Why make your own dog treats when you can so easily purchase them at your local grocery or pet food store? Three reasons. First, the treats you prepare from ingredients obtained at your local grocery will be made from far higher quality ingredients than most commercial dog treats.… Read More →
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Every dog should receive basic training. Basic training includes teaching the skills sit, stay, down, come, and wait. Once a dog knows these skills, they can be used in a variety of situations to redirect unwanted behavior. Many dogs have unwanted behaviors such as jumping on people to greet them, sniffing at parts of our anatomy we wish they wouldn’t, dashing through doors, racing up and down stairs, jumping in and out of the car without permission, and begging at the table.… Read More →
Accidental ingestion of human medications is the number one cause of pet poisoning. The most common medications ingested are heart and blood pressure medicines, but other medications, including over the counter drugs and prescription pet medications are also a risk. Always keep medications out of the reach of your pet, following the same precautions you would if there were a child in the house.… Read More →
Many of us are beginning to think about our next vacation and considering taking our dog along. Vacationing with your dog requires additional planning and special consideration of the activities you want to do and whether your dog will be able to participate.… Read More →
This is the time of year when we all begin to look in the mirror and wonder if we’ve gained a little weight. It’s easy enough for both us and our canine companions to do. In fact, obesity is one of the fastest growing problems in dogs.… Read More →
The weather over the past several months has kept many of us indoors and we and our pets are getting cabin fever. The less mental and physical activity your dog has, the more mischief he tends to get into. To help counteract his boredom, consider teaching your dog some new activities that will exercise both his brain and his body.… Read More →
January Step by Step Raw meaty bones (RMB) are a great source of nutrients for your dog and a wonderful way to keep his teeth clean and shinny. RMBs may be used as a source of calcium in a raw-food diet or for recreational chewing.… Read More →
The holidays are here, so please take note of these common risks lurking in the kitchen.
- Grapes and raisins, particularly non-organic products that are heavily sprayed with insecticides, are often featured in holiday recipes. RISK: kidney failure.
- Xylitol is an artificial sweetener often found in gum, mints and other candies, and baked goods.
As the weather changes, consider the following tips to help keep your pet safe and healthy all winter long!
- Keep the Immune system strong. Be sure to feed a complete species appropriate diet. Also have your pet checked for parasites and treat them if present.
Regular brushing and/or combing of your dog’s hair is important for several reasons. It helps to build a relationship between you and your dog, improves your dog’s circulation, keeps your dog looking tidy, removes loose and dead hair (leaving less hair to find its way to floors and furniture), and allows for early identification of skin problems.… Read More →