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    Shoo Fly! Dont Bother Me!

    When it comes to your dog’s parasite prevention plan, a combination attack is best. You should use a heartworm preventative in combination with one of these vet recommended repellents. Vectra 3D Side effects: There is a potential for chemical burns at the site of application. Additionally, the ointment may cause restlessness and anxiety. This may be a direct result of the treatment or it may indicate irritation at the site to which it was applied. The treatment may also cause lethargy, panting, racing heart, loose stool, vomiting, fever, and excessive thirst. Active ingredients: • Permethrin – a synthetic form of an insecticidal compound produced by the chrysanthemum flower and degrades…

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    Dangerous House Plants

    Many of us like to bring the outdoors in and have plants growing around the house however, not all of those pretty flowers are safe for your pets. The following is a list of plants that should be kept out of your pets reach or kept outside. *Plants lovers should watch out for the whole Araceae family* Elephants Ear If elephant ear is ingested by your pet, it will cause increased salivation, difficulty swallowing, oral irritation, and vomiting Alocasia If your dog puts this one in their mouth, it could cause mucous membrane irritation, intense burning, and irritation of the mouth, lips, and tongue, excessive drooling, vomiting and difficulty swallowing.…

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    Oh Baby It’s Hot Outside

    Living  in Southern Ontario means we often handle extreme heat. Dogs aren’t as good at dealing with it as we are. In the summertime, we have to watch out for things like heat stroke and burning paws on the hot sidewalk. Never keep pets in cars or in direct sun on a summer day. In general, with plenty of water and shade, most dogs should be able to cope in warm temperatures, up to about 32˚C. Some products that are available to help cope with heat are; cooling mats and collars like these available on Amazon.  Or consider a raised bed, keeping your dog of the ground will be like…

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    Adding A New Dog To A Full House

    When bringing a new dog into the house, it is important that every member of the family is on board with the addition. If you’re a cat owner, ask a friend with a dog to bring them over to see how your cat reacts. The same can be done with dogs. If you’re not sure how your dog will react when introduced to another, ask for help. Bring your current dog to meet the potential new dog at a neutral location; even if your dog likes other dogs, personality clashes will happen. Just like people, dogs don’t always get along with everyone.  Once you do all the research, everyone has…

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    The Raw, The Dry, And The Wet

    There are different types of raw food models available for dogs; kibble, wet food and BARF (Bones and Raw Food). The first raw food, prey food has fewer vegetables and fruits compared to other food models. Here are 3 pros and 3 cons to a raw food diet. You know exactly what’s in your dog’s food Particularly, if you are making it yourself opposed to buying premade frozen meals. This can be particularly useful for dogs that are experiencing allergies It’s easy to customize Just like humans, dogs have their own individual tastes. By building meals at home or having a large variety of frozen flavors, your dog will never…

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    Moving Day

    Moving day can be hard on all of us, particularly the furry members of our family who can’t be told or understand the reasons why you’re moving house. Here are a few tips to make the move easier for them. Find a sitter. Don’t try to make your dog cope with the bustle of the day. You will be in and out, doing last minute packing and there is a likelihood there will be lots of strangers or people they don’t see on a regular basis. This will cause lots of excitement, good or bad, where it will be more difficult to keep the situation under control. Sending them off…

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    Not There! Outside!

    Is your dog still having accidents in the house? Don’t get frustrated. All you need to do is rethink your strategy.  Firstly, think about how much freedom your dog has, where and when are they having accidents? Are they out of your sight when it happens? Then don’t let them out of sight. Until your dog knows where and when to go to the bathroom they should be on a leash in sight, or in a crate. Freedom is earned.  The best way to train your dog is to create success. Make sure young puppies are going out every 45 minutes to an hour so they are going to the…

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    I’ll Be Back Soon! – Separation Anxiety

    Separation anxiety is like any fear; in order to get over it we must face it. Staying home and inside if the dog that doesn’t want you to leave is only going to add to the problem, you must start leaving them alone more often. Crates and Kong’s are the best two things to help you combat separation anxiety.  Getting your dog used to a crate while your home will help keep them safe when you leave. crates don’t just prevent destruction, they can keep your dog from getting into all the dangerous chemicals under the sink, chewing on electrical cords, etc. Using a crate while home will slowly build…

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    Farm To Table To Dog Bowl

    Every species breaks down compounds of foods differently; what is good for one is not always good for another. Dogs can eat many of the things we can but there are some foods that are good for us and deadly to them Here are some examples of foods that your dog can and cannot have. Please note, some dogs may be more sensitive to certain foods while others have a stomach of steel. Healthy Carrots; good source of beta carotene, fiber, vitamin K1, potassium, and antioxidants dogs love them cooked or raw Peanut Butter; excellent source of protein, heart-healthy fats, vitamin B, niacin and vitamin E, but only if you’re…

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    Bringing Home A Dog For The First Time

    Taking care of a dog isn’t as easy as it seems. Bringing home a brand new pup or a older dog that needed a new home, you are going to have a lot of teaching to do and could end up very quickly feeling over whelmed. To help you be prepared here is a quick list of things that you help you manage your new dog and some quick tips on safe games and discipline methods. Things you’ll need Crate: Never underestimate having a crate. There may come a time when you need it to transport them, don’t assume you’ll always be home. It’s best to begin crate training on…