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It's Bath Time! | 4/14/2014

Most dogs don’t mind getting and staying dirty. In fact, many seem thrilled to find stinky stuff to roll in. Most pet parents, on the other hand, would rather not share their lives with smelly or dirt-encrusted dogs. So here’s how to give your dog a good scrubbing, using techniques that make the process as easy and stress-free as possible for you and your pet.

Nation Pet ID week is celebrated annually on the third week of April. This year, April 20 -26 is National Pet ID week and is a great reminder to protect your furry family member from getting lost. 

Collars with pet identification are accessible to anyone who finds your lost pet. But, tags can become hard to read, and collars can be broken or removed. Microchipping your pet is a method of permanent identification. Microchips cannot be easily misread, and the permanent identification number is tamperproof. The information about the pet and owner is usually readily retrievable.

Dog shedding is a real problem in my home. Having a black dog and a light furred dog, I experience a seasonal shedding problem that, for alternate weeks, sees my carpet covered in light dog hairs and then dark dog hairs.

Further, my clothing gets the full brunt of this shedding problem. I go out and notice hairs sticking to shirts, jackets – even the seats and footwells of my car. The dogs get brushed regularly with a supposedly non shedding dog brush, but it has little effect. So what is the solution to the perennial problem of how to stop a dog shedding?

In correlation with National Poison Prevention Week (March 16-22), Pet Poison Helpline offers up the following release, covering health tips for your pets. - By Tom Grady

Does your pooch bury his head into your side every time it thunders out? Does he dive under the bed whenever rain starts to fall?

Your home is your castle. More importantly, your home is your dog’s castle. He guards it against enemies like squirrels and birds and the mailcarrier. He protects your family by warning people driving their cars past your house. Home is his territory.

But every now and then, your family sets off on an adventure — family reunion, relaxing vacation, camping — and the unfortunate reality is that sometimes your pets aren’t welcome to join the adventure with you.

You know the feeling; the car is packed for your epic road trip when Spot noses up against you, head cocked to the side as if asking “Where you goin’ Mom?” And you realize you don’t know where HE is going…So what do you do with Spot while you’re away?

It starts with a few gray hairs mixed in around his cold, wet nose and an extra few seconds of stretching when he wakes up.

All of us who have dogs will eventually have to face the realities of old age. Just as the years make a mark on us, our dogs are affected by time, too. Maybe she can’t run quite as fast chasing the frisbee, or maybe he needs some extra rest after a day at the dog park. Her hearing or his eyesight might not be quite what it used to be.

But with a little foresight and some patience from the family, your dog can age gracefully and stay healthy, comfortable, and active.

Life in the 21st century is crazy-busy.

Between running kids to school and sports and music lessons, working, keeping the household running, and maybe even trying to squeeze in a trip to the gym…you’re busy and more than a little stressed out.

Guess what? Your pets pick up on that. And when you’re stressed, they can start feeling a little stressed too. Prolonged anxiety can extend beyond just an unpleasant time; if ignored, it can lead to health and behavior problems.

“Ladies and Gentlemen, this aircraft is in an oversold situation, and we’re looking for a few volunteers…”  The gate area buzzes as passengers groan and consider their options. Over the murmur, the radio crackles: “Ramp, hold off on loading those dogs…I don’t think we can take them.”

Think traveling with your pet is easy? Think again.  But there are ways to improve the chances of a good trip.

Gemini loves to run.  And run.  And run.

She loves to jump, too. Sixty pounds of Greyhound/German Shepherd mix, she leaves a wake of broken lamps and vases behind her as she bounds around the house.

She also loves guests. She loves to greet them. She loves to draw them into games and races. She loves to join them on the couch and stand on their laps.

Visitors depart with bandages from her rambunctious play.

Her person takes her for long walks, and he has taken her to obedience school more times than he can count. But she simply has more energy than he does. And on the cold or rainy days when their walks are short, something in his house will be eaten.

Gemini has more energy than her owner knows how to handle.

Sound familiar?

Very few subjects among cat owners create as much division as the topic of declawing. 

For some, declawing is tantamount to ripping a child’s fingernails off with a pair of pliers. To others, it’s viewed as the only way to protect both furniture and sanity.

But what if there was another option?

Springtime is here and it’s time to get your pal ready for the warmer weather ahead. You’re doing it for your home, your car even your pet needs some spring cleaning to stay comfortable and well-groomed as the weather heats up.

Too many people make the mistake of letting their animals fun free and completely disconnecting from the entire time their dogs are out socializing.

Oh, My Aching Back  | 8/31/2011

There are a number of steps the activity-minded owner can take to reduce the potential for pet sports injuries.

Spring Into Health | 8/31/2011

Remember that the overall health exam and consult with your veterinarian during your pets’ annual or bi-annual visit can be even more important than the actual vaccinations in discovering hidden medical problems with your pet.

Shared Diet and Exercise Program Helps Owner and Dog Lose Weight.

The American Heart Association says a person weighing 150 pounds walking at a rate of 2 mph will burn 240 calories an hour. So, you and your dog can shed pounds along the trail.

Install a barrier between your dog and flower beds/ gardens.

Fitness For Fido  | 8/31/2011

Pets who have had their bodies and their minds stimulated by regular play tend to act out problem behaviors less frequently.

Remember that the only silly question is the one that you do not ask. Your veterinarian and his staff is there to provide you and your pet with a lifetime of quality, compassionate, qualified health care.

"Dog's use their mouths in lieu of hands, and so they pick up, mouth, chew and end up exposing themselves to all manner of potential toxins in and around the home."

The kitchen garbage pail is full of potential dangers. Even a cover cannot deter a clever canine. Common throwaways, such as apple cores, potato skins and moldy cheese can make dogs sick.

Antifreeze that contains ethylene glycol has a sweet taste and is deadly in small quantities.

Medicine bottles are seen as rattling toys to a puppy, who once he gnaws the bottle open, can eat the pills inside as treats.

For most dogs, outdoors is where they prefer to be, especially after being cooped up all day in a quiet house with nothing to stimulate their senses. And don't think letting them outside to go to the bathroom while you prod them to hurry up is enough to fill their needs.

The adolescent canine is still in an active growth phase during this portion of his development to adulthood. It is very important that you work with your veterinarian to maintain the optimal level and type of nutrition for your specific breed of dog

Behavior Changes | 8/31/2011

Senior pets often develop health issues that can appear initially as changes in behavior. These changes can be misinterpreted as a sudden loss of normal good behavior in the pet.

Training your pet to let you brush his teeth can be accomplished just as any other training program. You need to be patient, consistent and reward your pet after each session. The end result, lower incidence of dental disease, is health rewarding by adding years to your pet's life.

Itchy and Scratchy | 8/31/2011

Don't wait for your pet pal to start doing the itchy, scratchy twostep before you get a complete education on the dangers of fleas and ticks. Good help is only a phone call to your veterinarian away.


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