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How to Brush Your Dog’s Teeth

Dogs don’t get cavities the way humans do, but they can develop plaque, tartar, and gingivitis — all of which contribute to foul breath and tooth problems. Trips to the veterinarian can be costly, so it [more…]

How to Help Your Dog Have Healthy Teeth

Beyond brushing your dog’s teeth, you can help keep your canine companion’s canines clean in a variety of ways. Most of the methods have something to do with feeding your dog the right kind of food and [more…]

How to Get Rid of Your Dog’s Tear Stains

Tear stains show up as brown, gunky stuff that runs from your dog’s eye down the muzzle. Although they’re unsightly, they’re natural for some breeds. You have a variety of methods to choose from to clean [more…]

What to Consider before You Adopt a Dog

You have to factor in a whole range of issues when you start thinking about adopting a dog. Merely realizing that you’re a dog person isn’t enough to justify adopting a pup. You need to consider whether [more…]

Adopting Rescued or Shelter Dogs: Pros and Cons

An animal shelter is a great place to adopt a dog, and a great place to start a search for your canine companion. But adopting an animal from a shelter or a rescue group isn’t for everyone. You definitely [more…]

How to Help Your Dog Avoid Poisons

Many of the things poisonous to humans also are poisonous to dogs, but dogs also can react —sometimes severely — to substances some humans can’t live without, chocolate, for example. [more…]

How to Supply Essential Accessories for Your Dog

Dogs don’t require thousands of accessories, and you certainly don’t need to spend a fortune to equip your dog. However, to be able to manage and train your dog successfully, you need some basic items [more…]

What to Do about Your Dog’s Scooting

You may notice your dog scooting across the carpet, leaving a little brown trail. Although many people mistakenly believe that worms are the cause of this behavior, the real culprits are the anal glands [more…]

Dog Vaccination Schedule for Puppy's First Year

Your new puppy definitely needs a series of vaccinations in the first year of life to protect him from many dangerous diseases as his doggy immune system develops. Different veterinarians recommend slightly [more…]

How to Evaluate Your Dog's Weight

To determine whether your dog is the correct weight, compare her body condition with the images here of how dogs typically look when they are overweight, underweight, and just right. [more…]

How to Correct Your Dog’s Weight Problem

If your canine companion struggles with weight issues, the solutions for dogs are much the same as for humans — more food or less food and perhaps more exercise for an overweight dog, keeping in mind that [more…]

How to Treat Your Dog’s Separation Anxiety

With separation related behaviors (SRB), also called separation anxiety, your dog becomes anxious and stressed when you leave him. Dogs that experience separation anxiety usually are highly pack-oriented [more…]

How to Cure Your Dog’s Submissive Wetting

Dogs that would rather run than fight are notorious for submissive wetting behavior. These dogs usually wet themselves or the floor when you first greet them. The dog either squats or rolls over on his [more…]

What to Feed Your Dog

Dogs are omnivores, like humans. They like and can exist on meat or plant material — although they prefer meat. Dogs love treats of carrots, celery, or apple, but meat is a lot closer to their hearts. [more…]

BARF, the Raw-Food Diet for Dogs

A great many dog lovers have embraced the raw-food diet known as BARF, which stands for Bones and Raw Food, or Biologically Appropriate Raw Food. The idea is that the diet is most like what a dog would [more…]

How Much to Feed Your Dog and How Often

The label on the bag of dog food provides a guideline on the amount of food recommended for your dog. It’s just a start, though. Dogs who are highly active, pregnant, or nursing puppies have higher requirements [more…]

How to Give Your Dog Treats

Giving your pet a little something special from time to time isn’t going to do him any harm and can be very useful in training situations, or when you’re trying to keep him occupied while he’s home alone [more…]

Making Sure our Dog Gets Enough Exercise

A big part of keeping your dog happy and healthy is making sure that he gets enough exercise. Just as for humans, physical exercise is necessary to keep a dog’s stomach, bones and joints, and brain functioning [more…]

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…]


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