Kibbles and Bits and Bits

Kibbles And Bits Bag Feeding

Don't let your precious pooch become a chunky monkey Sure, it's easy enough to run to Target once every few weeks, pick up that giant bag of food, and pour a scoop or two into your buddy's dish, but is it really the best thing for him Dogs' diets can be as complex as ours, and it's important to hit all of the vital nutritional bases. Lack of the proper vitamins and nutrients can lead to upset stomachs, skin problems, brittle bones, obesity, and even - in the worst cases - death. Proper pup...

That Doghouse in the

Coping with the death of your friend You thought the C-Word was bad Meet the word that most dog owners don't even want to admit exists euthanasia. It's the worst of the worst for any dog owner, and even those with happy, healthy pups can get teary just thinking about the prospect. It's one thing to have to say goodbye to your best buddy, it's another thing entirely to have to give someone permission to take his life. Most pet owners think they won't be able to make such a difficult decision,...

Puppies I Love Puppies

Getting over the cuteness and learning to deal You may consider yourself a pro with dog training, feeding, and health, but even the best dog expert can be brought to tears from a special group of canines puppies. These tornadoes in adorable, sweet, kissable, fuzzy little packages can take a happy, clean home and turn it into a house of horrors to rival the best carnival's. From their tiny little knives of teeth to their complete lack of comprehension of the word No, puppies are trouble. Yet one...

Are You Sure He Doesnt Have the Plague

What Color Should Dog Gums

Less common conditions and what to do about them There's a fine line between giving dog owners enough information to keep their pups healthy and giving them so much that every sniffle, sad eye, and day of laziness is misconstrued as a major health condition. But because education is so important in dog ownership, it's really your responsibility to know as much as possible - or have quick access to the information - and be able to determine what is and isn't a life-threatening situation. It can...

The Hip Bones Connected to the

Your dog's bones - no, not the ones he buries in the If your girl has ever climbed into your lap, fallen asleep, then tried to do her best cat impression and knead her way further into your legs, it may have seemed like her entire body was made up of sharp angles and solid bone. Dogs skeletons serve the same purpose as most animals' - it provides the basic framework for the body, allows it to run, jump, and play, and acts as a shield for the vital organs. Different bones are connected by...

Dont Let the Bed Bugs Bite

Pregnant Tick

Keeping those pesky parasites away from your pretty puppy They're the bane of every pet owner. Fleas, ticks, mites, lice, mosquitoes, worms, the list goes on and on and on and on and well, you get the point. Once one pet has them, chances are the rest in the house have them as well, and so do your carpets and furniture. They're a pain to eradicate, so the best way to get rid of them is to keep your pup from ever getting them in the first place. It can be very time and energy intensive, but...

So Then the Dentist Says to the Alligator

Ways to keep your dog out of the dentist's chair and what to You may have heard the saying that a dog's mouth is like her hands. She uses them to explore, touch, hold, and carry things in addition to its digestive functions. On top of all of those tasks, a dog's mouth is a natural first aid kit. Her saliva is infused with antibacterial properties, which is often why dogs lick cuts and scrapes. Now think of your hands. With all of the exploration, touching, holding, and carrying they do, would...

Hey Man Gimme Some Skin

Pustules Dogs Feet And Mouth

Your dog's skin, hair, and the problems you may encounter Ever have eczema, poison ivy, or some other yucky, itchy, uncomfortable skin problem Pretty disgusting, right Sweat dries and makes it itch, dry air sucks the moisture out and makes it itch, clothing rubs up against it and makes it itch it itches. Now imagine someone forced you to wear several sweaters whenever you had a skin flare-up and you'll know what it's like for your dog. Beyond the skeleton, a dog's skin and hair protect his...

Love is in the Air and so are Germs

Wooded Tree Area

Protecting against the bugs you can't see So now you know all about the little creepy crawlies that can bother your baby, but what about the ones you can't really see These can cause even more damage than the pests that are obvious to the eye. Just as in humans, viruses and germs like streptococci and hepatitis can cause severe pain, discomfort, and sometimes even death in your dog. Fortunately, there are measures you can take to help prevent the invasion of these nasty bugs. The first step, as...