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How Veterinarians Estimate Dog Age

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We understand why it’s important for you to know how old your dog is. You want to be prepared and give them the appropriate care for their life stage, anticipate any age-related health conditions, and give them the best life possible. Knowing your dog’s age can inform many of the choices you make about their...

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Planning The First Vet Appointment For Your Puppy

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Your puppy’s health is your first priority, so it’s important to schedule their first vet appointment in a timely manner. Going to the vet can be nerve-wracking for pups and owners alike, but these tips from the Embark veterinary team will help make it a positive experience. You should schedule the first vet appointment for...

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Top Dog Training Tips and Techniques

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Looking for advice on how to train your shelter dog or new puppy? Embark spoke with Carrie Weber of Good Dog Training to learn more about dog behavior and how DNA testing can help you and your trainer better assist your pup. Whether you have a puppy that’s still learning their manners or a senior...

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Training & Behavior

7 Ways to Manage Anxiety in Dogs

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Anxiety in dogs is rarely a simple diagnosis. According to the Merck Veterinary Manual, anxiety is a response to fear and agitation, or apprehension when your dog anticipates a scary situation. Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to help your dog cope. What causes anxiety in dogs? There are many possible causes of...

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Preventive Care

How the Bacteria in Your Dog’s Mouth Affect Their Oral Health

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There are hundreds of bacteria in a dog’s mouth. The mouth offers an ideal environment for bacteria, providing a stable temperature, moisture, and nutrients. It is home to many microbial communities, which coat a dog’s teeth, tongue, gums, and palate (the roof of the mouth). These bacteria can have either a helpful or harmful effect...

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Dog Nutrition

Dog Gut Health Explained

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Many different factors affect dog gut health, including diet, nutrition, genetics, and infectious diseases. All of these factors play a role in regulating the bacteria that live inside your dog’s gastrointestinal (GI) tract, which in turn affect their digestive health. Knowing how to maintain your dog’s gut health and what signs to watch for can...

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Dog Nutrition

Probiotics, Prebiotics, and Other Gut Health Supplements for Dogs

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With so many gut health supplements for dogs available today, it can be hard to know which one to choose. Here, we’ll explain the different types of digestive supplements, including probiotics for dogs, and when to use them to support your dog’s gut health. What are gut health supplements for dogs? Gut health supplements for...

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Preventive Care

All About Body Condition Score in Dogs

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Wondering if your dog may be under- or overweight? Every dog’s ideal weight is different. A body condition score is a tool that you can use in between vet visits to monitor your dog’s weight and help them stay in a healthy range. What is a body condition score in dogs? A body condition score...

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Preventive Care

Vet-Approved Mobility Support Tools for Dogs

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Disclosure: This article contains affiliate links, meaning that Embark may receive a small commission if you make a purchase. All linked products have been reviewed by a veterinarian.  There are many reasons why a dog may require extra mobility support when getting up or walking: recovery from back or leg surgery, weakness or muscle loss...

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Eating too fast can be unhealthy for dogs. In this photo, a dog wearing a red collar lays down on a wood floor next to an overflowing bowl of kibble.
Dog Nutrition

3 Ways to Help Your Dog Slow Down When Eating

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Disclosure: This article contains affiliate links, meaning that Embark may receive a small commission if you make a purchase. All linked products have been reviewed by a veterinarian.  Most dogs love their food. If your dog is highly food motivated, you’ve probably seen them gulp down a treat or a bowl of food and wondered...

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Aging

5 Steps to a Senior Dog-Proof Home

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Disclosure: This article contains affiliate links, meaning that Embark may receive a small commission if you make a purchase. All linked products have been reviewed by a veterinarian.  As dogs get older, they undergo behavioral and physical changes. You may notice that your once-energetic dog now happily snoozes the day away and moves more slowly...

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A dog wears a red harness across his chest. Learning how to choose the right harness for your dog can help with walks and preventing injury.
Training & Behavior

How to Choose the Right Harness For Your Dog

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Disclosure: This article contains affiliate links, meaning that Embark may receive a small commission if you make a purchase. All linked products have been reviewed by a veterinarian.  Pet stores and online retailers offer modern dog owners a dizzying array of training and walking tools. Collars, harnesses, leashes, and other equipment keep your dog close...

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Preventive Care

7 Ways to Provide Mental Stimulation for Dogs

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If you have a dog, you probably invest a lot of resources into caring for their physical health. Your dog’s behavioral health is just as important. Like humans, dogs have complex emotional and social needs. Appropriate mental stimulation for dogs can support their overall behavioral health, giving them a way to exercise their brains as well as...

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Aging

10 Questions to Ask Your Veterinarian About Senior Dog Care

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We know it’s never easy to think about your dog getting older. You might have recently learned that your dog is older than you thought. Perhaps you adopted a senior dog, and you’re wondering what type of senior dog care is appropriate for them. Whatever the case may be, having an accurate idea of your dog’s age...

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Preventive Care

What Your Dog’s Poop Can Tell You

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There’s more to dog poop than scooping. Although it may not be your favorite topic to think about, your dog’s stool can reveal a lot about their health. Sending a stool sample from your dog for analysis can tell you a few things about their gut health, like whether the bacteria that make up their...

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Dog Care

From puppyhood to the senior years, caring for a dog is a rewarding experience. Beyond the joy they bring us, dogs also come with unique needs. Providing the right training, nutrition, and preventive care is important for their physical and mental well-being.

At Embark, we want to help all dogs live healthier lives. Here, we share expert dog care advice, including tips from veterinarians, training resources, and checklists to help you keep your dog happy and healthy.

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