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top pet food ingredients to avoid

Top 5 pet food ingredients to avoid

From by-products to rendered fats – here’s what to steer clear of when buying food for your dog. Educating yourself about healthy...

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Safety tips for walking your dog at night

If you’re like a lot of people, your busy lifestyle means you sometimes end up walking your dog when it’s dark out. This is especially...

travel

King of the road: a travel checklist for your dog

Planning a trip? An increasing number of accommodations are opening their doors to guests and their dogs – so it’s easier than ever to...

dog-friendly cleaners

Dog-friendly household cleaners

These non-toxic alternatives to chemical-laden cleaners keep your house fresh and sparkling — and your dog safe and healthy. Green is...

dog coat

Dog coat shopping

Shopping for a dog coat can sometimes be a daunting tasks. Here are some tips to help you find the perfect balance between quality, fit and...

Is your water safe?

Proper hydration is essential to your dog’s health, so ensure his water is free from toxins. Your dog needs access to fresh water 24/7....

cocoa mulch toxin to dogs

The dangers of cocoa mulch

Melissa has a young Lab pup. She adopted him after her former dog, a collie named Tabitha, died a sudden and tragic death. Melissa had...

shedding

Reduce your dog’s shedding

One evening, I was at an exercise class when someone came up behind me and began brushing down the back of my dark blue T-shirt. “You...

pet services for busy dog owners

Pet services for busy dog owners

What with career and family responsibilities, travel, and a long list of other commitments, most of us lead busy lives that take us away...

raw diets for dogs

Raw diets made easy for your dog

Cutting up raw meat is no one’s idea of a good time. Yet there’s no denying that raw diets offer excellent nutrition to dogs and cats....

handling your anxious dog

Handling your anxious dog

Valerie was delighted with her new canine companion, a young beagle cross she dubbed Mitch. But her delight turned to dismay one day when...

alternative meats for dogs

Feeding your dog alternative meats

““My poodle, Lilly, is a finicky eater and gets tired of things fast,” says Emma. “I have to constantly rotate her foods, or she...

holiday plants that are toxic to dogs

5 holiday plants that are toxic to animals

The holidays wouldn’t be the holidays without festive plants and greenery. Whether it’s a Christmas tree in the living room or a...

hair analysis for dogs

Importance of hair analysis for dogs

Hair analysis is a holistic procedure in which a sample of your hair is tested for levels of harmful and nutritional minerals in your body....

shopping online for your dog

Tips for shopping online for your dog

Most people dread the yearly ritual of holiday shopping. Fighting crowds, standing in long lineups, trying to find a parking spot at the...

do dogs relieve anxiety?

How dogs reduce stress and anxiety

As the pace of life intensifies, making time for yourself becomes more important than ever. Here’s where Fido can help. It’s an...

top stocking stuffers for animals

Top stocking stuffers for animals

This year, why not stuff a stocking for Fido and Fluffy? Here are some great ideas to get you started! •    This time of year, you can...

supplements for senior dogs

Senior animals & supplements

Along with an optimum diet, adequate exercise and lots of loving attention, the use of appropriate supplements makes it possible for us to...

raw food for dogs

Understanding raw food diets for dogs

It used to be that if you wanted to feed your companion a raw diet, you had to make it from scratch, and that meant buying all the...

latest safety products for dogs

Top safety products for pets

It doesn’t have to be a special occasion for you to treat you canine companion to one of the latest safety products on the pet...

are vaccinations safe for your dog?

Are vaccinations safe for your dog?

While it’s necessary to protect dogs and cats from infectious diseases, mainstream veterinary medicine has perhaps gone too far the other...

outdoor safety for you and your dog

Outdoor safety for your dog

Outdoor safety is an important consideration for any animal guardian. Many people assume the back yard is one of the most secure places for...

fighting fleas naturally in dogs

Fighting fleas naturally

Summertime, and the livin’ is easy…at least until flea season starts. These tiny blood-sucking parasites can make your companion’s...

living with animal allergies

How to live with allergies to animals

According to one study from the University of British Columbia, nearly 80% of allergy sufferers refuse to give up their animals, preferring...

Choosing a collar, leash and harness for your dog

Dos & Dont’s of choosing a collar, leash or harness

It isn’t just a practical purchase; it’s a personal statement. Whether you’re buying just one collar, harness or leash, or something...

Top dog trends

Top 10 dog trends

Gone are the days when our canine buddies lived outside in dog houses. At night, you can find most dogs curled up at our feet or on cushy...

essential fatty acids

Essential fatty acids for your dog

Omega 3 essential fatty acids from fish oils can help prevent and alleviate allergies, arthritis and other common canine problems. You’ve...

hero dogs

Hero Dogs

They put in long hours, sometimes in difficult or dangerous conditions, for no pay. They’re focused, hard-working and loyal. They bring...

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