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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 …

  • Airplane Travel with a Puppy

    I’ve only flown Lufthansa and United when taking my dog along in the cabin. Both airlines allow carriers of up to 22″ x 14″ x 9″. And yes, the dog has to stay inside the carrier during the entire flight but usually no one says anything if you open the top of the bag. For …

  • Giving Dogs Benadryl for Car Trips

    We give our dog Benadryl for long car trips, because of car sickness. The vet recommended our dog take 1 adult Benadryl. (She said 1 milligram for every lb. of dog.) The Benadryl makes our dog sleepy, and a bit out of it, but, he still will not sit or lay down in the car. …

  • Help with Car Sickness

    Ginger can be a big help with car sickness. You can either use ginger snaps or you can buy ginger capsules (find the appropriate dosage for your dog) also there are some commercial remedies for dogs for motion sickness that contain ginger. On Mythbusters they did an episode on motion sickness (for people) and ginger …

  • How to Help Dogs that Get Car Sick

    If your dog gets car sickness start be getting him okay with the cat. Just sit in the car together with the engine running and don’t go anywhere. Let him relax and enjoy the company and time with you. Increase the time you spend in the car until you can turn on the car and …

  • Don’t Let Animals Travel in Cargo

    It is not uncommon for animal fatalities to occur during a flight. The Air Transport Association estimates that about 5,000 animals are either lost, injured or killed every year on our nation’s airplanes. Even though a majority of pets arrive safely, serious and consistent problems have been documented on almost every major airline. The reason …

  • An Airline for Doggie Travel

    We flew with on Delta once and had no problems. They require a vet check within a week of the flight, but no one ever asked for ours. During a layover, we took her out of the carrier and one of the workers said we could hold her, but that she couldn’t be on the …

  • Dog Boarding Checklist

    There are probably more good places to board your dog near you then you think, as the really good ones don’t advertise a lot of the time. Before picking a new facility set up a tour and bring your dog(s) so you can see where the dog is staying, and how safe it is. A …

  • How to Become a Certified Pet Sitter

    If you want to become a pet sitter, there is no certification program, however, there is an accreditation program for professional pet sitters, through Pet Sitters International. The primary benefit of being a member in a professional pet sitter organization, such as PSI, is that access to insurance and bonding. When you pet sit for …

  • Dog Laws to be Aware of

    There are many laws pertaining to dogs, however they will vary depending on where you live. Many places have laws such as – Dogs must be leashed Fines for not cleaning up after your dog Fines for excessive barking Breed Specific Laws Bite Laws City or Town License requirements You also may not allowed to …

  • The Average Cost of Pet Insurance

    Depending on what you want covered, the plans range from $13-$30 a month. I took the $20 plan because it included a lot of tests, dental cleaning, etc. The only time I really have to pay for anything is when my dog has a health problem which would then require me to buy the dog’s …

  • Where to Find Complaints About Pet Insurance Companies

    I would suggest you do a Google search for pet insurance complaints… Recently on Dogster Answers there was a bunch of questions about one of the pet insurance companies; I Googled it and I was amazed at the number of complaints against one major company!

  • A Reputable Pet Insurance Provider

    I signed up with VPI when we first got my dog. This was my first experience with pet insurance and its been quite positive. Much easier than human health insurance! The plan I have is about $30 a month, but they pretty much pay for every visit, medication (including flea and tick meds, if needed) …

  • Should I get a doggie gate or a crate?

    Why does my dog prefer his crate to an open space with a gate?

  • Is a sweater enough to keep my dog warm?

    Will my pet be cozy enough with just a sweater on?

  • What are the best collars for strong dogs?

    I am looking for some that have a buckle or a metal clasp.

  • What are some good inexpensive dog toys?

    What are some good dog toys that will last for a while and won’t cost an arm and a leg?

  • Lost Dog: What You Should Do

    When a dog is lost, the most important thing to remember is to act immediately. Even a short delay may hamper your efforts to find your lost dog. And while microchipping your dog may have given you a sense of security about recovering your dog in the...

  • Tips for Finding Dog-Friendly Businesses

    Shopping with dogs, working with dogs and traveling with dogs present special problems as you try to negotiate retail and business activities with your dog in tow. But for those of us who want our pups to accompany us while we complete everyday...

  • Tips for Finding a Dog-Friendly Hotel

    It's not all that hard to find dog-friendly lodging world-wide these days, but all dog-owning travelers do still need to check, in preparation for any trip, if dog will be welcome to avoid bad surprises at the hotel check-in. The AAA has a...

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