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The Truth About Dog Dental Care

Believe it or not, an estimated 80 percent of all dogs show signs of significant tooth decay, which could easily be avoided with regular dog dental care. Though it may sound like a chore, proper dental care is as easy as feeding a GREENIES® dental chew once a day — one of the most important things you can do for & Read more �

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Teeth Cleaning on a Budget

For Pet Parents on a budget, at-home teeth cleaning tools and treats, like GREENIES® Dental Chews, are effective solutions for maintaining your pet’s dental hygiene. A routine teeth brushing and a daily GREENIES® Dental Chew, packed with protein, dietary fibers, antioxidants and nutrients that deter plaque and tartar, will help keep your pet’s mouth clean and healthy. Often times, when budget & Read more �

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Dental Duties: Maintaining Your Dog's Oral Hygiene

Dental Duties: Maintaining Your Dogs’ Oral Hygiene Regardless of whether it’s true that “a dog’s mouth is cleaner than a human’s mouth,” dogs require dental hygiene maintenance much like humans do. Here’s how to tackle the task of keeping your dog’s pearly whites up to par. Add Dental Chews to your Dog’s Daily Routine What dog doesn’t love a good treat? There’s no & Read more �

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Tips for Choosing a Halloween Costume for your Pet

You’ve probably thought about what you’ll wear this Halloween, but what will your pet wear? Here are some tips for helping you decide: Choose a costume that reflects your pet’s personality Does your cat behave like royalty? Dress her up as the princess she thinks she is. Or tell the world what a mischief-maker your pup is with a devil costume. Consider the & Read more �

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Natural and Organic Pet Foods: There is a difference

Written By Christina Brownlow   As more Pet Parents are giving careful consideration to what’s going into their pet’s food bowls, natural and organic pet foods are becoming increasingly popular choices.  In fact, Pet Parents spent $1 billion last year on natural pet food and $67 million on organic pet food, according to PetFoodIndustry.com Amid the buzz whirling around & Read more �

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Using Milk Replacer for Puppies

What is Milk Replacer for Puppies? Sometimes mothers aren’t able to nurse their pups, whether it’s because of absence, psychological inability or a failure to produce milk. These puppies can still grow to be healthy and strong if cared for properly. Commercially available milk replacers offer an alternative that regular, store-bought cow’s or goat’s milk can’t (do not attempt to feed & Read more �

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Choosing the Right Bed for Your Dog

Dogs can spend up to 12 hours a day sleeping, so the right bed can have a big impact on their wellbeing. There are a few factors to keep in mind when making a selection: ·         First, observe how your dog prefers to sleep. Does he like to sprawl on the floor, cuddle on the couch or rest on a pillow? & Read more �

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Preventative Care for your Dog

Preventive care is what will keep dog healthy day after day. It's keeping an eye out for what your Non-Sporting dog eats, how he sleeps, how his eyes and coat look, how much he exercises and his general well-being. Since we are all what we eat, and our pets are no different, feeding a high-quality 100 percent complete and balanced diet & Read more �

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Understanding Your Dog's Body Language

Dogs communicate with us through a variety of ways-not just barking and tail wagging. Dogs are complex and use their body to talk all the time. Here’s what yours might be trying to tell you:   “I’m stressed out and unsure of what’s going on.” When a dog is stressed, you may notice him quivering, whining or even crying. He will probably have & Read more �

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Choosing the Right Crate

Choosing the Right Crate Size The size of the crate you should purchase depends on the size of your dog. Your dog is physically comfortable when the crate is tall enough for your dog to stand up to his full height without having to duck his head, wide enough to allow your dog to lie on his side and stretch out, & Read more �

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Are You Feeding Your Dog the Best Food?

As the old adage goes, you are what you eat. The same rings true for your pet. But with so many food options to choose from, how do you know you’re feeding your dog the very best? Mark Finke, Ph.D., a pet nutritionist and director of Merchandising Technical Services at PetSmart, gives us his expert opinion on how to choose & Read more �

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Tips for a Flea- and Tick-Free Spring

  It’s that time of year again when many of us are gearing up for the start of spring and summer. While this is a great time of year for outdoor activities with our pets, it also opens the door for some other creatures to appear. Although fleas and ticks in many areas of the country are present year round, we certainly see & Read more �

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Household Dangers-A Pet Parent's Guide

In 2009, the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center handled over 140,000 cases regarding pets ingesting common household products. We've compiled a list of common household products that can be dangerous to pets. Household Drugs ·         NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatories) such as Advil (ibuprofen), Aleve (Naproxen) & Motrin (aspirin) ·         Acetaminophen (Tylenol) ·         Most prescription drugs meant for humans. Ingestion of any medication not specified for & Read more �

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Guest Blogger-The Dog Lady Santa Claws Event

 Looking for a cute photo op for your dog?  PetSmart stores nationwide will again offer Santa Claws events each weekend in December, where you can have your dog’s picture taken with Santa.  We did this years ago, and it turned out really cute. Of course, while you’re there, they hope you’ll shop for some gifts for your best friends.  They have & Read more �

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Guest Blog-Doggies and Stuff Holiday Gift Review

The girls were pretty excited when the box from PetSmart arrived.  Ok, maybe I was a little more excited than they were at first but then the box opened and Kiko dove right in.  Kiko got the new Martha Stewart Pets Nordic Dog Sweater.  As you will see below, she looks amazing in it.  Simply ADORABLE!  Martha has style, so & Read more �

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Staying Home for Halloween? Party Tips and Doorbell Issues

Throwing a Halloween bash this year?  Is Fido invited?  Here are a few simple tips to make sure he stays safe and is enjoyed by all: Keep him on leash or crate him while everyone arrives so he doesn’t accidentally get out the door. Leashing him while greeting your guests will also help you ensure he stays seated and doesn’t jump on & Read more �

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Halloween Training Tricks

Halloween is a great time for the whole family to spend together.  If you plan to let Fido participate in the trick or treating, teaching him a few basic commands will make your Halloween fun much easier.  These three basics: Sit (so he won’t jump on the kids), stay (so he won’t run out when you open the door), and & Read more �

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How to Choose the Right Gate for Your Pet

Whether your four-legged family member is a new puppy or a senior dog, every Pet Parent knows there are times when it’s simply not safe to give pets the run of the house or yard. And there are a variety of gates and exercise pens available to keep pets big and small safely contained. Here are tips to help you & Read more �

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Options for Safe Car Travel with Your Pet

Whether driving five miles to the store or 2,000 miles on vacation, Pet Parents enjoy bringing their pets along for the ride. According to a 2010 AAA survey, only 17% of Pet Parents use some form of pet restraint. Pet safety is an important part of being a responsible Pet Parent and there are many options available for traveling safely & Read more �

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Tips for Choosing a Dog Leash

While there are a variety of important factors to consider when shopping for a dog collar, picking out a leash is a little easier.  “You have so many types to choose from, but it really comes down to what’s most comfortable for you and for the dog,” according to PetSmart Buyer Sonya Constable. The most common choices include: Nylon Leashes: A solid, cost-effective & Read more �

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Halloween Costume Tips and Tricks

 Have you planned your pup’s Halloween costume? The big day is right around the corner and Fido might want in on the fun! If your pooch isn’t used to wearing a costume, there’s still time to get him used to it. Here are some steps that might help:   Start small. If your dog isn’t used to wearing anything, try something easy like a bandana or & Read more �

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FAQs on Dog Treats

How many treats can I give my dog each day? The most important thing you need to know is that treats should be no more than 10% of your pet's total calorie intake. How many treats can I give my dog each day? The most important thing you need to know is that dog treats should be no more than 10% of your & Read more �

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How to Properly and Safely Store Your Pet's Food

No one – including cats and dogs – likes stale food or eating mold and insects. That’s why it’s critically important to store your pet food properly. How to store it, though, depends on the type of food your pet eats and the climate in your area. Mark Finke, PetSmart’s director of Merchandising Technical Services, recommends the following guidelines: No one & Read more �

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How to Choose the Right Bowl/Feeder for Your Pet

You have plenty of choices when it comes to pet food and water bowls for your pet, and there’s a good reason for that. Pets and Pet Parents alike have unique individual needs, and there are varieties to meet just about all of them. According to PetSmart Buyer Reyna Jew – who personally selects the bowls carried in PetSmart stores & Read more �

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How to Measure for a Pet Bed

Every Pet Parent wants his or her pet to be as comfortable as possible when sleeping. Choosing the correct size bed is vital to your dog or cat getting a good night’s sleep, and it’s relatively easy to do.   Measure your dog or cat lengthwise while he’s sleeping. Some pets curl up and some stretch out, which is why it’s not & Read more �

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What's the Dish on Choosing a Pet Bowl?

You certainly have a choice when it comes to food and water bowls for your dog. Here you will find information and tips on the most common bowl types used. Stainless Steel Bowls Stainless steel bowls are durable, longlasting and are great if your dog tends to nibble on her bowl! They are easy to clean and are the easiest to sanitize, & Read more �

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Crates, Gates and Kennels: An Overview

Crates, carriers, doors, and kennels ... all are designed to keep your pet safe and secure. You have a number of choices available, depending on your particular needs.   Hard Carriers These are generally made of a high-density polypropylene, are durable and are the only type of crate accepted on airlines. These make excellent indoor homes for your pet because the pet feels & Read more �

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Frequently Asked Questions about Crates

  1. Is using a crate humane? Yes, using a crate properly for the containment of your pet is humane. Dog, by nature, are den animals and like to have a safe area in your home that they can call their own. A crate can provide this safe, personal area. Without a crate, your dog may find unsafe areas in your home & Read more �

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Finding the Right Harness for Your Dog

Unlike collars, which control a dog by attaching to the neck and/or head, a harness wraps to the dog's body. The leash attaches to a ring at the top of the dog's back, usually at the withers (shoulder blades). A variety of different styles are available, merely variations on a theme, with the dog's comfort the primary consideration. No-Pull Harness There & Read more �

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Stain, Stain, Go Away

It's not a very pleasant topic of conversation, but we will all encounter the need for a stain and odor product sometime in our pet's life.   Puppies are perhaps the biggest creators of unexpected puddles. Just as a human infant has to mature to get bladder control, puppies do, too. Senior dogs may experience a loss of bladder function, or some & Read more �

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Sweet Dreams-Choosing a Cozy Bed

There's Nothing Like a Cozy Bed You've had a long day. You're tired and want to rest. Do you head for the nearest open spot on the hard floor, or do you head for that easy chair? Just as you prefer your chair, your dog also prefers the comfort and warmth of his own bed.   Some owners like to place the crate & Read more �

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Pooch Pool Safety

Many dogs love the water, but not all dogs are naturally designed for water activities.  Whether your pooch is a swimmer or a watcher, these basic pool safety tips can keep your dog safe: ·         Introduce your dog to the water slowly.  Not all dogs are natural swimmers, especially brachycephalic breeds with short, wide heads and flat muzzles like Pugs, English & Read more �

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Happy Trails-Hiking with Your Dog

Summer is perfect for hiking and outdoor activities with our pets; however, it’s important to understand the potential dangers prior to taking that well deserved outing.    Summer is perfect for hiking and outdoor activities with our pets; however, it’s important to understand the potential dangers prior to taking that well deserved outing.    Almost every misadventure with a pet could have & Read more �

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Exercise Tips for a Healthy Dog

Just as with humans, the amount of exercise a dog needs depends on several factors such as age, personality, physical ability/build, and energy level. Just as with humans, the amount of exercise a dog needs depends on several factors such as age, personality, physical ability/build, and energy level. For some dogs, a brisk, 20- to 30-minute walk twice a day may be & Read more �

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Preventing Canine Bloat

  Canine bloat (gastric torsion): A serious and sometimes fatal intestinal condition that may occur when dogs eat or drink too much too quickly. Symptoms include: abdominal distension excessive salivation dry heaving restlessness increased heart rate To prevent bloat, slow down your dog's eating and make sure he remains inactive immediately afterwards. Create a regular feeding schedule of two to three small meals a day   Put & Read more �

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Cleaning Your Pet's Bed

  Pets offer devoted and loving companionship and bring joy to the home. However, they also bring messes and dirt. A pet's bedding tends to receive the worst damage. Keeping it clean doesn't have to be a monumental chore. For a happy pet and a tidy home, follow these simple steps once a month, or as needed, to clean your pet's & Read more �

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Hot in the City? Protect your Pet's Feet!

Dog’s feet and pads are tough, right? Most people are aware that foot pads can be injured by stepping on something sharp, but we may not always think about the risk of severe heat. Extremely hot pavement, sand, metal and tar-coated asphalt is hard to avoid in the heat of the summers and can seriously injure your pet.   We remember & Read more �

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Train a Disabled Pet? Yes, You Can!

 There are many organizations to train dogs to help disabled people, but it can be hard to find information on training people to help disabled dogs.  The most common disability that seems to cause trouble in training is when the dog is deaf.  Just because a dog is missing one of his five senses doesn’t mean he’ll be hard to & Read more �

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Keeping the Garden Safe for Your Pets

A leafy green yard is a retreat from everyday stresses for people, but could present a minefield of health problems for rambunctious pets -- if you're not careful. A leafy green yard is a retreat from everyday stresses for people, but could present a minefield of health problems for rambunctious pets -- if you're not careful. Take the lawn, for & Read more �

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Keep Your Dog Safe Around the Pool, Lake and Ocean

Many dogs love the water, but not all dogs are naturally designed for water activities. Whether she's a swimmer or a watcher, your dog wants to be with her family at poolside or at the lake or beach. These water safety tips can keep your dog safe this summer: Never throw your dog into the water. Introduce her to the water & Read more �

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Teach Your Dog to ''Salute''

Teaching your dog to “salute” is a fun and cute trick to show off, especially during patriotic holidays and events. To teach your dog to salute, you are going to use a process called “shaping.”  Think of shaping as molding your dog’s behavior from how he currently responds to a cue to how you would like him to respond to that & Read more �

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Cool Summer Training Tips

Depending on what part of the country you live in, summer can just be too hot to train your dog outside. So for those days when even an early trip to the park isn’t in the cards, it's best to train and play inside. It takes some creativity, but you don’t have to let your training take a backseat to the & Read more �

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Proper Socialization for Fearful Dogs

Lately I’ve seen a lot of fearful dogs coming to class for socialization. Specifically, these dogs are fearful of humans, but rather than display any aggressive behavior, they tend to hide or freeze. As someone trained in reading dog body language, it is clear that the dogs are communicating, “Don’t touch me!” However, because they are not growling or snapping, & Read more �

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Poop Bags to the Rescue

Cleaning up after your dog is more than a matter of being a responsible Pet Parent. It also means being a good citizen of the earth. By simply carrying and using poop bags to clean up after your dogs during walks (or even in your own backyard) you can help keep pollution down and protect soil and aquatic life.   Parasites and & Read more �

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Home Security Tips for Your Family and Pets

Pets are an important part of the family. Losing them or seeing them seriously injured would be devastating, especially if you can do something to prevent it. Help make your home safer and more secure for your family and your pets with the following home security tips: Install a monitored security system If your dog is at home alone during an emergency, & Read more �

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Different Types of Ticks

GENERAL DESCRIPTION GENERAL DESCRIPTION Ticks are small bloodsucking ectoparasites that attach themselves to dogs, cats, and humans.  Ticks are not insects; they are small arachnids which are related to spiders. Some ticks attach and feed on the head, neck, shoulders, and hind areas, while other ticks are more prone to feeding on and in the ears, under the tail and in between & Read more �

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Try Treating Your Dog with Toys to Reward Good Behavior

While trainers often rely on food to train dogs, it can be easy and fun to reward using toys and play. For something to be useful as a reward, the dog has to be willing to work for it. So if you have a dog that enjoys playing, but not nearly as much as he enjoys eating or praise, rewarding with toys & Read more �

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Keep Your Dog Busy with Enrichment Toys

Enrichment dog toys can be one of the most useful tools for a Pet Parent. Also known as puzzle or treat dispensing toys, they can provide hours of productive fun for your dog. KONG has a variety of toys that fit this category, including Classic KONG and Goodie Bone. If introduced correctly, they will occupy your dog with a progressively & Read more �

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Choosing the Right Rawhide for Your Dog

Rawhide can be a great treat for your dog, but which one is the right choice for your pup? Here are some tips to help you choose the right chew. How do I know I'm choosing the right type of rawhide? Rawhide can be a great treat for your dog, but which one is the right choice for your pup? Here are some tips to & Read more �

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Teach Your Dog to Stand/Stay

Proper application of a flea/tick preventative is important to its overall effectiveness, but as we Pet Parents know, keeping your dog still while you're applying it can be challenging. To help make this process easier on you and your dog, teach him to “Stand/Stay.” This simply means that the dog is standing on all fours and staying still or not moving his feet.  First & Read more �

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What Does Organic Mean and other FAQs About Organic Pet Food

Considering feeding your pet an organic diet? Here are the answers to some commonly asked questions about organic pet foods:   Considering feeding your pet an organic diet? Here are the answers to some commonly asked questions about organic pet foods:   WHY SHOULD DOG AND CAT PARENTS CHOOSE ORGANIC FOOD AND TREATS?   REASON #1: SAFETY   Feeding organic takes pet food and treat safety to a & Read more �

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Nutrition for Small Dogs

Is your dog a small dog? Small dogs like Yorkshire Terriers, Dachshunds and Chihuahuas can weigh between 6 and 20 pounds and stand between 6 and 17 inches tall. When choosing the right food for your small dog, consider these special nutritional needs:   -         Small dogs tend to live longer than larger dogs. Premium foods with high-quality ingredients and protein sources & Read more �

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Your Dog's Health

Preventive care Good preventive care begins with careful attention to the basics: Nutrition A healthy, nutritious diet builds a foundation for well-being and disease prevention throughout your Pet's life. As a dog ages, their nutritional needs change; for example, a puppy needs a diet high in calories and protein to maintain its active lifestyle and to grow healthy bones and muscles. An older & Read more �

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Which Crate is Right for Your Pet?

Plastic dog crates Recommended uses: Crate training, travel and at-home containment These portable crates are perfect for the pair that's on the go--many are federally-approved for airline travel! The lightweight top and bottom can be screwed together and taken apart for storage or travel as needed. These dog crates feature ventilation along the sides and a wire door in front that latches & Read more �

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Puppy Training-The Benefits of Treats

When you train your dog, the dog is doing the correct behavior to either: 1) get something he wants; or 2) avoid something he doesn’t want.  There are many rewards (technically called reinforcers) that you can use while training your dog.  Food is generally the reinforcer of choice for many reasons: • Food is considered a “primary” reinforcer; meaning, it is essential for & Read more �

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Homeward bounding: making your new dog feel at home

Your new pooch is counting on you to provide the right nutrition, socialization, healthcare and grooming. Here are some tips to help the transition a little easier: Exploring his new home The first day you bring your new pet home is special, so make sure you get some time aside to create a calm, happy homecoming. If you have small children, let & Read more �

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Picking the Right Dog Training Class

Wondering which dog training class is the right one for you?  The following descriptions of PetSmart accredited dog training classes can help you decide: Potty Training Seminars (for Pet Parents only – no pets), which are one-time classes that last one hour, are great for people that have not yet gotten their new dog or for someone that has a new & Read more �

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Graduating your dog to house freedom

So… you’ve used a crate to manage your puppy and now you’re wondering how to start giving him more freedom. Well, if you’ve done your foundation work and haven’t let your dog pick up bad habits, transitioning to full freedom in the house should go pretty smoothly.   Ideally, your dog should be past the puppy and juvenile stage. For small dogs, this probably & Read more �

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Hip Dysplasia: Its Cause, Symptoms and Treatments

Hip dysplasia is a defect of the hip joint found most often in giant and large breed dogs. The normal hip is a ball and socket type joint. The socket is part of the pelvis. The ball is at the upper end, or head, of the femur (thigh) bone. With dysplasia, the normally rounded head of the femur is flattened & Read more �

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Doggone myths: are mixed breeds healthier than purebreds?

Does hybrid vigor, the notion that dogs which are less related have increased fertility and health, really exist? Sure. It just doesn’t occur quite as often as people think because it is more than a matter of not mating the same breed. People assume that as long as the female and stud are different breeds, the offspring will be healthy, but that’s & Read more �

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Are Ear Mites Bugging Your Pet? Know the Signs

Ear mites are microscopic parasites that live in the ear canals of infected dogs and cats. These mites are highly contagious and can be found in whole litters of kittens or, less frequently, in puppies. Adult pets can also be infected. Signs of ear mites include: ·         A dark, crusty material is usually found in the ear canal of infected pets ·         & Read more �

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Did You Know ... Pets Can Help Seniors Live Longer?

Pets are fun to snuggle, pet, walk and play fetch with, but did you know that pets also have been proven to help us live healthier, even longer lives?  It’s true!  And pets especially help extend the life, health and happiness of seniors.  Activities such as walking, feeding, grooming and playing with a pet – improve the wellbeing of seniors.  & Read more �

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Tattooing: another way to keep your dog safe

Developed by the founders of the National Dog Registry, tattooing is a simple, affordable means of permanently identifying your dog. It is painless to a dog because as dog’s skin structure is so different from a human’s that the tattoo marker doesn’t need to be inserted very deeply into the dog’s epidermis, or outer skin layer. The best location for & Read more �

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Canine Influenza: How You Can Prevent It

Canine influenza or “dog flu” is a relatively new strain of virus with symptoms that are very similar to kennel cough or Bordetella.  According to Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine Baker Institute for Animal Health, canine influenza is highly contagious and in some cases, especially when pneumonia develops, even fatal.   This new strain was first discovered in January 2004 at & Read more �

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Spotting Hyperthyroidism in Cats and Dogs

The thyroid gland produces essential hormones that are involved in the regulation of many vital body functions. Tumors of the thyroid gland can cause over production of these hormones or hyperthyroidism. Hyperthyroidism usually develops gradually and can be difficult to notice in the early stages. In cats, the thyroid tumors are usually benign and do not spread to other organs. & Read more �

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Establish Yourself as Your Dog's Leader

There is a lot of talk about being your dog's "pack leader." It's true that dogs need leaders. The best way to become a leader is to establish routines and rules with outcomes that are predictable for your dog.  Whether your dog is too pushy and needs to be reminded who is in charge or whether your dog is nervous and & Read more �

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Consider Breed, Gender When Adding New Dogs to Your Pack

Bringing home a new baby can create anxiety for an older sibling. Similarly, introducing a new dog to your existing pack will likely cause upheaval and stress for pets and Pet Parents alike. While we may hope the new family member will be greeted with happy tail wags, the reality is that animals need to re-establish territory and pack order when a new & Read more �

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How to Change Your Pet's Diet

If you have decided to change your pet's diet, feed your pet a combination of the new and old food over a 10-day period to get them used to the new texture and smell. Abrupt changes to a pet's diet can trigger diarrhea and other intestinal upsets, especially if your pet has a sensitive stomach, so be deliberate and consistent & Read more �

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Boarding Your Pet? Preparation is Key

Planning a family vacation, but can't take your four-legged family members along? Boarding is a safe, dependable option. If you choose to board your pet while you’re away, these tips can help make the boarding experience a great one for everyone, including you. Plan ahead     Take time to carefully plan and prepare for your pet’s stay. “Boarding can be a stressful experience for & Read more �

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Reverse Sneezing in Dogs

Reverse sneezing (aka pharyngeal gag reflex) is a common phenomenon in dogs, especially toy breeds. It is called a reverse sneeze because air is rapidly pulled into the nose; whereas in a regular sneeze, air is pushed out through the nose. It looks and sounds like the dog is actually inhaling sneezes. “During an episode of reverse sneezing, the pharynx & Read more �

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Keeping An Eye Out for Pet Cornea Injuries

The cornea is the clear surface of the eyeball (where a contact lens would be worn in humans). Like skin, this eye tissue can be damaged by scratches, scrapes, or cuts.   These injuries are usually very painful and have the potential to become infected. Serious damage or infection can cause permanent corneal scarring, injury to deeper tissues of the eye, permanent vision & Read more �

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The Causes of Epilepsy and Seizures in Pets

Abnormalities in the central nervous system (CNS), or brain, can cause seizures and seizure-like episodes. The abnormalities can be caused by epilepsy, brain tumors, head trauma, toxins, cancer, compromised blood flow, infections and poorly functioning internal organs that cause build up or body wastes in the blood. Clinical signs of seizure type activity can range greatly in severity. Mild episodes & Read more �

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Is Pet Insurance Right For You?

It’s hard to think about a beloved pet suffering a sudden, serious injury or being diagnosed with a life-threatening disease.  Worrying about a pet’s well being is difficult enough, let alone fretting about how to cover the costs of care.   Pet insurance is touted as one way to take control of a pet’s medical expenses.  And with so-called “nose-to-tail” protection & Read more �

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The Dog Swallowed What?

Buddy Luv, a Mastiff/Boxer mix, was in trouble. For a dog that should weigh 90-plus pounds he was skin and bones. His big brown eyes were full of pain. He could only eat very little at a time and had diarrhea. To make matters worse, Buddy’s family gave him up after more than eight weeks of watching his health decline. & Read more �

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Sneaky Coccidiosis and Its Effects

Coccidiosis is a parasitic disease of the intestinal tract caused by a microscopic organism. The disease generally spreads from one pet to another by contact with stool from infected pets. It is more severe in young or weakened pets, and can cause signs like bloody diarrhea. In serious cases, severe diarrhea, blood loss, and dehydration can lead to death. Healthy adult & Read more �

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Help Your Dog Deal with a New Pup Arrival

Let’s say you want to bring home an irresistible little puppy for your child. Great - except for one potential problem: You’ve already had a dog for years, and he has never shared his space with another pooch. Suddenly, your old friend may wonder why he has to compete for attention and love from you. Will jealousy get the better & Read more �

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Does Your Rescue Dog Have Issues? Tips to Help With the Transition

Adopting a pet is a rewarding experience that not only saves the life of the pet, but enriches the life of the Pet Parent. Remember, no pet whether he is from a shelter, a breeder or elsewhere is perfect. Challenges including potty training, obedience issues and medical expenses can crop up after the adoption. Here's the good news: these challenges can be resolved. & Read more �

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Secondhand Smoke and Your Pet: Read this Before You Light Up

Everyone knows the damaging effects secondhand smoke can have on people – but what about our pets? More and more, scientific research is finding that secondhand smoke also poses a significant health threat to our furry and feathered friends. The American Journal of Epidemiology reported the following findings: Cats exposed to secondhand smoke have almost double the risk of developing feline malignant & Read more �

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Apartment Dweller? Find the Right Dog for Your Small Space

If you’d like to have a canine companion by your side and live in an apartment, here’s good news: There are lots of dogs who are compatible with a city-dweller’s lifestyle. And, an increasing amount of residential communities are adopting pet-friendly policies. If you are living in an apartment and are considering adding a dog to your family, here are & Read more �

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Pet Training: Why the Clicker is Quicker

One of the most important aspects to training your pet is timing.  In order for your pet to understand what you are trying to communicate, you need to provide them with feedback within one second of the desired behavior. How do you give your pet positive feedback this quickly?  Use "markers."  Proper use of a marker will not only increase the speed & Read more �

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Teaching Your Cat Tricks Starts with a Click

You may have heard cats can’t be trained.  Not so!  With the proper techniques, any animal can be trained. You just need a few helpful tips to get you started. Teach your cat to “target.” Targeting is simply teaching your cat to put a certain body part, like his nose or paw, on a certain item like a target stick. There are many commercial target & Read more �

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What's in a Name? Should You Give Your Adopted Dog a New Name?

If you want to rename your dog, go right ahead. While it may take an older dog a while to figure out what you mean, he’ll get it eventually. Dogs don’t internalize a name the way we do; they don’t identify themselves with that particular combination of phonemes. They simply understand that when you make a certain sound, it means & Read more �

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Puppy Meet Child: How to Properly Introduce Puppies and Children

 If you have children and are adopting a puppy or are a puppy Pet Parent and are having young children over to visit, you'll want to introduce them to one another in a way that is friendly and non-threatening for both parties.  Here are some tips to help introduce your pet to young children:  If you have children and are adopting a puppy or are a puppy & Read more �

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How to Teach Your Dog to ''Come'' When You Call Him

Have you ever wondered why your dog comes when you say “cookie,” “walk,” or “dinner,” but won’t come when you say “come?”  It’s all about what happens when he gets there.  If you only teach your dog one thing, coming when called is your best choice.  The good news: it’s not hard to do! To start, you need to use his & Read more �

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Protect Your Cat from Sunburn and Skin Cancer

Cats love sitting in the sun and catching some rays. But just like humans, your cat needs protection from the harmful effects of the sun, too. While her fur protects most of her body, the tips of her ears are fair game for sunburns -- and, with prolonged exposure, even skin cancer.   Particularly susceptible to sunburn are sun-seeking felines who are & Read more �

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The Itchy Signs of Atopic Dermatitis

  If your dog is in his early years and seems to be itching, biting her paws and hind legs, she could be suffering from a common disease called atopic dermatitis. Atopic dermatitis is an allergic skin disease caused by a heightened sensitivity to common things in the environment such as pollens, mold spores or dust mites in the home.   Atopic dermatitis & Read more �

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Ways You Can Reduce Your Pet's Stress

Just like we humans, our pets experience stress too. They just express it in different ways like chewing on our shoes or ripping up the sofa cushions. But what causes stress in our pets and how can we help reduce it? Just like we humans, our pets experience stress too. They just express it in different ways like chewing on our shoes or & Read more �

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Does Your Pet Have Allergies? Learn the Signs

Just like humans, pets can experience allergic reactions from almost any substance including food, insect bites, medications, grooming products, vaccines and inhaled particles like dust or pollen. The immune system is designed to protect the body from infection. A normally functioning system recognizes things that are "non-self" such as bacteria, viruses, other microorganisms, pollen and other small particles that enter or & Read more �

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The Common Signs of Hypothyroidism in Pets

If your pet is showing signs of "slowing down" or seems to be acting a bit sluggish, she could be demonstrating signs of hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism happens when the thyroid gland doesn't produce enough of the essential hormones needed in the regulation of many vital body functions. It usually develops gradually and is rare in cats. Pets may exhibit one of many common & Read more �

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Teach Your Dog to ''High-Five''

The "high-five" is a simple and popular trick to teach your dog that is fun to show off to friends. To teach your dog to "high-five," you are going to use a process called "shaping."  Think of shaping as molding your dog’s behavior from how he currently responds to a cue to how you would like him to respond to that & Read more �

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Reward Your Pet with ''Zero-Calorie'' Treats

Not all pet treats have to be edible. If you're concerned about your pet's caloric intake, but still want to reward their good behavior, there are healthier, zero-calorie alternatives, says Lynne Hudlow in her blog posted on banfield.net, the web site of Banfield, The Pet Hospital®. Not all pet treats have to be edible. If you're concerned about your pet's caloric & Read more �

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Hotels That Really Roll Out the Red Carpet for Pets

Several years ago, when my wife and I were moving from Chicago to Phoenix, we took our Schnoodle, Cash, for his first extended road trip. Somewhere in Oklahoma, we had to check into a hotel for the night. The first couple of places we inquired about did not take pets; so, thoroughly wiped out from driving, we made a command & Read more �

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How You Can Prevent Kennel Cough in Your Pet

The term "Kennel Cough" sounds just awful doesn't it? It's certainly no picnic for your pet. And dogs aren't the only ones who can suffer from it - cats can contract it too. Fortunately, there is a vaccine available. Bordetella bronchiseptica is a bacterial agent that, along with several viruses, contributes to Canine Infectious Tracheobronchitis, or "Kennel Cough" disease. This infection & Read more �

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Dogs have moods too—lessons in loving, living with and understanding your dog’s body language

I’m a childless thirty-something woman living a quiet life in the middle of central Phoenix. So the only kids my 18-pound cattle dog mix really ever met were the ones we stumbled upon through our evening walks through the city park. You know the type—they’re frequently found burning off excess energy by spinning furiously around on those human-propelled merry go-rounds & Read more �

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Summer Safety Tips for Your Dog

Summer is a great time to get out and about with your pet.  But keep in mind, the season's excessive heat and sun exposure can be dangerous, even deadly, to your pet.  Keep your pet safe and healthy this summer with these safety tips from PetSmart experts: Summer is a great time to get out and about with your pet.  But keep in mind, the season's excessive heat & Read more �

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Know the Signs of Arthritis in Your Pet and How You Can Help Treat It

Arthritis is the inflammation of a joint, which can cause pain and/or swelling. Several types exist, including: Rheumatoid arthritis Degenerative arthritis Infectious arthritis Each of these types has a different cause. An arthritic joint can cause immense pain, especially in the morning and in cold weather. As your pet's advocate, it is up to you to watch for trouble. Call a veterinarian if your pet & Read more �

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Dog Park Etiquette: What You Need to Know for Off-Leash Fun

Dog parks are more than just places for your pampered pooch to burn off some steam and calories. Within the chain link confines of dog parks, you can find camaraderie, exercise, laughter, fun and of course, dogs! Here are some tips for merging good manners and common sense to create the ultimate dog park experience for you and your pet: Scoop & Read more �

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Tips to Curb Your Dog's Barking Habit

Dogs bark for a reason. Knowing why they are barking, or more specifically how dogs communicate through barking, is the first step to stopping their inappropriate barking.   The three big reasons a dog barks are: attention, excitement and alarm. Barking for Attention: this type of barking is generally directed at you. The good news is that this it is the easiest to control. The bad news & Read more �

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Why Diabetes Causes Excessive Thirst, Hunger in Cats

  Diabetes mellitus is a serious medical condition where your pet cannot control her blood sugar levels due to problems with insulin production or function. It has many symptoms, but the most common that concerns Pet Parents are excessive urination, excessive thirst and eating while loosing weight. Glucose is the main energy source that body cells need to operate efficiently. Your cat’s digestive & Read more �

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How to Teach Your Dog to ''Drop It''

Tired of your dog stealing your socks, shoes and other stuff? Even worse, are you tired of chasing him around the couch to get it back? These tips will help curb that behavior and save your personal items from becoming chew toys:   Puppy proof the house. Use baby gates and shut doors to keep your dog from getting into trouble.  Make sure you have & Read more �

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Uh Doc, My Dog's Got Critters

OK, so you just found out that Fido is running 30 head of tiny livestock on his "back 40." What the heck are you going to do about it? First of all, don't panic, we have many new weapons in the war on fleas. Let's take a look at the different flea control products available, and how best to utilize & Read more �

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Your Kitten's Veterinary Visits: The First Year

Kittens ingest antibodies from their mother's milk that protect them against disease. Once they start to eat solid food, however, they need vaccinations from the veterinarian. Kittens should receive their first series of vaccinations when they're six weeks old. If you adopt a kitten from a shelter or buy one from a breeder, ask for the kitten's medical records. The kitten & Read more �

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Keep ''people food'' off your pet's holiday menu

Keep your pet safe and healthy this holiday season by saying "no" to the following holiday foods: Keep your pet safe and healthy this holiday season by saying "no" to the following holiday foods: Just say no to holiday table scraps. Pets love rich scraps such as drippings, gravy and poultry skin; however, they can cause pets to suffer from severe indigestion, diarrhea & Read more �

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Tips to Keep Your Pooch Behaving His Holiday Best

The holidays are here and what better gift to give yourself than a well-mannered pooch?  Since the holidays usually include guests of some sort, we’ve included tips to help Fido be the hit of your holidays! The holidays are here and what better gift to give yourself than a well-mannered pooch?  Since the holidays usually include guests of some sort, we’ve & Read more �

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Canine Pancreatitis: What You Should Know

Pancreatitis is an inflammatory disease of the pancreas and tends to occur in neutered, middle-aged overweight dogs. Miniature Schnauzers and Terriers seem to be especially prone to the disease. Most veterinarians will agree that canine pancreatitis is difficult to diagnose because the exact cause is not well understood. Symptoms vary depending on severity and can point to other conditions. Specific & Read more �

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Pyroderma: The ''Piggyback'' Skin Infection

Pyoderma is a bacterial infection of the skin. Infection may be secondary to, or associated with, other skin abnormalities or damage such as allergies, irritants, skin trauma, fungal infections, external parasites, general poor health or nutrition or hormonal imbalances.   The bacteria involved are usually normal skin organisms that have opportunistically invaded a weakened area of the most external layer of & Read more �

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Pyometra infection is another case for spaying your pet

Pyometra is a serious and potentially life threatening infection of the uterus. It occurs in some unspayed females, usually during middle age. It is common for pyometra to develop a few weeks after a heat cycle. Hormonal changes during and soon after a heat cycle can make the uterus more vulnerable to infection. The entire uterus may fill with pus. & Read more �

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Teach Your Dog to ''Leave It''

“Leave it” can be a lifesaving cue for your dog to know. It can stop him from chasing the cat, eating medication that fell on the floor or stealing your dinner off the TV tray. And it’s not difficult to teach.   “Leave it” can be a lifesaving cue for your dog to know. It can stop him from chasing the cat, eating medication that fell & Read more �

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Make a Healthy Treat for Your Pet

Everyone loves a special treat, even your pets. If you have some extra time or are looking for a fun project to do with the kids, make a healthy, low-calorie treat for your furry family member. And when feeding your pet treats, remember to keep them in moderation and count them as part of their daily dietary intake.   Look’n lean liver treats   Ingredients: 3 1/2 oz. jar of & Read more �

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Heatstroke: Know The Signs And What To Do

If the temperature is hot enough to make you sweat, it’s hot enough for your pet to suffer from heatstroke. According to Dr. Robyn Jaynes, PetSmart’s vet expert, heatstroke occurs when your pet’s body temperature, normally 102 degrees, rises to 105 to 110 degrees. It can cause lethargy, coma, organ failure and death. Learn how to spot the signs and & Read more �

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Sarcoptic Mange and its Itchy Symptoms

  Sarcoptic Mange Sarcoptic mange or scabies is caused by a microscopic insect, a mite, which infects dogs, cats and other mammals, including people. The insect burrows under the skin causing very intense itching. Pets are often so itchy they may chew, rub or lick at their skin until open wounds develop. Symptoms include: Intense and constant itching Self-mutilation from chewing and & Read more �

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Don't Take a Vacation From Your Pet's Routine

So the kids are out of school or you’re taking some time off from work? If your schedule changes, you should consider your pets’ scheduling needs as well. Your altered schedule won’t make much sense to your pets and it could cause them some transitional stress. Routine helps dogs and cats feel safe. Here are some thoughts that may run & Read more �

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What is demodectic mange and how you can treat it

Demodectic mange is caused by a microscopic insect, a mite, which lives under the skin around hair shafts. The mite can be present in small numbers on healthy pets and cause no problems. For several reasons, often including immune system suppression, individual Pets may develop symptoms of mange that include: hair loss, skin redness or swelling, occasionally itching, crusting and & Read more �

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Brush Up on Your Dog's Coat Type

Before you invest in a brush, comb or other grooming tool, you'll want to know your dog's coat type. Find your pup's breed below, or if he is a mixed breed, find the breed you believe is most dominant.  Flat-coated: Dalmatians, Greyhounds, Staffordshire Terriers, Boxers, Pointers and Miniature Pinschers all have this short, tight flat coat. Short-coated: Labradors, Beagles, Rottweilers, Cattle Dogs & Read more �

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Types of Brushes and Their Uses

There are many grooming tools on the market and each one is specifically designed to suit the needs of all dog coat types from combination to silky and curly. This guide will help you determine which tool is right for your dog's coat type. There are many grooming tools on the market and each one is specifically designed to suit the & Read more �

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Is Your Yard Pet-Safe? Check This List of Potential Dangers

Your yard can a wonderland for your pet full of interesting smells, grass to roll in, bugs to chase and shady spots for naps. But if you use fertilizers, pesticides and other chemicals, it can be a potentially dangerous place for pet too. Below are some of the common yard-related pet emergencies the doctors at Banfield, The Pet Hospital® have encountered & Read more �

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Dogs have moods too

I'm a childless thirty-something woman living a quiet life in the middle of central Phoenix. So the only kids my 18-pound cattle dog mix really ever met were the ones we stumbled upon through our evening walks through the city park. You know the type—they’re frequently found burning off excess energy by spinning furiously around on those human-propelled merry go-rounds & Read more �

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Macadamia Nuts, Tomatoes Added to List of Dangerous Foods for Dogs

As a Pet Parent, you know chocolate and alcoholic beverages can be toxic to dogs. Now you can add macadamia nuts, tomatoes and a few more foods to that list. According to the "Hound Health Handbook" by Betsy Brevitz, DVM, the following foods can be unhealthy, even toxic, to your best friend: As a Pet Parent, you know chocolate and alcoholic beverages & Read more �

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Brushing Tips to Get a Beautiful Coat

Brushing removes dead hair from the coat before it mats, stimulates the skin and evenly distributes the natural oils over the coat. This allows the individual hairs to lie more smoothly, look shinier and repel dirt. Try to spend just a few minutes every day or so brushing the coat instead of waiting until the coat is tangled then trying & Read more �

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Preventing Flea Infestation on Your Dog

All dog owners have to combat fleas at one time or another. Even very clean, pampered dogs get fleas. All dog owners have to combat fleas at one time or another. Even very clean, pampered dogs get fleas. Suppose an adult flea jumps onto your dog when it's outside. Since a flea is a parasite, it lives off of your dog's & Read more �

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Sporting Breed Related Medical Problems

Many conditions appear to be especially prominent in Sporting breeds. Sometimes it is possible to identify the genetic basis of a problem, but in many cases, we must be satisfied with merely identifying the breeds that are at risk and how their conditions can be identified, treated and prevented. Following are some conditions that have been recognized as being common & Read more �

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Terrier Breed Related Medical Problems

Many conditions appear in terriers but as a breed group they are less afflicted than some of the others. Good news for terrier owners. Sometimes it is possible to identify the genetic basis of a problem, but in many cases we must be satisfied with merely identifying the breeds that are at risk and how the conditions can be identified, & Read more �

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Toy Breed Related Medical Problems

Many conditions appear to be especially prominent in Toy breeds. Sometimes it is possible to identify the genetic basis of a problem, but in many cases, we must be satisfied with merely identifying the breeds that are at risk and how the conditions can be identified, treated and prevented - following are some conditions that have been recognized as being & Read more �

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What does a cold dog nose really mean?

Well, the truth of the matter is, no matter how much we feel our dogs nose, it is not a true indicator of how our pooch is really feeling. A dog can have a cold nose and be sick or a warm nose and be totally healthy. Humidity, body temperature and the flow of tears through the ducts into the & Read more �

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What is the Vaccination DHLPP Anyway?

Please remember that vaccination protocols may vary somewhat amongst veterinarians, so always follow the recommendations of your family veterinarian. Let's start with an 8-week-old puppy.  The cornerstones of preventive health care are immunizations (vaccinations) and parasite control. Let's start with immunizations. It is important to realize that a series of vaccinations are necessary in order to properly immunize a puppy. & Read more �

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A Shot in Time - Dog Vaccination Recommendations

One of the easiest and most effective ways of preventing your dog from getting sick is by making sure he gets all his vaccinations on a regular basis. Puppies need vaccinations every two to four weeks until they are at least 14 weeks of age. Most vets follow the schedules given below, although there may be some variation from state & Read more �

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Dog Supplements and Their Benefits

Premium pet foods that are designed for puppy growth and health maintenance supply all the needed vitamins and minerals to sustain normal growth, provided the puppy or dog eats it well. But at times, certain conditions like itchy skin or hip and joint stiffness require additional nutritional care. That's where supplements come in and a wide variety of vitamins, minerals and supplements are & Read more �

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Prep Your Pup for a Day at the Office

How many times have you felt guilty about leaving Fido home alone while you go to work?  You're not alone. Currently, about 20 percent of businesses in the U.S. are pet-friendly, according to Pet Sitters International (PSI).  Studies conducted by PSI have shown that morale and productivity in the workplace is higher when dogs are permitted. The third week in June celebrates & Read more �

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Dog's Hearing

Most people know that a dog's hearing is more sensitive than humans', but they may not know that the nature of the sounds dogs hear is also much different. Dogs hear much higher tones. Even the most sensitive people can't hear above 20,000 cycles per second, while some dogs can hear above 45,000. The "silent whistles" sometimes used to signal & Read more �

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Canine Heartworm Disease

Heartworm disease is caused by the parasitic nematode (worm) Dirofilaria immitis. The adult form of the parasite can reach six to 12 inches in length, and resembles a piece of cooked spaghetti. Heartworms live primarily in the dog's large pulmonary arteries and within the heart itself. How exactly do they get there? Heartworm disease is carried and transmitted by our friend, & Read more �

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Flea Biology and Consequences

The most common flea to infest dogs is Ctenocephalides felis, the cat flea. The flea life cycle begins with the adult female flea living on the dog's skin. She bites the dog, lays her eggs, and these eggs drop off the dog into the environment. Eggs hatch in 1 to 10 days (depending on environmental conditions) into free-living larvae. These & Read more �

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Frequently Asked Questions About Dog Health

  How often should my dog visit the vet? Once per year is usually enough unless the dog has chronic medical problems that require more frequent attention. It would be ideal for geriatric dogs to be seen every 6 months. Why do my dog's eyes discharge? Dog's eyes may discharge for several reasons. Tearing may be from an irritant in the area, such & Read more �

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Dog Health Care

Nutrition A healthy, nutritious diet builds a foundation for well-being and disease prevention throughout your Pet's life. As a dog ages, their nutritional needs change; for example, a puppy needs a diet high in calories and protein to maintain its active lifestyle and to grow healthy bones and muscles. An older dog may need a diet restricted in calories and & Read more �

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Some Important Facts About Vaccinating Your Pet

Giardia is a parasite easily spread from pets to people and back again. The organism causes no problem until a person or pet is stressed. It can cause persistent or intermittent gastrointestinal upset; a common symptom is diarrhea. The condition is difficult to treat and diagnose. Giardia can live in water and on toys, floors, decks and other surfaces. The & Read more �

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Winter Weather and Your Pet's Arthritis

As the cold of winter settles upon us, making our lives more difficult with the shoveling of snow and icy driving conditions, it also can make life more difficult for our older pets. As pets age, they, like humans, can get arthritis in the joints. This can make it harder for them to run and jump and climb steps. The & Read more �

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Salmon Poisoning

Eating raw fish may lead to salmon poisoning, a life-threatening syndrome that can cause diarrhea, dehydration and depression in your dog. Don't be fooled by the disease's name, such fresh water fish as steelhead and other trout can also carry the disease. The problem is caused by a deadly bacteria carried by some free-swimming parasites called flukes. If your dog eats & Read more �

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Preventing Dental Disease

Dental plaque, which is composed of bacteria, saliva and cellular debris, builds up on the enamel of the teeth. When plaque accumulates with food particles, it becomes hard, thick and yellow -- or calcified -- and is called tartar.  Dental plaque, which is composed of bacteria, saliva and cellular debris, builds up on the enamel of the teeth. When plaque & Read more �

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Frequently Asked Questions About Heartworm Disease

  What is heartworm disease? Is heartworm disease serious? How can I tell if my pet has heartworm disease and can it be treated? How do I protect my pet against heartworm disease? What is heartworm disease? Heartworm disease is caused by a mosquito-borne parasite called Dirofilaria immitis. When an infected mosquito bites a dog or cat, the microscopic parasite larvae can enter into the & Read more �

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Keeping Your Dog Cool When the Temperatures Rise

The weather is getting warmer, and when temperatures go up, you will need to make some adjustments for your dogs. Here are some points to keep in mind: Most dogs will begin to lose their undercoats. The undercoat is the woolly fur that keeps the dog warm in the winter. If this coat is not brushed out, it becomes entangled in & Read more �

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Internal Parasites

Virtually all puppies have some degree of internal parasitism, and proper treatment can have a tremendous influence on the puppy's overall health and development. In addition, some canine parasites can have serious adverse health effects on people, particularly children. We will limit ourselves to discussing intestinal parasites, but there are parasites that infect the respiratory and urinary systems as well. & Read more �

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Which Working Dog is Right for You?

In today's modern and mechanized world, most domestic canines function primarily as pets. But all domestic dogs were once bred to fulfill some need of mankind, and there are many breeds whose original duty was to serve in a working capacity. In every country specific breeds were used as guardians, draft dogs and hunters. Even now there are dogs that & Read more �

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Flea & Tick Dog Products Comparison

Even very clean, pampered dogs can get fleas and ticks if pet parents don't stay on top of certain preventative steps. These preventative steps seek to minimize or eliminate a dog's chance of being a feeding ground for pesky fleas and ticks and include: Even very clean, pampered dogs can get fleas and ticks if pet parents don't stay on top & Read more �

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How Life Stage Dog Foods Differ

When shopping for dog food, it is common to buy by the brand. Beyond the brand of the food, you should take into consideration the life stage of your dog. Life stages refer to the various developmental stages of a pet's life. For dogs it means puppy, adult, senior and for some dogs, a lower calorie diet for inactive or & Read more �

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Pet Food Ingredient Definitions

Animal Digest/Digest The material that results from the chemical and/or enzymatic breakdown of clean animal tissue. If from a particular source may be labeled as such (i.e., chicken digest). Used to enhance the palatability of pet food products. Animal Fat See "Fat/Animal Fat" Ash Ash is a measure of the total minerals in a diet. Since minerals like calcium, phosphorus, iron, & Read more �

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Choosing the right food for your dog

Most foods are available in specific formulations tailored to match your dog's age, breed, weight and activity level, called life-stage formulas. Most brands are divided by life stage into the following categories. Most foods are available in specific formulations tailored to match your dog's age, breed, weight and activity level, called life-stage formulas. Most brands are divided by life stage into & Read more �

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Senior Foods for Dogs

As your dog ages he may benefit from a senior diet. While not much is known about the nutrition of older dogs, we know: First, older dogs are more sedentary and require fewer calories (i.e., lower fat) Second, older dogs may benefit from a diet lower in phosphorus Third, a moderate level of fiber in the diet helps prevent constipation and maintain gastro-intestinal & Read more �

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Frequently Asked Questions About Dog Nutrition

Why does my dog need to have a nutritionally balanced diet? Dogs require a minimum of 39 nutrients, all in the correct proportion, to maintain their health. These nutrients include amino acids, fats, vitamins and minerals. The nutrients must be in a form that can be used by dogs. The food containing these nutrients must also be palatable so dogs & Read more �

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Feeding Your Senior Dog

Join the weight watchers Older dogs tend to put on weight as their metabolism slows and creakiness sets in. But excess weight puts added pressure on sore joints and backs, says Dr. Wynn. Forgo weight-reducing or senior diets, which may not have enough high-quality meat ingredients. Instead, give your dog slightly smaller servings of a high-quality food. Supplement the diet & Read more �

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Nutrition for Small-sized Dogs

Despite their smaller stature, small-sized dogs are often the first to speak and the last to back down. They tend to rely on their wit and clever nature to make up for their small physical state. Small Dogs Aren't Just "Smaller" As you might expect, small dogs differ from larger dog breeds in more ways than reduced size. Despite their & Read more �

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Diabetes and Your Pet: What You Should Know

Diabetes is a disorder in which the body produces little or no insulin, or cannot use the insulin it does produce properly. Insulin is a hormone that helps regulate blood sugar. It is somewhat common in pets, occurring in one in 500 dogs and cats. Diabetes is a disorder in which the body produces little or no insulin, or cannot use & Read more �

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Keeping Your Pet Safe in a Disaster

Cat care Keeping Your Pet Safe in a Disaster Snowball had found herself a perch on the second-floor window air-conditioning unit. Only a week before, that perch was twelve feet off the ground. Today, as Snowball huddled miserably against the windowpane, the floodwaters lapped against the side of the house only inches below her paws. Her human family had long-since & Read more �

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Cleaning Stains and Removing Odors

When cleaning up after a pet has had an accident, the goal is not only to clean the area, but neutralize the odor to deter repeat visits. Because dogs and cats have a keen sense of smell, and because the ammonia smell of urine acts as an attractant, they will often go back to the same spot to eliminate. Though & Read more �

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Preventative Care for Dogs and Cats

Think about the regular care you receive throughout your lifetime from pediatricians, dentists, physicians, allergists, ophthalmologists, and so on. Why settle for anything less for your pet? Now think about the fact that pets age an average of seven years for every one of ours – and it’s clear to see why regular care is so critical. Banfield, The Pet Hospital® & Read more �

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Good habits every puppy should know

We look into their eyes and they steal our hearts, but for that little bundle of joy to grow into the adult cat or dog you are hoping for, they need your guidance.  Here are some tips to get you started: We look into their eyes and they steal our hearts, but for that little bundle of joy to grow into & Read more �

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Your Dog's Coat: To Shave Or Not To Shave?

Dog fanciers all have their own opinions on shaving, but the decision to shave your pet's coat is your own. Dog fanciers all have their own opinions on shaving, but the decision to shave your pet's coat is your own. There are certainly benefits. Your dog may feel cooler or more comfortable without all that hair, but it will depend on your & Read more �

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Calm Your Dog's Thunderstorm Phobia

Dogs seem to know the storm is coming before the first flash of lightning and first clap of thunder. Some begin to look for a place to hide. Some start to shake uncontrollably and drool. Some even commit acts of serious destruction in an attempt to escape. They are in the fierce grip of thunderstorm phobia. What is thunderstorm phobia? Thunderstorm phobia & Read more �

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Homecoming Preparations for Your New Dog

Introducing family members Introducing your new dog to other family members requires some planning, especially if the family includes children or other pets. And, if they don't already know, all household members should be shown how to handle a dog safely. A slow, quiet approach is best for acclimating your dog to his new home. Remember, the newcomer is in a strange & Read more �

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Proper Nutrition for Your New Dog

  Your new family member deserves optimal nutrition Just like humans, dogs have different nutritional needs at different stages of their lives. And just as you would provide good nutrition for someone you love, you will also want to do everything you can to ensure that your dog has a complete, balanced, and tasty menu that provides him with optimal nutrition. This & Read more �

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New pet know how: your new dog's health

Spay & nueter - a one-time surgery; a lifetime benefit The right thing to do for your dog is to spay her (if female) or neuter him (if male). Because they're no longer distracted by the mating cycle, dogs of both sexes tend to make better pets when they are spayed or neutered; this enables them to develop a closer bond with & Read more �

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New Pet Know How: Dog Crate Training

In addition to proper health and hygiene, the social development of your dog is critical to its well-being as a productive member of your family. Like schooling for children, pet training provides dogs with discipline, boundaries and knowledge of what is expected of him/her. PetSmart's Accredited Pet Trainers can help you and your dog - using positive reinforcement and a curriculum & Read more �

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Keep Your Dog Entertained with Toys, Treats

Animals in zoos have a variety of activities to keep them occupied and interested throughout the day and night. Pets need this kind of stimulation too, especially dogs. Unfortunately, many dogs spend their days in home environments that can be lonely and lack stimulation. Their instincts are to hunt, explore, play or socialize and lack of stimulation can lead to feelings & Read more �

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Pet security: what should I do if my pet becomes lost?

Whether it is lost or stolen, losing a pet is an agonizing experience. Even the most responsible pet owners can face unexpected circumstances that cause their animals to accidentally stray. This is especially true during summer when windows and doors tend to be open. The following are solutions if you've lost your pet and common types of identification that can mean the difference & Read more �

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Pet Security: Your Pet Needs a Tag!

Whether it is lost or stolen, losing a pet is an agonizing experience. According to the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy, only about 2 percent of cats and 15 percent of dogs that enter U.S. animal shelters as strays every year are reunited with their owners. The reason is shockingly simple -- too many owners fail to put & Read more �

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Are You Ready to Adopt?

Adopting a new pet is about so much more than whether you’re a dog or cat person. Do you want an adult dog or cat, or would you prefer a puppy or kitten? The commitment is quite different. Along with lots of fun and excitement, your new family addition brings change. Read below for a few things to consider before entering & Read more �

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Fast Facts On Dog and Cat Adoption: Why Adopt?

Did you know that an estimated 4 million adoptable dogs and cats are euthanized each year primarily due to pet overpopulation? Did you know that 25-30% of dogs for adoption in animal shelters are purebred? The other 70-75% are of course, lovable, wonderful, mixed-breed pets just waiting for a chance to be your new friend. In an effort to help people & Read more �

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Picking the Perfect Pet for You

Thinking about adopting a pet? Congratulations - not only will you be making a great new addition to your family, but you will be giving a homeless pet a forever home. Before you visit the shelters, here are a few things to consider when choosing a pet: Are you a morning person -- or willing to become one? Dogs and cats are early risers — you’ll & Read more �

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Things to think about when adopting a dog

Is a dog the right pet for you? Here are some things to help you decide whether or not a dog is the right pet for you and, if so, what kind of dog to adopt. Canines crave attention A dog can be a great match for a bustling household. They crave stimulation and thrive on activity. Plus, with plenty of people & Read more �

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The Steps to Adopt at PetSmart

As a Pet Parent, you are responsible for your pet's health and well being. This lifetime commitment includes providing your new pet with proper healthcare, grooming, pet training and nutrition and socialization, as well as spending quality time with your pet. By adopting a pet from PetSmart Charities Adoption Program, you are helping to reduce pet overpopulation and saving a life. How & Read more �

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New pet parent responsibilities

As a Pet Parent, you are responsible for your pet's health and well being. Before adopting a new pet, take into consideration some of the responsibilities of a Pet Parent: Spaying/Neutering Unplanned breeding is a root cause of pet overpopulation, which results in over five million pets being euthanized each year. That’s why all PetSmart Charities Adoption Partners spay and neuter their & Read more �

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Adoption Process FAQs

Here are some common questions new Pet Parents may ask about adopting or PetSmart Adoption Programs. If you don’t find an answer to your question below please call your local store for specific adoption process information. Frequently asked questions about the adoption process Here are some common questions new Pet Parents may ask about adopting or PetSmart Adoption Programs. If you don’t & Read more �

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Getting Your Dog to Chase a Flying Disk

Chasing a flying disk is a great way to keep your dog in shape and a fun way for the two of you to bond, but encouraging your dog to actually chase the disk can be a challenge. The following tips can help get you and your dog started. Tempt with a TreatYour dog will dig his disk if you put & Read more �

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Keys To Feeding Your Pet A Balanced Diet

How do you make sure your Pet's diet is healthy? Banfield, The Pet Hospital® strongly recommends that you: - Feed premium Pet foods. Premium foods, like those produced by Royal Canin, are usually sold only at Pet stores like PetSmart. These foods offer high-quality ingredients, are made by companies known for nutrition research, and show a solid track record of quality & Read more �

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Did you know... it's normal for dogs and cats to eat grass?

It's normal for dogs and cats to eat grass. In fact, dogs in the wild eat grass to supplement their diet with vegetation. You don't have to discourage your pet from nibbling on grass unless the ground has been treated with herbicides, insecticides or fertilizers, or unless eating grass causes vomiting. Banfield, the Pet Hospital

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Which Non-Sporting Dog is Right for You?

When the American Kennel Club began designating dogs into different groups it was evident that a category was needed for the breeds that were arguably difficult to place in any of the other groups. These dogs were placed in the Non-Sporting Group. This group consists of dogs that for the most part are unrelated, except for the fact that they & Read more �

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Tips to Prevent Unnecessary and Unfortunate Dog Bites

All dogs can bite.  Even if you think, “Not my dog!” it could happen. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every year 800,000 Americans seek medical attention for dog bites. Of those, more than half are children.  There are campaigns like National Dog Bite Prevention Week, which occurs the third week of May, that help raise awareness & Read more �

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Help Be Kind To Animals Week Last All Year

Although most Pet Parents adore their pets and understand about their feelings and needs, many people have had no opportunity to learn that kind of compassion.  One way to help animals is to teach kindness and encourage responsible pet care. Children of any age can begin to learn about pets’ feelings, not to tease or harm pets, and the basics of & Read more �

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Fur Flying? Tips To Curb Shedding And Keep Your Home Clean

If you are noticing a lot of dog or cat hair building up on your sofa and carpet, chances are it’s time to shed out winter coats. But shedding can be an issue year-round not to mention muddy paws.   A good grooming routine will help keep your house a lot cleaner year-round and make Fido or Milo look and feel better & Read more �

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Green Paw Print Tip #3: Consider switching to natural or organic pet foods.

These days, there’s a great choice of humanely-produced pet foods from manufacturers who support sustainable production. Many natural pet foods are made from whole ingredients and do not contain artificial preservatives. Organic pet foods are made from ingredients that are raised or grown without manufactured pesticides and fertilizers, drugs or hormones. These days, there’s a great choice of humanely-produced pet foods & Read more �

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Keep Your Dog Cool and Prevent Heatstroke

      Because they can’t sweat to stay cool, dogs can suffer even more than people from too much time in the sun.  Panting sometimes isn’t enough to help your dog regain his body’s normal temperatures, especially in humid conditions. Because they can’t sweat to stay cool, dogs can suffer even more than people from too much time in the sun.  Panting & Read more �

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Spaying Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

Spaying female cats and dogs not only reduces the homeless pet population, it can improve your relationship with your pet. This simple surgery can prevent health and behavioral problems associated with heat cycles, giving you a longer and more enjoyable life together.  Spaying female cats and dogs not only reduces the homeless pet population, it can improve your relationship with your & Read more �

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Separation Anxiety: How You Can Prevent It

Separation anxiety in pets is caused by the stress and fear of being left alone. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to minimize the stress your pet experiences when you leave home. Learn how to spot separation anxiety symptoms and what you can do if your pet experiences it. Common symptoms of separation anxiety: Barking, whining or howling Destructive behavior (chewing or digging) Depression Aggressive & Read more �

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Getting the Mats Out of Your Dog's Coat

I brush my dog's coat. Why do I still have problems with mats? What tools should I use to get the mats out of my dog's coat? What should I do if I can't get the mat out? Should I have my dog shaved rather than try to brush the mats out? I've heard that when you shave a dog, & Read more �

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Tools for Trimming Your Dog's Coat

If you plan to trim the hair on your dog's coat, using the right tools will make all the difference in achieving the look you want. Clippers If you plan to trim the hair on your puppy's coat, using the right tools will make all the difference in achieving the look you want. Clippers A clipper has a large variety of blades & Read more �

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Are Ticks Ticking Off Your Pets?

The tick, a relative of the spider, is a common external parasite. Ticks carry a number of diseases including Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. They can cause serious health problems for both you and your pets. Tick infestations can be controlled with available products using an integrated program focusing on your pet, your home and yard. A Little & Read more �

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How to Clip Your Dog's Nails

Don't let the fear of hurting your dog keep you from taking good care of her feet and nails. Clipping her nails will be as easy as clipping your own nails once you learn how it's done. All dogs need proper foot and nail care. Nails that are not kept short will grow too long and become irritating and painful & Read more �

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Do I Really Need to Brush My Dog's Teeth?

As a responsible pet owner, you owe it to your pet to take her dental care seriously, both professionally and at home. If you start as early as possible in your dog's life getting her accustomed to having her mouth handled, then dental care should be as easy as feeding her. Periodontal disease: the number one health problem Do you & Read more �

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How to Control Shedding

You can't stop shedding completely, but you can help to control it before it ends up all over your house. The key to controlling shedding is daily brushing and combing, which not only helps to remove dead hair, but keeps your dog's coat and skin in top condition. You can't stop shedding completely, but you can help to control it & Read more �

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The Beginner's Guide to Bathing Your Dog

Keeping your dog clean is part of keeping him healthy. If you choose to bathe your dog at home yourself, here are some tips to help make the job easier. Should I brush my dog first?  Keeping your dog clean is part of keeping him healthy. If you choose to bathe your dog at home yourself, here are some tips to help make the & Read more �

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Dog Grooming Tools: Using the Right Tool for the Job

Why is brushing and combing so important? Brushing on a regular basis removes loose hair and keeps the skin clean. This reduces the chance of getting any skin diseases or parasites. Natural oils are more evenly distributed over the coat, which allow individual hairs to lie more smoothly and look shinier. For longhaired and double-coated breeds, brushing will remove dead & Read more �

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How Do I Clean my Dog's Ears?

Checking your dog's ears is part of a regular grooming routine. You should check your dog's ears on a weekly basis. You want to make sure there is no inflammation, nasty odor, or redness around the ear flaps. If you suspect inflammation, take your dog to the vet. You can clean the excess dirt with a cotton ball moistened with & Read more �

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Dog Grooming Tips

Grooming your dog accomplishes much more than just making your pet's coat look nice and shiny. It will provide you with the opportunity to spend some "quality time" with your dog. Grooming your dog accomplishes much more than just making your pet's coat look nice and shiny. It will provide you with the opportunity to spend some "quality time" with your & Read more �

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Functional Toys and Treats

Toys are more than a fun way for your baby to play - they're important tools for her training and social development. Different toys serve different purposes. For instance, toys for individual play keep her busy and happy when you're gone and give her a safe and enjoyable outlet for her energy, stress and chewing. Just remember that chew toys & Read more �

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Get off on the right paw: Training your puppy

The first step in making your new family member happy is to help your puppy develop socially. Good social development is the result of proper, consistent training. Training your puppy how to interact with people and other pets is one of the greatest gifts you can give, because heâll not only enjoy being around other pets and people, but they'll & Read more �

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Learning to Sit Nicely

If he does, he will do it every time you ask, the first time you ask. Teaching your puppy a reliable "sit" cue is very important. If your puppy is sitting, he is not jumping on people. The secret is to teach your puppy the action before you teach him the word. To do that, you'll need to have some & Read more �

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Potty Training Your Puppy

Take your puppy outside to the same spot when it's time to go. Doing this will help your puppy associate that particular location with elimination, so she will make the connection more quickly. You do have to patient, though. Most pups will sniff for 15 or 20 minutes before they eliminate. Take your puppy outside to the same spot when it's & Read more �

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House Training 101: Learning the Basics

Know where to go Consistency is key when training your pet where to relieve himself. The more often you take your dog outside when he has to go, the sooner he'll learn that he's always supposed to go outside. Once you become familiar with your pet's routine, you'll start recognizing the signs (circling, sniffing at one spot) that he has & Read more �

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Stop Your Dog from Begging at the Table

If you're the type who continually gives in and doles out treats on demand, you may be doing more harm than good to your dog. After all, being overweight is just as unhealthy for animals as it is for humans. Here's some ways to stop a begging problem: If you're the type who continually gives in and doles out treats & Read more �

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How to Control Unwanted Jumping

When dogs greet each other, they usually sniff muzzles. Dogs that jump up on people to greet them wish to make contact with the person's face. Dogs may also jump up on people and grab their clothes or limbs in an effort to play. To prevent unwanted jumping, it's important to teach him an acceptable alternative behavior for social interactions. While teaching & Read more �

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Taking the Anxiety Out of Separation

As social animals, it's normal for puppies to form attachments to their pet parent. Attachment implies a trusting relationship and is the foundation of a good, healthy bond between pet and Pet Parent. However, when a dog becomes overly dependent on its pet parent, problem behaviors may result. Causes of separation anxiety in dogs include early separation from the mom, & Read more �

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Saving Your Yard from a Digger

Dogs dig for a lot of reasons, some breeds are naturally inclined to dig, some dig because they're hot and like to lay in the cool dirt, others dig because they're bored. If you have a digging problem, here are some helpful ways to have your dog and a beautiful yard coexist. Divide the Yard in Two If you have & Read more �

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Soothing Your Dog's Fears

Dogs express their fear in different ways. They may bite or scratch, run and hide, tremble or even urinate when afraid. Your job is to figure out what's scaring your dog and help ease and overcome his fears. Determining why your dog is fearful isn't always essential to treating the fearful behavior, although the reason for his fear will dictate & Read more �

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New Puppy Guide

Puppy-proof your home Get down on your hands and knees and look for anything that could be dangerous for a 2-year-old child and move it to a safe place. Check for electrical cords, plants, cleaning solutions, etc. Put child safety latches on any cabinets containing cleaners or chemicals. Choose a Vet If you don't already have a veterinarian, you'll need & Read more �

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The Tricks to Beat Boredom

One of the most important things you can do to keep your dog healthy, happy and out of trouble is to make sure your best friend isn't bored while you're away. While it's true that they'll nap a good part of the time, you want to make sure that when he's awake, he has constructive, fun and challenging things to & Read more �

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Puppy-proofing Your Home

Just like new mothers and fathers baby-proof their homes, you need to puppy-proof yours. Puppies have a lot of energy and, like babies, they're too young to know what they should and shouldn't get into. You need to make your home as safe as possible for your new bundle of joy. Collect all small and breakable objects, such as anything & Read more �

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Introducing Your Puppy to Your Other Pets

Do you have another dog? A cat or two? If you do, this makes your new puppy's arrival very stressful. Remember that your puppy has just left its mother, its siblings, and its home, so it's already stressed out and scared. Avoid a nasty confrontation between your pets and your puppy whenever possible. (You know how hard it is to & Read more �

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How to Choose the Right Natural Chew for Your Dog

Pig Ears and Chew Hooves and Bones, oh my! In addition to rawhide, other natural treats include pig ears, chew hooves and bones. Following is some information to help you decide if these treats are right for your pet. Pig ears are all natural pork, processed without preservatives, artificial coloring or flavoring. They're 100 percent digestible, and easier to digest than rawhide. They're also & Read more �

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Dog Grooming Q&A

How often should I bathe my dog? There's nothing like a nice bath to get your dog clean and fresh. Just remember that bathing too often can cause dry skin and dandruff, so keep it to no more than once a week. Also, remember that your dog's skin has a different pH than yours, so use a shampoo that's made & Read more �

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The Big 3: Bathing, Brushing and Nail Trimming Your Dog

Brushing Regular brushing removes dead hair from the coat before it mats, stimulates the skin and helps distribute the natural oils, producing a healthy, shiny coat. Begin brushing at the head, working toward the tail and down the legs. Always brush in the direction of hair growth. Pay particular attention to the legs and flanks, and areas that easily mat. & Read more �

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Does My Puppy Need Vitamins?

If you're feeding your puppy a puppy specialty food (such as Authority, Blue Buffalo and Eukanuba), additional supplementation probably isn't necessary. But, your dog's age, overall health, exercise level, environment and breed can all be factors to consider in whether or not to add supplements. So talk with your vet, who may suggest certain supplements at certain times of the year, such & Read more �

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Dog Health Q&A: What should I do if I think my dog has worms?

Intestinal parasites can cause severe disease. Several canine parasites can also be spread to humans. That's why it's important to get proper diagnosis and treatment if you think your dog might have worms. Many intestinal parasites, including tapeworms, are not effectively treatable with over-the-counter dewormers. A veterinary examination, stool examination, and appropriate treatment are the best ways to keep your & Read more �

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Safely Travel with your Dog

No one wants to think about leaving their beloved four-legged family member at home when planning a vacation, but if you're going to bring your pet along for the journey make sure you are prepared to make it as safe and comfortable an experience as you can.  Traveling by Car Most pets will be at least somewhat familiar with the car & Read more �

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Neutering

To protect your dog's health and help control pet overpopulation, you should have your dog spayed or neutered by the time they reach 6 months old. The procedures have many additional health benefits as well. For Female Dogs Spaying prevents unwanted pregnancy, prevents cancer of the reproductive system, eliminates the potential for infections of the uterus later in life, and reduces & Read more �

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Puppy Teething Solutions

Puppies will nip and chew for several reasons, such as teething, looking for attention and boredom. Never encourage your puppy to nip. If he attempts to nip or grab at you, walk away. If your puppy does nip you, say "ouch!" in a high-pitched voice and walk away. Never squeeze your puppy's mouth shut, slap him or use any type & Read more �

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Microchipping Your Dog

A collar tag with current information is an important first step in keeping your dog safe, but they are not foolproof. Dogs can slip out of collars, and collars can be removed. That's why microchipping is a smart idea. Pet microchips are small identification devices that look like a grain of rice. They are implanted safely beneath pets' skin, similar to & Read more �

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Why is My Dog Scratching at His Ears?

Occasional light scratching is normal. However, persistent scratching or pawing at the ears or head can be an indication of ear infection, injury, excess earwax, something lodged in the ear or skin problems. Some ear problems may not be easily visible and require a deep ear exam by a veterinarian to be properly evaluated. Any discharge, odor, redness, pain, swelling, & Read more �

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Your Dog's Waste & His Health

Some characteristics of stool to become familiar with are color, consistency, frequency and any additions like blood, mucus or non-food materials. Color of stools may vary slightly, so get to know what's normal for your pet. Bright red kibble may result in red poop due to food dyes. Bowel movements that are green may be due to infections, while gray & Read more �

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Vaccinations

Dogs of all ages need routine vaccinations to help them stay healthy. Your dog's vaccination schedule will vary based on his age, overall health, state regulations, vaccination type and risk of exposure. In general, puppies usually need several sets of vaccination boosters to provide them with as much protection as possible. Adult dogs that are properly vaccinated should receive yearly & Read more �

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What You and Your Dog Should Expect from a Vet Visit

The veterinarian (or veterinarian technician) should take a detailed history and spend at least 30 minutes with you and your pet conducting a thorough nose-to-tail exam, including listening to your pet's heart and lungs and feeling his belly. In addition to inquiring about your pet's physical health, the vet should also ask about your pet's behavior and mood. If you're & Read more �

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How to Teach Your Dog to "Drop It''

Tired of your dog stealing your socks, shoes and other stuff? Even worse, are you tired of chasing him around the couch to get it back? These tips will help curb that behavior and save your personal items from becoming chew toys: Tired of your dog stealing your socks, shoes and other stuff? Even worse, are you tired of chasing him & Read more �

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Teach Your Dog to Use the Pet Door

Pet doors are one of life’s greatest conveniences. They allow your pet to come and go as they please and can speed up housetraining. While these doors can be handy, puppies can be a little nervous using them the first time. Here are some tips to help your dog learn how to use his doggy door. Note: Most of these steps & Read more �

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