Dog Care

Thanksgiving Safety For Your Dog

Turkey DinnerDuring Thanksgiving we all need to be diligent about keeping our dogs safe and as stress free as possible.

If you’re planning a big gathering at your house, some dogs love all the extra attention but if your guy is shy or gets too excited around a lot of people, you may want to prepare a quiet space in another room where they can be away from all the noise and activity.

We all love to give our pooches special treats during the holiday season but please be aware that several items are not good for your dog and some are down right dangerous.

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Dog Separation Anxiety

Dog Separation Anxiety

We love our dogs. We want them to be happy and healthy and well behaved. But sometimes something goes wrong. That dog of your dreams has become the dog of your  nightmares. Your dog is behaving very badly and you’re at your wits end.

Do you really have a bad dog or is it Dog Separation Anxiety?

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Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency in Dogs (EPI)

EPIExocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency is a disease which causes diarrhea and/or weight loss despite normal eating habits due to a lack of digestive enzyme production by the pancreas. While most common in German Shepherds, it can effect other breeds of dogs as well and can also be found in cats.

That's the bad news.

The good news is that it's treatable and your pet can live a long healthy life.

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Brush Your Dog’s Teeth

<img src="canine-gum-disease.jpg" alt="Canine Gum Disease" />Most people don’t realize that oral cleanliness is as necessary for our four legged friends as it is for you and I. The same as in people, canine teeth can accumulate a layer of plaque. When plaque accumulates and gets hard it becomes a rough brown matter known as tartar. As this tartar builds up it works its way up beneath the gums and may cause infections as well as cavities. This continues inside of your dog’s mouth much the same as it does in people. You brush your teeth every day, most likely three times every day. Unfortunately, your dog is unable to do that so they need you to clean their teeth for them.

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Understanding Pet Food Labels

dry dog foodIn order to make the healthiest choices for our family's food a lot of us have gotten into the habit of reading ingredient labels. Unfortunately we don't do the same for our pets.

On the surface pet food labels seem simple enough to read but if you have the right information you can better understand what they are really saying.

Pet food companies use a lot of catchy names to sell their product but the name on the product must follow regulations set by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). Therefore the name can tell you a lot about the ingredients if you know what to look for.

Every package will have a "guaranteed analysis" but you also need to look at the "ingredients list" which has to be listed in the order of predominance by weight.

What does it all mean?

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Comparing Dry and Canned Dog Food Labels

DogFoodComparing dry dog food and canned dog food labels seems like it's simple enough, right? You just hold one up next to the other and compare.

Well it's a little more complicated than that. Canned foods typically contain a lot more water than dry foods so in effect the canned food analysis requires some conversion to make an accurate comparison.



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Poisonous To Dogs & Cats

Poison There are so many things we have around our house or come in contact with that are poisonous to our dogs and cats. Reactions vary from mild to deadly so it's important to have the information along with a phone number for the Animal Poison Control Center. Here is a comprehensive list of poisonous items put together by these fine folks.

Courtesy of Pet Poison Helpline

24/7 Animal Poison Control Center  800-213-6680

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Spaying / Neutering Benefits

Unwanted PuppyThere are many reasons to spay / neuter your dog. The health benefits alone are a good reason to do so. Beyond that, behavoral problems related to "in season: dogs" are eliminated. Another huge consideration is unwanted litters of puppies which just add to the already overburdened shelter system.

There is a growing body of evidence which strongly suggests spaying or neutering too early can be very harmful in the long run. See the video below for more information.

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Is Your Dog Too Fat?

Fat DogJust as obesity is a huge problem for humans in the United States, it's increasingly becoming a problem for our canine population. Unhealthy diets, too much food, too many treats and lack of exercise can all contribute to an overweight dog. The health implications are just as serious for our dogs as they are for us.

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