Health Page 3

Top 10 Tips for Responsible Pet Ownership

family with dogIn honor of February being Responsible Pet Ownership Month, we at dogIDs wanted to remind you of some of the ways you can make sure you’re being a great doggie owner. You love your animal companion, but sometimes we all need reminders on how to give your dog the very best and keep him happy and healthy. Aside from committing to the long haul, here are 10 things you can do to be a responsible pet owner. [Read more...]

How to Stop a Dog From Digging in the Yard

Photo: Lindsay Stordahl

Photo: Lindsay Stordahl

Some dogs love to dig, but their owners are not exactly impressed by this behavior.

For example, my parents have a springer spaniel named Sophie who enjoys leaving little “potholes” throughout the yard as she searches for mice and who knows what else. This often means Sophie’s feet and toenails are covered in dirt and she has to have her paws washed before heading back in the house.

So, is there anything dog owners can do to stop this behavior? Or is it a lost cause? I asked some dog experts for their thoughts.
[Read more...]

Dental Tips for Dogs and Cats – What to Know

I’m taking my 11-year-old cat Beamer to the vet on Friday to have his mouth examined. The poor guy has some gross-looking teeth that might be causing him pain. Had I taken his dental care more seriously while he was younger, I could’ve prevented some of his current discomfort.

February is National Pet Dental Month, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association, and I’m writing this to encourage other pet owners to do what they can to keep their pets’ teeth and gums clean and healthy.
[Read more...]

How to Stop a Dog From Barking in the Yard

Stop a dog from barkingDogs bark. They bark at the door. They bark in the yard. They bark when they see other dogs. They bark when they’re scared or excited or frustrated.

Not surprisingly, one of the most common behavioral questions dog owners have is how do I stop my dog from barking?

Of course, it all depends on the exact situation and the exact dog. For this post, I’m focusing on one of the most common problems with barking: Barking in the yard.

I’ll share some of my own tips on how to stop this behavior, along with some ideas from a professional dog trainer who focuses on positive reinforcement training.
[Read more...]

Do Dogs Need Boots in the Cold?

snow-and-go-dog-boots-in-use_1841_310x310You may have wondered whether your dog needs boots to protect her feet from the cold and ice. Really, it depends on the individual dog’s cold tolerance as well as her breed and how long she will be outside. My own dog has sensitive paws, and he tends to lift them up once it dips below 10 degrees Fahrenheit or so. On the other hand, some dogs act like they don’t even notice the cold on their feet.

So how do you know when your dog might need some extra paw protection? [Read more...]

Thanksgiving – Should You Share With Your Dog?

Turkey and dogDo you plan to share some of your turkey with your dog this Thanksgiving? Turkey can be a safe treat for dogs in moderation, but feeding table scraps can also lead to unwanted behavior such as begging. The following are some tips from veterinarians on how to help dog owners decide what’s best for their own unique dogs. [Read more...]

How to Keep your Dog Warm this Winter

ProZip dog sweaterHave you wondered whether or not your dog needs a coat or booties in the winter? Every dog is different, so here is a guide to help you choose the right cold-weather gear to protect your dog from the cold, snow and ice.

[Read more...]

What products are OK for dogs with allergies?

Does your dog have allergies?Does your dog have allergies? Unfortunately, allergies are a fairly common problem for dogs, and sometimes finding the right products to help them can be extra challenging. The following are some potential allergy issues dogs could face, as well as some products that could help dogs with allergy relief.

[Read more...]

How to Treat Your Dog on Halloween

Halloween Treat Recipe and TastingHalloween: a time of costumes, kids and lots of candy. Opportunities abound for spooky sweets to find their way out of kids’ hands and bags and over to family pets. So, are any types of candy actually OK for your dog or cat? Any they need to avoid? We’ve all heard the dangers of chocolate, but what about the other types of treats out there?

Veterinarian Cathy Alinovi of Hoofstock Veterinary Services in Indiana and pet food cookbook author, and Jena Questen, a holistic veterinarian, weigh in to keep your pets safe this Halloween.

“What fun, right? Sharing candy with our pets! But, let’s be safe,” Alinovi says.

[Read more...]

Tips for Running With a Dog

Tips for running with a dog

Photo: Lindsay Stordahl

Thinking of running with your dog? Do you know how many dogs would be so jealous if they only knew? I’ve gone running with about 100 different dogs over the years through my dog running business, and here are my tips for running with your pup.

[Read more...]