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  • Maintaining a Healthy Weight

    Dog owners can take several different steps to help control their dog’s weight. The first is to cut back on treats and snacks. These are generally high in calories and may contribute to weight gain. The second step can be to feed less of the regular dog food. This usually means measuring the amount of [...]

  • Exercising with Your Dog

    Exercising with your dog not only strengthens the bond you two share, it also helps control his weight and maintain a healthy heart, lungs and muscles. As you exercise with your dog, consider his needs and present physical condition. Leisurely walks may be best for an older dog while a young dog has ample energy [...]

  • Exercising With your Dog Checklist

    Keeping your dog fit through exercise helps them lead happier, healthier lives. Here are a few tips to get you started: Energetic dogs do best with a fun, high-energy activity like fetching a ball or a flying disc Leisurely walks may be best for an older dog. Go slow. For dogs who haven’t exercised regularly, [...]

  • How Do I Choose the Best Veterinarian for My Pet?

    All pets need a veterinarian, but it can be hard to know which one to choose. So look for qualifications, experience, and references. Ask plenty of questions such as: Are the office hours convenient? Do you keep detailed records on every patient? Do the doctors take courses to keep their medicine up to date? How [...]

  • Common Parasites and Diseases

    Preventing and treating parasites and diseases that afflict your dog is both compassionate and cost-effective. As with any treatment, only use pet-safe products, follow the label directions careful and consult your veterinarian before beginning any treatment program. Here are some of the most common one’s that pet owner’s need to be vigilant about. FLEAS Because [...]

  • Why is Flea and Tick Control So Important?

    Fleas and ticks are tiny pests that can cause big problems, and the damage isn’t just skin deep. Animals can ingest fleas containing tapeworm eggs, which then hatch in their intestines. In a flea-ridden area, the same thing can happen to a child. Ticks can also carry a variety of diseases, including Lyme Disease, Rocky [...]

  • Caring for Your Older Dog

    Even though your dog may be slowing down, there is no reason the older years can’t be some of the best years. With regular veterinary attention, daily care and proper nutrition, your older dog can still experience a happy and healthy life. Recognizing Your Dog Is Getting Older The most practical way to tell if [...]

  • How Often Should I Bathe My Dog?

    Dogs are like kids. Most of them don’t like to take baths. But even shorthaired, wash-and-wear dogs need proper grooming and an occasional bath. Bathing too often, however, can remove the natural oils that keep a dog’s skin and coat healthy. How much washing is too much depends on the humidity and the shampoo used. [...]

  • How Should I Properly Bathe My Dog?

    An occasional bath is good for a dog. But if you wash your dog improperly, you could do more harm than help. So here are some tips… Before washing a dog, you’ll need to choose a shampoo. Dogs with dry or sensitive skin, or who are bathed more often, may need special, medicated shampoo from [...]

 
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