4 Most Common Health Problems in Dogs

Dogs are one of the most loyal and loving additions you can add to your family. A new furry friend is a lot of fun, but it’s also a lot of responsibility. Your dog depends on you to recognize and treat health problems they may be suffering from. They can’t use words to express pain or symptoms they’re feeling, so it’s up to you to be aware of the warning signs. Ear Infections Ear infections in dogs are extremely common and have many potential causes. Allergies, bacteria build-up, and hair growth deep in the ear are a few of the most common culprits for canine ear infections. Luckily, ear infections in dogs can be easily treated with antibiotic drops if it’s caught early. If you notice any of these symptoms in your dog, it’s time to schedule an appointment with the vet. Head shaking Lack of balance Ear scratching Discharge from the ear Worms Worms are something that can be easily prevented in dogs, but many dog owners fail to take those preventative measures until it’s too late. Worms are an internal parasite that lives in the digestive tract of your pooch. Treatment methods will vary slightly depending on the severity of the condition, but it’s typically a quick and easy fix with a trip to the vet. Signs of worms in your dog include: Vomiting Diarrhea Lack of appetite Scooting bottom against the floor Fleas Fleas are something that every pet owner is familiar with. They multiply and spread very quickly, so catching a flea problem early is the key to protecting your pup. Fleas are commonly picked...

Helping Your Dog Deal With Anxiety

Just like humans, dogs can suffer from anxiety too, for a variety of different reasons. It could be separation anxiety, which may be common in rescue dogs that were abandoned as puppies, or travel anxiety, thunderstorm anxiety for dogs that fear loud noises, and more. Depending on what triggers your dog’s anxiety, you may notice different symptoms. There are several ways you can help your dog deal with this. The first step is recognizing the signs of anxiety. Common Symptoms of Anxiety in Dogs Include: Trembling/shaking Panting Having accidents around the house Excessive barking or whining Shedding more than normal No interest in toys, food, or treats Destructive Behavior Hyperactivity However, it’s important to remember that just because your dog is displaying one of these signs, doesn’t necessarily make it a cause for concern. Pay close attention to his behaviors, and determine if these behaviors are out of the ordinary, when they’re happening, and then take action from there. Exercise Similar to how some humans deal with anxiety, exercise is a great way to help mild forms of anxiety. While it’s not necessarily a “cure” that will make the anxiety disappear completely, it certainly will help. You should aim to get your dog out for a minimum of 1 hour per day for a walk or other form of physical exercise. This can especially help dogs with separation anxiety, as it reduces boredom and allows you to spend more quality time with your furry friend.  Treats or Toys When you were a kid, you probably had a favorite stuffed animal or blanket that brought you comfort. When you were...

Games to Keep Your Dog’s Minds Sharp

We all love playing with our dogs and spoiling them with treats and extra play time. However, you probably find yourself getting into the same routine of paying the same games day after day. You play fetch with them, and throw a ball, and then play more fetch, and then throw another ball. Are you seeing a pattern here? Dogs like change too, and they won’t learn anything new if you condition their minds to the exact same activities. Just like humans, dog’s need to be challenged to keep their brains sharp. Have no fear though– you can still have quality bonding time with your pooch while actively entertaining both of your minds. We’ve rounded up a helpful list of games for your pup that will get their mind working in different ways, and still be enjoyable for you both! Doggy Treat Hunt This one is pretty self-explanatory. If your canine is already a junior detective in the smelling department then he or she will love this game. You can set up a fun quest for them by placing treats anywhere within your home and getting them to find their mystery locations. You can provide aid as needed in this simplified version of a scavenger hunt. Tidy up the Toy Area This game is a sly, but entertaining one to condition your pooch into putting away their toys for a reward. We all love a clean living space and you can easily get your dog to actually want to help by offering them a snack in exchange. You’re able to teach your dog organization while having an enjoyable time....

Spring Activities to do With your Dog

Temperatures are warming up outside, the sun is shining, the snow has finally melted; The long-awaited spring season is finally here. Chances are, after a long winter of being cooped up inside, you’re not the only one that can’t wait to get outside! Your dog is probably running in circles wagging his tail, grabbing his own leash, and waiting for you by the door to go out and play! Here are a few fun activities you can do with him outside this spring to get him moving, and even learn some new tricks. Set up a DIY Obstacle Course Working on your dogs agility and tricks doesn’t have to involve any fancy equipment or facility. Use household items that you already have to make a DIY obstacle course in your backyard; Set up lawn chairs, hula hoops, cardboard boxes, and other objects to make a safe and fun course to challenge your dog.  You’ll both enjoy some fresh air outside, and he may even learn some new tricks along the way! A day at the Beach It may not be bathing suit weather just yet, but that doesn’t mean you and your pup can’t enjoy a fun adventure to the beach! Grab a tennis ball, frisbee, soccer ball, and any other toys to play with. Your dog will love having some open space to finally run around freely and stretch his legs. He might even be brave enough to splash around in the water for a bit! Spring Cleaning This one might benefit you even more-so than your dog, but he’ll still have fun! Cleaning out the closet can...

Hiking With Your Dog in the Winter

If you and your dog are an active pair that don’t like to be cooped up inside even on cold winter days, hiking can be a great way to let out some energy! While it may seem obvious to bundle yourself up in a warm coat, scarf, hat, mittens, and appropriate hiking boots, it may be a little more difficult to determine exactly how to get your furry friend ready for the adventure. Check out the tips below to keep your dog warm and safe during your hiking trip. Protect his Paws The toughness of a dog’s paw pads will vary greatly depending on his breed. While some pups may be able to withstand a rough terrain with ice and snow for hours without pain, others might be bleeding or sore under the same conditions. As a general rule of thumb, most dogs will require booties on frigid winter days. Be sure to let your dog wear them around the house to get comfortable and break them in beforehand, or he might not last very long on the trail. You can also rub his paws with musher’s wax to prevent ice from accumulating between his toes or in his fur. Even with these preventative steps, it’s important to regularly check on his paws to remove ice buildup or notice if he’s experiencing any pain or discomfort. Invest in a Dog Jacket On cold winter days, sometimes his own fur coat just isn’t enough. Buying him a dog jacket will not only keep him warm, but will also cut the wind, and protect his fur from being covered in icy...

What to Consider Before Adopting a Dog

Adopting a dog can be one of the most rewarding decisions, for both you and your new furry friend. Now only will he have a safe home, but you’ll have a new loving companion. Taking them out of the shelter or off the streets could quite literally be saving their lives. Adopting a dog is a big commitment and one you’ll want to put full thought and consideration into before acting upon. Finding a dog that will fit in with you and your family’s lifestyle is essential for the overall happiness of you and your new pet. Here are a few things you’ll want to think about. Activity Level Finding a furry friend that has a comparable energy level to you is a must. If you want a low maintenance dog that doesn’t need an excessive amount of exercise, avoid any breeds that are known as the herding or sporting type. Instead, you’ll probably want a smaller “lap-dog” breed. On the contrary, if you’re looking for a dog to keep you active and to go for a job with, there are plenty of high-energy breeds to choose from! Other Pets/Children If you have another pet in the home or small children, the shelter may warn you against certain dogs. Most shelters do testing to see how dogs will react around other pets, children, and adults. If they say that a dog needs a quiet shelter with no small children again, don’t try to go against there word. They’re looking out for the safety of the dog and your family. There are plenty of breeds out there with different needs,...
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