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Hydrate Your Hound For Health

Have You Replenished Your Dog’s Water Bowl Today? Water nourishes, cleanses and hydrates all living creatures on earth, including our canine companions. Dogs, like humans, are made up of nearly 80 percent water. Without enough of it, they can suffer — or worse, notes Cynthia Otto, DVM, PhD, who is board certified in veterinary emergency and critical care and a professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s school of veterinary medicine in Philadelphia. “Just like people, most of a dog’s body is made up of water,” says Otto, “And so it’s absolutely essential for every function of his body. A dog

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The Best Dogs For Kids

Your human little one really, really wants a dog, and you think it’s finally time. But what kind of dog should you get? Does it matter? Should you just let your kid pick out whatever dog she likes? Are smaller dogs safer because they can’t do as much damage? Popular culture has taught us that dogs and children go together like peanut butter and jelly, but unfortunately, this isn’t always true. Little dogs can actually be a bad choice because kids look at them as toys… and injuries often follow. Big dogs can be a bad choice because, well, they’re

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When You Lie Down With Dogs…

If you are like me you spend a lot of the night tossing and turning only to look down at your dog on the floor sleeping away very peacefully. What a lucky guy, what I wouldn’t give to be able to sleep like my dog any time or anywhere. I am also at that age where I have to get up at least once in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom. We all know how much fun that is. Fortunately for me, I am normally half asleep on my trek back from the bathroom to the

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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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Through A Dog’s Eyes

Elsewhere, we’ve dealt with the myth that dogs age seven years for every human year, but there’s another popular misconception floating around. This is the belief that dogs only see in black and white. Dog’s Vision While their color vision is somewhat limited and different than ours, they do see color, and a look at the world through a dog’s eyes can provide insight into how they perceive the world. Humans see the world in color because we (usually) have three types of color receptor cells, or cones, in our eyes. These are sensitive individually to red, green, and blue

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How To Cope With Putting Your Dog To Sleep

Having to say good-bye is something every dog lover faces eventually. It’s the most difficult part of having a dog. It would be nice if they could be with us for decades, but sadly this is not the case. In order to make it through the process of having your dog put to sleep, you need to begin preparing ahead of time. Here are the steps in the process. When You Should Put Your Dog to Sleep The one question that every pet owner faces after they’ve had to have their dog euthanized is, “Did I do it too early

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4 Ways To Socialize Your Dog

Meeting people is never easy, but it’s even harder when you’re trying to find friends for both you and your dog. After all, it’s good for your four-legged pal to interact with members of his or her own species, but everyone has to get along. If it’s love at first site for the pooches but you don’t really get along with the owner, that’s going to be a pretty boring playdate for the humans. And it’s just as bad if you’re friendly with someone but the dogs spend the entire time barking and growling — or just have very different

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15 Tips To Overcome Submissive Urination

Submissive urination is a dog’s uncontrollable, instinctive reaction to the presence of another dog or human that they feel is superior or is intimidating to them. It is a subconscious response that cannot be controlled. It is not a housebreaking issue, although it is more likely to happen when the bladder is full. It can often be a reaction to a specific action such as putting a leash on the dog or simply leaning down to stroke him. Excited urination is different in that a puppy will usually grow out of this reaction. Submissive urination, however, often has to be

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Things You Can Do To Extend Your Dog’s Life

We all want to keep our pets with us as long as possible, which is why we need to give them a certain level of care. Most dogs, depending on size, can live ten to fifteen years if they are in good shape mentally and physically. Here are some things that you can do to extend — and improve the quality of — your dog’s life. 1. Maintain your dog’s teeth: Tooth decay is a very common, yet dangerous health problem for dogs. This is because tooth decay not only creates dental problems, but it can cause infections throughout the

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Acute Diarrhea In Dogs and How to Treat It

Diarrhea is a very common problem in dogs and usually manifests as loose or liquid feces. The diarrhea can be acute or chronic with acute diarrhea being more common in puppies and young dogs although it can affect dogs of any age. Acute diarrhea starts suddenly and tends to last anywhere from a couple days to a couple weeks. It is important to understand that diarrhea is a symptom, not a disease in itself and is a normal response to the imbalance of the absorptive, secretory and motility actions of the gastrointestinal tract. Types of Diarrhea in Dogs and Puppies

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