Tips for Traveling With Your Dog

Dog Dressed Like PilotNo one wants to board their dog or leave them home during travel, but tossing your dog into your car or walking him onto a plane is not as easy as it may sound. You need to prepare yourself and your dog for travel to prevent running into some devastating problems that you could have avoided to begin with.

Vet Up

If you are traveling across state lines or out of the country, you are not the only one that needs a health clearance. Your dog must be up to date on the required vaccines in accordance to your destination. Furthermore, it is law that your dog must have a certificate of health from a licensed veterinarian in order to travel out of state at all. Even more importantly is that the certificate you obtain cannot be more than 10 days old from the time you begin traveling. If you or your dog are found to be without this information on hand, your dog could end up in a holding facility for quarantine to prevent the spread of any diseases he may, or may not have. Skip all the hassle by simply getting your dog a check up at his vet.

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Bringing Home a New Kitten

Cute Kitten
Getting a new kitten can be an exciting yet stressful time. That cute little face, those adorable little paws, the tiny little mews. All of these things are what you are looking forward to when you bring your new family member home. There are worries as well. You’re worried that you might not be ready. Are you going to be a good cat parent? Will you do everything right? Are you ready at all?

Fear not. There are steps you can take to ensure your little kitty will be safe and happy at her new home. Just make sure your family plans ahead, buys the right things and things will go smoothly.

Planning Ahead

The first thing you should be doing is start planning for your new family member. Remember, a cat is a lifelong responsibility, so don’t take the first few weeks lightly. You need to ensure that your new kitten will have as stress free of a time as possible. Start planning the simple things. Go ahead and schedule the first vet visit, and if possible, the first follow-up. This way you don’t have to stress yourself out trying to get an appointment after you already have the kitten. It’s just as important that you remain as stress free as possible, as your stress will be picked up by the new addition, and she can become stressed as well.

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Am I Ready to Be a Dog Parent?

Golden Retriever47% of all families own a dog. It’s a staggering statistic, especially considering so many of these families don’t ask themselves before hand “Am I ready to be a dog parent?” Most people, unfortunately, look at a dog and think “It’s just a dog, and I’m it’s owner.” They don’t take into consideration that the dog is now part of the family, and it’s a lifetime commitment.

The sad part is, the dogs are the ones who suffer for it, while the human “owners” rarely suffer any of the consequences. Even worse, is often the owners don’t realize they aren’t ready. They don’t realize the commitment, time and financial, that goes into having a dog be a part of the family.

It’s important, when thinking about dog parenting, to ask yourself some questions. Are you ready for the financial commitment? Are you ready for the time commitment? Are you emotionally ready to add a dog to your family? Before answering, you need to consider your answer and weigh them against facts to ensure you are truly ready for a dog.

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Help! My Dog Eats His Own Poop!

Dog Reading Newspaper on ToiletEating fecal matter is not only unacceptable in human society, but is also a common behavior seen by dog owners. It’s unappealing and flat out gross according to the pet parents who bear witness to their pooches’ shocking habit, but there is hope for you if your dog is eating poop. First, understanding the reasons behind coprophagia, the act of eating fecal matter, will help you better understand how to stop and prevent it today.

Why Does My Dog Eat Poop?

There may be many reasons why dogs eat it, but there is no way around it, it’s gross. To the dog, however, he may be fulfilling an instinctual need. In the wild, wolves, coyotes, foxes and other canis are hunters and scavengers. When they hunt, they eat all of the animal. This includes the gut, and whatever the animal ate and processed. Yes, even the poop. As scavengers, they also eat anything they can find that had any nutrients and could sustain them. This includes the fecal matter of other animals and even their own.

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Common Health Problems in Cats

Cute Cat With StethoscopeA common misconception is that cats don’t need the vet care that dogs do. Unfortunately, the tale of a cat with nine-lives is all but true. Cats can and do get sick, just like dogs. And as a kitty parent, it’s up to us to make sure they are taken care of. That being said, it is important to know when your cat is sick, as cats have proven themselves very resilient, not showing many symptoms until it’s too late. By knowing the most common signs of the most common health problems your cat may face, you could save her life.

4. Cancer

Cancer is scary, no matter the species. Unfortunately, our little purr-balls are not exempt from this terrifying disease. There are two main types of cancer found in cats. The first is called Lymphosarcoma, and is more commonly referred to as Feline Leukemia. Feline Leukemia, while common, is thankfully tested for early on, so just about any cat you have come in contact with that has been seen by a vet has been tested for it. The chances of you owning a cat or seeing a cat come down with Leukemia is slim.

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How To Choose The Right Dog For Your Family

Group of DogsCongratulations, you’ve decided you want a dog. You’ve decided you want to join the 47% of families who enjoy being pup parents. But what type of dog do you get? It’s a question that’s plagued many dog parent and one that will continue to do so. Many people feel that they should look at certain breeds, however, this can be more problematic than one would assume.

The truth is, there is no perfect breed for a family, as each dog has his own personal identity. He has likes and dislikes, and each member of a certain breed may act different. Yes, some breeds may be less suited for family life (a working breed such as an Australian Shepherd, for example, is a high-demanding dog with a strong herding drive, and may lash out if not properly worked), but the fact remains: it’s not the breed, but the individual that needs to be judged. Instead of looking at breeds, look into personality types that are suited to your family and their lifestyle.

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Dogs and Table Scraps; Is It Really Safe?

Chihuahua Eating Food Off Plate on TableIf you are like many others and don’t eat all that is on your plate at dinner, you may be tempted to slip that last slick of ham under the table for your dog. Those puppy dog eyes, the begging whine and prancing paws all pull at the human’s heart strings and far too often we give in, letting our pets eat unhealthy and potentially dangerous foods. How do you know if those table scrapes are really safe or okay to give your canine companion? There are three key points you should be aware of before tossing your pet anything from your plate.

Dog vs. People Food

Have you ever looked at the ingredient list of your dog’s quality kibble? You will notice that, while many ingredients are recognizable, they are also not something a human would normally eat in the same proportions. This is because a dog needs a higher protein and fat diet in comparison to a human, and they naturally do not eat the cooked meats that we do.

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Finding the Perfect Valentine’s Day Gift For Your Dog

Cute Dog With Valentines GiftsOur dogs are loyal members of our families. They share in our joys with happiness and hugs and our darkest times licking away the tears. It’s not uncommon to want to surprise your precious pup with a Valentine’s Day gift like any other devoted family member. However, chocolate is toxic to dogs and, honestly, what would your canine companion want with a bouquet of roses? It’s time to learn what the best Valentine’s Day gifts are on the market for your dog to safely enjoy!

Know Your Pup

If you really want your gift to be something your dog will enjoy, first know your pup and know him well! Is he rambunctious and lively, or does he prefer comfort on a pillowy bed? Does he love the great outdoors or riding along in your purse on short errands? This is a great importance because you don’t want to get your dog a gift he will have no interest in.

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The Importance of Keeping Your Dog Well Groomed

Cute Dog Being GroomedHow many times have you met someone’s dog that just looked like a big tangled mess? Or maybe he smelled terrible, felt greasy and you felt terrible for not wanting to touch him. This is common amongst owners who don’t understand the importance of keeping a pet dog well groomed. It goes far beyond just making a pooch look good, but it directly effects their health, safety and comfort.

Prevent Matting

You can keep your dog from getting the dreaded mat, or dangerously tangled hair simply by thoroughly brushing your dog’s coat with the proper tools. A mat occurs when loose hair, debris and skin dander all clump up together. It becomes hard, and pulls on the dog’s hair. It then grows and grows until it is either brushed our or removed. A dog with a neglected coat can become so terribly matted that he must be shaved down to the skin to save his life from his own hair.

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How To Keep Your Dog’s Skin Healthy

Dog at SpaHealthy skin in a dog is just as important to him as your skin health is to you. Just like humans, dogs can suffer from a variety of skin conditions from infections to parasites and even dander or dry skin. For dog lovers, nothing is more comforting or enjoyable than running your fingers through a soft and clean dog coat with healthy, moisturized skin underneath. By following these easy and simple tips you can make your dog’s skin healthy and keep it that way.

  1. Don’t over wash your pet. A dog that is bathed too often has all of his natural, protective oils stripped from his skin, leaving him itchy and dry. This makes him scratch more than he should, which can lead to open cuts and sores all over his body and opens him up to secondary infections. Aside from those dangers, you also end up with a stronger doggy odor smell from a dog that is washed too often as his body attempts to compensate for the major loss in skin and coat oils. Use puppy bath wipes or waterless shampoos in between your regular washings. The rule of thumb for dog grooming is every 6 to 8 weeks unless he gets into something like mud.
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