Health

Are Table Scraps O.K. For Your Dog To Eat?

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Image from Pinterest.com

If I were a dog, I would take full advantage of the holiday season.

Lots of people = lots of food = lots of opportunity for table scraps!

Unfortunately, I’m not a dog, which means I should probably pay closer attention to what my furry friends chow down on this Christmas.

Eat This, Not That

Even though your pets likely won’t be harmed by consumption of some of these foods, it’s important to remember that any human food given to dogs should be enjoyed in moderation.

Make sure to avoid these foods:

Animal Planet has outlined a list of 10 foods that you should never feed to dogs: [Read more…]

How to care for your dog’s paws in winter weather

Depending on where you live, you may need to consider extra care for your dog’s paws in winter months. For example, winter weather can cause cracked or dry paws. Plus, some dogs are sensitive to the cold, snow and ice on their feet.

For these reasons, I reached out to two veterinarians to get their advice on winter paw care.

Winter paw care
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3 Easy Tricks to Teach Your Dog Today

I wanted to come up with a couple of easy tricks dog owners could teach their dogs of any age. The tricks are “speak,” “play dead” and “roll over.” These aren’t necessarily the only ways to teach these commands, but hopefully they can help you brainstorm.

And let us know if your dog can do any fun tricks!

3 Easy Tricks to Teach Your Dog Today
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How to Choose the Right Dog Trainer

How to Choose the Right Dog TrainerHow did you go about choosing a trainer for your dog? Did you read reviews? Did you choose the trainer a friend recommended? Did you make your decision based on cost? We would love your feedback because choosing a trainer can be such an overwhelming process for new dog owners.

The following are some ideas from two professional trainers to hopefully help you make the best choice for your dog if you need help with training.

Also check out our post on common dog training mistakes.

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November is Pet Diabetes Awareness Month

Diabetes in Pets

Photo by Len Saunders

November is Pet Diabetes Awareness Month, so I wanted to learn more about the signs of diabetes in pets, what causes it and if there is anything pet owners can do to prevent their pets from becoming diabetic.

Here’s what I found out:

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Dog Won’t Swallow Pills? Pinterest to the Rescue!

How to Get Your Dog to Take Meds

Taking pills is awful no matter who you are.

Think about it.

Dogs, a species that enjoys eating its own poop, cringe at the thought of swallowing pills. Thankfully, Pinterest offers tips on how to be the [dog pill] Master of Disguise.

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How to Get a Puppy Used to Walking on a Leash

Sheepdog puppy on a leashOct. 1 to 7 is National Walk Your Dog Week, so this week is a great opportunity to encourage other dog lovers to get out and walk more with their dogs.

For this post, I thought I’d focus on puppies and when to start teaching them appropriate leash manners.

If you’ve recently adopted a puppy, you’re probably already teaching her the basics such as “sit.” But at what point should you start teaching your puppy to walk nicely on a leash?

I reached out to a professional dog trainer and asked for her tips on when and how she begins teaching a puppy to walk on a leash. Here’s what she had to say:

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Benefits of Antler Chews vs. Other Chews for Dogs

elk antler chews for dogsHave you ever given your dog an antler chew?

dogIDs now carries elk antler chews for dogs in three different sizes. Antler chews are a natural alternative to traditional rawhide chews, and they even last longer.

The following are some of the benefits to antler chews vs. rawhide chews, along with safety tips to keep in mind no matter what type of chew you give your dog.

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5 Ways to Celebrate National Dog Day

5 Ways to Celebrate National Dog DayToday is National Dog Day, a day where we celebrate man’s best friend and bring awareness to the many worthy dogs that need a home.  Dogs are great companions,  always there to comfort us when we’re sad and make us laugh with their antics. They deserve some appreciation!

With that in mind, here are the top 5 things you can do today to celebrate. [Read more…]

Orthopedic Dog Beds: Not Just for Seniors!

Reasons for getting an orthopedic dog bedHow many beds have you gone through for your dog? Personally, I’ve bought Brick about five beds in the five years I’ve had him.

I often went for the lowest-priced options thinking I’d save money, but they’d never last. Either they’d get lumpy or too flat, or simple wear and tear got the best of them too quickly. If only I had gotten a high-quality, durable bed off the bat, because that would have saved the most in the long run.

Durability aside, you may wonder if you really need an orthopedic bed for your pup. I mean, orthopedics are for senior citizens, right? Not necessarily! Doggies of all ages and sizes can benefit from a great bed. [Read more…]