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How to make an interactive dog toy

All you need in s a plastic container, a pair of scissors, and some dog food, to create an interactive dog toy. Why waist 15$ at the store on a food dispensing toy when you can make one at home!

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Feb 27, 2010 | 0 | Dog toys, Videos

Preventing Dog Obesity the Right Way

By Robert Riley

The United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention says about 1 out of 4 Americans are obese. The eye-opening thing is that dog obesity is about the same as that statistic, if not worse. What do you think one of the main reasons for this crazy dog obesity could possibly be? Yes, that’s right, its the dog food!

The head Veterinary Nutritionist from Natura Pet Products, Dr. Sean Delaney, says that “The debate among veterinarians is that pet food is to blame”. Canine obesity is quickly becoming the leading cause of many diseases in our canine friends. Canine obesity is also one of the main causes of premature dog deaths. But, according to Dr. Delaney, dog obesity is absolutely preventable.

The majority of the food made for dogs on the market today is the equivalent of “fast food” for dogs. Also, many people tend to unknowingly overfeed their furry friends which contributes greatly to this dog obesity epidemic. It only takes about 10 extra calories a day in your furry friend’s diet to have him gain 1 extra pound of fat per year. Portion control is key to preventing dog obesity. Consult with your veterinarian just to make sure you are feeding your dog the optimal amount of healthy dog food.

Healthy dog food is crucial to preventing dog obesity. You’d be surprised at just how many major commercial dog food brands are actually unhealthy for your dog. Therefore its critically important that you find out if the brand your dog is eating everyday is truly healthy or really just disguised fast food for dogs. Don’t believe the major commercial brand’s marketing pitches and commercials saying how healthy everything is, they are experts at persuasion and getting you to buy their food. Do some research, read a book and find out for yourself.

So the two major secrets to preventing dog obesity are portion control and the type of food you feed your canine friend! Also, don’t forget that exercise is a close third.

Robert Riley is an investigative dog health researcher and the Author of the most downloaded pet health PDF in history, The Dog Food Doctrine. The Dog Food Doctrine reveals the exact reasons why the health of the dogs we love has declined so much since the 1960′s. For a limited time, Ezine Article readers can get a copy of The Dog Food Doctrine absolutely FREE by visiting:

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Feb 26, 2010 | 0 | Dog health

How to Cure Your Dog From Scooting (Sliding Or Scratching His Bottom on Your Carpet)

By Bronwen Shannon

When your dog slides along a roughish surface – or does a ‘dog scoot’ it’s because it literally has an itchy bottom — and it is a dog health problem symptom you need to take care of. The cause is quite often because the dog’s anal glands are impacted.

These anal sacs sit just inside the internal muscles or the dogs anus. The potent smell comes from an oily excretion from inside the anal glands and is an important way for your dog to communicate with other dogs– when dogs sniff each other they are making contact and friendships. They also serve to mark territory. Skunks have the same kind of gland and use the secretion for defensive purposes.

The anal glands liquid can also sometimes be excreted when your dog gets stressed or held incorrectly. You’ll know when this happens because of the unbelievable stench that accompanies it.

It can happen however, that these anal glands can become impacted (clogged with a dense secretion), inflamed or infected and when they do they are very uncomfortable for your dog. It is natures way for dogs to try and cure themselves (like eating grass) and one of the ways dogs overcome this problem is by sliding their bottoms on a rough surface to release the buildup inside the glands. Dogs scooting is a sure sign of a dog health issue.

Unfortunately, if your dog decides your carpet is the best surface to relieve the itch, you could end up with a really unpleasant odor that is very hard to get rid of.

You can help your dog by releasing the liquid in the glands by manually squeezing them. It is, however, messy and you need to know what you are doing. If you’re like most dog owners, you would prefer it to be done for you.

If you do want to do it yourself, you will need to be shown the right technique so you can avoid creating a bigger problem as well as stressing your dog. Your vet or your dog groomer will show you how to do it effectively. By learning the technique yourself you can take control of this dog health problem and save yourself money if it happens again.

Many dogs do have this gland impaction occur on a regular basis. It is more common in some dogs than others and you may be able to help if you add more fibre to your dogs diet.

If your dog is unable to relieve himself of the pressure and buildup and you don’t act to help, the issue could become a much more problematic one and lead to abscesses and ruptures. There is also the possibility that the scooting may be caused by parasites, a tumor or diarrhea. If the glands become infected or inflamed it will become much more serious.

Your pet dog’s health is important. Act on it immediately and you will save your dog discomfort and yourself a really big vet bill.

Hi, I’m Bronwen Shannon and I am an avid dog enthusiast and I have been training dogs for over 30 years. Whether you are a new puppy owner or have an older dog, I feel absolutely positive you will find something here of interest. Most of all, I hope we can share a fantastic and exciting mutual interest. DOGS RULE!

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Feb 25, 2010 | 0 | Dog health

Dog Care Tips : How to Brush Your Dog’s Teeth

To brush your dog’s teeth, get flavored toothpaste and a dog toothbrush, gently open the mouth and brush the teeth starting with the canines. Avoid brushing a dog’s teeth if the dog is whining or seems agitated and consider tips from a veterinarian in this free video on dog care.

Expert: Dr. James Talbott
Bio: Dr. James R. Talbott is a staff veterinarian at Belle Forest Animal Hospital and Kennel in Nashville, Tenn.
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Feb 24, 2010 | 0 | Tips

Emergencies in Dogs

By Frank Will

Emergencies in dogs occur every day and being prepared and understanding some of the basics may help to save the life of your dog. In every case that involves an emergency, you should seek professional treatment as quickly as possible, but some of the following types of emergencies and some basic understanding of them, can prepare most owners.


Emergencies in dogs in several cases may not originally appear to be serious, but they can become extremely dangerous if they are not treated, and an abscess is one of these conditions. An abscess in your dog is described as either a sac or a lump that contains pus. These should always be treated very seriously, but if they rupture, the pus will begin to drain and it will need to be treated. If this does occur, and the original site of the rupture is relatively small, immediately clean the area.

To clean an abscess, you can use peroxide or Betadine, and once cleaned, it will be very important to keep it open and allow it to drain. Until you can get medical attention, you will need to make sure that your dog does not lick the area. This is much easier said than done, and with most dogs the only thing you can do is to use an Elizabethan collar of some type.

Allergic Reactions:

One of the scariest types of emergencies in dogs is an allergic reaction. Most any dog will have some type of an allergic reaction some time in their life span, and when it happens the most important thing for an owner to do is to remain calm. A reaction by your dog to some type of an allergen can range from mild to very severe, depending on your dogs system and the type of allergen. It is very important to remember recent medical history, as a lot of reactions occur as the result of a new medication or a recent vaccination.

However, if it is during the spring, summer, or fall months, it can also be the result of some type of an insect bite, especially a wasp, hornet, or a bee. In the vast majority of cases, the allergic reaction will be almost entirely focused on your dogs face. However, just like people, some dogs can develop very serious symptoms. Any time your dog has any kind of allergic reaction there are several things you should watch for.

The first thing to do is check for any type of shock in your dog, and you do this by first examining their gums. If they are pale, your dog is most likely going into shock. If they are experiencing difficulty in breathing, you may have to perform CPR on your dog. If it does appear they have been stung, remain calm and look until you find the stinger and remove it. You can than apply a topical lotion such as Benadryl, but you should call your veterinarian first.

Burns from Chemicals:

This type of emergencies in dogs can be very difficult to determine unless you actually witness the episode or have a very strong inclination of what it was. If you do witness the event, immediately rinse and flush your dogs mouth with very large amounts of water. This will immediately reduce the chemicals as well as prevent any further damage. But there is one thing you should not do until you talk to your veterinarian or call the 800 number on the chemical; induce vomiting.

Most all chemicals will have instructions as well as an 800 number to call for cases like this. Do not induce vomiting until you have been instructed to as it can cause several internal damages.

The toxicity directions on the bottle or container will give instruction, and most dogs can be treated with a topical that helps with canker sores in humans. The recommend treatment is usually three times a day. But if it severe, there is absolutely no home medical treatment and your dog will need immediate medical treatment.

Collapse in Dogs:

This type of emergencies in dogs requires one very definitive thing from any owner; remain calm under all circumstances. Your first reaction is to panic, but you will need to remain calm and start planning on how you can safely get your dog to medical attention as soon as possible. But first you will need to observe your dog very closely, try to think back about what may caused the collapse, and than gather a plan to safely move your dog.

CPR in dogs can be a very important technique, but this is not the time for it. If fact, it can do severe damage if not done properly with this condition. If your dog is unconscious, feel the left side of their chest for a heartbeat. If your dog is dazed or looks lost, be extremely careful as they may bite simply out of instinct. Contact your veterinarian immediately and call someone if needed to safely move and transport your dog.

Electrical Shock:

Emergencies in dogs, especially puppies, may involve an electrical shock of some kind. Puppies love to chew anything as any owner knows and unfortunately this can have devastating results. If your dog or puppy does get shocked, you will need to very quickly turn off the main breaker. Do not rush to your dog first and try to remove the cord as you may also be shocked or electrocuted. Once you have done this, remove the cord and keep your dog as calm as you can, but very quickly look for burns. Once you have calmed and relaxed your dog, seek immediate medical treatment.

Head Trauma:

Head trauma is one of most challenging of all emergencies in dogs as it can be life threatening. If you have any inclinations that your dog has suffered a head trauma, seek professional help as quickly as possible. During the transfer time to the hospital, it will be very important to keep your dog warm and keep their head elevated or at least level with their body. This will help to prevent any further damage to their neck, back, or the head itself. Again, you may want to seek help in transporting your dog and be very careful about being bitten.

Heat Stroke:

Emergencies in dogs will almost always include heatstroke, especially if your dog is left in a car during very hot temperatures. However, just like human, dogs can suffer heatstroke by extreme weather. If you see your dog panting excessively, get them to shade or a cool area. If they collapse, it is now life threatening. The normal body temperature of a dog is 100.5 to 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit. If it exceeds 105 degrees, it has become life threatening.

If this does occur, place a cool, wet towel around them or hose them down as quickly as possible. Under no circumstance use ice; it can very easily cause skin damage to your dog. Even if you pet returns to normal, you will need to have him examined.


There are several other emergencies in dogs that will include frostbite, parasite infection, gunshot wounds, and dog fights, just to name a few. The main thing any owner can do in any type of an emergency is to remain calm, take account of the situation, and then seek professional advice or treatment. Keeping your wits about you will help to keep your dog remain calm, and in these situations they have no where to turn other than trust you.

I am an avid lover of pets and my wife and I have had several pets throughout our years. We are especially fond of dogs, and we have a 12 year old Dalmatian (our 3rd) and a “mutt” that we rescued when someone threw him away to die in a vacant field.

He found us, nearly starved to death, and weighed about 2 pounds.

After severe bouts of mange and severe dehydration, and over 1,000.00 in veterinarian bills, we saved the little guys life, and he is one of the best, if not the best, dogs we have ever had and today is a muscular, fit, and firm 70 pound best friend.

After finishing my MBA, which at middle age was not easy, I decided to keep the research work ethics that I acquired, and devote about two hours each night in understanding the health benefits of supplementation for both humans and pets and how they might strengthen our, as well as our pets, immune system in a pre-emptive approach to health rather than a reactionary approach.

Both of my daughters are avid cat lovers, and asked me to help them with health concerns and challenges with their cats.

I am not a veterinarian nor claim to be, just a lover of pets that loves to research and pass on some knowledge that might be helpful, or at least stimulating to the thought process.

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Feb 23, 2010 | 1 | Dog first aid, Dog health

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Dog Breed Profile

By Scott Allan Lipe

Description: The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is considered a toy dog. This dog stands 13 to 18 inches at the withers and weighs between 10 and 18 pounds. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has a long, silky coat with feathering on the legs, tail, and ears. The coat comes in four colors: Blenheim, ruby, tricolor, and black and tan. Although the tail of the Cavalier is usually left its natural length, it is sometimes docked by one third. This dog can have a life span of 9 to fourteen years. It is also called the Ruby Spaniel or the Blenheim Spaniel.

History: King Charles II of England is most closely associated with the Spaniel that bears his name. Even as a child, he was surrounded by this breed of dog. After he attained the throne, he promoted the breed and allowed the little dogs the run of the palace. It is said that the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel even whelped on the royal bed. This small dog is present in art from the 16th to 18th centuries and was used to help attract fleas as well as its duties as a comforter dog. Breeding with the Pug produced a shorter faced dog, the King Charles Spaniel. However, an American fancier Roswell Eldridge, bred the breed back to the more original dog and recreated the Cavalier.

Temperament: The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is exclusively a companion dog, despite its old Spaniel hunting instincts. It is a very affectionate and happy little dog that thrives when given attention by its human friends. This is a very playful dog that wants to please those around it. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is an excellent companion for anyone and is trustworthy and gentle with children. It loves to cuddle and bonds strongly to its family.

Health Issues: Although the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a fairly healthy toy breed, it can suffer from a variety of inherited health problems. One of the most serious problems is mitral valve heart disease, which begins as a heart murmur and can become worse as time goes on. Another serious condition is syringomyelia, in which cysts will form on the spinal column. This can be a painful condition for the dog. The potential owner of this engaging little dog would be well advised to make sure the dog is purchased from a reputable breeder who has followed intelligent breeding practices.

Grooming: Since the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has such a long coat, it is important to keep it well groomed. The dog should be brushed every day to prevent matting and the hair on the feet should be kept trimmed, especially around the toe and foot pads. The long ears should be checked regularly and kept clean and dry to prevent infections. Pay some attention to the eyes, too, to make sure they remain infection free.

Living Conditions: The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a house dog. It cannot live in an outside situation, either physically or mentally. This little dog needs to be around people as much of the time as possible. The dog will adapt its exercise needs to its owner, so it is suitable for both active and inactive lifestyles. Regardless of the owner’s exercise needs, however, the dog does need a walk every day. It is very suitable for living in an apartment.

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Feb 22, 2010 | 0 | Dog breed information

Natural Dog Treats – Provide Extra Nutrition For Your Dog the Natural Way

By Stewart G Robertson

It seems that nowadays, thank goodness, more and more dog owners are becoming increasingly more conscious of the nutritional needs of their pets. More and more they appreciate the benefits of giving their animals treats made only from natural ingredients.

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Natural dog treats have nothing added to them. No fillers, no preservatives and most importantly, no chemicals, leaving just pure dog nutrition. In addition, natural treats make use of the highest quality of edible foodstuffs and prepared using methods which make them even edible by human beings. There are loads of different natural treats available, some which you will already be aware of, and some which you might not have thought of.Natural pork dog chews are probably the most popular and widely known dog treat. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes, from pigs ears to pig snouts to rolls of pork rind. Pigs ears are much loved by dogs. They contain an acceptable quantity of fat and have a flavor that dogs find irresistible.

Natural fish dog chews have loads of protein and different varieties may contain omega-3 and omega-6 which are fatty acids which promote a good healthy skin and fur. Dog chews made from natural poultry are low in fat and are suitable for dogs with allergies. Dog chews made from natural lamb are perfect for sensitive dogs and dogs which are allergic to certain foodstuffs. All these natural treats should be oven baked and dried and contain no seasoning, preservatives or coloring agents.

Greenies are one more much loved dog treat – a distinctive range of treats that utilizes chlorophyll and naturally cleans your dogs teeth and freshens the breath. If your dog isn’t used to having his teeth brushed, Greenies and other dental chews will help keep your dogs teeth and gums healthy. New Greenies are softer toothbrush shaped and when your dog chews them their teeth sink in up to the gum which provides a cleaning action and removes any debris lodged in between the teeth.

  • Other Types Of Natural Dog Treats

If you take a look around your kitchen, check the refrigerator or even look in the garden you will be surprised at just how many natural treats are available right on your doorstep. Sliced apples, sticks of celery as well as carrots all make very good natural treats. Each and every one provides proteins and vitamins. A carrot by itself contains 5 different Vitamins, Protein, Iron, Fiber, Potassium and loads more. All natural ingredients and no chemicals. Just feed them on their own or for an extra special very occasional treat try with a little peanut butter. Dogs go absolutely crazy for peanut butter but don’t feed it very often. don’t feed dogs chocolate intended for human beings, grapes, figs, plums or raisins.Whether or not you purchase commercial dog treats or use treats direct from your garden or refrigerator, natural dog treats are a fantastic method of providing your dog with a supplement of extra nutrition and no need to worry about any nasty chemicals being administered without your knowledge.

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My name is Stewart Robertson. My wife and I have 2 German Shepherd Dogs, Sasha and Keisha. Keisha is Sasha’s daughter and we bred her last year. We started our website to try and give some tips on dog first aid and dog health as we are trying to reduce the amount of money we are spending at the vet on simple little things like putting on a bandage which is very expensive for a little job. Please visit our site at dog health and first aid

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Feb 21, 2010 | 0 | Dog nutrition

Heard of Doga? That’s Dog Yoga!

Humans aren’t the only ones gaining the benefits of yoga. Dogs can too, at the Lakeshore Athletic Center in Chicago. Chicago Revealed uncovers what dog yoga, or doga, is all about, and host Katie Kijowski gives it a try with a Pomeranian.

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Feb 20, 2010 | 1 | Pampering, Tips

How Long Are Dogs Pregnant For?

By Kendall Davidson

Contrary to popular belief, dogs do not go through menstrual periods. Rather, they go through heat cycles also known as estrus cycles. These heat cycles in which dogs can become pregnant usually begin at around four to six months of age for smaller breeds and twelve to fourteen months of age for larger breeds. For as long as a dog is having estrus cycles, she can become pregnant. It is important to note now that dogs do not go through menopause. This is often the reason why dogs are spayed after their good breeding years.

During the estrus cycles, dogs discharge a bloody fluid, which is why it is thought to be a menstrual period. When the fluid becomes less bloody, dogs are ready to be impregnated, this can last a few hours to a few days. Between breeds, the estrus cycles vary. Some breeds are known to have a one to two week average, others three weeks, while others still can have it for only two days.

While it is helpful to understand a dog’s estrus cycle in terms of knowing when to breed them, or in some cases when to keep them away from male dogs, what many would like to know, is how long are dogs pregnant? Or how long do they stay pregnant?

Typically, a dog is pregnant for about two months. This is the length across the board. Some veterinarians estimate how long dogs are pregnant for by number of days, such as 60-65/65 days. They say that dogs usually give birth between day 60 and day 65. For smaller breeds, how long dogs are pregnant can vary depending on how tiny the dog is. Often, this is the result of the mother dog not being able to carry the puppy for a very long period. This can mean that the dog will whelp before the 60th day. Also, smaller dogs often have only one puppy instead of several.

No matter how long your dog is pregnant for, you should be ready to provide it with what it needs throughout the pregnancy. First, pregnant dogs need a lot of water since their bodies are easily dehydrated, due to the life growing inside of them. Be sure that their bowl is always filled with fresh water, and that they have easy access to it.

Second, pregnant dogs need little areas in which they can “nest” for their puppies. This means providing them with a room (maybe the room in which they will give birth so that they can familiarize themselves with the room) that has soft pillows and towels. These can be old pillows and towels so that your dog can play with them and arrange them as she sees fit.

Finally, be sure you provide your dog with a good diet before, during and after pregnancy. Proper nutrition is an absolute must. This is one of the key factors to having a successful pregnancy and healthy puppies. Often, dog breeders recommend the raw food diet before pregnancy, (as early as being a puppy) so that the dog is used to obtaining its nutrients through this kind of feeding. A raw food diet is high in protein, which is something a pregnant dog needs throughout her pregnancy, and well into lactation or nursing.

A pregnant dog needs a delicate balance of food and water throughout her pregnancy. Learn the raw food system and discover recipes that your female dog will truly benefit from!

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Feb 19, 2010 | 0 | Dog breed information, Miscellaneous

Dog Massage : Dog Foot Massage

Foot massages for dogs are very important for getting your dog used to touching their paws. Learn more about how to massage a dog’s foot with tips from a licensed massage therapist in this free pet care video.

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Expert: Hope LaMonica
Bio: Hope LaMonica is certified in massage therapy as well as in dog massage, aromatherapy, acupuncture for the veterinarian technician and canine water therapy.
Filmmaker: Paul Muller


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Feb 18, 2010 | 0 | Pampering