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Solutions For Dog Acne

  Dogs are just like people when it comes to acne. They tend to get acne as teenagers, but the only difference is that they are not self-conscious about it in the same way that people are. Generally, acne is not a major health problem for dogs as most of it will clear up once they have reached adulthood, but it can reoccur at times. Most acne will be pimples, blackheads, or whiteheads that appear along the chin, lips, chest, or genital area. If the area is irritated, then there may some bleeding or pus that can be expressed from

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Spring Ahead, Fall Bark: Daylight Saving Time And Your Dog

Daylight saving time begins on the second Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday in November at 2 a.m. We turn our clocks forward one hour near the beginning of spring, then turn them back near the end of autumn, giving us both the shortest and longest weekends of the year. What does this mean, other than causing confusion? For most of us, it usually gives us an extra hour in bed at the end of the year while depriving us of one near the beginning. One way or another, we know something’s up with the clock and

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Spring Cleaning Tips For Dog Owners

Yes, it’s that time of year. But cleaning doesn’t have to be a chore if you follow our quick and easy tips. You and your pup will both be happier and healthier if you do! Plus, we’ve got tips for safer cleaning and recipes for cleaning products that use simple ingredients from your pantry, like baking soda, vinegar and lemon juice here. Air Filter Trap airborne dust and dander with a filter to reduce lingering pet odors in your home. Look for filters made especially for pet owners; they come with built-in ionizers that minimize allergens and help deliver a

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Dog Grooming Tips

Regular grooming is an important part of responsible dog care, even if it may seem like your dog is taking care of those needs by himself. If you don’t have a routine set, start small. Attempt one task each time. Brush one day. Then bathe the next. And trim the nails on yet another day. The shorter you can keep each session, the better. Ready to begin? Here are a few dog grooming tips to make the process easier. Brushing Tips Check for ticks as you brush You may notice the bugs themselves or small black flecks. Determine how often

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How To Treat Cuts On Dogs

Lacerations in dogs can range from small to large and superficial to deep. They can be anywhere on your dog’s body and the first warning sign may be bleeding. If the wound is small and superficial (like a scrape) then you may be able to treat it by carefully cleaning the wound with a product like gentle iodine or chlorhexine. A topical ointment such as Neosporin can be applied two or three times daily until healed. If the laceration is deep, place a bandage or cloth over the wound to control bleeding and keep the area clean. Seek veterinary care

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Adapting To Autumn

Many of us love this time of year — the changing color of the leaves, brisk fall breezes, and finally a respite from the hot weather of Summer. For your dog, however, fall may be more work than fun. The change in the season can mean a decrease in exercise, and an increase in baths, allergens, and other unpleasantness for your dog. The following tips should help make the transition into the new season enjoyable for both you and your dog. Health Concerns Pet lovers may forget about such things as allergens, keeping your dog warm, medical issues, etc., that

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Ask The Vet: Itchy Terrier

I have a border terrier cross, who is virtually bald under his belly and back legs. His skin is black and leathery, and he itches a lot, and chews on top of his paws. His ears tend to swell and we have been given ‘canaural’ to use. We have been told he has an allergy to house dust, and we control his environment as much as possible, but his skin is no better. Is there anything else we could try? Corinna Waters Standish, Wigan UK Read Dr. Kristy Conn’s Advice Canine atopy is a common disease of dogs where they

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An Oven On Wheels

It’s simple physics: a car with its windows rolled up on a hot day can quickly become an oven. Sunlight — and therefore heat — can get in, but they can’t get out. Even if it seems cool out, that car can get really hot very quickly. At 72° F (22° C), it only takes an hour for a car to hit 116° F (47° C). Raise the outside temperature to just 80° F (27° C) and it can hit 100° F (38° C) in just ten minutes. Put a dog in that car and not only will it contribute

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Bone Cancer

Hi! Would you help shed some light on bone cancer in dogs? We have a thirteen-year-old Rottweiler who was just diagnosed with bone cancer in her two left legs. She is having a challenge getting up and around but still has an appetite. How do I tell if she is in too much pain? She is on Tramadol for pain, but it doesn’t appear from my end that it is helping much. Any suggestions on how to help her with her pain? We don’t want her to suffer. She appears bright-eyed and not grumpy, just not very happy. Her nub

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Winter Proofing Your Dog’s Paws

Winter can be brutal on our dog’s paw pads. Exposed to the elements and toxic chemicals, the paw pads are at risk for drying, cracking, trauma, frostbite and chemical burns. Luckily, there are some tips and products out there that can help keep your dog’s paws happy and healthy this winter. Many protective balms are available to help protect your dog’s paws, and even some human products can do the trick. Do your research. Once you find the balm that you like, take these steps: Prep the paws Before using the balm, make sure the paw is ready. Good grooming

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