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  • Fire Evacuation Plan for Pets

    A few things that struck me about evacuating multiple pets, is what do you do with them after you get them out. You can't take them all out at once. They are going to be scared and noncooperative. So, you grab 1 or 2, or as many as you can. Where are your collars and leashes? What are you going to do with them once outside? If you have more than 1 or 2 pets you will have to go back for the rest. You know you will. You can't just tie the ones outside to a tree. They will choke themselves trying to get free.
  • Dogs That Can't Swim

    Can your dog swim. Some breeds can't swim because of hair, short legs, or short muzzle. See if your breed is listed.
  • Why Crate Training is Important

    Your dog's life may depend on it in the event of a fire or natural disaster. Crates are a safe haven for your pet.
  • Why you need an Elevated Dog Feeder

    Veterinarians recommend elevated feeders for dogs and cats because they offer a number of advantages: hygiene and cleanliness, comfort for dogs and cats with arthritis or neck or back problems, and benefits for cats and dogs with megaesophagus or other conditions that make swallowing difficult. Elevated feeders and dishes keep feeding areas cleaner.
  • Common Dog Medical Problems

    Have you ever seen a dog with ragged ear edges. Most likely it's from fly strikes. Lyme disease is caused by the spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi that is transmitted by Ixodes ticks (hard ticks). Heartworms are the most life-threatening canine worms, for they reside in the dog's heart and pulmonary arteries, causing heart failure and eventually death. Adult worms are 10 to 30 cm in length and about 1 mm in diameter. Read about them here.
  • Hygroma Growth on Dog Elbows

    Ever notice a lump forming on your dog's elbows? Usually, it's on one of the front legs. More than likely it is a hygroma growth. A hygroma growth is a fluid-filled sac that is formed on the elbow. Vets believe it's caused by the dog irritating the elbow, by lying on hard surfaces, or by the dog favoring one elbow over the other when lying down. The sac forms below the skin and feels firm, but is yielding and somewhat mobile within the loose skin.
  • Does my dog need a winter Dog Coat or Sweater?

    Sure, dogs come equipped with their own external layering system, but some dogs have lighter layers of fur than others, and some are not genetically suited to the environments in which they find themselves transplanted. So your dog may in fact be extremely uncomfortable with the winter temperatures — as uncomfortable as you would be if you went outside without clothing.
The Articles & Tips for Pet Owners provides information on questions you didn't know you had.

FIRE EVACUATION PLAN FOR PETS: Useful information on ideas and what you need if you have a fire to make your pets safe until help arrives.

DOGS THAT CAN'T SWIM: You know all dogs can't swim, right? This lists a few of the well-known dogs that can't swim and the reason why.

WHY CRATE TRAINING IS IMPORTANT: Most people do not crate their dogs. This explains why there is a good reason to use a crate.

WHY YOU NEED AN ELEVATED DOG FEEDER: There is a lot of controversy about the pros and cons of an elevated feeder. How do you know if one is needed for your dog?

COMMON DOG MEDICAL PROBLEMS: Nothing takes the place of a vet visit. However, sometimes you just don't know if you need a visit. This page offers information on Flies that bite, Heartworm and ticks. Good stuff to know.

HYGROMA GROWTH ON DOG ELBOWS: Information on the weird growths on your dogs' elbows and why they form.

DOES MY DOG NEED A WINTER DOG COAT OR SWEATER?: Does she or doesn't she need a coat or sweater. This article explains the consideration of making the decision of whether your dog needs one.