Protect Your Pup from These Top 10 Most Common Household Poisons

Protect Your Pup from These Top 10 Most Common Household Poisons

The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) and its Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) have released the top list of common household toxins most frequently ingested by dogs, according to cases handled by the APCC. To help pet parents avoid more toxicity tragedies, the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center also released a new mobile app – APCC by ASPCA.  Featuring a searchable database of more than 275 toxins as well as helpful information for owners of dogs, cats, horses, and birds, the free app helps pet owners quickly and accurately identify common household hazards, toxic…continue reading →
5 Warning Signs You May Have the Wrong Dog Sitter

5 Warning Signs You May Have the Wrong Dog Sitter

At some point, you may be required to leave the joy of your life with a dog sitter. You try to get referrals and read reviews, but how can you be sure this stranger will love and care for your dog the way you do? Eventually, you have to take the leap. But have you ever returned home from a trip and wondered if your dog sitter really did all that you paid him for? There is a lot of trust in hiring someone to care for your fur baby. Here are five…continue reading →
Senior Rescue Dog Diagnosed with Brain Tumor Fights for Her Life

Senior Rescue Dog Diagnosed with Brain Tumor Fights for Her Life

After spending a lifetime in a puppy mill, Chloe was finally rescued. Tragedy struck again, however, when Julia Arney’s vet recommended she euthanize Chloe, her senior Maltese, due to a brain tumor. But Julia was determined to give her beloved pet a fresh start, and Chloe was ready to fight! “Every day is a gift. We were supposed to lose her so long ago.” In September 2017, Julia Arney’s vet recommended she euthanize her senior Maltese, Chloe. Julia was heartbroken – but she wasn’t ready to say goodbye or give up without a fight.…continue reading →
Warning For Small Dog Owners After Bird Of Prey Attacks Pup

Warning For Small Dog Owners After Bird Of Prey Attacks Pup

A small-dog owner is warning others after her tiny Yorkie experienced a scary close-call with a large bird last week. It may seem like the kind of strange event that is unlikely to happen to you and your dog, but that’s exactly why she wants to warn others to remain vigilant. Cecilia Celis has two Yorkies, both were outside on her family’s gated patio one day last week while she was indoors preparing a meal. The two were noisy, barking, but weren’t making any noises that would cause alarm. Cecilia said she figured…continue reading →
Let Science Uncover The Secret To Your Dog’s Ideal Diet – In His Poop!

Let Science Uncover The Secret To Your Dog’s Ideal Diet – In His Poop!

There is a vast army of microorganisms living inside your dog’s digestive system. These microbes convert food into energy, produce vitamins, and fight a never ending battle against germs. Together, the genes of all these microorganisms are known as the gut microbiome. Using modern sequencing techniques, scientists can “read” these microbial genes and reveal vital information about your dog’s health and dietary needs. What is the Gut Microbiome? The term “microbiome” refers to the combined genes of all the microorganisms within a specific habitat. Each species of microorganism has its own unique collection of genes.…continue reading →
Is It Safe To Microchip Your Dog?

Is It Safe To Microchip Your Dog?

There are countless stories of lost dogs reuniting with their owners thanks to their microchips. These devices are small, inexpensive, and easy to implant. If your pup came from a shelter or rescue organization, chances are he or she already has one. So why aren’t all pets required to have microchips as they are in the UK and some US cities? Is microchipping really necessary? And if so, is it safe to microchip your dog? What are pet microchips? The microchips implanted in pets are tiny cylindrical pods made from biocompatible glass or…continue reading →
RECALL: Woody’s Pet Food Deli Voluntarily Recalls Ground Turkey Raw Food For Salmonella Contamination

RECALL: Woody’s Pet Food Deli Voluntarily Recalls Ground Turkey Raw Food For Salmonella Contamination

Advertisement The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is alerting consumers to a recall for Woody’s Pet Food Deli Raw food. Samples collected by the MDA tested positive for Salmonella contamination. Samples were collected after a human case of Salmonella contamination was identified in the state of Minnesota. Their pet was also found to have Salmonella, however not the same strain as the one found in their human. During an interview, the Minnesota Department of Health found that Woody’s Pet Food made with raw ground turkey was regularly in the home and fed to the…continue reading →
3 Important Reasons To NOT Let Your Dog Greet New Dogs While On Leash

3 Important Reasons To NOT Let Your Dog Greet New Dogs While On Leash

Advertisement If you have a friendly dog, you’re probably wondering why you shouldn’t let your dog go up to every dog you pass while walking on a leash. What’s the harm? Dogs are social creatures, right? There are actually a lot of things that can go wrong with these types of interactions. Here are 3 important reasons you shouldn’t let your dog meet new dogs while on leash. #1 – Not all dogs are friendly Just because your dog is friendly, it’s never safe to assume that other dogs are, even if their…continue reading →
What To Do If You See A Dog With A Yellow Ribbon

What To Do If You See A Dog With A Yellow Ribbon

Advertisement Have you ever walked past a dog with a yellow ribbon tied around its collar and wondered what it meant? The Yellow Dog Project is a movement to identify dogs that may be nervous about being approached. It’s a way to signal to other people that they should keep their kids, hands, and dogs away from the marked dog unless they ask the dog’s owner for permission to approach. From their website: “Yellow Dogs are dogs who need space – they are not necessarily aggressive dogs but more often are dogs who have…continue reading →
Man Hopes That His Heartbreak Over Late Dog Can Serve As A Warning To Others

Man Hopes That His Heartbreak Over Late Dog Can Serve As A Warning To Others

Advertisement After a tragic accident led to his dog’s death, Ryan Brand is determined to spread an important message about the dangers of suffocation for dogs. Brand took to Facebook to tell a heartbreaking story about his beloved dog of eight years, Hippo. According to his post, Brand came home from work one day expecting his best friend to give him a warm welcome. Instead, he came home to find that Hippo had suffocated after getting his head stuck inside a chip bag. I came home from my office yesterday to find that…continue reading →
What To Do If Your Dog Eats Human Medication

What To Do If Your Dog Eats Human Medication

Advertisement Dogs are curious animals that love to participate in everything we do. When it comes to medications, these traits sometimes put them in danger.  According to the Pet Poison Helpline, nearly 50% of all pet poisonings involve human drugs, with pain relievers, antidepressants and heart meds topping the list of common culprits. Do you know what to do if your dog eats human medication? Whether or not a case of accidental medication ingestion is a serious emergency depends on the type and quantity of the drug. If your 80 pound dog snags a…continue reading →
5 Pet Toxins To Watch Out For In Your Household Cleaner

5 Pet Toxins To Watch Out For In Your Household Cleaner

When we clean our homes, we assume we’re making it safer for our loved ones. By getting rid of the microscopic viruses and bacteria that hang around our homes, we’re keeping a clean, healthy environment. But what we use when we clean can have negative effects on our pets’ health if we’re not careful. You wouldn’t leave open containers where your dog could drink them, but those same chemicals can still be harmful to your pets once they’re out of the bottle.  1. Ammonia It’s likely that you keep products containing ammonia in…continue reading →
Why You Should Never Let Your Dogs Eat Grapes

Why You Should Never Let Your Dogs Eat Grapes

Advertisement As a responsible pet parent, you probably already know to never let your dogs eat grapes. But do you know why? Grape toxicity is one of the most mysterious and difficult illnesses dogs can face. Grapes may seem like a harmless fruit, but they have the potential to cause sudden, life-threatening kidney failure in some dogs. [embedded content] Causes of Grape Toxicity Dogs of any age, size, breed or sex can suffer a toxic reaction to grapes or raisins. Scientists are yet to definitively identify the poisonous substance, but they believe it is…continue reading →
Could Your Christmas Tree Be Hazardous To Your Pet’s Health?

Could Your Christmas Tree Be Hazardous To Your Pet’s Health?

Advertisement Decorated trees are a staple of the holiday season. It just doesn’t feel like Christmas until a colorful, twinkling topiary adorns your living room. But did you know that your Christmas tree could pose a variety of hazards to your pets? From needles and tree water to ornaments and electrical cords, here’s everything you need to know to keep your canine companions and feline friends safe this holiday season. Pine & Fir Needles Live Christmas trees shed their needles, and if your pet is a floor-grazer, they may ingest some. According to…continue reading →
The Do’s And Don’t’s Of Giving Your Dog Bones

The Do’s And Don’t’s Of Giving Your Dog Bones

Advertisement With all the health and safety concerns surrounding commercial pet food, it’s no wonder many pawrents introduce real meat and bones into their dogs’ diets. Animal bones are a delicious treat and an excellent way for dogs to satisfy their desire to chew. However, they are not without risks. Read on to find out the do’s and don’t’s of giving your dog bones. Do: Choose high-quality raw bones. No matter your feelings on raw food diets, if you are going to offer your dog bones, raw is the only way to go.…continue reading →
5 Reasons Why You Should Ditch Your Dog’s Retractable Leash

5 Reasons Why You Should Ditch Your Dog’s Retractable Leash

Advertisement Being a responsible pet owner involves choosing the right diet, providing regular veterinary care, and tending to your dog’s every physical and emotional need. Something as simple as choosing a leash should be the least of your worries…right? The truth is, retractable dog leashes are dangerous. Not only do they offer little control during walks, they are often directly linked to serious injuries in people and pets. Retractable dog leashes typically have a thin cord that extends 10 to 25 feet from a large plastic handle. The handle features a button that locks…continue reading →
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 →