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How To Bathe Your Dog

If you watch people bathing dogs in movies and TV shows, most of the time it seems like a joyous, fun-filled time for all involved. Unfortunately, bathing your dog in real life isn’t always such a positive experience. Dogs don’t mind being dirty and stinky — in fact, they like it quite a bit — and many aren’t afraid to put up a fight if they think that it will help them get out of bath time. And while watching a favorite actor run after a dog covered in soap suds may seem hilarious, it’s a lot less fun when

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All About Dogs

5 Ways To Keep Your Dog Happy And Healthy

This article is brought to you by Vivamune™ Health Chews. Vibrant health made simple. As a dedicated dog parent, the steps I take to make improvements in my life often involve my pup. The things I do to keep him happy and healthy often benefit me in the same way, and it helps to have a buddy to stay motivated. Dewey is my eight-year-old black lab, pit bull mix, and he’s my biggest motivator to be my best self. He makes me a better person and I owe it to him to provide him with the best life. Dewey and

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8 Winter Myths Dispelled

Recently, we sat down with veterinarian Dr. Henry Cerny to discuss some of the common myths about dogs and cold winter weather. Here are the misconceptions and the facts you need to know as temperatures drop. Myth 1: Salt doesn’t hurt dog’s paws Lots of fans say their dogs’ paws get burned by the salt used to melt snow on the ground. They suggest putting Vaseline on paws so the cushions don’t get burned by the salt on the road, or the cold of the snow. What do you think? Dr. Cerny: There are a variety of products used to melt

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Smelly Ears

My almost five month-old Goldendoodle has smelly ears. I took her to the vet and was told that there weren’t any infection/mites. The vet did not smell the odor and recommended a weekly ear wash. I still notice the odor. Do you suggest anything additional that I can use that is not harmful and can be used as needed? Thank you in advance for your time. Debbie Dear Debbie, Unpleasant smells are usually signs of abnormalities. If your nose is as sensitive as mine, sometimes the problem can be subtle. If the smell is definitely coming from the ear, then

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All About Dogs

How Often To Bathe A Dog

  The simple answer to this question of how often to bathe a dog is: how often do you want to bathe your dog? Unless a dog has skin problems, there is no specific need to bathe the dog except to make him a more enjoyable companion. Just like people, some dogs get stinky faster than others. I have known dogs that have never had a bath in their life and do not have an unpleasant smell, but my own dogs get bathed monthly. General Dog Bathing Guidelines I recommend you bathe a dog with normal skin once a month

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The Right Shampoo For Your Dog

You might share your couch, backyard, and living space with your dog, but there’s one thing you should never share with your canine companion — your shampoo. While human-grade shampoo might keep your own locks soft and lush, most varieties of human shampoo contain chemicals that are too harsh for your pooch’s sensitive skin. Fortunately, there are hundreds of brands of pet-friendly grooming products tailored to meet the unique needs and skin conditions of your dog. Dog shampoo can cleanse your dog’s coat of germs and insects, and add nutrients and vitamins to keep it healthy. However, when it comes

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All About Dogs

How To Get Your Dog Into Shape

The obesity epidemic in America doesn’t just affect humans; it’s extended to our canine companions as well! A 2015 study showed that 52.7 percent of dogs in the U.S. were obese. And unfortunately, it’s been tied to a wide variety of health problems in dogs, from pancreatitis and diabetes to heart disease and hip dysplasia. Shedding those extra pounds can go a long way toward helping your pup lead a healthier, happier, and longer life. But many Pack Leaders still struggle with determining how to get a dog to lose weight. What’s the best routine? What changes needs to be

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Why Is My Dog Drooling So Much?

From their unwavering loyalty to their cute little tails, dogs are beloved for many reasons. But of all the traits you love about your dog, her tendency to drool a lot probably isn’t one of them. As a loving owner, you are probably willing to forgive your dog’s drooling as a natural, healthy bodily function that helps him eat and digest his food. But if your dog is drooling too much, it could be a sign of a problem. Below, we’ve listed some common causes and treatments of excessive drooling, or hypersalivation. Foreign objects When your dog starts drooling more

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Dog Care

How To Use Dog Clippers and Groom a Dog

Do you spend way more than you can afford to get your dog’s fur professionally groomed? Or worse — let it grow until she looks like a cotton ball? Here is a solution: Give your pup a trim yourself! Grooming your pet is not only cost-effective, but also can help the dog feel more comfortable at home, and around you when grooming.  Obviously, this is easier said than done, but learning how to use dog clippers doesn’t require a college degree, and it’s nothing to be afraid of. These tips on how to properly use fur clippers, and nail trimmers,

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Allergies

3 Tips On Combating Your Dog’s Seasonal Allergies

Many of us are tormented by seasonal allergies, each of us with stories of reactions ranging from mild bother to complete torment. Our dogs, while they may not show it in the same way, can also be the victims of seasonal allergies. Seasonal allergies are due to an imbalance in the immune response dogs have to allergens such as grass pollens, house dust mites, and more. Common reactions to seasonal allergies in pets include scratching and biting, paw-licking, and excessive shedding. More serious symptoms can involve ear infections, inflamed skin, and respiratory issues. Taking action against your dog’s seasonal allergies

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