From ancient kings to modern monarchs, the human heart has held a place of reverence for dogs. Our love affair is borne out in the 63 million American households that include dogs. It’s written in the tears of readers sobbing over Marley & Me and in the fact that I can’t bring myself to watch […]
Like babies, puppies cry and whine. It can be both heartbreaking and annoying. Why do puppies cry and whine? The answer is: to call attention to a need. But the needs — and the calls — vary. “Puppies whine and cry for various reasons,” says Lenore Demmin of Payson, Utah, president of the Siberian Husky
The popular practice of feeling a dog’s nose and ears to see if he has a fever doesn’t work. The only way to know your dog’s temperature with any degree of certainty is to use a thermometer. What to use to take your dog’s temperature: Thermometers made specifically for pets are available for about $12.
It’s usually not a big deal if your dog licks their paws occasionally. It could be a sudden itch that needs scratching or a part of normal self-grooming. However, constant attention to their feet may indicate an underlying condition. Some causes are apparent once you examine your pet’s paws, while other reasons are more obscure
It’s counterintuitive: You give your dog a bath, and he comes out smelling worse. Why do dogs stink when they’re wet? The answer is pretty gross: The pungent scent is triggered by the excrement of living microbes on your dog. “The smell on the skin of dogs is a result of normal microorganisms that live
Why do dogs need their teeth brushed? Two words: doggie breath. But that’s just one reason — and a mild one. Poor oral health can take a bite out of your dog’s well-being, causing tooth loss, mouth sores, pain that limits ability to eat and infections that can lead to heart, liver and kidney disease.
It’s probably the most common New Year’s resolution: Lose weight. Turns out, that’s one of the best resolutions we can make for our dogs, too. While most human resolutions fail by February, resolving to improve your dog’s diet is one you can — and should — keep. “If we want more time with our pets,
Are you considering bringing a dog into your home? If so, you’ve probably looked at several breeds that might be a good fit for yourself and your family. But have you looked at the Feist dog? If you’re unfamiliar with the Feist dog, we’re here to tell you all you need to know about this
Ahhh, sleep, that peaceful pleasure. Slurp! … As I was saying, sweet slumber, drifting, drifting … Slurp! Few things are more annoying than the wet, sloppy sound of a dog licking himself when you’ve just crawled into bed. It’s like nails on a chalkboard —
especially when it won’t stop. Why do dogs lick themselves before sleeping?
Is your dog coughing after eating? The reasons range from eating too fast to serious health concerns. Here’s how to know the difference.
Leave it to dogs to shake things up. Dogs shake off water. They shake a paw. And dogs shake after napping and grooming. And some dogs just shake. Why do dogs shake? Lots of reasons. Why do dogs shake if they’re small dogs like Chihuahuas? A simple answer to “Why do dogs shake?” is because
When our dogs look at us with those big eyes, sometimes we can’t resist sharing our food. But can dogs eat bread? What about fruits and vegetables? And can dogs eat nuts or fish? Let’s take a look at human food for dogs — what foods are good for dogs, what foods and bad for dogs — and what foods are toxic.
Fetch this hiking gear for dogs for your pack: 1. Dog booties to protect paws (let your dog get used to them first). Wool socks make good emergency backup. 2. Dog backpack that fits snugly around ribs. Practice with an empty pack, then gradually add evenly distributed weight (up to 1/4 of your dog’s