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Fursure Gives You Free Pet Insurance Advice

When your pet gets sick or hurt, the last thing we should worry about is how we’re going to pay for our pet’s procedures. Having to make a choice between saving the one you love and going into crippling debt can be heartbreaking. Sadly, many pet parents are forced to make financial decisions when they should be concentrating on medical decisions. But with a solid pet insurance policy in place, worrying over the cost of vet care won’t be a … Read more

RECALL ALERT: Dog Food Company May Have Salmonella Contamination

Albright's Dog Food Recall

While many dog parents choose raw food over kibble due to its health benefits, it’s still possible for raw brands to get recalled. After a report of salmonella contamination, Albright’s Raw Dog Food chose to voluntarily recall select products for everyone’s safety. Salmonella not only poses a risk for the dogs who eat the food, but it can also be dangerous for humans who handle it. Thus, if you have the affected products, it’s important to stop serving them to … Read more

What You NEED to Know Now About Your Dog’s Pancreas

Why is it so important to know what the functions of the pancreas are? Well, the pancreas is a very important organ that does several things for the body to run smoothly. This is especially true if your dog is diabetic. Let’s take a look at what it does. ENDOCRINE CELLS Endocrine cells produce hormones that regulate blood sugar levels; insulin and glucagon. When blood glucose levels increase, the pancreas releases insulin to bring down glucose. When BG is too … Read more

After Dog Dies, Man On A Mission To Require Warnings About Common But Deadly Plant

We do everything in our power to keep our dogs safe. But our first line of defense is knowledge. We cannot protect our dogs from dangers we know nothing about. One man learned this lesson the tragic and heartbreaking way. He let his dog Sofie into her own backyard and tragedy struck. Sofie lost her life because of a life-threatening toxic plant her human knew nothing about. It is a dog parent’s worst nightmare. Now that man is on a … Read more

RECALL UPDATE: 15 More Brands Recalled For Deadly Aflatoxins

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Just over a month ago, dog food company Sunshine Mills voluntarily recalled select food due to salmonella contamination and aflatoxin contamination. At the time, it was only a few bags, so dog parents thought they could breathe a sigh of relief. But as it turns out, deadly aflatoxins in dog food are on the rise. Sunshine Mills has since issued more voluntary recalls due to high levels of aflatoxins. Now, 15 additional brands have been affected, some with more than … Read more

Major Pig Ear Brands Linked To A Recent Salmonella Outbreak

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Once again, pig ears are being pulled from the shelves. After the 2019 warnings to avoid pig ear treats, many dog parents stopped feeding them to their dogs completely. Now, the risk has reappeared again in certain areas with specific brands. Numerous cases have linked select pig ears with a recent salmonella outbreak. While these specific pig ears are no longer in stores, it’s possible that dog parents may have them in their homes. So, if you have any of … Read more

Neglect Is Animal Abuse: Look Out For These Signs Of Neglect

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Animal abuse is heartbreaking. It’s impossible for dog lovers to believe that someone would purposely harm an innocent creature. But animal abuse isn’t always that obvious, especially when it involves neglect. Neglect is a form of animal abuse, and it’s much harder to spot. Some forms of neglect are intentional while others are more subtle. Either way, neglect is just as dangerous as abuse, if not more. Dogs suffering from neglect have to endure long, painful days, weeks, months, or … Read more

Should you home test your diabetic dog? A deep dive into the specifics:

As our friends at PetTest have discussed before, home glucose testing is the greatest tool to get a handle on managing canine diabetes in your dog. Many vets don’t mention the importance of home testing early on — likely because the whole diagnosis can be very overwhelming. Sadly, though, many others just don’t believe that home testing is a good idea (the reasons allude us all). If your child was diagnosed with diabetes, we’re fairly certain that the pediatrician would … Read more

RECALL ALERT: The Real Pet Food Company Has Salmonella Risk

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You don’t have to know much about salmonella to realize it’s not something you want in your dog’s food. Many popular dog food brands have been pulled off the shelves temporarily due to a potential salmonella contamination. It often makes dog parents worry and question the quality of their dog’s food, which is why it’s crucial to stay on top of dog food recalls. The Real Pet Food Company has recently issued a new recall as of September 22nd, 2020. … Read more

Why Internal Parasites in Dogs are Becoming More Common

By Dana Mortensen Reviewed by Elizabeth Racine, DVM The subject of “worms” isn’t a favorite one to linger on for most. But according to experts, it might be time for pet parents (and veterinarians) to devote some focused attention to these common—and harmful—parasites. Despite nearly four decades of veterinarians recommending monthly heartworm prevention and the widespread availability of safe, effective treatments for intestinal parasites, recent studies point to an alarming rise in the number of dogs infected with heartworm and … Read more

Park Etiquette 101: Is Your Dog Prepared?

By Victoria Schade, CPDT-KA Reviewed by Stephanie Liff, DVM There’s nothing quite like watching a pack of dogs frolicking together at the park. Spending time at the park helps keep a dog’s socialization skills in tip-top form and can wear out a busy dog in a way that walks around the block can’t touch. Dog play at the park can look intense, but it shouldn’t be a lawless free-for-all. That’s why both dogs and pet parents need to abide by … Read more

Your Dog has Diabetes. Here are the Next Steps:

My dog has what?! Whatever the symptoms were that made you take your pup to the vet, good for you for taking him/her in to see your veterinarian! For most people, the diagnosis is a shock… a HUGE surprise! Who even knew that dogs can get diabetes? The first thing that you do now is breathe. Deep breaths… Next, consider all of your new supplies. If you don’t have any idea of what they should be, we recommend speaking to … Read more

RECALL UPDATE: More Dog Food Products Test Positive For Deadly Aflatoxins

Not more than one week ago I wrote about a recall of dog food products produced by Sunshine Mills. Now, even more Sunshine Mills products have been recalled, but this time the concern is not related to salmonella. The company issued a voluntary recall following a single positive test for elevated aflatoxin. Aflatoxin is a mold byproduct that can be harmful and possibly deadly to dogs. An excerpt from the official statement reads: “While no adverse health effects related to … Read more

RECALL NOTICE: Nature’s Menu Super Premium Chicken and Quail Dog Food

No one likes to be the bearer of bad news, but here I am with some that’s urgent. Nature’s Menu Chicken and Quail dog food has been recalled due to salmonella risk. A sample of a single 3-pound bag tested by the Georgia Department of Agriculture tested positive for Salmonella. Though other samples tested negative, Sunshine Mills Inc. issued a voluntary recall of all of this particular food on August 24, 2020 out of an abundance of caution. The company’s … Read more

Top 10 Most Expensive Dog Breeds To Own

There are many things to consider when considering getting a new puppy. At iHeartDogs.com, we believe adoption is the best option! Many of us are dead-set on certain breeds. Others aren’t quite sure. Regardless, cost is always a factor when deciding to add a dog to your home. There are many things that bring up the cost of the dog outside of the purchase price – and these include crates, toys, beds, kennels, food, and health issues. While health testing is … Read more

12 Dog Breeds Prone To Separation Anxiety

Separation anxiety isn’t really exclusive to specific breeds, but there are some dog breeds that seem to be at a higher risk than others. While there are also many factors to separation anxiety, some dogs seem to fall victim to it without any rhyme or reason. If you’re currently struggling with separation anxiety or want to try to avoid the problem at all costs when searching for a new dog, it might be best to avoid these breeds or adopt … Read more

The Dewclaws Debate – Keep Them or Lose Them?

Anytime you talk about removing something from a dog’s body, there is a debate about it. When it comes to dewclaws, however, most owners do not know much about them. Often removed by the breeder, they are gone before you take the puppy home, meaning you never really give them a second thought. If you have dealt with them, your experiences may factor into how you feel about them. Some people swear their dog’s need them, others think of them as … Read more

Top 10 Heaviest Dog Breeds

They say that “bigger is better” and for those of us who love colossal canines, the same applies when we choose a companion! The pups below are not only tall and sturdy, they’re heavy when they’re at their healthiest weights. But that’s okay, we just consider them to be big, fluffy, balls of love. If you want a dog that could potentially weigh more than the humans in the family, read on. #1 – Great Dane Also one of the … Read more

Why Does My Dog Always Act Hungry?

Many dogs act as though their stomachs are bottomless; feed them their whole meal and they will follow you around looking for scraps. While this is a plus for positive reinforcement training, it’s hard to not wonder why your dog acts like he is starving all the time. But is there even an answer to the question? A Veterinarian and Dog Trainer weigh in below with some possible explanations for your dog’s insatiable appetite. Canine Biology Dr. Jules Benson, VP … Read more

10 Of The Shortest Living Dog Breeds

The cruelest trick of nature is that discrepancy between a human and a dog’s life span. Proper care and love can make a difference in your dog’s health and how long they’re with you. Still, there’s only so much we can do. Certain breeds tend to have shorter than average life spans for a dog. Sometimes it’s health conditions that run in the breed. Certain large dog breeds also live shorter lives than their smaller counterparts. These 10 breeds, on … Read more

12 Of The Easiest Dog Breeds To Train

Most people looking for a dog want a breed that’s easy to live with. Easiest dog breeds to train tops many desired “wants” when looking to bring a new dog/rescue dog into a person’s life. While all dogs can be trained, there are some that are easier than others. All dogs are individuals, of course, so this list is a broad generalization of which breeds are usually fairly easy to train basic obedience and house manners. If you’re looking for … Read more

12 Dog Breeds With Easygoing Personalities

We all know the Type B personalities: easy-going, steady workers and low-drive. The same can be said for Type B dogs. If you’re looking for an even-tempered, fun-loving but non-competitive breed to share your home with, consider checking out the breeds in this list. They make excellent family companions and do just fine with training, but they may not be the advanced competition winners or hard workers that the Type A breeds are. #1 – Labrador Retriever There’s a reason … Read more

15 Low Energy Dog Breeds That Don’t Need Too Much Exercise

Looking for low-energy dogs who enjoy the lazier side of life? Good for you, dog lover! Choosing the right dog for your lifestyle is so important. By already knowing that low-energy dogs are better for your lifestyle will save so many problems later on. Many people don’t take this into account when considering adopting a dog. The wrong dog in the wrong home is a disaster for everyone and only ends up with the dog in the shelter and the … Read more

10 Least Smelly Dog Breeds

There are many dog breeds that seem to carry around that particular “doggy” odor and this can be undesirable for many people looking for a companion. There are many reasons for dog smell such as poor general hygiene, poor diet, allergies or a coat or skin type that holds smell in. Regardless of the reason, there are many dog breeds people consider to be on the odorless side and we’ve compiled a list of them here. The following are the … Read more

A Vet Answers Your Most Pressing Questions About Head Pressing

Recently, there was an article sweeping the internet about “head pressing.” Although rare, it is something to watch for, especially if your dog suffers from one of the conditions that can cause head pressing. We spoke with Dr. Kim Smyth, staff veterinarian and pet health writer at Petplan Pet Insurance to get some more in-depth answers to our questions. What Exactly is “Head-Pressing”? The term “head pressing” is actually pretty descriptive—the affected pet stands close to a wall or other … Read more

15 Dog Breeds You Think You Want But Probably Shouldn’t Get

There are hundreds of dog breeds in the world, each with their own unique look, purpose and personality. While many people think they want a certain breed, they sometimes find out that the dog they thought looked really cool is actually a lot of work to live with. This is why so many trainers and rescues try to advice first time owner to avoid certain breeds. Many breeds are becoming more popular on looks alone, but end up most often … Read more

From A Vet: 10 Early Warning Signs Of Canine Cancer

We hate the thought of our pups becoming ill, but being educated is key to keeping our dogs as healthy as possible. Everyone knows that the quicker cancer is found and diagnosed, the better the chances are of fighting it off and prolonging your dog’s life. While annual check-ups at the vet are important, a year between visits is just too long when it comes to fighting cancer. Canines are susceptible to the same types of cancers as humans, but they can metastasize at a … Read more

12 Things To Sneak Into Your Dog’s Food To Boost Their Health

More dog owners than ever are paying special attention to what they’re feeding their dogs and we couldn’t be happier about it. Gone are the times of cheap, corn-based kibbles as almost all owners are spending time researching and purchasing the best diets. Whether you’re feeding premium kibble or a homemade raw diet, there are still plenty of supplements you can add to your dog’s food to boost their health. Over-supplementation is something you should avoid, but if you’re looking … Read more

10 Most Hyper Dog Breeds

Some dogs are natural couch potatoes, and others require extensive exercise to stay mentally sound. Most dogs are somewhere in the middle, needing regular exercise but not being unbearable if you have to miss a walk or two. But there are others that are quite different. Those types of dogs with seemingly endless energy. These dogs are hard to keep as house pets if they don’t get the exercise they require. If that’s the type of pup you’re looking for, … Read more

Stinky Dog Farts: Causes And Prevention Tips

Stinky dog farts are sometimes a thing of legend. You know your dog has a gassy problem when cuddling on the couch turns into a test of how long you can hold your breath. Your four-legged family member can let them rip with more stench than any person you know. While all dogs fart on occasion, some have the unnerving ability to pass gas that can only be described as deadly. Farting is completely natural and sometimes even good for … Read more