Christmas Safety Tips for Your Dog

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  With Christmas right around the corner, I thought it might be helpful to give a few tips on how to keep our pets happy and healthy throughout the holiday season. Several of the plants commonly purchased for decorations during the Christmas season are poisonous to pets and children, such as poinsettia and mistletoe. Choose [...]

Arthritis in Dogs

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Arthritis is one of the most common afflictions for dogs; it affects one in five dogs in the United States. Arthritis is a debilitating condition which causes inflammation and pain in a dog’s joints, and usually affects elbows, hips, shoulders, back and neck. It can affect one or more joints and is often present in both [...]

Flea Care Products for Dogs – Chemical or Natural

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  There are a variety of flea products available for treating dogs. For this article, I  am separating them into two categories: Chemical or Natural. Chemical treatments are any treatment that uses a chemical’s toxicity to kill the fleas on your dog. Whereas a natural treatment is any treatment method that doesn’t rely on toxic [...]

How to Get Rid of Fleas in Homes and Yards?

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Over 80% of a flea infestation takes place in the environment, while only 20% is on your pets. The flea is a very resilient pest, but there are some things you can do to make your home and yard a less hospitable habitat. If you missed the article on the flea’s life cycle then I recommend [...]

Dog Walking Etiquette

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  Sometimes we fail to notice how other people feel. When walking your dog do your best to behave in a courteous manner. Just because we love our dogs doesn’t mean everyone else feels the same way. Some people may even be terrified of dogs. It is up to responsible dog owners like us, to improve the [...]

Training Your Dog to Come

Training your dog to come reliably when called is extremely important, you never know when you will need to protect your dog and the best way will be to call him back to you. Especially, if like me, you take your dog out to parks where you do not have to leash your dog. I [...]

Dog Separation Anxiety

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  One of the most difficult behavior problems to correct in dogs is separation anxiety. Symptoms include: digging and scratching at doors and windows destructive chewing Barking, howling, whining Urination and defecation from an otherwise house trained pet. Of course, many of these activities could just be the result of bad manners. But if the misbehaving [...]

Anesthesia Risks for Dogs

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  Whether or not to use anesthesia is perhaps one of the most sensitive topics in pet care. Many pet owners have suffered the tragic loss of a pet. Often, these pet owners suspect that the death came about due to negligence while their pet was under anesthesia. Sometimes their suspicions are true, sometimes they’re not. The [...]

Household Items That are Poisonous or Dangerous to Dogs

Onions are poisonous to dogs

Just as you child-proof your home before the new baby begins to walk, you have to consider that your new dog will go after just about anything in the home. Puppies, especially teething puppies, will want to taste everything, but not everything in your home belongs in your pup’s mouth. Here are some common household [...]

January is National Walk Your Pet Month

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Depending on where you live, this might seem a bit odd, especially if there’s a few inches of snow waiting to be shoveled off your driveway. I’m just speculating, but I’m guessing whoever chose January doesn’t even own a dog. I know my dog’s would’ve preferred April. If someone wants to start a petition to [...]

Summer Travel With Your Pet

It’s the end of summer and many people are making last minute travel plans.  If you want to take your pet with you there are a few things you should consider in your plans to help ensure everything goes well for you and your pet. If you are not going very far with your pet [...]