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Labrador Retrievers – The Most Commonly Overweight Dog Breed

Labrador Retrievers – The Most Commonly Overweight Dog Breed

The prevalence of canine obesity continues to rise with an overall rate of nearly 53 percent. Labrador retrievers are the most commonly overweight dog breed with approximately 60 percent facing obesity. A recent study finds there may be a genetic reason for this, noting that one-fifth of Labs are missing a portion of the POMC
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Female Cat Owners Enjoy Heart Benefits

Female Cat Owners Enjoy Heart Benefits

Good news for female cat owners! Adding to previous research showing the health benefits of pet ownership, a recent study finds that women pet owners have a 30 percent lower risk of dying from cardiovascular disease and events such as stroke. Cat owners enjoy the highest risk reduction – a nearly 40% lower risk of
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Nicotine Poisoning and Pets

Nicotine Poisoning and Pets

Nicotine poisoning is a serious concern for pets, not only when nicotine is inhaled, but also when it’s ingested. How could your pet ingest nicotine? There are several ways, including eating cigarette or cigar butts, drinking nicotine refill liquid, chewing on nicotine refill canisters for electronic nicotine delivery devices, or chewing on the devices themselves.
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Be Smoke-free for Yourself and Your Pets

Be Smoke-free for Yourself and Your Pets

Did you know that smoking is the leading preventable cause of death, disease, and disability in the United States? Smoking is not only harmful to people; it’s harmful to pets, too. Both secondhand smoke and thirdhand smoke hurt pets. Secondhand smoke is exhaled tobacco smoke and the smoke from the lit product itself. Thirdhand smoke
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Pet Thefts Continue to Rise

Pet Thefts Continue to Rise

The number of dogs stolen each year in the U.S. has continued to rise every year since 2010. The American Kennel Club (AKC) recently announced 831 dogs were stolen in 2015, an increase of 30 percent from 2014. In reality, this number is much higher considering the total only includes AKC-recognized breeds and doesn’t include
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