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How to Get an International Health Certificate for Pet Travel

by Jane Williams | Apr 2, 2012

Traveling with your pet adds a new dimension to seeing new places, and it takes the worry out of how your furry friend will fare while you're away. Unfortunately, traveling abroad with your dog or cat isn't as easy as simply going to another state. All countries have different requirements to allow foreign animals across their borders, and those without the proper paperwork are trapped in quarantine for weeks or months. Start the process for your pet's paperwork as soon as possible to give yourself enough time to fulfill every requirement necessary to assure your pet easy passage while traveling. read more

How to Calm a Dog With Natural Remedies

by Jane Williams | Apr 2, 2012

Various situations can cause your dog to feel stress and anxiety, including traveling, separation from you, and loud noises such as thunder or fireworks. Dealing with an anxious, nervous or fearful dog can cause frustration, and many owners turn to their veterinarians for medications to address this behavior. Depending on your dog's anxiety level, natural remedies may work just as well as, or better than, their pharmaceutical counterparts, with no side effects or other adverse reactions. Always check with your veterinarian before starting any home-based treatment program, and use your dog's size and anxiety level to determine the best calming option for him. read more

How to Reduce Pet Shedding

by Keri Gardner | Apr 2, 2012

All dogs shed, though some dogs shed more than others. Keeping pet hair off clothes and furniture is an endless job for pet owners. Reducing your pet's shedding can decrease the amount of time you spend cleaning hair from yourself and your house. Proper grooming, appropriate nutrition, elimination of disease and occasional bathing can reduce pet shedding. read more

How to Choose a Pet Grooming School

by Elle Di Jensen | Apr 2, 2012

If you enjoy working with dogs, a job in pet grooming might be a great career choice for you. You get to work with dogs of all breeds and coat types all day long, and you get to make them look their finest. If you’re serious about a professional vocation like pet grooming, it’s best to get the professional training you need in order to competently perform the job. Don’t just jump through the door of the nearest pet grooming school, though. Do a little homework and find the pet grooming school that is right for you. read more

How to Calm a Fearful Dog

by Jane Williams | Apr 2, 2012

Dogs can't hide their emotions. A dog signals fear through involuntary body language, both obvious and subtle. Some of the most easily read fear signs are tucking the tail, lowering the head and body, and trembling. Some dogs may be immobilized if fear is extreme, while others flee. Fearful dogs can be injured or killed crashing through windows or running into traffic in a panic induced by noises such as thunderstorms or fireworks. Panicky dogs can suffer heart attacks. As your frightened dog's leader and best friend, you can employ methods to calm him and possibly save him from injury or death. read more

How to Eliminate Yellow Dog Urine Spots in Lawn

by Phyllis Benson | Apr 2, 2012

When a puppy or adult dog urinates on a lawn, the grass spot often turns yellow and looks burned. Urban legends blame canine hormones, gender or acidic levels for the urine damage, but the true culprit is nitrogen. The yellow spot is caused because the dog’s kidneys remove excess nitrogen from the body and excrete it as a waste product in the urine. The nitrogen concentrations in the urine dehydrate the grass and the grass turns yellow, according to Texas A&M University Extension. read more

How to Soothe a Dog's Cough

by Elle Belmont | Apr 2, 2012

Your dog's cough can be indicative of several problems, ranging from mild to very serious. If your dog coughs due to an upper respiratory issue, such as kennel cough, he may have contracted it because he wasn't up-to-date on his Bordatella vaccination. A cough can also be your dog's way of trying to remove a foreign body or allergen in his throat. If the cough sounds moist or rattles, it could indicate fluid in the airways or inside the lungs, according to Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine. A brachycephalic dog might cough due to congenital issues. A dog whose trachea is injured from pulling on his leash, or one who is coughing due to a cardiac condition may require immediate veterinary care. Because cough is symptomatic of many illnesses, your dog should be examined without delay by your vet. Until you get him to the vet, however, there are a few things you can try at home to soothe his cough. read more

How to Care for a Weimaraner

by Judith Willson | Apr 2, 2012

Bred as a hunting dog, originally for large animals and then for game birds, the Weimaraner is very much an outdoor dog. This does not, of course, mean you should keep your dog outside, but it does mean she needs plenty of opportunities to run and play in the open air. For this reason, the breed is not suited to apartment living. In fact, the American Kennel Club suggests the Weimaraner isn’t suited to city living at all. If you live in a rural area, however, this bright, affectionate and attractive breed can become an excellent family pet. Because of their need for socializing, Weimaraners are best suited to active families where at least one person is at home for most of the day. read more

How to Calm a Hyperactive Dog

by Jane Williams | Apr 2, 2012

The differences between a high-energy dog and a hyperactive dog lie in the intensity of and reasons for their activity and behavior. High energy is inherent in many working breeds, while true hyperactivity is less common and is a medical condition. Hyperactive dogs exhibit unusual nervous energy and simply cannot sit still. This manic energy is often accompanied by anxiety, almost constant panting, an unusually high heart rate and inappropriate behavior. Working breeds such as the German shepherd, Labrador retriever, border collie and Jack Russell terrier, are naturally energetic and require a lifestyle matched to their activity level. Calming a dog you consider hyper can help him learn appropriate behavior and live a more relaxed life. read more

How to Ship a Dog With Ground Transportation

by Jane Williams | Apr 2, 2012

The technicalities of moving or traveling cross-country can seem overwhelming between packing and scheduling, but your dog's comfort and traveling accommodations shouldn't be a last-minute thought. Unless you're planning to drive with your dog, you'll need to find safe, responsible transport for your family pet. Many companies specialize in pet transportation, with varying degrees of care and services included in the price. Depending on the distance you'll ship the dog, you'll need to keep certain considerations in mind, such as potty stops, sleeping arrangements and proper feeding. read more

How to Decrease Dog Body Odor

by Mary Lougee | Apr 2, 2012

Some dogs have natural body odors that can become pungent, in some cases even shortly after a bath. Visit your vet to identify the cause of your dog's smell, and find out how often you can safely bathe your pet. Different breeds have different bathing needs, but most dogs should be bathed only quarterly unless a vet suggests otherwise. Following a proper bathing schedule, though, is just one possible means of eliminating some or all of your dog’s body odors. Matching the correct dog shampoo to his skin type can help with smelly problem-skin odors that might be caused by excessively oily skin. If your pet’s odor does not decrease with scheduled baths and the right shampoo, the dog might have an infection that is resistant to his normal grooming routine and needs to see your vet for advice. He may need antibiotics or a topical treatment to alleviate the symptoms and eradicate the smells. read more

How to Care for a Shetland Sheepdog (Sheltie)

by Kimberly DiCostanzo | Apr 2, 2012

The Shetland sheepdog is a hardy and loyal dog that enjoys the company of his human family as much as he likes to work. The "sheltie" loves to please and has an innate sense of knowing when something is wrong. The sheltie is sensitive yet demonstrative of affection. While it might appear that a sheltie's long coat would requires extensive grooming, simple regular maintenance will keep it healthy and full. read more

How to Care for a Scottish Terrier (Scottie)

by Elle Di Jensen | Apr 2, 2012

If you’re looking for a great watchdog, but don’t have the room — or even a yard — to accommodate a large dog, the Scottish terrier is the perfect choice. Compact in stature and happy to live in an apartment, these little guys are vigilant and protective of their homes and families. Even though they don’t require a lot of room to roam, you’ll still want to walk them for exercise. They need a little extra attention to grooming, but Scottie dogs bring you the best of both large and small breed dogs. read more

How to Care for an American Pit Bull Terrier

by Jennifer Lynn | Apr 2, 2012

The American pit bull terrier is a breed that evolved in the United States from a mixture of various terriers, including the bull terrier and the American Staffordshire terrier. Though the breed has roots as a farm dog and family watch dog, it has also fallen victim to owners who have used it for illegal dog fighting that has earned it the reputation for being ferocious. The American pit bull is strong, tenacious, determined and very intelligent. With proper care and training, the American pit bull terrier can be a loyal, gentle companion. read more

How to Tell If a Dog Has Eaten Rat Poison

by Quentin Coleman | Apr 2, 2012

Domestic poisons are combinations of one or more toxic chemicals combined with attractants to draw and kill vermin. Rat poisons, though, are harmful to any animal that ingests some. Rat poisons, with their smell and kibble shapes, will attract a dog and many other types of pets; It's a good bet your dog or hamster will consume the poison if it's within reach. Rat poison is capable of killing dogs, particularly small breeds, in a matter of days or weeks, so it is important to identify the symptoms and take your dog to a specialist as soon as possible. read more

How to Calm a Nervous Dog when Fireworks Are Going

by Jane Williams | Apr 2, 2012

Fireworks are an assault on a dog's sensitive eyes, ears and nose. For a dog, fireworks make no sense, and the world has suddenly become chaotic. A high-pitched squeal, followed by a bright burst of light and a loud bang, ending with the odor of burnt gunpowder can cause trepidation in even a normally dauntless dog. If you have a dog who is nervous in the best of times, keeping him calm when fireworks and firecrackers are randomly exploding in the neighborhood requires some in-the-moment remedies coupled with long-term planning. read more

How to Get a Dog Certified as a Service Dog in Washington State

by Jae Allen | Apr 2, 2012

The Americans With Disabilities Act allows the handler of a service dog to access public spaces with that dog. Washington state law has no requirement for a service dog to be certified, registered or otherwise identified as such. However, a service dog is required by Washington law to be appropriately trained for his work. Under the ADA, a handler simply needs to state that the dog is a service animal, and access should be granted. Many handlers prefer the convenience of having a dog registered -- an identification tag, vest or cape will be provided to show the dog is a registered service animal. This can save the handler having to disclose details of her disability that she may wish to keep private. read more

How to Calm a Scared Dog

by Jane Williams | Apr 2, 2012

Dogs may become scared for many reasons, some of which are rational and some not. Thunderstorms and fireworks are two frequent causes of fright among dogs, but others include meeting strangers, separation from their owners and even confronting unfamiliar objects or animals. Signs of fright can range from sudden flight to physical reactions such as shaking, whimpering and urination. Sudden behavior changes may indicate a medical problem. Take your dog to your veterinarian for a complete checkup if he begins acting fearful for no apparent reason. read more

How to Care For a Dog's Tail Problems

by Jane Williams | Apr 2, 2012

A dog's tail contains between six and 23 vertebrae, depending on the breed of dog it belongs to. The tail provides communication for a dog's emotional state, the most obvious signal being a happy, enthusiastic wag. The location of the tail appendage makes it vulnerable to injury, prone to infection and slow to heal. Caring for a dog with a tail injury requires time, patience and dedication, as a dog can't always simply let the tail rest and heal properly. You may need to work closely with your veterinarian to encourage proper healing and seek further medical attention if the pooch's tail condition worsens. read more

How to Keep a Dog From Eating Too Fast

by Karen Curley | Apr 2, 2012

If your dog has a high drive for eating -- common among terriers and some sporting dogs -- mealtime can seem like a scene from a pie-eating contest. Dogs that eat too fast can gag, cough and vomit the food back up in a completely undigested chunk, only to eat it again. Eating too fast also causes a potentially fatal condition called bloat. Incorporating games and other strategies into your dog's mealtime can help slow the dog’s eating while the two of you bond. read more

How to Groom a West Highland White Terrier

by Susan Paretts | Apr 2, 2012

Affectionately referred to as a "Westie," the West Highland white terrier was first bred in Poltalloch, Scotland. Westies were initially shown in the U.S. in 1906 under the name "Roseneath terrier," later officially changing the name to West Highland white terrier in 1909 with the American Kennel Club. Westies have a hard overcoat and soft undercoat that requires special grooming, especially if you plan to show your dog professionally. Whether you wish to show your dog or not, Westies require regular grooming to keep their coats looking fresh and white and avoid any skin issues from developing. read more

How to De-flea a Newborn Puppy

by Susan Paretts | Apr 2, 2012

Fleas are small, wingless parasites that infest dogs of all ages, including newborn puppies. While oral and topical flea medications help rid your dog of these pests, many are unsafe for use in puppies under 4 weeks old. A flea infestation in a young puppy can cause anemia, a potentially fatal condition due to the extreme loss of blood in the tiny animal. This makes getting rid of the fleas something that must be done immediately. Natural essential oils and manual removal can safely rid your puppy of these external parasites, leaving him flea-free and healthy. read more

How to Introduce a Dog to Pet Chickens

by Simon Foden | Apr 2, 2012

Although chicken is a major food source for dogs, the two species can live in harmony with proper training and monitoring. The likelihood of attack varies according to the breed and personality of the dog. For example, terriers are much more instinctively inclined to chase and hunt small animals that move quickly. By introducing your dog to the chickens in a controlled environment, you can restrict dangerous behavior, reward positive behavior and correct unwanted behavior. read more

How to Care for a Rhodesian Ridgeback

by Judith Willson | Apr 2, 2012

As you might expect, a dog that was bred to hunt lions shows exceptional physical strength. The Rhodesian ridgeback has the large and muscular body required for this role, but since the breed also took on the role of watchdog and protector, ridgebacks tend to be gentle with children, although their sheer size means they can knock over a small child and they shouldn’t play together unsupervised. The dog's size and need for exercise does mean that you should have a securely enclosed yard before adopting a Rhodesian ridgeback – this is not a breed likely to be comfortable in an apartment. The breed also can be quite independent if not stubborn; if you are not experienced training dogs, you may wish to book a series of training classes, starting with the basics. read more

About Traveling With Pets in Airplane Cargo

by Rose Kivi | Apr 2, 2012

The Humane Society of the United States warns that it is dangerous for pets to fly as cargo in an airplane, due to temperature extremes, lack of ventilation, poor oxygen levels and rough handling by airline personnel. If possible, transport your pet by automobile or in the passenger area of the airplane. If you must transport your pet in the cargo area, follow these tips for a safer flight. read more

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