National Dog Day 2013

August 16, 2013 by  
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National Dog Day 2013 will be celebrated this year on August 26. This annual event was created by the National Dog Day Foundation to help promote and increase the public’s awareness of local pet shelters across the country. It is a day when people are encouraged to adopt a dog or puppy and save a life. Since 2004, National Dog Day Foundation has helped save over 100,000 dogs. To celebrate National Dog Day, we suggest that you consider adopting a new family member or celebrate in another way. Below is a list of suggestions for National Dog Day to get your started.

• In support of National Dog Day, dedicate a part of the day to learning about dog health problems or puppy care. Learn more about how to properly care for your dog’s health and know the dog health symptoms that will help you know when your four-legged family member needs help. Talk to your vet about puppy shots and dog illnesses to make sure that you are up-to-date on everything you need to know to keep your dog healthy and happy.

• Organize and host a fundraiser on National Dog Day to raise money for your local animal shelter. You can ask for donations in the form of money or animal food, blankets, toys and other supplies.

• Volunteer your services to a dog rescue group or your local animal shelter.

• Host a party and invite your friends to bring their dogs and puppies for a special cookout with pet-friendly treats for all dogs and puppies. Have a gift exchange similar to the ones we have at the holidays but allow your dogs to “choose” their gift from under a nice tree in the back yard.

• Post pictures of your dogs online at various social media sites informing everyone about National Dog Day and reminding them to help save a life. Create a special Facebook page for your dog to share pictures, stories and important reminders to others about dog care.

• Have a professional portrait made of your family including your dog.

• Buy a special new toy that you and your dog can enjoy playing with together.

• Take your dog on a nice walk and a picnic.

• Treat your dog to a special checkup, massage and grooming session.

• Have the vet install a special microchip ID tag so that if your dog is ever lost you will be notified when he is found.

Fun and interesting facts about dogs and puppies

July 15, 2013 by  
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As the saying goes, “A dog is a man’s best friend” but for many of us our dogs and puppies are much more than friends, they are part of our family. As with any other family member, you want to learn as much as you can about your dog or puppy. Having more dog and puppy information can help you understand dog health problems, puppy care and puppy training. Below are some interesting facts about dogs that you may not know and that may answer some of the dog questions you have wondered about but never stopped to research.

• All dog breeds can be traced back to a weasel-like animal 40 million years ago. In ancient Egypt, dogs were like family members as they are today to many people. When a pet dog died, owners would mourn for days even to the point of shaving off eyebrows.
• You may already know that chocolate is harmful to dogs but so are cooked onions, anything with caffeine and macadamia nuts. Grapes and raisins can cause renal failure and apple and pear seeds (because they contain arsenic) can kill a dog.
• Dogs have sweat glands in between their paws so do not cover paws during hot months.
• If a mother gives birth to puppies by caesarean, it is important not to clean up the puppies before giving them to her or she may reject them.
• Kubla Khan owned more dogs than anyone else – – he owned 5,000 Mastiffs.
• The most popular name for a female dog is either Maggie or Molly. For male dogs, the most popular names are Jake and Max.
• In Chinese astrology, people who are born under the sign of the dog are described as being loyal but a little bit temperamental.
• According to the philosopher Plato, “A dog has the soul of a philosopher.”
• Dalmatians do not have spots when they are born, they are completely white when they are first born and develop spots later.
• Dogs have excellent hearing. They can hear sounds four times farther away than a human can hear and they can find the source of a sound in about 1/600 of a second.
• The country with the highest population of dogs is the United States followed by France.
• In the United States, Canada and England, the most popular breed of dog is the Labrador retriever.
Your dog likes sweets more than your cat because it has about 1,700 taste buds compared to a cat, which has only 473 taste buds (although sweets are not necessarily good for your dog, especially chocolate).

Top 7 Vaccines for New Puppies

June 8, 2013 by  
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Getting a new puppy is an exciting time; however, it is also a lot of responsibility. Your new puppy will rely on you for its food, shelter and health care. Puppy care begins as soon as you get your new puppy with puppy shots. Dog health problems can be very serious; therefore, it is important that you maintain a regular routine with regard to puppy vaccinations. Making sure that your puppy has all of his or her vaccinations will help you puppy grow into a strong, healthy and happy dog. The top seven puppy vaccines are available at your local veterinary’s office.

Rabies – Rabies is a serious health concern because of the danger to humans. Puppies should receive their first vaccination at 3 to 4 months of age with a booster vaccination 12 months thereafter. Most state laws dictate how often dogs must be vaccinated against rabies. If your dog contacts rabies and he or she is not vaccinated, you will need to quarantine the dog according to local laws and may even be required to put the dog down. Rabies is the number one vaccine that your puppy should have.

Parvovirus – Parvovirus is a serious contagious disease for puppies. It will cause vomiting and diarrhea and will be fatal if left untreated. Since some breeds are more susceptible to Parvovirus than others are, blood tests can be done after vaccination to ensure protection against the virus.

Distemper – Distemper is a serious dog health problem that is usually fatal. It is a contagious viral disease that affects your dog’s nervous and respiratory systems. This is a must for all new puppies.

Parainfluenza – This is another contagious viral disease that spreads quickly among puppies. It also affects the respiratory system and can be spread from puppy to puppy. If your puppy has been exposed to other dogs, it is important to get this vaccine as soon as possible.

Leptospirosis – Because this disease can affect humans, it is essential that your puppy receive this vaccine. Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease that will cause both liver and kidney damage in dogs.

Hepatitis – While this viral infectious disease is not contagious to humans, hepatitis in puppies can cause reproductive problems as well as liver damage. Hepatitis also affects eyes if left untreated.

Bordetella – This is one of the common causes of “kennel cough.” If you plan to board your puppy, make sure that it is vaccinated against this bacteria.

Keeping your puppy safe, healthy and happy begins with routine vaccinations.

Summer heat and your dog or puppy

May 15, 2013 by  
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The “dog days” of summer are almost here. Before long, the days will be brighter, longer and much hotter. Most people run for the air-conditioned comfort of the indoors; however, you dog may not have that option. Excessive heat can cause dog health problems and can even be fatal. Several dog illnesses are directly related to heat exposure.

Heatstroke is a serious and sometimes fatal result of prolonged exposure to heat. During the early stages of heat stroke, your dog will probably exhibit heavy panting and rapid breathing accompanied by excessive drooling. Look for bright red gums and tongue in addition to the dog’s inability to maintain balance. If left untreated, heat stroke will cause your dogs gums to turn white or blue and he will become lethargic. He may have uncontrollable urination or defecation and labored, noisy breathing before going into shock. If you notice signs of heat stroke, apply ice packs to the dog’s groin area, give him ice chips and apply rubbing alcohol to his paws while getting him to the vet immediately. Pedialyte is an excellent way to help restore electrolytes while you are trying to cool him down.

In order to prevent your dog or puppy from having heat stroke during the hot summer months, you should:
• Provide a shady place for the dog to rest. Do not assume that a doghouse is sufficient for shade. Doghouses can actually trap and hold heat making it an undesirable location for the dog to rest and cool down during the hottest part of the day.

• Always provide a source for cool, fresh water. Refill water bowls every day and make sure that there is more than one source of water in case one of the sources tips over or is otherwise spilled or contaminated.

• Avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day or on days when temperatures are above normal. Take walks late in the evening or early in the morning before the day heats up.

• Never leave your dog locked in a vehicle on a hot day. In fact, it is dangerous to leave your dog in a locked vehicle on a cool day because temperatures can quickly rise in a vehicle even on a cool or cloudy day.

Summer is wonderful for spending quality time with your dog – just make sure that you give him the same care when it comes to the heat as you do yourself.

Dogs and kids – – tips for a happy home

April 10, 2013 by  
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Dogs and kids just seem naturally to go together; however, to make sure that this is the case parents need to be mindful of a few key issues. Some dogs have a personality and temperament that makes them more suitable to be around children than some other breeds of dogs. Selecting a dog that really likes children rather than a dog that simply tolerates children is essential for a successful relationship between your dog and your child. Discuss with your vet or your breeder which dog breeds are better suited for children. Once you have chosen your new puppy, never leave your puppy and your child alone unsupervised. No matter how well-behaved a dog may be, they are still animals and accidents can happen with young children until a permanent bond has been developed and your child has learned how to approach and treat your new family member. They should never approach a dog that is eating, sleeping or they do not know. Do not hit or pull on the dog and never chase a dog that is avoiding them.

Dogs help children learn responsibility. Allow your child to help care for the dog by walking the dog, feeding the dog and taking the dog to his training classes. Dogs help children develop social skills by interacting with other dog owners, trainers and vets. Children are excited about having a pet; therefore, you can use that excitement to teach them valuable lessons about caring for another living creature. Children learn how it feels to have something that is totally dependent on them for all of its needs. This can create a protective attitude in your child as well as teaching him or her empathy.
Teach children that they should never hit, tease, shout at or taunt a dog. What your child sees as “play” may be viewed as aggressive by a dog. Even though a puppy may initially take this as playful behavior, it may attack when it has had enough of this type of behavior or may view a sudden change as aggressive and attack. This is why it is so important that your child learn that he or she must respect your new puppy and treat it with kindness.

Your child and puppy will become very close if you foster a relationship built on respect, kindness and love. Teach your child by example and your new puppy will quickly become a member of your family.

The benefits of a dog bed

March 10, 2013 by  
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It is not a coincidence that your dog sleeps more than you do – – dogs need more sleep than humans do. Unfortunately, your dog does not have the option of crawling into a nice, warm, soft bed as you do each night. Most dogs sleep on hard, cold surfaces that do not offer the same benefits of a bed. Rather than allowing your best friend to sleep on an uncomfortable surface, provide him or her with a bed that is large enough to stretch out and get a good night, or day’s sleep. In addition to sleeping, dog beds offer other benefits for your pet.

If your dog stays outside, a dog bed provides protection from the elements. Look for a dog bed that offers warmth and that is water repellent. Most outdoor models are treated to be resistant to mold and mildew. A dog bed provides a place for your pet to sleep that is more comfortable than the hard ground. Having a soft, comfortable place to sleep is also important to help cushion your dog’s joints to prevent arthritis and relieve joint pain. Orthopedic dog beds are designed specifically for older dogs that need the extra cushion due to age and also help prevent damage to joints in younger dogs.
Having a dog bed gives your dog a place of his own to sleep so that he is not as tempted to use your furniture as a bed. This reduces the risk of injury from jumping off furniture when he has finished his nap. It also helps control the amount of dog dander and dog hair that you must clean up in your home because your dog has one location where he goes to sleep rather than laying in various places throughout your home or on your furniture.

Depending on the needs of your dog, you may want to invest in a specially designed dog bed that addresses specific needs of your pet. Orthopedic dog beds are designed for older dogs, dogs that are susceptible to joint pain or dogs that are recuperating from an accident or illness. Orthopedic dog beds provide comfort in addition to the added support needed by these dogs. Heated dog beds have an internal heating element to provide warmth for dogs that live outside in colder areas. Even though dogs have fur coats, they are still susceptible to the cold and require extra protection in severe climates.
Your dog will appreciate having a bed of his own and will be thankful that he has such a thoughtful owner.

Secrets of a Healthy Dog

February 3, 2013 by  
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Dogs have long been regarded as man’s best friend. As such, a dog’s health should be treated with care to ensure that your dog will live a long and happy life. Only in the recent decades did it become fashionable for dogs to live inside the house of its owners. Dog owners often look at their dog with such care and concern, similar to the way they look at the child. Similar to pampered kids, dogs that are well loved by their owners are provided with the best possible shelter, food, training, medical care, and special treats to ensure general health and well being. Physical exercise is very important for your dog’s health. Pet health experts say that a dog which gets regular physical exercises and stays active is less likely to develop health problems than a dog which stays inactive all the time. So, it can be certainly said that lack of physical exercise is an important factor which causes dog health issues.
In addition to physical exercise, mental exercise is also important to keep the mind active and engage.
A Kong toy, which uses a hidden treat to keep a dog interested, is a good option.

Feeding your dog a healthy, balanced diet is the simplest way to prevent most dog health problems. Be sure to provide your dog with an AAFCO certified food. According to Consumer Reports, who interviewed many veterinarians, price is less important than certification. If you dog is healthy and doesn’t require any sort of dietary restrictions, then a commercial diet from a known company is fine. In general, the average companion dogs need the following nutritional profile per pound of body weight. Like people, have a constant supply of clean water to drink is essential. Give your dog the same water you give yourself (filtered etc.). To encourage drinking and urination, consider providing more than one water bowl in the house and take your dog for frequent walks if possible. Urination is nature’s way of cleansing the urinary tract and for keeping infection and stones from taking hold.

According to pet health experts, exposure to harmful chemicals is one of the main causes of canine health problems. So, limit the use of pesticides, herbicides, and weed killers to the extent possible. Second hand smoke is harmful to your dog’s health as well. So, make your home a no-smoking zone. Oral care is also essential for both dog and human health. A dog’s teeth is subject to the same stresses as your teeth. For this reason, dog’s teeth should be brushed every day to remove harmful bacteria, and other objects that could lead to bacteria and plaque buildup. Moreover Expanding your knowledge and paying attention to your dog’s health will help ensure your dog lives a long and comfortable life.

Starting the New Year Off Right for Your Dog

January 11, 2013 by  
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With the holidays over and the New Year just beginning it is not only time to plan the year ahead for yourself but for your dog too. During the holidays it is easy for us to get caught up in other things, and we often neglect the care of both ourselves and our pets due to lack of time. Throughout the holiday season many dog owners are at home less often, have less time to schedule appointments, and are fighting exhaustion during the hours that they are home. This leaves very little time for man’s best friend, which for many is a part of the family.

The beginning of the new year is a good time to get everything back in order for your pup. Not only may he be feeling a tad bit neglected, but he may also be due for a little puppy pampering as well.

There are a few things that you can do to start the New Year off right for your dog.

• Reevaluate Your Food Choices for Your Dog – There is constantly research being done on the food that we feed our dogs, and often it will provide evidence that the food we thought was good for them really isn’t. The New Year is a good time to evaluate the food you give your dog in order to be sure he is getting all the nutrition he needs.

• Shop Around for Healthier Treats – Some treats that are made for dogs contain no nutritional value, while others can promote better mouth and teeth health. Being that this is one of the only places to get these nutrients it is a good time to ensure that your dog is getting the right treats.

• Make an Appointment With a Vet – There is no better time than the beginning of the year to schedule an appointment with a vet. Starting the New Year off with a clean bill of health will put your mind at ease and ensure your dog’s safety.

• Schedule a Grooming – Last but not least, the New Year is also a great time to get your pet groomed and looking renewed. Believe it or not, your dog is probably worn out from the holidays too, and this is a great way to put the pep back in his bark.

Dogs get stressed from the holidays too, but by taking these steps you can ensure that he recovers from the holidays just like you do.

Keeping Your Dog Safe Around the Holidays

December 20, 2012 by  
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If you have a dog at home that is part of your family you no doubt love sharing the holidays with him, that is for sure. And puppies and dogs alike love the excitement of the holidays as well, but while the holidays can be an exciting time for everyone, there are hidden dangers that lurk for your dog that you must be aware of. Most of these dangers do not affect humans, but can range from minimal to severe in pets, including dogs.

The dangers that lurk for dogs most often come in the form of something that is edible, at least something that a dog thinks is edible. Some things dogs eat by accident, while others are fed to them by unknowing do-gooders in the holiday spirit that want to include the family pet in the celebration. Either way, it could be dangerous for your beloved family pet, so there are three things to be aware of that you should do everything possible to keep your dog from getting his teeth on this holiday season.

1. Holiday Plants – There are a number of plants that can be dangerous to dogs if ingested, some only mildly but some that can be very deadly. It is often heard that poinsettias are extremely dangerous to animals but, while they can make your dog sick, this is the least of your worries. The holiday plants you really have to watch out for are mistletoe and holly, as they definitely present more danger.

2. The Christmas Tree – The Christmas tree is not the most dangerous holiday threat to your dog, but it can make your dog pretty sick. You will want to keep the pine needles picked up and be sure to steer your dog away from munching on the boughs of your tree in order to keep him healthy. Not only will you possibly have some mess to clean up but your dog’s stomach and mouth may suffer as well.

3. Holiday People Food – Most dog owners know that dogs shouldn’t have certain people food, but many also forget about this during the holiday season. Spicy foods and chocolate are the most important ones to stay away from, as they tend to make dogs the most uncomfortable.

It’s great having a dog to spend the holidays with but it is important to keep him safe so you can enjoy more holidays in the future.

Dog Health Watch

November 15, 2012 by  
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Dogs are said to be man’s best friend. This implies that they ought to be treated in a way that we treat our friends. This is why it is vital that all aspects of a dog’s well-being are comprehensively taken care of.
This means that one should look after all components of their well-being ranging from hygiene to dental care, health, shelter, diet and development. These and other relevant aspects of their lives need to be given priority during the upbringing. This process will not be complete and successful if one is not properly informed. This calls for one to gather all the relevant information as a first step of this fundamental journey.

Before one knows how to solve the possible problems that might arise on their pets, they will need to understand the dog. In understanding the dog, one will be able to tell what to do in order to remedy certain situations. Dog and puppy guides and tips are an essential part of successful rising of pets. With the relevant knowledge, one will be able to observe certain symptoms at an early stage. This helps in preventing diseases and behavior progression to uncontrollable levels. A pet owner knows no joy that is greater than seeing a healthy and active dog.

Hygiene is one essential that is important for bringing up a healthy dog. This should involve an all-round health dental and body concern for the dog. Dental care is important as it prevents plaque buildup. If this is controlled, the dog stands less risks of getting painful infections and gum diseases. The dog’s body hygiene should be in to form to avoid flea occurrence. If fleas are left to thrive, the dog is likely to develop itchy feelings. In extreme cases of allergies, this itchiness can be very serious. Vaccinations are also essentials that any dog owner needs to learn. Other than the health, the owner needs to learn on how to cultivate certain behavior into their pet.

At Dog and Puppy Information, one gets all the relevant details of bringing up a healthy and happy dog. With a variety of information on the various aspects of the dogs’ well-being, one is sorted with all that is relevant. The articles dog care tips, information and advice will come in handy when bringing up the kind of dog you so desire. The time dedicated to ensuring healthy dogs is never a waste as the results will justify.

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