How to Care for a Senior Dog

two old golden retrievers sitting in front of a structure in the woodsPets are a wonderful and valued addition to families all across the country. For many, their dogs are more like family members than pets, which means they are members of the family for their entire lives. This means at some point in time, you will need to know what to do to take care of your canine companion as they reach their senior years. Older dogs have unique needs compared to puppies and younger adult dogs, so it is important to know when to start changing your routine and what your older dog will need.

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How Much Exercise Does a Dog Need Every Day?

How to Make Sure Your Dog Gets Enough Exercise Each DayDaily exercise for dogs helps dogs maintain a healthy weight, prevent many health problems, and even improve their mental health. How much exercise your dog needs, however, depends on a few factors including age, size, weight, and any health conditions they have. In this article, we’ll give you some guidelines and tips to make sure your dog is getting all the exercise it needs.

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4 Strategies for House-Training Your Dog or Puppy

4 of the Best Tips to Housetrain Your Puppy or DogWhen you get a new puppy or rescue an older dog, it’s exciting. There are fresh cuddles, playful mishaps, and adorable moments that you hope will go viral on social media. But getting a new dog, whether puppy or older, means house training your dog to become accustomed to their new life and home. Once a routine is in place and established, this will help both you and your furry friend find more time for fun and less stressful moments.

Put Your Dog on a Potty Schedule

Potty training your dog can be easy. When it comes to relieving themselves, puppies have to go more often than other dogs. Using puppy pads as a temporary solution is a good way to start until your dog is old enough—and has had the proper vaccinations to go outside.

At first, bringing your puppy over every hour to two hours lets them know that this is the place they need to relieve themself. Similarly, with a rescue or older that dog that needs to be potty trained, make sure you take them out on a leash, also on a schedule. They may need to go out more often at first, but eventually you should be able to create the schedule, whether three or four times a day, based around the schedule you need to walk them.

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How to Manage Your Dog’s Weight

Best Ways to Manage Your Dog's WeightNo matter how much you love your canine companion, allowing them to become overweight is only doing them a disservice. Not only are overweight dogs prone to health issues and physical injuries, but this may literally serve to shorten their life overall. That said, the following is a list of ways to manage your dog’s weight.

Cut Out the Carbs

One of the top ways to help manage your dog’s weight is by cutting out the carbohydrates. Many of the foods we tend to feed our dogs are high in carbohydrates, which makes it easier for them to gain and maintain excess weight. In general, it is best to feed your dog high protein dog food, while reducing the number of carbs. Another cause of carbs in dog food is fillers, which are often made of grain. Grain is also a common allergy for dogs, so you may want to look into grain-free dog food for more that one reason. In the long run, this will help your dogs shed those extra pounds and keep them off over time.

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How To Use A Flea Comb on Your Dog

How to Get Rid of Your Dog's Fleas with a Flea CombFor those who are yet unfamiliar, a flea comb is a handheld tool used for grooming your dog. This tool offers an affordable method of detecting and getting rid of fleas on your canine friend. In particular, flea combs work best for small dogs, dogs with sensitive skin, and dogs that are sensitive to other types of flea treatments like flea dips or flea and tick shampoo. If you want to know more about flea combs and how to use them, the following guide is made especially for you.

Detect and Get Rid of Flea Dirt

In case you were unaware, flea dirt is the digested blood that gets left behind by fleas, and it has the appearance of coffee grounds or dirt. This is one of the major signs that your dog may have fleas. If you are having trouble differentiating between flea dirt and regular dirt, you can simply wipe your dog with a wet paper towel. If it’s flea dirt, it will leave red streaks on the wet paper towel because it’s composed of dried, digested blood.

When To Use a Flea Comb

This question varies from situation to situation. For instance, if your area is especially prone to flea outbreaks, you will want to use your flea comb as often as possible. This could be weekly, every few days, or even every single day. It all depends on what the needs of your dogs are. On the other hand, if flea outbreaks seem to be an occasional or seasonal issue, you can reduce your flea combing to just once a week during the times in which your dog seems most affected. Keep in mind that fleas are unable to survive in freezing temperatures, but if they can find a warm place to stay, they can last until it becomes warm again.

Overall, using a flea comb can be great for small dogs or dogs who are otherwise resistant to normal flea treatments. No matter the reason you choose to use flea combs, make sure you are following the instructions and properly cleaning them and storing them in a cool, dry place once you are finished using them. You also need be sure to take the time to find the best quality comb and grooming products to ensure that you are keeping your dog as well-groomed and flea-free as possible.

How to Use a Flea Comb for Your Dog

There are various ways to use a flea comb. In general, it is recommended that you start at the dog’s head and work your way to their tail. No matter where you decide to start, make sure you are leaving no areas uncombed. You should also comb the fur in the same direction is goes in naturally. You should also be sure to dunk the comb into a clean bucket of water at least every few strokes.

When combing your dog, you should pay special attention to “trouble zones”. For instance, fleas tend to hide near the groin, the neck area, near the armpits, at the base of the ear, as well as the areas around the tail. Also, if your dog has mats, you may want to have those trimmed away before combing. Otherwise, this could cause your comb to become stuck, which will only serve to further irritate your dog.

If you locate fleas on your dog, it can be difficult to completely get rid of them with just a flea comb. If you need a little extra help, you could try using a flea and tick collar or something like a flea and tick spray to get rid of them more effectively.

How to Eliminate Pet Odors in Your Home

a yellow lab puppy laying next to a wet stain on a gray carpetIt’s said that a dog is man’s best friend. However, there are also problems that can be caused by man’s best friend. Whether someone is house training a new dog or trying to look after a dog that is aging, pet stains and odors can show up at any time. Stains also seem to appear when you least expect them. If someone neglects a pet stain or doesn’t clean up an odor properly, it can lead to serious damage to not only your comfort but also the home itself.

For this reason, everyone who owns or takes care of a dog needs to know how to eliminate pet stains and odors. This starts with understanding some of the common sources of pet odors and where they come from.

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