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Cats and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

~ by Nomi Berger As the days grow darker and shorter, and the thermometer plummets, so does the mood of millions of people living in the Northern Hemisphere. But humans are not the only ones affected by what scientists refer to as Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD. Our cats – even the happiest, most active and energetic ones — can suffer the same dramatic

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Reduce Your Dachshund’s High Risk of Back Injury

~ by Nomi Berger As a breed, Dachshunds are highly prone to back problems. While the most common site is the thoracolumbar spine, the neck and cervical spine can also be affected. Known as Intervertebral Disc Disease, it involves an intervertebral disc that either protrudes to some degree or has prolapsed completely, resulting in compression of the spinal cord, causing acute pain and/or neurological

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DO YOU KNOW YOUR SHIH TZU?

~ by Nomi Berger The Shih Tzu may have several names, including Chinese Lion Dog, Lion Dog and Chrysanthemum Dog, but they all add up to the same thing. One very adorable, personable, often stubborn but always loyal and loving companion. With his sweet-natured temperament, the Shih Tzu is less demanding and less yappy than most toy breeds. Alhough solidly built and lively, his

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Boston Terriers vs French Bulldogs

~ by Nomi Berger Identical twins or kissing cousins? At first glance, these two small, frisky breeds may seem the same. But in spite of some similar personality traits, they’re as far apart as Massachusetts is from France. The history of the Boston Terrier as a breed began in the late 1800’s in Boston, Mass. They were the result of crossing a white English

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