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Everything that has to do with your dog’s health – from stomach aches to nutrition to broken bones. Let Canine Journal assist you with your pet health needs, but remember to take them to the Vet in emergencies!

Why Are Dogs’ Noses Wet, and What’s the Best Treatment for Dry Noses?

Dog nose close-up

We’re sure you’ve found yourself telling your dog to get that cold, wet nose out of your personal space at some point! But have you ever wondered, ‘why do dogs have wet noses?’ Our favorite canine companions differ from us humans and our beloved feline friends in a puzzling way. Their noses are normally wet — and normally should be. But why are dogs’ noses wet? And if they’re not, does that mean that something’s wrong? Can you do anything to help your pup if his nose is dry? If so, what’s the best dog dry nose treatment? Here, we’ll answer all of your questions to put you and your pup at ease…

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How to Treat Pancreatitis in Dogs

Dogs sick on bed

Pancreatitis, or inflammation and swelling of the pancreas, is a painful and seldom-understood affliction that affects dogs worldwide. While spontaneous canine pancreatitis is not particularly well understood, veterinarians do have an idea behind the causes that contribute to this condition, its related conditions and symptoms, and treatment methods to lessen symptoms…

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How Much Does Cruciate Ligament Dog Surgery Cost?

Dog in cast laying down

Unfortunately, we don’t know why dogs experience cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) injuries so often, especially certain breeds. We do know that it happens when the knee joint breaks down (or tears) or in some cases, completely ruptures. This can occur with a sudden movement, like when a dog is playing fetch and does a quick turn to catch the ball, or it can be a slow degeneration of the ligament over time. Read our article below to find out if your dog is at risk for a CCL tear and how much it could set you back…

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What Foods Are Toxic for Dogs

Dog Eating in Fridge

There are certain foods that you should not feed your dog under any occasion. While individual cases will vary based on breed, weight, and other factors — in general this list of foods dogs can’t eat applies to all dogs and should be carefully followed to avoid accidents. Take note and print out our helpful infographic to keep on-hand in your kitchen so you know what food dogs can’t eat…

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How to Not Break the Bank with Pet Wellness Plans

Dog with barbell in mouth: Pet Wellness Plans

Have you been looking for comprehensive pet insurance but are frustrated because most policies don’t include general pet wellness visits? You’re not alone! Many of us pet parents don’t realize that pet insurance differs from human health insurance in that most veterinary pet insurance plans don’t cover routine wellness visits and other services. They are designed to help you manage your budget for unplanned emergencies or illnesses that could break the bank. But, if you are looking for a plan to cover routine visits instead, there are still options to get coverage for pet wellness visits. Here we’ll tell you which services offer pet wellness plans, including insurance services that offer wellness plans as an add-on option…

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Pet Insurance Reviews 2018

Pet Insurance Reviews and 2 dogs

Fido just leaped for a frisbee and now he’s limping. What’s wrong with him? Do I need to take him to the vet? How much will it cost? This is why pet insurance is so extremely important. In a time of panic, you should be worrying about the health of your dog, not the number in your bank account. We rate the biggest names in the pet insurance industry based on our own research and provide you with a summary of what each company offers as well as pros and cons for each…

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Why Do Dogs Have Whiskers?

Closeup of dog's whiskers

Have you taken your dog to the groomer and noticed its whiskers are gone? Your dog probably feels a bit disoriented afterward. The technical term for whiskers is vibrissae, and they are more important than the whiskers humans grow on their faces. What do dog whiskers do and why you should never remove them? Read on to learn the answers to these questions and more…

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What to Do If Dog Your Gets Hit by a Car

Hope for the best, but plan for the worst. I find myself living by this rule through everything I do in life. I’m a naturally optimistic person, but I am also a prepared person. The thought of my dog getting hit by a car shakes me to the core, but I’m glad I’m writing about it because perhaps this article will save a dog’s life in the future…

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How To Treat A Poisoned Dog

A sick dog

Did your pet eat chocolate or get into the antifreeze in the basement? Act quick! It’s toxic and you need to breakout the poison patrol actions ASAP. But what do you do? Here are the five steps you need to take to get started treating a poisoned dog…

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Q&A with Embark’s Veterinary Geneticist, Dr. Erin Chu

We had some burning questions about Dog DNA tests, and we feel lucky to have found an expert to answer them! We are so thrilled that Dr. Chu took time out of her busy schedule to answer our dog DNA questions and help us better understand how it all works. Read on to learn more about how one becomes a geneticist, how accurate dog DNA tests are, how they differ from humans and much more as we dig deeper into this topic…

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