Monthly Archives: September 2013

Fall Safety Tips for your Dog

Buy Reflective Dog Vests Fall is officially here and the cooler weather, spectacular colors, and festive fall decorations make us want to get out and explore with our dogs. Fall presents a host of safety concerns for pets, so keep these fall safety tips for your dog in mind as you head out to enjoy the season’s best. Watch out for Apples Although apples are just as nutritious for your dog as they are for you, the leaves, stems, and especially the seeds pose a health risk for Fido. Consuming these parts can cause decreased heart rate, respiratory congestion, seizures, … Continue reading

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Why Do I Need to Know My Mutt’s Breed?

There’s no denying that mutts make great pets. Often, the combination of different breeds brings out the best in each one making for a well-behaved, lovable pet. However, there are a few reasons you may want to know what breeds are mixed up in your furry friend. Sometimes it’s easy to tell; other times, not so much. In the instance that it’s just impossible to tell what breed your Heinz 57 canine is, there’s dog DNA testing. Dog DNA testing works in much the same way as human DNA testing – samples are taken via cheek swabs and sent in … Continue reading

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Is it Healthy for my Dog to Sleep in Bed with Me?

Making the decision to allow Fido to sleep in the bed is an easy one for many pet owners. According to one study conducted by the American Pet Products Association, almost one half of dogs sleep in the bed with their owners and a whopping 62% of cats do, too! We here at Keep Doggie Safe are in the majority – inviting our pets into the bedroom just seems natural. There are definite pros and cons to sharing your bed with your furry companions, so keep reading if you’re undecided. To Share or Not to Share your Bed There’s no … Continue reading

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Top 5 Smartest Dogs

Have you ever wondered which dog breed is the smartest? Is your furry companion among the brightest? We’ve done our research and found out which breeds are considered the world’s most intelligent dogs. Does yours make the list? #5 – Doberman Pinscher Once bred as war and police dogs, the doberman pinscher may seem fearsome, but they are actually quite gentle and docile. Smart and assertive, this popular breed can be trained for guard duty or they can simply be a great family pet. #4 – Golden Retriever Considered highly intelligent, the golden retriever can learn over 200 commands. They … Continue reading

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What Should I Include in a Pet First Aid Kit?

Your pet is a member of your family, and just as you have a first aid kit handy for all human members, you should have one for your pet, too. A pet first aid kit can be an enhanced version of your kit, or you can purchase one already “put together” from a pet store. Keep Doggie Safe carries a selection of first aid products perfect for inclusion in a pet first aid kit. What to Include If you prefer to make your own first aid kit for your pooch, here’s a list of things that should be included: Basic … Continue reading

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Are Dog Boots Really Necessary?

When you think of “dog boots,” do images of pampered pooches living in the lap of luxury come to mind? If so, you’re not alone. For many people, dog boots seem to be more of a luxury rather than a necessary accessory. Believe it or not though, this doggie footwear has many uses to keep your pet comfortable and injury-free. Does My Dog Need Boots? Not all dogs have a need for footwear. Consider the type of activities your dog does and what kind of surface he does them on. If any of the following apply to your dog, he … Continue reading

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What Human Foods are Bad for my Dog?

As tempting as it is to reward your dog with human food for a job well done or simply because he’s so cute begging like that, doing so could be bad news for your pet. Some human foods contain toxic chemicals that a dog’s system can’t handle, and in high doses can actually lead to death. Many dog owners already know that chocolate is a no-no for Fido, but there are many human foods besides chocolate that can cause vomiting and death in your pet. Keep reading to find out what some of the most dangerous human foods for your … Continue reading

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September is National Disaster Preparedness Month

Although National Disaster Preparedness Month was created to make people aware that they need to be prepared in case of a disaster, it’s a good time to also mention pet preparedness in the event of an emergency. Natural disasters happen all the time and unfortunately, pets are often a second thought when it comes to making sure everyone is safe if something happens. Keep Doggie Safe would like to take this opportunity to teach you how to ensure your pet’s safety in the event of a natural disaster or other catastrophic emergency. Make it Known To easily identify that pets … Continue reading

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