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How to Make Disaster Preparation Plans for Your Dog

If a natural disaster strikes, you should have an emergency kit and a plan for your pets. You're also wise to consider what would happen to your pets if you were in an accident or became ill suddenly and [more…]

How to Read a Dog Food Label

Reading a dog food label to determine whether it provides the correct nutrients for your dog really isn’t very different from reading the nutritional label on your cereal box. A certain amount of nutritional [more…]

How to Figure Out Dog Food Ingredients

If you’re confused by some of the lingo on dog-food bags, you’re not alone — what’s a by-product, anyway? And meat meal may sound like ground-up meat, but it’s achieved by cooking, not grinding. [more…]

How Much to Feed Your Dog

You have your dog’s food bowl in hand and the dog food on the counter in front of you. But how much food do you put in the bowl? Calories are the key. The label on the dog food package should tell you [more…]

How to Decide Whether to Free-Feed Your Dog

Many people keep their dog’s bowl full and let him eat whenever he wants, known as free-feeding. Although this may seem like an easy approach to feeding, there are many reasons why it's best not to free-feed [more…]

How to Recognize an Allergic Reaction in Your Dog

Dog have allergies, just like people do — and often to the same things such as dust, pollen, grass, and insect bites. Your furry friend may also be allergic to certain ingredients in her kibble. [more…]

How to Recognize Hot Spots on Your Dog

A hot spot is a small to large area of your dog’s skin that’s red, raw, and oozing serum (fluid that seeps from the blood). Hot spots occur most often in dogs with allergies and commonly appear on the [more…]

How to Handle Your Dog’s Bad Breath

Doggy bad breath usually is a sign that all is not well in your dog’s mouth. If your furry friend has a bad case of dog breath, it can be the result of poor dental hygiene. About 70 percent of dogs have [more…]

Why Do Dogs Eat Grass?

Experts and owners theorize about why some dogs graze on grass like cattle do. Some people think it’s a sign of an upset stomach, and the grass is soothing. Some dogs just like the taste of it. Others [more…]

What to Do about Your Dog’s Licking

If your dog constantly licks herself, she probably has a good reason for it — and she may need to be checked out by a veterinarian. Any time you see your dog licking repeatedly at one spot, take a look [more…]

What to Do about Your Dog’s Bald Spots

Most dogs shed a little hair every day. But if your dog develops a bald spot on his back or side, the hairless patch points to a health problem.

Patchy bald spots where you can see through to the skin or [more…]

What to Do about Your Dog’s Diarrhea

Most dogs get an occasional bout of loose stools. Although uncomfortable and undesirable, diarrhea may just be the body’s way of clearing the intestine of something disagreeable. [more…]

What to Do about Your Dog’s Constipation

A constipated dog spends longer than usual defecating, and the resultant stools are small, round, and hard. You can bet that if your dog is constipated, he’s uncomfortable. [more…]

What to Do about Your Dog’s Gas

If your furry friend’s flatulence has you thinking about investing in a gas mask, it may be time to think about changing your dog's diet. Diet is the main reason for farting. A sudden change in diet after [more…]

How to Introduce New People to Your Dog

Even if you have a big family, meeting people outside your household is important for your new dog. Introductions can take place on walks through the neighborhood or trips in the car, but another great [more…]

How to Stop Your Dog from Eating Feces

Why do some dogs eat other animals’ poop? No one really knows for sure, although there are a number of theories. Some think that dung-eating dogs are fulfilling a nutritional need. Others believe that [more…]

How to Give Your Dog Oral, Ear, or Eye Medicine

At some point, you’ll need to give some type of medicine to your dog. Knowing how to medicate your ailing canine is important because, if you don’t, you won’t be able to get him the medicine he needs when [more…]

How to Make a First-Aid Kit for Your Dog

Ideally, you have two first-aid kits for your dog — one for your car and one for home — so that you can start helping your dog immediately in an emergency when she’s hurt or injured. [more…]

How to Check Your Dog’s Pulse

To check your dog’s pulse, you need to locate the femoral artery, which lies just below the skin on the inside of the back legs, between two large muscles where the leg joins the body. [more…]

What Your Dog’s Gum Color Tells You

Look at your dog’s gums while she is at rest. Lift your dog’s upper lip and look at the color of the gums above an upper canine tooth — the gums should be pink. [more…]

How to Approach an Injured Dog

When you come upon an accident scene in which a dog has been injured, always be sure that you are safe before you try to help the dog. Every year people are killed on roads and highways because they put [more…]

How to Examine an Injured Dog

When you come upon a scene in which a dog is seriously injured and appears to be unconscious or in shock, your first step is to carry out an A-B-C assessment — check the dog’s airway, breathing, and circulation [more…]

How to Administer CPR to Your Dog

If your dog is not breathing or doesn’t have a pulse, you can administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in an effort to save your canine companion’s life. [more…]

How to Treat Your Dog’s Wounds

In the course of their lives, dogs are likely to get injured now and then. Your pet may run into a tree branch or rub against a sharp object. Your dog may even get in an occasional fight and wind up with [more…]

What to Do If Your Dog Is Bleeding

Some dogs don’t notice when they’re hurt and your first clue may be the blood trail she leaves. To stop bleeding, apply pressure to the wound with a piece of gauze or cloth for several minutes. [more…]

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