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35 Best Gifts for Dogs: Veterinarians Top Picks 2023

Last Updated on 2 weeks by Dr. Shannon Barrett Dogs are a part of our family, and what better way to show your pup some love than with a thoughtful gift? If you’re looking for ideas, look no further! In this post, we will take a look at the best gifts for dogs. From cozy dog beds to delicious treats, we’ve got you covered. So whether you’re looking for a birthday present, Christmas gift, or

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Best Dog and Cat Cones (E-Collars) According to Vets (2024)

Last Updated on 2 weeks by Dr. Shannon Barrett Looking for the best dog or cat cone (E-Collar) to protect your pet’s injury? Have they recently had surgery and now need to wear the cone of shame? Veterinarians have spoken! In this blog post, we’ll discuss the top E-collars according to vets, as well as their pros and cons. Keep your furry friend safe and comfortable with the right E-collar for them. Keep reading to

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Eye Discharge in Dogs, Symptoms, Treatment, and Causes

Last Updated on 2 weeks by Dr. Shannon Barrett Many of our canine friends are plagued by pesky eye discharge, and I commonly see it in my patients. There are many causes, such as allergies, that over-the-counter medication may treat. However, other reasons require a trip to the vet, such as dry eye or Keratoconjunctivitis sicca( KCS). Let’s explore the most common causes of eye discharge in your dog and how to treat them so

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NomNom Dog Food, Best Fresh Dog Food for Picky Eaters

Last Updated on 2 weeks by Dr. Shannon Barrett Why did I start feeding my dog Nom Nom Dog Food (a veterinarian’s perspective)? I started feeding my shepherd, Griffin, fresh dog food two years ago out of frustration. My husband and I had just returned from a trip, and while we were away, our pet sitter had spent much time enticing him to eat his dry food. However, Griffin had put his paw down and was

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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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