Why Does Your Dog Gag So Much?

ea457adccaa9e569cff05de9b4f3b04d_SThere are several things that could make your dog gag very often. Gagging is a symptom that is similar to choking and coughing. While your pet may not actually be choking on an object or a bone, he may be suffering from a condition known as reverse sneezing. When your pet sneezes, he releases air from his nostrils, but if he’s suffering from reverse sneezing he will rapidly take in air through his nose and make loud coughing, hacking or snorting sounds.

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Ear Infection

88f135a483ef01fac8d7b920488085e4_SEar infections in dogs are an extremely common problem year-round. Some breeds, like Cocker spaniels, are predisposed to more chronic ear problems. In fact, “it is estimated that up to 20 percent of the dog population is affected by this disease.”

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Trimming Your Dog’s Nails

737344dd8934cc52da9f7f85f2627abb_SNail trimming is an important part of a regular grooming routine. If your dog’s nails get too long, they can break, which is painful and sometimes results in infection. Long nails can also cause an irregular gait that leads to skeletal damage.

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Dog Nutrition: A to Z

3707d8f2be163bd14c78cf07586f13bb_SCan something as simple as carefully reading a dog-food label add three to five years to your pet’s life? Can the wrong bite of an ostensibly healthy fruit have nasty and lasting consequences? Does your dog need a diet—and would you know if he did? For pups as for people, scientists are constantly -reexamining and revising the official live-longer-and-better guidelines.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Crates

780149ddfa09fbd86eb140fe6810d770_S Using a crate properly for the containment of your pet is humane. Dog, by nature, are den animals and like to have a safe area in your home that they can call their own. A crate can provide this safe, personal area. Without a crate, your dog may find unsafe areas in your home to curl up. Read more

What is Territorial Marking and How to Stop It?

0d0c19531d6e29f793ed165732978408_SLet’s face it, dogs are territorial animals by nature. They like to protect their territory, their family, and their belongings. Territorial marking is different from urination because it is only a small amount to make other dogs aware that this is their territory. When people notice that their dog has been marking around the house, it is not usually done out of spite, but out of insecurity.

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