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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We received our Planet Dog “Halloween” special dog toys over the weekend and boy Murphy was not disappointed! The balls are well made and have a wonderful bounce and spring when thrown in the air or directly on the floor, just perfect for a dog who loves to chase and catch balls like Murphy. Murphy (our adopted Black Lab mix) is a HUGE fan of chewy or squeaky toys so he is our default tester and judge for all things related to doggy toys!