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How Veterinarians Estimate Dog Age

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We understand why it’s important for you to have an accurate estimate of your dog’s age. You want to be prepared and give your dog the appropriate care for their age, 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...

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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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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 Support Your Dog’s Behavioral Health

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If you have a dog, you probably invest a lot of resources into caring for their physical health. Frequent walks, high-quality dog food, heartworm preventative medications, and regular veterinary checkups all help your dog physically thrive.  However, you may not realize that their behavioral health and mental well-being are important as well. Like humans, dogs...

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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 received Embark Age Test results for your dog that were older than you expected. Or maybe you recently adopted a senior dog with an unknown age.  Whatever the case may be, having an accurate idea of your dog’s age can...

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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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Preventive Care

What To Do If Your Dog Has Diarrhea

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Sometimes diarrhea is actually a normal response. It can be an effective way for the body to purge itself of a toxin or pathogen. But sometimes, especially if it lasts for more than 48 hours, diarrhea can be a sign of an underlying health problem.  What’s really going on when your dog has diarrhea? How...

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Puppy

What To Do If Your Puppy Has Diarrhea

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Your new puppy is busy! All that playing, learning, and growing on the outside is only part of what’s going on. All your puppy’s internal systems are busy developing too. And because puppies’ immune and digestive systems are still immature, a parasite, pathogen, or even a new food can cause a lot more trouble than...

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Aging

The Science Behind the Embark Dog Age Test

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As of October 4, 2022, the Embark Dog Age Test is available to order. The Age Test uses a dog’s DNA to measure their calendar age. Specifically, it uses a type of DNA marker called methylation. Here, we explore the science behind the Age Test and explain how DNA methylation can be used to calculate...

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Puppy

7 Effective Ways To Tell How Big Your Puppy Will Get

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Puppy owners are always curious about how big their puppy will get when they reach adulthood. This is a perfectly natural question, as everyone wants to make sure their new furry friend will be able to fit comfortably in their home. However, a dog’s full-grown size is a complex trait to determine with 100% certainty....

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Aging

How to Care for Your Dog at Every Age

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There are several ways veterinarians estimate dog age and puppy age. Knowing a dog’s age can help inform what kind of lifestyle and preventive care plan is right for them.  As dogs age, their social, behavioral, and health needs change. Read on to learn more about dog age and health, and find tips for giving...

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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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