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Before Disaster Strikes: Have A Plan For Your Dogs

When a natural disaster strikes, your emergency plan can help keep your family safe — but does your plan include your dog? It’s just as important to consider her special needs in advance as it is those of the rest of your family. You may not be able to predict the specific circumstances of the disaster or know how long you may have to evacuate, but by creating a general dog emergency plan, you will have precautions in place that help you react in a way that best protects your pup. ID your dog This is probably the most important

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How To Help A Dog With Bad Gas

Does your dog suffer from a bad case of gas? Any pet owner knows that dog farts are not pleasant for anyone in the house. Your nose isn’t happy, your guests are wondering what that smell is, and clearly your dog’s tummy isn’t feeling its best. If you are wondering what to do when your dog has bad gas, you’re in the right place. We’ve put together some home remedies for dog gas that can help everyone in the home feel more comfortable. What Causes Dog Gas? In order to understand why these home remedies work, let’s talk about why

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Cesar Milan

Come Together

As you may have read or seen on the news this week, Southern California is on fire again. But to long-time residents, this really isn’t unusual. A few years ago, my younger brother threw me a birthday party in Pasadena, and the hills above that party were on fire. Not long after I came to America in the early 90s, a lot of Malibu was in flames. And in 1961, Bel-Air, one of the neighborhoods currently threatened, was destroyed by a firestorm. What’s been making these fires worse is the combination of a long drought and the Santa Ana winds

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Dog Care

The Unexpected Urban Threat To Your Dog: Coyotes

If you live in a rural area, then you’re probably already aware of possible wildlife dangers from predators like mountain lions and coyotes. And if you live in a big city, you might think that such threats are the last thing you’d have to worry about — but you’d be wrong. For example, in some places in the southwestern U.S., mountain lions prowl the city streets with one of them, P-22 in Los Angeles, becoming a local celebrity. But in this article, we’re discussing coyotes, which are even more prevalent in cities than mountain lions. They live throughout Canada, the

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Dog Care

Foxtails: Tiny Thing, Enormous Danger

The secret to a fishhook is its barb. Once a fish has taken the bait and the hook sinks in, it’s not going to easily go in the other direction. Now, while we don’t know what inspired ancient humans to create the first fishhooks possibly as long as 23,000 years ago, it’s quite possible that they found their inspiration in nature. After all, Velcro was inspired by burrs from the burdock plant because of their ability to stick to things. Foxtails can also stick to things, but unlike burdock burrs, they can do it in dangerous or deadly ways. They

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Diagnosing Your Dog

Warning Signs That Your Dog Has A Heart Problem

Just like people, dogs can suffer from heart issues, and if the problems are serious enough, dogs can even die from them. Protect your dog’s heart health by knowing the common signs and causes, learning how to keep their heart strong, and what to do if a problem exists. Common Symptoms There are several possible symptoms that you may notice if your dog is having heart problems. Obviously, many of them can be related to other causes, but if a number of these symptoms present themselves together heart issues are more likely. Vomiting This is often accompanied by a poor

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All About Dogs

Hypothermia: Keeping Your Dog Safe In The Cold

In many parts of the world, when winter rolls around it brings freezing weather with it. Along with the cold comes another danger for our dogs: hypothermia, which is a dangerous drop in body temperature. The name comes from the Greek words “hypo,” meaning under, and “therm,” meaning heat. While the condition can affect dogs and humans, it can affect dogs more severely both because they are generally smaller than people and because a dog’s normal body temperature is higher than ours — in fact, when a human’s body temperature reaches what is normal for a dog, this is called

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Mouthy Mutt: Claiming An Object From A Possessive Dog

  Many dogs can become possessive or even aggressive over a toy or other object.  As a Pack Leader, you need the the ability to claim an object and make your dog give it up. This skill could someday be a lifesaver. So how do you get a large breed to give up possession? The same way you would any other dog! In this episode of “Chance Encounters with Cesar Millan,” Cesar helps an unsuspecting pair in the park learn how to get their German shepherd puppy to relinquish control of a favorite ball. Like 0

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All About Dogs

Shake, Shiver, And Tremble: Why Dogs Do It

Every dog owner has experienced their pooch shaking off water after a bath or a walk in the rain. But what about other instances of dog shivering, shaking, or trembling? A dog tremble, shake, or shiver can mean all kinds of different things — some good and some bad. Let’s break down each of them. Happy or positive shakes and shivers Drying off We already mentioned this one, but it’s worth noting that there is absolutely nothing wrong with your dog shaking off excess water after getting wet — other than getting your house and you wet, of course! In

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Before You Vaccinate Your Dog…

Rabies is arguably the oldest infectious disease known to humankind, with references to it going as far back as the 24th century BCE. For four thousand years, being infected meant death, whether it was a human or another mammal. This changed in 1885, when Louis Pasteur and Emile Roux successfully tested a rabies vaccine on a human subject, who went on to live another 55 years. At the same time, the vaccine began to be used on dogs. In 2004, the Centers for Disease Control reported there were no more cases of canine-specific rabies in the United States — only

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