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Keeping Your Dog Safe during the Summer Months

HEALTH Summer is coming on fast, so itís time to plan how you will keep your dog safe and healthy through the lazy, carefree, warm days. Read More


Vaccination Time Again-Keeping Your Puppy Healthy

DOG HEALTH So you have your new puppy picked out. There are quite a few shots, treatments and examinations that will keep the newest member of your family healthy. Read More


The Benefits of Physiotherapy for your Dog

HEALTH The same techniques that physiotherapists use to treat a variety of injuries and conditions in humans have been adapted to suit animals with great success. Family pets, show dogs, and working dogs can all benefit greatly from physiotherapy.† Dogs whose activities involve a lot of agility are especially susceptible to the types of problems that physiotherapy can address. Read More


Bringing Your Dog Into Your New Baby's Life

HEALTH Many believe that a dog and a new baby cannot happily coexist, so therefore the dog has to go.† This is not necessarily the case. †A new baby does not mean you have to abandon your dog. Read More


Who Will Care for Your Dog after You're Gone?

HEALTHAlthough it's not a topic any of us really want to think about, responsible dog parenting requires that we give some thought to what would happen to our dogs if one day we didn't come home. Read More


Dog Fighting- It is Not New

HEALTHDog fighting used to be a sport meant to entertain police officers and firefighters, and was advertised in police gazettes. Now that numerous laws have been passed that make dog fighting illegal, the sport has simply gone underground. † Read More


All About Vaccinating Your New Puppy

DOG HEALTH Many new puppies are adopted throughout the year, especially around Holiday time. One responsibility most first time dog owners forget to take into account is the amount of veterinary care that is necessary in keeping your puppy happy and healthy! Learn the basics of finding a vet and getting puppy vaccinated. Read More


Spay and Neuter Your Dog: The Risks and The Benefits

DOG HEALTHThere are many benefits to spaying and neutering, but there are also more than a few risks. We want to give you often overlooked information you need to make a full and informed choice. Read More


Top Ten Human Medications that are Toxic for your Dog

DOG HEALTH As we get older, most of us probably have at least one prescription medication we take regularly, and for many, some form of pain reliever is a daily necessity. We might think that these same medications can help out our dogs as they get older, but their systems react to these chemical compounds in ways much different than ours. Read More


Top Ten Tips for Living with a Senior Dog

DOG HEALTH Bringing home a new puppy is so exciting, but it doesnít take all that long for your exuberant puppy to grow into a senior dog who may have special needs. Here are the doggies.com top ten tips for taking care of your companion who has been with you through so much. Read More


What to do for a Dog Bite

DOG BEHAVIOR Getting bitten by a dog can be scary, and you may be tempted to run around in circles for a while, trying to figure out what to do. Here's our guide to help you manage the situation. Read More


Dog Daycares- What to Look For

DAY CARE Sometimes our schedules change and we need some help watching after our dogs. Or, maybe we want to bring some other k-9s into their daily lives. Here's our guide to what you should look for before leaving your four-footed family member with strangers. Read More


Canine Blood Banks: Your Dog's Life Saving Transfusion

HEALTHIf youíve never had to face the horror of your dog needing a blood transfusion, you may never have given a second thought to canine blood banks. Read More


Making Decisions For Your Older Dog

OLDER DOGSYou may find that you must take your dog's age into consideration more often when making certain decisions about the physical care and well being. Read More


Canine Mobility Assistance

CANINE MOBILITYOne of the major symptoms of advancing age is that the joints and muscles begin to show wear and tear. Read More


Donít Litter! Spay or Neuter Your Puppy

HEALTHPeople are often forced to leave their pets behind when they lose their housing after losing a job, or they may surrender the dog to a shelter because they can no longer afford to care for him or her. Read More


Puppy Shots

DOG HEALTHWhat vaccinations does your puppy need and when? They can be confusing to keep track of, but getting the right shots at the right time is vital to your puppyís health. Read More


Laws Regarding Puppy Mills

DOG ADVOCACY Would it surprise you to know that there is no legal definition of a puppy mill? You might think itís pretty self-explanatory, but lawyers need a specific definition. Read More


Types of Puppy Vaccinations and When to Get Them

DOG HEALTHIt is absolutely essential to ensure that you understand everything to do with vaccinating your puppy before you jump straight into buying one. Read More


Canine Massage: Itís More Than a Belly Rub

DOG HEALTHWe all know dogs love to have their bellies rubbed, but did you know they might also appreciate an all-over massage? Read More


Keeping Your Dog Safe in the Winter

DOG SAFETYOooh, baby! Itís cold outside! In many parts of the country, the winters are long, wet, and cold, and they can even be dangerous for both you and your dog. Read More


Top Ten Tips to Keep Your Dog Safe on Halloween

HEALTHHalloween is an exciting time for you and your dogs, but make sure to follow some basic safety precautions! Carve your pumpkins in an area away from your dogs. Knives, power tools, or whatever else you are using are best kept away from curious animals. Read More


Brush Your Dog's Teeth

DOG HEALTHHave you taken a good look at your dogís teeth lately? Experts recommend that we brush our dogsí teeth often to prevent bad breath, plaque, and tartar build-up. Read More


Protecting Your Dog in a Disaster

DOG SAFETYOctober is fire safety month, so it seems like a good time to review some general rules to keep your dog safe in any disaster. Read More


Choosing a Vet

HEALTHSelecting a vet to treat your dog is a very personal decision, based on so much more than professional competence and convenient location. How do you decide? Read More


Debugging: Getting Rid of Fleas

HEALTHMost dogs love to be outside in the summer, romping in the fresh air and rolling in the grass. It's great to see your pet so happy, but how do you deal with all the critters they bring back home with them? Although fleas are not a huge health risk, they are definitely a nuisance. Read More


Do Dogs Get High Blood Pressure?

HEALTH CONDTIONSAlso known as hypertension, high blood pressure is being recognized as a severe health condition in dogs. High blood pressure is often secondary to other conditions but no matter the cause, hypertension is a serious health concern. If untreated, it can result in stroke, heart attack, kidney failure, blindness, and death. Read More


Canine Allergies

HEALTH PROBLEMSJust as in humans, the number of dogs who experience allergies is on the rise. In fact, according to Veterinary Pet Insurance, the second most common reason why dogs went to the vet in 2011 was for the treatment of skin allergies. Read More


Canine Hip Dysplasia

HEALTH PROBLEMSIf you're looking to buy a dog, particularly a large purebred, one of the most important questions you can ask a prospective breeder is, "what screening have you done for hip dysplasia?" Learn more about this potentially crippling disease. Read More


Black Dog Syndrome

DOG CAREDid you know that black dogs are generally the last to be adopted from shelters? Although there are no scientific studies providing definitive data, most shelters will tell you that Black Dog Syndrome is real, with real consequences such as a higher euthanasia rate for black dogs. Read More


Outfitting Your Dog for Winter

DOG CLOTHESCold weather means your dog may need a few extra accessories before going outside. After visiting the great outdoors, a little extra care can make your dog more comfortable, too. Read More


Finding a Pet Sitter for Your Dog

DOG CAREAt some point there will be a time you can't bring your dog along on a trip. There are several options such as a boarding kennel or leaving him with friends or relatives, but your dog may feel best if left at home in a familiar environment. How do you find a reliable sitter? Read More


Helping Your Child Grieve the Loss of a Dog

LOSS OF A DOGWhether you've made the decision to put your dog to sleep or the dog dies at home, your family will grieve the loss. Adults know that death is part of life, but for children the loss may be their first experience with grief. What can you do to ease the pain? Read More


Canine Sleep Cycles

HEALTHY DOGSHave you ever looked at your dog, watching him snooze away a Sunday afternoon, and thought, "Oh, the life of a dog!" While it's true your dog likely gets more sleep than you do, you may not have considered the quality of the sleep he gets. Read More


Life in a Dog Shelter

DOG ADVOCACYWhen I arrived for my job at the Humane Society I found a large dog tied to the fence. She was shivering, as the temperature was only about 15 degrees that morning, and she had short hair which didn't provide much protection from the cold. She also had ice-blue eyes, so we named her Icy. Read More


Charities Have Gone to the Dogs

DOG ADVOCACYIf you think the only news that's ever printed is bad news, wait until you read about the great works being done by two charities to improve the lives of dogs. Read More


Preventing The Abuse of Dogs

DOG ADVOCACYYou may have seen the commercials the Humane Society periodically. Their recommendation is to donate money to them for all of their programs. That's fine, as far as it goes, but there are other ways in which you can personally have a positive effect on this growing problem. Read More


Don't Litter! Spay or Neuter Your Dog

RESPONSIBLE DOG OWNERSHIPYou may think your pet is too young for surgery, or you might think you will someday breed your precious fur-child, but get the facts and take proper precautions before you leave your pet unaltered for very long. Read More


What to do for Dog Diarrhea

SYMPTOMS AND REMEDIESIf you have dogs in your house for any length of time, you have likely experienced at least one bout of dog diarrhea. Beyond the pain in the tuckus involved in cleaning up the mess, you should know what causes diarrhea, and when it's important to see the vet. Read More


Giving Your Dog Medicine

MEDICATIONGiving medication to your dog can be a little trickier than it is for children. For pills, there is the tried and true method of wrapping the medication in a piece of cheese, but some canines are smart enough to eat the cheese and leave the pill. And what about medications that must be given under the skin or in the muscle? Read More


A Dog's Musculoskeletal System

ANATOMYThe musculoskeletal system is the framework that holds your dog's body upright and protects the delicate internal organs of the chest and abdomen. Read More


Canine Urinary Tract Infections

SYMPTOMS AND TREATMENTDoes your dog seem to be having trouble relieving his or her bladder? Learn how to recognize the signs of urinary tract infections and how to treat them before they spread. Read More


Canine Lymphoma

CANCERLymphosarcoma, also known as canine lymphoma, is the most common type of cancer in dogs, but has only recently been recognized and treated. Read More


Canine CPR and Artificial Respiration

FIRST AIDFew things are as scary as finding that your dog has suddenly stopped breathing. Would you know what to do if you saw your dog go down or found him already passed out? CPR can help keep your dog alive until you can get him or her to an emergency clinic. Read More


Halloween Safety for Your Dog

SAFETYAlong with the cooler weather and beautiful trees full of brightly colored leaves, fall brings Halloween, and along with it, many dangerous situations for your dog. Read on for a few reminders of the things you need to watch out for, other than ghosts and goblins. Read More


How to Reduce the Cost of Dog Care

MONEYThere's no question that the various expenses do add up and may put a strain on your family budget. Check out the doggies.com guide to reducing the cost of caring for your dog. Read More


Coping with a Dogís Terminal Illness

AGING AND ILLNESSThereís no question that death is the absolute worst part of living with a pet. So, how do you go about coping with this loss? And how do you handle the mechanics of euthanasia? Read More


Dog Charities

DOG ADVOCACYDoggies.com takes a look at various types of non-profit organizations devoted to dogs and other animals, to see what they try to accomplish and how they do it. Read More


Micro-Chipping Your Dog

SAFETYIt only takes one second for your dog to get away from you, whether through a door opened for a delivery or a gate opened by your kids. By some estimates, only 14% of lost dogs are ever returned home. Micro-chipping your dog is one method to help your dog find his way home. Read More


Your Dog's Skin and Coat

SKIN AND COATIf you live with a dog for long, you are familiar with the abundant fur that seems to fall off whenever you wear a color that contrasts with the fur color. Did you ever wonder about the function of a dog's fur? Read More


Canine Respiratory System

BREATHINGThe basic function of your dog's respiratory system is to bring oxygen in to and remove carbon dioxide from the body. Knowing the symptoms of respiratory diseases can help you help your stay healthy. Read More


Canine Water Therapy

DOG CAREYou probably enjoy lounging in a warm bath or even a day at the spa. Your dog may enjoy it too, and there may be health benefits for your dog. Read More


Herbal Remedies for Dogs

NATURAL CAREPlants produce certain compounds which they use to protect themselves from hazards, and many of these compounds are protective for animals as well. In fact, many common prescription medications today were derived from plants and their by-products. Read More


Keeping Your Dog Safe At Home

HOME SAFETYThere are just a few ways of keeping your dog at home rather than roaming the neighborhood, but they have some important differences, and each has its own pros and cons. Read More


Caring for Your Dogís Teeth

TOOTH CAREEver wonder why your dog has such nasty breath? Maybe itís because, like most of us, you havenít given much thought to his dental care. Read More


Holistic Veterinary Care

NATURAL HEALTHThe goal of holistic veterinary care is to use alternative and complementary approaches to veterinary healthcare, integrating all aspects of animal wellness. Read More


Protect Your Dog from These Poisons

HEALTH & SAFETYAccording to the ASPCA's Animal Poison Control Center, many common household items can poison your pets, causing illness or even death. Read More


Fleas and Ticks and Mosquitoes, Oh My!

PARASITESOne of the worst parts of being a dog guardian are the little critters that accompany your dog wherever he goes. These bugs arenít just a nuisance; they can cause serious diseases for both your dog and your family. Read More


Should You Spay/Neuter Your Dog?

HEALTHThe most effective birth control method for dogs is spaying or neutering. Read More


Your Dog's Safety During the Fall and Winter Holidays

HEALTH & SAFETYAs the warm summer fades into early fall, many of us turn our thoughts to the upcoming holiday season. But what about your dog? Have you given any thought to the special needs the holidays present for your four-legged best friend? Read More


Dog Birth

HEALTHIn the third article of our dog pregnancy series, we look at the wonderful, but messy, process of bringing newborn puppies into the world. Read More


Dogs and Winter

HEALTHThe snow falls, Jack Frost nips at your nose, the windows are glazed over, and the pond begins to freeze. Seems like a Burl and Ives print. While you're enjoying the cold weather and winter sports, keep in mind some special considerations for your dog during the long winter's night. Read More


Dog Births on the Way Ė A Care Guide

DOG HEALTHThe second in a series of articles about dog pregnancy symptoms and care. In this installment we cover how to care for your pregnant dog. Read More


Canine Mobility

HEALTHCAREIf you are over the age of 40, you know that your joints begin to show signs of wear and tear as you age. Your dog may begin to have similar difficulty as early as 7 - 8 years of age. Read More


First Aid for Your Dog

FIRST AIDWe all know veterinarian visits can be expensive, but at the same time we all want to provide the best care possible for our dogs.  How do you know when to treat at home and when to go to the vet? What do you need to keep on hand to take care of your dog at home? Read More


Rabies

DISEASERabies may have been eradicated but continued vaccinations is the only way to continue being rabies-free. Also there are other strains of rabies carried by wild animals. Read More


Ten Household Items That Can Poison Your Pet

HEALTHHere are ten common items you should know about as they can seriously harm your dog. Read More


Canine Distemper

DISEASEThis viral disease is caused by the single-stranded paramyxovirus, a close relative of the measles. Although dogs in the United States are routinely vaccinated against distemper, the disease remains a threat in strays and other dogs who are not, for whatever reason, kept current on their immunizations. Read More


Canine Mange

DISEASEMange in dogs occurs in two forms, sarcoptic mange, also called scabies, and demodectic mange, which may be called red mange or follicle mange. Both types are caused by mites that burrow into the dogís skin to cause intense itching. Read our article for more information on mange and treating mange. Read More


Canine Heartworm

PARASITESHeartworm can affect cats, wolves, coyotes, foxes, and even humans. However, the animal most at risk from heartworm is the dog. Read More


Dog Worms and Intestinal Parasites

PARASITESRoundworms, hookworms, whipworms, and tapeworms are fairly common parasites in dogs. Learn how your dog can become infected, what you can do to prevent infections, what symptoms your dog may show if he is infected, and how to get rid of worms once your dog has them. Read More


Saying Goodbye to a Beloved Pet

HEALTHAlthough each of us knows that death is a very necessary part of life, dealing with the death of your pet is generally not much easier than coping with the death of any other family member. Read More


Finding a Vet

HEALTHIt is easy to overlook especially until an unexpected illness occurs, but it is important to find a veterinarian you like. This article explains how to choose a good vet for your dog. Read More


Top Ten Questions about Dog Pregnancy and Newborn Puppy Care

HEALTHThe fifth article in our series on Dog Pregnancy Symptoms covers the most frequently asked questions about dog pregnancy. Read More


Newborn Puppy Care

HEALTHThe fourth article in our dog pregnancy series focuses on caring for the newborn puppies. Read More


What Happens When My Dog Gets Older

HEALTHOther than the fact that it happens much sooner, the issues that effect senior citizen dogs are very similar to those that effect older humans. Check out our article to help prepare for your dog's golden years. Read More


Protect Your Dog from Disaster

HEALTHDo you know what you would do in emergency? Every family should have a disaster plan that includes their dog. Read More


Dog Pregnancy Symptoms

HEALTHIf you suspect your dog might be pregnant, check out part one in this series on pregnant dogs, where we cover pregnant dog symptoms. Read More


Dog Parvo Symptoms

DISEASEDog parvo symptoms need to be taken seriously, especially in your puppy. Learn the symptoms, prevention, and care if you detect parvo symptoms in your dog or puppy. Read More


Dog Care

HEALTHBasic dog care is fundamental to your dog's health. This article provides info on the basics to help you ensure your dog stays healthy and happy. Read More


Learning How to Treat Cuts And Scratches

HEALTHRambunctious dogs are known to get themselves into trouble. Sometimes this leads to cuts and scratches that need your attention or that of a veterinarian. Knowing when to take action involves a simple process. Read More


Common Ear Infections: What, Why, and Bye-Bye

HEALTH Ear infections can be picked up just about anywhere. Here's how to deal with the most common ones. Read More


Caring for Your Puppyís Teeth

PUPPY HEALTHStarting a tooth care routine early will help your pup have a long and healthy life. Read More


Dogs and Heat Exhaustion

HEALTHAlways take steps to prevent heat exhaustion in your dog, but if it does happen, here is what you can do. Read More


Keeping Your Dog Safe

DOG SAFETYThere are many things to consider to keep your dog safe. Read More


The Benefits of Dog Massage

HEALTHYour dog may enjoy many of the same benefits people get from a massage. Plus it's a great chance to increase your bond with your dog. Read More


Obesity and Nutrition

HEALTH"If your dog is fat, you're not getting enough exercise." Here are some tips to get your dog moving and down to a healthy weight. Read More



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