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  • Loveable, goofy and devoted, Bluetick Coonhounds are always game for a walk, chase or romp.

  • Many owners say that they will never leave their dog in boarding kennels. However, situations may occur in which you are unable to take your dog with you, and boarding kennels may be your best alternative.

  • Weight-conscious people are familiar with BMI (Body Mass Index) as a yardstick to identify ideal weight. There is a way to measure the body condition of our furry friends, too. The pet version of BMI is called BCS (Body Condition Score) which is a quantitative yet subjective method for evaluating body fat.

  • Boerboels are strong and fearless with guardian instincts, but they’re also very playful and affectionate toward their owners.

  • Non-cancerous bone tumors are rare and mainly due to abnormal development. They include bone cysts and single or multiple lumps of bone in abnormal places (exostoses).

  • There are many causes of limping and lameness in young dogs. Most of these are relatively minor and resolve without medical or surgical intervention. However, there are other causes that are more serious and, if not treated promptly, may result in permanent lameness or lead to debilitating arthritis.

  • Bone marrow is the soft material found in the central core of many bones. Bone marrow is vitally important for the production of blood cells, specifically red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. Although many bones contain marrow, samples are collected from three main sites in cats and dogs: hip bone, top of thigh bone, or the forearm below the shoulder.

  • The bone marrow is the soft tissue inside the bones. Before birth, the marrow contains the primary (stem) cells that from all the red and white blood cells. After birth, some types of blood cells, particularly lymphocytes, are made in other parts of the body.

  • While all breeds need exercise and mental stimulation, the highly intelligent, energetic Border Collie needs them more than most. He will never be satisfied with life as a couch potato.

  • Proudly scruffy and plain-Jane brown, the Border Terrier looks like a mutt, and he would not have it any other way. A working terrier with a hard, wiry coat and bristly muzzle, the Border Terrier does not have time for lots of showing off or aggressive terrier posturing. He is calm, cool, collected, and ready to go for a walk, chase the rabbits out of the garden, or just sit contentedly beside you.

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