Author: pet-care

As an owner it is important to know what to do when your dog is ill. There are many different things that can cause your dog to be ill, and many different things you can do based on the illness to help them feel better. If your dog is not feeling well, it usually makes an uncomfortable situation for both the owner and the dog alike. A fever is common to many illnesses, so it is important to know how to treat a fever. When the dog has a fever its body uses more calories and energy than normal. This…

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By By Cindy Wolff wolff@gomemphis.com September 29, 2002 Tank is a chocolate-colored muscle of a dog whose tail was partially amputated after it became infected from incessant wagging against a kennel wall. He sleeps at night cuddled with a stuffed animal; his thick neck bears the scars of a collar that was unmercifully too small. He’s never met a stranger and is happiest with his 70-pound body splayed across someone’s lap. But no one wants Tank. He is forever painted by the same brush that has caused his breed to be revered by criminals and reviled by families. Tank is…

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Our dogs are so like us in so many ways. We can see them feel joy and pain just like us. Things that we so admire in humans such as loyalty, trust and a boundless joy are so abundant in our dogs that we cannot help but love them. But loving our dogs means more then simply showering them with treats and kisses. We must respect that in being so like us humans that they need purpose beyond living for food and shelter. In the course of my dog training at Perfect Manners Dog Training I encounter so many stressed,…

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When you groom your puppy or adult dog, you need to take proper care of the eyes as well. The eyes are easily forgotten when dog owners groom or play with their dogs. There are safety precautions and cleaning around the eyes that will help keep your dogs eyes free from potential health problems. Steps to Keeping Your Dogs Eyes Healthy Protecting the eyes from potential injury is important. When you are training or just playing, make sure to watch out for the eyes. Sometimes when you are playing with the dog, you could kick a ball or throw a…

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There are several reasons your dog may get diabetes and it is important to understand what can cause these issues in your dog in order to avoid them. Diabetes can shorten your dog’s life, make them feel unhappy, and cause discomfort for the entire family. Therefore, you should provide the proper nutrients, diet, exercise, and overall health for your dog. Low Carbohydrates You need to monitor the food you are providing your pet. First, to keep diabetes from harming your dog you need to understand what is in the pet food you are supplying. There are several different types of…

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A popular misconception is that dogs age 7 years for each calendar year. In fact, canine aging is much more rapid during the first 2 years of a dog’s life. After the first 2 years the ratio settles down to 5 to 1 for small and medium breeds. For large breeds the rate is 6 to 1, and for giant breeds the rate is 7 to 1. Thus, at 10 years of age a Great Dane would be 80 years old while a pug would only be 64. Calculating Age in Dog Years

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Dog trainers understand concepts about raising a well behaved, civilized dog that many parents raising children aren’t privy to. I do not mean to suggest that children are dogs, certainly not. But in some ways, our culture spends more time and energy sharing information about training a dog than information about raising a child. What am I talking about? Take a minute and Google the term “socialization period”. How many references do you see to puppies or dogs in the titles? How many to children? Exactly. (I’ll address the issue of socialization later in this article.) How many parents know…

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Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish Wolfhound named Belker. The dog’s owners, Ron, his wife, Lisa, and their little boy, Shane, were all very attached to Belker, and they were hoping for a miracle. I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer. I told the family we couldn’t do anything for Belker, and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home. As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it would be good for four-year-old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt as though…

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“Don’t accept your dog’s admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful.” – Ann Landers “From the dog’s point of view, his master is an elongated and abnormally cunning dog.” – Mabel Louise Robinson “Dogs’ lives are too short. Their only fault, really.” – Agnes Sligh Turnbull “The more I see of man, the more I like dogs.” – Mme. de Staël “My little dog – a heartbeat at my feet.” – Edith Wharton “In order to keep a true perspective of one’s importance, everyone should have a dog that will worship him and a cat that will ignore him.”…

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