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Unveiling the Secrets of Border Collies: What Vets Want You to Know

Last Updated on 6 days by Dr. Shannon Barrett We’ve all seen the adorable black and white Border Collie helping herd sheep on TV.   Perhaps your neighbor has one, and you thought, “Maybe a Border Collie would be a great fit for me?” As a vet, there are certain things we think about when an owner asks us about Border Collies. Although each dog is unique, they share some fundamental characteristics.   Let’s dive into what

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Dog And Cat Vision: Who Sees Better? Are they Colorblind? A Vet Explains (2023)

Last Updated on 6 days by Dr. Shannon Barrett Ever wondered why your furry friends react differently to their surroundings? You’re not alone. As a veterinarian, I am often asked if dogs are colorblind or if cats can see in the dark. These are common questions we have as pet owners. Ready to peek into your pet’s perspective? Let’s “see” through their eyes! The Unique Characteristics of Cat Vision A significant component responsible for a cat’s

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18 Best Healthy Dog Treats | Vet Approved

Last Updated on 6 days by Dr. Shannon Barrett What are the healthiest dog treats, according to veterinarians? If you want to give your dog healthy treats without the guilt,  we’ve compiled 18 Vet approved options.  These can be divided into homemade and commercial dog treats. This site only contains items I love and highly recommend.  It is reader supported and contains affiliate links.  Read more Homemade Dog Treats That Are Healthy Many pets want the action of being

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Anxiety in Dogs, A vet explains causes, signs, and Treatment 2023

Last Updated on 6 days by Dr. Shannon Barrett As a veterinarian, I have seen lots of dogs with anxiety. As a result, I have seen many owners anxious about their dog’s anxiety. If this is you, do not worry, you are not alone. This can range from shaking when they hear a loud noise to barking when you leave the house. It is upsetting for everyone (us as veterinarians and you as owners). Anxiety

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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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