In Transition: Keep Your Dog Safe After Moving

Moving is a time of transition for the whole family, but it’s easy to forget that our furry friends need special attention during this chaotic time. Dogs are territorial. When they find themselves in a new and strange environment, it can cause them stress. All of this can be avoided by taking a few precautions during and after the move.

There is much to be done after moving day. The new house is probably filled with scattered boxes, new furniture, and a whole lot of chaos. This can cause anxiety in dogs, which can lead to bad behavior, disorientation, and the urge to run away. Keeping your dog safe and secure in his new home is key to a successful transition. If you have a very nervous dog or are especially concerned about their safety on moving day, look into hiring a pet sitter to keep a watchful eye on your pooch so you know they’re safe and sound in the midst of everything.

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Preparing Your Home for the Arrival of your New Dog

Bringing home a new pet is always a joy. It is the beginning of a long and beautiful relationship. So, you want to make sure that your dog gets a warm welcome and has access to everything he or she needs to be able to settle in quickly. Here are a few tips to help you to prepare for their arrival.

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What are the best ways to exercise your puppy?

At first glance, puppies appear to be never-ending bundles of energy, so you would think exercising them would be straightforward. Actually, their little bodies are fragile and fatigue quickly, so it is easy to overdo it. Furthermore, before your puppy has completed his or her vaccination cycle (normally around 14-16 weeks), they should avoid playing with other dogs as they might contract illnesses. This means you will need to rely on means besides other dogs to keep your puppy exercised, engaged, and healthy.

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Why are dog's noses wet?

Have you ever felt a dog's nose? They are wet and cold. But, why? As a vet, I hear this question often, especially from novice pet parents who are sometimes afraid that something may be wrong with their furry companion. Today you'll learn why dog noses are wet and what you should do if it becomes dry.

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How to deal with separation anxiety in dogs

Humans see a lot of themselves in dogs—that’s why these pets always fascinate us. One trait that we seemingly share in common with them is anxiety. When we see our dogs distracted and fidgety, or when we hear them whining and whimpering, we know that something is bothering them.

One situation where anxiety crops up in dogs is when they are separated from us. A lot of dogs display this through barking, howling, clawing at the door, or being unruly. Just as in humans, separation anxiety is something that is not beneficial and should be addressed.

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5 Best Pet-Friendly Flooring Options for Your Dog

So, you finally got a dog, congratulations, you have made one of the best decisions in your life! Bringing a puppy into your family is one of the most rewarding feelings in the world, and just imagine the look on your kids’ faces when they finally see the little rascal. Indeed, a new and exciting chapter in your life is beginning.

However, do not kid yourself that owning a dog is a walk in the park (pun intended) as you will need to make substantial changes to your living environment and your daily habits as well in order to effectively housebreak your dog and teach the little bundle of fluff some proper manners. One of the main things you’ll need to consider is the type of floor you have and how it will affect your pooch. Here are the five best pet-friendly flooring options for your new best friend.

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What is your dog's life expectancy

Dogs are great companions. They’re by your side for all of life’s little moments -- their head buried in your lap while you watch tv, their excited yelp from the back seat of the car when they realize you’re almost at the dog park. But dogs are only able to share their lives with us for a short time. That’s why the health of your pet is an important consideration. Like a human, a dog needs to follow a healthy diet, get regular visits to the veterinarian, go for the occasional run, and even have health insurance. While this will help you make your dog's life a little happier, maybe a little longer, it's not the fountain of youth. You are still likely to outlive your furry friend.

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