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4th of July or the End of the World: Does your dog know the difference?

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As July quickly sneaks up on us, there are many things to be excited about. Cookouts, fun in the sun, trail rides, and of course, Independence Day! However, while the coolers get stocked and the grill fires up, many dog owners are bracing themselves for another year’s boisterous (totally terrifying, monstrously menacing, bone-chilling) fireworks display.

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Meet Rebecca and Razz

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Name: Razz Breed: Miniature Pinscher Mix Age: 4 Owner: Rebecca Gordon I adopted Razz from a local animal control agency about two years ago. He has always struggled with dry, itchy skin and was even waking us up in the

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Peek in our Paks – Katy M.

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Ever wish you could take a sneak peek inside our horses’ SmartPaks? Now you can! Check out the supplements we love, for the animals we adore. This Month’s Pick Staff Member: 
Katy Morse Department: 
Merchandising Dog: Maisy & Poppy Maisy

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Spring into Action! Exercise ideas for your dog – Pt. 2

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Since the first installment of our “Spring Into Action” Blog, spring has really sprung! Foals have been born, horse show season is in full swing and a few tiny hummingbirds have even been spotted hovering around their sugar-water feeders. With

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Meet Julie and Kasey

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Breed: Chocolate Lab Age: 10 Owner: Julie Keefer A couple of months ago, Kasey suddenly stopped jumping on the bed and the couch and was moving stiffly in general. Her favorite thing to do is to sleep upside down on

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Choosing a Flea Preventative

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What is the most effective flea med available? BG, Texas Dear BG, Unfortunately, there’s not really “one” most effective flea product. Because different products contain different active ingredients, they all work a little differently. It’s up to you and your

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Spring into Action! Exercise ideas for your dog

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Finally—the glorious season of longer days and warm sunshine has arrived, which means more time for you, your horse, and your dog to jump into spring activities. But hold on one second! While our brains may be more than ready

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Heartworm Testing

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“Why does my dog need a heartworm test every year? Can’t I just buy the preventive from you without a prescription? – ER, Vermont”

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Protect your dog’s pearly whites

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“Do you brush your dog’s teeth? For most of us the answer will probably be “no,” but with February being Canine Dental Health Month, we wanted to look at why keeping your pup’s mouth clean can do more than freshen his breath…”

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Meet Tara and Odie

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“I adopted Odie eight years ago from a rescue. It took him two years to trust me, but now he is the most loving dog that I have ever known. About a year ago, he stopped playing and wrestling with our younger dog. I also noticed that he was falling behind on our walks and was even starting to fall down the stairs…”

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Best Joint Supplement for Early Joint Discomfort in Dogs

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“Which joint supplement would be best for a middle-aged dog that weighs around 50 pounds? He’s not lame or anything, but I’m worried that he’s starting to get arthritis because I notice he’s getting slower to get up from a nap, jump in the car, climb stairs, things like that…”

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Doggy diets: are you pulling your weight?

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We all know that at this time of year, we set out our resolutions and hope to be healthier in the New Year. This year, why not include your dog in that goal as well? According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, 54% of America’s pets are overweight. Here, you’ll find some tools and tricks to help take your pup from fat to fit.

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Meet Kat and George

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“We have had George since he was thirteen weeks old. He is a fantastic little barn dog! He’s always been game to hop in the truck with me, do chores around the farm, and play with the big dogs. A few months ago I noticed that George was starting to get uncomfortable at the end of hard days of playing and working…”

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Top Gifts on Every Tail-Wagger’s Holiday Wishlist

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The holidays are right around the corner, and while the elves at SmartPak are busy packing up your orders and sending them with care, we wanted to make sure none of trusted companions miss out on the fun! So tell Santa Paws not to worry—SmartPak’s got everything your furry friend wants this Christmas!

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Barn Dogs: How to Make Good Manners STAY!

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“When you walk into the barn with your dog, what is the reaction of other boarders and riders?…”

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