Temperatures are dropping and the flakes are falling. Whether you're snuggling with Tigger in front of the fireplace or romping with Buddy through the snowy woods, winter is a time for bonding and adventures with pets. With a few extra precautions, you can keep your four-legged family members safe, healthy and happy until the spring thaw.
While conventional wisdom states that mixed- or half-breed dogs may be healthier than their purebred counterparts because of their more diverse gene pool, this may not always be the case. Responsibly bred and genetically tested purebred dogs may be healthier than a mixed breed. Although some breeds are more prone to certain health issues than others, generally, all dogs are equally likely to suffer from most health issues.
You know that the topical flea product you put on your pet's skin every month keeps him flea-free. How it works depends on the type of ingredients involved. While some flea control medications enter the bloodstream, others do not. Most topical flea control products are available over the counter, but some require a veterinarian's prescription. This is especially true of those that also contain anthelmintics, or dewormers.
A flea infestation can make your dog itchy and uncomfortable. If the infestation is left untreated, your pet may develop sores and infections as a result of his constant scratching. Severely flea-infested dogs may also become anemic. The good news is that there is no need for your dog to suffer from fleas; a wide variety of flea control medications are readily available. Ask your vet which product would be best for your pet.
Although shrub altheas (Hibiscus syriacus) make attractive additions to many gardens, they're definitely not the most canine-friendly plants on the planet. Althea bushes are toxic to dogs, and as a result, should be kept far away from them. These plants are classified as invasive in certain areas due to their excessive self-sowing tendencies.
Low body temperature can affect all breeds, sizes and ages of dogs. Always keep an eye on dogs during cold months, especially if your dog is high risk. Small dogs and breeds with fine coats are particularly susceptible. Know the signs and treatments for hypothermia so in an emergency situation you can be prepared.
No mammal benefits from being lethargic and out of shape. By making sure your dog is getting proper walks, you can help ensure both you and your pet will stay healthier long term. Determining the right amount of exercise your dog needs can help your pet stay fit without turning every day into an exercise marathon.
If you own a dog, not many situations can be more nerve-racking than the thought of your poor pooch unwittingly eating something bad for it. After all, many seemingly harmless and beautiful garden plants are actually severe hazards to pets. Fortunately, you can cross petunias (Petunia) off that list of perils.
When a female dog reaches puberty, she'll have her first estrous cycle. Generally, a dog experiences her first heat around 6 months of age; however, timing can vary widely according to a dog's size and breed. If you aren't interested in breeding Lady, it's fine to spay her before she's experienced her first cycle.
Dogs have a real talent for eating things that they should not. Some nuts are among them. If your dog eats a macadamia, pistachio, walnut, hickory nut or pecan, you need to be concerned, but panicking will not help solve the problem. You'll need to take several steps to help your dog recover from this misfortune.
Rover’s genetic overbite has grown so painful that he ignores his kibble, lacks interest in chew toys and appears depressed; your vet's referred him to a dental specialist for an orthodontic evaluation. After your initial reaction of laughter then shock, discuss the various treatment options and costs with the specialist to choose the best option for your pet's chompers.
All flea- and tick-control products are not the same. Whether a product can cause a toxic reaction in a particular pets depends on the ingredients, application and the individual animal's sensitivity. Read the label carefully before you apply the lotion, and use only the recommended amount. Weigh your animal to make sure you don't overdose him. After application, watch your pet carefully for any signs of an adverse reaction.
Keeping plants around dogs can be tricky business. Some dogs like putting their mouths on anything and everything they see, and not all plants are exactly innocuous to the unwitting pooches. Red-marginated dracaenas (Dracaena marginata) are definitely poisonous to canines, so always keep the plants far away from them.
If you require a blood transfusion, doctors make sure they infuse the right type of blood into your body to avoid potentially fatal reactions. A veterinarian also must make sure his canine or feline patient receives the correct type of blood. Just as you might donate blood to help fellow people, your dog or cat might qualify to donate blood for needy members of their species.
You've been grooming your dog and notice what appear to be little black bugs on her skin or in her coat. Before jumping to conclusions or thinking the worst, take some time to properly identify what you're dealing with. Choosing the appropriate course of action depends on it. If you can't be sure, always consult an experienced veterinarian regarding the health and treatment of your pet.
You know that canine heartworm disease can be deadly -- so you're always certain to give your dog his monthly heartworm preventative tablet. Since he's on the medication year-round, why does your vet insist on a heartworm test before she writes you an annual prescription? The answer lies both in sound veterinary practices and in law.
Cow feet -- hooves -- are popular chew treats for dogs, particularly aggressive chewers who quickly gnaw through other types of dog bones like rawhide and pig ears. However, the hard nature of hooves can be dangerous, particularly when it comes to breaking or cracking teeth or damaging your dog’s gums. Hooves can also present choking hazards, as well as potential damage to your pup's intestines.
Ticks, as frustrating as they are, are a pretty common nuisance for dogs and dog owners alike. The external parasites abound in the summertime and always require prompt attention. Never allow these tiny arthropods to linger on your poor pooch's coat. The presence of ticks can often lead to unpleasant consequences.
Dogs, like their human owners, sometimes experience deafness, although in varying degrees of intensity. Hearing issues in canines can arise due to several factors, whether because of the normal aging process or even sicknesses such as canine distemper. Some pooches are born deaf. This is known as congenital deafness.
There's an old saying, "If you lie down with dogs, you get up with fleas." Obviously, that adage was coined way before the development of effective canine flea control. However, "If you lie down with dogs with ringworm, expect to develop crusty scales." This fungal disease is quite contagious, so any dog or cat in your house requires treatment -- and humans might, too.
Constipation in dogs can be life threatening if left untreated. Dry, hard stools, straining and difficult, absent or infrequent bowel movements are all signs that your furry pal is constipated. The correct diet and lifestyle can prevent your dog from having to deal with constipation and all the discomfort that comes with it.
Do a tick check each time you take Tippi out for a romp in the grassy, wooded area behind your house. Areas like those are ticks' favorite places to hang out and wait for dinner to come romping by. At the very least, the little blood-suckers will cause your dog discomfort, but allowing them to remain on your dog puts her at risk of contracting Lyme disease, spotted fever or another nefarious illness.
Demodectic mange mites are extremely prevalent in the canine world. Demodectic mange refers to a skin condition that is triggered by tiny mites of the genus Demodex, namely Demodex canis. These external parasites exist on practically all canines, and even on lots of humans, too -- often without stirring up problems.
When it comes to highly infectious canine viral infections, it's important nto ever make assumptions regarding safety. Dogs young and old potentially can contract canine parvovirus, even if they don't leave their homes and backyards. Parvovirus is a serious matter, and ignored cases of it can sometimes end dogs' lives.
Everyone, including your puppy, needs a healthy dose of vitamins and minerals. However, there's such a thing as too much of a good thing, including the mineral calcium. Before you begin combing the stores for good sources of calcium for Pal, talk to the vet to learn what he really needs.
A lot goes into bringing a new puppy into your home, from housebreaking and planning meals to making sure that the little guy is all set with his vaccinations, whether for parvovirus, hepatitis, rabies, distemper or anything else his veterinarian advises. The parvovirus vaccine aims to defend canines against a potentially fatal viral infection.
A mother dog will be busy with her puppies after giving birth, but it is vital that she receive nutrition and liquids to keep her healthy and enable her to provide milk for the litter. She can also take regular bathroom breaks once whelping is complete.
Water-based paints, also known as latex paints, are considered less toxic than their oil-based counterparts. But that doesn't mean water-based paint is completely safe for your pup -- it still contains some chemicals that can be harmful to him. When you're painting, keep your dog away from your open paint cans, so he doesn't decide to taste their contents, and out of the area you're painting in general.
Your dog has 42 teeth and needs you to help him keep each one healthy. Getting his teeth cleaned and examined by a professional helps prevent decay and tooth loss down the road.
When a tick bites your dog, he sinks in more than just his teeth -- he actually buries his head under your pet's skin, staying lodged in one place while he gorges himself. The longer he's in there, the greater the chance of infection with a disease like Lyme, so you need to remove him as soon as possible. If some of the head is left behind afterward, it could cause superficial harm.
Domestic dogs have fairly strong prey drives that inspire them to chase all sorts of things that move, including insects. If your dog catches and eats a cockroach, or even decides to eat a roach that is already dead, it is possible -- though unlikely -- that he will get sick as a result.
A growing percentage of dogs are succumbing to the same problem as many humans: They are overweight. Canine obesity is an increasing challenge for owners and vets alike. But dealing with an underweight canine can be equally difficult. There are several ways to keep tabs on your pooch's paunch to be sure he's the right weight.
A mother dog nurses her newborn puppies until they are able to eat solid foods, usually between 4 and 6 weeks of age. At this point, she'll begin to wean the pups off of her milk and onto solid foods, allowing them to nurse less and less. While she'll do this on her own, you can help her by getting the little ones used to eating puppy food.
Despite their many differences, dogs and humans are bothered by the same creatures. In particular, certain insects can cause problems for canines and people alike, leading them to a good deal of suffering. While some pests like flies are simply a nuisance, insects like mosquitoes and ticks can be dangerous.
Female dogs usually have strong mothering instincts and typically are well-equipped to manage the whole maternal experience, from pregnancy and labor to nursing and beyond. That doesn't mean, however, that it's not a smart idea for you to keep a close eye on the status of your expectant pooch, whether it pertains to weight gain, lactation or anything else.
It’s one of the nastier habits your dog may develop, but poop eating, or coprophagia to give it its proper name, isn’t necessarily the risky and unhealthy trait owners often imagine. The consumption of feces, whether the dog's own or belonging to another animal, is quite normal, especially in puppies and nursing mothers. In fact, dogs are usually, but not always, capable of eating feces without getting sick.
Puppies spit up water for several reasons -- most commonly, the puppy is drinking too fast and can't digest the amount he drinks. Puppies who drink heavily after exercise may also spit up. A puppy needs more water than an adult dog, especially if he eats a dry kibble diet. You can control when your puppy drinks, but be sure he gets as much water in the course of a day as he wants. To rule out medical issues, a puppy who spits up water frequently should be evaluated by your veterinarian.
A dog’s stomach has the ability to twist in a painful and often deadly condition called bloat. Medically known as gastric dilatation/volvulus, bloat can occur when a dog eats a meal too quickly. Fast action is required to reposition the dog’s stomach, or your pup could suffer a host of medical consequences. It is possible for a stomach to turn completely upside down during a case of bloat.
Your dog might be your best buddy on earth, but that doesn't mean that he's a human -- at least not in his physical form. Since your pet isn't exactly a person, it's important to keep grooming products made for people far away from his coat and skin, and this includes hair gels.
The act is disgusting, but dogs eating cat feces is a regular, even normal occurrence. Dogs are attracted to the taste of cat poop and may consume it because it's a treat to them, or because it contains certain vitamins and nutrients they’re lacking in their own diets. Meanwhile, some dogs eat cat poop out of boredom. Either way, some health concerns are associated with a dog regularly eating cat feces. All efforts should be made to curb this habit.
Dogs and human beings can relate to each other in many ways, but the former cuties are usually a lot less discerning about what they put into their mouths. When cicadas are out and about in droves, it can be hard for curious dogs to resist munching on these rather clamorous insects -- and sometimes even lots of them at a time.
The aronia bush (Aronia melanocarpa) is a hardy plant. Also called the black chokeberry, the plant can endure dry or damp conditions, acid or alkaline soil, half or full sun, and insect infestation. Limited research points to health benefits for humans and pets.
Dogs sometimes appear to choke because they've taken in too much food, tried to swallow something too quickly, or ingested something too large to pass comfortably and easily down the throat. However, there may be more serious reasons why your dog is appearing to choke, many of which require immediate veterinary attention.
Although puppies get their immunity from deadly diseases from their mother's colostrum, worms and diseases can occasionally infect puppies through their mother. It's important to protect these youngsters since they have underdeveloped immune systems. Your veterinarian can help you protect your dog's puppies from serious health problems by ensuring your dog is in good health through vaccinations and wormers.
Your dog may live a comfortable life in your home, with access to a world of luxuries his wild ancestors couldn’t dream of having. But he still has a very active set of survival instincts. Threats to his territory, unwanted attention from people and animals and even being separated from his pack can cause him stress. Fortunately, he’s very good at communicating when he feels stressed, you just need to learn the non-verbal lingo.
If your pooch acts stressed out whenever Independence Day rolls around each summer, then it's probably not because he has a problem with hot dogs and crowds of people. Not only do fireworks often sound terrifying and jarring to canines, they can actually be hurtful to their furry ears, too.
Dogs can have sensitive skin, much like people do, and the summer months can bring on a host of itch-producing factors that can make a pup uncomfortable. Overscratching an itch or leaving a skin condition untreated can lead to infection. If you think your dog is suffering from any type of skin disorder, especially one accompanied by hair loss, scabbing or swollen, red skin, see your vet for proper diagnosis and treatment.
Cigarettes can be as lethal or more lethal to pets as they are to humans. Many scientific studies confirm that secondhand smoke and tobacco products are unsafe for pets.
Dogs stand on three feet for a variety of reasons. Sometimes it's due to pain or injury. Other times, it may a result of hip dysplasia, an abnormal formation within the hip joint. A more inviting reason dogs stand on three feet is when they are "pointing."
You might adore your morning cup of coffee while your pooch rests by your feet, but that's as close as you want those two entities to get. Coffee grounds -- along with coffee in general -- are toxic to dogs. Coffee contains caffeine, which is a major hazard to canines.
Food allergies are among the most common types of allergies in dogs. In order to develop an allergy, a dog must have a genetic predisposition, but environment can also be a factor. Food sensitivities can also sometimes be mistaken for allergies, and they can cause pretty unpleasant symptoms, too.
Water is important to pretty much every living thing, and dogs are no exception. An appropriate amount of water in a dog's diet is important to prevent dehydration and keep the dog eating and living healthy. In conditions of extreme activity or heat, a dog will need more water, but a good rule of thumb for daily consumption is about an ounce per day per pound the dog weighs.
While your little puppy is cute, fluffy and healthy-looking, a good chance exists nonetheless that some not-so-pleasant worms are living in his gut. Liquid wormers that kill parasitic worms can be safely given to puppies as young as 2 weeks old. Getting your pups on a worming cycle can keep them from serious infestation.
Your Doberman puppy should be active, curious and energetic. After seven weeks, the personality should emerge and the dog’s curiosity should be getting the better of him, causing him to get into mild mischief. However, if your Doberman puppy fails to exhibit these classic curious puppy behaviors, it’s possible that he is harboring one of the small number of health ailments that affect the breed during puppyhood.
Known for their spicy fruit, jalapeno pepper plants (Capsicum annuum) are a cultivar of the chili pepper species, which originated in Mexico. These herbaceous perennials grow both indoors and outdoors, primarily in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 9 through 11. Although the fruits add zesty flavor to human foods, they and the plants themselves are considered mildly toxic to canine companions.
Gardeners grow chrysanthemums (Chrysanthemum spp.), which are commonly referred to as mums or garden mums, both indoors as houseplants and outdoors. These colorful herbaceous perennials grow in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 5 through 10a, depending on the species and cultivar. Unfortunately, these plants aren't considered dog-friendly and are poisonous to your pooch if ingested or touched.
One of the joys of being a dog is rolling around on the ground with abandon. A freshly cut lawn, a pile of wet leaves, the stinky spot on the beach where a dead fish washed up: all are harmless temptations for Pal. If he wallows in gasoline, it's a different story.
You might not love an incessant barker, but canine vocalization is a natural and normal dog behavior. Dogs bark to express excitement, fear, happiness, warnings and other communication. If your pup never barks or suddenly loses his ability to vocalize, schedule a vet examination to see what's behind the change in behavior.
Spaying and neutering are attributed with many benefits, including better canine health and decreased mounting and roaming behaviors, as well as reduced aggression. Sterilization repeatedly has shown to have both positive and negative physical effects on either sex of dog. While spaying or neutering can indeed have some effect on hormone-related behaviors, it is not guaranteed that a dog will be less likely to bite if it has been sterilized.
It’s easy to admire the dashing good looks, wiry strength and playful nature of the Scottish terrier. This immigrant from the Scottish Highlands is a generally fit breed with a life span of 11 to 13 years. You can help promote good health in your Scottie throughout his life by providing a nutritious diet, proper grooming, adequate exercise and regular veterinary checkups and vaccinations. A few potentially negative genetic issues inhabit Scottie DNA, however, and may predispose your pet to certain diseases.
Pups urinate indoors for a number of reasons, including the desire to mark their territory and out of fear, which is known as nervous or submissive urination. These are two very different conditions, each of which has its own specific causes and triggers. To deal with your pup's inappropriate elimination issues, determine which condition your pup suffers from before taking the proper steps to treat it.
Dogs of all ages bark but sometimes canines can lose their voice just like humans do. While most cases of hoarseness, particularly in puppies, are caused by excessive barking, they can sometimes be signals of other health problems. If a puppy loses her voice, the root cause of the problem needs to be determined and corrected.
While snakes will generally avoid you and your dog, your dog's natural curiosity may frighten a snake enough to elicit a defensive bite. Venomous snakebite is a medical emergency; if bitten, your dog needs quick, competent veterinary attention. Once he's bitten, the snake's venom can begin causing pain, tissue destruction or, worse, paralysis. At this point, your dog needs you to act quickly.
It is natural and necessary for dogs to chew. Because chewing relieves stress and excess energy, it is important for dog owners to provide appropriate items for their dogs to chew. Owners must be careful about which items they allow their dogs to chew, as some fabrics may cause stomach blockage or poisoning.
Overheating can cause serious health problems for your pup, resulting in injury and even death. Unlike humans, who perspire all over to help regulate their body temperatures, sweating isn't an effective cooling mechanism for dogs. While panting is the primary means for lowering his body temperature, your dog's ears also play a part in the cooling process.
Whipworms are one of the four most common intestinal parasites that occur in dogs, earning their name due to their whip-like body. Dogs become infested with whipworms by ingesting parasite eggs from the environment, which then hatch and release infective larvae into the intestines. The larvae then mature and burrow into the intestinal wall, which may cause your dog to feel sick. Fortunately, whipworm infestation is a treatable and preventable condition.
Watching your beloved pal get older is never easy. He slows down quite a bit, isn’t nearly as active and clearly has problems seeing. But failing vision isn’t always tied to just older dogs. Blindness or vision problems can occur at any age. Several signs will let you know that something isn’t right with his line of sight, warranting a checkup with your veterinarian.
The "Robin Hood" rose (Rosa "Robin Hood") is a type of hybrid shrub rose that thrives primarily in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 6 through 9. This hardy plant is a lovely addition to the garden and makes a suitable flowering hedge. While it's considered nontoxic to dogs if eaten, its sharp thorns make it a less-than-ideal choice for a dog-friendly garden.
Vaccinations keep dangerous and often fatal diseases at bay by strengthening a puppy's immune system against them. A full series of vaccinations takes several weeks. Socializing your pup, meanwhile, is vital training that teaches a dog to coexist with and enjoy the world around him, rather than live in fear of creatures and things. Socialization must begin early, too, but many types of socialization are off-limits until your puppy receives all his vaccinations. Still, you can begin his socialization before his shots are all done.
When you think of classic and irresistible "puppy dog" eyes, you probably envision large, limpid peepers that are dark. After all, lots of canines out there have lovely chocolate brown eyes. In spite of that, not all canines are brown-eyed. Some of them are noted for their baby blues.
Many purebred dogs are prone to various maladies, but the American Eskimo dog isn't one of them. Generally, Eskies are a pretty healthy breed. That doesn't mean they don't pick up a few genetic problems, but they're relatively rare. With luck, the biggest problem you'll have with your Eskie is keeping his coat sparkling white.
Kennel floors should be comfortable, sanitary and easy to clean. Using shavings on a dirt base is a relatively inexpensive kennel floor, but shavings present a handful of concerns for dogs. If the pros outweigh the cons, other choices are preferable for kennel flooring.
Even the best manicured lawns might occasionally spring a few mushrooms, especially after a rain or during wet seasons. The mushrooms you see are the fruit of the root system that lies under the surface, so there's no way to predict when or where the mushrooms might arise. Be vigilant when you let your dog outside; some mushrooms are toxic enough to kill your furry friend.
If your dog is pregnant, your job is to be there to care for her and make her feel as relaxed as possible, all the way up into whelping and beyond. Pregnant canines have a handful of specific needs, including diet, exercise and bedding.
A puppy is born with a soft spot in his head, just like you were. By age 4 weeks, the puppy's skull plates should fuse, closing the depression. In a few dogs, this area -- the fontanel -- never closes. While many dogs with an open fontanel act normally, wanting to play as much as any canine, their heads must be protected from injury and possible brain damage.
While any medical procedure has risks and benefits, the benefits of vaccines for dogs far outweigh any so-called risks. The core vaccines recommended for dogs rarely cause serious side effects. And vaccines prevent your dog from getting life-threatening illnesses like rabies. On top of that, the law in many areas requires vaccination for dogs, both to protect the public and protect your dog.
Puppies are typically rambunctious balls of energy, so if you find little Fido moping around, something is wrong. While some pups can become depressed due to a change in their routine or environment, sadness and lethargy can also indicate that your pup is ill. After ruling out a medical condition as the cause of your pup's depression, cheer up Fido with a little extra attention.
Pugs, bulldogs, Boston terriers, boxers, Pekingese -- these adorable, short-faced dogs are brachycephalic breeds. Brachycephalic comes from the Greek words “brachy” meaning short and “cephalic” meaning head. Along with the special grooming care brachycephalic breeds require, myriad dental issues come along with their unique facial anatomy.
Passion plant, also called purple passion vine, (Gynura aurantica) produces green leaves with a velvety purple coating. In the fall, the plants boast large, orange and yellow blossoms that make them attractive to people and perhaps even appetizing to pets. They grow outdoors year-round in U.S. Department of Agriculture hardiness zones 10 to 12 and elsewhere in the country as an annual or houseplant, giving dogs all over the country access to their leaves, stems and blooms. The good news is that passion plant isn't likely to make your dog sick.
Although you might associate the warmth of the summer with pests galore, from mosquitoes in your home to ticks all over your precious pooch, the winter isn't exactly exempt from nuisances itself. It's actually possible for canines to get ticks at any point during the year, including in the winter months.
When you welcome a puppy into your home, your greatest wish is for her to be in strong health -- and to stay that way. A handful of common medical ailments are particularly problematic in young canines, and parvovirus is one of them. Because the disease is extremely contagious, siblings can easily transmit it to each other.
If your dog develops a red swelling on his lower eyelid, he's probably suffering from a prolapse of his third eyelid tear gland. This prolapse is commonly called cherry eye because the mass resembles a cherry. Size ranges from small and sporadically visible to big and constantly present. Cherry eye can lead to dry eye and blindness, so take your dog to the vet as soon as you notice the condition.
Intestinal worms can threaten your dog’s health, causing weight loss, diarrhea and anemia. Worm eggs are microscopic, but you might see evidence of two kinds of worms in your dog’s poop. Although it’s not a pleasant task, it’s a good idea to examine your dog’s poop from time to time to look for signs of worms.
If you have a dog in your life, it's your job to make sure he's safe, whether from temperature extremes, inappropriate food and beverage items or anything else. Since liquor is a type of alcohol, it's crucial to make sure your pooch never goes anywhere near it, much less consumes it.
Puppies' undeveloped immune systems make them vulnerable to a wide variety of illnesses in their early weeks. If one of yours gets sick on bedding that's not disposable, you'll have to clean it thoroughly to stop viruses from spreading to other puppies or to keep your puppy from possibly suffering a second bout of illness.
Your pooch's licking might seem harmless, but constant licking probably isn't. f he's not obsessively licking -- a behavioral problem -- he's probably licking at something that hurts, such as a sore. Conditions that your pup has no control over result in nasty sores, and licking will always worsen them. Getting your pal's overly eager tongue and his wounds under control means a trip to the vet.
Newborn puppies undoubtedly need milk in their diets, but the kind that comes straight from their mother dogs' bodies, not from cows. If your little cutie's mother isn't around, however, commercial puppy formula makes a healthy and appropriate replacement. Standard powdered milk available at the grocery store however, definitely does not.
Some dogs don't pant because they don't need to. Whether your pup pants and how much depends on his breed, size, genetics, health, condition, and frequently, the weather. Large, heavily coated breeds tend to pant more because they tolerate the heat less than a smaller, short-coated dog. A dog may pant to show excitement, while another jumps or twirls instead.
If your dog insistently licks at matted, damp spots in his coat, he may have more than a grooming issue -- he may have a serious health problem. Whether the fur itself or what hides beneath it irritates your dog, incessant licking can exacerbate the problem. It's your responsibility to identify the cause and give your companion the relief his tongue won't provide.
Puppies go through many changes throughout their puppyhood and well into adulthood. These include replacing their soft, fuzzy puppy coats with more permanent adult coats. When this change occurs varies depending on breed, size, health condition and specific growth rates of the individual pup.
Spending time outdoors is important for puppies. They need to go outside for housebreaking purposes, for one thing; they also need to play outside to expend some of their natural energy and to learn socialization skills, preferably with other dogs. Early introduction to the outdoors ensures pups don't become scared of the great wide open. Being outside can be dangerous to puppies, sometimes, so you can't just wean them and let them outside for life.
Pet insurance helps owners guard their furry family members against expensive medical bills, but deciphering what each policy covers can drive anyone nuts. Fortunately, many policies cover routine veterinary care, from vaccinations to spay surgery, and pet lovers looking for assistance with comprehensive medical care can find packages that fit their needs perfectly.
Flea collars were invented in 1964 as a means of ridding animals of the harmful parasites. They’ve withstood the test of time: Many brands and varieties are still available on the pet care market 50 years after their introduction. Flea collars have distinct advantages and disadvantages as a medium for flea control and prevention.
Water, water everywhere ... but nary a drop to drink? For your dog, that depends. If it's good, pure water without chemicals and parasites, great! But bad water -- from indoor or outdoor sources -- can make your dog sick. You should always serve your dog not only quality food, but water.
Dogs do some strange things, from a human perspective. They sniff each others' butts, after all. But while some of what our four-legged friends do is perfectly natural and harmless, other things may be cause for concern. If your dog growls at what seems to be nothing, there may be a perfectly harmless explanation, but head over to your vet's office anyway to report the behavior and get your pet a checkup.
Dogs often enjoy licking things, and if you're lucky, you're familiar with the concept of sloppy and sweet canine kisses. If you notice that your female dog excessively keeps licking her genital area, however, it's definitely time to sit up and pay attention. In canines, this licking behavior can indicate anything from the heat cycle to vaginitis.
The long days of summer can be your pet's most enjoyed time of year. School breaks and work vacations mean Whiskers and Buster can expect more time with their people and excursions to their favorite places. The joys of summer, however, come with their own risks for your animal companion. Keep your pet safe with a few precautions.
Not many things feel so overwhelming as knowing your furry one is sick and you can't afford to pay the vet bills. The good news is there are plenty of options available if your budget is tight. Some will require some leg work and maybe some research on your part. Or you might have to tighten your finances so you can free up funds in order to pay the bills. In the end, though, the important thing is that you'll be helping Rover get better.
When your pet experiences stress, fear or anxiety, he may express his feelings through aggression, persistent barking, excessive scratching or marking. Pheromones, which are chemical compounds your pet makes naturally, can help relieve this stress and the unwanted behaviors. Pheromone-based animal products, which often contain herbal blends that stimulate the natural pheromones produced by dogs and cats, are available as diffusers, sprays and wipes.
Nursing is no easy task. Giving birth and caring for a litter of puppies is physically and psychologically taxing for the mother. Newborn pups require almost constant care and attention from their mom, but that doesn't mean she can't sneak out to use the bathroom and enjoy some alone time.