create a pet safety net

You love your dog; he’s a part of your family. That’s why it can be so difficult to think clearly and rationally when something bad happens to him.

You want to jump in and save him, but do you know what to do?

From what to keep in a first aid kit to doggy CPR, here’s what you need to know to create a pet safety net.

How to Create A Pet Safety Net infographic

What to do when your dog eats something toxic

It’s common knowledge that chocolate can be deadly to dogs, but did you know that onions can be just as deadly? A quarter cup of onion is enough to make a 20-pound dog sick.

In the event that your dog eats either of these potentially fatal foods, you should call your vet immediately. If your vet approves, it may be a good idea to give your dog a small amount of hydrogen peroxide to induce vomiting. However, do not do this without contacting your vet first.

Alternatively, administering a small amount of activated charcoal can also counteract the the harmful food.

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adult dog training

Everyone, non-pet owners included, has heard the age-old adage, “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” But is there any truth to this popular phrase?

Though it may take more time to teach new tricks or break old habits, dogs are never too old to start. Whether you’ve adopted a senior dog or you’ve decided it’s finally time to start training your beloved pooch late in life, here are a few helpful tips to get you started.

Advantages of Late in Life Training

It can be easy to assume that a puppy with a blank slate is more able to learn than an adult dog. However, all dogs are lifelong learners, so a senior dog is just as eager to be trained as a young dog. In some ways, older dogs can be even easier to train than their puppy counterparts.

  • Calmer temperament. This reduces the chance of sudden energy bursts interrupting training sessions.
  • Better focus. This gives them a much longer attention span for learning new things.
  • Intelligence. They are just as smart as young dogs and may even have prior experience
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What Supplements Should I Give My Dog

In today’s health-conscious society, it seems there is a vitamin or supplement for everything imaginable. This begs the question, “Should I give my dog vitamins?” The answer varies based on the dog and the situation.

Dogs and Nutrition

If you’re feeding your dog commercial dog food, then you should understand it has been created to be nutritionally balanced. This means the food will fulfill all the nutritional needs for a dog. Beyond plain kibble, you’ll also find food specifically for:

  • Puppies
  • Active dogs
  • Overweight dogs
  • Large breed dogs
  • Senior dogs
  • Pregnant or lactating dogs

If your dog’s food is homemade, you are more likely to have nutritional gaps, so in this instance dog vitamins may be a good idea if your veterinarian recommends them. But you shouldn’t depend on them.

Humans can’t meet all their nutritional requirements by taking supplements, and neither can dogs. If you feed your dog a regular diet of homemade or human food, be sure to consult with your veterinarian to formulate a diet that is as balanced as possible. By doing so, you can provide only the supplements they need.… Read Entire Post

English Bulldog - Giving pets as gifts

It’s tough to resist those puppy-dog eyes looking at you through the television screen or in the Facebook photos shared by your local shelter. Who wouldn’t fall for that cuddly little friend under the Christmas tree? However, before you go out and adopt a pet as a surprise Christmas gift, you should probably reconsider. While the idea of wrapping a red bow around the neck of a furry friend might seem like a good idea, it’s best for you and the animal if you don’t give pets as gifts.

What Could Go Wrong with Giving Pets for Christmas?

Giving pets as gifts seems thoughtful. Perhaps you have been thinking about getting your kids or significant other a loveable pet friend, but the timing never seemed to work out. We can assure you, giving the pet as a gift is an idea best passed by and here is why:

  • Have you calculated the cost?
    Taking care of a cat can cost anywhere from $350 to $400 a year while a small dog could require $400 to $500 a year, with a larger dog costing even more.
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