Not only is it a sad day when your dog gets sick, but the case can become a costly trip to the veterinarian for you, too. Today, even a visit for a simple ear infection or bout of diarrhea rarely costs less than $100. Major problems are typically covered by pet insurance if you chose to take that out for your pet. If you didn't, then this is simply a cost one has to live with. But there are things you can do at home to help prevent certain problems with your dog, which will ultimately reduce those costly vet bills.

This is a guest post by Beth Jeffery, pictured above, of Top Dog Tips, a professional dog trainer and animal behaviorist with 15 years of experience in the field.

Not only is it a sad day when your dog gets sick, but the case can become a costly trip to the veterinarian for you, too. Today, even a visit for a simple ear infection or bout of diarrhea rarely costs less than $100. Major problems are typically covered by pet insurance if you chose to take that out for your pet. If you didn’t, then this is simply a cost one has to live with. But there are things you can do at home to help prevent certain problems with your dog, which will ultimately reduce those costly vet bills.

Note that I am not a veterinarian, so if your dog has a serious medical condition or an ailment that is not getting better, please take your dog to the vet regardless of any advice you can find online. Potential complications to unknown dog health issues can be very serious and even life … Read Entire Post

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So you’re thinking about getting a dog? Choose the right breed and you’ll never regret it for a moment, but choose the wrong breed and you could find yourself in a sticky situation. Here’s what you need to know about finding the pet that best meets your family’s needs.

Are You Active?

Bored dogs are destructive dogs. One of the best ways to prevent chewed couches, jumping and other undesirable behaviors is regular exercise. Some breeds need more exercise than others. Small, companion dog breeds such as the Shih Tzu and Havanese don’t often require as much exercise as larger breed dogs such as Labrador retrievers and German Shorthaired Pointers.

Every breed is different, so make sure do your research. If you’re not ready to walk or run your Weimaraner for at least an hour a day, every day, you might need to reevaluate. However, remember that there are exceptions to every breed and breed characteristics are not set in stone.

Can You Tolerate Shedding?

Although all dogs shed, some shed more than others. If keeping your house in pristine condition matters a lot, avoid … Read Entire Post

 

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Dogs are dogs and cats are cats, and never shall they meet. We’ve come up with the 7 most hilarious differences between dogs and cats. Enjoy!

1. You’re Not Sugar. You Won’t Melt.

Many dogs, especially retrievers, never met a beach or mud puddle they didn’t like. With dogs, even bathtime can be fun. In fact, photos and videos of dogs doing everything from surfing to drinking from the garden hose to jumping off the local dock are everywhere. We challenge you to find one photo of a cat relaxing with his thoughts while wet. If you’ve never seen a wet cat picture, you’re in for a real treat. A wet, angry cat is a funny cat.

2. Wild Kingdom vs. Couch Potato

Watch a cat through your living room window and you’ll get the best live-action nature adventure you’ve ever seen. Domestic cats move and hunt like their bigger cousins on the African plains. See his proud swagger when he catches that field mouse and brings it to your door? Compare it to your dog, who has probably spent the afternoon sleeping on … Read Entire Post

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Fleas and ticks are two parasites that can make your dog’s life miserable if you’re not careful. There are thousands of insects that prey on dogs, and numerous illnesses your dog can get following a flea or tick bite. Fleas and ticks are more active when outside temperatures grow warmer, which is why your dog needs flea and tick prevention as soon as spring starts.

What to Know About Fleas and Ticks

Fleas live on animals such as dogs, cats, raccoons and opossums. The fleas multiply by laying eggs that fall off into your yard, home or outdoor play area. Once the fleas inside those eggs turn into adults, they leap onto a passing animal — quite possibly your dog. Fleabites cause your dog discomfort and can lead to an infestation in your home. If your home is infested with fleas, you’ll have to bomb it to kill them — a process many homeowners find unappealing. Without bombing, your dog is likely to become infested with fleas again.

Ticks, on the other hand, sit on grasses and shrubs outdoors and wait for us to walk … Read Entire Post

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