Tagged: dog care

Kennel Cough

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2 dogs at an animal shelter

We always recommend and stress the importance of adopting your next pet from an animal shelter or rescue as opposed to buying from a breeder, online or from a pet store.  By adopting a pet, you play a crucial role in helping lower the number of animals euthanized for lack of space in our shelters. Quite literally, you save a life.
We try to debunk animal shelter myths and highlight successful adoption stories, but it’s a big decision to adopt an animal and a lot of animals are returned due to a range of circumstances, one of them being what…

9 ‘Pet Flipping’: How to Avoid Becoming a Victim

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cavalier king charles spaniel tied up

If you keep up with pet news at all, you have likely heard about the crummy new trend in the animal theft underworld called ‘pet flipping.’  Pet flipping occurs when a bad guy steals a pet and then sells it to turn a quick profit.  The pet can be stolen from a backyard, or fraudulently claimed in response to a Good Samaritan’s “Found Pet” post in the newspaper or on Craigslist.
Primarily, dogs are the target of pet flippers, and the dogs stolen most often are those that look like “purebreds.”  In some cases, if the dog is not spayed…

10 MAP: Dog Friendly Beaches in the U.S.A.

POSTED BY Annie M IN

black and white dog at the beach

There are only a few months left of glorious Summer! If you have been thinking about hitting the beach with your dog, here is a map to dog friendly beaches in the U.S.A. to help you plan your outing.
Beach details are listed under each address. Because rules vary, are specific and subject to change, it’s a good idea to research the beach before you plan your day trip. Websites for each beach, if available, can be found in the description.
Check out our Top 6 Hot Weather Safety Tips for Dogs, stay safe out there and happy swimming!

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10 Despicable Me: The Top 7 Ickiest Things I Have Done as a Pet Parent

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2 black dogs buckled in seatbelts

Have you ever noticed how parents of human children are completely indifferent to the disgusting things they do on a daily basis?  It’s as if having a child suddenly endows one with a superhuman resistance to squeamishness.  Even some of my most refined girlfriends, upon becoming mothers, have transformed from delicate daisy to down-and-dirty.   For instance, picking a child’s nose for him.  That used to be considered appalling.  But now that it’s THEIR child’s nose that needs excavating, they dig in with alacrity!
After becoming a pet parent, I can finally sympathize.  The drive to nurture and protect your charge…

5 6 Hot Weather Safety Tips for Dog Owners

POSTED BY Annie M IN

2 french bulldogs in the grass

Certain parts of the United States are experiencing massive heat waves this summer with temperatures soaring well into the triple digits. We put together a list of the top 6 things dog owners should know about hot weather safety.
1. How Dogs Handle Heat. Dogs do sweat but not the same way we do. The main way they cool themselves is by panting. Heat dissipates through the tongue and paw pads and the evaporation helps them maintain a healthy body temperature. Their cooling system is not nearly as sophisticated as ours, which is why special care must be taken to…

Product Review: PetLife Organic Ecoshield for Dog & Cat

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Product Review: PetLife Organics Ecoshield for Dog & Cat

I recently fostered a kitten and then fell so in love, I had to adopt him.  I was so excited because this was the first time I would have a pet I could call my very own.  I fostered him at my apartment for a few months.  Then, when he was big enough, he went to the clinic to get neutered.  So excited, I picked him up from the clinic and brought him home. On the way home, I saw a flea on him, and I remember thinking, “It’s just one flea.  No big deal.”  Boy, was I wrong!  That…

4 Product Review: Green Interactive Dog Feeder

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english springer spaniel eating from a green interactive dog feeder

Remember when your parents told you to slow down and completely chew your food?  They weren’t saying this just to annoy you.  Eating slowly helps prevent choking, aids in digestion and fills you up faster.  It’s good advice for kids and dogs.
For a dog, gulping down food can result in indigestion and vomiting. Sometimes, a life threatening condition called bloat can occur. It can happen to any dog but is reported more often in larger, barrel-chested breeds. Canine bloat or twisted stomach occurs when a dog eats too quickly and gulps down a lot of air. The air turns…

Fear Aggression in Dogs

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fear agression diagram

For many dog owners, everyday activities can turn stressful when their normally well-behaved pet displays aggressive behavior towards friends, family, and even objects around the house.  If a dog exhibits this type of sudden personality change, it can sometimes be associated with fear aggression, a type of dog aggression triggered by the dog’s belief that a person or object is threatening.
While dog behavior problems can be frustrating, fear aggression is especially challenging because the dog may risk being labeled as dangerous or mean, even though it is only frightened.  Treating this type of dog behavior should be a high…

5 Pet First Aid & CPR

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pet first aid class sign

April is National Pet First Aid Awareness Month. This is a great opportunity for us pet owners to set aside our daily responsibilities for a moment and educate ourselves on what to do in case of emergency.
There is a wealth of information swirling around on the internet so I compiled a few handy resources just in case, heaven forbid, you find yourself in a situation where you need it.
CPR & The Heimlich Maneuver: The American Red Cross produced this great infographic that shows you how to perform CPR and the Heimlich maneuver on cats and dogs. We recommend…

Keeping Your Dog Safe: Common Household Hazards

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yorkie drinking alchohol

Some foods and common household items can be dangerous to your new dog and should always be stored safely out of reach.  The below is not a complete list, but a basic list of more common hazardous items. For a more comprehensive list, check out these additional poison prevention articles.

Food Hazards:  Not all food consumed by humans is safe for pets.  Here is a list of foods that are hazardous:
• Alcoholic beverages
• Avocado
• Caffeine
• Chocolate, especially dark and bakers chocolate
• Fatty foods
• Cooked chicken and turkey bones
• Grapes and raisins
• Onions…