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  • Dog Food Allergy: The Elimination Diet

    An elimination diet is pretty much just what it sounds like — certain foods are eliminated then reintroduced to an allergic or food intolerant dog to pinpoint exactly which food is causing problems. The proteins are often looked at first.

  • Meet the Strong & Mighty Giant Schnauzer

    Bold and faithful, the Giant Schnauzer boasts a remarkable work drive. Although he displays the same trademark beard and eyebrows as his smaller cousins, he’s significantly larger. After all, a Miniature Schnauzer averages 15 pounds, and the Giant Schnauzers weigh some 80 pounds! Along with his size, the Giant is renowned for his extra strength and protectiveness.

  • Pancreatitis in Dogs

    Welcome to the time of year embraced by many as the HFS — the holiday feast season. Yep, we’re getting ready to enjoy roasted turkeys with all the trimmings, mouth-watering pies and colorful cocktails that delight our tummies.

  • Can Dogs Eat Pumpkins? What About Other Fall Vegetables?

    Cooler weather means fresh fall fruits and veggies! Can dogs eat pumpkins? Can dogs eat other fall-favorite veggies like apples, sweet potatoes, oats, green beans and kale?

  • 7 Tips for Keeping Your Dog Safe on Halloween

    Whether you're at home or out trick-or-treating, here are guidelines for avoiding danger.

  • Dog Scooting: Why It Happens and When to See a Vet

    Why does dog scooting happen? Should you treat dog scooting at home or go to the vet? What does dog scooting have to do with dog anal gland issues?

  • Raising a Dog in the Country

    Practically the only things a city dog and a country dog have in common is canine DNA and love of snacks. Their lives couldn’t be more different. “They have space, fresh air, grassy fields and room to run, freedom to poop wherever they want and so many delicious smells,” says Wendy Wilson, who lives on an 80-acre hobby farm in Oakland, Oregon, with her Chihuahuas Petey and Cheech. “Rural dogs, when kept by responsible owners with fenced properties, really do have it made. They can roam and sniff and roll and explore without being confined.”

  • The Curious Case of the Nervous Tummy

    You’re exactly right, like a goose! She stretches her neck waaaay out like this …” I was on my first telephone call of the day with the remarkedly descriptive owner of Flora the Maltipoo, named after the Roman goddess of flowers and spring, naturally. Flora seemed to be suffering from chronic vomiting, although there seemed to be mild anxiety mixed in with potential neck pain. Despite the flowery description, I didn’t have the faintest clue what was going on.

  • Service Dogs Good for Recipients and Their Families

    A Purdue University study published in May in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy attached a numerical measure to the positive effect of service dogs on humans. Although previous studies demonstrated that service dogs improve people’s quality of life, this study is the first to show measurable benefits of service dogs. According to the study, …

  • My Dog Can’t Pee!

    Dogs can develop health problems that make them unable to urinate. Bladder stones are the most common cause. Some breeds, such as Schnauzers, Yorkshire Terriers, Bichon Frises and Pomeranians, are more prone to this. Underlying illnesses like Cushing’s disease and portosystemic shunts also increase the risk for stones, as does the presence of a urinary tract infection. Males seem to be at higher risk than females.

  • Custom Cookie Cutters

    Are your dogs like mine? Faces so cute you just want to eat them up! Now we all can — by making our dog’s face into a custom-designed cookie.

  • Why We Love Black Dogs

    Black dogs have fascinated humans through the ages. From depictions of black dogs as the hounds of hell to black dog-like gods in Ancient Egypt, there is no denying that black dogs have captured our hearts and imaginations since the beginning of civilization. Love them or fear them, there are few things more striking than the face of a black dog. From Labs to Newfoundlands, Pugs, Miniature Schnauzers, Great Danes, Cane Corsos to mixed breeds, black dogs come in all shapes and sizes. Whether you pass one on the street or have one lying next to you on the couch, black dogs are pretty awesome.

  • Service Dogs Good for Recipients and Their Families

    A Purdue University study published in May in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy attached a numerical measure to the positive effect of service dogs on humans. Although previous studies demonstrated that service dogs improve people’s quality of life, this study is the first to show measurable benefits of service dogs. According to the study, …

  • When Your Dog is 12 Years Old

    The old adage of “one year of a human’s life is equal to seven years in a dog’s life” is all wrong. Dogs mature more quickly than humans, so a simple one-to- seven calculation just isn’t accurate. The truth is that when your dog hits the age of 12 years, he has reached the equivalent of 64 human years if he’s a small dog (20 pounds or less); 69 human years if he’s a medium dog (21 to 50 pounds); and 77 human years if he’s a large dog (more than 50 pounds).

  • Canine Concierge

    Need a canine fix when you’re traveling without your dog? The Craddock Terry Hotel in Lynchburg, Virginia, has you covered. The hotel recently appointed Wire Fox Terrier Penny Loafer to the role of Official Greeter and Concierge. Penny Loafer is taking over for 10-year-old Buster Brown, who is headed into retirement. Penny Loafer is in charge …

  • Help for Pet Loss

    Pets are our family — so why are the resources for grieving a beloved pet so limited? The loss of Kaleel Sakakeeny’s cat, Kyro, led him to answer this need. “The death and grief were devastating. I became truly lost, much to my great surprise. Few professionals are trained in the grief process,” Kaleel says. …

  • Why Dogs Lick Themselves Before Sleeping?

    Ahhh, sleep, that peaceful pleasure. Slurp! … As I was saying, sweet slumber, drifting, drifting … Slurp! Few things are more annoying than the wet, sloppy sound of a dog licking himself when you’ve just crawled into bed. It’s like nails on a chalkboard — especially when it won’t stop. Why do dogs lick themselves before sleeping?

  • How to Become a Dog Fosterer

    Last year, my family adopted a senior-aged Chihuahua mix named Laney. She walked on a leash, liked car rides and had a hearty appetite. But, it soon became clear that Laney was happiest curled up on my lap with no one else around. If dogs had theme songs, Laney’s would be Just the Two of Us by Bill Withers. She growled at my husband and kids, and verged on aggressive when my other Chihuahua would innocently try to claim a leg for herself.

  • All Dogs Are Not Equal

    Ask 10 dog owners what their dog’s most challenging behavior issue is and you’re likely to get 10 different answers. Jumping up, running away, counter surfing, housetraining issues, reactivity, digging, chewing, chasing, anxiety … all behavior problems have different root causes. A dog’s breed, size, strength and even his environment can affect what kind of behavioral challenges might pop up.

  • Operation Rescute

    Shared by the Dogster Team. Good Dogs. Good People. Good Things.

  • Dug Up at Dogster: September 2019 Dog Events

    While human kids go back to school, take your fur child to one of these great September 2019 dog events.

  • Dug Up at Dogster: Interview with Dog: Impossible’s Dog Behavior Specialist Matt Beisner

    Check out the new show Dog: Impossible on the Nat Geo WILD channel and read our interview with its star — dog behaviorist Matt Beisner.