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, 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


Imagine you’re enjoying a weekend at a friend’s mountain cabin. You spend the afternoon hiking with your dogs, only to discover he’s covered in deer ticks — or he stepped on a beehive, ate half of a chocolate cake or suffered an allergic reaction. You need veterinary advice or possibly help, and you need it fast. Just like people, dogs sometimes suffer from occasional injuries or illnesses. Creating a first aid kit customized for your dog’s potential medical needs is easy and inexpensive — and it could potentially save his life.

Things to Include

Creating a basic first aid kit makes it easier to provide your pet with the immediate medical care he may need. Plan to keep your first aid kit in your car so you have it available at all times — don’t forget to take it with you in the event you travel without your car. Include information such as your vet’s phone number and the contact information for the animal hospital that’s closest to your home. The ASPCA also runs a poison control hotline, reachable at 1-800-426-4435, which is helpful if … Read Entire Post

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