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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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Did you know that pets (dogs & cats) could get diabetes? An unhealthy diet, lack of activity or even genetics could cause your pet to develop diabetes. This condition can be treated and your pet will not develop complications if the diabetes is diagnosed early. Here are the most common signs of diabetes in our pets.

A dog or cat who cannot produce enough insulin or cannot use the insulin produced will end up with high blood sugar levels. This can lead to a sweet-smelling breath. If you notice that your pets breath has a fruity smell, you should have their blood sugar levels checked.

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Want the secret to training any dog? I have never seen a dog that could not be trained. With that being said, I have seen dog owners and dog care providers that never took the time to train their dog and then wonder why their pet is out of control.

Ok, here is the secret….Desire, Consistency and 15 minutes a day. Yes, it’s just that simple.

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Every pet owner wants to make sure that their yard is a safe place for their pets to play. Unfortunately, there are all kinds of dangers that lurk in backyards. It’s important for pet owners to be aware of these potential dangers so that they can keep their pet protected.

In most cases these outside dangers apply to your dog but if you have cats that play or explore outside, it is also important to be aware for their sake.

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