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09 Jun 2019 14:58
The Worst Dry Dog Foods 
photoSEVEN BAD DRY DOG FOODS TO AVOID

BENEFUL BY PURINA
While Beneful by Purina does contain chicken as a protein, it's also full of corn, soy, and wheat. These ingredients can cause significant digestive and health issues over time.
It also has questionable chicken and poultry by-product. In terms of chemicals, the formula contains numerous artificial dyes.

KIBBLES N BITS
Again, corn is listed as the first ingredient. There's also beef and bone meal, soybean meal, and wheat flour. I ... read full article

09 Jun 2019 14:57
The Worst Dry Dog Foods 
photoSEVEN BAD DRY DOG FOODS TO AVOID

BENEFUL BY PURINA
While Beneful by Purina does contain chicken as a protein, it's also full of corn, soy, and wheat. These ingredients can cause significant digestive and health issues over time.
It also has questionable chicken and poultry by-product. In terms of chemicals, the formula contains numerous artificial dyes.

KIBBLES N BITS
Again, corn is listed as the first ingredient. There's also beef and bone meal, soybean meal, and wheat flour. I ... read full article

29 May 2019 13:14
Healthy Doggie Ice Cream 
photoThis Doggie Ice Cream Recipe is very easy with only three ingredients. I tried it on Mitzi and Max. They love, love, love it...

3 very ripe bananas
32 ounce pkg. of plain yogurt
1 cup creamy peanut butter

Blend well. Pour mixture into Ice trays and freeze.

08 May 2019 09:22
Walmart will see your furry friend now 
photo> World's biggest retailer launches online pet pharmacy and expands its in-store veterinary clinics.
> Americans will spend $75 billion on their pets this year, industry group estimates.
> Millennials may have student debt, but they still spend as much as $1,285 a year on their dogs.

It's well known that millennials are struggling with student debt, but those who own pets aren't skimping when it comes to feeding and caring for their four-footed family members. So says Walmart, ... read full article

07 May 2019 14:03
Pets Help Older Adults Cope With Health Issues 
Pets help older adults cope with mental and physical health issues, according to a new national poll. But pets can also bring concerns, and some people may even put their animals' needs ahead of their own health, the poll finds. Three-quarters of pet owners aged 50 to 80 say their animals reduce their stress and give them a sense of purpose. But 18 percent also said having one puts a strain on their budget.

Pet Positives

Companionship and social connection were positive side effects of ... read full article

16 Jan 2019 15:41
DOG FOOD RECALL 
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning pet owners not to feed a specific lot of Answers brand dog food after Salmonella was discovered in the food.
A+ Answers Straight Beef Formula for Dogs
Lot Code: 2018
Best Use By Date: 02/08/20

15 Jan 2019 11:37
Dangerous Foods for Dogs 
photoXylitol
Candy, gum, toothpaste, baked goods, and some diet foods are sweetened with xylitol. It can cause your dog's blood sugar to drop and can also cause liver failure. Early symptoms include vomiting, lethargy, and coordination problems. Eventually, your dog may have seizures. Liver failure can happen within just a few days.

Avocado
Is a treat from the table OK for your dog? That depends on what it is. Avocados, for example, have something called persin. It’s fine for people who ar ... read full article

15 Jan 2019 11:15
How Owning a Dog Can Improve Your Health 
photoWhen illness or injury strikes, the road to recovery is often paved with medications and therapies, in addition to a healthy diet, physical activity and plenty of TLC. Healing is serious business, and you must be kind to your body when it needs you most. But what helps us heal is not always sold over-the-counter, nor is it always available in the produce aisle. Sometimes it is asleep at the foot of the bed, begging for a treat, licking your face or running circles around your yard. I'm speak ... read full article

09 Oct 2018 08:46
Shedding Concerns 
photoSometimes it seems like you can make a second dog from what you brush off your dog's coat.

Some dogs are big shedders, and sometimes they shed even more than usual. No owner relishes constantly sweeping up a home full of dog hair "tumbleweed," but many are also worried it's a sign of ill health when the shedding ramps up out of nowhere; they raise the issue with us frequently. Is it the sign of a problem?

If your dog retains a normal coat and doesn't show patches of baldness, h ... read full article

19 Sep 2018 10:41
Tips For Living With A Blind Or Visually Impaired Pet 
Help your vision-impaired pet navigate her environment by:

* Keeping her/his water and food in the same location (and for cats, not moving litter boxes)
* Decluttering and not rearranging furniture
* Sticking to a routine
* Training your pet to rely on voice commands and warnings
* Considering crate training or gates to minimize exposure to hazards
* Speaking to your pet before touching her/him
* Covering hardwood floors and uncarpeted stairs with rugs or runners
* Stimulating her/his ... read full article

10 Jun 2018 10:48
Dealing with Pet Loss 
Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement
A non-profit organization that offers free online pet loss support chat rooms to pet parents that have lost a beloved pet. All of the chats are moderated by trained pet loss counselors. In addition, they offer support and training for those working in the Veterinary/Animal Care professions. They offer an online Pet Loss Counseling Certification program that leads the way in preparing counselors and others interested in helping pet parents at a very diffi ... read full article

08 May 2018 08:11
What To Do When You Discover You're Allergic To Your Dog 
photoChances are there are a lot of changes you can make to tamp down the allergy symptoms. Even with a curly-haired dog who hardly sheds, there's no guarantee that it will be hypoallergenic for everyone in the household.

Pop math quiz (don't worry — it's easy): Some seven out of 10 U.S. households have a dog. And one out of 10 people is allergic to dogs, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. So what are the odds that many among us are living with our ... read full article

18 Apr 2018 10:34
Frosty Breath Doggie Treats 
photo1/2 Cup Coconut oil
1/2 Cup Chicken Broth (no onion)
1/2 Cup Creek Yogurt
1/2 Cup Mint
1/2 Cup Parsley

Mix chicken broth and oil in a blender. Mix until well blended. Pour in remaining ingredients. Pulse until mixed. Pour into molds and freeze.
Dogs love them!!!

14 Nov 2017 12:08
Filling Your Dog's Prescriptions at a Human Pharmacy Might be Cheaper, But Is it Always Safe? 
Three things you need to know so you don't sacrifice safety for savings.

Gigi, a newly adopted German shepherd mix puppy, was in obvious pain. "At first she would scream out if she was bumped by another dog or if she'd jump down from the couch," says Gigi's owner, Abby Baker of Phoenix, Arizona. "It got to the point where she couldn't walk or stand by herself most of the time."

After multiple visits to a local emergency and specialty animal hospital, Gigi was eventually dia ... read full article

01 Oct 2017 10:11
Ten Signs of Canine Cancer 
photo#1 - UNUSUAL ORDORS
While "dog breath" is common, if you notice foul odors coming from the mouth, nose or rectal area, it may be due to a tumor.
#2 - BUMPS OR LUMPS ON or UNDER THE SKIN
Get into the habit of checking your pet's skin monthly. Don't forget to check behind ears and around the face. Even if you find a very tiny lump or bump, cancer can grow very quickly. Any new lumps or bumps should not be ignored. If the bumps are bleeding or theres discharge, see a veterinarian immedia ... read full article

05 Sep 2017 09:59
HUMAN FOODS DOGS CAN AND CAN'T EAT 

YES


Apples
Bananas
Blueberries
Cantaloupe
Carrots
Cheese (in moderation)
Garlic
Chicken
Eggs
Green Beans
Honey
Kiwi
Mango
Oatmeal
Peaches
Peanut Butter
Pears
Pineapple
Potatoes (cooked skins removed)
Pumpkin
Rice
Sweet Potato
Yogurt

NO


Alcohol
Avocado
Caffeine
Chocolate
Coffee
Fat Trimmmings
Garlic
Gum
Grapes
Macadamia Nuts
Milk
Mushrooms
Pits and Seeds from fruit
Oatmeal
Potato skins and raw potatoes
Peanut But ... read full article

22 Aug 2017 08:56
Can Kissing Your Dog Give You Gum Disease? 
Newspapers from New York to England to India have now reported that kissing your dog can transmit gum disease. News anchors have broadcasted the same information. And Googling "kissing dog gum disease" yields no fewer than a dozen pages of site after site warning against sharing a peck with your pet.

The warnings can all be traced to a study published late last year in the Archives of Oral Biology, in which Japanese researchers compared the bacteria in dogs' mouths with bacteria in their ... read full article

05 May 2017 08:40
Bike Riding: Health and Safety for Dogs 
Taking your dog on a bike ride can be a great way to give her some quick exercise. However, the practice can be dangerous for both dog and owner, and it's definitely not for every dog. Here are some pointers:

- Keep both your hands completely free to steer the bike and operate the brakes. Wrap the leash around your waist or better yet, purchase equipment specially designed for biking with a dog. Generally, this equipment will attach to the bike itself and keep the dog positioned about tw ... read full article

04 Feb 2017 12:32
Springtime Allergies: How They Can Affect Your Pet 
Sniffly, scratchy, wheezy . . . and grumpy. That essentially sums up what spring can mean for a lot of allergy sufferers across the country.
But what about our pets? Can four-legged family members feel the effects of springtime allergens in the same way that we do?
According to Dr. Heather Peikes, VMD, Diplomate ACVD of Pearl Veterinary Partners in New York City and a specialist in pet dermatology, yes!

Q. Are pets affected by springtime allergies in the same way as people?
A. Dr. Heather ... read full article

04 Nov 2016 17:13
Plan Ahead for a Safe Thanksgiving 
If you're planning a Thanksgiving get-together at your home, you'll want to take precautions to keep your cat safe during the festivities. Following are some of the dangers the holiday can pose to your cat.

Cut Flowers, Plants, and Bouquets

Bouquets of cut flowers make beutiful centerpieces and decorations for a Thanksgiving celebration. Unfortunately, many of the most beautiful plants and flowers are also quite deadly to cats. Lilies are a prime example. All parts of any of lilies ar ... read full article

24 Sep 2016 10:24
Does Your Dog Like Rummaging Through The Trash? Has His Appetite Increased? 
photoCheck out this great article that was recently published in Your Dog newsletter by the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University and learn how to deal with this unwanted behavior. Click the title above to open the article.

by Arlene Wong of Loving Pet Care

04 Sep 2016 15:50
Myths Regarding Your Pet’s Diet 
It's fine for dogs and cats to eat each other's food

Myth. While there are a few canned formulas available that meet the needs of both species, most foods are designed specifically for cats or dogs.

Cats require a higher percentage of protein and fat than most dogs and they have specific requirements for additional taurine.

Dogs that eat too much cat food are at risk of weight gain and even pancreatitis. Cats that eat dog food are at risk of weight gain when the food is high ... read full article

04 Sep 2016 15:40
Why Do Cats Knock Things Over? 
According to an article by Emma Cueto in Lifestyle Magazine, cats can be funny and weird companions. They like to sleep on our heads, play with boxes and bring home that dead mouse they recently killed. Some like to sprint and jump off of couches and counters and rest in nooks behind toilets and on top of cabinets and some like to knock things over. And while that can be funny sometimes, other it leaves us with a shattered glass vase or a prized porcelain figurine and a mess to clean up.

It ... read full article

22 Jun 2016 16:14
Your dog’s pals are telling you to get your pet to the doctor 
Perhaps you’ve noticed that dogs with whom your dog has always been friends have recently taken to sniffing his private parts. He seems to be licking them too. You may notice that he even stops in the middle of a walk or play at the dog park to lick.

What's this sudden preoccupation with his private parts? If the interest in your dog’s genitals is new, and its specifically about sniffing, other dogs may be picking up on the scent of some kind of infection that you can’t detect. ... read full article