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Training a Dog to Do Tricks

by Laurie Coyne | Feb 9, 2012

Teach your dog basic obedience commands such as "sit," "down," "come" and "stay" before you teach tricks. Dog tricks are fun, but basic obedience is the foundation of a well-mannered dog. Most dogs want to please their owners, and teaching your dog good manners makes him more attentive to your voice and gestures. Once your dog knows basic obedience, teaching your dog to roll over, beg, speak, shake hands or catch a biscuit placed on his nose enhances the bond you have with your dog. read more

What Causes Puppy Diarrhea?

by Elizabeth Russell | Feb 9, 2012

People always try to keep their dogs healthy and happy. One common, but temporary condition often overlooked is diarrhea. In some cases, this is treatable at home. In others, urgent veterinary care is required. It is important to catch the signs of diarrhea and know how to treat them before it gets any worse. read more

Dry Skin Treatments for Dogs

by Lynda Altman | Feb 9, 2012

Many dogs suffer from dry skin. It is best to determine the cause of skin problems before attempting to treat them. Seeking the advice of a good veterinarian is always important. Some breeds, such as the Chinese Shar-Pei, are prone to skin problems. Following the steps outlined below will help treat dry skin in dogs. read more

What Are the Treatments for Dogs With Dry Skin?

by Lynda Altman | Feb 9, 2012

Many dogs suffer from dry skin. There are different treatments available. Each treatment relieves dry skin caused from different sources. Determining the cause of the dry skin is important. A vet visit is needed to make sure that parasites are not the cause of the problem. read more

How to Make a Visor Bandanna for a Dog

by Marie Mulrooney | Feb 9, 2012

Making a visor out of a bandanna for your dog is almost the same as making a visor bandanna for a person. All you need is a square bandanna that's large enough to tie around your dog's head once it's rolled up. Because your dog's head will be smaller than a person's, you might be able to get away with using a small bandanna or even a handkerchief in a pinch. read more

Why Do Dogs Shed Hair?

by Carole Ann | Feb 9, 2012

All dogs shed but to varying degrees. Some breeds shed more than others. The only exceptions are dogs that are completely hairless. They shed as the seasons change to grow coats to accommodate the warmer or colder weather. Grooming is important to keep the shedding under control. By grooming your dog regularly you will find less shed hair on your furniture, carpet and clothes. There are many brushes, combs, and tools available to assist you with your grooming routine. read more

Kidney Stone Surgery for Dogs

by Ruth Amick | Feb 9, 2012

A dog with kidney stones faces the risk of infection, life-threatening uremic poisoning or sometimes death from stone blockage. Surgery can performed to remove stones that cannot be passed by the dog's system naturally or by a veterinarian's efforts to flush them out. read more

How to Quiet a Barking Dog

by Julie Hampton | Feb 9, 2012

Barking dogs can be a nuisance to homeowners as well as neighbors. Dogs bark for a variety of reasons—for attention, to be let inside or when there is a threat. Barking is a natural way for dogs to communicate. Teach dogs when it is OK to bark and when it is inappropriate by following these methods. read more

Herbs That Are Safe for Dogs

by Amber Taylor | Feb 9, 2012

Humans aren't the only ones who can take herbs, so can dogs. Being aware of an exact problem with a dog is important before administering an herb. All dogs, especially smaller breeds, digest herbs differently than humans. Know which herbs are safe, and will digest properly, before administering to a dog. No herb should be given continually, dogs will form an immunity over time. read more

Foods for Dogs With Pancreatitis

by Michelle Miley | Feb 9, 2012

The pancreas is the organ that makes several of the enzymes needed to digest food. Infections, medications, trauma, obesity or over-rich foods can cause the pancreas to become inflamed. This painful condition, known as pancreatitis, can be life-threatening to dogs. Schnauzers, Yorkshire terriers and dogs that eat a high-fat diet—either because they are fed table scraps or raid the garbage can—are the most susceptible to pancreatitis. A dog who has had abdominal surgery at some point in his life is also vulnerable to the disease. read more

Causes of Hair Loss in Puppies

by Contributing Writer | Feb 9, 2012

Hair loss in dogs is attributable to diverse causes, many having to do with diseases (hereditary and otherwise). Puppies commonly lose their hair because of stress brought on by new and sometimes traumatic experiences. read more

What Are the Treatments for Pneumonia in Dogs?

by Amanda Delgado | Feb 9, 2012

If your dog is coughing, running a fever, not interested in eating or acting listless, it might have a lung infection, also known as pneumonia. Although bacteria are the most common cause, viruses, fungi, parasites and even allergies can cause this potentially serious illness. Pneumonia can linger for weeks but is generally not life-threatening. Most dogs can be treated at home. read more

Dog Illness Signs

by Rena Sherwood | Feb 9, 2012

Trips to the vet can be costly and time consuming. But the sooner an illness is detected in a dog, the more likely the dog can be cured. As a general rule, take a dog to the vet whenever the dog behaves differently than usual. Get to know the dog's usual way of eating, drinking, sleeping, playing and eliminating in order to know when the dog is acting differently. Find a vet before an emergency. read more

Stages of Newborn Puppies

by Mary Beth Magee | Feb 9, 2012

Puppies are born blind and helpless, yet they mature to young adulthood by 18 to 24 months, depending on the breed. How do puppies get so far so fast? How can a pet owner best relate? “A week … represents a large portion of its puppyhood,” according the It is up to the owner to provide variety and positive experiences every step of the way. (See Reference 1) read more

Signs of Cancer in Dogs

by Adrienne Farricelli | Feb 9, 2012

When a dog develops cancer. it's fundamental to initiate treatment as soon as possible. This may be essential to the dog's prognosis, often making a big difference in granting many more days, weeks or even years to come. Therefore, dog owners should be aware of early warning signs--whether subtle or evident. read more

Games to Play With Your Puppy

by Heather Clark | Feb 9, 2012

When a person mentions getting a puppy, many are quick to point out the hard work involved in its upbringing. While making a furry addition to the family does require work, remember that having a puppy can be a fun, rewarding experience. Playing interactive games with a puppy will provide hours of enjoyment and establish the foundation for a lifelong partnership between human and canine. read more

Aftercare of Heartworm Treatment

by Heather Vecchioni | Feb 9, 2012

Heartworm disease is a deadly condition that dogs can contract from mosquitoes. Preventing the problem is fairly simple, but treating it can be difficult and sometimes even dangerous. With proper veterinary care and aftercare, most dogs get through the disease with no problems. read more

What Is the Best Puppy Food for a Chihuahua?

by Mary Earhart | Feb 9, 2012

A chihuahua puppy should have high-quality protein and vegetables in food as close to a natural canine diet as possible. Because small dogs are not big eaters, it is easy to make their dog food at home and freeze it in small batches. Place it in a refrigerator to thaw for meals; never use a microwave oven to heat dog food. read more

Ibuprofen for Dogs

by Jennifer Gittins | Feb 9, 2012

Ibuprofen is the generic name for over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications such as Advil or Motrin. (Reference 1) While ibuprofen is a pain medication for humans, it should not be administered to dogs unless directed by a veterinarian. (References 2, 3) read more

How to Get Rid of Dog Odor in a House

by J. Lang Wood | Feb 9, 2012

Owning a dog is a wonderful experience, but household dog odors can be the price we pay for sharing our space and our lives with canine companions. Odors from accidents, skin and hair oils, from cloth and chew toys, and from bits of dog food and treats can permeate carpets and upholstery and linger in the air permanently. There are a number of actions you should take periodically to make your home isn’t taken over by dog odor. read more

What Is Paradoxical Hyperactivity in Dogs?

by Vincent Madrone | Feb 9, 2012

Paradoxical hyperactivity is a term used to describe a condition of hyperactivity in response to medication that was intended to sedate the subject. Paradoxical hyperactivity in dogs occurs when a tranquilizer is used on a hyperactive canine and the dog only becomes more hyperactive. read more

How to lower cholesterol for dogs

by Shanon Ottaway | Feb 9, 2012

High cholesterol, or hyperlipidemia, is common in dogs and can be detrimental to their health. A blood test and urinalysis in addition to a thorough exam are simple ways your vet can check your dog's high cholesterol. If left untreated, high cholesterol can contribute to canine obesity, pancreatitis and even neurological disorders. read more

How to Stop Dogs From Scratching on the Carpet

by Faith McGee | Feb 9, 2012

A dog's nails are generally sharp enough to easily tear through carpet fibers. The behavior is not only destructive, but can also indicate a stress problem. Dogs who are not properly exercised can express frustration and anxiety. Monitor your dog's other behavior to see if he is showing signs of stress like excessive barking, pent-up energy or overeating. Give your dog some more time to exercise and take some measures to train your dog not to scratch the carpet. read more

How to Keep Fleas Out of the House & Off of Dogs

by Dannah Swift | Feb 9, 2012

Once a flea population is established in your home, it is extremely difficult and frustrating to eliminate them. The best way to keep a flea infestation from taking over your life is to prevent one from taking hold. Flea season is usually in high gear by late spring or early summer, so treat your dog with an oral or topical insecticide in early spring. Keep a clean house, vacuum regularly, and remove any vegetative litter in the yard to discourage flea-carrying mammals from favoring the space around your home. read more

When Should You Spay a Puppy?

by Christine Jonard | Feb 9, 2012

There are many health and pet population control reasons to spay your female dog, and as a responsible pet owner there should be no question that is the course of action to take. Determining the best time to spay your puppy can be an issue, however. Many people believe that a dog should have a heat cycle or a litter before the surgery is performed. But is that really in the best interest of the pet? Or is it better to do it sooner? read more


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