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Dachshund getting teeth examined by veterinarian on white background.
Expert Advice: Vet's Corner Dog Dental Care: Is It Worth It?
You may have heard that it’s unnecessary for you to maintain your dog’s dental hygiene because dogs will instinctively take care of their teeth by chewing. However, this belief is not entirely accurate. Like humans, dogs can suffer periodontal disease, tooth decay, injured teeth and other oral problems. Beyond discomfort and bad breath, these dental […] | May 10, 2019
Boykin Spaniel standing in tall grasses.
Expert Advice: Flea & Tick AKC’s Chief Veterinary Officer Weighs In On Tick-Borne Diseases
Tick-borne disease is a growing threat to both canine and human health. Ticks are parasites that attach themselves to animals and people, feed on blood, and transmit diseases directly into the host’s system. The disease occurs when an infected tick bites a dog or a human and transmits the disease into the victim’s body. The geographic […] | May 1, 2019
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel laying on the couch under a blanket.
Expert Advice: Health What Is Leptospirosis, and Should You Be Concerned? 
Leptospirosis is a disease that affects dogs, as well as many other kinds of animals. The organism that causes Leptospirosis is a spirochete bacterium and is found throughout the world. There are a very large number of Leptospira; about 230 of them have been identified.  In the United States, Leptospirosis is in the environment because […] | April 12, 2019
Expert Advice: Vet's Corner Winter Woes: Tips To Keep Your Dog Safe This Winter
Winter and cold weather presents a series of fun sports but also challenges to humans and also to our pets. The American Kennel Club (AKC®) highlights things to be careful of in frigid times: • Beware of Antifreeze (Ethylene Glycol): Antifreeze is a liquid that is added to a car’s radiator to prevent freezing. This […] | February 26, 2019
Expert Advice: Vet's Corner Knowing When It’s Time to Say Goodbye to Your Pet
The overwhelming joy of having pets is unfortunately accompanied by the inevitable sadness that comes with ending their lives. As humans, sometimes feeling like parents, we must be witness to the death of our family member, our pet, our “child” as it often feels. And unlike the movies, rarely is it that they gently fall “asleep” […] | February 26, 2019
Expert Advice: Vet's Corner Can Dogs Get Frostbite?
Question: I just moved from a state with a moderate climate to an area that I’ve heard can have days on end with sustained temperatures below freezing. My dog spends a lot of time outside in a fenced-in area in addition to taking very long walks with me. Do I need to be concerned about […] | February 11, 2019
Expert Advice: General Health What to Do if Your Dog’s Food Is Recalled
Just as with human foods and products, there are periodic recalls of pet foods and products. In many cases, dog foods are recalled because the product presents a danger when consumed. The company that makes the dog food or the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) may initiate a recall. Sometimes the product recall may […] | January 2, 2019
Beagle trying to bite a Christmas present during the holidays
Expert Advice: Vet's Corner Are Poinsettias Poisonous to Dogs?
QUESTION: My two-year-old Basenji is a very curious pup and still gets into things and chews on occasion. For the past two years, as a safety precaution, I kept holiday decorating to a minimum. I did not have poinsettias, lights, or candles – in fact, I hardly decorated at all aside from a tabletop tree. […] | December 10, 2018
Expert Advice: Vet's Corner Do Dogs Need Sweaters or Jackets In the Winter?
QUESTION: I own an American Staffordshire Terrier and live in the Midwest where it can get extremely cold. I generally put him in a sweater or jacket for walks on cold days. Recently, a passerby asked why my large and strong dog was wearing a sweater. Of course, I did not listen to this virtual […] | November 30, 2018
Expert Advice: Vet's Corner Can Dogs Eat Thanksgiving Turkey?
Dogs can eat Thanksgiving turkey but avoid the skin. What about potatoes and stuffing? Learn more with this list of dog-safe Thanksgiving foods. | November 9, 2018

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