It is estimated that 40% of dogs and cats are obese in the U.S. Why are there so many fat dogs and cats? Pampering your pet is more popular now than ever. Jeweled collars, canopy beds, complete wardrobes, doggy daycare and gourmet treats are the norm for today's spoiled dogs. All this pampering has led pets to start packing on the pounds.
Category Keeping your dog healthy
Christmas, New Year's, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa - and all the celebrations they entail pose safety problems for pets. Aside from the over excitement and confusion caused by too many guests, there are purely physical problems: A dog can singe a tail on a candle or can swallow tinsel and wind up with an intestinal blockage that may need surgery to repair.
For millions of pets and people, the tiny flea is a remorseless enemy. The flea is a small, brown, wingless insect that uses specialized mouthparts to pierce the skin and siphon blood. When a flea bites your dog, it injects a small amount of saliva into the skin to prevent blood coagulation. Some animals may have fleas without showing discomfort, but an unfortunate number of dogs become sensitized to this saliva.
With a few precautions and a bit of conditioning, dogs are natural biking partners. Most dogs love to get out and run, but size and endurance are important considerations. Among the best biking partners: Akitas, Labradors, huskies and collies. You can take your dog cycling with you at any age, except when he's a small puppy.
Whether due to space limitations or personal preference, some owners choose to keep their dogs outdoors. A fenced-in yard or similar type of enclosure is the best. However, if your dog lives outdoors, you need to provide special care to keep him cool and comfortable during hot summer months. Housing and Shelter In the summer, you need to provide adequate shelter to protect him from the sun and the heat.
Ghosts and goblins. Witches and warlocks. Creepy crawlies. Not to mention Batmen, fairy princesses, and space aliens. For kids - and be honest - plenty of grownups, too, Halloween is a time when silliness gets a chance to shine. But for the dog of the house - or a cat or bird - the holiday can be a nuisance: A nightmare of doorbells that never stop ringing, loud noises in the night and too many strangers.
Halloween candy is absolutely forbidden for pets - lollipop sticks can get stuck in a throat and candy wrappers can cause an obstruction. But the animal in your life likes a treat, too, so here are some recipes that are healthy for your pet - and tasty, too. TASTY CAT CLAWS Makes 18 treats 1/4 cup warm water 5 tablespoons parmesan cheese 3 tablespoons soft margarine 1 tablespoon cod liver oil 1 cup white flour 1/4 cup soy flour Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
The day after Thanksgiving kicks off the Christmas holiday season, and millions of homes sport either real or faux trees - glittering towers of beauty that can pose a threat to your pets. Before you put the tree up, take a few moments to go over some safety precautions. 1. Choose the Right Spot. Pick an area where the tree can be enjoyed by the family but so much in the center activity that it can be easily knocked over.
Thanksgiving wouldn't be Thanksgiving without a taste of turkey. Here are two recipes for pet-healthy meals worthy of the holiday. Note: These recipes should be considered occasional treats, not as everyday replacements for your pet's regular diet. If your pet is on a special diet or has a history of pancreatitis or other digestive problems, check with your vet before changing his diet.
A tent, a starry sky, a trout stream somewhere handy: A couple of days in the woods is the best antidote to office overload, and a camping trip only gets better when you add a dog to the mix. Canine campers are about as enthusiastic a breed as you'll find: athletic enough for a fast morning run, intrepid enough for a strenuous hike - and loyal enough to sit quietly while you wait all afternoon for a fish to bite.
Some people, due to space limitations or personal preference, choose to keep their dog outdoors. In areas where winters can be harsh, these pets need special care. Even though the dog lives outdoors, you should prevent your dog from roaming through the neighborhood. A fenced-in yard works well, but if this is not possible, keeping your dog on a long tie-out can also restrict unwanted roaming.
You could use your yard only as a doggy release pen, where you occasionally play a game with your pooch. But why waste the great outdoors? If you manage your space well, your pet will be happily protected from strangers, the elements and boredom. Even if you have a small yard, a bit of planning and a lot of understanding of your dog's preferences can add a new dimension to his outdoor time.
Why do we like dogs? 'Cause they're fun. And they like to have fun, too. So treat your best buddy to some of the coolest dog toys around. Maybe he'll stop having fun with your favorite pair of sneakers. Wiggly Giggly Toss this toy and it will make funny noises and unpredictable movements. It will keep your pooch busy for hours.
Getting or renewing a dog license is a yearly requirement in many cities and towns in the United States, and more municipalities are requiring licenses for cats as well. But what is the purpose of the license, and what are the consequences of not renewing them each year? Owning a dog and, in many cases, a cat is considered a "privilege" rather than a right.
It's important to keep comprehensive records on your dog, just as you do for other family members. Medical and licensing records, as well as adoption or breeding papers, belong in these files. Key information also should be included in an emergency kit with other essential family papers. If there is a natural disaster, if your pet is missing or if something should happen to you, your dog's records are invaluable.
Winter continues to hold us within her icy grip, and pet owners need to take precautions to keep their animals safe and healthy. The danger may be worse than what the thermometer reads. The wind chill factor can drop the temperature by 20 or 30 degrees. In other words, if the thermometer reads 34 degrees, the wind can make it feel like zero.
Fleas - the scourge of dogs and cats from time immemorial - have a new enemy that promises to eradicate them from pets within a matter of hours. This new weapon in the long war against the seemingly indomitable flea is a medication called Capstar®. Manufactured by Novartis Animal Health, it starts working to kill adult fleas within 30 minutes.
Welcome to summer and all that it entails. No school, warm days, summer vacation and outdoor barbecues. Your summer may range from taking an exotic trip to just floating in your pool with a cold drink. Whatever your plans, we've gathered a menu of information, advice and options to keep you and your pet happy and healthy during the dog days of summer.
Pet stores are full of dog treats. But did you know that you can make your own healthy dog treats at home? Here are some dog treat recipes to help you find a way to your dog's heart: Bark-B-Q 2 cups whole wheat flour 1/2 cup white flour 1/2 cup cornmeal 1/2 cup wheat germ 1/2 cup barbeque sauce 2 tablespoon honey 3 tablespoons oil 1 egg 1/2 cup water Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Neutering can be a hot topic in many families. Many families decide against neutering their male pets because they do not like the appearance of their dog after the surgery. In 1993, Gregg Miller of Buckner, Missouri, felt the same way. It was time for him to make a decision about neutering his beloved bloodhound, Buck, but he didn't want his dog's appearance altered.
If you're planning to lurch from your couch to the road in search of fitness, you may find it easier with a partner. But finding a jogging partner with the same amount of commitment as you is pretty tough - too often both the flesh and the spirit are weak. One partner that won't let you down on the track is your faithful dog.