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Back To School Can Be Tough On Your Dog

With all the hustle and bustle of everyday life and the added pressure of getting our kids ready to go back to school it's easy to forget about your four legged family member. Going from having the children around all day, every day for the past couople of months to being alone all day can be a depressing and anxiety filled time for your family dog.

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Keep Your Dog Safe At The Beach

DogAtBeachAs the weather turns hot many people will turn their attention to the beach. Review these tips to keep your dog safe before you bring him along to enjoy some fun in the sun. Here's an excellent refresher on keeping Fido safe at the beach this year: 

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Don’t Over Vaccinate Your Dog

Vaccine Expert ‘Very Disappointed’ with Amount of Vaccines Still Being Given

image028Some canine vaccines can do more harm than good. Leptospirosis Vaccine may be one of them. With several adverse reaction cases to this vaccine for an infection that can be treated with anti-biotics, you have to wonder how necessary it really is. Does the reward outweigh the risks?

This Vaccine Can Impair Your Dog's Immune System

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Don’t Buy A Dog At A Pet Store!

Don't buy a dog from a pet store, online, at a flea market or from the newspaper!

puppy millsWhy? Because in so doing you are  unknowingly supporting the scum who run puppy mills all over this country. Pet stores get their puppies from puppy mills, whether they know it or not. Many dogs sold online, in the newspaper and at flea markets are part of this horrible, money driven industry.

It's estimated that there are perhaps 10,000 puppy mills in the U.S. so by buying one of these dogs you are supporting the owners and perpetuating this disgusting industry and sentencing more dogs to the horrible conditions they will be forced to live in. You're also supporting the addition of thousands and thousands, perhaps millions of puppies to an already overpopulated segment of our society. We already have millions of homeless dogs in the U.S. So many that we euthanize 3 to 4 million a year.

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Protect Your Dog From Canine Flu

Canine Flu is spreading across this country. As of this writing, the Washington Post reports that the H3N2 flu has spread to 12 states. There is a canine flu vaccine available but it is not for the current strain of influenza.

So what can we do to help protect our dogs from this potentially deadly outbreak?

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Adopt a Dog, or Cat, Please!

Shelter Dog(Percentage of people who acquire animals that end up giving them away, abandoning them, or taking them to shelters: 70%)

It’s time for me to adopt another dog. I’ve been searching various shelters on the internet and it breaks my heart to see the volume of homeless dogs available for adoption; cats also.

There are literally millions of dogs and cats that are stuck in shelters all over this country and the numbers keep growing. Many of them will be put to death because there are just too many. The estimates run anywhere from 3 million to 4 million that are euthanized annually just in the U.S. Think about that number for a minute. That’s about 10,000 a day! It’s a national disgrace!

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Detergent Pods Can Kill Your Dog

As if there already wasn't enough things to worry about your dog getting ahold of; now we can ad laundry detergent pods to the list. Those popular colorful pods can wreak havoc or even death should your dog or cat bite into one.

Tide PodsCaution: Chewing on This Popular Product Could Be Deadly

April 08, 2015

By Dr. Becker

An item that doesn’t often show up on lists of household products toxic to pets is laundry detergent. But it should, because most detergents and soaps contain ionic and anionic surfactants. When ingested in small amounts, these chemicals can cause GI upset in a pet, such as excessive drooling, vomiting or diarrhea. Fortunately, it’s unlikely most pets would have the opportunity or desire to ingest a large amount of bottled detergent.

But a new concern these days are those little brightly colored laundry detergent pods that smell good and look like candy or some other type of yummy treat to a small child or a pet. It’s conceivable that a pet might eat enough pods to cause an obstruction in the GI tract, but the greater danger of laundry and also dish detergent pods is actually the potential for an animal, typically a dog, to bite into them and inhale the detergent.

According to ASPCA Animal Poison Control, dogs make up over 90 percent of detergent pod poisonings. Cats account for just 6.5 percent.

Why Detergent Pods Are So Dangerous

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Topical Products That Are Dangerous To Pets

There are many topical products we use every day, both over the counter and prescripyion, that can be dangerous to our cats and dogs. Hopefully, this article by Dr. Karen Becker DVM will raise awareness for all dog and cat owners. Dr. Becker is a proactive and integrative wellness veterinarian.

The "Cute" Little Habit That Can Sicken Your Pet – Or Worse

By Dr. Becker

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Before You Get Your First Dog

Dog LoveI love dogs! They're just wonderful creatures. To me a dog is the definition of unconditional love. They add so much to our lives in so many ways.  They are loyal companions. They're quick to forgive. Dogs improve our health. They entertain and protect us. They're overjoyed to see us when we've been away. Our furry friends are always ready to give us a kiss. They calm us, cuddle with us, play with us and empathize with us. They can detect cancer, predict seizures and other conditions. as well as combat lonliness and depression.  Dogs can find lost or missing people and track down criminals. The list goes on and on and on.

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Should I Breed My Dog?

Newborn PuppiesThe short answer is NO! Breeding your female dog is not something to be taken lightly. There are many reasons people want to breed but most of them are poor reasons at best. Money may be the number one motivation and in my opinion, it’s the worst. There are already way too many homeless dogs, millions in fact, and bringing more into the world just to make a few dollars is irresponsible and just wrong. The Humane Society of the United States estimates 3 – 4 million dogs are euthanized each year. That's 3 to 4 MILLION!! That's horrible!

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