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Giving Your Dog Table Food - What Not to Do
Keeping your dog healthy

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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The Stages of Canine Reproduction

Reproduction is a complex event, and everything has to be just right for pregnancy to occur. By understanding this natural cycle, you can have a better appreciation for the miracle of canine life. The Reproductive Stages The reproductive cycle in dogs varies tremendously depending on breed and size of the animal.
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Rawhide, Cow Hide - Are They Good or Bad for Your Dog?

Rawhide is the inner layer of the hide usually from a cow. Many people give pieces of rawhide to their pets as toys (often to keep them busy) and to help their teeth. It is theorized that dogs like rawhide due to their natural instincts as wild dogs. Historically, wild dogs attacked and bit their prey, sank their teeth into the animals flesh and pulled away on the hide to obtain the meat.
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Bones are Unsafe for Your Dog - 10 Problems They Cause

The idea that it's natural for dogs to chew on bones is a popular one. However, it's a dangerous practice and can cause serious injury to your pet. “Some people think it's safe to give dogs large bones, like those from a ham or a roast,” says Carmela Stamper, D.V.M., a veterinarian in the Center for Veterinary Medicine at the Food and Drug Administration.
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Lose Your Holiday Weight: Walk Your Dog!

The holidays are over. That means no more parties, no more elaborate turkey dinners, and no more holiday treats making a beeline for your hips. If you have picked up a few pounds that weren't on your wish list, don't despair; there is a simple solution: Get out and exercise. Given the choice between doing sit-ups and walking your dog, you'd probably grab the leash and head for the door.
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Tips on Choosing Dog Chew Toys - What To Avoid

When shopping for chew toys for your dog, there are certain things you should avoid. Chew toys are meant to please your dogs' natural tendency to chew but should be safe. Avoid chew toys with strings, buttons, small parts or loose fabric. Stuffed toys and rope toys are not recommended because puppies can chew through them ingesting the fabric or chew off parts like the eyes causing a life threatening intestinal obstruction or a choking hazard.
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Lexie's Surprise Illness

There are many illnesses that certain breeds are more likely to contract. If you're buying a dog from a reputable breeder, you can check blood lines to make sure there is no reoccurrence of certain illnesses. However, if you are rescuing a pure bred, there is just no way to know. It may be a good idea to be familiar with the most common diseases.
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Your Dog's Record Book- Keep Track of Your Dogs Vital Information

This record belongs to :___________________ Address: _________________________________________ ________________________________________________ Phone number: ___________________________________ My Dog : Name: ________________________________________ Breed: _________________________________________ Sex: ___________________________________________ Eye color: ______________________________________ Tail length: ____________________________________ Ear size and shape: _____________________________ Fur length: ______________________________________ Color and markings: ________________________________ Was born on: ______________________________________ There were - puppies in the litter Date I came home: __________________________________ Address of home: __________________________________ My dogs collar color: ______________________________ ID tag: ____________________________________________ Microchip number: __________________________________ Microchip company and number: ______________________ Veterinarian: ______________________________________ Groomer/grooming record - how/what/when: ______________ Family tree : ___________________________________________________________ Favorites Toys: ________________________________________________ Way or place to be petted: _______________________________ Brush or comb: ___________________________________________ Way to be brushed or combed: ________________________________ Favorite food: _____________________________________________ Favorite treats: __________________________________________ Favorite place to sleep: __________________________________ Favorite bed: _____________________________________________ Favorite game to play: _____________________________________ Favorite place to go: ______________________________________ Favorite exercise: ___________________________________________ Medical record : Medications: ______________________________________________ Heartworm prevention: _______________________________________ Flea control: _______________________________________________ Deworming: ___________________________________________________ Vaccination: _________________________________________________ Medical problems: ____________________________________________ Visits to the Vet: ____________________________________________ Annoying habits _______________________________________________________________ Tricks he can do _______________________________________________________________ Important Contact Numbers : ________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________
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Raw Meat Debate - Should You Feed it to Your Dog?

Along with politics and religion, meat is fast becoming one of those topics no one can seem to agree on. The latest argument concerns the quality of commercial pet food fed to dogs and cats. Some people, including a few veterinarians, believe that raw meat is much healthier for a dog or cat. According to the argument, commercial pet food is over processed and tainted with toxins, which are used to preserve the food and to give it an attractive smell and taste.
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Mental Stimulation for Your Dog

A lot of owners give careful thought to their dogs' diet and health care, as well they should. Unfortunately, these same caring owners often forget, or don't know about, the all-important issue of their dog's mental well-being. While a well-furnished house with all modern conveniences will provide the human occupants with comfort and entertainment, the same environment will not necessarily fulfill a dog's basic needs.
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Are Greenies Treats Safe for Dogs?

Greenies are one of the most popular dog treats in history. According to their website, www.greenies.com, “Given regularly, GREENIES® chew treats decrease tartar accumulation eight-fold and freshens breath, with a taste and texture pets love.” It has been estimated that dogs in the US eat over 150 million Greenies a month!
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Summer Hazards in Dogs

As the cool weather slowly fades and the mercury rises, families begin preparing for another summer filled with outdoor fun. Children and adults will spend more time outside playing with their pets. Summer holidays are perfect for barbeques, picnics and pool parties. To make the summer more enjoyable, be aware of various summertime hazards that can result in injury or illness to your pet.
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Top Football Party Snacks for Dogs

It's not a tailgating party without snacks…and it's definitely no fun without your furry best friend by your side! Celebrating the big game can present a challenge, however, when it comes to entertaining your pooch. It's tempting to slip them a snack or two at half-time, but many party foods beloved by owners are potentially dangerous for dogs.
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Keeping your Dog off (Harmful) Drugs

We all want to take great care of our dogs, and when they aren’t feeling well many think of solutions like Ibuprofen, Tylenol or other drugs that solve human pain. But your pet’s metabolism and organs function differently than yours, and medication that may greatly improve your symptoms may be a toxic poison to your dog.
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What To Do if You Find a Lost Dog

Did you find a loose dog? First of all, thank you for getting involved and probably saving his life. Secondly, no matter what condition he's in, assume that he's lost, not stray. Many dogs can stay lost on the streets for weeks, months, and even years, so move forward with the assumption that you've found someone's lost dog, and it's your job to reunite them.
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Healthy Treats - Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits & Pumpkin Dog Treats

Lucy makes these dog treats regularly and shares them in obedience class and trials. I tested these dog treats and they are fantastic! I love the fact they are common ingredients that you have in your kitchen. These would make a great healthy treat or even a special gift. See what you think! Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits 2 cups whole wheat flour 1 cup oatmeal 1 -1/4 cups peanut butter 3/4 cup water (may need a little more) 3 Tablespoons honey Mix all ingriedents together until they form a ball.
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Bite Guard: Preventing Dog Attacks and Bites

As the saying goes, “One bad apple can spoil the whole bunch.” Dogs bring millions of human beings across the world an abundance of companionship, joy and utility every day. But the isolated occurrence of dog biting can ignite a stigma that transcends one single dog or even one dog breed, casting a dark shadow upon an entire population of canines and drawing reminders of their wolf ancestry.
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Chow Time: A Guide to Feeding Your Dog

It’s a highlight of your dog’s day. Okay, in fairness, it’s a highlight of everyone’s day, but even more so for your pooch. Your dog looks forward to and is delighted by feeding time. He salivates and watches your movements, attempting to anticipate when meal time arrives.
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Dogs and Mental Health - What You Need to Know

They could serve as ambassadors of happiness, if such a thing existed. Ever enthusiastic about life, dogs exude joy and excitement over just about anything. They’re as thrilled by the squirrel in the yard as they are about mealtime and your arrival home from work. Yet despite their seemingly eternal state of happiness, even canines aren’t immune to the struggles associated with mental illness.
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