Common Signs of Illness in Dogs

Taking care of a puppy or dog means being responsible for their health. Those becoming pet owners for the first time may want to learn more about how to maintain their pet’s health and how to recognize the initial signs of a problem.

Understand more about common signs of illness in canines today.

Changes in Body Language or Behavior

Initially, a dog may not express signs of illness. However, a pet owner may see an alteration in body language that can be a sign of discomfort or illness.

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Dog Proofing for New Dog Owners: A Guide

Dogs are much like children: they’re funny, sweet, affectionate, and they can get into a lot of trouble in certain environments. Pet owners who want to protect their dogs can take steps to protect their pets from household hazards.

Human foods, poisonous houseplants, chemicals and even dog medicine are all a potential source of danger for a curious dog. If you’ve recently adopted or purchased a dog, here’s what you need to know about protecting your pet.  

Kitchen Dangers for Dogs

The kitchen is the biggest source of concern for many dog owners, because it’s full of foods that tempt dogs. Although dogs are attracted to (and will eat) human foods if given the chance, many human foods are not healthy for canines. In addition to human food, kitchens often contain cleaning products that are toxic for pets.

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Tips for Boarding Your Pets During the Holiday Season

holiday dog boardingGoing out of town or traveling can be a rather dramatic action for both pet owners and their pets. Most owners would prefer having a trusted family member or friend swing by so they can preserve the pet’s routine.

But unfortunately, this isn’t always possible. (This is especially true over the holidays when practically everyone has made special plans.) So if the regular pet-sitter just can’t swing it this year, pet owners should consider these tips for smarter boarding. 

Plan Ahead 

Kennels and pet hotels will fill up quickly around the holidays and the last thing a pet owner needs is to be stuck with a facility that has seen better days. Read more Tips for Boarding Your Pets During the Holiday Season

4 Tips for Dog Proofing Your Home

dog proof your home

A new puppy or dog can bring a lot of new challenges into a pet owner’s life, especially if they’re not used to thinking the way an animal might. From cords to plants to valuables, even one accident can have serious consequences. To protect the dog and the pet owner’s home, keep the following tips in mind to get everything ready for your new pet’s arrival.

Pack Up the Decorations

From candles to potpourri to tinsel, some dogs will ingest practically anything they come in contact with. Read more 4 Tips for Dog Proofing Your Home

Dog Paw Maintenance For Beginners

dog paw cleaningDog paws need care just like the rest of their bodies. Dog owners who take care of their dog’s paws can help prevent injuries that could cause pain and suffering for their pet. Here’s what pet owners need to know about taking care of their dog’s paws.

Trim Nails Regularly

Dogs have claws that can cause injury to themselves and others if they aren’t trimmed regularly. Dog claws can also scratch floors and other surfaces, so proper trimming is important. Dog owners who have their own dog trimming tools can do this on their own.

Groomers also trim dog claws. Dogs who get nervous about claw trimming time often respond better to professional groomers who know how to keep dogs calm during the process. Dog owners who have a hard time soothing their nervous pet find groomers helpful.  Read more Dog Paw Maintenance For Beginners

How to Take Care of Dogs With Allergies

dog allergy suggestionsHumans are not the only ones affected by allergens in the air, in food and in the environment. In fact, it is quite common for dogs to suffer from allergies. Some of the symptoms in dogs include itchy paws, inflamed skin, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, hair loss and ear infections. Whether a dog suffers from a mild case of environmental allergies or a severe food allergy, it’s imperative that pet owners go the extra mile to care for their pet.

There are several steps that pet owners should take if their dog has been diagnosed with allergies by a veterinarian:

Wash Pet Bedding on a Regular Basis

After a dog has been playing outside or has been out for a walk, they drag in all of their environmental allergens back into the house. A dog paws and their fur may then be filled with dust, pollen and dander from the outdoors. This outdoor material may end up on or in their bedding. Read more How to Take Care of Dogs With Allergies