?

Seizures in dogs are terrifying events for owners. Seeing your pet writhe uncontrollably on the ground can make you feel helpless. But how often do dogs have seizures? The short answer is: seizures are not common – but not uncommon. Estimates say that seizures occur in 0.5 to 0.7 percent of all dogs – about…

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Dog Has a Blood Clot in Urine: What Do I Do?

You should never ignore a dog blood clot in urine. A blood clot, or thrombus, can form in any location in a dog’s body. A blood clot, in and of itself, is usually an indicator that your dog may have an underlying medical issue that needs attention. If you see blood, or clotted blood, in…

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Why Do Dogs Have Dew Claws?

If you’ve ever wondered why do dogs have dew claws, as they may just seem like a relatively useless nail on your dog’s paw, dew claws are actually the result of evolution.  In fact, research has shown that around 40 million years ago, the cat-like animal Miacis – a very early ancestor of modern dogs…

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Side Effects of Rimadyl for Dogs

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Dogs undergo illness and disease like any other animal, which on occasion may call for prescribed medication as part of a treatment plan. As a result, your dog could respond unfavorably to certain medications due to allergies, how he metabolizes the drug, or a bad combination of certain prescription medications with other drugs or foods.…

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What Causes Swollen Lymph Nodes in Dogs?

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There are many reasons your dog could have swollen lymph nodes. The most common assumption and fear is that your dog has Lymphoma, which is a quite serious diagnosis. And while this is a possibility, there are several other common health problems that could be causing these swollen glands in your dog. Inflamed lymph nodes…

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What is Entropion in Dogs?

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A dog’s eyes are very perceptive – and very delicate. Like a human eye, the dog’s eye plays a large part in how dogs interact with the world. Dogs’ sense of smell and hearing are very acute as well, but the eye remains the most important sensory organ for obvious reasons. A dog’s eye, however,…

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