Tips & Tails


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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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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