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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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