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Do Healthy Dogs Snore? A Vet Explains Snoring

Last Updated on 1 hour by Dr. Shannon Barrett Do healthy dogs snore? Yes, they do. However snoring can also be the sign of an underlying health issue. Snoring happens when air flows past the relaxed tissues in your dog’s nose, mouth, or throat, making them vibrate and create that familiar rumbling sound. It’s a common occurrence not just in humans but in our furry friends as well. This vibratory noise can stem from several

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German Shepherds, Everything Vets Want You to Know

Last Updated on 2 weeks by Dr. Shannon Barrett As a vet, I love German Shepherds and I myself am a proud Shepherd owner.   As a pet parent, it’s fascinating to know about their history and special characteristics unique to German Shepherds.   German Shepherds aren’t just ordinary dogs, they have a rich history that adds to their charm. Where were German Shepherds Originally Bred?  These intelligent dogs originated in Germany in 1899.  Initially, they helped

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5 Best Dog Beds for Large Dogs: Vet’s Top Choices

Last Updated on 2 weeks by Dr. Shannon Barrett As a large dog owner and veterinarian, I have evaluated countless dog beds over the years. Here are my top choices: Top Picks for Large Dog Beds Choosing the right bed is essential for your large dog’s comfort and health. Large breeds require beds that provide ample space, support, and durability. Big Barker Orthopedic Bed The Big Barker Bed is our favorite. This company has reputation

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Dr. Fischer Baby Eye Wipes Review: Safe for Your Pets?

Last Updated on 3 weeks by Dr. Shannon Barrett Dr. Fischer Baby Eye Wipes are marketed for human babies. However their gentle ingredients rival those of pet-only eye wipes. Carefully formulated to be gentle on sensitive eyes, these wipes are free from preservatives and alcohol, ensuring a tear-free and non-irritating cleaning experience. They’re rinse-free for maximum convenience and have been endorsed by leading healthcare professionals. Whether you’re dealing with sticky residue from sleep, reactions to

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Dr. Shannon Barrett

Veterinarian with a Passion for Educating Pet Parents

Pets change our lives for the better and we are always trying to do the same for them. This site is a combination of tips and product recommendations to enhance the lives of our pets and the people owned by them.  Thanks for stopping by!

Dr. Shannon Barrett

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