Health

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...]

What to Do if You See a Dog Left in a Hot Car

What to do if you see a dog in a hot carI leave my dog in the car from time to time.

I live in a coastal town where the mornings are cloudy, and we have a cool sea breeze. My dog waits for me while I run in to pick up a prescription or whatever it might be.

I love my dog very much, but I know some people would find my actions inexcusable.

There are, of course, very serious risks to leaving a dog alone in the car, and anyone who does so has to accept those risks:

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How to Get a Dog Used to Nail Trims

cutting a dog's nailsCutting your dog’s nails is no big deal as long as your dog is not afraid of having her nails trimmed! If you have such a dog, then you know how challenging and stressful nail trims can be.

This post will go over some tips on how to help your dog or puppy get used to nail trims. If your dog is especially fearful or aggressive while having her nails trimmed, don’t hesitate to reach out to a professional groomer, vet or trainer for help.

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How to Choose a Veterinarian

How to choose a veterinarianSo, you’ve adopted a puppy or new dog. How do you go about choosing the right veterinarian?

You can assume all veterinarians are experts on canine and feline health, but that doesn’t always mean they are good with all types of dogs and cats. It also doesn’t guarantee they have good communication skills around people.

I thought I’d share a few ideas to think about when choosing a vet, because you want to find someone who makes both you and your pet comfortable.

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Safety Tips for Dogs During the 4th of July

4th of July Safety for DogsWe want to wish you all a happy Fourth of July!

Many of you will be spending time outdoors this week with friends and family and of course, your dogs. There will be lots of grilling, outdoor sports, parades and fireworks. While we hope you all have tons of fun, we also want to mention some important safety tips for our dogs. [Read more...]

4 Reasons to Use a Harness to Walk Your Dog

Reasons to walk your dog on a harnessI’m a dog walker, so I use a variety of available tools for walking different types of dogs. One of those options is a leash and harness.

The following are some reasons why you may want to consider a harness for your dog.

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4 Ways to Raise Pet Cancer Awareness All Year

Pet Cancer Awareness MonthDogs and cats can get cancer too, and since May is Pet Cancer Awareness Month, I want to share some things you can do all year to raise pet cancer awareness.

I hope these tips will be helpful for keeping your own pets healthy as well as raising overall awareness for all pets.

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Common Mistakes at the Dog Park

Common dog park mistakesVisiting the dog park is a positive experience for a lot of dogs and their owners. However, it can also be stressful or even dangerous when dog owners aren’t paying attention to their dogs or aren’t picking up on their dogs’ signals.

I asked two professional dog trainers to share some of the most common mistakes dog owners make at dog parks. Hopefully the rest of us can try to avoid these errors and set our dogs up for success.

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Does Your Dog Need a Waterproof Collar?

Does your dog need a waterproof dog collar?My Lab mix Ace is a gross dog.

He drools and sheds more than most, which means there is often crusty hair and drool stuck to his collar. He’s always dirty and loves to dive head first into any source of open mud or water.

Of course, I love my dog anyway, and one of our favorite things to do together is go to the beach so he can retrieve a tennis ball from the lake or ocean. Over the years, we have ruined several nylon collars due to this habit. They just never seem to get clean again after a day at the beach, and that “dog odor” is there for good.

If this sounds familiar, you may want to consider a waterproof collar for your dog.
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Tips for Socializing a Puppy

How to socialize your puppyWe hear about the importance of socializing our dogs and puppies to new things, but what exactly does that mean?

At what age should we begin exposing our puppies to new places and other dogs, and how can we go about it without scaring them or exposing them to diseases?

I reached out to some professionals for their ideas on how to socialize a puppy safely. Here’s what they had to say.
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