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How to Tips to Help Your Pets Avoid Holiday Hazards

By Sparrow Darling

As we look forward to the many gatherings of family and friends during the holidays, we need to keep a few points in mind in order to keep our pets safe and healthy. Pet owners need to be aware that what may be considered harmless to humans, in the form of extra rich foods and decorations, may pose a serious health risk to our beloved family pet members.

Remember, your pets are not garbage disposals for any holiday leftover. If  your dog/cat swallows poultry bones, they can splinter and cause blockages. If your pet is used to having left overs, make sure they get meats without rich sauces or spices. It is always a good idea to give them fresh vegetables. Also, candy and sugar may give your pet diarrhea or other intestinal problems. This is not what you want to see at any time of the year! Older animals have more delicate systems and nutritional requirements. Do not give your pet chocolates–chocolate is POISONOUS. Some other problem foods for our pets: any alcoholic beverages, coffee grounds, espresso beans, moldy or spoiled foods, onions or onion powder, salt or yeast dough, raisins and grapes.

Most animals do not like change. If you are a cat owner, then you already know that cats are creatures of habit. They definitely do not like any kind of change in their daily routine, so if you move your furniture around for a large gathering, this disruption could cause your kitty to stop using the litter box. Crowds, noise and holiday festivities can frighten our animals. If they do not handle noise or crowds around, then give them a safe, quiet place they can retreat to until everything settles down.

Any exposed wiring might look tasty to a puppy or kitten that loves to chew on things. Try to hide the wiring and tape down any exposed, loose wires to the baseboards. Holiday plants are another concern. Poinsettias, mistletoe, ivy, holly berries, bittersweet can all be poisonous or fatal if eaten. This is important to remember if you have small children in the house, also.

Cats and dogs love to romp around in the discarded wrapping papers and boxes. Be sure to cut away the handles on the shopping bags, as small dogs and cats could easily choke on them. Also, keep aluminum foil away from your pets. If they swallow any bits of this, it can cause intestinal blockage and vomiting.

If you decorate a traditional Christmas tree, be sure to anchor it to the floor, so that if your cat decides to go climbing, he doesn’t topple it over. You might consider decorating with animal friendly ornaments. Baking cookie ornaments that your dog or cat could eat can be fun. Do not use raisins to decorate the cookies, or if you do not have the time to bake, then decorate with small pet toys. These can be purchased all year with this thought in mind, at  many pet stores. Then you will be ready,and you will not have to worry about the safety of your pets, as glass ornaments can shatter in your pets mouth, cutting the tissues and causing an emergency visit to the veterinary hospital. It is easier and less expensive to protect your pet.

Believe it or not, some dogs and cats drink water from the Christmas tree stand. Do not allow this, as this water may contain fertilizers and bacteria which may lead to vomiting and diarrhea. Keep a tree skirt or covering around the bottom of the tree.

This has been reported many times, but it bears repeating. Antifreeze is very dangerous. It has a very pleasant taste, but it contains ethylene glycol, which can cause rapid and permanent kidney damage to your pet if he swallows even a tiny amount. One teaspoon can be deadly for an average sized cat, which can swallow it just by walking thru antifreeze puddles and then cleaning his paws. Four teaspoons can be dangerous to a 10 pound dog if he just laps it up off the garage floor.

It is always wise to inspect your home to make sure that it is safe for all who live there. Remember, many of these tips apply to the safety of small children, as they are usually playing with their pets. Using common sense will help to keep the family out of the hospital emergency room or the veterinary hospital.

For more articles, information and news on dogs,dog health and other issues pertaining to dogs read Sparrow Darling’s site http://www.dogsandothercompanions.com

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Dec 31, 2008 | 0 | dog safety

Emergency Evacuation Plan For Your Pet

By Liz Gruen

All families should have a plan in case of emergency and disaster situations. And the family pet needs to be part of your plan. Knowing ahead of time what is needed and where to take your pet can prevent much potential heartache in the future.

First and foremost, the most important thing you can do as a pet owner is to be sure your dog has proper identification on them at all times. While tags are useful on their collars, if the collar comes off, chances of retrieving your pet are greatly diminished. Having your pet microchipped greatly increases the chances of you being reunited with your pet.

In the event that your family has to go to a shelter, many do not accept pets. Where will you be able to take your dog?

You should contact your town’s police or fire department to find out about their emergency operation plan – specifically how it relates to pets. If they don’t offer a plan for pets, you may want to take the initiative to work with your town to implement one.

You will also need an emergency toolkit for your pet.

Be sure to have proper carriers, leashes, enough food and water for three days for each pet, food bowls, cat litter and box, any medications and your vet’s phone number. You should have recent photos of your pet so you can easily identify your pet should you become separated.

You should also evacuate before it becomes mandatory, as you can leave safely with your pet. If you wait to long, you may be forced to leave your pet behind.

An alternate plan should be in place in case you are not home during an emergency. Make arrangements with a neighbor to care for your pets and meet you with them. Be sure they know where all emergency supplies are kept.

While the thought of disaster and emergency situations are not on the top of our mind, taking the time now to prepare helps to ensure the safety of your family and pets.

Liz Gruen is the owner and head trainer of Kamp Kanine…plus a few good cats. She has also developed an innovative program, Kidz & Kanines, which teaches children how to train, handle and care for their pets.

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Dec 30, 2008 | 0 | Uncategorized

Taking Puppy Photos – Easy Effective Tips For Beginners

By Vanessa A. Doctor

Your puppy photo collection has the potential to be one of your most treasured possessions, especially if the puppy in your photos is your very own. However, it can be a difficult endeavor to get your puppy to pose for you. A puppy wiggles and is always on the go and taking its pictures can be a real challenge. Also, taking puppy photos is not the same as taking a picture of humans so you need to know what to do in order to do it right the first time around.

Give The Right Command To Your Pet

In order for you to take cute and decent puppy photos, you must first train your dog how to pose. Teach him to follow basic commands, like sit, stand, and lie down. Other commands that can also come in handy are roll over, fetch, and other action commands that will give you good shots during the photo shoot. But teaching your dog tricks requires a lot of patience and dedication so expect to spend a lot of time with your pet before you perfect the art. If in case you don’t have the time to train your dog but really wants to have decent pictures of him then you can enroll him in a dog academy and let the experts do it for you.

Choosing The Location

As real estate brokers and businessmen say, location is everything. That is also true when taking your puppy photos. If you want great looking puppy pictures, choose a location that will look nice as the background. The garden and your backyard is a good location to take puppy photos, and the landscape will definitely add a new twist to your photo shoot. Choose also a place where the lighting is good, preferably natural lighting instead of putting your bet on artificial light source.

Choosing a good camera

A good camera is also important in getting a beautiful puppy photo. If your camera’s resolution is low then expect a low quality picture. For beautiful results, get yourself a professional camera. If you can’t afford a professional camera, you may just opt for a digital camera from a reputable maker with a high resolution or with features that will help simplify the job. These cameras are a lot cheaper than they used to be and are available in the market everywhere.

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Dec 24, 2008 | 0 | Puppies, Tips

Puppies Training – How Do I Get Started

By Craig Vic

If you just got a brand new puppy, congratulations! You’re in for a very fun yet frustrating time. One second, you’ll be smiling at him for being so cute, while the next second, you’ll want to scream at him for breaking something in the house. So when it comes to a puppies training, the sooner you do it, the better off you’re going to be.

Although it’s important to get a puppy trained early, this still means you are going to have to show some patience. Let’s face it. This is a brand new situation for a puppy. You are going to have to give him a little leeway. He’s not going to pick it all up on his first day at a new home.

The beginning part of the puppy training should be focused on boundaries. What can the puppy do? Where can it go? All these things have to be answered. The best way is just to simply keep an eye on him. Watch and see where he goes when he is in the house. If he walks into closet, be prepared to say “NO”. The dog will soon get a sense by your tone, and where he is in the house, as to where he can go, and where he cannot.

Obviously, take him out a lot with a leash. Not only is it great for outside stimulus, but is also important for the dog to know that he has to relieve himself outside, not indoors. Whenever he does his business, make sure to give him a little treat, so he knows he’s done good.

Is you dog driving you crazy? Don’t get mad at them. It’s not their fault. They just need a little push in the right direction. Come visit How To Train My Dog to get a bunch of tips that can save you a lot of frustration. Also be sure to pick up my free report: The Top 5 Dog Training Myths

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Dec 23, 2008 | 0 | Puppies

Caring For Chihuahuas – Basic Chihuahua Care

By Luke Blaise

Caring for Chihuahuas can be a lot of fun and if you do it right you can greatly increase the quality of life your Chihuahua has. Basic Chihuahua care is not difficult and with a little knowledge about what to do, you can keep them healthy for a long time.

Today Chihuahuas are the smallest breed of dog recognized by the American Kennel Club. Because of their small size when caring for Chihuahuas you have to careful when you are bathing them. Since they have such a small body mass, they have trouble maintaining their body heat when wet, so as soon as you get done bathing them be sure to thoroughly dry them off with some towels.

Also after bathing them it is a good time to trim their toenails. After bathing them their toenails are softer than normal. The best way to trim a Chihuahua’s toenails are with a guillotine type toenail clippers. You can get this type of clipper from most pet stores. Also while trimming dog nails you will want to have a bottle of Kwik Stop powder available in case you trim too far back and hit the quick. The quick is an area of the toenail where there is the blood supply to the nail. If you cut into the quick there will be bleeding. By directly applying the Quick Stop powder you can stop the bleeding rapidly.

When you first get your Chihuahua it is also a good idea to pet proof your house. To start this, survey your house, garage, and yard for anything you think might be a danger for your dog. Wrap electrical cords or hide them out of the way. Cleaners and chemicals should be stored in a closed cabinet. Plants that are toxic to dogs should be placed in an area where the dogs cannot reach them. Remember Chihuahuas are very curious animals and are constantly exploring their environment, so be proactive when pet proofing your house.

Also when caring for Chihuahuas, once a month it is a good idea to give them a quick little physical exam. You don’t have to be a veterinarian to be able to do a rudimentary physical exam. Start at the head and examine the eyes, ears, nose, and mouth for signs of redness or drainage, which could be signs of infection. Run your hands all over the body to check for any lumps or masses. By doing this simple little physical exam every month you will learn a lot more about your Chihuahua.

Chihuahuas may be one of the oldest breeds of dogs but they are also one of the most delicate despite their temperament. Take caution when caring for Chihuahuas and they can live a long healthy life.

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Dec 22, 2008 | 0 | Dog breed information

Enjoy Teaching Dog Tricks to Your Dogs

By Alex De La Cruz

It is such a pleasure for any dog owner to show off his pet’s talents to other people. That is why many pet owners also strive to teach dog tricks to their pets so that they will have talents to show off. Along the way of rearing dogs, dog owners may lose enthusiasm towards their pets since they have sort of gone through the excitement phase. However, this is not supposed to be the case. For one, taking care of a canine is not supposedly a boring routine. It must remain exciting as years pass. So, teaching dog tricks to give your house pet some responsibilities in your household can be a good alternative to your usual routines.

Teaching a dog trick usually starts with the basic tricks that are easy to teach. Puppies usually learn new things faster and easier than more matured dogs. It is quite difficult to teach dogs that have already developed certain habits. Thus, it is most ideal to teach cool tricks for dogs. However, it is not safe to say that all puppies are easy to teach and older dogs are quite difficult. This situation can be altered by the type of dog breed. There are breeds that have good personalities for teaching dog tricks, while there are some that are not too compatible with tricks.

If you wish to teach your beloved pet, you may start with easy tricks for dogs. The easiest and the most common among the list are “sit” and “stay”. After teaching the basics, some pet owners would teach more complicated and fun tricks for dogs. Some pets are taught how to bring a TV remote, ride a skateboard, flush the toilet, and many other interesting talents that can be entertaining as well. Teaching dog tricks is not for entertainment purpose only, but you can actually let your dog ease up your life for you. In what way can your pet ease up your life? Well, you can teach them how to do basic chores at home.

Many canines are actually capable of opening and closing doors for you, some can fetch newspapers at your porch, and even search for lost items in your homes. With the right training for a dog, you may not only impress your friends with your pet’s one-of-a-kind talents but also make your pet a responsible member of your household. According to canine experts, dogs actually love to be given a set of task for them to fulfill. This way they feel more important and needed. So, do not hesitate in assigning tasks to your dogs. With proper training and enough patience, you would be able to benefit from teaching dog tricks.

The time you spend in teaching your beloved pet can also be the best time to bond with him and nurture your relationship with them. You don’t only train them but you’re also giving them the chance to exercise. Apart from that, dogs are said to learn a lot of discipline and behavioral trainings when you teach them tricks. Your pet can become more calm-mannered as a result of constant training. Furthermore, you will also be able to monitor your pet’s progress in terms of health and behavior when you spend more time with him.

The author of this article Alex De La Cruz is a Dog Trainer who has been successful with several dog training courses for many years. Alex decided to share his knowledge and tips through his website http://www.doggyweb.info. You can sign up for his free newsletter and enjoy a healthy and submissive dog.

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Dec 21, 2008 | 0 | Dog tricks

Yorkshire Terrier Pups Facts and Health Problems Information

By Moses Wright

The Yorkshire Terrier is a lovable dog with a big attitude and incredible personality. If you love dogs that think they are the biggest animal on the block – but are actually small, cuddly fluffballs.

A member of the Toy Group, the Yorkie loves to cuddle and looks like it is gliding across the showroom floor when in a competition. The reason for this is due to their long, elegant hair that goes all the way down to their feet. Some Yorkshire Terriers can weigh as little as 1 pound, but breeders do not often recommend buying puppies this small. Plainly put, when a dog is that tiny, their health is definitely at risk.

The AKC recommends keeping your Yorkie under seven pounds, but these dogs do not operate under a minimum weight requirement. The Yorkie’s coat can be silver, blue or black and they have tan on the heads and legs. All of the puppies are both with black and tan color and change as they mature.

Characteristics – The Yorkshire Terrier has long been the top choice as an apartment dog. They love to roam around in a yard, but they don’t have to have one. Some dogs never go outside at all, actually, as their owners teach them to use a litter box. You can always play an indoor game of fetch with your Yorkie to keep them healthier. Finally, if you do leave your Yorkshire Terrier outside, be sure it is a secure area as Yorkies love to scramble and dig to explore.

Yorkshire Terriers love to have all of the attention on themselves and are quite sociable. Yorkies can become irritated around toddlers, however, but only because they are worried that the toddler is going to hurt them in some way. Yorkies can injure easily due to their small size. A Yorkshire Terrier with an exceptional personality will allow a toddler to squeeze, poke and play with them, but it can be quite unfair to the dog to be treated like a toy.

Yorkies can become stubborn as they mature and develop quite the diva attitude. For this reason, it pays to take your puppy trained early on to give them the right guidelines.

Health Problems and Grooming – Yorkshire Terriers have few health problems, although they can have problems with their teeth. They have also been known to develop hernias and have hypoglycemia.

These little dogs do not eat a lot of food, but you will be careful not to spoil them with soft food, unless he can’t eat dry food. Dry food is much better for their teeth and since the Yorkie has issues with dental problems anyways, you should definitely push them towards the dry version.

Yorkies need to be groomed at least three times a week in order to prevent tangles. The dogs with silkier coats will only need a weekly brushing. Of course, you will need to watch their teeth and keep them very clean to prevent any dental problems in the future.

If you want a dog with a lot of personality and character, this gorgeous lap dog with a big bark could be just right for you.

Moses Wright is a proud owner of 3 beautiful dogs and loves to help new dog owners with their Training and Socialization. You can also find more Dog Health Illness Symptoms related articles on his site.

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Dec 20, 2008 | 2 | Dog breed information

A Guide For Curing Canine Urinary Incontinence

By Rebecca Shelly

Here’s a story about my dog. Canine urinary incontinence made my dog urinate in out of place areas of the house and trickle urine without being able to control it. Urinary incontinence can be as trying for pet owners as it is uncomfortable for our dogs.

Conventional veterinary medicine has no easy solution for urinary problems in dogs to deal with incontinence. You must first find the underlying cause of your dog’s incontinence by taking your dog to the vet for a diagnosis because canine urinary incontinence can be caused by tumors, birth defect, spinal cord or brain disease, urinary infection, bladder stones, or just plain old age. If your dog has a birth defect or tumor, the incontinence might only be corrected with surgery.

Medications are usually prescribed if the canine urinary incontinence is a result of bladder stones, a loosened sphincter muscle because of old age, or a bacterial infection. If you decide to give your dog prescription medication, be careful because this type of medicine is very strong and can have major side effects.

Urinary problems in dogs can be cured without putting their health at risk using natural treatments. You might think natural treatments are useless or that it is a kind of fraud but studies show that natural medicines are very beneficial as they approach the problem holistically.

Canine urinary incontinence options in conventional treatment are restricted and their effectiveness is open to discussion. If you address all the problem areas of your dog’s health as is done in a holistic and natural treatment it will get to the underlying causes of his incontinence.

Preventing urinary problems in your dog and promoting optimal health; give him plenty of fresh, filtered water to drink, raw and unprocessed foods, and a homeopathic supplement. Homeopathic remedies are very effective in treating canine urinary incontinence because they contain natural tonics that are compounded specifically to strengthen and maintaining a healthy bladder and urinary tract.

The best ingredients for canine urinary incontinence in a homeopathic remedy are one that contains cantharis and uva ursi. Cantharis maintains a healthy urine flow and soothes the bladder while uva ursi maintains normal pH levels of the urinary tract and is known as a urinary tonic.

Take this information and use it as a guide to help you find a homeopathic remedy to cure your dog’s canine urinary incontinence. Homeopathy is very successful in doing away with the symptoms of incontinence and getting to the source of its cause so your dog can heal permanently with no reoccurrences.

Rebecca Shelly has been studying alternative health conditions for pets for many years. She is a regular contributor to http://www.pet-natural-cures.com/ a site discussing some of the most promising natural treatments for pet health on the market today. If you’re looking for an alternative to harsh medications for your pet, visit the site to learn more.

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Dec 19, 2008 | 0 | Dog health

Build Custom Dog Houses – Use Wooden Or Plastic Materials?

By Ricky Lim

It can sometimes be difficult to find the right dog house for your dog even though today there are plenty of choices available today. Most ready built doghouse are built mostly of the same design and model with standard sizes.

If you want something unique for your doghouse, something different from the other dog house in your neighborhood, you can try building your own custom dog house.

There are several dog house plans online that you can follow and you can always alter it to your liking. It is also cheaper and the building materials are usually quite readily available.

If you do not have the skills or the time, then you can also get custom built dog houses. There are a few websites such as doghouseplans.com that offers custom built dog houses to your design and preferences.

It has become more popular in the past few years because people realized dogs are a part of the family and want them to live in specially designed doghouses that match their own house. There are now more specialized companies that can tailor and built exquisitely detailed doghouse for more affordable prices compared to just a few years ago.

Of course, a custom built doghouse is still more expensive compared to ready off the shelf doghouses. However, there are a few ways to save some money such as using cheaper wooden building materials as well as cheaper models of dog air conditioning and heating systems.

Regardless of your budget, you should construct a dog house that is warm, dry and comfortable for your dog. Most modern materials used to build dog houses are treated to prevent rot and rain from seeping into the wood and corroding them.

Alternatively, plastic doghouses are also becoming more and more popular these days. They are cheap and highly resistance to corrosion from the weather. They are also easier to clean compared to houses made of wood.

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Dec 18, 2008 | 2 | Tips

Need Dog Chewing Tips to Stop Fido From Tearing Up Your Stuff?

By Matthew Reinholt

Do you have a dog that likes to chew on your shoes or maybe even the couch? Getting a puppy and want to make sure that he does not chew everything in sight? You aren’t the only one who has needed dog chewing tips. Believe me I have been there.

I went to work one day and left my one year old Lab loose in the house. When I came home the first thing I saw was pieces of my brand new $1100 couch strewn all across the floor. He had managed to chew and rip the fabric to the point that I could see the frame of the couch in a dozen places. Needless to say I was extremely upset.

I knew yelling at Sparky was not going to do any good so I cleaned up the mess and took him outside for his exercise. When I came back in I went straight to the computer to look for some dog chewing tips. It was easy enough to find them but I still had a problem. Everyone seemed to have a different way of dealing with the problem. I am sure some if not all of them worked but I wanted something that was going to tell me exactly how to stop Sparky from chewing up my furniture. You see I still had two good chairs and a Lazyboy that I was worried about.

Well, I finally found my answer in a training course online called SitStayFetch. They had exactly the dog chewing tips that I needed. When I purchased it the price was $59.97 and worth every penny. You can get it now for $37.00. SitStayFetch contains everything you need to deal with your dog chewing problem whether you have a puppy or an older dog like me.

SitStayFetch had helped me so much with not only the dog chewing tips but with every other problem I had with Sparky, whom I am now proud to say is a model citizen, that I thought it would be a good idea to look at some of the other dog training courses available.

After doing some research i narrowed it down the three which I thought were the best. Read my reviews at Review Home. For a free six day training CLICK HERE.

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Dec 17, 2008 | 0 | Tips