adorable scratching puppy
No one wants a dog or house full of fleas. It can start with one bite and then next thing you know you and your dog are itching and scratching like crazy. That’s why we trust flea prevention medication to ward off the pesky intruders. But sometimes the products we buy that are supposed to be alleviate the problem turn out to be not so helpful. So, how do you know if your flea medication is working or not?
Redness and Itching
This is one of the first signs you’ll see when it comes to flea medication. Most of the time flea medication is topical and you’ll often see inflammation, itching and redness at the site of application. It may be alarming, but it can be treated by washing off the product. Continue reading
Little girl sits under a tree reading a book about butterflies as her faithful dog sits nearby watching butterflies fly around them.
After summer your dog can get a little bored. After all, they don’t get the morning snuggles, the all-day attention full of fun. More than that, once after school activities are in full swing, your dog can feel even more alone. In fact, it is proven that dogs really do miss us, especially after a summer of having playmates. That’s why we found this great list to help your dog still feel like a big part of the family during the year.
8 Fun After-School Activities for Kids and Dogs
- Run Errands Together – Since the weather is getting cooler, it’s a lot easier to bring your dog with you when your errands. While you don’t want to leave them in the car alone, you can always split up the duties of shopping and watching the dog. Also, you can maybe even stop by a park on the way home.
Dog paw and human hand shaking.
A lot of the time when we talk we get animated, we use our hands to help explain stories and convey more emotion. It’s a nonverbal way we can communicate more than what we’re saying. While dogs can’t talk to us, they do use a lot of nonverbal cues to let us know what they are thinking or needing. One way to do this is with their paws. Much like when we use our hands, our dogs can use their paws to communicate with us.
What their paws are saying:
- “Hey! Don’t forget to give me attention!”
A lot of times our dogs will sit at our feet and gently start using their paws to poke you. This is usually a plea for attention. Continue reading
cute dog caught mid-sneeze
Sometimes allergies in the fall can be worse than allergies in the spring. Dry leaves falling and cooler temperatures can stir up a lot of allergens for us and our pets. You may not have realized that pets can suffer from allergies just like us, but they do. My cat, Gracie, is one of these sufferers and often gets rough itchy patches on her skin during the fall months. It can be hard to watch her suffer, so that’s why we turned to holistic ways to manage her allergies. Continue reading
A tombstone of a pet grave with flower.
The passing of a furry family member is never easy. And a lot of times we find comfort burying them nearby. Especially if it is somewhere in the yard where they used to love to play. But did you know that in some places it is illegal to bury your dog in the backyard? In fact, there are many places that have regulations and guidelines for using your yard for a pet burial.
It may have never occurred that laying your beloved pet to rest in your backyard could be a problem, but there are several reasons why. Continue reading
Golden Retriever dog digging hole in grass lawn
It’s no secret that dogs love to dig holes. Still, we often wonder exactly why dogs love to do this, and more importantly, how we get them to stop digging? Nothing is worse than spending hours on your yard and garden only to have your dog ruin it with holes. Thankfully, we have some answers for you that will hopefully save your soil and your sanity.
More often than we know, there are burrowing animals and insects in our yards. Your dog is often just trying to root them out. If this is the case, you see holes in one single area, around the roots of plants and trees or in a path. Continue reading
Adorable dog lying on sofa. Cute looking purebred pet.
When my dog is snoozing soundly and starts to whimper and kick I playfully like to say, “Aww, he’s chasing dream squirrels again!” It’s easy to think that they are dreaming just like we humans do, but do they really? Luckily, we’re not the only ones who’ve asked this question and now we have some answers.
The Dreams of a Dog
In short, yes our dogs do dream.
How do we know? Well, MIT researchers took this question to heart and decided to study brain activity in rats back in 2001. What they discovered was that the rats had the same level of cognitive activity in REM (rapid-eye movement) sleep as if they were running a maze they had completed earlier that day. Continue reading
Purebred dog laika in a garden.
A dog burying items in the backyard is an image that we all know. Whether from comics, TV or our own life experience, we can all picture a dog proudly toting his treasures around to be hidden somewhere. So, why do dogs like to bury things like bones and their favorite toys? In short, it’s because they want to to keep them safe and protected. It derives from a behavior that was necessary for survival in past generations of canines.
The history of hiding treasure
Back when dogs were wild, they roamed in packs. Hunting for food often took days and a lot of energy. Once they were able to catch and kill something, they had to protect it from scavengers. Continue reading
Veterinarian checking dog’s ears
Our dog’s ears are very special. They hear everything and twitch with excitement. And because they are so special, it’s important to keep them clean. While you don’t have to clean them every time you bathe your dog, you do need to clean them fairly often. Some dogs are more prone to ear infections, so depending on their genetics, you may need to clean them more often. Always talk to your vet about recommendation of how often to clean your dog’s ears.
Examine Ears at Home
Every week or two you need to take time to examine your dog’s ears. Check for signs of infections, parasites, dirt and irritation. If you can catch issues before they become big problems you’ll save your dog lots of pain and discomfort. Continue reading
close up of a dog’s nose
Every part of our dog’s face is adorable. From their cute little noses to their loving eyes and their little twitching whiskers. But did you ever wonder why do they have those whiskers? We know that they are common in many mammals, but exactly why do our dogs have and need them?
Making Sense of Their World
Mostly, whiskers, or technically called “vibrissae” are used to by mammals to sense the world around them. Dr Jessica Vogelsang, DVM, states these long coarse hairs, “play a special role in tactile sensation, helping animals define where they are in space.” With the help of their snout and olfactory senses, whiskers help dogs learn about the world around them. Continue reading