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How to Keep Your Dog if You Fall on Hard Times

Owning an animal is a huge responsibility, one that should not be taken lightly.  However, occasionally people fall onto hard times and cannot bear the thought of giving up their pets due to a short-term crisis.  Additionally, sometimes people in tough situations find themselves with a new companion, typically an animal that was picked up as a stray.  If you have found yourself in either situation, know that there are short-term ways to help pay for your pet’s care. Ask for a Foster If you need help for a limited period of time, such as while you find a new place to live or work, approach a respected rescue and inquire whether they can place your dog with a foster family.  Rescues are happy to help pet owners keep their animals if at all possible, and if a foster is available the rescue will surely oblige. Visit a Canine Food...
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Homemade Dog Treats from Thanksgiving Leftovers

With Thanksgiving almost here, you may be stocking up on Tupperware for the mountain of leftovers you are sure to have.  Why not repurpose those leftovers into treats for your dog?  Listed here are homemade treat recipes that use common Thanksgiving foods. Thanksgiving Bowl If you have leftovers of everything, consider substituting this thanksgiving bowl for a few of your dog’s meals.  Not only will your pup enjoy the change in routine, but you will have less food waste (and less turkey fatigue).  To make nine, 1-cup servings (serving size is ¾ cup for small dog, 1 ½ cups for medium dog, and 3 cups for large dog), combine 3 lbs skinless cooked turkey pieces, 1 cup cooked oatmeal, 1 lb cubed, cooked sweet potatoes, 2 TBSP cranberry sauce (optional), and 4 TBSP turkey gravy (optional; if omitting, replace with olive oil).  Combine the ingredients and feed to your dog...
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Is a Weimaraner Right for You?

Weimaraners are noble dogs, best known for their history as large game hunters among German nobility.  Their unique coloring and soulful eyes makes them a popular choice among dog owners; but, is a Weimaraner right for you? Temperament As a dog from the sporting group, the Weimaraner is stereotypically obedient and friendly, while also bold and fearless.  This breed is highly energetic, thanks to its background in hunting large game such as boar and bear.  Like most dogs bred to work closely with humans, the Weimaraner is also very affectionate, almost to a fault.  Weimaraners are highly prone to developing separation anxiety, and often struggle when left alone. Size, Coloring, and Upkeep Weimaraners are large dogs, typically topping out at 82 lbs for males and 71 lbs for females.  They are known for their uniquely colored coat, which can be blue, grey, or silver grey.  Their eyes are light in...
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What To Do If You Find a Stray Dog

Dog people often feel that stray animals are drawn to them, as if the dogs know that they will receive care when they find certain people.  If you find a stray dog, there are numerous things you can do to help the dog find its way home. Secure Safely First, safely secure the animal in your yard or garage.  Use caution, as scared animals are often unpredictable and may bite.  If you are ever unsure about the situation, err on the side of caution.  For help with a sick or injured animal, call animal control or the police department.  Do not introduce your own pets to any stray animals, as you do not want to risk spreading disease. Check for Tags If the dog has tags, call the number on the ID and explain the situation.  If the dog only has a rabies tag but no contact information, call the...
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How to Choose a Name for Your Dog

When you bring home a new puppy or an adopted dog, the first step is to choose a name.  This task may seem monumental; after all, your pet is stuck with this title for the rest of its life!  Tips to help make your decision easier are described here. Research Common Names Max, Sadie, Bella, Bailey, and Buddy are all great monikers, which is why they are on the list of most common dog names.  If you are choosing a popular name for your pet, ask yourself if you plan to take your dog to areas that will be populated with other dogs, such as off-leash dog parks or daycare.  If so, you may want to reconsider, unless you want all the Sadies running to your car when it’s time to go. Here are some free online books to get ideas. Avoid Trends Sure, it might be cute to dub your...
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How to Prepare for Any Canine Emergency

If an emergency were to strike, would you be prepared?  Staying calm and knowing what to do in case of disaster is the first step, and listed below are common emergencies, what you should do, and tips for mitigating the consequences. On the Road Before getting your dog ready for travel, you should prepare a few key items.  First, print off your dog’s veterinary and vaccine records, just in case you need to make an emergency visit to a veterinarian.  Next, ensure your dog’s microchip and tag information are up to date, in case of the unfortunate scenario that you lose your pet.  In addition, be sure to have a recent photo of your dog available. While traveling, it is essential that your pet remain restrained in the car, either in a kennel, with a seat belt, or behind a pet gate.  This not only prevents your dog from distracting...
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Hidden Danger for Dogs: Xylitol

One of the most toxic substances for dogs has only surfaced in recent years, thanks to the health-conscious minds of today’s consumers.  A particularly scary aspect of this ingredient is that it is not always listed on a food’s label, and can appear in unlikely sources.  Everything you need to know about xylitol and the dangers it poses to your dog is discussed here. What is Xylitol? Xylitol is a sugar alcohol that adds sweetness to food without the calories or insulin-spike of sugar.  It is commonly added to sugar-free or “diet friendly” foods in order to make these items more palatable.  In addition, xylitol is less likely to cause side effects in humans, such as gastrointestinal upset, which is commonly experienced with sweeteners such as sorbitol. Which Foods Contain Xylitol? The most common sources of xylitol are sugar-free gum, breath fresheners, toothpaste, and most recently, certain brands of peanut...
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Is a Shiba Inu Right for You?

Shiba Inus are popular dogs thanks to their fox-like aesthetic and small, manageable size.  However, this breed of dog is often considered to be one of the more difficult ones to own, and for good reason.  Is a Shiba Inu right for your family? Temperament Shiba Inus are commonly called the “cats of the dog world” due to their aloof personality.  They tend to be loner dogs, ones that prefer keeping to themselves rather than engaging in stereotypical dog-like behaviors, such as attention seekin.  As alert and active animals they make great watch dogs, and their high energy makes them perfect exercise partners for active people. Size, Coloring, and Upkeep Shibas are small in stature, standing 16 – 17 inches tall and weighing 18 – 22 lbs.  They have four common coat colorings, including red, sesame, black and tan, or white. Shiba Inus have a double coat and shed heavily,...
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Dogs and Children: Dog Bite Prevention

Unfortunately, children represent the largest demographic of people affected by serious dog bites annually.  A conservative estimate is that 400,000 children receive medical treatment in the US each year after a dog attack; however, many cases go unreported for fear of the dog’s welfare.  While no dog bite is ever inexcusable, the fact of the matter is that many attacks can be prevented. Why Are Children Affected More Often Than Adults? Children represent chaotic unpredictability to pets, which can be extremely nerve wracking – especially to an anxious dog.  Dogs have certain drives that are evolutionarily ingrained, such as chasing smaller animals or becoming agitated in the presence of loud shrieks.  In addition, children are less likely to be aware of personal space, and can threaten an animal by inadvertently crowding a dog’s face or food bowl. Rules for Children Never approach a dog during mealtime.  This rule holds true...
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Last Minute Halloween Costumes for your Dog

With Halloween mere hours away, you may be struggling to get your pup’s costume together (or forgot about Halloween completely).  Listed here are 9 costumes that require little effort. Mummy Turn your dog into a spooky mummy by wrapping her in strips of gauze, a cut-up t-shirt, or even toilet paper.  To add to the effect, red food coloring can be used to create the illusion of blood.  Just be sure that the wrappings are not too tight and that your pet’s movements aren’t restricted. Skeleton This costume is perfect if your pet has dark fur.  Simply purchase a pet-safe temporary marker or fur paint and outline your dog’s skeletal system.  If bringing your dog along trick-or-treating, look for glow-in-the-dark paint to add to the effect.  This costume is great for dogs that dislike wearing clothes or costumes. Tiger Similar to the skeleton, if you have a tan or orange...
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