While dogs seem to enjoy the summer weather almost as much as humans, those hot, humid “dog days” can take quite a toll on your canine companion. Ever notice how your dog seems to pant more when the heat is on? That’s just his way of trying to keep cool. Just like people, dogs are susceptible to the effects of extreme heat. Taking a few simple precautions will protect your dog and help him beat the heat all summer long. Choose from some of the best safety tips:

  • Don’t leave him unattended in a hot car. Some people think that leaving a dog inside a car with the windows cracked will allow him to stay cool. But the temperature inside an enclosed car can easily exceed 100 degrees on a hot day, which could lead to heatstroke and death. Either take your dog with you when you leave the car or let him stay at home in air-conditioned comfort!
  • Keep him cool and hydrated. If you keep your dog outside instead of in an air-conditioned home, make sure he has access to a cool, shaded
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What’s the most logical solution for keeping your dog inside your yard? If you’re like most people, the first answer that comes to mind is to build a fence. The next question is: What type of fence should I build? This is where things get a little more complicated.

There are numerous dog fencing solutions available these days, so how can you be sure you find the right option for your property and needs? In this post, we’ll explore the different types of dog containment solutions and weigh the pros and cons of each.

Physical Barriers

Creating a physical barrier around your property typically involves building a fence made of wood, vinyl, chain link or other material. In addition to serving as a visible deterrent, this type of fence will also cause your dog to exert some effort in order to make his way to freedom. He’ll have to dig under, climb up or jump over the fence if he wants to escape.

Other key advantages to constructing a physical barrier is that it can also discourage unwanted animals from entering your property. This … Read Entire Post


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


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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