By KARLA PETERSON  for the San Diego Union Tribune

It’s not your imagination, dog owners. Fido really is that into you.

A  UC San Diego study shows that dogs are capable of displaying jealous behaviors when their owners are paying too much attention to an interloper. The findings of the study, the first experimental test of jealous behaviors in dogs, suggest that dogs have a more complex emotional life than some skeptical humans would like to admit.

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Is one human year equal to seven “dog years” when it comes to a dog’s age? Recent studies have shown that this isn’t exactly true.

10 Ways You Might Be Stressing Out Your Dog

Analysis by Dr. Karen Shaw Becker | Article Featured on Mercola Pets

Dogs become stressed for a lot of different reasons, and many humans are oblivious to canine stressors because, well, we’re human! For example, dog-to-dog greetings involve a lot of circling and sniffing, neither of which is easy to accomplish while on a leash.

This is probably why leashed dogs often appear anxious when they encounter other dogs. They can’t greet each other in a natural manner, which means they can’t size up the other dog as friend or foe, and they can’t prepare to fight or run if necessary because they’re tethered to their human.

Another thing many people don’t realize is the extent to which we, as pet parents, create stress in our dogs. Some of the following human-induced dog stress triggers may surprise you.

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Importance of wellness exams

Article Featured on AVMA

Veterinarians recommend regular wellness exams for the same reason your physician and dentist recommend them – if you can detect a problem in its early stages, it’s more likely to be treated and resolved with less expense, less difficulty and better success.

As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Vaccinations, heartworm prevention and routine deworming are important components of wellness care and can prevent diseases that are not only life-threatening, but very expensive to treat.

Your veterinarian can recommend a wellness program based on your pet’s breed (some breeds are predisposed to certain health problems), age, lifestyle and overall health.

Oregon Veterinary Specialty Hospital (OVSH) has been serving the Portland and Beaverton area community since 1979. Dr. Robert T. Franklin (Internal medicine) welcomes referrals from veterinarians all over the Pacific Northwest. Our goal is to help your pet regain health and live a long and happy life.

Oregon Veterinary Specialty Hospital

9339 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy,
Beaverton, OR 97005.

Phone: 503.292.3001
Fax: 503.292.6808
Email: [email protected]

How to Ease Your Dog's Separation Anxiety

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Does your dog get nervous when he sees you getting ready to leave the house? Does he go bonkers with joy when you come home? Did he destroy your shoes, claw the door, or chew the corner off an end table while you were gone? Your dog could have separation anxiety.

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First aid tips for pet owners

Article Featured on AVMA

What would you do if:

  • …your dog ate the bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips that was left out on the kitchen counter?
  • …your cat had a seizure right in front of you?
  • …your dog fell down the stairs and started limping?
  • …your cat was overheating on a hot summer day?

To avoid the feelings of panic that may accompany these situations, we recommend the following steps to better prepare you for a pet medical emergency. The following links summarize the basics you need for giving first aid care to your pet.

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How to Keep Your Dog Happy on Crate Rest

BY KRISTEN SEYMOUR | Article Featured on

If you were told you needed to be on bed rest for the next few weeks to allow an injury to properly heal, you probably wouldn’t be thrilled, but you’d understand the reason for it — and, most likely, follow your doctor’s orders. After all, bed rest is just an excuse to binge-watch everything on Netflix, right? You might even enjoy being waited on and pampered! Read more

Article Featured on Vetstreet

Seems like every time I turn around, I see a Labradoodle or Goldendoodle prancing down the street or walking into the veterinary clinic. The two hybrids — one a cross between a Labrador Retriever and a Poodle, the other a cross between a Golden Retriever and a Poodle — are among the most popular of the many “designer dogs” created with the goal of reducing allergic responses to dogs or simply to provide a dog who’s just a little different from all the others.

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Why You Shouldn't Let Your Dog Eat Table Scraps

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It may be tempting to let your dog eat table scraps, especially when they are staring at you throughout your meal. You may even think you are giving them a nice little treat.

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Growing Old Is Better With a Pet. Here's Why

By JAMIE DUCHARME  | Article Featured on

People who are looking to stay well as they age may want to adopt a pet, according to new data from the University of Michigan National Poll on Healthy Aging.

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