Monthly Archives: June 2011

Why Does My Dog Growl at other Dogs?

This is the number one question we ponder on our daily walk. When walking our dogs, we meet a new dog who seems so friendly.  Our dog is friendly as a general rule with other dogs, but SOMETIMES out of nowhere, he starts up with the other dog. This article written by Jolanta Benal seems to be the best article we can find on this subject. Many of us have had that uh-oh moment when our dog suddenly doesn’t look so friendly. My beloved dog Izzy once growled at me when I came up behind her while she was working … Continue reading

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Household Items That Are Bad for your Dog & Cat

  At, we try very hard to find products to keep your dog safe.  However, safety starts at home, here’s a list of items to consider to keep your home pet-safe. BEING AWARE IS THE FIRST STEP The easiest way to keep a pet healthy and safe is to think of them as the most curious of children. Err on the side of safety! OUTSIDE HAZARDS Antifreeze that contains ethylene glycol has a sweet taste that attracts animals but is deadly if consumed in even small quantities; one teaspoon can kill a seven-pound cat. The HSUS recommends pet owners … Continue reading

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What causes a hot spot in your dog?

We all hate them, this awful red spot that develops on our best pal.  Here’s the root of the problem and some solutions. Acute Moist Dermatitis (Hot Spots) in Dogs A hot spot is a warm, painful, swollen patch of skin 1 to 4 inches (2.5 to 10 cm) across that exudes pus and gives off a foul odor. Hair in the area is lost rapidly. The infection progresses when the dog licks and chews the site. These circular patches appear suddenly and enlarge quickly, often within a matter of hours. Hot spots can occur anywhere on the body, often … Continue reading

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Summer Dog Allergies

Every year at this time, our dog, Wrigley turns into a different dog.  He starts biting and scratching it’s hard to break the pattern once it starts.  Our last resort is always medicine but we’ve found a few remedies to help with the problem. First, let’s start with the main cause of the allergy. Summer allergies in dogs are symptoms of an immune system hypersensitivity. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine,” the immune system protects the body from potentially harmful substances by recognizing and responding to antigens.” Antigens are usually protein based — toxins, foreign particles, drugs, chemicals … Continue reading

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Dogs & Separation Anxiety

Dogs are the happiest when they are with their best pal-you.  Often people treat the symptoms of separation anxiety without understanding what this causing the behavior and fixing it at the root of the problem. This article from the Humane Society addresses ways to help you help your dog. Dogs with separation anxiety exhibit distress and behavior problems when they’re left alone. The most common behaviors include: Digging and scratching at doors or windows in an attempt to reunite with their owners Destructive chewing Howling, barking, and whining Urination and defecation (even with otherwise housetrained dogs) Is it separation anxiety? … Continue reading

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10 Ways to Keep Your Dog Safe This Summer

10 Ways to Keep Your Dog Safe This Summer At, we are always thinking about your dog’s safety. Now that summer is here, there are many dangers to your pet. Heat is first. It is important to protect your dog from all temperature and weather extremes, but heat may top the list. Dogs do not tolerate heat as well as humans. A healthy dog’s body temperature is from 100 to 102.5 F, which is an advantage in winter, but on hot days, they can overheat quickly. With that in mind, here are 10 ways to keep your dog safe … Continue reading

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