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Over the years, pit bulls have developed a bad name because unfortunately, they have become popular with bad people. People who want to fight dogs have exploited one breed of dog after another for centuries. Within the last sixty years or so, we have seen these people ruin the reputation of German Shepherds, Dobermans, Rottweilers and now Pit Bulls.

The fact is, for a dog to be willing and able to be a fighting dog, it must be a very loyal, intelligent dog who will do absolutely anything to please its master. Meanness has nothing to do with it. It is eagerness to please that pre-disposes a dog to do something entirely foreign to its nature. Little do these loyal dogs know that if they lose the fights they are forced to fight, they will be killed or abandoned by the masters to whom they have tried to be loyal.

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Just as humans can suffer from inflammation of the pancreas, so can our dog & cat friends. This condition is known as pancreatitis. A dog or cat’s pancreas is a vital organ that helps with food digestion, just as your own pancreas does. It’s very important to understand more about this condition so that you can take your best friend to see a vet as soon as any symptoms are noticed.


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If and when you decided to go out and look for a new dog from the local shelters and rescues, most people usually don’t look specifically for an abused dog. However there is that group of compassionate people out there that simply have big hearts and are willing to bring an abused dog into their homes and their life. Let’s talk about training that abused dog.

You may find that fearful little dog that is simply too fearful to approach you even though you can tell that it really wants to. The next thing you know you are on your way home with your new fearful dog at your side.

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Dogs are often referred to as a man’s best friend. Dogs can be your constant companion, your protector, and your best buddy. Here are five interesting facts you may not have known about your dog:

1. In a wild setting, dogs typically travel in groups or packs. If you look at wolves for example, you will see how they tend to roam in groups. Since your dog probably just lives with you or maybe a few other dogs, he sees you as a his fellow pack member. This is why your dog is affectionate, might follow you around, and treats you like part of his family. It’s because you are!

2. You might notice that your dog eats his food really quickly, sometimes almost inhaling it . In prehistoric times, dogs were often threatened by predators who might steal their food. They eat really quickly because their instincts tell them to hurry up and eat before a predator or competitor comes along.

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Canine Parvovirus Infection, or Parvo for short, is a highly infectious AND contagious virus that is one of the most dangerous and deadly that your dog can contract. The disease is spread from dog to dog by direct or indirect contact with their feces. It can be especially severe in puppies that are not protected by maternal antibodies or vaccination. Treatment often involves veterinary hospitalization. Vaccines can prevent infection, but mortality can reach 91% if the dog remains untreated. Canine parvovirus may infect other mammals; however, it will not infect humans.

The virus manifests itself in two different forms. The more common form is the intestinal form, which is characterized by diarrhea, vomiting, lack of appetite and weight loss.

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