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Expert Advice: Nutrition The 7 Biggest Dog Food Myths
The Internet can offer a wealth of tips and facts on dog food. Unfortunately, it provides even more dog food myths and misinformation. Here’s a sampling of dog-feeding urban legends populating the Web and the actual truths behind them. Dog food myth No. 1: “Never feed dogs pork!” My initial reaction to this was “hogwash!” […]https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/nutrition/dog-food-myths/ | July 15, 2019
Expert Advice: Grooming 11 Things to Ask Potential Groomers Before You Hand Them Your Dog
When we think of caring for our dogs’ health, our thoughts might turn instinctively toward healthy foods, exercise, and vet visits, but grooming is just as important to your dog’s well-being. Although some dog owners prefer to groom their own dogs, a skilled professional not only makes your dog look great, he or she also […]https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/health/11-things-to-ask-potential-groomers-before-you-hand-them-your-dog/ | July 3, 2019
Expert Advice: Common Conditions Treating and Preventing Hot Spots on Dogs
Hot spots are one of the most common skin conditions in dogs, particularly in the summer months. These painful, oozing sores can appear seemingly out of nowhere and often spread rapidly. While hot spots are frustrating to deal with, they can be treated and even prevented with the right management. What Are Hot Spots? Also […]https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/health/treating-and-preventing-hot-spots-on-dogs/ | June 19, 2019
Expert Advice: Health Should Your Dog Wear Sunscreen?
Humans often take precautions to protect themselves from the sun, but should we be doing the same for our dogs? Can dogs get suburned? The answer is yes. Just like people, canine companions are prone to sunburn and to other complications and diseases associated with sun exposure. Taking certain safety measures can lower your dog’s […]https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/health/dog-sunscreen/ | April 11, 2019
Expert Advice: Common Conditions Why Is My Dog’s Nose Dry?
A cold, wet nose means a healthy pup. That wet nose is part of the reason why dogs have an amazing sense of smell –10,000 to 100,000 times more powerful than ours. The wet nose draws in tiny particles to be examined by a dog's olfactory glands. The thin layer of mucus on dogs’ noses holds […]https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/health/why-is-my-dogs-nose-dry/ | March 28, 2019
Expert Advice: Puppy Health Is Your Puppy Drinking Enough Water?
As a general rule, adult dogs need about one ounce of water per pound of body weight per day. But growing puppies, despite their smaller size, drink more than their adult counterparts. A lot depends, however, on your puppy’s age, size, and activity level. Very young pups fulfill their hydration needs from their mother’s milk. […]https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/health/puppy-drinking-enough-water/ | March 21, 2019
Expert Advice: General Health Mange: What You Need to Know
If you follow news about dogs, you know what an extreme case of mange looks like. It's a common skin disease in dogs and puppies that are strays, neglected, or abused. These dogs appear to be beyond hope—hairless, with skin covered in sores or with thickened, hard, crusty patches. Such dogs are often described as […]https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/health/mange-what-you-need-to-know/ | January 23, 2019
Expert Advice: Common Conditions Dog Obesity: Why It’s Important To Manage Your Dog’s Weight
Plump puppies may be cute, but when it comes to canine health, lean is better. Still, as is true with humans, too many dogs are overweight, according to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP). In its eighth annual survey of the girth of American pets, released in March 2015, the organization found that 53 […]https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/health/fat-dogs-and-dog-obesity/ | January 22, 2019
Expert Advice: General Health Can Senior Dogs Get Alzheimer’s?
One of the most common questions owners ask veterinarians about their senior dogs is "Can senior dogs get Alzheimer's?" You may have noticed that your senior dog has started slowing down, or that she seems disoriented and anxious. Some of this is normal aging, but your dog could also have the canine equivalent of Alzheimer’s: […]https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/health/do-dogs-get-alzheimers/ | October 9, 2018
Expert Advice: Health Can Dogs Get Poison Ivy?
Most anyone who's ever come into contact with poison ivy knows the aftermath (i.e. an itchy rash) is not fun. But, can dogs get poison ivy? "Most veterinary dermatologists say no," says Dr. Sarah Nold, DVM, a Trupanion staff veterinarian. "If it does occur, it is uncommon." Dr. Hayley Adams, a veterinarian and board-certified diplomate […]https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/health/can-dogs-get-poison-ivy/ | July 6, 2018