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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.

Hypoallergenic Dog Food: What It Is, Does It Really Work, and...

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

The Best Sensitive Stomach Dog Foods [2023]

Stomach upset in dogs is very common because there are many dogs with sensitive stomachs and food allergies. There is no single approach to treat...

15 Safe Human Medications for Dogs

In most cases, you should be only giving your dog medications that were manufactured specifically for dogs. However, there are some human meds for...

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...

Best Dog Food for Springer Spaniels: 9 Vet Recommended Brands

Today's dog foods are not one-size-fits-all. Continued canine nutritional research and investigations into the dog’s genome have shown that different breeds can benefit from...

Best Dog Food for Newfoundland: 10 Vet Recommended Brands

While the Newfoundland breed (or "Newfies") was officially recognized by the AKC in 1886, they were virtually unknown as a household pet just 20...

Dog Dental Chews: The 5 Best Recommended by Vets

Dog dental chews are designed to be both an attractive toy and an effective product for improving dental health. They massage a dog's gums and...

Holistic Dog Care: The Ultimate Evidence-based Guide

When people hear the term "holistic," they typically think about alternative medicine. It brings to mind acupuncture and herbal remedies alone. This is a common misconception, as...

5 Best Dog Shampoos Recommended by Veterinarians [2022]

Picking the right dog shampoo and their specific coat type is an important step. Dogs have natural oils in their skin that keeps their coat...

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 medication for internal parasites or “worms”. If you believe that your...

Dog Weight Loss Plan For An Overweight Dog: How to Slim...

Dog obesity is a rapidly growing health problem. Obese dogs will suffer from breathing issues, diabetes, arthritis, and joint pain (1). This article discusses the importance...

Best Dog Food for Rottweilers: 5 Vet Recommended Brands

Rottweilers are amazing, beautiful dogs with personalities to match. These dogs are smart and easy to train, which is what makes them an excellent...

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