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When the Diagnosis is Canine Cancer. (Blog #106)

When the Diagnosis is Canine Cancer. (Blog #106)

I’d like to tell you what has been going on with Rosy since I wrote about her emergency  surgery. I got the biopsy back from when they took out her spleen and she does have cancer. It’s visceral hemangiosarcoma – the kind that affects the internal organs.  There is no...

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How To Play Tug-Of-War with Your Dog. (Blog #104)

How To Play Tug-Of-War with Your Dog. (Blog #104)

In this week’s episode of Raising Your Paws (ep. 104) I explained the reasons that the game ofWTug of war is considered to be the best game to play with your dog. Listen below to segment three at timestamp, 25:58 to find out why. Alot of it has to do with satisfying...

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When A Dog Acts Unusually Ill, Take it Seriously (Blog # 102)

When A Dog Acts Unusually Ill, Take it Seriously (Blog # 102)

There was something wrong with Rosy. Sunday morning, upon waking up, instead of trotting by my side in her usual manner to the kitchen, Rosy wouldn’t get out of bed.  She never needs prompting to go to outside and to eat breakfast. When she slowly made her way to me,...

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How to Deter Attacking Dogs. (Blog #96)

How to Deter Attacking Dogs. (Blog #96)

In this week's podcast episode I tell the story of an incident that happened in my town recently where two dogs broke free from the person that was walking them, and wound up attacking two other different dogs being walked, causing injuries to both the canines and the...

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Preventing Children From Getting Bitten By Dogs. (Blog # 95)

Preventing Children From Getting Bitten By Dogs. (Blog # 95)

We have gotten good at teaching children that they need to ask a person if they can pet their dog before they come close to do so. For the last few years, every child that Rosy and I come upon on our walks, politely asks me if they can pet her. What we don’t think...

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How To Pleasantly Groom A Cat (Blog # 95)

How To Pleasantly Groom A Cat (Blog # 95)

In this week’s episode of Raising Your Paws, (listen below) I talked about cat hairballs, why and how they are formed, the two ways your cat gets rid of them and the best thing to do to greatly reduce how often your cat has hairballs. Prevent your cat from swallowing...

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What to Expect from An Adolescent Dog. (Blog #92)

What to Expect from An Adolescent Dog. (Blog #92)

If your puppy is between 6 - 8 months old, (11 months or older in larger breeds) you may have noticed its cute, compliant and quiet behavior has changed.  Almost overnight, your "baby" has gotten rebellious, noisy, is breaking the rules, ignores you AND has an...

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Reasons to Get a Small Breed Dog. (Blog # 89)

Reasons to Get a Small Breed Dog. (Blog # 89)

Nine reasons to get a small breed dog. By no means do I want you to think that I prefer small dogs to larger ones. I don’t. I think all dogs can be wonderful and admire all sizes, breeds and mixed mutts.  My dog Rosy is a medium sized mix of Shetland Sheepdog, German...

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Allergic to Cats? You and Felines Can Co-Exist. (Blog #87)

Allergic to Cats? You and Felines Can Co-Exist. (Blog #87)

Are you allergic to cats but love the creatures?  That means you either have one living with you and suffer through the symptoms (it was congestion and headaches for me with my cat, Willie) or you have resigned yourself to no feline company. Maybe this describes you -...

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How a Dog Warns You They May Bite. (Blog #84)

How a Dog Warns You They May Bite. (Blog #84)

One of the major reasons people get bitten by dogs they know, has to do with something the canines  inherited from their wolf ansestors - the response to having to compete with others. In competition for resources such as food or territory with other wild animals, ...

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How to Prevent Your Dog From Antifreeze Poisoning. (Blog #83)

How to Prevent Your Dog From Antifreeze Poisoning. (Blog #83)

When A Dog's Sweet Tooth And Cars Collide. Dogs like sweet things. They have taste buds that detect sugars just like we do. You can hear all about cats and dogs taste buds and what they taste compared to you, in the first segment, "How Good are Pet's Taste Buds" in...

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How To Reduce Feelings of FEAR in Your Cat.  (Blog#82)

How To Reduce Feelings of FEAR in Your Cat. (Blog#82)

Fear and anxiety can be a big issue for cats.  There is a reason we have the expression, "scaredy" cat and "fraidy" cat.  You may notice the obvious times your cat acts scared of things - when at the Vets' office or if there is an abnormally loud truck that roars by...

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Do you feel the pet you rescued, saved you as well? (Blog #81)

Do you feel the pet you rescued, saved you as well? (Blog #81)

If you have adopted a homeless cat or dog, by bringing them home, you know you have given them a second chance for a better, happier life. In addition to saving them you may feel that in some ways, they have rescued you. In this week's episode of the Raising Your Paws...

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Stop Using a Bowl To Feed Your Cat. Here’s Why! (Blog #79)

Stop Using a Bowl To Feed Your Cat. Here’s Why! (Blog #79)

Your cat is built to use its muscles and mind to find it's meals. They are hunters by nature, quick, strong and clever. Left to hunt for their food, wild cats spend a good amount of time each day in pursuit of dinner.   Not so much for our pet cats. We call them to...

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Why Exactly Does My Cat Have To Scratch on Things? (Blog #78)

Why Exactly Does My Cat Have To Scratch on Things? (Blog #78)

It's always good to visit the issue of a cats need to scratch. Since they will always do this and much conflict occurs when your feline chooses your favorite chair,  it's best to fully understand this behavior. It is a common belief that when your cat scratches the...

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