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  • Can My Dog Eat Almonds?
    Your dog is likely to look at any food in your hand like it’s the only food in the world – even if his bowl is overflowing with a meal of his own. But taking a moment to think about what’s in our snacks before we offer a bite or two can keep our dogs safe and healthy. Almonds are a favorite snack for people looking to live a healthier lifestyle, and an excellent choice according to nutritionists. Munching on a serving of almonds instead of cookies or cake can help you lose belly fat and promote heart health. Fun Fact: The sweet almonds we get from our local grocery stores are totally safe to eat, but bitter almonds aren’t safe for anybody. Bitter almonds contain prussic or hydrocyanic acid, which can be deadly if consumed. It only takes 7 to 10 unprocessed bitter almonds to kill. Processing by baking or boiling destroys the toxin and makes them safe to use, but they’re still banned for sale in the U.S. Other nuts that are safe for humans are still outright toxic to dogs. Macadamia nuts can cause temporary weakness, vomiting, diarrhea, and inability to walk in dogs. Walnuts and ... read more
    Source: iHeartDogsPublished on 2019-02-19
  • What You Need To Know About Kidney Infections In Dogs
    Just like humans, dogs depend on their kidneys to balance the electrolytes in their blood, filter toxins, and release waste as urine. When infections develop, the kidneys have trouble performing these tasks, leading to a buildup of toxins and a very sick pup. Untreated kidney infections in dogs may result in permanent kidney damage, renal failure, or even death. If you suspect your dog has a kidney infection, seek veterinary attention right away. Read on to learn more about the causes, symptoms, and treatments of kidney infections in dogs. What Are the Causes of Kidney Infections in Dogs? Pyelonephritis is the medical term for bacterial kidney infections in dogs. They occur when microbes from the lower urinary tract (urethra or bladder) spread into the upper urinary tract. Common culprits include Staph and E. Coli. Older dogs and those with birth defects or compromised immune systems are at a higher risk for kidney infections. While it is possible for kidney infections to occur spontaneously, they are usually associated with a pre-existing condition such as a bladder infection, partial urinary blockage, kidney stones, or chronic renal disease. What Are the Symptoms of Kidney Infections in Dogs? Unfortunately, many dogs do not ... read more
    Source: iHeartDogsPublished on 2019-02-19
  • The 10 Best Apartment Dogs Might Surprise You
    The post The 10 Best Apartment Dogs Might Surprise You by Kelly Pulley appeared first on Dogster. Copying over entire articles infringes on copyright laws. You may not be aware of it, but all of these articles were assigned, contracted and paid for, so they aren't considered public domain. However, we appreciate that you like the article and would love it if you continued sharing just the first paragraph of an article, then linking out to the rest of the piece on Dogster.com. Today, let’s talk about the best apartment dogs. First off, many dog owners will tell you that dogs and apartment living don’t go together. But you don’t need a huge yard in suburbia for your dog to be happy. If you live in an apartment and you want a dog, there’s a wide variety of breeds that make good apartment dogs. If you haven’t already acquired a dog, check out our list of breeds (or mix of breeds; we LOVE mutts) below that make the best apartment dogs. First, Size Doesn’t Always Matter When it Comes to Choosing the Best Apartment Dogs Greyhounds are, surprisingly to some, among the best apartment dogs. Photography by krushelss / Shutterstock. Just ... read more
    Source: DogsterPublished on 2019-02-19
  • Can You Give Keller His Forever Home? Austin Animal Center Needs You!
    Update: Keller has a home! From Kayla Murray with the Austin Animal Center: Tara saw his story and reached out to us back in October. She had a lot going on, mainly moving to Indiana from Massachusetts AND starting a new job. But she knew she was the person for Keller so we have made it work! She just bought a house and closes on it in a couple of weeks, and the plan is for us to take Keller to her in min-March. I cannot tell you how grateful I am!! I love this dog and his options were quickly running out. Because of everyone who got the word out about Keller, he’ll be home soon and will never have to live in a shelter ever again! It’s all because of you! 👏👏👏👏👏!   The Austin Animal Center is probably the nicest place that Keller has ever lived, and he shows his appreciation every day for his luck in landing there. Keller (also nicknamed Keller Beller) tries to figure out what people want him to do, and then he works hard to please them. He has learned that his shelter friends are nice people and want ... read more
    Source: iHeartDogsPublished on 2019-02-19
  • How to Trim Dog Nails — Safely
    The post How to Trim Dog Nails — Safely by Marybeth Bittel appeared first on Dogster. Copying over entire articles infringes on copyright laws. You may not be aware of it, but all of these articles were assigned, contracted and paid for, so they aren't considered public domain. However, we appreciate that you like the article and would love it if you continued sharing just the first paragraph of an article, then linking out to the rest of the piece on Dogster.com. I’ve done my share of dog nail trimming, so I realize that it makes many pet parents a little twitchy. Sure, the thought of inflicting possible pain tends to have that effect. But remember that successful trims really come down to a few basic guidelines involving 1) the comfort of the canine, and 2) the technique used by the trimmer (i.e., you). Nail trimming isn’t something we can ignore entirely because overly long nails can actually affect pup posture and joints. But if you’ve been on the fence about how to trim dog nails safely at home, let’s start with a quick anatomical overview. First, let’s talk about the anatomy of dog nails The quick, a pinkish-colored area ... read more
    Source: DogsterPublished on 2019-02-19
  • Missing Dog Alert: Fig
    BREED: Welsh Terrier SEX: Female MICROCHIPPED: Yes Fig, a playful and confident 18 month old Welsh Terrier was out on the farm land where she lived (Chatteris, Cambridge) with the family’s other dog during lunch time on 13th January 2017. This was a normal occurrence for Fig and she had never wandered in the past. Unfortunately, after lunch Fig was nowhere to be seen. She was very much part of the family and two years later, they haven’t given up on the hope that maybe someone knows what happened to her. If she was picked up and kept or sold on then maybe the people she is living with today don’t know that she has a family that are still looking for her. The not knowing in most of these cases is worse than knowing something bad happened so the family are appealing to anyone who knows where she is or what happened to her, to get in touch. If you do have any information on Fig, please call DogLost on 0844 800 3220 quoting dog ID 110137 http://www.doglost.co.uk/dog-blog.php?dogId=110137 ... read more
    Source: PetsmagPublished on 2019-02-19
  • How Examining The Bacteria In Your Dogs Gut Can Help You Find The Perfect Pet Food
    There is a vast army of microorganisms living inside your dog’s digestive system. These microbes convert food into energy, produce vitamins, and fight a neverending battle against germs. Together, the genes of all these microorganisms are known as the gut microbiome. Using modern sequencing techniques, scientists can “read” these microbial genes and reveal vital information about your dog’s health and dietary needs. What is the Gut Microbiome? The term “microbiome” refers to the combined genes of all the microorganisms within a specific habitat. Each species of microorganism has its own unique collection of genes. The microbiome of bacteria, viruses, and other microbes within the gut help our dogs stave off illness and maintain a healthy weight. However, alongside the healthy microorganisms, the canine digestive system also hosts potentially harmful bacteria. Some leave them susceptible to disease while others affect their ability to digest certain foods. Understanding the makeup of your dog’s own unique intestinal microbiome gives you a window into their health and allows you to choose the best possible diet for his or her individual needs. Armed with this knowledge, you can tailor your pup’s diet and lifestyle to ensure proper digestion and a healthy immune system. Gut Microbiome ... read more
    Source: iHeartDogsPublished on 2019-02-19
  • 5 Epic Ideas to Throw The Perfect Birthday Party For Your Pup
    What’s the best way to show your dog how much you care? Of course, you can take them for long walks and give good scratches behind the ears, but one to way to celebrate your four-legged friend is to have a party in their honor. Whether it’s your dog’s birthday or the anniversary of her adoption, you can shower your pup with affection and treats on this day. Host the event like you would any other party: invite guests, offer food and drinks, decorate your home and give away goodies. Here are five ways to throw an epic birthday party for your pup.   1. Set The Scene Admit it: part of the reason you’re throwing a birthday party for your pup is the pictures. If you’re going to host a party, do it right. Get this affordable party kit and capture the adorable memories. You can motivate your pup to pose for a picture by holding a treat in the air near the camera to capture their attention. And if you’re going for decorations, why not add a special birthday outfit? Your dog would look very smart in a bowtie. If your pup has the patience, go ... read more
    Source: iHeartDogsPublished on 2019-02-18
  • K9 Salute Honors Canines Killed in the Line of Duty — and Gives Back
    The post K9 Salute Honors Canines Killed in the Line of Duty — and Gives Back by Melissa L. Kauffman appeared first on Dogster. Copying over entire articles infringes on copyright laws. You may not be aware of it, but all of these articles were assigned, contracted and paid for, so they aren't considered public domain. However, we appreciate that you like the article and would love it if you continued sharing just the first paragraph of an article, then linking out to the rest of the piece on Dogster.com. This company — K9 Salute — caught my eye because beyond making yummy treats for dogs, its goal is to honor those hero dogs who gave their lives in service, plus donate a portion of all sales to help veterans get service dogs and to help police K9s from all across the country get protective vests. On each treat bag, you’ll see a tribute to a dog killed in the line of duty. The dogs are from all different states. The Mission Behind K9 Salute K9 Salute. Photography ©In Between the Blinks Photography. “I contact the K9 unit and handler directly to tell them about K9 Salute and my mission and ... read more
    Source: DogsterPublished on 2019-02-18
  • Could homeless pair of dogs ‘wobble’ into your heart?
    Wobble by name and by nature! Sweet dog Wobble has a birth defect that means she moves uncontrollably when walking, but this doesn’t stop her ‘zest for life’.Seven-year-old Shih Tzu cross came into the care of our Cornwall centre with her brother Winston and has been entertaining our staff  ever since.Centre manager Louise explains: “Wobble’s condition doesn’t cause her any pain and she’s adapted really well to it.“She is a friendly, affectionate dog that has such a zest for life it’s infectious. ... read more
    Source: NAWTPublished on 2019-02-18
  • Hot Spots on Dogs — Causes, Treatment and Prevention
    The post Hot Spots on Dogs — Causes, Treatment and Prevention by Dr. Ernie Ward appeared first on Dogster. Copying over entire articles infringes on copyright laws. You may not be aware of it, but all of these articles were assigned, contracted and paid for, so they aren't considered public domain. However, we appreciate that you like the article and would love it if you continued sharing just the first paragraph of an article, then linking out to the rest of the piece on Dogster.com. The rug in front of Robin’s door was a tangle of hair and blood; couch cushions strewn across the floor. Hearing faint echoes of whimpering from the kitchen, she rushed to find her beloved Boston Terrier frantically clawing at the side of her face. Robin swept Suki into her arms and sped to her veterinarian. Suki was suffering from one of the most dreaded dermatological conditions veterinarians confront: acute moist dermatitis or “hot spots.” What makes hot spots on dogs so devastating is the incessant, seemingly uncontrollable scratching, chewing, rubbing and nearly instantaneous mauling of the skin. Affected dogs seem to be unable to stop injuring themselves as they desperately seek relief from intense itching ... read more
    Source: DogsterPublished on 2019-02-15
  • Using Coconut Oil for a Dog’s Itchy Skin
    The post Using Coconut Oil for a Dog’s Itchy Skin by Marybeth Bittel appeared first on Dogster. Copying over entire articles infringes on copyright laws. You may not be aware of it, but all of these articles were assigned, contracted and paid for, so they aren't considered public domain. However, we appreciate that you like the article and would love it if you continued sharing just the first paragraph of an article, then linking out to the rest of the piece on Dogster.com. These days, most people have heard about the natural goodness of coconut oil. But up until a few years ago, I never realized I could use coconut oil for dogs, particularly that I could use coconut oil for a dog’s itchy skin. Sure, I knew plenty about the health advantages of products such as safflower and olive oils. But then coconut oil entered my life in a hugely helpful way, thanks to our rescue pup Maizy. Using coconut oil for a dog’s itchy skin — one success story Coconut oil for a dog’s itchy skin? Here’s how it works. Photography ©R.Tsubin | Getty Images. Due to her hound heritage, Maizy is what I like to call a serial ... read more
    Source: DogsterPublished on 2019-02-15
  • Missing Dog Alert: Rio
    BREED: English Pointer GENDER: Male MICROCHIPPED: Yes Rio was six years old when he was presumed stolen whilst out for a walk with his other dog pals during a holiday in Norfolk. The family regularly visit Winteron on Sea as it’s very dog friendly and there are lots of lovely walks in the area. On Sunday 25th March 2018, they all did the usual walk and when they got back to the car park all the dogs went off together for one final run over the dunes – all the dogs came back except for Rio. In the first couple of days, it was thought that Rio had gone off in to the woods and someone been separated from the other dogs and got lost so the family followed proved and tested ways of trying to entice Rio out of hiding – cooking sausages and leaving unwashed clothes at their last spot together. Sadly, this didn’t draw Rio out and extensive foot and drone searches plus a large local poster campaign didn’t result in any positive sightings either. Given how well trod the area is, the family is confident that Rio didn’t have an accident on that day ... read more
    Source: PetsmagPublished on 2019-02-15
  • Suspended Jail Sentence and Life Animal Ban for County Durham Dog Owner
    Pets Lola and Charlie found living in ‘shocking’ conditions but are now enjoying life in great new forever homes A man from County Durham has been given a suspended prison sentence and disqualified from keeping animals for life after a prosecution case brought by the RSPCA. Chris Adam (D.O.B 04.10.92) of The Avenue, Coxhoe appeared before South Shields Magistrates’ Court on Friday (8 February). At an earlier hearing he had pleaded guilty to four offences* under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 relating to a nine-month-old female spaniel called Lola and an adult female crossbreed called Charlie. The RSPCA attended Adam’s then address on Heathway, Seaham in August last year where Lola was found in a dog crate in his backyard and Charlie was found in a brick outhouse. RSPCA inspector Rowena Proctor said: “I was shocked to see how Lola and Charlie were living, particularly after being shown through what was an immaculately clean house. “Lola was in a dog crate that was entirely empty aside from her, curled up in a ball. There was no bedding, food or water. Adam let her out then went to an outhouse from where he let out Charlie. “It was immediately ... read more
    Source: PetsmagPublished on 2019-02-15
  • Pumpkin & Peanut Butter Dog Treats
    Looking for a simple dog treat recipe? These pumpkin & peanut butter dog treats are one of my favorites because they’re easy to prepare and quick to bake. And since my dog loves anything with pumpkin or peanut butter these always get a big seal of approval from her. Tip: If you’re looking for more homemade dog treat recipes be sure to check our our list of 25 Simple Dog Treat Recipes, all made with 5 ingredients or less. Pumpkin & Peanut Butter Dog Treats Ingredients 2 cups flour 1 cup canned pumpkin 1/2 cup peanut butter I use Libby’s 100% canned pumpkin and Crazy Richard’s natural peanut butter. I used the chunky variety of peanut butter because it was what I had on hand. If you want a more polished look stick with a creamy variety. When using peanut butter in dog treats always check to make sure it doesn’t contain xylitol. Xylitol is an artificial sweetener that a few brands use and it can be fatal to dogs. Check out this list for more information on which brands use xylitol in their products. Instructions Preheat your oven to 375 F. Mix the pumpkin & peanut ... read more
    Source: Puppy LeaksPublished on 2019-02-14
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