Tips & Tails


Are Antlers Safe for Dogs?

Dogs love chewing on bones and antlers. This fact is reinforced in cartoons, the media, advertising, and even in our speech. Ever heard the expression, “like a dog with a bone”? On the surface, antlers seem like the perfect object for dogs to chew on. Antlers do not appear to splinter as easily as bones […]

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5 Ways to Keep your Dog Healthy this Spring

Longer days, warm weather, and weekends spent frolicking with your furry friends all mean one thing–spring is here! As we emerge from our winter hibernation and prepare our yards, gardens, and home for the upcoming months, we don’t want to forget our pets. Increasing temperatures also mean the return of several health threats to our […]

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Does your Pet have Separation Anxiety?

We love our pets for many reasons, including their loyalty and devotion to us. They are often happiest when standing faithfully by our side, and a little sad to see us leave home for any reason. However, some pets can suffer from stress and panic in the absence of their owners. This challenge is called […]

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8 Reasons You Should Get Your Dog’s Teeth Cleaned

By Dr. Rob Spooner, DVM Crunching on kibble and chewing on raw bones and dental treats will definitely help scrape calculus from teeth, but it’s nowhere near as effective as regular brushing and dental cleanings. Here are 8 reasons you need to do something about your dog’s dental health: 1. 80% of dogs (cats too) […]

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Top Reasons to Adopt a Pet

It’s not just the right thing to do; adoption is a reward. Pet lovers know: Adoption is the snuggliest option. Photo by iStockphoto Thinking of adding a pet to your family? Here are ten reasons to adopt your new best friend.   1. Because you’ll save a life. Each year, 2.7 million adoptable dogs and […]

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Bringing Home a New Puppy

Bringing home a new puppy is truly one of life’s joys. Thoughtful pre-puppy preparations and a well-planned first 24 hours can give your fuzzy bundle of promise a head start and make your dreams of the perfect family dog come true. Before the Big Day Once household discussions have established that everyone wants a dog […]

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People Foods to Avoid Feeding Your Pets

ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center Phone Number: (888) 426-4435 Our Animal Poison Control Center experts have put together a handy list of the top toxic people foods to avoid feeding your pet. As always, if you suspect your pet has eaten any of the following foods, please note the amount ingested and contact your veterinarian […]

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People Foods to Avoid Feeding Your Pets

ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center Phone Number: (888) 426-4435 Our Animal Poison Control Center experts have put together a handy list of the top toxic people foods to avoid feeding your pet. As always, if you suspect your pet has eaten any of the following foods, please note the amount ingested and contact your veterinarian […]

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Cold Weather Safety Tips

Exposure to winter’s dry, cold air and chilly rain, sleet and snow can cause chapped paws and itchy, flaking skin, but these aren’t the only discomforts pets can suffer. Winter walks can become downright dangerous if chemicals from ice-melting agents are licked off of bare paws. To help prevent cold weather dangers from affecting your […]

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6 Ways to Help Your Dog Survive Fireworks Displays

Fireworks have been a traditional part of America’s celebrations since the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776. But as popular as fireworks displays are, animals don’t understand that the bursts of light and deafening explosions are just for fun. To them, Independence Day seems more like the end of days! Dogs have jumped fences, […]

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Want a Pet-Safe Holiday?

The holiday season is upon us, and many pet parents plan to include their furry companions in the festivities. As you gear up for the holidays, it is important to try to keep your pet’s eating and exercise habits as close to their normal routine as possible. Also, please be sure to steer pets clear […]

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The Most Dangerous Things In Your Home For Pets: Christmas Edition

Keep both pets and your Christmas decorations safe by avoiding these seven hazards. Christmas Tree If you buy a real tree, skip the tree fertilizer, and keep pets from treating the stagnant water as their personal water bowl. Got a climber on your hands? To keep your dog or cat away from the base of […]

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Are Rawhide Chews Dangerous for Your Dog?

When it comes to choosing the right dog chews, the options are seemingly limitless. You’ve likely heard that rawhide chews are particularly bad for dogs, filled with awful chemicals and waiting to be lodged into your pup’s intestine. But is this really the case? Are rawhide chews safe for dogs, or are they delicious death […]

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Dog Toys: How to Pick the Best and Safest

For dogs and other pets, toys are not a luxury, but a necessity. Toys are important to your dog’s wellbeing.Toys help fight boredom when you have to leave your dog at home, and provide comfort when they’re feeling nervous. Toys can even help prevent your dog from developing certain problem behaviors. Although cats can be […]

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What Thanksgiving Foods Can Your Pet Eat?

Thanksgiving Safety Tips: Thanksgiving is a time for friends, family and holiday feasts—but also a time for possible distress for our animal companions. Pets won’t be so thankful if they munch on undercooked turkey or a pet-unfriendly floral arrangement, or if they stumble upon an unattended alcoholic drink. Check out the following tips for a […]

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Does My Dog Have Arthritis?

Toxic Inflammation of the Joints in Dogs Septic arthritis is a type of inflammation of the joint that is commonly seen after a traumatic injury that has exposed the joint to contamination by environmental microorganism, after surgery, or when microorganisms enter the joints through the blood stream. Infection of other body systems can be a […]

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5 Reasons Why Dogs Should Attend Doggy Day Care

Why Doggy Day Care Is A Good Idea It seems like a great solution to many trainers to recommend doggy day care to the average client. Many dogs lack stimulation, sufficient outlets for their energy, or opportunities to socialize with other dogs. Here are five reasons why you might consider sending a dog to doggy […]

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How to—Safely!—Introduce a Dog to Your Children

A skittish dog and a teetering toddler are two things that don’t belong in the same equation. The most important thing to note when introducing a new pet into the home is getting the initial meeting started off on the right paw. With that in mind, here are a handful of tips to consider when […]

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10 Halloween Safety Tips for Pets

Halloween can be a festive and fun time for children and families. But for pets? Let’s face it, it can be a nightmare. Skip the stress and keep your pets safe this year by following these 10 easy tips. 1. Trick-or-treat candies are not for pets. All forms of chocolate—especially baking or dark chocolate—can be […]

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How to get your dog to stop barking

It’s a lose-lose situation no matter which side of the fence you’re on. Whether it’s your dog that’s barking or your neighbor’s pooch that won’t stop flapping his jowls, nobody’s happy … including the dog. But in most cases, you can’t just tell a dog to hush. Trainers and dog behaviorists say that working with […]

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The Right Way to Introduce Yourself to a New Dog

Dogs are some of the most important parts of our lives, so it’s always special when we meet new ones. Sometimes those introductions go really well, and other times they don’t go anything like we’d planned. I do a lot of pet sitting, so I know that dogs need time to get to know new […]

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The Right Way to Introduce Yourself to a New Dog

Dogs are some of the most important parts of our lives, so it’s always special when we meet new ones. Sometimes those introductions go really well, and other times they don’t go anything like we’d planned. I do a lot of pet sitting, so I know that dogs need time to get to know new […]

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Exactly what to do if your pet eats something toxic

No one wants to think about their furry friend lapping up paint thinner or laundry detergent. But accidental pet poisonings happen—and they’re more common than you might think. Last year, the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center received more than 180,000 calls from pet owners whose dogs or cats ingested something toxic. And that’s just one […]

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Buddy System: How to Teach Your Dog to Swim

One of the best things about summer is cooling off in your local swimming hole, especially if you can have a swimming buddy! If you live near a dog friendly lake or beach, or you have a backyard pool, you should definitely encourage your dog to join you for a swim. But you may want […]

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Ear Infections in Dogs: Symptoms and Treatment

Canine ear infections are most commonly caused by bacteria or yeast. Ear mites, excessive hair, moisture or wax, foreign bodies, allergies, and hypothyroidism can all be contributing factors in the development of an ear infection. Because the ear canal in dogs is mostly vertical (unlike a human ear canal that is horizontal), it is easy […]

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Do You Need Pet Insurance?

As veterinary medicine becomes more technologically advanced, the cost of care increases because of the higher costs associated with the equipment, facilities and training required to provide these higher-quality services. For some, the cost of care can cause some anxiety. Pet insurance can help by offsetting some or most of the costs of diagnosing, treating […]

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7 Warning Signs That Your Dog Has Heartworms

Heartworm disease in dogs is a silent killer that is often overlooked until it’s too late. This preventable condition starts with a mosquito bite and ends with either a long, expensive treatment or death. Symptoms may not appear until the worm reaches maturity (usually after around 6 months). Signs of Heartworms in a Dog 1. […]

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How to Choose the Right Veterinarian

Whether you’ve moved into the area, or you’ve just adopted a new friend, here are a few tips for finding a veterinarian that’s right for you. Look for AAHA accreditation It’s a good idea to choose an animal hospital that’s been accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). Animal hospitals that choose to be […]

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How to Choose the Right Veterinarian

Whether you’ve moved into the area, or you’ve just adopted a new friend, here are a few tips for finding a veterinarian that’s right for you. Look for AAHA accreditation It’s a good idea to choose an animal hospital that’s been accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). Animal hospitals that choose to be […]

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Boarding your Dogs for the First Time

For a stress-free vacation, follow these tips on boarding your dog for the first time You’re going on an extended vacation and you’re worried about boarding your dog for the first time. After all, this is your fur baby and you want some peace of mind when leaving her behind. Boarding isn’t for everyone and […]

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The 10 Best Ways to Get Rid of and Prevent Ticks on a Dog

By Jennifer Kvamme, DVM It’s no fun having to remove ticks from your dog during the spring and summer months. Not only are these blood-suckers nasty to look at, all filled up with your pet’s hard won blood as they are, they are also notoriously difficult to dislodge, making it so you have to get […]

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Should I Take my Dog to the Dog Park?

Here is a good article on dog parks and addresses many items most people do not consider.  While dog parks can be a lot of fun for dogs and humans, they can also be quite dangerous.  If you experience any of the negatives associated with dog parks, know that The Pet Resorts offers safely monitored, […]

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15 Things Humans Do Wrong at the Dog Park

Dog parks. They’re a play heaven for our furry friends, right? Well, not really. Dog parks are one of those places that seem like a brilliant idea — and would be, if we all knew how to behave. But we don’t. As many a trainer has told me, you can potentially ruin your dog by […]

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What is Stress Colitus in Dogs?

Colitis in Dogs By Ernest Ward, DVM Medical Conditions What is colitis? Colitis simply refers to inflammation of the large intestine or colon. Colitis is most commonly used to describe diarrhea or loose stools associated with the large bowel. Large bowel diarrhea is also used synonymously with colitis. What are the clinical signs of colitis? […]

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Five Reasons Two Dogs are Better Than One

Surprisingly, Two Dogs Aren’t Twice The Work! From the time I was five until forty years old, I had one dog at a time. Things changed when my beloved Golden Retriever, B.J., was dying of kidney failure. I had just met, Glenn, the man with whom I was destined to spend the rest of my […]

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Healthy Snack Ideas for Dogs and Cats

Pets Like Healthy Snacks, Too – Even Vegetables Like buying candy for kids, we often think snacks that have been specially packaged for pets are the best treats in the world. Why would they want anything other than a tasty treat? But, a lot of those packaged pet snacks and treats are the equivalent of […]

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5 Games to Play with Your Pup This Summer!

‘Tis the season for playing outside! For many dogs, summer means more time with the family, more adventures and more time outdoors just being a dog. Looking for a fun new way to engage with and energize your dog during this sunny season? Check out these five summer dog games to play with your pup […]

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Easy Ways to Help Dogs Cope With Fireworks

Written by Michelle Kretzer Every Fourth of July, I end up with an 80-pound lap dog. From the moment the first firecracker pops, my German shepherd mix, Hannah, tries to convince me that she’s not that heavy and that the best way for us to mark the holiday is with her squashed up against my […]

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Dehydration and Water Needs in Dogs

Dehydration is a lack of water in the body, and can cause serious complications for pets and people alike. Water is essential to all living beings, including dogs, who depend on proper daily fluid intake to maintain appropriate health. It makes up 80 percent of your dog’s body, and dissolves natural and unnatural substances as […]

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Dehydration and Water Needs in Dogs

Dehydration is a lack of water in the body, and can cause serious complications for pets and people alike. Water is essential to all living beings, including dogs, who depend on proper daily fluid intake to maintain appropriate health. It makes up 80 percent of your dog’s body, and dissolves natural and unnatural substances as […]

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Why Dogs Like to Roll in Yucky Stuff

What inspires dogs to roll in yucky stuff is one of the world’s unsolved mysteries. If you live with a dog, you’ve probably seen this situation go down. Spot’s nose catches a scent, and he ambles off. Suddenly, he does a face plant, rolls over, and engages in a writhing, shimmying breakdance that causes his […]

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Ten Swimming Safety Tips for Dogs

The summertime is a great time to enjoy the water with your dog, but it can be a dangerous place if you’re unprepared. Whether you head to the pool, the beach, the lake, or even out for a boating adventure, follow these easy tips to insure you and Fido have smooth sailing in waters of […]

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How to Help Dogs That Fear Thunder (Thunder Phobia)

It can be heartbreaking to watch: Even before the first clap of thunder, otherwise well-behaved dogs begin to pace, pant, cling to their owners, hide in the closet, or jam themselves behind the toilet. In severe cases, they’ll claw through drywall, chew carpets, or break through windows in their escalating panic. Thunderstorm phobia in dogs […]

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Does your Dog Need Sunscreen?

Your dog’s skin is a telltale—or telltail, as the case may be—sign she has had too much sun exposure. If your dog is sunburned, her skin will look pinker than normal. It might be more sensitive to the touch, too. Your dog’s sunburn is more than unsightly and uncomfortable; it’s harmful. Like people, dogs exposed […]

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Is Catnip Safe for your Cat?

Nepeta cataria is a member of the mint family, better known as catswort, catmint, or catnip. The active ingredient in catnip is called nepetalactone, which can trigger some strange behaviors in your feline friend. It’s not the taste that cats tend to react to in catnip, but rather the smell that comes from the plant […]

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How to Exercise Your Pet in Hot Weather

These 10 tips on how to exercise your dog in hot weather will help you find the balance between keeping your dog active and avoiding heat stroke. At first glance, this seems like a silly idea for exercising your dog in hot weather, but the dog reviews on Amazon are very positive. If your dog […]

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Things That Bite and Sting: Beware the Insects of Summer

Summertime means picnics and outdoor living… as well as bees, wasps, hornets, fire ants and other biting, stinging bugs that can make life miserable. Various members of the insect family can cause problems for not just us but also for our pets. Bees, wasps, yellow jackets and hornets are commonly encountered in both urban and […]

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Brachycephalic Dogs: The Risks of a Flat Nose in Summer

I knew spring had arrived when one of my favorite patients, Rascal, a young bulldog, greeted me with an open-mouth smile, panting uncontrollably. Rascal is usually panting, but with increased temperatures and humidity, he now must fully open his mouth just to be comfortable while resting. Brachycephalic dogs are the cute, personable breeds such as […]

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8 Ways Your Pet Can Relieve Your Stress

Sometimes finding time to walk the dog or clean the litterbox seems like one more task to cram into your busy day. But it’s worth it. Here’s why: There are many ways our pets actually help decrease the stress we feel in our daily lives. To learn more about how and why animals help reduce […]

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Keeping Your Pets Safe from the Poisonous Plants of Spring

As you head into the garden to plant bulbs or clip fresh flowers, it’s important to keep in mind that some plants and fertilizers can be toxic to your pet in the springtime. We’ve asked Dr. Justine Lee, emergency veterinary specialist and CEO of VetGirl, LLC, to share some details on potentially poisonous plants to […]

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