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  • The Best Pet Food for Puppies

    By Dr. Marty Becker |

    ThinkstockI love watching puppies grow. You can see them change almost day to day as they increase in height and weight.

    To fuel their development from the inside out - bones, muscles and coat - puppies need what I like to call the Goldilocks diet: a blend of protein, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals that's just right. If they don't get enough of these nutrients, they can grow too slowly, but if they get too much, their rapid weight gain can cause them to develop bone and joint problems.

    Eating an appropriate food helps puppies grow at a measured pace. They will still reach their genetically predetermined adult size, but they won't run the risk of rapid growth spurts or obesity.

    Choosing the Right Food

    Different puppies have different nutritional needs, depending on their breed, age and size at maturity, not to mention their individual variations. Your veterinarian can help you decide which food will be best for your pup.

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  • 9 Ways to Drive Your Vet Nuts

    By Dr. Patty Khuly

    iStockphotoUnfortunately, veterinarians like me are often in a position to bemoan the many ways in which my clients, colleagues and even random citizens manage to make our lives more of a stress-fest than it already is. Hence, the cheeky title of this post.

    SEE ALSO: 10 Questions Veterinarians Really Want You to Ask

    Now, if you're reading this, I'm pretty sure you don't tend to commit any such sins against your veterinarian. But in case you need a primer on what others do to test our sanity, here are nine ways to drive your vet nuts:

    1. "Dine and dash." Leave a box full of nine kittens 10 feet away from your vet's back door. Run!

    2. Talk bad about all the other veterinarians you've seen before. When we hear our colleagues excoriated (usually on the very first visit), can you help us for thinking you'll be saying the same things about us when you move on to the next "mean-spirited, money-grubbing" veterinarian in your vicinity?

    3. Blame us for your pet's

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  • Alanis Morissette Locked in a Battle for Return of Dog

    By Amy Sinatra Ayres |

    ThinkstockMario "Souleye" Treadway, the singer's husband, filed a lawsuit against a former house manager for the theft of the couple's dog. Treadway alleges that Maria Garcia and another family consultant, Patrick Murch, have refused to give the couple's Chihuahua and Pug mix back to them after Garcia stopped working for the couple on Jan. 21.

    In the suit filed on March 5, Treadway says he wants the couple's rescued street dog returned and asks for $25,000 in damages and court costs. According to court papers, the dog, Circus, lived with Garcia and Murch in 2013 while Morissette and Treadway had busy travel schedules, but that the arrangement was only temporary.

    In an email included in the suit, Garcia asks that she and Murch be given ownership of Circus because he and their other dogs had "become inseparable." Treadway says the two have breached their agreement to return the dog. - Read it at People Pets

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  • 6 Crazy Pet Owner Requests: Confessions of Pro Pet Sitters

    By Arden Moore |

    Professional pet sitters need to understand the nuances of pet behavior, but most of all, they have to expect - and accommodate - some rather unusual owner requests.

    What's the wackiest thing that you've ever done for a pet?

    We posed this very question to professionals attending the recent Pet Sitters International conference in Austin, Texas. From freezing poop to looking after lobsters, these sitters have some amazing anecdotes to share.

    VIDEO: 5 Questions to Ask a Pet Sitter

    Thinkstock1. A Table Reserved for Tabby

    Catherine Oakley of Power Pet Sitters in Atlanta, Ga., recalls accommodating a client with seven cats - and each kitty needed to eat in a specific location. "One cat, in particular, had to be served at the dining room table," Oakley says. "They all knew exactly where they were supposed to eat."

    2. Dogged TV Dinners

    Kathy DeVan of Carolina Comfort Pet Sitting in Sumter, S.C., obediently follows the feeding instructions

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  • 9 Pet Legends that Drive This Vet Crazy

    By Dr. Patty Khuly |

    ThinkstockAlthough I keep hoping that its time will come, the Internet hasn't done much to dispel some erroneous thinking on the subject of pet healthcare.

    If anything, the Web is fueled by the kind of rumor mill sensibility that leads to even more misinformation on the subject of pet health and pet care. Case in point: the widespread willingness to believe that someone actually microwaved a pet to dry it off.

    To that end, here's my list of urban myths that drive me crazy!

    1. A Cold, Wet, Dry or Warm Nose Tells Us Something

    Although some pets' noses might be capable of offering us some useful information, most of them do not - which is why veterinarians do not rely on this information at all when taking stock of a pet's history and physical exam.

    SEE ALSO: How Your Veterinarian Uses His Nose to Diagnose Your Pet

    2. "Happy Pet" Behavior

    People have a thing about assuming that pets are really happy when they exhibit certain behaviors, which

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  • 12 Biggest Dog Breeds: Imposing and Forceful

    By Staff

    Bigger is not always better, but it is always impressive. People have been intrigued by giant-size dogs for millennia, keeping them to guard family, flocks and property and to hunt big game. Giant breeds often possess tender, loving temperaments, but before you get one, remember to factor in the costs associated with keeping one. In terms of food, veterinary bills and space, the costs can be gigantic. Here's our take on a dozen towering dogs.

    Great DaneGreat Dane (photo credit: Eva Maria Kramer, Animal Photography/

    Because of his majestic appearance, the Great Dane is sometimes nicknamed "king of dogs." His size belies his gentle nature, but beware of his thwacking tail, which can clear a coffee table in seconds or knock the unwary off their feet. Possibly created by blending the Irish Wolfhound and the Mastiff, the Great Dane was originally used to hunt boar and guard estates, but these days, he's a family dog. Male Great Danes stand at least

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  • Dog Helps Save Woman from Icy Lake

    By Amy Sinatra Ayres |

    Sparky's owner pulled him from an icy lake, and he helped two men save her after she fell in.There were two rescues from an icy lake in Lincoln, Neb., on Wednesday morning. A woman who pulled her dog from the water fell in herself.

    Luckily, Steve Dye and Ray Frana, who work for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, were checking a dam at the lake and saw the dog standing on the ice next to a hole. When they get closer, they saw the woman in the hole, struggling in the frigid water about 40 feet off shore.

    While Dye called 911, Frana grabbed a rope from their truck and crawled out onto the ice with it. When the dog came to him, he tucked the rope into his collar, and Sparky brought it out to his owner. She grabbed the rope, and Frana pulled her out and got her safely to shore.

    Both the woman and her dog warmed up in the truck until help arrived. The woman was taken to a hospital as a precaution. "He's the actual hero," Frana said of Sparky. - Read it from AP via Iowa's Sioux City Journal and watch it at Nebraska's KETV, and read

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  • 7 Signs You Shouldn't Get a Dog

    By Shayna Meliker

    Thinkstock Pretty much anyone with a dog will gush to you about how awesome he is. I mean, what's better than having a furry shadow who thinks you're the greatest thing in the world? So you think, Hey, maybe I should have a dog. Before you run out and get one, make sure you're prepared for the responsibility. Here are seven signs you shouldn't get a dog:

    1. You're not home enough to care for one. Jet-setters, take heed. If you're hopping on a plane every other week for a business trip or to soak up some sun down South, this might not be the right time to bring home a dog.

    Same goes for the long hours you're clocking at the office to please the boss-man, jumping out of the bed before the sun comes up and returning home long after it's set. If you happen to be swamped for a couple months and need to hire a dog walker or drop your pup off at doggy day care during work hours, those options are definitely out there - but keep in mind that the majority of your dog's care

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  • Top 5 Cat Injuries and How to Avoid Them

    By Dr. Carol McConnell

    AlamyCats don't have nine lives, and no one knows this better than a veterinarian. As a practicing vet, I treated injured animals and mourned the deaths of those I could not save. And these days, as the chief veterinary officer for Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI), I see the names and the information as our claims come in, and I know that behind every claim is a story - and a much-loved animal.

    Sometimes people ask me if I miss "helping animals," and I tell them I don't miss it because it's still my job: VPI gives pet owners the means to afford much-needed veterinary care. We help save pets' lives every day.

    SEE ALSO: 10 Common Cat Myths Decoded

    But while I take pride in working to cover the costs of veterinary care for pets who need it, I also enjoy using our claims data to educate pet owners and prevent problems before they happen.

    Protect Your Cat From These Common Injuries

    Recently, I asked our researchers to find the top five accident-related

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  • Oscar Selfie Earns $1.5 Million for Animals

    By Amy Sinatra Ayres |

    Twitter / TheEllenShow -- The star-studded selfie set up by Oscar host Ellen DeGeneres earns millions for charity.The selfie seen around the world is doing more than bringing smiles. Chances are you've heard about how Oscar host Ellen DeGeneres set up a selfie with some of the world's most famous faces at the awards show on Sunday night. The picture was snapped by actor Bradley Cooper with a Samsung phone, and Tweeted out by DeGeneres. Then, it was retweeted a record-breaking 3 million times.

    While Samsung said it didn't pay for product placement on the show, the company knows it scored some pretty big free publicity, and wanted to pay it forward. So, they decided to donate $3 million - in honor of the retweet record - to two charities of DeGeneres' choice.

    RELATED: Ellen Honors Firefighters Who Saved Dog

    She's decided that $1.5 million will go to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital - and the other $1.5 million will go to the Humane Society of the United States. DeGeneres is "the leading celebrity voice for animal protection in our nation, and we

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