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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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Why Does my Dog Drink Lots of Water?

A balanced diet is not the only necessary part of keeping your dog healthy. Water for drinking is also a very important part of your dog’s daily requirements and overall nutrition. Water is the main component of healthy, living cells of the body. Without water, your dog’s body will not be able to function properly. […]

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The Dangers of Pets in Vehicles

Every year, hundreds of pets die from heat exhaustion because they are left in parked vehicles. We’ve heard the excuses: “Oh, it will just be a few minutes while I go into the store,” or “But I cracked the windows…” These excuses don’t amount to much if your pet becomes seriously ill or dies from […]

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How to Landscape a Dog-Friendly Garden

Create an outdoor space that you and your pet will love Get a dog and there goes the garden. That’s what many homeowners conclude, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Dog owner Bud Stuckey and his wife, Maxine McClellan, have been breeding champion American cocker spaniels for 14 years. His home garden in […]

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3 Reasons Your Dog’s Urine Kills Your Grass – And What to Do About It

A question veterinarians get asked all the time by pet owners is, “Why does my dog’s urine seem to kill my grass?” And “Is there anything I can do about it?” Actually, there is. Your pet’s urine pH has a lot to do with whether your grass stays green. Since winter is on the way […]

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Why Should I Train my Dog?

The benefits of having a trained dog are nearly limitless! From the moment you get your new puppy or dog, here’s a run-down of just some of the advantages and benefits: Benefits of Dog Training: Puppy classes provide the opportunity for getting your new family member started off right. Puppy classes provide the experiences and […]

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The Vicious Shave Down Cycle!

This isn’t a BRUSH YOUR DOGS post (but please, do brush your dogs), this is an attempt to explain the circle of matted shave downs that many owners and dogs get stuck in. [Week 1] So here’s the story so far. You’ve taken your dog to the groomer and Fido has had to be shaved […]

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How to Prevent Tears Stains on your Dog’s Face

With white-coated breeds such as Bichons Frises, many at some point in their life will develop those very distracting, ugly, red-brownish tear stains underneath their eyes, around their muzzles, and in between their toes. The cause can be related to health issues, shape of the eye, blocked tear-ducts, puppy teething, ear infection, allergies (either food […]

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How do I know if my Dog has Allergies?

THE FOLLOWING IS AN EXCERPT FROM PETFINDER’S FURKEEPS KICKOFF ASK THE EXPERTS FORUM. Q: We adopted a beautiful 10-month-old Golden Retriever a year ago from the Montreal SPCA. We are very happy with our adoptee! He is part of the family! How Do I Know if My Dog Has Allergies? The only concerns we have […]

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Ways Your dog Shows You Love

We know that we love our dogs. Mine are as much real members of the family as my wife and children and my little granddaughter, Reagan. But do they love us back? I think so, and I think they show us that love in ways that are distinctly individual to each dog and person. Gracie, […]

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Do Dogs Show Affection?

Love can be defined as “a deep, tender, ineffable feeling of affection and solicitude toward (a person). ” Most of us have known that same deep and ineffable sentiment toward our pets. And gazing into our dogs’ eyes, we’ve sworn the feeling is mutual. Are canines truly capable of love? Here’s what the experts say. […]

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Four Tips to Prevent Hypothermia and Frostbite

The temperature outside is dropping, and humans aren’t the only ones affected by the cold weather. Did you know that pets are also susceptible to hypothermia and frost bite? What is Hypothermia? Hypothermia is an unsafe drop in body temperature. This happens when the outside temperature is too cold for the pet’s body to stay […]

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Why Do Dogs Eat Snow?

Most people prefer a nice, hot cup of hot cocoa in the winter as opposed to a flavorful snow cone or Slurpee. We usually prefer a warm treat when the weather is cold, but there are some dogs that absolutely go crazy when it snows and love to eat as much of the white, fluffy […]

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Top Reasons to Take Care of your Pet’s Teeth

Brushing your pet’s teeth is very important but can be difficult! If you find yourself not having the time or inclination to do so, our grooming staff at The Pet Resorts are very adapt at doing so. Just call us and tell us to add a teeth brushing to your grooming appointment! Here are the […]

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10 Essential Pet Health Tips for the New Year

Dr. Ruth MacPete, DVM Dog Checkups & Preventive Care As a veterinarian, pet owners often ask me what they should be doing in order to help keep their pets healthy. To help others with similar concerns what follows are my top ten pet health tasks to promote the well being of your pet. 1. Yearly […]

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How Many Hours Do Dogs Sleep Everyday

If you have a dog, take a guess: What’s he doing right now? Chances are, the answer is sleeping! Scientists and pet experts aren’t sure why dogs doze so much, but it’s typically how they spend at least half of their day. One theory: Unlike humans who generally stay up all day and then sleep […]

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Holiday Tips for Pets

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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Holiday Tips for Pets

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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Think Carefully Before You Give Pets as Gifts

Many people receive pets as gifts during the holidays. In the past, shelters and animal rescues have been against this practice. Their concern was that people who receive a pet as a gift are more likely to relinquish their pet to the shelter because they were not prepared for the responsibilities of pet ownership. The […]

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Think Carefully Before You Give Pets as Gifts

Many people receive pets as gifts during the holidays. In the past, shelters and animal rescues have been against this practice. Their concern was that people who receive a pet as a gift are more likely to relinquish their pet to the shelter because they were not prepared for the responsibilities of pet ownership. The […]

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Tips for Keeping Your Dog Mat-Free

Mats are tangles that develop into rigid knots in a dog’s fur. When the mats get to tight and dense to brush out, the only option is to shave them out. However, with proper coat maintenance at home and regular trips to the groomer, you can have a dog with long hair! Follow these tips […]

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Why do Dogs Sleep So Much?

If you’re concerned that your pet dog may be sleeping too much and there might be something wrong with it, you’ll first need to determine whether it really is sleeping more than what’s normal for its age and activity level. Why dogs sleep so much is a common question new dog owners often ask their […]

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Remedies for Upset Stomach in Dogs

When you have an upset stomach, you probably reach for ginger ale, crackers or Pepto-Bismol to settle your tummy. But what should you do when your dog’s stomach is out of sorts? Learn more about the causes and symptoms of upset stomach and tips for how to make your pup feel better with natural remedies, […]

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Thanksgiving Safety for your Pets

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 fulfilling Thanksgiving that […]

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What is Bloat?

When a dog’s stomach fills with gas, it bloats. The expansion of the stomach puts pressure on the diaphragm, which in turn makes it hard for the dog to breathe. The stomach will also twist, causing terrible shock and rapid death. Therefore, bloating should always be treated as a dire emergency. What To Watch For […]

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Top 7 Tips for Apartment Living with Dogs

The housing downturn made renting instead of owning a popular choice for many Americans. Many families have turned to smaller spaces to save money. And in terms of roommates, one of the most agreeable cohabitants can be of the canine variety – they don’t steal your groceries or borrow your clothes, and they can be […]

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Underestimating the Temperatures that can cause Hypothermia with your Pet

A fur coat doesn’t make puppies immune to hypothermia. That’s a condition when the pet’s body temperature falls below normal. Puppies normally conserve body heat by seeking shelter and curling up, fluffing their fur to trap warm air next to the skin. Of course, a short-haired puppy doesn’t have much protection. In cold weather a […]

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Everything You Need to Know About Fall Dog Shedding

Just like picnics and pumpkin-carving, dog shedding is seasonal. Dogs typically lose their winter coats in the spring, when it is replaced by a shorter, lighter one for summer. In the fall, this cycle is reversed, as the summer coat is shed to make room for heavy protective fur for winter. The change is most […]

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10 Safety Halloween 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 downright nightmare. Forgo the stress and dangers 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 — […]

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How to Prevent Tear Stains on Your Dog’s Face

With white-coated breeds such as Bichons Frises, many at some point in their life will develop those very distracting, ugly, red-brownish tear stains underneath their eyes, around their muzzles, and in between their toes. The cause can be related to health issues, shape of the eye, blocked tear-ducts, puppy teething, ear infection, allergies (either food […]

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How do dogs improve mood and health?

How Caring for Pets can Help You Deal with Depression, Anxiety, and Stress If you’ve ever owned a pet, you already know how much fun and affection they can bring. But did you know that pets also come with some pretty powerful mental and physical health benefits? Dogs in particular can reduce stress, anxiety, and […]

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Is My Dog Fat?

Obesity is a nutritional disease which is defined by an excess of body fat. Dogs that are over nourished, lack the ability to exercise, or that have a tendency to retain weight are the most at risk for becoming obese. Obesity can result in serious adverse health effects, such as reducing the lifespan, even if […]

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How to Safely Remove a Tick from your Dog

There are very few things with a greater “Yuk factor” than an attached and feeding tick on your dog (or even yourself). While so called “seed ticks” are quite small, they are quick to grow after they attach and begin to feed on the blood of their new host. In a relatively short period of […]

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Why Does my Dog Scoot his or her Butt?

Have you ever caught your dog dragging her butt across your carpet? This behavior, known as “scooting,” may seem funny at first, but it can actually be a sign of a serious pet health issue that may require medical treatment. Scooting may indicate that your pet is experiencing anal gland problems in dogs. What are […]

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Catnip? Why Cats go Crazy for it!

You find your cat rolling and twisting on the floor, rubbing their face against it, and drooling everywhere. Right away you know — they’ve been in the catnip. What is catnip, anyway? Catnip is a member of the mint family, which has about 250 species. The essential oil in catnip, nepetalactone, has a powerful effect […]

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Why do Dogs Eat Grass?

Dogs love to munch away on grass, and some even make it part of their daily routine. Fortunately, most experts believe it isn’t something you should worry about. So why exactly do they gobble up that green stuff in your yard? Scavengers ‘R Us Dogs, unlike their catty counterparts, are not carnivores. But they’re not […]

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