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Is it Dangerous For Dogs to Eat Chocolate?

By Mike J. Browndike

There are many common misconceptions about what dogs can and cannot eat while staying reasonably healthy. Although many of the things that people believe are inaccurate, there are a few truths mixed in there. One of the most important ones is that it is very dangerous for dogs to consume chocolate.

One of the fundamental elements that makes chocolate so dangerous to dogs is the high level of caffeine. Dogs’ bodies are not equipped to deal with that amount of caffeine and it causes their heart rates to skyrocket. This could lead to dangerous health conditions including cardiac arrest and stroke.

Chocolate also contains a substance known as theobromine, which is toxic for dogs. It is part of the xanthine compound, which is the same family where caffeine is found, another substance that is very dangerous for dogs. The levels of theobromine are much higher in milk chocolate, so it takes much less milk chocolate to make a dog seriously ill than, for example, dark chocolate.

The average amount of chocolate that a dog must eat in order to have a health problem varies depending on what kind of chocolate they consume. A dog would have to eat two hundred ounces of white chocolate per pound of body weight to have a problem, which is highly unlikely, but they need only consume 0.1 ounce per pound of baking chocolate to become seriously ill. It is important to remember that the toxic amount can vary from dog to dog. Rather than learning the hard way what that amount is for a particular dog, it is best to keep all chocolate out of reach of the dog at all times.

Even if a pet owner does not see their dog each chocolate, there are a few symptoms they can look out for that may indicate that chocolate has been consumed. These symptoms include excitability, increased heart rate, diarrhea, vomiting and muscle tremors. If a dog exhibits one of more of these symptoms, they should be taken to a veterinarian immediately for an examination.

While it is never a great idea to feed human food to a dog, there are many foods that they can consume without having serious health problems. However, if a dog eats chocolate, they can become seriously ill, even if they do not consume a particularly large amount. If a pet owner even suspects that their dog may have eaten chocolate, they should visit their veterinarian immediately.

It is also important to make sure your dog is well protected. For more information on one top dog tracking collar, the Garmin DC-30, click on the following link: Dog Tracking System.

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Jun 30, 2010 | 0 | Dog health

How to Get Dog Pee Out of Your Carpet

By Mike J. Browndike

A new puppy in the home brings the family lots of fun, but it also brings many challenges. Making the home puppy-proof will be the first step and that involves keeping anything harmful or chewable out of the puppy’s reach. Knowing how to get dog pee out of your carpet is another skill that will need to be acquired, as accidents are sure to happen.

When a dog urinates on the carpet, it leaves not only a smelly odor but a nice stain. If it is not properly cleaned, this area serves as a bull’s eye for the dog to pee on repeatedly over time. After a while, the carpet becomes ruined because the odor and stain are nearly impossible to remove. Therefore, it is important to attack the scene of the stain early and remove all traces of the urine.

Use a paper towel to absorb the urine, stepping on the towel to get up as much of the stain as possible. Repeat this process until there is no more liquid, then apply a product designated for dog urine removal. Products that contain ammonia should not be used to clean the spot because dog urine actually contains ammonia, so the ammonia cleaner will encourage the dog to pee there again.

A homemade product can be made by mixing 50 percent water with 50 percent white vinegar. Use a brush to work the solution deep into the carpet, then blot the area using paper towels or use a wet vac. Once the spot is dry, sprinkle it with baking soda and leave it. Mix a teaspoon of liquid dish detergent with a cup of three percent hydrogen peroxide and pour this mixture over the baking soda. Wearing rubber gloves, work the mixture into the carpet, using the hands and a brush. Allow the carpet to dry and then vacuum to remove the residue.

There are also commercial products that are effective at removing these stains. Products that use oxygen power, such as those sold by OxiClean, Woolite, and Bissell remove tough odors and stains without harming the environment. Another great product line is Nature’s Miracle because it permanently removes the stain, odor, and dries quickly. The company sells products specifically for dog urine, in addition to its assortment for other types of pet stains and odors.

Knowing how to get dog pee out of your carpet will come in handy when tiny Fido takes his first squat in the dining room. In order to prevent that area from becoming his new toilet, clean up the urine, then treat it with a homemade solution or commercial product designed for this purpose. The carpet will smell fresh again and Fido can resume his potty training activities outside in the yard.

It is also important to make sure your dog is well protected. For more information on one top dog tracking collar, the Garmin DC-30, click on the following link: Dog Tracking System.

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Jun 29, 2010 | 0 | Puppies, Tips

What is the Most Popular Dog Breed in America?

What is the Most Popular Dog Breed?

By John W. Wylie

Many people are curious what exactly is the most popular dog breed in America. After all, there are a number of different breeds out there and some of them are very popular here in the U.S. In addition, dog shows on television and hunters will have their favorites on what they believe are the best dogs which adds to the interest in this question. The short answer to this question is the Labrador retriever. Here, we will take a look at exactly why they are #1.

The Labrador retriever is a popular dog for many reasons. One reason has to be that it makes for a great family pet. It could play well with children and other pets so Mom and Dad can rest easy knowing that it won’t harm their children or other cats and dogs. Even better is that these dogs are very intelligent and tractable. This is nice because usually intelligence and trainability do not always go hand and hand as some smart dogs are some of the most difficult to train because of their independence. Regardless, this is not normally an issue with labs as these dogs love the attention and training. The result is that most pet owners can have their labs trained very quickly and easily.

These dogs also have the added benefit of being popular choices for dog shows or hunting dogs. Their versatility makes them a choice pick for those who like to participate in these events or activities. Labs make for excellent bird dogs and are perfect for the hunting terrain of America. They can also make for great show dogs because their coat has a beautiful color whether it be in the classic black or chocolate color. In addition, some people like their close relative the golden retriever which has a shiny and distinctive golden coat.

For all these reasons and more, it is no surprise to us that the Labrador retriever is the most popular dog in America.

It is also important to make sure your dog is well protected. For more information on one model, the PetSafe PIF-300, click on the following link: Dog Fence.

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Jun 28, 2010 | 0 | Dog breed information

What is the Largest Breed of Dog?

By John W. Wylie

Ever wonder what the largest breed of dog is? If you have, you are not alone as many people from kids on up to adults have asked this question after coming into contact with some dogs. This only natural to think about as they are sure to have run across a large dog or two at some point in their lives whether it be in person or while watching one on television at a dog show or elsewhere. Either way, the big dogs command respect for their sheer size which is why many are curious to know who is the largest. Here, in this article, we will answer this question and pay homage to the largest dogs of them all.

The largest breed of dog is a little harder question to answer than it may first appear because it depends on exactly what you mean by largest. If largest means weight; then, the Old English Mastiff is the largest as its weight range exceeds other big dogs by a significant margin. However, if height is the true meaning you are looking for; then, the Irish Wolfhound will be the top choice as it is the tallest dog breed in the world. Therefore, as you can see, two people could give completely different answers to this question and both could still be correct. It all depends on how largest is defined.

However, instead of dwelling on the definition, I think it is more important to appreciate how large some dogs can get as Mastiffs, Irish Wolfhouds and even Great Danes are enormous dogs that all deserve some appreciation for their tremendous size. Also, while we are at it, we should also mention Saint Bernards which are also a very large dog as well. Basically, any dog that can get over 100 pounds or can be mistaken for a horse or pony, is a big dog. Another simple test would be is whether people stop and stare at it as it goes by. This is a clear indication to me that it is a large dog.

It is also important to make sure your dog is well protected. For more information on one model, the PetSafe Wireless Fence, click on the following link: Dog Fence.

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Jun 27, 2010 | 0 | Dog breed information

What is the Heaviest Breed of Dog?

By John W. Wiley

For young children, this is a question that many will want to know. It always important to them to know what is the biggest and the largest. However, this fascination does not end with children as many adults are also curious to know the answer about what is the heaviest breed of dog. There are a lot of possibilities out there too as there are a number of very large dogs that can easily weigh over 100 pounds. As for the actual answer it is the Old English Mastiff.

This dog is considered the heaviest breed because it can weigh over 100 pounds on up to over 300 pounds. This is a huge dog that dwarfs many other big dogs making it an impressive animal in its own right. As you might be able to guess, these dogs are also very strong as would be needed to carry around all this extra weight.

What is also interesting about mastiffs is that the other variations of this dog can also weigh a great deal also so it is not just the Old English Mastiff. Perhaps the most well known of this bunch is the Bullmastiff. However, what I find most fascinating is that this dog can outweigh other big dogs like the Saint Bernard, Great Pyrenees, Irish Wolfhound, and Great Dane to name a few. All these dogs are very large animals and yet, they are still smaller than this dog breed.

As you can see, the heaviest dog breed is the Mastiff. Knowledge of this information will marvel children particularly if you have a couple pictures. Even better is if you can have them see one in person as their small size in contrast to the big dog will certainly leave an impression on them. However, even if you don’t have any children, at least you will have an answer to a sure to come sooner or later trivial pursuit question.

It is also important to make sure your dog is well protected. For more information on one model, the PetSafe Wireless Fence, click on the following link: Dog Fence.

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Jun 26, 2010 | 0 | Dog breed information, Quizzes

Charlie Le Model..

I just had to share these model shots of Charlie the puppy.. is someone looking a bit spoiled? We share some of her recent outfits..

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Jun 25, 2010 | 0 | A++++ Watching Charlie The Pup Grow, Dog clothing, Puppies

How to Completely Eliminate Pet Fur in Your Home

By Joe Sloan

Do you have an indoor pet or maybe several? If so, (unless you are among the few with a hairless cat or dog) then you are more than familiar with your beloved animals fur that floats and flies in the air, on your sofas and chairs, everywhere! In this article, we will discuss the pet fur and dander problem, offer vacuum option solutions and other solutions that is helpful in other ways, as well.

Regardless of how much you love your family dog or cat, you probably have an entirely different opinion when it comes to their fur, shedding…all over your home and your clothes and even in your car! If you do not address it quickly, it can become embedded in your carpets and furniture. So what tools should you use to get rid of pesky pet hair?

Probably the best solution is to buy a vacuum cleaner that is specifically designed to get your pets fur out of fabrics and carpet. There are several top brands that have received excellent reviews from pet lovers all over. Some very notable mentions include, Miele TT5000, Dyson (Model DC14, DC15, DC08) Roomba Discovery, and Eureka Boss 4D. Some of these options have a turbo brush and some others have a mini turbine head, but they are all excellent choices for vacuuming away pet hair. To extend the life of your carpet, regular vacuuming is important, but you may want a deeper clean and in that case, you can use this next option for removing pet fur.

A secret known by professional carpet cleaners is to use a special, fine-bristled brush, called a carpet groomer. These typically run about $25, which is a pretty good price to get out stubborn pet hair. The super fine bristles of the brush really get the pet fur out. When rooms get a lot of traffic so does your carpet and sometimes it needs to be freshened up and this carpet groomer is just the tool for the job. A carpet groomer extends the life and look of your carpet and who does not want that?

If you love your animal, but need to get rid of the fur they have shed these are some great options. You can choose any one of the vacuums suggested and you can also invest in a reasonably priced carpet grooming brush. Whatever option you decide to use, it is always important to do specific research for the different methods, first. I wish you well on your quest for destroying animal fur in your home.

Joe Sloan has been writing articles online for nearly 4 years now. Not only does this author specialize in diet, fitness, and weight loss, you can also check out his latest website on Canopy Tanning Bed which reviews the benefits of using Canopy tanning beds. http://www.canopytanningbed.net

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Jun 25, 2010 | 0 | Tips

Charlie the Puppy – Expert Advice On How To Manage Puppy Car Sickness

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Poor Charlie has been experiencing car sickness.. We asked our experts – pet  behaviorist Dr Joanne Righetti and vet, Dr Glen Kolenc what to do.

Dr Jo said:

Car sickness is common, especially in young dogs. It is always wise to check with your vet that all is well before you attempt any behavioural therapy.

Sickness may be caused or intensified by anxiety. Dogs can get anxious, not because they are nervous of cars (although some may be) but because excitement builds up prior to and on their journey. If we can desensitise them to this, then we will help them cope.

Desensitisation involves short journeys and sometimes no journeys at all. Take your dog out to the car, sit there, then go back home *without going anywhere). Next time do the same but turn on the engine. Then drive down the street. Gradually increase your journeys. Keep an eye on your dog’s behaviour and if she is starting to salivate or become restless, you may have pushed things too far, too soon. Go back a step.

As well as desensitisation, you can give your dog some ginger. Check with your vet, however, prior to doing so. Lavender around the car can also help. Dog appeasing pheromone (DAP), available form your vet has also been shown to be helpful with car sickness so spray some around your vehicle.

If your dog is sick, deal with it with the minimum of fuss, otherwise you may reinforce the behaviour. Chances are she will grow out of it and we hope sooner rather than later :)

Dr Glen says:

Fortunately car sickness in puppies generally does not present too serious a problem. Most puppies will grow out if it fairly quickly.

Until they do, the main thing is to make sure they haven’t eaten within 2 hours of going in the car (if it is possible to plan for this). For pups that get bad car sickness, some preventative medication is available at vets which is very effective in stopping the vomiting.

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Jun 23, 2010 | 0 | A++++ Watching Charlie The Pup Grow, Puppies

Eau De Duckpoo!

By Lisa Catherine Wolfenden

Have you ever asked yourself why dogs roll in the most horrendous smelling stuff they can find, be it rotting fish, petrified pigeon, steaming ripe cow pats, the list is endless as well as dumbfounding. It appears to be a case of the stinkier the better. And they do it with such joy and verve. Their eyes brighten and their mouths positively grin with the thrill of it all. And they don’t approach this act in any cavalier, haphazard fashion, there is method to this madness. They start by kneeling their front legs down so as to carefully apply a smear of stinky substance under each ear and along each cheek. Then they lean further down so as to anoint the shoulders and neck with the highly valued bouquet, before rolling over for the total body spritz. When the required coverage is achieved it’s time for a good refreshing shake before trotting off head held high ready for anything the world may offer.

There are various theories as to why dogs engage in this behaviour, some suggest that they are applying their own scent to a valuable resource thus marking it as their own, others suggest that it is a way of camouflaging their own odour with that of something else. My favourite theory, and the one that appears to me as the most logical, also explains why we humans anoint our bodies with scents and perfumes. They like it, it smells good, so why not wear it? Don’t we do the exact same thing? Since Egyptian times we have used scents and oils for many reasons including our own self satisfaction, to attract others, and for medicinal purposes. Before this we most likely rubbed whatever we regarded as an attractive smell onto our bodies. Today we even use smell in our business dealings. How often have you heard it suggested that baking bread will make your home more appealing to those prospective buyers during a house inspection.

The problem is that dogs and humans don’t tend to agree on what smells good and what smells bad. I personally love the coconut conditioning spray I put on my dog Chewy each bath time, she on the other hand heads straight for her beanbag and spends a good 10 minutes trying to rub it off. Chloe our little Maltese simply adores duck poo. Her favourite time of year must be summer when the ducks do the rounds of the local backyards begging for multi grain and leaving their little calling cards on the lawn. You can see her delight as she seeks out their offerings and bathes her body in the intoxicating aroma. So although my immediate response may be “oh no the duck poo”, I do get some recompense in believing that she is probably happily thinking “Eau de Duckpoo”.

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Jun 22, 2010 | 0 | dog behavior, Understanding Your Dog

Kittens and Puppies With Fleas – What’s the Best Way to Treat Them Safely?

Generally, most topical flea medications (Frontline, Advantage) are not recommended for use on animals under six weeks of age. However, many people are understandably reluctant to use these treatments on kittens and puppies, even if they are over six weeks.

One of the easiest ways to kill fleas on your kitten or puppy is with a simple bath, followed by combing with a flea comb. Use a small tub filled with warm water, and gently immerse your pet up to his neck. While this may be difficult with a kitten who hates water, it should be doable if the animal feels safe.

Help ensure this by holding him securely, keeping his head above water, speaking to him and petting him gently. It will also help if your pet’s feet can touch bottom, so only fill the tub with enough water to ensure this is the case.

Once your pet is thoroughly wet, lift them out and wrap them in a towel. A gentle detergent, such as Dawn soap, can be applied and worked gently into a lather. Dawn is quite effective at killing fleas, and the existing fleas on your pet will probably head for his head. At this point you may be able to pick many fleas off his head by hand.

Once your pet is thoroughly lathered with dawn soap, place him back in the water and rinse him well, being careful not to get any soap or soapy water in his eyes. Then, lift him out and wrap him again in another dry towel, different than the first one you used.

Once your pet is dry and warm, comb him carefully with a flea comb. A flea comb has very small teeth that will capture remaining fleas. It’s sometimes helpful to place a small amount of vaseline on the comb’s teeth to help retain fleas. Starting at the animal’s head, carefully comb his entire body, pausing regularly to remove fleas from the comb and place them in a cup of hot water.

Come visit our helpful flea control guide for much more useful information on treating your home and pet for fleas, including using flea drops on your dogs and cats, flea collars, natural flea control, and how to tell if your pet has fleas.

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Jun 21, 2010 | 0 | Dog grooming, Dog health, Puppies