Dr. Stephanie Flansburg-Cruz practices mixed animal veterinary medicine and she has a special interest in shelter medicine and animal welfare. Stephanie enjoys volunteering at local animal shelters, reading, writing and traveling. 

Do dogs dream?

Do dogs dream?

Canines spend most of their lives sleeping. The National Sleep Foundation reports that dogs sleep 12 to 14 hours each day. A question that comes to mind when we see a dog sleeping is: do dogs dream? According to research, they are very likely to dream.

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Why do dogs have whiskers?

Why do dogs have whiskers?

The scientific term for whiskers is vibrissa, and they help dogs feel and explore their surroundings. These special tactile hairs are an evolutive trait that allows mammals to determine the size of nearby objects, detect threats, find their food, and much more. Keep reading to learn what are dogs whiskers, why they are important, and why they should never be removed.

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Why are dog's noses wet?

Why are dog's noses wet?

Have you ever felt a dog's nose? They are wet and cold. But, why? As a vet, I hear this question often, especially from novice pet parents who are sometimes afraid that something may be wrong with their furry companion. Today you'll learn why dog noses are wet and what you should do if it becomes dry.

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Why do dogs sneeze?

Why do dogs sneeze?

Sneezing is a common event in our daily lives. We usually sneeze when we have allergies, a cold, flu, sinus problems, among others. But, why do dogs sneeze? And, is sneezing in dogs dangerous?

There are various causes of sneezing in dogs, which are somehow different from the things that commonly cause sneezing in people. Recognizing the common causes of sneezing in dogs is important because sneezing can be a sign of serious life-threatening diseases such as cancer and distemper.

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What does it mean when my dog licks me?

What does it mean when my dog licks me?

Licking is a natural behavior in dogs, they use it to communicate with pack members, as well as to show submission and affection. So what does it mean when my dog licks me? Dogs learn to lick from their mothers and they use it throughout their lives to communicate with other dogs and humans. This instinctive behavior can be considered as a gesture of affection from dogs. Chances are that your dog is licking you because she/he loves you.

Why Do Dogs Lick?

  • They learned it from their mothers. When dogs are born, their mothers lick them to clean them up and help them start breathing. As they grow, their mothers lick their bellies to stimulate their digestive system and prevent constipation. Puppies learn this behavior from their mothers and use it later in life as a communication tool.
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4 things you should do to safely enjoy the summer with your dog

4 things you should do to safely enjoy the summer with your dog

The warn summer weather invites us to go outside and spend good time with our families and pets. Keep reading to learn more about how to safely enjoy this time of the year with your four-legged friend.

  1. Bring a Life Vest for Your Dog

Summer is the best time of the year to pursue water activities that you and your dog will enjoy. Make sure that you are safe during boat trips and other water activities by bring life vests for you and your dog.

Although most dogs are natural swimmers, that does not mean that they are exempt from water accidents. This is especially true for dogs who are not used to being in the water.  There are life vests created specifically for dogs that will give you peace of mind during your trip. EDITOR NOTE: Kurgo offers a nice selection of life vests for your dog.  Check them out online at kurgo.com!

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