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Beyond Snowballs: Winter Games For You and Your Dog
Keeping your dog healthy

Beyond Snowballs: Winter Games For You and Your Dog

The days may be shorter and colder, but winter blues shouldn't prevent you and your canine from enjoying the outdoors. There are many things you can do when the mercury drops and snow falls - here a few ideas from the dogs themselves. Fetch, Catch and Beyond For most of us, winter is all about snow. And the chief purpose of snow, as every retriever knows, is to make snowballs.

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Dealing with Dogs that Steal Food

A lot of dogs steal food from countertops, storage cupboards or even out of the hands of slow moving children. Stealing food is just one of the things that dogs are really good at and are driven to do by powerful internal urges. It's as if they're always on a seafood diet - see food and eat it, that is.
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Keeping Your Dog Cool in the Summer

As the cooler spring weather gives way to the hot summer months, you'll be spending more time outside with your dog, walking and playing in the sunshine. But while you are having fun, you will need to keep your dog cool to protect him from heat-related illness and injury. Sunburn Most people don't think about their pets getting sunburned but they certainly can.
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Spring Training for Your Dog

Spring is here. How about spring training for your dog? Exercise is as important for your dog as it is for you. Young dogs and healthy adults alike need lots of it, and even senior pets need a regular daily workout to maintain their health. The type of exercise you choose depends on the age and fitness of your dog and your own lifestyle.
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Rollerblading with Your Dog

Some in-line skate enthusiasts live for the mornings when they can leash up their pooch and go for a nice sprint together along a shaded park path. Not only is it great exercise, but the dog is often delighted that their human buddy can keep up with them. Other in-line skaters, however, see a sport fraught with danger.
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How to Select or Build a Doghouse

You want to build your dog his own house, but wonder just how elaborate it needs to be. Heat? Air conditioning? Cable hookup so he can watch reruns of "Rin Tin Tin"? The first step to building a doghouse is to decide if he even needs one. If your dog spends his time primarily indoors, he's not going to want to move outdoors.
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The Heat Cycle of Dogs

Estrus in the bitch (female dog) is defined as the time during the reproductive cycle when she displays interest in mating and has probably ovulated or is about to ovulate. Estrus begins when the bitch allows the male to mount and breed, and ends when her receptive behavior ceases. General Causes Bitches reach sexual maturity (puberty) between 4 to 18 months of age, at which time they experience their first estrus.
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Homemade Treats for Special Occasions

Dug Out Bones 2 cups whole wheat flour 1 tablespoon baking powder 1 cup peanut butter 1/2 cup skim milk 1 egg dash of salt Preheat over to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. In a bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, mix peanut butter, milk and egg. Add wet mixture to dry and mix well. Turn out dough on a lightly floured surface and knead.
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Has Your Holiday Puppy Had His Shots?

If you received a puppy for Christmas, don't forget that you have to give him his present now - a full series of vaccinations. Puppies that are 4 to 5 months old need their vaccinations to protect them against many infectious diseases. (It's better to adopt puppies that are 8 to 10 weeks old, because they should have had these shots and are generally better socialized by then.
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Winter Hazards in Dogs

As the mercury plunges, the seasonal winter rituals begin. We break out winter clothing, weatherproof our homes, and limit our time outdoors. We also prepare for the winter holidays. In addition to getting ourselves ready for winter, we shouldn't forget our pets. Providing a safe environment for them is also important.
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Nutrition in Dogs

Good nutrition and a balanced diet are essential elements for good health in a dog. Your dog needs plenty of fresh water and should be fed good quality food in amounts just right to meet his energy requirements. Inadequate or excess intake of nutrients can be equally harmful. Most dry dog foods are soybean, corn or rice based.
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Why Are Some Dogs Obese?

A fat dog is not necessarily a happy dog. In fact, his health may be at serious risk, and he may even grow depressed. There are many reasons why pets become obese but the two main reasons are: Eating too much and not getting exercise enough. As long as a medium-sized dog is no more than a few pounds over its optimal body weight, there may be no cause for concern.
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Super Easy Dog Treat Recipes

A client gave me these recipes and they are great. I made them this past weekend and they were easy and well received by our dogs. I thought I'd share them with you. Happy baking! Basic Gourmet Dog Snack These are easy and very good (well at least my parents dog loves them!). Ingredients: 3/4 cup cornmeal 1/2 cup vegetable oil 3 cups whole wheat flour 1 cup water or broth (chicken or beef broth {avoid bouillon with onion}) Directions: 1.
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Care of the New Mother Dog

Your dog has just delivered a litter of cute and cuddly puppies. You can trust that she will likely take care of them, but who will take care of Mom? The answer is you. Fortunately, most bitches (female dogs) need little help. All they ask for is peace, quiet and privacy as they deliver their new babies and take care of them.
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Feeding the Pregnant Dog

Good nutrition and a balanced diet are essential elements for good health in a dog. This is especially true in the pregnant dog. Overfeeding or underfeeding at certain times during your dog's pregnancy can be detrimental to her health and the health of the developing puppies. When feeding the pregnant dog, people tend to overfeed early in pregnancy and not feed enough when the dog is nursing.
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Ten Worst Excuses NOT To Spay or Neuter a Dog

Excuse #1. She/he will gain weight. She will gain weight only if you let him or her gain weight. Pets, like people, may have a tendency to be less active and gain weight with age. You have total control over if your pet is overweight because they usually get 100% of their calories from you. Encouraging exercise by walking or playing with your pet will also help to keep your pet trim.
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10 Ways to Keep Your Pet Warm this Winter

Brr! It's cold out there! If you're outside for any time at all, you probably can't wait to get home to put on flannel jammies and sip hot chocolate. But what about your dog? What's keeping the cockles of his heart warm? Certain dogs are more affected by the cold than others, particularly older pets and/or those with certain ailments, like arthritis.
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Dietary Antioxidants Are Important for Your Pet

Free Radicals Do the Damage Oxygen gives your pet life but it may also behave aggressively to try to shorten it. Without sufficient oxygen your pet's tissues are in immediate jeopardy. Ironically, excess oxygen can poison the cells of Fido's body via free-radical formation - what a dichotomy. Normal compounds are composed of atoms bonded together by sharing electrons, one from each atom.
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Giving Your Dog Table Food - What Not to Do

As you begin to dig into your food, your dog gives you the look . You know the one - where he stares mournfully at your food, then at you, then back to the food, whining quietly. But as much as you want to share the wealth of your plate, feeding him table scraps is not the way. Table food is too fatty for the digestive systems of most animals and can lead to severe stomach upsets (and occasionally trigger a possibly fatal pancreatic inflammation).
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How to Be a Better Dog Owner

There are some things you can do to be a better dog owner. As a benefit, you most likely will have a happier and healthier dog! 1. Spend more time with your dog - Just spending some quiet time before work, after work or midday, will make a big difference. Dogs love to be talked to and made to feel important.
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The Importance of a Recheck Examination in Dogs

Delaying or not having a recheck exam can hurt your dog. A recheck examination is an appointment that allows your veterinarian to assess the progress and follow-up on your dog's disease or problem. Maybe you are thinking you can skip it because your dog is doing better? Even if your dog physically looks and feels better, he or she may not be completely back to normal.
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