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The Wet vs. Dry Dog Food Debate

January 7th, 2010

Does your dog come running at dinnertime because you’re shaking his kibble out of the bag? Or is it because you’re stirring his wet food in the can? Or do you shake a little, stir a little? When choosing a dry diet, a wet diet or a combo for your dog, there are many comparisons to make.

Wet vs. Dry Food

Deciding between wet and dry food for your dog can be tough. Dry dog kibble is easier to store and serve. Wet contains fewer grains and more protein. Here are a few more comparisons: Read the rest of this entry »

Canine Body Language

January 6th, 2010

Dogs are very expressive animals. They communicate when they’re feeling happy, sad, nervous, fearful and angry, and they use their faces and bodies to convey much of this information. Dog body language is an elaborate and sophisticated system of nonverbal communication that, fortunately, we can learn to recognize and interpret. Once you learn how to “read” a dog’s postures and signals, you’ll better understand his feelings and motivations and be better able to predict what he’s likely to do. These skills will enable you to interact with dogs with greater enjoyment and safety. Read the rest of this entry »

Challenge Seeks to Help Fido Slim Down

January 5th, 2010

Like many humans today, Stanley is obese, the result of eating too much fattening food and not exercising for too long.

The 12-year-old Rottweiler-basset hound mix weighs 124 pounds. His vet says he should be 75 to 80 pounds. It would help relieve his arthritis pain and let him breathe easier. Read the rest of this entry »

Fun Activities to Do With Dogs

January 4th, 2010

When you play with your dog you not only give your best friend something to do, but you also bond with your pet. Here are some tips for fun activities to do with Fido.

Dogs can become quickly bored by having nothing to with their time. Imagine just sitting (or sleeping) all day with no one to interact or play with you. Tragically, that’s the daily routine of too many dogs that are left alone to do nothing fun or constructive, even when their owners come home. Read the rest of this entry »

Dog Saves Kitten from Freezing to Death

January 3rd, 2010

Saved by the bark! When Welly the kitten went missing from his home in Swindon, England, his owner, Lorna Hayes, was devastated. But just in time for the holidays, Hayes’ neighbors’ greyhound mix, Susie, discovered the 11-week-old cat in the bushes. By barking in front of the cat’s hiding spot, Susie led Hayes straight to Welly, reports the Swindon Advertiser.

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Pets and Fireworks

January 3rd, 2010

It’s that time of year: champagne cocktails, “Auld Lang Syne” and, in many neighborhoods, the bangs and booms of celebratory fireworks.

About one in five dogs experience noise phobia, animal behavior consultant Jo Jacques, owner of dog behavior consulting company Wigglebums, told Paw Nation. Cats aren’t quite as sensitive as dogs, she said, but plenty of kitties have been known to run and hide when firecrackers are exploding outside the windows. Fortunately, Jacques explained, there are steps you can take to keep your nervous pet happy on New Year’s Eve, or anytime noise is an issue.

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Does Spoiling Pets Lead to Obesity?

January 2nd, 2010

It is estimated that 40% of dogs and cats are obese in the U.S. Why are there so many fat dogs and cats?

Pampering your pet is more popular now than ever. Jeweled collars, canopy beds, complete wardrobes, doggy daycare and gourmet treats are the norm for today’s spoiled dogs. All this pampering has led pets to start packing on the pounds.

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7 Ways To Tell if Your Pet Is Overweight

December 31st, 2009

Pet obesity is currently one of the top health concerns for our pets, and a quick assessment of optimal body weight could be the start to lengthening your pet’s life. Here are some tips to tell if your pet tips the scale, and what to do about it.

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Tips of the Trade: Pet Food Secrets

December 30th, 2009

1. Do not assume all dry food or canned food is the same, even if it is formulated for the same “lifestage.” Ingredients, feeding instructions and caloric content (expressed as kilocalories per kilogram on pet food packages) vary by product. Read directions carefully and ask your veterinarian for advice.

2. Use your pet food’s feeding instructions as a guideline. Your pet may require more or less of a particular food depending on its age, health, environment and activity level. Ask your veterinarian for help.

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Nutrients Your Dog Needs

December 30th, 2009

Nutrients are substances obtained from food and used by an animal as a source of energy and as part of the metabolic machinery necessary for maintenance and growth. Barring any special needs, illness-related deficiencies or instructions from your vet, your pets should be able to get all the nutrients they need from high-quality commercial pet foods, which are formulated with these special standards in mind. If you would like to learn about what your pet’s body needs, and why, here are the six essential classes of nutrients fundamental for healthy living: Read the rest of this entry »

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