Dog Care

Enrichment toys for dogs are popular, and for several good reasons. They can be great boredom busters, helping to channel a dog’s energy into an acceptable activity. They can slow a dog’s habit of eating too quickly, thus helping prevent choking. And research suggests that dogs may prefer working in some way to obtain their
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It’s a good idea to check your dog carefully for ticks after every outing. You may find loose ticks crawling through your dog’s coat. You may find ticks that are attached – either recently attached skinny, flat ticks, or ticks that have been feeding for a while and are engorged, making them oval to round
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Canine obesity has reached epidemic proportions, and it’s clear that one contributing factor has to do with the close relationship we have with our dogs.  Dogs play an important role in the lives of many people. They help reduce their humans’ anxiety and stress, and even motivate their owners to exercise. Of course, they are
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The phrase “toothpaste for dogs” sounds like the punchline to a joke – the epitome of a ridiculous product that’s not necessary but is being marketed by an avaricious industry looking to profit by foisting useless gear on unsuspecting dog owners. I’m sure that some comedian somewhere could get a good five minutes of laughs
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To get the most out of your dog’s veterinary visits, come to the appointment prepared, and strive to give the vet as much information about your dog that’s relevant – and try to resist the temptation to tell her lots of information that’s not relevant to your dog’s case. © Lightfieldstudiosprod | Dreamstime.com Veterinary care
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Can dogs eat strawberries? Photo: Fertnig/Getty Images Strawberry season will soon be here again. Fresh, sweet and juicy, the berries are perfect plain, in pies, smoothies and homemade ice creams. They’re loaded with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that give your immune system a boost, hydrate your skin, and contribute to good gut health.  But can
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Every trainer has heard clients say “But my dog is not food-motivated”. While it’s absolutely true that many dogs won’t take any sort of treat when they are experiencing anxiety or are in an overstimulating environment, the goal is to try lots of foods to find some that are so delicious they can help keep
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We don’t know why the nutritional adequacy statements on the labels of dog foods are always so tiny; it’s ridiculous that some of the most important on the label is printed so small. Every owner should know which nutritional adequacy statement appears on the label of the food they buy for their dogs or puppies.
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Does he look happy in his Ruffwear Load Up Harness? Not particularly – although, of the four products in our review, this is the most comfortable harness for dogs to wear, and the one that restricts their movements the least. Of course, that means it offers less safety than the others. Owners will have to
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All joking aside, a dog who smells bad will receive fewer invitations onto the couch (or even into the living room) and much less petting than one who doesn’t have an odor problem. For the sake of your relationship – and his health! – take steps today to quench the stench. Oh, my. What’s that
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Ever wondered ‘can dogs eat asparagus?’ Here’s what you need to know. Photo: Rasa Petreikiene/Getty Images The green stalks usher in spring, making for an ideal addition to everything from omelets to salads. But can dogs eat asparagus? And, if your dog eats some off the floor, is it cause for concern? “Generally, dogs can
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(Picture Credit: Getty Images) There are lots of special products on the market, but this simple home remedy, developed by chemists, should do the trick. It works by chemically neutralizing the compounds in skunk spray that smell so bad. Combine all the ingredients in an open bowl or bucket and start rubbing the mixture into
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(Picture Credit: Getty Images) Grooming is an important part of being a dog parent. Grooming doesn’t just make your pup look good, it’s an essential part of keeping them healthy. Overgrown nails, impacted anal glands, and bad teeth can cause pain, discomfort and in some cases, death. Brushing your dog’s teeth prevents all kinds of
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(Picture Credit: Getty Images) I take my dog to a groomer. Am I supposed to tip? If so, what is the standard amount? Certainly a tip is not appropriate if your Chihuahua comes back smelling like a garbage dump or your Husky returns with a Poodle cut. (Unless, of course, you specifically requested that Nanook
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Article provided by: PetPlace.com There are many things a new puppy owner has to think about and organize prior to bringing their “wee one” home and cleaning supplies is just one of them. It wouldn’t do to have the puppy have its first “accident” on the carpet and not have the right stuff on hand
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(Photo Credit: Shutterstock) Some household cleaning products are loaded with chemicals, and can be harmful to your pet after prolonged exposure. Today, rates of canine cancer are increasing, following the same trend of rates of human cancers, which has caused researchers to look more closely at a shared environmental pathogenesis. We are not immune to
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All dogs can be potty trained. (Photo Credit: Shutterstock) It’s true that canines communicate very differently from humans, and marking–intentional urination–may be the most blatant example. Though it looks (and smells) identical, marking is not at all the same thing as elimination. If your dog has an accident indoors because he simply can’t hold it
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(Picture Credit: Getty Images) Fleas are a nuisance to both humans and animals. While there are many great products available to manage fleas on your pet, killing and preventing them in your home, carpet, and furnishings can be more difficult. Chemical solutions are not only toxic to fleas, but inconvenient to use and potentially dangerous
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