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Deborah Shores, DVM

Deborah Shores, DVM
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In the last 8 years, Dr. Shores has worked as a clinical veterinarian for dogs, cats, small mammals and non-human primates as well as a writer on the subject of pet health. Her passion is breaking down the intricacies of proper dog health care and dog nutrition.

The Ultimate List of Toxic and Safe Plants, Seeds for Dogs

The idea of gardening when you have a dog can be daunting. Even if you do not garden but have plants around, not only...

Top 50 Best Grain Free Dog Food Brands

Many dog owners today are aware of the disadvantages that grains can have on canine health. Picking one of the best grain free dog food...

The 45 Best Senior Dog Food Brands

When it comes to “senior dog foods,” most dog owners believe that they’re doing the right thing by choosing a food labeled specifically for...

Hydrocortisone Cream for Dogs: What Is It and How to Use...

Hydrocortisone is a medicinal substance that is found in many human-grade topicals. Its main utilization is in treating inflammation or allergic reactions, particularly if...

Ask a Vet: What’s the Best Dog Food for Arthritis?

As dogs age, their health deteriorates, and the most common health problem in senior dogs is osteoarthritis (1). Unfortunately, canine arthritis is not exclusive to...

6 Vet’s Tips on How to Care for Senior Dogs

Our pets today live much longer than they did a few decades ago, thanks to advancements in veterinary care and a variety of medicine,...

Ask a Vet: Does Hypoallergenic Dog Food Really Work and Why?

If your dog suffers from itchy skin, your veterinarian may have suggested a "diet trial" or "elimination diet" using hypoallergenic dog food as the most...

Ask a Vet: How to Put an Overweight Dog on a...

In recent years, dogs - just like their human counterparts - have become more and more overweight (1). In fact, studies show that canine obesity...

The Vet’s Guide on DNA Tests for Dogs

Long before I went into veterinary practice, my first dog was a “pound puppy” – a stray that had been picked up by the...

5 Reasons Why Grain Free Diet May Not Be Right for...

In the last few years, grain free diet for dogs have become all the rage for pet parents. It's likely you've heard or read...

A Veterinarian’s Guide on Treadmills for Dogs

Many puppy parents wonder how they can exercise the family dog more frequently or more efficiently. Taking walks or playing outdoors may be difficult...

A Vet’s Guide to Dewormers for Dogs: The What, Why and...

At one time or another in your dog’s life, he may need to take a medication for internal parasites or “worms”. If you believe...

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10 Best Homemade Vegan Dog Food Recipes

Feeding your dog a high-quality vegan dog food can be hard since there aren’t many commercial vegan foods available for you to choose. Making homemade...
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The Dos and Don’ts of Running with Dogs

When it comes to the right and wrong things to do when preparing to start actively running with your pooch on a regular basis,...
6 Signs of Back Problems in Dogs and What You Can Do About It

6 Signs of Back Problems in Dogs and What You Can...

Dogs may not sit in front of the computer for hours the way some of us do, but that doesn’t make them immune to...

Keto Diet for Dogs: Good or Bad?

In a recent survey, a large percentage of American dog owners reported that they tend to feed their pets a similar diet as they...
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7 Facts About Dogs You Didn’t Know

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Seizures and Your Dog: Understanding the Different Types of Canine Seizures

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Dealing with an anxious dog is normal for almost every pet owner. Whether it's separation anxiety, noise phobia from thunderstorm or fireworks, car travel...
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