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 �
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.
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 & Read more �
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 & Read more �
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 & Read more �
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 �
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.
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 �
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 & Read more �
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 �