Archive for February, 2012

Make your own Pet Potty for in the house or outside for about . Easily rinse the artificial turf clean and drain the mess without making a mess! Once you train your pet to use this potty, you won’t have to worry about it messing up your yard, patio, or carpet. Thanks to Dash the Beagle for taking the lead role in this film 🙂

Service Dog Stuff

Seabass showing off some of his commands
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‘Healthy Teeth for Pets’ Campaign Urges Pet Parents to Make a Pledge For Their Pet’s Dental Health

‘Healthy Teeth for Pets’ Campaign Urges Pet Parents to Make a Pledge For Their Pet’s Dental Health

Dayton, Ohio (PRWEB) February 11, 2009

Leaders in pet-care, Iams®, Eukanuba®, Iams Veterinary Formulas and Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI), launched a “Healthy Teeth for Pets” campaign Web site , a resource for pet parents to learn about the importance of pet dental health. According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, more than 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats develop gum disease by the age of three years. Through the Web site’s educational videos pet owners can learn how to brush their pet’s teeth and identify common dental problems. As part of the campaign, pet dental kits will be sent to select veterinary hospitals and retail outlets. The “Healthy Teeth for Pets” dental kit includes a finger brush, a teeth cleaning tracking chart, a guide for good oral health, money saving coupons for Iams and Eukanuba products and information about VPI, the oldest and largest pet health insurance company in the U.S.

“The Web site is designed to be a resource for consumers to go to learn about the importance of dental care,” said Amy Dicke, DVM, technical services veterinarian at Procter & Gamble Pet-Care. “In light of pet dental awareness month, we hope that by educating pet parents about their pet’s dental health we can contribute to the early recognition and prevention of dental problems.”

A recent American Animal Hospital Association study shows that approximately two-thirds of pet owners do not provide the dental care that is recommended as essential by veterinarians. The “Healthy Teeth for Pets” campaign aims to raise awareness about the importance of oral care in dogs and cats to help them live longer, healthier lives.

The campaign suggests that pet owners partake in a dental health program that incorporates the 3Ds:

1) Daily Brushing – Make it a routine to brush your pet’s teeth every day – it will remove plaque and slow the development of tartar.

2) Dentistry – Consult your veterinarian about regular teeth check-ups annually or semi-annually. A teeth cleaning performed by a veterinarian is the only way to remove tartar for pets.

3) Diet – Diet is important to good oral health. Some dry dog diets such as Iams and Eukanuba can help block tartar formation as it incorporates a patented, proprietary technology in many of its foods – a dental defense system.

For more information about caring for your pet’s dental health please visit, or call 1800-297-4267.

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Questions about my puppy, important questions!?

Question by : Questions about my puppy, important questions!?
Okay so i am 13 years old, and I am getting my very first puppy! ()dont worry , Im probally one of the most responsible people youll ever meet)

So I have already researched the breed(Labrador Retriever *bench bred type* ), and I have been online shopping for all the necesities: crate, baby gates, toys, chew toys, HEALTHY food, food and water bowl(elevated, no tip no skid, collar leash harness, etc
Its a black lab from a breeder, and I’m thinking of calling her “Boo”
Also, yes I know about shelters. My two cats that I LOVE are from shelters. BUT i plan on doing some agility, or best of breed showing or something like that:)

So I have a few concerns/questions:

1.)So I already know that within the first 48 hours to go to the vet for a puppy wellness exam + shots, but exactly WHAT shots are neccesary.(I live in a nice clean neighborhood in CT and I dont want to have to pay for anything extra that the vets just want to be paid for)
2.) How do I make sure that the vetrinarians do NOT do anything extra? (I know how they dont tell you theyre going to do blood tests, fecal exams, and all that other stuff that will be added into the cost) I want the vet to tell me EVERY thing theyre doing, nothing extra.
3.) How much should the spaying cost be?(of course I’ll get her spayed, I want the best for my dog and the world.)
4.) I was thinking of spaying her at about 5 to 6 months of age. Ive heard that if you spay them too early, they have have a bunch of cancer related health issues, and with their growth. Also, some people say not to spay them before 1 year. Others say do it before their first heat. When do I do it?
5.) I know NOT to take my dog to public places before vaccinated, because that would be bad for the puppy to become sick and whatnot. I ,of course, will be SUPER protective of this puppy as my child, my best friend. But… when is a good time to take them out to meet new dogs to socialize after theyre vaccines, like 3 days after, etc.. so the vaccine will work.?
6.) What would be a good name for her? this will be the breeder :
7.) Any other tips for a new, young, puppy raiser? Ive been doing loads of homework and have most costs all ready and set aside for my dog, plus and extra $ 1,500 for emergencies for the puppy.
I want the best for her, and also I know all about how to potty train, obediance train, socializing, clicker train, being the pack leader and whatnot. I watch dogs101 and also “The dog whisperer with cesar millan” too. I would say Im pretty much ready. But…. I know it will be SUPER hard like: waking up at 2:00 in the morning to take puppy outside, puppy having an accident(but the puppy will be supervised when out of crate and what not at ALL times.) I know it might puke on me (or somewhere else), it will chew, but i know how to deter her her with butter, tasty chew toys, bitter spray, etc.
Of course I will puppy proof the house, and everything, and the real work is not even started yet, but do you think Im doing okay?
I am super exited(ive wanted a pupppy all my life and I can finally get one!)

Thankyou for all answers! Have a great day:)
@dorothy s yes I’m sorry I forgot to add that in; My mother works from home all day and Is willing, and able, to take care of the puppy until I get home from school

Best answer:

Answer by dorothy s
If you are responsible, do you know that a puppy cannot be left home alone when you are at school. Perhaps I have missed the fact that one of your parents are home all day.

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Question by : Can you remember the race that caused the “lucky dog” rule?
We’re having a memory lapse here at my house! We remember that Dale Jarrett was stopped sideways on the track. Two cars came around the turn and almost nailed Jarrett. Pretty sure that one was Michael Waltrip.
Can anyone remember any other details? Like which track, which year, who was the other driver, etc. ?
Godsmack has it right.
Jarrett wasn’t sideways like I thought he was, but he was a sitting duck!

Best answer:

Answer by M M
good question, I dont know. But I to add, I think a driver should only be awarded the lucky dog once a race only.

Give your answer to this question below!

The Dogger Debuts at Paws for a Cause

We just participated in Paws for a Cause, a fund raising event that helps animals across British Columbia – what a fantastic day it was. One of the products we presented was our soon-to-be-launched, super cool dog stroller called the Dogger™. This video is a look at some of the crowd’s reaction to this amazing new product to help older dogs with mobility issues. We couldn’t be happier with the response. For more info please visit:
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People Food That Can Harm Your Dog

What Did He Just Eat?

People Foods That Can Harm Your Dog

While chocolate, avocadoes, and macadamia nuts may sound like good food to you – allowing your dog to have a little nosh on those foods can not only make her sick, it can be fatal if she decides she likes those treats and goes for more. Avoid the following foods when preparing a homemade diet or giving your dog treats:

Yeast Dough

Raw yeast dough can rise in your dog’s stomach, causing painful gas in the intestinal tract, possible blockages and ruptures. Once the dough has risen and is fully cooked, you can give your pet small bites of bread as long as the treats don’t constitute more than 5 to 10 percent of his daily caloric intake.

Grapes and Raisins

According to the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center, grapes and raisins are known toxins in dogs, having caused numerous cases of poisonings, even though veterinarians have yet to pinpoint the specific toxin involved. Dogs typically experience diarrhea, vomiting, lethargy and eventually kidney failure that can lead to death. While many dogs can eat the occasional grape without incident, the ASPCA recommends never feeding your pet a large amount and NEVER feeding raisins, as even small servings of raisins have been linked to toxic reactions.

Onions, Garlic, and Chives

These vegetables and herbs can cause intestinal distress and lead to hemolytic anemia, a disorder of the red blood cells that can affect your dog’s spleen, liver, and lymph nodes. While cats are more affected than dogs, any animal eating large quantities of these particular foods, or their associated powders, is susceptible.

Chocolate, Coffee, Caffeine

Methylxanthine, a type of stimulant, found in chocolate and coffee can cause severe digestive and neurological problems when ingested by your dog. Both theobromine, found in chocolate, and caffeine, found in coffee, are considered classes of methlyxanthine, and can induce vomiting and diarrhea, panting, excessive thirst and urination, hyperactivity, abnormal heart rhythm, tremors, seizures and even death. The darker and less sweet the chocolate, the more dangerous it is for dogs.

Macadamia Nuts

The macadamia nuts, commonly used in cooking and baking, can cause weakness, depression, vomiting, muscle spasms, and increased temperature in your dog. Symptoms usually appear within 12 hours of ingestion and last approximately 12 to 48 hours.


The fruit, seeds, leaves and bark of the avocado can cause severe diarrhea and vomiting in your dog, and can be especially harmful to pets of the smaller breeds. The avocado contains persin, a fungicidal toxin similar to a fatty acid that, while generally harmless to humans, has negative effects on dogs.


The skin, fruit, and seeds of the eggplant contain toxins that can cause severe diarrhea, vomiting, tremors, seizures, and heart arrhythmias in your dog. The seeds are particularly harmful as they contain cyanogenic glycosides that can result in cyanide poisoning.


Dogs absorb alcohol quickly and are prone to toxic reactions including diarrhea, vomiting, central nervous system depression, tremors, breathing difficulties, decreased coordination, abnormal blood acidity, coma and even death. Never give any form of alcohol to your dog, including the kind found in certain food products.

Milk and Milk Products

While milk and its by-products, such as cheese, butter, and ice cream, are not necessarily considered toxic to dogs, canines are lactose intolerant and feeding these foods to your dog can cause intestinal distress, including vomiting and diarrhea.


Just like it does in humans, eating excessive amounts of salt can cause excessive thirst, increased urination, and possibly sodium poisoning in your dog. Too many salty foods result in symptoms including vomiting, diarrhea, depression, tremors, elevated body temperature, seizures and even death.

Note: If you suspect your dog has eaten any of these foods, please note the amount ingested and contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.

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