Adopted Dog

Dog ownership is an incredibly rewarding experience. Not only are dogs loyal and loving, but they also make wonderful companions and attentive guardians. When you choose to adopt a dog, you’re likely saving his life and possibly your own. Here are the top four benefits to adopting a dog:

1. Lower Stress and Blood Pressure

Dog owners won’t be surprised to learn that multiple clinical studies demonstrate that pet owners live longer, healthier and more satisfying lives. Your dog can lower blood pressure, which is a risk factor for heart disease. He can also reduce your anxiety level, which isn’t a surprise for anyone who has experienced the surge of joy when returning home to a friendly, furry face after a long and stressful day at work.

2. Stronger Resistance to Allergies

Many families worry about exposing children to pet allergens that can cause uncomfortable symptoms. The good news is that the old thinking — the belief that having a pet made developing allergies more likely — appears false. A University of Wisconsin-Madison researcher tells the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology that the opposite … Read Entire Post

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Heartworm is a disease that is transmitted to dogs and other animals, including cats, though mosquito bites. It is serious, and when left untreated, it can be fatal.

What Is Heartworm?

Heartworms are foot-long worms that live and reproduce inside the body. They can cause long-lasting damage to organs and arteries, including the heart and lungs. When a mosquito bites a heartworm-infected animal, such as a coyote or fox, it can spread the microscopic microfilaria (baby worms) in the blood to an uninfected animal. The mosquito deposits the microfilaria into the blood or onto the skin of the new victim. It takes about two weeks for the baby worms to grow into infective stage larvae, and adult heartworms can live in dogs for up to 7 years. Some dogs have hundreds of heartworms, according to the American Heartworm Society.

The best way to treat heartworm disease is through prevention. Heartworm medicine, when given once per month, is an extremely effective heartworm disease preventive measure. If you have not given your dog heartworm medicine but would like to begin, bring him to your vet first. Dogs … Read Entire Post

flea and tick prevention feature

Is your poor pooch constantly scratching and licking certain parts of their body? Perhaps your pet has been restless lately, like something is bugging them.

It could be a lot of little things bugging them—fleas and ticks!

We’ve created a graphic with everything you need to know about these pests including how to get rid of fleas and ticks on your pet and in your home.

When is Flea and Tick Season?

While fleas and ticks are active year round, pets are most susceptible to becoming a host to these tiny pests from May to September.

Fleas prefer warmer temperatures but ticks are hardier and can survive colder climates.

Check out the graphic below to see if your state is one of the worst places to live for dogs and cats in regards to fleas and ticks.

Flea and Tick prevention on dogs

What’s the Difference Between Fleas and Ticks?

Though both pests look similar, fleas and ticks have very different life cycles and habits. Fleas tend to stick to one host for the duration of their lives, which can last for more than 100 days. Adult fleas lay 20-40 eggs … Read Entire Post

 

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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