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Getting Old Sucks - Cognitive Dysfuntion in Dogs (CCD)

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As most of you know, we have a dog who has just turned 15 years old. He’s half blind, almost completely deaf, his teeth are all filed down from fetching rocks before we got him (please don’t let your dogs fetch or eat rocks! If they do, here are some Training Tips: How to Keep A Dog From Eating Rocks), and he doesn't play as much as he used to.

Recently, we’re seeing his age really manifest itself in different ways. He still wants to play fetch every night, but often forgets he’s playing mid-game. He’s starting to “get lost” in familiar areas of the house. If we move furniture, he becomes confused and irritated. He is more easily startled and is more reliant on “touching us” all the time. He often doesn’t respond to commands - either due to the hearing loss or CCD, we’re not sure. Walks make him really nervous and we occasionally catch him staring into space. He’s not crawling under the bed (his preferred sleeping cave) as easily as he used to (largely due to arthritis) and we’ll sometimes call his name 7-8 times before he responds.

In fact, he’s acting more like a puppy than an adult. While it’s cute on one level, it's still a serious medical condition on another. Cheiss is exhibiting symptoms of Canine Cognitive Dysfunction (CCD).

CCD is a condition that is very similar to Alzheimer’s disease in humans. The brain actually develops lesions that look the same as those seen on the brains of humans with Alzheimer's. It can also cause behavioral and physical changes that are a bit disturbing, including...

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Who’s Your Daddy? The Case for Knowing Your Dog’s DNA

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As you know, we recently won an award from BlogPaws and thanks to Mars Petcare, we were able to be on site to receive it.

Among the amazing swag in the swag bags, we were thrilled to find a Wisdom Panel DNA test kit. I’ve been wanting to test our dog’s DNA, and discover which breeds make up our extraordinary mutts, since this test first came into existence!

Since we only had one kit, we had to decide which dog we would test. It wasn’t that difficult - Cheiss is our oldest dog, and the one we routinely (mistakenly, as it turns out) call our Aussie. He has all the characteristics of an Australian Shepherd - he loves to herd the rest of the family (including the cats), he’s super protective of his pack members, and he is the smartest dog we’ve ever had. We also suspected that he may have some Chow Chow in him, largely due to his protective nature and curly tail.

Boy, were we surprised. Not only is Cheiss is NOT an Australian Shepherd, he’s got breeds I don’t even know all that much about. But before I tell you which breeds make up this amazing dog, let me tell you about another amazing thing this test screens for...

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Keeping You and Your Pets Safe Without Power in Winter

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The weather is moody as a wild cat and these days, no one really knows what to expect. When a cold front moves in, it can easily cause road delays making you late for dinner or freeze power lines and take out heaters.

That means dangerous conditions for our pets, as well ourselves.

You already know the basics: Keep your pets indoors, make sure any outdoor animals (horses, cattle, even feral cats) have access to extra calories and warm blankets, as well as covered shelter. I"m sure you also remember that you cold-weather and aquatic pets are going to require extra care until power is restored.

But, once you get past the basics, there are a few other things to consider, particularly when it comes to birds, aquariums, reptiles and stray animals or livestock. You'll also want to look at some alternative ways to keep you and your pets entertained - and we've got plenty of suggestions for you.

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Top Irish Names for Dogs

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This year, Rover.com took an early survey to discuss which Irish names are the most popular among pet lovers in the USA. The result is a fun, informative infographic that gives us an overview of our most favorite Irish things in the US.

As it turns out, Americans are pretty obsessed with the Emerald Isle. Here are a few other things you may not know:

Louisville, KY surprisingly ranks #1 for the most Irish-named dogs; San Francisco ranks #1 for most Irish dog breeds, with neighboring city Vallejo ranking #1 for most Irish food & beverage dog names.

Irish Actor Liam Neeson (who does not appear to be a fan of wolves or wolf lovers) nevertheless appears to lead the pack for actor-inspired Irish dog names. We won't know his feelings on wolves for sure until we ask him, but rest assured, we'll be reporting comments when/if we do.

Guinness made the list for #3 alcohol-related top dog names in 2014. Surprising considering all of the other amazing dog brews on the market!

And now, here is the list of popular Irish dog names!

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Tropiclean Gifts & a Chance to Win #SmoochURPooch

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Little gifts are the most meaningful and this is especially true when it comes to our pets. What family hasn’t enjoyed watching their pets open a stocking on Christmas morning?

This year, make sure each of your pet’s stockings have something that helps keep their teeth in good shape. TropiClean Dental products are a wonderful addition to any holiday list and there is something for everyone! Read on - we are giving you and your pack 10 chances to WIN your holiday gifts this year!

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