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Breed Profile: Pug

If their social media popularity is anything to go by, the Pug may just be the little dog that conquers the world! Since all those social media posts are pretty true to their personalities, you probably already know what to expect from Pugs: friendly, funny little dogs that snort and… well… fart in equal measure, and who make great family pets.

If you’re thinking about adding a pug to your life, here’s what you need to know.

FitBark: A Review

There aren't many health conscious wrists in Canada these days that don't have a fitness watch of some kind. Regardless of the brand, they're there to motivate you, but also to keep track of your health. What if you could do the same for your dog?

FitBark makes that possible, with their FitBark 2 dog activity monitor. Here's what you need to know!

Need a Tick Remover? Try This!

We might spend six months of the years battling snow storms in Canada, but when summer comes around, we're all going to be out there, walking, hiking and having fun with our dogs. Since Canada also has a high incidence of Lyme Disease, that means summer season is also the time we need to worry about ticks - those horrible little bugs that carry it.

Breed Profile: Affenpinscher

It’s not often that a dog looks like it might have walked right out of a cartoon, but if any qualify for that description, it must be, hands down, the Affenpinscher. There’s nothing out there that looks quite like this little dog, and if you are looking for a unique breed to make part of your family, and you like toy breeds, this might well be the dog breed for you.

Patellar Luxation in Dogs: What You Need to Know

The name might throw you off, but patellar luxation is also known by a simpler name: kneecap dislocation. While you might think that’s something that only affects humans, and then only usually people who run or exert themselves, it’s actually a fairly common condition in dogs, particularly in smaller breeds, and it’s more common in female dogs than males.

What Is Patellar Luxation?

Patellar luxation is the name for a condition where the kneecap dislocates from it’s position, and while this doesn’t usually cause pain or discomfort, it can make moving a little difficult until the kneecap moves back to where it belongs.

What Are the Symptoms of Patellar Luxation?

In many cases, particularly early on, you might not notice any symptoms if your dog has patellar luxation.

Over time, you may notice limping, your dog raising a leg for no apparent reason from time to time, or even a little lameness. This will usually last as long as the kneecap is out of position, but if it moves back into position, the symptoms may disappear seemingly on their own.

Eventually, if your dog also suffers from arthritis, they may develop more stiffness and pain.

Why Does Your Dog Have Patellar Luxation?

In some cases, patellar luxation is congenital, meaning your dog is born with a deformation that causes the condition. In others, trauma or injury to the leg may cause this to happen.

Diagnosing Patellar Luxation

When you ask your veterinarian about your dog’s knee, they will probably take a history, focusing on limping or other symptoms common to this condition. They will probably take x-rays to view the bones, and will physically examine the area. In some cases, fluid samples from the knee or knees affected may be taken.

Treating Patellar Luxation

In most cases, the only effective treatment of patellar luxation is surgery, but since many dogs don’t have pain or discomfort from this condition, your vet may advise that you take a wait and see approach.

When your veterinarian does decide surgery is wise, they might adjust the “fastening” of the kneecap to the knee, or alter the groove in the bone that they kneecap rests in. The good news is this type of surgery has better than 90% chance of being a great success.

After surgery, your dog will have to avoid jumping for a while, and there may be a chance that the condition may recur.

Of course, as with any condition that may be inherited, it’s a very bad idea to use any dog that has patellar luxation for breeding, and if you are buying a small breed dog from a breeder, make sure that you ask about any history of this condition in the puppy’s parents.

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Breed Profile: Weimaraner

They might not be a popular breed in Canada, but there's no denying that the Weimaraner is a striking breed! With their distinctive grey coat and yellowish, grey or blue eyes, they're impossible to mistake for anything other than themselves, and they make good family dogs too!

A breed that was literally born to hunt, they're energetic, brave and smart, and if you are looking for a larger, easy to maintain and active dog for your family, this might be it!

Warning! These Items Contain Xylitol!

Xylitol is a popular sugar substitute that's been used for decades in many different products. But it's also highly toxic to dogs. In fact, just last year, a Great Dane in Ontario died after eating a pack of gum.

But gum is not the only thing that we have around our homes that contains xylitol, and you might have highly toxic substances within reach of your dog right now. Read on to find out why xylitol is dangerous for dogs, get a list of products that commonly contain this artificial sweetener, how to avoid them, and what to do if you think your dog might have eaten some.

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