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Financial Help for Low-Income Dog Owners

by Susan Paretts | Mar 29, 2012

When you're experiencing financial hardship, taking care of your dog's health and daily expenses can be difficult. It's not unusual for an owner to be forced to surrender a beloved dog to a shelter or euthanasia because of financial issues. According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the annual cost of taking reasonable care of a dog can reach over $1,000. Premium care can cost many thousands more. Fortunately, there are financial assistance programs that exist to help cover a dog's medical and nutritional expenses. read more

How to Care for an Incontinent Dog

by Simon Foden | Mar 29, 2012

Old age, infection, paralysis and bladder weakness can all cause incontinence in dogs. While treatable in cases of infection, incontinence is typically a chronic problem that requires management. As a responsible pet owner, it is imperative that you enable your dog to live as comfortable and stress-free a life as possible. With an incontinent dog, this calls for attentive care that ensures cleanliness of his immediate environment and compassion in the case of accidents. read more

How to Care for a Dog after Spaying

by Jennifer Lynn | Mar 29, 2012

Spaying is a surgical procedure in which a female dog's ovaries, uterus and fallopian tubes are removed to prevent reproduction. Besides preventing unwanted litters, spaying provides collateral benefits: Spayed females do not go into heat, they have reduced risks of breast cancer, and they will not be at risk of getting cysts or tumors of the female reproductive system. The spay procedure is straightforward and routine, but your dog will need care following the surgery to ensure recovery and healing are uneventful. read more

Financial Help for Pet Surgery

by Susan Paretts | Mar 29, 2012

When your cat or dog becomes ill and requires surgery, the costs can reach several thousand dollars to cover veterinary exams, anesthesia, surgical monitoring, the surgery itself and any postoperative care required, along with hospitalization. If you cannot afford such a price tag, you have several options in seeking financial assistance, which will allow your pet to get the care he needs. read more

DNA Test for Dogs

by Tracey Sandilands | Mar 29, 2012

The creation of DNA profiles for dogs was originally offered only by the American Kennel Club and is a service available to breeders and owners and a requirement for various programs offered by the club. The purpose of profiling is to be able to validate the parentage of particular litters and individual puppies. Breeders of pedigreed dogs register litters with the AKC and receive a pedigree certificate for each puppy, which shows the dog’s lineage back to its grandparents. Puppies descended from champion parents or highly regarded stud dogs command high prices when sold to dog show participants and other breeders. read more

How to Get Pet-sitting Insurance

by Lori Corrigan | Mar 29, 2012

Professional pet sitters have insurance needs that are excluded by general liability insurance policies. Without customized insurance to cover those needs, a pet sitter's business is exposed to a set of liability hazards that most people do not routinely encounter. Pet sitters take on the care, custody and control of the property of their clients, including their pets and their homes. By insuring against the wide variety of things that can go wrong where pets and property are involved, you protect your business and your clients. Such insurance also is a sign to your clients of your professionalism. Some pet-sitter associations provide easy access to insurance customized for their members' needs. read more

How to Groom a Chihuahua

by Jennifer Lynn | Mar 29, 2012

The small yet robust Chihuahua is the perfect dog for anyone who is looking for a pooch who is loyal, happy and energetic. The Chihuahua also offers easy maintenance when it comes to coat care and grooming. This little dog's loving temperament and loyalty to his owner typically make him an easy dog to groom. Whether you have a long- or short-haired Chihuahua, regular grooming that includes brushing, baths, dental care, nail and fur trimmings and cleaning around the eyes and ears will make your little friend look his cutest. read more

How to Stop a Male Dog from Marking in a House

by Simon Foden | Mar 29, 2012

Male dogs, wolves and other canines mark with urine to communicate socially in their natural world. This calling card, which can convey a wide variety of information, helps to reduce conflict. Domesticated dogs usually learn not to urinate indoors at an early age during house training, and marking is seldom an issue. But some dogs continue to mark. It’s essential to end this behavior in your dog. read more

How Does Pet Insurance Work?

by Cristine Travis | Mar 29, 2012

For many pet owners, insurance can help protect against catastrophic veterinary care costs. However, pet insurance does not function in the same way as human health insurance. In most cases, pet insurance is more akin to property insurance. When the pet incurs "damage" in the form of medical costs, the owner submits a claim to the insurance company and is reimbursed. All pet owners should fully read their policies before signing a pet insurance contract. read more

10 Most Popular Medium-Size Dog Breeds

by Molly Sawyer | Mar 29, 2012

Medium-size dog breeds range from 18 to 28 inches tall at the shoulder and weigh from 45 to 90 pounds at maturity. According to the American Pet Products Association's 2011-2012 survey, 46.3 percent of U.S. households own at least one dog, for a total of 78.2 million dogs. The American Kennel Club, the country's leading dog registry, processes more than one million purebred dog and litter registrations annually, and ranks breed popularity based on the number of dogs of each breed registered each year. read more

How to Care for a Lhasa Apso

by Jane Williams | Mar 29, 2012

The Lhasa apso is a little dog with a big personality. Lhasas are companion dogs that tend to be suspicious of strangers and loyal to their families. Bred as monastery watchdogs in Tibet, Lhasas typically only bark when they feel there is reason to do so, such as at unfamiliar sounds or to herald unknown people or animals. The American Kennel Club describes the Lhasa's personality as joyful, dignified and aloof. Lhasa apsos do well as an only pet, but they can get along with other pets if accustomed to them early in life. The Lhasa can be possessive with belongings and owners, and may become aggressive when protecting them. read more

How to Care for a Border Terrier

by Alice Moon | Mar 29, 2012

Border terriers are working dogs, bred to protect stock and hunt in the field. They are small dogs, weighing 10 to 15 pounds, with muscular builds and a wiry coat. Border terriers are friendly and easy to train, and make good companion animals and watchdogs. Spirited and affectionate, but not needy, they are good family dogs. Like all working breeds, these energetic little terriers require plenty of attention and activities, daily exercise, and an escape-proof fenced yard. The coat requires regular brushing and occasional stripping to keep it in shape. read more

How to Use Boric Acid to Kill Fleas

by Mary Lougee | Mar 29, 2012

Boric acid is an inexpensive, low-toxicity product used for flea control in homes. Flea powders for carpeting may include it as an active ingredient in the form of sodium borate, borate or orthoboric acid. It is a fungicide, herbicide and insecticide and works as a desiccant, removing moisture from fleas, which then die of dehydration. Sodium borate is odorless, so fleas return to the treated areas constantly until they die. Flea powders with borate are relatively safe products to rid your home of fleas without the smell and higher toxicity of other pesticides. read more

How to Rescue Bichon Frise Puppies

by Alexis Rohlin | Mar 29, 2012

According to the American Kennel Club, the bichon frise is a small, sturdy dog with a double curled coat of white fur and a happy temperament. Bichon frise and other purebred dogs are often bred and sold by puppy mills or dog farms. These places keep dogs in cages their entire lives and only use them to breed more puppies. If you come across a puppy mill or store that is mistreating the bichon frise puppies that are for sale, you can take action and help rescue them from cruelty. Rescuing a bichon frise puppy, or any dog for that matter, from an abusive owner takes a lot of dedication and patience. But your love for the animals will be rewarded the day you take your rescued bichon frise puppy home. read more

How to Massage a Dog

by Kimberly DiCostanzo | Mar 29, 2012

Massage can be a relaxing and bonding experience for you and your dog. In addition to the attention that your dog will enjoy, you will get to know your dog's body and be better able to detect discomfort or changes such as lumps and weight issues before they become extremely painful or harmful. Routine massage sessions for your dog can aid in muscle relaxation, boost immunity and help rid the body of waste and infection through the blood and lymph system, writes Nicole Wilde, a certified professional dog trainer, in the book "Energy Healing for Dogs." After just a few massage sessions, you may notice your dog's physical and mental balance is improved or restored. read more

Diet to Prevent Canine Struvite Bladder Stones

by Tracey Sandilands | Mar 29, 2012

Struvite bladder stones are a form of canine urolithiasis. They develop most commonly after a staphylococcal urinary tract infection and consist of magnesium, ammonium and phosphate. The presence of stones is more common in certain breeds of dog. Eighty-five percent of canine patients are female, and stones recur in between 20 and 50 percent of patients. These facts make a predisposition to struvite stones easier to predict, and dogs at risk can avoid contracting stones or the urinary infection that causes them by following a preventative diet. read more

How to Select a Boxer

by Elle Belmont | Mar 29, 2012

A boxer dog exhibits a wide range of character traits; when you add a boxer to your life, you get a clown, gymnast, lap dog, watch dog and sensitive soul all wrapped up in one loyal canine companion. But boxers are not for everyone. They require a lot of exercise and do not do well when left alone most of the day, Wendy Morawski, a boxer breeder for 33 years, said in an interview. The boxer breed is also known for hereditary disorders, such as cancer and dilated cardiomyopathy, that can be passed to their progeny. As with any breed, the boxer's temperament can vary from dog to dog. Boxer aficionados have identified a few things to look for in selecting the right boxer for your family. read more

Genetic Testing for Dogs

by Susan Paretts | Mar 29, 2012

Just like people, each dog has a unique genetic code that determines his characteristics. Genetic testing is now available for dogs and involves taking a sample of their DNA by brushing a cotton swab inside their cheeks or by taking a simple blood sample. While some tests determine a dog's lineage, many are used for medical purposes to diagnose, treat and prevent the passage of hereditary conditions. read more

How to Volunteer at Your Local Animal Shelter

by Elle Belmont | Mar 29, 2012

No matter where you look, an animal needs help. According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, 5 million to 7 million pets arrive in animal shelters each year, and some 3 million to 4 million of those pets are euthanized. If you volunteer at a local shelter, you can help improve living conditions of homeless pets. Your loving attention to the needs of a homeless companion animal may be the factor that gets him adopted. The Humane Society of the United States says the help of volunteers is vital for a wide variety of tasks, including dog walking, office work and fundraising. Your volunteer work for a few hours each month at a local shelter can make a difference in the lives of many homeless pets. read more

Grants to Fund Training for Service Dogs

by Susan Paretts | Mar 29, 2012

Service dogs provide invaluable assistance for those who work with and depend on them. These dogs include assistance, therapy and search and rescue dogs. Each dog requires months of special training and care, which can cost a training organization $22,000 or more, according to 4 Paws for Ability, which helps match dogs to applicants in need. If you raise fund for or run a service dog training organization, you can seek grants to help your endeavors. read more

How to Groom a Lhasa Apso

by Jane Williams | Mar 29, 2012

Lhasa apsos were originally bred as sentinels in Tibetan monasteries. The Lhasa's natural suspicion of strangers makes him the perfect watchdog, while his loyalty to his family makes him an ideal companion. A long, flowing coat covers a show-ring Lhasa apso essentially from nose tip to tail tip and from topline to floor. The hair is left long on show dogs to conform to the American Kennel Club breed standard. Dedicated attention and frequent grooming is required to prevent mats and tangles from quickly marring the beauty of the coat. If a Lhasa apso is a pet, the coat often is trimmed short for easy manageability. What emerges from under all that hair is a bright-eyed, loyal little dog with a perpetual puppy-like appearance. read more

How to Survive Tough Economic Times with Your Dog

by Elle Belmont | Mar 29, 2012

A battered economy leaves many victims in its wake, not the least of which is the family dog. You need only look in shelters across America to see the sad overpopulation of owner-surrendered animals. When people barely have enough resources to survive, the dog is often among the costs that are cut. Casting off your dog is heartbreaking for you and being cast off is difficult for the dog. Before you take that step, reach out for help. Rescue organizations and animal shelters want dogs to have lifelong homes with their people. Local organizations may be able to direct you to programs that can help you reduce the costs of the care your dog needs. read more

How to Register My Dog with an AVID Microchip

by Elle Belmont | Mar 29, 2012

If your dog is missing, his best chance of a safe return home is to be identified quickly. An identification collar offers the fastest way this can happen, but there's always a chance your pet won't have is collar on when he get lost, and even the best collar and identification tag can come off during a dog's misadventures. Microchips don't get lost. According to VPI Pet Insurance, more than 1,200 calls are placed each day by veterinarians or shelters that have found a microchip on a stray dog. If your dog has an AVID microchip, he will be added to the nationwide PETtrac database. You must register your dog after he is microchipped, and it's important to keep your contact information up to date if you move or your phone number changes. There are two ways to register your dog. read more

GPS Tracking Chips for Dogs

by Susan Paretts | Mar 29, 2012

With today's technology, dog owners can make use of the global positioning system to locate pets wearing a collar fitted with a GPS tracking chip. Implantable microchips, sometimes confused with GPS for dogs, contain information about your dog that animal shelter workers can retrieve if they find your dog. Though these two technologies are very different, you can use them together to prevent the loss of your dog. read more

Do-it-Yourself Dog Agility Equipment

by Susan Paretts | Mar 29, 2012

With some basic obedience training, your dog can compete in the canine sport of agility. Organizations such as the American Kennel Club sponsor agility competitions for dogs on the local and national levels. Because this sport requires the use of obstacles for your dog to maneuver through, you can benefit by creating your own course at home to practice for such competition. Instead of purchasing expensive equipment, you can save money and build it yourself. read more

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