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If you’re like most dog owners, you don’t want to think about how you would feel if your pet suddenly disappeared. But even a well-trained dog can give in to his natural roaming instinct, which could cause him to travel many miles away from your property. Sadly, many runaway or lost dogs are never reunited with their owners. Far too many are struck by vehicles, end up in shelters where they are eventually euthanized, or die of illness or starvation.

If you think your dog is the exception to the rule and truly believe that he is completely safe and sound, consider these sobering statistics: approximately one out of every three dogs become lost at some point in their lives, and only about 10 percent of dogs without identification are ever reunited with their owners. If your unmarked dog goes missing, there’s a good chance you will never see him again.

While you may not be able to completely prevent your dog from running off, there’s one step you can take right now to significantly improve the chances of a happy reunion if he disappears. … Read Entire Post

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After enduring another long, harsh winter, most of us welcome the arrival of spring with open arms. We’re even willing to tolerate those frequent April showers, as they lead to the blooming of our favorite plants and flowers in May. You know your dog enjoys the May plants and flowers almost as much as you do. He’ll probably spend lots of time exploring, sniffing and tasting whatever happens to be growing in your garden, flowerbed or elsewhere on your property.

But while most plants and flowers will not harm your dog, some could trigger allergic reactions or even lead to the onset of serious illnesses. Here’s a partial list of plants and flowers your dog should avoid this spring:

  • Azalea — Ingesting just a few leaves from this member of the rhododendron family can have serious health ramifications for your dog. Possible effects include vomiting, diarrhea and excessive drooling. A severe azalea reaction can cause a dog to become comatose and possibly die.
  • Lily of the Valley — The Lily of the Valley contains cardiac glycosides that can lead to the onset of symptoms such
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The facts about cancer and our pets are alarming. According to PetCancerAwarness.org, cancer is the cause of nearly half of all disease-related pet deaths. Nearly 25 percent of all dogs will develop a tumor in their lifetime — in fact, dogs get cancer at about the same rates as humans. And while cats are less likely to be afflicted with cancer than dogs, feline cancer tends to be even more aggressive and deadly than the canine versions.

Unfortunately, humans can unwittingly contribute to the onset of cancer in our pets by exposing them to carcinogens found in pesticides, tobacco smoke and even the sun’s UV rays. No one wants to watch their pets suffer with and possibly die from this insidious disease.

With May being Pet Cancer Awareness Month, there’s no better time to support the worthy cause of eradicating pet cancer. Here are a few ways you can help:

  • Make a donation. There are many organizations that provide funding for pet cancer research. One example is the American Kennel Club Cancer Canine Health Foundation, which has funded nearly $11 million in cancer research over
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Whether you’re walking your dog in the cold early morning or you’re hunting through mounds of thick fur to nab that last deer tick, you’re a dedicated pet parent — and your dog loves you for it. Here’s to you, pet parents, for the dedicated care and loyal attention you give your best furry friends!

1. You’re on a first-name basis with your vet.

Whether you’re visiting the vet for his annual checkup or you’re worried about gum disease, ear mites or skin dryness, you’ve shown that you are a responsible pet owner. You neuter (or spay), stay current on rabies vaccinations, and couldn’t imagine running out of flea, tick and heartworm preventives. Your dog hates going, but you go anyway — because you know it’s the right thing to do.

2. There is no dog training — there is only people training.

There’s no such thing as a poorly trained dog, only a poorly trained owner. You know well-behaved pets get that way through patient and persistent training. Who’s the alpha dog in your house? You, of course — and you and your dog … Read Entire Post

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