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Preventive Care

In addition to regular vet visits, maintaining your dog’s health at home can help them stay happy and healthy later in life. Find tips, resources, and best practices for preventive care.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Signs of Allergies in Dogs: Types and What to Look For

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Dogs and people share many traits, among them having allergies and allergic reactions. But not all allergies show up the same way. At first glance, you might not know if your dog has seasonal allergies, food allergies, or something else. ‌Understanding the signs of allergies in dogs can help reveal possible solutions, including whether to...

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All About Overheating in Dogs

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The sun is out and your dog’s tongue is out, it’s time for fun! There’s no rain, no work — finally, you and your dog can hit the trails early, chill poolside, or go to the beach and play ultimate frisbee. Whatever summer activity you choose, when it comes to fun with your four-legged friend,...

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Your dog’s dental health is an important part of their overall health.
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How to Maintain Your Dog’s Dental Health

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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. Your dog’s dental health is an important part of their overall health. You love seeing that toothy smile when you walk in the door and give your...

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5 Paw Protection Tips for Summer

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Summer is a great time to be a dog parent. The weather is warm and there’s an endless list of outdoor adventures to enjoy, from long city walks to strolls along sandy beaches. But what about when the weather is too warm? Hot weather can be uncomfortable for dogs, especially when their paws touch hot...

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Top Winter Accessories to Keep Your Dog Warm

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Disclosure: This article contains affiliate links, meaning that Embark may receive a small commission if you make a purchase.  When winter weather arrives, we ready ourselves with coats, scarves, hats, and warm blankets, but what about our four-legged friends? This winter gear for dogs will help you get your pup ready for the chilly weather,...

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9 Ways To Use a Dog GPS Tracker To Manage Your Dog’s Health

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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. It should surprise no dog lover that dogs, just like people, live longer and healthier lives if they stay in great physical condition. Getting enough exercise not...

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