Dogs


Canine Training: No Free Rides!

When we first get our dogs, our intentions are always very noble. We have every intention of training them and exercising them. We have been told this will produce a balanced and well-behaved dog, but real everyday life seems to slowly sneak in - we go back to our hectic schedules and your dog gets pushed down on the priority list. Because we feel guilty we feel guilty for not giving them the leadership and time they deserve we substitute treats and belly rubs for exercise and training. This produces a dog that will only obey if given a treat while developing a pudgy pooch.


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The Five Most Frequently Asked Dog Questions — Answered

Why is my dog so itchy? 

Itchiness is often the result of a flea bite. The best defense is to keep your pet on a year-round product to prevent and treat flea infestations. Some dogs may also have atopy, which is inhalant, and/or a contact allergy. Dogs can be allergic to one or many of the things that humans are allergic to, such as molds and pollens. Symptoms can range from mild to severe, depending on the environmental conditions and the response from the dog. Your dog may also develop secondary skin infections that require medication.


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February is National Pet Dental Health Month!

Did you know that “doggie breath” isn’t one of your pooch’s inherent traits? It’s actually a sign of a problem—dental disease.

Most of us don’t think about our pet’s teeth, but the truth is that dental disease is as common in dogs and cats as it is in humans. This disease is a frequent source of pain and often leads to poor general health, including liver, kidney and heart disorders.


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Training Basics: Starting the New Year on the Right Paw

It’s a new year — a time when so many of us make resolutions only to modify or forget them completely within a day or two. This year, I would like to ask you to make a resolution that you will stay true to and fulfill not just for the next 12 months, but always: Train your dog!


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Pet Meds: Avoiding an Adverse Reaction

Just like humans, pets can experience adverse reactions to medications, vaccines and even seemingly benign topical substances, such as shampoo or ear cleaner. Do you know what to do if your pet has one?

Know the signs.

Symptoms of a drug reaction are often wide-ranging, as they depend on both the type of medication and the individual pet. Responses may vary from mild lethargy or nausea to life-threatening anaphylaxis.

Common signs of a medication reaction include:

  • Redness

  • Swelling


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Top New Year's Resolutions for Pet Owners

Happy New Year! Need some inspiration for your resolution list? Why not include a few “to do” items that will benefit your pet, too? Check out our top five suggestions just for pet owners — and their four-legged friends — here.

1. Sign up for pet insurance.

How it benefits you: Pet insurance saves owners money and, more importantly, keeps them from having to make urgent decisions about a pet’s health based on finances.


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I Got a Puppy for Christmas! Now What?

Getting a puppy for Christmas can be one of the most memorable, joyous moments in a person’s life. But after the bows and ribbons are in the trash, and the ornaments are packed away…Life goes back to normal and reality sets in. So now what?

The truth is, you now have a 12-15 year commitment on your hands. The more time and effort you put into raising your new puppy the better. You will definitely thank yourself and it will pay off in the long run!


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