10 Dog Park Rules Every Pup Parent Should Know

10 Dog Park Rules Every Pup Parent Should Know

Advertisement With dogs of all breeds and personalities running around and making new friends, dog parks are supposed to be places full of fun and socialization. There’s freedom to run unhindered by a leash, other dogs to race and wrestle, and opportunities for both mental and physical stimulation. These are the things you expect when you open the gate and unleash your dog, but unfortunately, that’s not always what you get. Even if there are no officially posted rules, always follow these basic dog park rules to ensure all people and pets have…continue reading →

Grieving Family Warns The Public After Dog Dies From Eating Chewing Gum

Advertisement Canon was a gorgeous 3-year-old Husky that loved to eat, chase cats, and snuggle. His owner, Christy Figlio of Nashville, Tennessee, says he was perfectly healthy until Saturday night when he stopped eating and began drinking excessively. By Sunday afternoon, Canon was vomiting and unable to walk. Figlio rushed him to the local vet. “He started vomiting the water, and so, that kind of was the red flag that made us decide to take him to the hospital,” the dog mom told WMBF News. “They gave us some IV fluids, sent us…continue reading →
Improve Your Dog’s Health And Get To Know Him Better Than Ever With Animo!

Improve Your Dog’s Health And Get To Know Him Better Than Ever With Animo!

The fitness tech game is continually changing the way many of us exercise, eat, and live. Being able to track our activity gives us an edge when it comes to our health and wellness, granting us the ability to tackle health goals and take better care of ourselves. With that being said, it’s about time there was a way for us to offer this powerful insight into the lives of our four-legged best friends! Tech trackers have the ability to grant us health and wellness like never before, our dogs should be able…continue reading →

10 Of The Most Common Fears And Phobias In Dogs

Advertisement Dogs have very keen senses, especially hearing and smell. While these gifts help them survive, they can also leave them vulnerable to developing fear associations. Additional causes of phobias in dogs include genetics, lack of proper socialization, and previous negative experiences. The frightening stimuli listed below are among the most common fears and phobias in dogs. As you can see, each has a profound effect on one or more of their senses. 1. Thunderstorms There are a few reasons thunderstorms inspire terror in so many dogs. The most obvious is the noise. Dogs’…continue reading →
Vets Urge Awareness As Seasonal Dog Disease Reaches Peak Season In UK

Vets Urge Awareness As Seasonal Dog Disease Reaches Peak Season In UK

Advertisement Seasonal Canine Illness (SCI) becomes a threat to UK pets between August and November of each year.Veterinarians are urging owners to keep an eye out for symptoms after seeing a few cases reported this year. First reports of the disease date back to 2009, and so far very little is known about it. Dogs affected by Seasonal Canine Illness will begin vomiting, usually 72 hours after a walk through a woodland area. It’s often accompanied by diarrhea and lethargy. Symptoms become severe very quickly, and can become fatal. Veterinarians usually see cases…continue reading →
Chagas Disease And Kissing Bugs A Concern In Southern U.S.

Chagas Disease And Kissing Bugs A Concern In Southern U.S.

Advertisement Along with the other pests that become more active in the summer months, the kissing bug is once again raising concerns in dog owners. Don’t let it’s cutesy name fool you – it’s not any nicer than other biting bugs. Kissing bugs get their name from their ugly habit of biting people around the eyes and lips. Image Source: Bernard DuPont via Wikimedia Commons The bugs prefer warmer weather and are more prevalent in South America and the Southern United States, but have also been spotted as far North as Pennsylvania in…continue reading →
Blue-Green Algae May Be Responsible For Liver Failure In Florida Dogs

Blue-Green Algae May Be Responsible For Liver Failure In Florida Dogs

Advertisement Residents along the Florida coast have been dealing with some pretty awful algae this year. The problem has become especially bad near the St. Lucie river, where people say the dying algae “smells like death” and is causing respiratory issues, itchy eyes, runny noses, and nausea. The blue-green algae is so much of a nuisance that it has caused the closure of beaches and even local businesses. But humans aren’t the only ones who can be negatively affected by blue-green algae, and when exposed, our pets can suffer extremely severe effects. WPTV.com…continue reading →
The Healthiest Food Will Bring Your Pet A Thriving Life

The Healthiest Food Will Bring Your Pet A Thriving Life

What do you say when people ask you how your dog is doing? Do you shrug your shoulders and say “fine”? Or do you tell your friends and family that your dog is overjoyed, on top of the world, honest-to-goodness thriving?   Some people may be okay with knowing their dogs are doing “fine,” but others know that our dogs are capable of being so much more than just “fine” and won’t settle for less. How do you take your dog from fine to thrive? Start with his bowl. NomNomNow knows that so…continue reading →
How A Dog Carrier Sling Can Keep Your Dog Safe & How To Use One Safely

How A Dog Carrier Sling Can Keep Your Dog Safe & How To Use One Safely

When you want to take your pint-sized pup with you everywhere you go, a dog carrier sling is your perfect solution. Slings are a convenient way to keep your pup close, and they even help keep pets safe from harm. There are several situations where using a sling is beneficial to both dogs and their people. Pretty soon, your sling will be your favorite pet accessory. If you want to make sure you’re getting the most out of the experience, you need to know how to use it properly. Best Ways to Use…continue reading →
Contagious Strain Of Dog Influenza Reported In Connecticut

Contagious Strain Of Dog Influenza Reported In Connecticut

Advertisement Connecticut vets are warning residents to be on the lookout during what seems to be an aggressive dog flu season. Over the summer there were 9 confirmed cases of dog flu, but it wasn’t the number of dogs getting ill that had veterinarians concerned, but the H3N2 strain that is causing the illness. Concerned owners should watch out for coughing and sneezing in their dogs, which can later become high fever and pneumonia. Though humans can’t catch dog flu, the virus is extremely contagious between dogs. The H3N2 strain caused outbreaks in…continue reading →
The First 15 Seconds Of A Coyote Attack Are Critical  – Here’s How To Protect Your Dog

The First 15 Seconds Of A Coyote Attack Are Critical – Here’s How To Protect Your Dog

Earlier this year, Toni Tesen let her dogs out for a late night potty break. Stanley, an 11-year-old Toy Poodle, suddenly saw movement in the bushes and sprang forward to investigate. Tesen had enough time to register the “fat tail” of a coyote before the animal took off through a nearby field with poor Stanley in its jaws. It happened so quickly, the seven pound rescue dog never had a chance. “Stanley was there one minute and the coyote was there the next,” Tesen later recounted. Sadly, Tesen – who lives less than 10…continue reading →
Just Because Your Backyard Is Fenced In Doesn’t Mean Your Dog Is Safe

Just Because Your Backyard Is Fenced In Doesn’t Mean Your Dog Is Safe

If you have a fenced in backyard, you probably just let your dog out to do their business, then turn your back to do something else until they’re ready to come back in. After all, your dog can’t escape from your yard – yet this is a very dangerous practice. Did you know that a 6-foot-tall fence isn’t enough to keep predators out of your yard? Coyotes are becoming a big problem in suburban and urban environments as humans continue to encroach on their habitat, and they are perfectly capable of scaling a…continue reading →

5 Ways To Reduce Risk Of A Coyote Attack

Advertisement When you picture a coyote, you probably see him standing in some dusty, empty desert, but coyotes are found in every state, and not just in tiny, outlying towns or along empty highways chasing roadrunners. Coyotes are incredibly intelligent, adaptable creatures, and though they’re wary of humans, they’re also fond of eating what we throw out and are capable of surviving in urban environments – near our families and our pets. You may feel safer living in a city with lots of people to keep coyotes away, but before you click away,…continue reading →
8 Common Dangers To Watch Out For When Walking Your Dog

8 Common Dangers To Watch Out For When Walking Your Dog

Advertisement Whether it’s long treks through the neighborhood or short strolls in the park, walking the dog is a part of every pup parent’s routine. It’s good for your health and happiness, and it’s probably your dog’s favorite part of the day. You should enjoy the opportunity to bond with your favorite furry family member, but as your dog’s protector, it’s your job to be on the lookout for potential threats. Unexpected hazards lurk near suburban sidewalks, rural country roads, and city streets. As long as you’re aware of these eight dangers, you…continue reading →
11 Tips To Help You Find Your Lost Dog Faster

11 Tips To Help You Find Your Lost Dog Faster

Advertisement The first 24 hours after a dog goes missing are crucial, but luckily the odds are in your favor. A survey conducted by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals found that 93% of lost dogs return home safely! In addition to creating fliers and scouring the neighborhood, these 11 tips will help bring your missing pooch home faster. 1. Bring along a taste of home. Most lost pups are found within 20 minutes during a regular neighborhood search. As soon as you realize your dog has gone missing, grab a leash, a favorite…continue reading →
IKEA Recalls Popular Pet Product After Two Dogs Die

IKEA Recalls Popular Pet Product After Two Dogs Die

Advertisement The popular Swedish retailer IKEA launched a line of pet supplies in 2017, but one of their popular products is now being recalled. A water dispenser complete with refillable water tank has been deemed a suffocation hazard, and the company is urging customers to stop using the product immediately. Sold for $7.99, the product in question was advertised as a convenient way to keep pets hydrated throughout the day. But after two dogs reportedly died from getting their heads stuck in the water tank, the 16,700 water dispensers sold in the U.S.…continue reading →
Here’s What To Do When You See A Dog In A Hot Car

Here’s What To Do When You See A Dog In A Hot Car

Advertisement Every summer, dog owners say things like, “I’ll only be a minute,” and, “It’s okay as long as the window is cracked.” They go on to leave their pets trapped in their vehicles while the temperature climbs. When it’s 78 degrees outside, the temperature inside a parked car can surpass 100 degrees in a matter of minutes. On really hot days, interior car temperatures are well over 110 degrees. Thousands of dogs a year suffer from heat stroke, and many die, because their owners don’t fully understand the dangers of a hot…continue reading →

Hold for Modi – Why A Dog Bites, And What To Do After Your Dog Bites You

Advertisement Did you know that more than 4.5 million Americans are bitten by dogs every year? More than 800,000 people require treatment for those dog bites. Unfortunately, dog bites just aren’t as rare as you may think, and sometimes you can get surprised by a bite from your own dog. Why do so many dogs bite people every year? What should you do if your dog bites you? We have the answers you’re looking for. Why do dogs bite? Dogs always have a reason for biting, even if you can’t figure it out…continue reading →
Why A Dog Bites, And What To Do After Your Dog Bites You

Why A Dog Bites, And What To Do After Your Dog Bites You

Advertisement Did you know that more than 4.5 million Americans are bitten by dogs every year? More than 800,000 people require treatment for those dog bites. Unfortunately, dog bites just aren’t as rare as you may think, and sometimes you can get surprised by a bite from your own dog. Why do so many dogs bite people every year? What should you do if your dog bites you? We have the answers you’re looking for. Why do dogs bite? Dogs always have a reason for biting, even if you can’t figure it out…continue reading →
This Is What Hot Pavement Can Do To Your Pup’s Paws

This Is What Hot Pavement Can Do To Your Pup’s Paws

Advertisement Warning: Medical image of burned paw pads below. June 21 is the first official day of summer, and with the U.S. already reporting record high temperatures, it looks like we are in for a hot one! Along with the risks of heat stroke and the dangers of hot vehicles, there is yet another hazard dogs face during the hotter months – scorched paw pads. On each paw, dogs have four digital pads (one for each toe), one large, heart-shaped metacarpal pad, and an elevated carpal pad located at the wrist joint. Some…continue reading →

Does Your Dog Hate Car Rides? Try These Tips

For many dogs, the jingling of car keys signifies excitement and adventure. But for others, the same sound inspires pure dread. Travel anxiety and car sickness often go hand-in-hand, making even the shortest trip a potential nightmare. Luckily, there are several ways you can help your pup relax and enjoy the ride! Motion sickness is most likely to affect puppies and younger dogs because the structures within the ear that control balance do not fully develop until adulthood. If your dog’s first few car rides left him feeling dizzy and nauseated, a negative association…continue reading →

10 Tips For Camping With Your Pup

The summer season is in full swing, and that means it’s time for camping! Luckily, camping is one thing you and your pup can enjoy together. There are a lot of things you need to keep in mind though to keep your dog safe, healthy, and happy on your camping trip. Here are 10 tips for camping with your dog so you can have the best possible camping experience. #1 – Check in with the vet first You’ll want to take your dog to the vet for a checkup to make sure he’s healthy…continue reading →
Coyote Attacks On Dogs Are Rising In The U.S. — Here’s How To Keep Your Pet Safe

Coyote Attacks On Dogs Are Rising In The U.S. — Here’s How To Keep Your Pet Safe

Advertisement Heartbroken pet parents around the country are warning others to be alert. Several coyote attacks on dogs, mostly small breeds, have already been documented just this year. If you weren’t aware, you may be surprised at how widespread and healthy the coyote population in the U.S. is. Coyotes can be found in all 48 contiguous states and Alaska, and the population appears to be rising – and so is the number of attacks on pets. Though some people may get a thrill spotting one of the few wild canids left in the U.S.,…continue reading →
Know Your Rights When It Comes To Saving Dogs In Hot Cars

Know Your Rights When It Comes To Saving Dogs In Hot Cars

Advertisement Every year, pet parents are warned not to leave their animals in parked cars, which can get fatally hot, even on a temperate day. Yet every year, we hear reports of pets who are subjected to unnecessary suffering because of the selfishness or ignorance of their owners. While the majority of pet parents have the common sense to avoid this situation, there are always those few who refuse to do what’s best for their companions. When this happens, it’s up to us, the animal advocates, to do what’s best for those who…continue reading →
These 12 Dog Breeds Are The Worst Swimmers

These 12 Dog Breeds Are The Worst Swimmers

All dogs have their strengths and weaknesses. While some pups glide through the water as gracefully and effortlessly as Michael Phelps, others flounder (pun definitely intended). The breeds on this list may still be able to enjoy the water, but they should definitely do so while wearing a life vest! 1. Basset Hound These sad-looking hounds have large heads, dense bone structure, long, thick torsos and disproportionately short legs, making swimming very difficult. In addition to their non-buoyant bodies, Bassets also have long, floppy ears that trap water and provide the perfect environment…continue reading →
What To Do In The Event Of A Dog Attack

What To Do In The Event Of A Dog Attack

Advertisement We all love dogs and know that their hearts are pure, but sadly, attacks still happen. At the end of the day, our loyal companions are still animals with instincts that need to be respected. If they feel scared, threatened, or defensive, any dog is capable of biting. What’s more, some pups are simply more likely to go for the “fight” instead of the “flight,” whether it’s from past experience or it’s just in their nature. In light of a recent event where a dog attacked a passenger on a New York…continue reading →
Recent Dog Deaths Spark Bill To Require Groomer Licensing

Recent Dog Deaths Spark Bill To Require Groomer Licensing

Advertisement A stalled 2014 bill requiring New Jersey pet groomers to obtain licenses to practice their trade is being reconsidered by lawmakers. New attention was brought to the issue of groomer safety after recent dog deaths at NJ PetSmart locations. State Sen. Kip Bateman is reintroducing “Bijou’s Law“, named for a 6-year-old Shih Tzu who passed away in 2012 during a routine grooming appointment. Bijou’s owner, Rosemary Marchetto, settled out of court with the big box pet store company involved in her dog’s death. The agreement restricts her from speaking publicly about the…continue reading →
How To Ensure Your Dog Stays Safe In The Car

How To Ensure Your Dog Stays Safe In The Car

Advertisement Did you know that even a minor fender-bender can cause catastrophic injuries to a dog? While we are often able to brace ourselves in anticipation of impact, dogs are not aware of what’s going on outside the car and cannot do the same. Instead, they are thrown forward, posing a serious hazard to themselves and others in the vehicle. According to a 2011 study conducted by Kurgo and AAA, more than half of dog owners drive with their dog at least once a month, but only 16% of them reported using a canine…continue reading →

New Certification Process Aims To Help Improve Safety Standards Of Pets On Airlines

Advertisement After several months of bad news for pets flying on airlines, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced an optional certification program to help airlines improve the safety of their animal transportation. Although the program was in the works before the slew of bad press, the timing of its introduction couldn’t be better. Know as the Center of Excellence for Independent Validators for Live Animals Logistics (or CEIV Live Animals for short), the certification will be globally available for airlines who want to tighten up on their animal transport safety standards. Therefore, this…continue reading →
A Room-By-Room Guide To Dog-Proofing Your House

A Room-By-Room Guide To Dog-Proofing Your House

Advertisement Many pup parents learn through experience that having a dog is a lot like having small children. They’re cute and fun to play with, but they also manage to get themselves into messy and potentially dangerous situations. Puppies are especially known for their mischievous ways, but dogs of all ages can have a talent for getting into trouble. Sometimes it’s your favorite pair of shoes that’s at stake, but your dog’s curious nature can also put their health at risk. Dog-proofing your house is an important part of being a responsible pet…continue reading →

2 Dogs Die, 4 Become Ill From Poisonous Mushrooms

Advertisement Spring is in the air, and along with milder temperatures and fresh blooms, pet parents should be aware that some of the season’s new growth may also be poisonous for their pets. In Wake County, North Carolina, a dog mom of six is mourning the tragic loss of two of her pups after they all ingested poisonous mushrooms from her yard. Image Source: Screen Shot via WISTV Janna Joyner, who works at a nonprofit group that fosters dogs, came home to find four of her dogs stumbling and vomiting, and two of them…continue reading →

How To Safely Travel By Airplane With Your Pet

Advertisement With heartbreaking stories of pets dying during airline travel filling the headlines, you may wonder if this mode of transport is safe for your furry friends. Kitty Block, CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, says flying with dogs and cats should always be a last resort. If airline travel is unavoidable, knowing your rights, options, and the risks your pets may face will help empower you to advocate for their safety. According to the Department of Transportation, United Airlines has reported the most animal deaths of all U.S. airlines…continue reading →

5 Ways To Help Your Dog Cope With Vision Loss

Advertisement One of the most heartwarming things we hear about dogs with special needs is that they never seem to notice that they’re any different. However, living with a blind dog does come with challenges, and although your dog doesn’t need to know he’s handicapped, it’s best to take precautions for his safety and comfort. A blind dog can live a perfectly happy, full life, but without his sight he may need some help getting around. Luckily, our dogs are quick learners and extremely adaptable. With a little effort and training, you can…continue reading →
Petition To Airlines Goes Viral After Dog Dies Shoved In Overhead Bin

Petition To Airlines Goes Viral After Dog Dies Shoved In Overhead Bin

You may have seen recent reports of the death of a pup while aboard a United flight from Houston to New York earlier this week. A flight attendant told a family that their dog, who was in a TSA approved carrier, would need to be put in the overhead bin. After some argument, the attendant assured the family that their dog would be safe, but three hours later when they arrived at their destination, he was dead. This isn’t the first time something like this has happened, and this extreme ignorance can’t be…continue reading →

Controversial Ingredient Added To Hill’s Science Diet Has Dog Owners Concerned

Advertisement As a diligent pet parents, you probably know what foods are dangerous for your dog to eat. Chocolate and caffeine are among the top of the list, and grapes are known to be toxic for our canine pals. So, what is an ingredient like “dried grape pomace” doing in commercially-available dog food? Image Source: Toxic Dog Foods Refrigerator Magnet via iHeartDogs According to the ASPCA: “Although the toxic substance within grapes and raisins is unknown, these fruits can cause kidney failure. Until more information is known about the toxic substance, it is…continue reading →

Clean Label Project Answers Questions About The Recent Rash Of Dog Food Recalls

Advertisement With all of the recent recalls and revelations regarding what we feed our pets, the dog food industry has lost a lot trust with pet owners who believed that they were feeding their pets healthy, quality meals – not just fillers. And definitely not harmful bacteria, or pentobarbital, also known as the euthanasia drug, which was recently found in several products distributed by a major brand. Reports of pets getting sick and worse because of a brand you have in your own pantry is distressing and terrifying. iHeartDogs recently got in touch with…continue reading →
Why Do Some Small Dogs Have “Napoleon Syndrome”?

Why Do Some Small Dogs Have “Napoleon Syndrome”?

Advertisement You know the type. The little dog that growls and barks and acts more Rottweiler than Yorkie. You laugh and say that the dog has “Napoleon syndrome” or “small dog syndrome.” But what causes small dog syndrome? Is it a laughing matter or a true concern? What should you do about it? Here’s everything you never knew about Napoleon syndrome in small breed dogs. When a spunky personality becomes a “syndrome” Small dogs are loved for their big personalities, but sometimes those big personalities can be a big problem. It may seem…continue reading →
Dog Foods Pulled From Thousands Of Stores After “Euthanasia Drug” Investigation

Dog Foods Pulled From Thousands Of Stores After “Euthanasia Drug” Investigation

Advertisement Following an investigative news story by news station ABC11 that led to an FDA investigation, several pet food products have been pulled from the shelves of stores nationwide. After a lengthy investigation, WJLA (an ABC11 sister station) released some disturbing results from lab-tested dog foods. The news station reported: “We tested 62 samples of wet dog food, across more than two-dozen brands for the euthanasia drug pentobarbital. After months of tests and re-tests, one brand repeatedly came back positive for pentobarbital. In total, we tested 15 cans of Gravy Train. Nine cans…continue reading →