Safety

(Picture Credit: Anna-av/Getty Images) One of a dog owner’s biggest fears will always be losing their pet. Losing a pet is like losing a child and is an experience no one should ever have to go through. July is National Lost Pet Prevention Month and serves as an important reminder to make sure your pet
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(Picture Credit: Getty Images) More dogs go missing on the 4th of July than any other day of the year. With all the noisy fireworks, loud parties, and distractions, it’s no wonder so many pooches bolt and get lost on Independence Day. As pet parents, we all want to keep our dogs safe and happy
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(Picture Credit: Tim Graham/Getty Images) As warmer summertime temperatures approach, it’s important to remember that dogs are vulnerable to injuries and illnesses related to hot weather, including heatstroke, dehydration, sunburn, and foot pad burns. The most dangerous condition is heatstroke, which can cause organ failure, seizures, brain damage, hemorrhages, blindness, convulsions, and even death. Heatstroke
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(Picture Credit: Peerakit JIrachetthakun/Getty Images) Anyone who has watched a flash flood wash away a house in minutes knows the destructive power of these natural disasters. Flooding can be a very frightening time for people and their dogs, but there are thankfully many ways to prepare for this weather event. The best thing owners can
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(Picture Credit: Getty Images) Summer and swimming go together like dog tongues and peanut butter–without xylitol, of course. However, if there’s a puppy at the pool party, water safety needs to be a top priority. According to a study of drowning incidents in small animals, swimming pools are the most common man-made location for pet
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(Picture Credit: Getty Images) Shamrocks, parades, pots o’ gold, green beer—St. Patrick’s Day is a great way to welcome spring and celebrate one of Ireland’s most revered saints. But there are a few hazards all dog owners should keep in mind before heading out to their St. Paddy’s Day festivities—and we aren’t just talking about
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(Picture Credit: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images) The benefits of cannabidiol (CBD), or cannabis oil, for dogs have been the subject of recent scrutiny. Some dog owners claims that CBD helps their dogs with a host of medical conditions. Others hear that CBD comes from marijuana plants and immediately become wary of these products. With the current
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(Picture Credit: Getty Images) As humans spread into coyote habitats with their pets more and more, the odds of encounters between dogs and coyotes skyrocket. These encounters can be deadly, especially for small dogs that make for easy prey. Humans are good sources of garbage and food, which can attract coyotes, too. February is mating
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(Picture Credit: Getty Images) Valentine’s Day is more than just the most romantic holiday of the year. From accessories, chocolates, jewelry, flowers, to–yes–undergarments, pets will likely enjoy your Valentine’s gifts and treats just as much as you do, but with some potentially serious health consequences. Here are a few ways to keep your dog safe
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(Image Credit: Getty Images/Bernard Van Berg/EyeEm) If you have a dog, you probably have one or more dog gates. Unless, like me, you have a dog that can jump higher than you are tall. Never fear, however, as there are still some ways to keep your Olympic-high-jump-qualifying pooch out of trouble. Dog gates and other
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(Picture Credit: John Fedele/Getty Images) Doctors and experts can argue that marijuana legalization has its benefits for humans. However, it may bring new dangers to pets. One pet owner, Mark Groveman, recently saw marijuana’s potentially dangerous effects on his pet pal, Bosco, a Bullypit. During their walk in Ward Canyon Park, Mark let Bosco loose
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(Image Credit: Shaw Photography Co./Getty Images) It’s hard to imagine a more picture-perfect family image than children and their beloved dogs. It’s so iconic you can almost imagine a Norman Rockwell painting of it. But the truth of the matter is that children and dogs don’t necessarily get along automatically. Like all cohabiting animals, they
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(Image Credit: Getty Images) Walking your dog at night can be challenging, and those challenges might change with the weather and the area where you’re walking. Depending on where you live, some of the following tips for walking your dog at night may not be applicable to you. If, for example, you’re like me and
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(Picture Credit: Getty Images) Before your family wakes up to see what trinkets Santa left under the tree Christmas morning, be sure that you have taken all of the proper precautions to keep your dogs and cats safe this holiday season. Here are a few Christmas safety tips to help you keep your fur family
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(Image Credit: Getty Images} Skunks are adorable creatures that have many ecological functions. Unfortunately, they create one very big problem that most pet owners prefer to avoid: stinky pets. Since the threat that skunks provide isn’t a dangerous one (albeit, highly a unpleasant one), this article will not advocate for some of the extreme methods
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(Picture Credit: Getty Images) I’m not here to throw any shade at marijuana smokers. If you smoke, you smoke. However, it’s imperative that if you do so you are responsible with it, which may seem sort of oxymoronic but let’s be honest, marijuana legalization is becoming a thing. If you have it legally or not, make
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Forget about witches and zombies; a seemingly innocuous bag of candy can be one of the scariest things that enters a dog owner’s home on Halloween. Calls to the Pet Poison Hotline increase twelve percent during the week of Halloween, making it the center’s busiest time of the year. We all know that chocolate can
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(Photo Credit: Shutterstock) Any time pets are forced out of their routine and face an unfamiliar scenario, they can get injured or stressed. Pets would avoid many of the injuries reported to the veterinary clinics on the days following Halloween with a little bit of understanding and information on part of the pet parents. Reduce
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