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At What Age are Female Dogs Sexually Mature?

Knowing at what age female dogs are sexually mature is something new puppy owners should be aware of, so to know what to expect as the puppy matures. While many puppy owners may never witness the most evident changes of sexual maturity due to early spay programs, nowadays, more and more puppy owners opt to wait to spay their pups.

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What Do I Do If My Dog is Unexpectedly Pregnant?

If your dog is unexpectedly pregnant, you may be caught off-guard and may be wondering what you can do about it. Perhaps a variety of thoughts are racing through your mind such as whether dog pregnancies can be terminated or what to do with all the puppies and whether they will all find good homes. Veterinarian Dr. Ivana shares several options for owners of dogs who are unexpectedly pregnant.

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Ask the Vet: Behaviors of Intact Female Dogs

The behaviors of intact female dogs are for the most part hormone-induced. In other words, when an intact female dog is spayed, a portion of these behaviors should decrease due to the reduction of hormones. Veterinarian Dr. Ivana shares a variety of behaviors of intact female dogs.

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Health Problems in Dogs With Merle Coats

The health problems in dogs with merle coats is something perspective dog owners should be aware about before considering adopting a dog with this coat pattern. Breeders should be aware of these problems too considering the many risks of breeding dogs with these coats.

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Ask the Vet: Why is the Male Dog Refusing to Mount?

A male dog refusing to mount a female dog may be very upsetting for prospective breeders hoping for a litter of puppies. Can male dogs refuse to mount a female dog because he's stressed? Could the female not be in heat? These are many questions worthy of pondering. Veterinarian Dr. Ivana discusses some potential causes and what can be done to help.

Early Eye Development in Puppies

Early Eye Development in Puppies

Early eye development in puppies is something breeders should be aware of, so they can recognize signs of trouble and take swift intervention as needed. Recognizing early signs of problems is fundamental considering that not always things may go as smooth as thought. All puppies are born with their eyes sealed shut for extra protection considering that puppies are born quite helpless and undeveloped.