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Preventing Flea Infestation on Your Dog

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All dog owners have to combat fleas at one time or another. Even very clean, pampered dogs get fleas.

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Winning the War Against Fleas

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Fleas are one of your pet's greatest enemies. These tiny, wingless insects jump onto cats, dogs, and people and ingest their blood. Fleas flourish worldwide in moderate humidity and temperatures; only extreme, prolonged cold weather kills them. Their complex life cycle includes several microscopic stages including egg, larvae, and pupae. Fleas can live for several months.

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Brushing Tips to Get a Beautiful Coat

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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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Getting the Mats Out of Your Dog's Coat

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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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Are Ticks Ticking Off Your Pets?

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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.

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How to Clip Your Dog's Nails

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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?

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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

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How to Remove Ticks

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Courtesy of the Rhone-Merieux Company, makers of Frontline

Do not use any of the "mythical" methods of removing ticks such as petroleum jelly, cleaning fluid, burning matches or cigarettes. These may irritate the skin and kill the tick, making it difficult to remove intact. Ticks are difficult to remove because their mouth parts are barbed. They also secrete a glue & Read more �

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The Beginner's Guide to Bathing Your Dog

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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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How Do I Clean my Dog's Ears?

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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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