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Month: May 2010

  • The Living Will Vs. The Pet Trust

    A living will is an advance directive that can state what you want done should you become unable to make decisions. A good estate planner should address this issue when consulting their client. Normally it is for health care issues, but you can certainly establish what happens to your pets as well. You can argue …

  • All About Pet Trusts

    You absolutely can provide for your animals after you die, my husband and I have done so in both of our wills. In the US, animals are considered property and therefore cannot be the actual beneficiaries of wills or trusts – but they can be left to individuals, and money can be set aside that …

  • Your Rights When Your Dog is Injured at the Dog Park

    I was involved in an incident at our local dog park last year, and while my own dogs were not involved, I ended up with broken skin on my wrist and hand, as I reached in to stop a mastiff puppy from killing a poodle puppy (yes, I know, I should not have jumped in …

  • Your Legal Rights If Your Dog Bites Another Dog

    You have the right to know the procedures you are paying for. What is to keep them from having all sorts of things done to their dog on your dime if you don’t know what is being done. It’s not like you are asking for the dogs health records. The owners need to work with …

  • Who is responsible for the vet bills when a dog injures another dog at the park?

    My dog had a few scratches; the other dog had two small deeper cuts that may have needed a few stitches (nothing life threatening). I thought I should be responsible for the vet bills, but friends are saying otherwise. The vet is not able to release the patient’s info and the owners are not contacting …

  • A Vet May Turn a Dog Away Based on Breed

    It shouldn’t be legal, but it probably is. Vet offices are private practices and they can exclude anyone they want. Often, insurance companies don’t allow pit type breeds in businesses and some places won’t even allow you to own a bully breed if you rent or are belong to a homeowner’s association, regardless of whether …

  • Can vet offices turn a dog away based on breed?

    I have a pit bull who is the biggest chicken and sweetest dog ever. I have one vet office that is near by and have been told that they do NOT see pit bulls…. is this legal? I know that some cities in other states do not allow pit bulls but that is not the …

  • Making a Birthday Cake for Dogs

    Here’s what I do to make a “cake” for my dogs’ birthdays. It’s super easy and good for them. I invite all the neighborhood doggies and his friends over or we meet at the local park. Take a small cookie sheet, preferably one with sides on it. Get some of that Kong Peanut Butter paste …

  • Celebrating Your Dog’s Birthday

    Consider it a dog day! Bring your dog everywhere with you – to get the paper, a quick run to the store, etc. Let the day revolve around her! Bring her to work if you can. Play fetch all day, rub her belly for hours, whatever floats your boat!

  • What are some gift ideas for my dog’s birthday?

    I want to know what to buy for her as a gift and give her as a birthday cake. Any ideas? Please help!I want to make Pebble’s birthday a special day (without a party)!

  • Should I spay my senior dog?

    I’ve been advised to spay my dog, a 7 yr old Jack Russell. He’s strong and healthy and pretty mild in behavior. I want to know if spaying is a healthy option for him as he grows older.

  • The Risks of Not Neutering a Dog

    A lot of health risks are involved for not neutering and spaying dogs and cats actually. They can get cancer from not getting fixed, running away is more of a risk, behavior problems, they tend to live longer when they are fixed. Lots of benefits to fixing animals. You would want to talk to your …

  • Neutering a Senior Dog

    Don’t be afraid to neuter a senior. He can still get testicular cancer. I work at a vet’s office and we always recommend neutering and spaying for these reasons. It is sad to see animals die because they got ovarian or testicular cancers.

  • Dog Training Techniques

    Part of the responsibility of being a dog owner is making certain your dog is well mannered around others. A dog owner is also responsible for the safety of his dog. This means not only keeping him from harm but also keeping him from running in front...

  • Common Bad Dog Behaviors

    If you've obedience trained your dog, you have a pooch who is a good listener and a savvy learner. But some dog problems and behaviors cannot be solved with the basic commands such as "Sit!" and "Come!" And a dog who follows every command during a...

  • Socializing Older Dogs and Adult Dogs

    Dogs in the wild grow up in packs and they are socialized almost from birth. A dog becomes socialized by interacting with other canines and learning their verbal cues and body language. The boundaries in the pack are very clear and each pup learns to...

  • How to Give a Dog a Bath

    "A dog's idea of personal grooming is to roll on a dead fish." - James Gorman Some dogs, such as the Basenji, are fastidious, almost like cats in their grooming rituals. Most dogs prefer to ignore their growing stench and, in fact, are quite proud...

  • Basic Dog Commands and How to Teach Them

    You can own a dog and not train him but you'll be sorry down the line. Besides giving you a well-mannered, secure dog, obedience training has many benefits. For one, it increases the bond between dog and human. It also helps you understand your dog...

  • Understanding Dog Body Language and Verbal Clues

    Have you ever wondered why your dog makes those strange muttering sounds at the dinner table? Or why he lays his ears back when confronted with a stranger? Dogs speak to us, but in a different language. Unfortunately, there's no Rosetta Stone DVD...

  • Beautiful Senior Dogs and Stories — Part 5

    Welcome to Part 5 in our exhibit of incredible, touching, sweet senior dogs from our readers around the world. Click here for details of this...

  • A Sneak Peek at the New Dogster

    Hi everypaw, We're getting closer to launching the new, improved Dogster.com, and thought we would share a few screen shots to give you a small...

  • Ouch! Five Ways to Deal with Nippy Puppy Woes

    Looking closely at puppy parents on their first night of class, I often notice a plethora of small, tiny holes covering pant legs from ankle...

  • When to Put a Dog Down

    You are very brave for considering putting down your pet, it is always a hard decision to make. Personally, I do not like to put elderly pets through expensive and stressful surgeries in order to buy them a few extra months of life. What I would do in this situation is try to make my …

  • When do you know it’s time to put your dog down?

    My 11-year-old Golden is diabetic, has cataracts and spine problems and having a hard time getting up and down stairs; I have to carry him sometimes. He has gotten progressively worse over last few weeks. Is it time to put him down?

  • Higher-calorie Food for Skinny Seniors

    Providing that she is healthy there are some good foods out there. Also inspect her teeth. Sometimes when they get older they are not chewing their food. This makes them swallow the food. The food doesn’t get digested very well. You can buy a higher calorie food. Also if her teeth are bad and it …

  • Helping an Older Dog Gain Weight

    Once your dog is checked out by the vet, including x-rays, blood and urine tests, you can work on the weight issue. If she is developing a chronic illness you might need to work with a special diet. Older dogs do lose muscle mass and need higher levels of protein than adult dogs. It would …

  • How can I help my older dog gain weight?

    My dog eats well, drinks plenty of water, and her poops are good, but she is losing weight.

  • Bravery, Not Breed, as a Predictor of Dog Safety

    Tonight a new student arrived at the classroom with her tiny, beautiful brindle puppy for her first class. For the sake of our story, we'll...

  • What to Do with a Wolf-hybrid Dog

    I would suggest neutering him if he is not already. I would have someone above mentor you that has had one. Considering what percentage wolf he may be considered a wild animal and you don’t know when that wild part is going to come out. I have raised several types of wildlife as a rehabilitator …

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