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  • Is There an Inexpensive Way to Deal With Periodontal Disease?

    A Dogster reader in Florida recently sent this question on dental disease to our resident vet, Dr. Eric Barchas: The Question Hi, we have a 5-year-old Boston Terrier. He is quite the active, fun-loving dog. He is a great family pet, and great...

  • Dental Disease in Dogs: Prevention is Key

    According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), some 80% of dogs start showing signs of gum disease by the time they turn 3. "Veterinarians report that periodontal disease is the most commonly diagnosed health problem in dogs," says...

  • Periodontal Disease in Dogs: A Primer

    Periodontal disease (also known as dental disease) is by far the most common major health problem in dogs, and cats, too. Despite its name, dental disease does not merely affect the teeth and mouth. Periodontal disease impacts the entire body, with...

  • Who Says Pet Parents Can’t Celebrate Mother’s Day?

    It's almost Mother's Day, and just because your child may be furry and walk on four paws doesn't mean you can't take part in the fun. After all, pet parents are some of the best, most loving, giving, and deserving moms around. Here are some ideas on...

  • 13 New Year’s Resolutions for Dog Owners

    With the arrival of a new year inevitably comes a variety of new year's "resolutions." We vow to better ourselves through losing weight, quitting smoking, stop procrastinating, and so on. But how may we improve ourselves as pet owners? What new...

  • How to Clean Dog Beds

    We spend a lot of time keeping our homes spic and span, especially when there are four-footed friends to constantly clean up after. So it can be quite dismaying to see the way said furry friends keep their own abodes - a dog's bed is his castle...

  • When you rescue a dog from a shelter, it’s ok to change its name

    Changing his name from the name assigned at the shelter is fine and it’s a good way to get your dog to learn his new name. Get a handful of yummy treats. Feed them one at a time, saying the pup’s new name in varying tones and volume as the food hits his mouth. This …

  • Choose the right harness to help train your dog

    If you have a dog that naturally (or through training) walks very nicely on lead without pulling, a body harness is a great choice for him. However, if you have a dog that pulls strongly, the types of harnesses where the leash attaches on the back are a poor choice. Those actually encourage pulling because …

  • The gentle harness is the best

    I highly recommend the gentle harness. If your dog is pulling on walks, these harnesses will put a stop to it without hurting your pet. If it works with 200 pound dogs (I have a Mastiff) it will work with a small dog. Eventually they will realize pulling won’t get them anywhere and you can …

  • Tips on taking photos with your camera phone

    For best results with a camera phone, take the photos outside, in the sunlight, shooting away from the sun. i.e. Have the dog facing the sunlight but you face the camera away.

  • Which is better – a collar or a harness?

    I am really wanting to know if a harness is the best for a beagle. I already have a collar, now what about harnesses? Should a beagle wear a collar for walking or wearing? How about the harness? Thank you so much!

  • What are some light-weight, gentle collars that won’t irritate my dog’s skin?

    My dog has very, very sensitive skin and any collar we get for him rubs the fur off of his neck, makes him break out in rashes that turn into nasty scabs. I don’t know what kind of collar to get him that won’t cause this reaction. Does anyone have any suggestion or places maybe …

  • Consider the Season When Flying Your Dog in Cargo

    It is my understanding that the cargo areas in the airplane are heated, and that animals are attended to between flights (i.e. not left out on the tarmac). You could call the airlines and inquire. My Pomeranian was flown to me in cargo. It seems the major issue in flying cargo is that in the …

  • Six Homemade Remedies for Dog Stains and Odors

    If you're strapped for cash and can't pick up your favorite professional cleaning products, fret not. There are a multitude of stain and odor remedies you can make at home with ingredients you may already have. There are many pluses to using...

  • Spring Cleaning the Dog-Friendly Way

    Spring cleaning can really be done any time of year if you don't mind a blustery gust of wind blowing in through open windows in the winter or jacking up the AC so you can air the house out in the summer. Or perhaps you are lucky and live in a...

  • Dog Stain and Odor Removal Tips

    As most pet owners know, dog stains and odors can be tough to get out of upholstery, carpets, clothing and pet bedding. Luckily, dog stains are organic and they can be easier to remove than inorganic stains such as ink or paint. Urine stains are an...

  • Seven Dog Clean-Up Pet Peeves

    We often use the phrase "pet peeves" to describe things that particularly bother us. They are also defined as a "personal vexation." Pet (as in "favorite") peeves (as in "annoyances") are usually small things that somehow seem overwhelming. We...

  • Six Household Products That are Not Dog Safe

    Many dog owners keep cleaners in their homes that are not exactly pet safe out of habit or ignorance of the bad effects they have on the household. Cleaning products with ingredients such as bleach, ammonia, chlorine, gycol ethers or formaldehyde can...

  • 10 Tips for Getting Great Photos of Your Dog

    Sometimes we really wonder...with ears propped, head angled just a liiiittle to the right, and paws frozen in stance, our Mr. Snuffers McSnufferton seems to know when a camera's around. Does he know we're snapping a photo of him? He...

  • Female Dog Names

    Naming your female dog might sound like a simple task, but the perfect girl dog name can be more elusive than you think. Should you flip through baby books for a more human moniker? Or let a physical attribute or quirky trait of your pet's decide her...

  • Understanding Pet Insurance and Deductibles

    If you've ever had human health insurance or car insurance, you most likely know what a deductible is. Well, pet insurance typically has deductibles as well. However, the type can vary quite dramatically. Pet insurance can have annual deductibles...

  • Gear Guides: The Best Dog Toys, Beds, Treats and More

    With so many dog products on the market, however is one to decide what to take home for your pet? Here, for your perusal, is our series of gear guides for toys, treats, collars and everything in between: How to Find the Best Dog Bed - Like humans...

  • 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 …

  • 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)!

  • Choosing Dog Names

    Your dog's name says as much about you as it does your pet. The name you pick out can help define your relationship with your dog -- a more human name might mean your dog is no different than a child would be to you, while a name like "Hunter...

  • Dog Seat Belt vs. Car Seat

    I would use the dog seat belt over the dog car seat, if I was worried about my dogs safety, mainly because my dog would fight the car seat and not appreciate it. He’d be less wary of a seat belt, because he’s used to harnesses and leashes. Honestly, over either though, I’d stick to …

  • The Basics of Dog Photography

    Other than baby photos, pictures of pets are among the most popular in any household. Unfortunately, they also tend to suffer the most from poor quality or, as we term it in the trade, snapshot-itis. You may have this problem if friends start walking...

  • Some Dog-Friendly Hotels

    We travel a lot and stay at many hotels. I like Choice Hotels and Holiday Inn brand hotels. On both of their websites, you can specify Pet Friendly hotels before you do your search. Also, almost all high-end hotels allow dogs. I guess they figure that if you are staying at a really nice hotel, …

  • Tips for Staying at a Hotel with Your Dog

    Before arriving confirm the hotel allows pets. I think the simplest thing to do is call and ask. There shouldn’t be any extra cost if the hotel is pet friendly. Personally, I would let the clerk know that I had a dog at check-in. I wouldn’t try to hide the dog at a hotel that …

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