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Why Puppy Mills Are So Bad

Are you interested in buying a puppy? Then you should avoid getting it from a puppy mill. What’s a puppy mill and why is it so bad? In the following lines, you will find out more about puppy mills and why they are not recommended at all. They are bad for the dogs and future dog owners alike. You have very good reasons to avoid puppy mills and opt for responsible breeders instead. Puppy mills don’t care about the well-being of the dogs One of the reasons puppy mills are so bad is the fact that the dogs’ health and well-being are utterly disregarded. In this kind of facilities, dogs are kept only for breeding purposes. The owners or managers of puppy mills are simply looking for a profit and care less about the dogs that produce the puppies. They often use a female dog until the verge of exhaustion...
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How to Euthanize Your Dog at Home

No dog lover likes to think about saying goodbye the family’s beloved companion. Most don’t even give it thought until the time comes. But, death is a part of life’s cycles, whether we like it or not. Since dogs live much shorter lives than humans, it is something we need to consider when you look to welcoming a dog into your life. When your dog’s health starts to turn, all we can do is to cherish the moments we have spent together and make the dog’s last days on earth as comfortable and easy as possible. Euthanasia is something you need to consider when you have an ill dog that suffers a lot due to its condition. In spite of the treatment it receives, there can be cases when medication won’t help any longer. When the dog is old, weak, can barely eat, and is in pain, you need to...
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5 Signs Your Dog May Be Overweight

Approximately 80% of UK vets have described an increase in dog obesity. While most owners are aware of the health risks of dog obesity, only up to 30% of owners admit that their own dog is overweight. To keep your dog in their best shape, here are 5 signs your dog may be overweight. 1.      No visible waist Start by standing over your dog and look down to their waist. Every dog, no matter the breed, should have an hourglass shape, even if it is very slight. Look for a tuck behind the ribs and hips. If you cannot see any clear tuck, then your dog is likely overweight. If there isn’t just an absent tuck, but the waistline projects outwards, then your dog is certainly obese. 2.      Missing abdomen tuck Now, observe your dog from the side. Like the waistline, the abdomen should tuck upwards towards the spine. If...
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Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus: Everything You Need to Know about Bloat

If you own a giant-breed dog, such as a Great Dane, Mastiff, or Irish Wolfhound, chances are you are already aware of Bloat – a silent killer of dogs.  While Bloat is most common in large dogs with barrel-type chests and tucked waists, this deadly disorder can affect all dog breeds, yet few owners are aware of the condition.  Everything you need to know about Bloat is discussed below. Image credit: www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com What is Bloat? When an excessive amount of air, food, or water enters a dog’s stomach and causes discomfort, Bloat has occurred.  A second stage of Bloat, called Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus (GDV), occurs when the stomach flips over on its horizontal axis and cuts off the blood supply to the stomach, rapidly leading to tissue death and organ failure. What are the Symptoms of Bloat? Bloat symptoms include a visibly distended stomach that is hard to the touch, as well...
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Dogs vs. Moles: Digging Season has Begun

Not only do digging dogs destroy the yard [say that 5 times fast!], but they also track a huge mess into the house.  Warmer weather has brought small critters – such as moles – out of hibernation, which many dog breeds lover to hunt.  Listed here are ways to keep moles out of your yard. Why Do Dogs Dig for Moles? There are many reasons that dogs dig in the yard, including boredom, attention-seeking, warm weather relief, and in search of small animals.  If your dog is a terrier of any type, however, chances are that your dog is seeking small rodents.  After all, many terriers were specifically bred for rodent-control, and certain breeds (such as the Jack Russell Terrier), were developed for controlling mole problems. Thanks to your dog’s keen sense of smell and hearing, your dog will likely detect the presence of a mole long before it makes...
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Hot Paws Review: A Memory That Will Last Forever

My wife was searching around for some craft ideas a few weeks ago and ran across a unique idea she wanted to try. It is called Hot Paws, and today we are going to review it. What is Hot Paws Hot Paws is product from Hot Sand Glass Studio located in New Jersey. Paul Elyseev and Thomas Stevens started Hot Sand at home as a hobby making art. They went on to open a business allowing the public to come in and learn glass blowing. I’m not sure when, but they created Hot Paws as a mail in service to allow pet owners cast their pet’s paw. Once sent back, the company will freeze that print in glass giving an everlasting keepsake. This is what got me interested in Hot Paws. Dog’s are not around forever and I wish we would have done something like this when our sweet sweet Sadie...
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8 Dog Toy Box Ideas That You Will Love

With all the toys around the house, we all know that dogs can be just as messy as a young child. Kids have them so why shouldn’t you have a dog toy box in the house as well? It makes sense, your puppy has those chew toys laying all over. There is nothing worse than stepping on a Kong or plastic bone in the middle of the night! If you would just like to get the ideas, feel free to us the table of contents below to go where you would like to go. Dog Toy Box Ideas The Wire Bone Storage The first option is not technically a dog toy box but it serves the same purpose, plus doing a little more. Besides holding toys, it also offers three hooks for things like your dogs leash. It’s not going to hold a lot of dog toys, but what a cool idea...
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Dog Proof Trash Can That Actually Work – Plus How to DIY

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My large dog like most others loves garbage and it drives me crazy to have trash all over the kitchen every time I walked in the door. It seemed like he hits the garbage every time I would turn my back. We ended up putting our trash can in the garage for almost a year before I broke down and figured there had to be a better solution. I was amazed when doing research looking for a dog proof trash can, that there were not as many options as I thought there would be. So to save you time, I wanted to list the dog proof trash can that we selected and a list of the other options out there. But, before we get to that, I want to cover a couple things that may help you solve the underlying issues. If you are in a hurry, I have put...
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Top Dog Food Delivery Subscription Services

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Signing up for a fresh dog food delivery system is quickly becoming popular for many people and their dogs in the United States. How many times have you forgot to pick up dog food and needed to run out? It has happen to all of us and it always seems to happen at the most inconvenient times! What is a Dog Food Delivery Subscription By signing up for a dog food delivery service, you are automatically sent your dog food set up on your schedule. Usually once per month. There should be no long term contracts so you can cancel at any time if you no longer want the service. Top 2 Dog Food Delivery Subscription Options There are many places to get dog food delivery services on a monthly bases. We are going to cover our top two choices. We will cover our pick for fresh made to order...
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Knowing When to Say Goodbye

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One of the hardest parts of dog ownership is knowing when the time is right to say goodbye.  Whether a sudden illness or old age brings about the inevitable, there is no easy way to ensure you are ready to help your pet cross the rainbow bridge.  Unfortunately, one of the biggest regrets that many pet owners have is that they waited too long to euthanize (put to sleep) a sick or suffering animal.  Listed below are seven signs you should consider when making the difficult decision. Signs To Look For Here are some common signs to look for when it may be time to start the talking with your vet about end of life care. Refusing Food When animals lose interest in food, it is often their way of indicating their time on Earth is ending.  Lack of appetite for food or water is one of the first signs...
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