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Determining the Ideal Weight for a Dog

by Mandi Rogier | Jul 15, 2009

Obesity is the leading cause of sickness in the United States, not just for humans but for our pets as well. Keeping a dog healthy is just as important as keeping ourselves healthy. However, determining the health of a pet can be much more difficult than assessing the health of a person. As humans, we are able to talk and communicate about what's wrong and how we feel. Dogs lack the ability to communicate their problems, so it's up to their owners to determine how healthy they are. There are several steps that can help determine whether a dog is overweight. read more

Signs of Kennel Cough in Puppies

by Mandi Rogier | Jul 15, 2009

Kennel cough is a common illness in dogs and puppies, especially those raised in large shelters, amid many other dogs. Although kennel cough is not a life-threatening illness for your new puppy, it does make the dog feel very uncomfortable and can affect its overall demeanor and activity level. The sooner the cough is treated, the sooner the new puppy will be a happy and lively addition to your home. read more

How to Calculate Adult Dog Weight During Puppyhood

by Jennifer Reniker | Jul 15, 2009

"So, how big will he get?" is one of the most asked question about puppies. Purebred puppies are relatively easy to estimate an adult weight. You know if you purchase or adopt a Yorkie you will not end up with a 50 pound dog. Estimating the adult weight of mixed-breed puppies is a little more difficult. For a simple cross of say a Labrador and a Beagle you know that the resulting puppies will not weigh more than a Labrador or less than a Beagle. When mixes become more complex you will have to decide if your puppy is a toy/small breed, a medium/large breed or a giant breed. Have your veterinarian or a professional at a shelter classify your puppy. read more

Poodle Ear Problems

by Veronica Davis | Jul 15, 2009

The poodle is a popular dog and though it is usually thought to be a healthy breed, like all dogs, it may suffer from ear problems from time to time. While ear infections are treatable and hearing loss may come with age, it's important to know the signs of ear problems so that they can be addressed quickly to avoid pain, discomfort and lasting effects. read more

Puppy Breathing Problems

by Veronica Davis | Jul 15, 2009

Breathing problems in puppies are quite common, though they occur for many different reasons. While some breathing problems are passing or due to the breed of the dog, some problems are more serious and need immediate treatment. Knowing what to look for can help pet owners identify breathing problems early on so treatment can be sought if necessary. read more

About Eye Diseases in Dogs

by Veronica Davis | Jul 15, 2009

There are many types of eye diseases or conditions that dogs can suffer from. Unfortunately, there isn't a breed of dog that is immune from eye diseases and conditions and that is why all owners must be aware the significance of these conditions. read more

How To Train a Puppy to Sit

by Glyn Sheridan | Jul 15, 2009

Sitting on command is often the first obedience skill a puppy learns, and it will serve him well his entire life. According to "Dog Training for Dummies," teaching your puppy to Sit is a wonderful way of controlling his behavior. Patience, a few tasty treats, and positive reinforcement will encourage your puppy to master the Sit command quickly. When training any new dog skill, consistency is imperative. read more

What to Give a Puppy With Diarrhea

by Melissa Amon | Jul 15, 2009

Diarrhea in puppies can be a nothing to worry about, or it can be a very serious situation. There are many causes for diarrhea: stress, a change of food, worms, an infection or virus, or parasites. Oftentimes, simple home remedies may do the trick to get your puppy's bowels working correctly; however, do not be surprised if your vet wants to see your puppy right away, especially if he is less than 2 months old. read more

How To Train Your Puppy To Stop Jumping

by Glyn Sheridan | Jul 15, 2009

Many new puppy owners find it cute when their puppy plays and jumps on them, but as the puppy grows, jumping up becomes less cute and more annoying. The best way to stop an undesirable behavior in your dog is not to encourage it in the first place. However, if your puppy is already jumping up, some techniques might help you correct his behavior. Positive reinforcement and consistency are imperative when retraining unwanted behavior. read more

How to Get Rid of Fleas in the Carpet the Natural Way

by J. Duvauchelle | Jul 15, 2009

Fleas are tiny insect parasites that live off of their host's blood. Fleas may be found on an animal companion such as a dog or cat. Fleas can cause discomfort to the host, and are notoriously difficult to eradicate once they have become established. For example, a cleaned pet can become infested with fleas again if the pet comes in contact with carpet in which the fleas are hiding. Some individuals attempt to get rid of fleas in the carpet naturally to avoid causing their pet harm through the use of toxic chemicals and medicines. read more

How to Clean Puppy Ear Wax

by Glyn Sheridan | Jul 15, 2009

Your puppy may need an occasional ear cleaning to remove excess wax buildup, especially if he plays outdoors in dusty conditions or swims frequently and gets water in his ears. Both of these activities can trigger excess wax production, which increases the risk of ear infections. Your veterinarian may suggest regular ear cleanings as a preventative measure. read more

Safe Ways to Get Rid of Fleas on Puppies

by Michelle Miley | Jul 15, 2009

No dog enjoys having fleas, but fleas on puppies can be fatal. Fleas bite an animal and then drink its blood. Puppies do not have that much blood in their bodies because they are so small. This means a flea infestation can cause a puppy to develop anemia and die if left untreated. Although most commercial flea control products contain chemicals that can be harmful to a puppy and cannot be used on young animals, there are some things that you can do to remove fleas from your puppy safely. read more

Leash Training Your Puppy

by Glyn Sheridan | Jul 15, 2009

Learning to walk obediently on a leash is one of the first basic training skills your puppy should master. Puppies as young as six weeks are ready to be introduced to a collar and leash, and by eight weeks of age, your puppy can learn how to walk for short distances on his leash. With a little time each day and a lot of patience and positive encouragement, your puppy will be happily walking by your side in no time. read more

What Keeps Fleas Off Dogs?

by Chad Hunter | Jul 15, 2009

Use of medicated shampoo. Off-the-shelf flea and tick shampoo can be used regularly to keep fleas off of dogs. Adams' Plus or Sentry shampoos are designed to provide and anti-flea coating to the dog's fur. As the fur and skin sheds, so will the shampoo and its protection. Unfortunately, most shampoos have a short life of effectiveness, ranging from two days to one week. Keep using as directed. read more

Crate Training a Crying Puppy

by Linda Johnson | Jul 15, 2009

The puppy is a baby pack animal, and he instinctively cries when he is separated from the pack. That's his way to let the pack know where he is, so he can be found and returned to them. However, if you are crate training your puppy, he must always be in his crate or tethered to you so you can correct his mistakes. You want to teach him to sleep in his crate and only cry if he has to go outside and eliminate. Better yet, take him out before he cries. read more

Healthy Diet for a Dog

by Chelsea Ehrke | Jul 15, 2009

Pet owners want to feed their dog well, but are often baffled by the numerous kinds of food available. Occasionally, there are reports of contaminants in pet food, leading to even more owner anxiety. Pet owners and veterinarians alike agree that a healthy diet for a dog is natural and fresh, ideally made at home to ensure quality and safe handling of all products. read more

How to Clean a Puppy's Ears

by Glyn Sheridan | Jul 15, 2009

Your puppy's ear health is important, and dirty ears can develop infections that may lead to hearing loss. While it's normal for a thin layer of sticky, yellowish wax to line the innermost part of your puppy's ear canal, thick wax, brown wax, debris or moisture in the ear can trigger irritation and an infection. Puppies with long, floppy ears are more susceptible to chronic ear infections. read more

Crate Training a Whining Puppy

by Rhomylly Forbes | Jul 15, 2009

Most dog trainers agree that if you are unable to monitor and supervise your puppy, (like while at work or asleep), the best solution for her chewing and unhousebroken messes is to put her in a dog crate. Dogs like small, cozy places to sleep, so it's not cruel to crate your puppy at night or if you're gone for a couple hours. Puppies, though, sometimes need a little extra encouragement to enjoy the crate and to keep quiet while in it. read more

Simple Peanut Butter Dog Treat Recipes

by Glyn Sheridan | Jul 15, 2009

Dogs love the taste of peanut butter and you can make simple, inexpensive treats at home using your own wholesome ingredients. Not only will your dog enjoy the fresh treats, he won't be eating the fillers and preservatives that are included in some commercial dog treats. When making treats for your dog, use natural peanut butter without added sugar, your dog will still love the treats and they will be healthier for him. read more

The Best Way to Get Rid of Fleas in Carpet

by Alicia Bodine | Jul 15, 2009

Fleas do much more than infest your dog and your cat. They get in to your furniture and your carpets and this makes them a little harder to get rid of. If you don't take care of the problem the fleas will continue to increase at an alarming rate. They will bite the humans of the house as well as the animals. This causes small red bumps which itch. After you have treated your animals, you can get to work eliminating the fleas from your carpet. read more

How to Clean Foam Dog Beds

by Alicia Bodine | Jul 15, 2009

After your dog has used its dog bed for awhile, it will need to be cleaned. Dogs may get their dirty paws on the bed or they may drool on it. They are also likely to shed their hair on the bed. Cleaning the bed will get rid of the dirt and freshen the bed up so that it smells good again. Each type of dog bed is different so take note of what the bed is made out of. read more

Potty Training Puppy Supplies

by Rebecca Matthews | Jul 15, 2009

All puppies need to be potty trained. Even those who are destined to be outdoor dogs need to know the proper spots where their owners want them to relieve themselves. No one wants their dog to use the rose garden as its bathroom. Having the right supplies at the ready will make potty training your puppy that much easier. read more

How to Make Your Own Puppy Shampoo

by Debra Turner | Jul 15, 2009

Making your own shampoo for your puppy or dog is easy and much more economical that buying it. The added bonus is that you know exactly what's in it, and that it won't be full of harsh chemicals or other harmful ingredients. This recipe is safe for all breeds of all ages, and won't dry out a puppy's skin like commercial preparations often do. It's important that you don't bathe your puppy more than once a week unless absolutely necessary to avoid drying out the skin and causing itchiness. read more

Homemade Flea Treatment for the House

by Michelle Powell-Smith | Jul 15, 2009

Fleas are a nuisance to both humans and animals. While there are many great products available to manage fleas on your pet, killing and preventing them in your home, carpet and furnishings can be more difficult. Chemical solutions are not only toxic to fleas, but inconvenient to use and potentially dangerous for people and pets. Try these flea treatments to keep your home flea-free without using harsh chemicals or emptying your wallet. read more

Ingredients in Science Diet Puppy Food

by Melissa Amon | Jul 15, 2009

Hill's Pet Nutrition designed and tested the Science Diet puppy food to give your puppy a wholesome and complete balanced diet. It contains high-quality meats, fruits, vegetables and grains, plus other essential vitamins and minerals. It does not include added preservatives, fillers or coloring. The Science Diet puppy food comes in either chicken or pork, both of which most puppies find delicious. When your puppy reaches a year old, switch him to the Science Diet for adult dogs. read more

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