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Essentially, dogs became man’s best friend back when they still looked a whole lot like wolves. The physical changes, which led to dogs that look like everything from a Great Dane to a Chihuahua, were secondary. But just imagine hanging around a cuddly, domesticated wolf back in the day.
 

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While cheese can be safe to feed to your dog, there are some things to remember. Cheese is high in fat, and feeding too much to your dog regularly can cause weight gain and lead to obesity. Even more problematic, it could lead to pancreatitis, a serious and potentially fatal illness in dogs...

Therefore, it’s better to feed your dog low-fat cheeses, like mozzarella, cottage cheese, or a soft goat cheese. Cottage cheese is lower in fat and sodium than other cheeses, helping reduce the risk of obesity. Cottage cheese is also lower in lactose, thus reducing the likelihood of intestinal upset...
 

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It’s important to never try to conceal antibiotics in cheese as antibiotics may bind to the calcium found in dairy products. Once this happens, it may no longer be absorbed by the intestines, making the medication less effective.
 

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"I look at feeding bones in the same way I do letting dogs run loose. Is it natural? Yes. Do dogs like it? Yes. Are there some potential benefits? Yes … until misfortune strikes..."



“Any bone, once chewed into small pieces, can block the intestines and lead to a nasty bout of constipation and can also cause lacerations of the mouth and internal organs.”
 
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“Any bone, once chewed into small pieces, can block the intestines and lead to a nasty bout of constipation and can also cause lacerations of the mouth and internal organs.”

My dad repeatedly made that mistake with our previous dog, leading to many vet trips. I don't think he's made the mistake with their current dog.
But yes, can confirm.
 

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As Charles Darwin noted, all mammals experience emotions like happiness and wonder, gratitude and magnanimity, love and sympathy. Most anyone who has watched mammals closely — particularly canids, wild and domestic — would agree. What we need is a more accurate term than “anthropomorphism” to describe these shared characteristics. Consider “mammaliamorphism.” It might do.
 

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And the rawhide bones have their own set of problems...

Indeed, especially for some dogs who swallow more rawhide than they chew. Petco stopped selling all traditional rawhide chews. The more digestible or alternative rawhide products are more expensive (even on sale), but almost anything is better than the cheaply processed rawhide from China.
 
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Most of these are obvious, but some inexperienced pet owners have too much wishful thinking about symptoms going away on their own. Even from a purely financial perspective, being proactive is often cheaper in the long run, especially if it prevents hospitalization or an ER visit. Pet ERs can easily cost two or three times more than a pet's regular vet.


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Gelatin contains amino acids beneficial for skin, hair, and joint health...Remember, treats should comprise no more than 10% of your dog’s daily caloric intake.
 

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If you don't want to pay a lot of money for dog training, our experts suggest these free or low-cost resources you can find online:
Brianna Dick has also compiled some free resources on her website, and Fratt has a series called Training Tuesday Free Lessons.
 
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The dog trainer at the humane society uses slices of hot dogs as treats. She says she knows they are not the healthiest option, but it is a very "high value" treat to motivate dogs. She even buys them using her own money if necessary since she will not work without them :)
 
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Ingestion of grapes or raisins has been associated with development of anuric renal failure in some dogs. Cases reported to date have been in dogs; anecdotal reports exist of renal failure in cats and ferrets after ingestion of grapes or raisins.

It is not known why many dogs can ingest grapes or raisins with impunity whereas others develop renal failure after ingestion. The condition has not been reproduced experimentally, although raisin extracts have been shown to cause damage to canine kidney cells in vitro.
 
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Kidney tumors are uncommon in dogs and cats.

Indications to remove a kidney include:
  • tumors
  • severe cystic disease
  • severe infection
  • obstruction of the ureter which has destroyed the kidney
A dog, cat and many other species live a normal life with only one kidney. In fact, they can live fairly normally with slightly more than two-third’s of one kidney.
 
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Whereas an animal with dyspnea is having a crisis, an animal with labored breathing may be very well adapted to its condition and be free from distress. Where a given patient lies on this spectrum must be inferred from their behavior...A notable exception to this generalization is the puppy. Juvenile dogs will often remain active, alert, and hungry even with advanced respiratory failure...
 
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Take the road less traveled

Lots of dog lovers come up with a route that works for them and stick with it forever because that’s the easiest thing to do, but over time this can bore both you and your dog.

If you want to liven things up, you can make a small change, such as walking the opposite direction on your next walk, or try something completely different and head to a park or dog-friendly beach to hike.
 
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