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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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

3 Ways to Manage Dog Allergies

dog and puppy allergiesDogs are one of America’s favorite house pets, second in number only to cats. The benefits of pet ownership are great. People who own dogs report lower levels of stress and higher levels of life satisfaction. However, many people who suffer from dog allergies go through life feeling that pet ownership is not for them. The good news is that dog allergies can be managed with a bit of planning and attention.

Picking the Right Breed

The first step to living with both allergies and pets is to pick a breed of dog that is least likely to exacerbate allergy symptoms. It’s a common misperception that some dogs are fur and dander free. However, there is no such thing as a hypoallergenic dog. All dogs produce pet dander that can cause pet allergies. Read more 3 Ways to Manage Dog Allergies

Traveling With Dogs This Summer? Follow These Tips

Travel with a dogTraveling with your dog can be a fun bonding experience, but dogs also make traveling complicated.

These tips can help you have a more enjoyable and less chaotic travel experience when you go on holiday with your dog.

Keep Your Dog Medically Covered

If your dog is on medicine, refill the prescription before leaving. Read more Traveling With Dogs This Summer? Follow These Tips

Summer Dog Care for New Dog Owners

dog care in summerTo a new dog owner, dog care can seem fairly straight forward. Dogs need food, shelter, love, exercise and medical care. What many new dog owners don’t realize is that dog care changes as the seasons change. Although the basics of dog care remain the same, the details can change throughout the year.

As spring turns to summer, new dog owners have a responsibility to learn about the nuances of summer dog care. These tips can help. Read more Summer Dog Care for New Dog Owners