News & Information

Keep abreast of the latest in pet care news as well as helpful hints for a happier pet.

Chocolate found harmful to canines

In a recent Veterinary Journal, feeding chocolate to dogs was found to cause toxic shock in 24% of the animals.

 

Pet Dental Health

When brushing, use this opportunity to inspect your dog’s teeth and gums for decay, injury and plaque buildup. In addition to brushing, chews help keep breath fresh and teeth clean. Canines in the wild keep teeth healthy by gnawing on natural bones and abrasive tissue and fiber. A domestic pooch does not have this same advantage but teeth can be kept healthy through brushing, gnawing and specially-designed dental chews. Never use human toothpaste, as it is dangerous to dogs.

 

Recognize the Signs of Heat Exhaustion in Your Dog

  • Restlessness
  • Panting
  • Increased respiratory rate
  • Increased heart rate
  • Excess salivation
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

As the symptoms progress and the dog's body temperature increases, signs become even more serious.

  • Weakness
  • Staggering
  • Gasping
  • Gum color may become brick red, then purple or blue
  • Seizures
  • Coma
  • Death

Treatment of Heat Exhaustion

If you believe your dog is suffering from heat exhaustion, seek veterinary care immediately even if your dog's condition does not seem serious. Cool water can be used to begin to decrease his body temperature during the trip to the veterinarian. Towels can be soaked in cool water and used to cover your dog. You can also place the towels between his legs and across his neck. Do not use cold water or ice. This may make the situation worse.

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How to brush your pet effectively

Start brushing from the bottom, and work your way up. Comb thoroughly after brushing to detect any matting or tangles you may have missed with your brush.

A Tired Dog Is A Happy Dog

Exercise can be immensely helpful in minimizing overall tension. Physical activity uses up excess energy that might otherwise feed your dogs' aggressive behaviors. Exercise also causes your dog's body to release various chemicals, including endorphins and norepinephrine, helping to generate a feeling of well-being; an exercised dog is a happy dog! Happy dogs are simply less likely to fight.

Homemade Dog Treat Recipe
Frozen Peanut Butter Yogurt Treats

 

1-32oz. container of vanilla yogurt
1 cup of peanut butter

 
1. Put the paenut butter in a microwave safe dish and microwave until melted.
2. Mix the yogurt and the melted peanut butter in a bowl.
3. Pour mixture into cupcake papers and freeze.