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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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Tips For Safer Cleaning

We love our dogs, but they sure can make a mess! They track mud and dirt into the house, they topple their food and water bowls, they leave behind that distinct doggy odor, and they have accidents — all of which require the right clean-up products. Commercial over-the-counter cleaners, when used as directed on the label’s instructions, are safe to use around your four-legged family member, says Tina Wismer, DVM, medical director at the ASPCA’s animal poison control center in New York, N.Y. “Dilution is very important,” she continues. “This is not a situation where a little is good and

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Rehabilitating A Dog That’s Been Bitten

It’s probably in every dog lover’s top five nightmare scenarios — your dog is attacked and bitten by another dog, possibly seriously enough to require veterinary care. It can be traumatic for everyone involved, human and dog. So what’s the best way to deal with the situation, when it happens and afterwards? If it hasn’t happened to you yet, the first thing to remember if it does is to stay calm and quiet. Yelling or otherwise panicking will just make it worse because it will fuel the aggression between the dogs. But do try to get the biting dog off

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Silent But Deadly

Has this ever happened to you? You and the family are sitting around, maybe watching TV, with the dog sleeping at your feet and all is well. Then, without warning, it’s like a mustard gas attack as a terrible aroma fills the room. Everyone starts coughing and maybe clearing out, expressing their displeasure. The dog looks up at the commotion and seems to be the only one enjoying it, oblivious to the fact that he’s the culprit. Congratulations! Like countless other dog owners, you’ve just been a victim of the infamous silent but deadly canine flatulence. The “silent” part is

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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!

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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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All About Dogs

Protect Your Dog From Wild Animals

No matter what part of the country you live in, wild or feral animals pose a serious risk to dogs and other domesticated animals. The specific wild animals you might encounter will depend on your region and whether you’re living in a rural area or a city, but some of the most common culprits include coyotes, raccoons, snakes, skunks, scorpions, rats, and porcupines. These animals aren’t “mean” by nature, but they are predators. They may attack if they believe your dog is threatening them or encroaching on their territory. So how do you keep your canine friend safe from the

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How To Prevent Your Dog From Escaping

Tell me if this sounds familiar. You’re doing some housework inside while your dog is safely hanging out in your backyard, barking every once in a while at interesting odors or offending sounds. Everything is normal until suddenly the barking is coming from a different direction — your front door! Confused, you get up to see what’s going on and are shocked to see that your dog has gotten out. Thank goodness she ran to the front door and started barking, because she could have gotten herself into some serious trouble. How to keep your dog from escaping is a

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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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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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