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  • Should You Let Strangers Pet Your Dog?

    When a stranger asks to pet your dog, you need to pay attention to your puppy's reactions and body language. 

    Does your dog's facial expression seem replaced with an open-mouth smile? When the stranger approaches, do the canine walk up to the person asking for a gentle pet. If your dog exhibits these signs, then let a stranger pet your dog is probably okay. 

    If your pet backs away from the stranger or appears afraid, then you'll want to forego letting the person pet the animal and kindly decline the offer of a scratch.

  • Poisonous Plants and Your Dog

    Although the list of toxic plants is long, there are many common garden plants that you'll find around homes, in neighborhoods, and in parks that pose a significant danger to Fido. This article will explore the list of potentially dangerous plants that can harm your dog, which you might encounter.

     

    Tomato Plant


    Many dog owners are shocked to learn that a tomato plant is dangerous to dogs. If your canine ingests the plant's foliage, it can suffer weakness, drowsiness, rapid heart rate, confusion, dilated pupils, and gastrointestinal problems.

     

  • Dogs and Bees: Protecting Your Canine Companion

    Allergic Reaction to a Bee Sting in a Dog 

    If your dog has been stung by multiple bees or been stung in the past, then the animal might develop a more severe  allergic reaction. Examine the location of the sting. Is there localized swelling? Watch the swelling to make sure it does not get too large. If the dog is stung in the mouth, nose, or throat then make sure the swelling does not impact the dog’s breathing. If the animal starts to wheeze or gasp for oxygen, then it is imperative that you seek immediate emergency assistance.

  •  Choosing a Dog Walker

    Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Dog Walker 

    Yes, walking dogs takes a degree of passion and dedication but it also takes skill and canine knowledge. You want your dog to be safe, especially if Fido is being walked in a group. There are questions that you should ask the would-be dog walker before hiring them to walk your beloved four-legged buddy.

  • The Tesla ‘Dog Mode

    Understanding Tesla’s Dog Mode

    When in the Tesla Dog Moe, you can adjust the temperature in the cabin. To enable the Dog Mode, all you do is tap the fan icon found on the bottom of the Tesla’s touchscreen once the vehicle is parked. You then press, “keep climate ON to DOG.’  You can then safely leave the car. If you are gone from the vehicle and the car’s battery dips down to less than 20 percent of a charge, then you will receive a notification sent via your mobile app  that lets you know the status so you can return to your auto to ensure the safety of your dog. 

  • Boarding Your Pet While You Go on Vacation

    Ask Around for Pet Boarding Recommendations

    If you want to find a reputable boarding option for your dog, then ask your canine-owning friends where they leave their pooch when they travel. You can also ask the groomer and your veterinarian for recommendations. In many cases, veterinarians board their clients’ dogs at their facilities. 

  • What to Do If Your Dog Has an Allergic Reaction

    Most allergic reactions are fairly mild in a dog, but some can become severe. The most common area to notice a reaction is around the dog’s muzzle or eyes. They also might start to feel itchy and begin scratching or licking various parts of their body. Swelling or hives can occur. In some cases, the dog might start to lose its coat as a reaction to the skin irritant or bug bites. 
  • The Effects of Humidity on Your Dog

    You are probably keeping an eye on the ambient temperature, but humidity can also impact your pet substantially. A dog pants to release moisture for the animal’s lungs. The process removes heat away from the body’s core. However, if the humidity is too high then your dog cannot cool itself using this process and its temperature will start to spike to dangerous levels. 
  • Keep Pets Safe in the Heat

    Your pet can quickly start to overheat, especially snub nose breeds like pugs and bulldogs. Young dogs and seniors are very vulnerable to the increasing warmth. Learn to recognize the symptoms of heat stroke such as:

    • Excessive panting
    • Lethargy 
    • Drooling
    • Vomiting
    • Collapse
  • Dogs and Heartworm: What You Need to Know to Keep Your Dog Safe

    Your dog’s veterinarian will perform a blood test to determine if the animal has heartworms. Ideally, all dogs should undergo testing for heartworms at seven months of age before the owner puts the dog on a heartworm preventative. If a dog is infected and you start prevention, the prevention will not cure the infestation. Heartworm preventatives do not effectively kill adult heartworms. In fact, giving a heartworm preventative medication to a dog with heartworms can lead to the animal’s death by triggering a shock reaction within the animal. 
  •  Protect Your Dog from Mosquitoes

    Heartworms can quickly kill your pet if left untreated. The worms are spread via biting mosquitoes. When the larvae of the worms enter the dog’s blood stream that quickly grow to adulthood within about six months. The adult worms reside in the heart and lungs of the animal. Males will reach six inches and females can grow to 12 inches long. After mating, the adult female lays her larvae in the dog’s bloodstream where mosquitoes pick the larvae and spread them to other animals. Heartworm is difficult, dangerous, and costly to treat. Luckily, there are  a variety of affordable preventative available from your veterinarian. 
  •  Raw Food Diet for Dogs 

    History of the Raw Food Diet for Dogs 

    Feeding raw foods to a dog is not a new practice. For decades, sled dogs and racing greyhounds have dined on raw foods. However, feeding the family dog raw foods is relatively new. It was first proposed by an Australian veterinarian named Ian Billinghurst in 1993. He called the diet BARF (bones and raw food - biologically appropriate raw food).

    Billinghurst believed that dogs thrived on foods that their ancient ancestors age such as raw bones, meat, and vegetables. He believed that gain-based commercial dog foods were harmful to a canine’s health. 

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