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What Toys Does Your Dog Really, Really, Want?

12/10/18 at 06:26 AM | by Sandy Robins

The gift-giving season started early this year with eight days of Chanukah kicking off the delight of opening fun presents right at the beginning of the December. And, as more pet parents get on board with the idea of including their pets, this means lots of great new toys and treats for fur kids too.

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Putting the Fun into Fall Leaves

11/08/18 at 07:43 AM | by Sandy Robins

This time of year, many parts of the country are awash in an artist’s palette of brilliant autumn colors. From a canine perspective, falling leaves swirling to the ground are fun to chase and there’s no better time to enjoy going for a walk or a hike. Before you rush out, here’s a quick checklist to ensure you both and your pooch pal remain safe.

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Putting A Different Howl on Howl’oween

10/11/18 at 04:01 PM | by Sandy Robins

Howl’oween, in dog “language”, translates as treats. And lot of them! However, not every dog enjoys going around the neighborhood trick or treating and having to encounter incumbent pets when their favorite people ring doorbells and stock up on candy. Fortunately, there are lots of other fun ways dogs can celebrate and have great time.

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The Important Role of being a Foster Parent

09/19/18 at 08:48 AM | by Sandy Robins

Fostering a pet can be a real life-changing experience for that pet as it gives them basic social skills and possibly teaching them to interact around other pets too. Further, fostering older pets that have been saved from a life-changing event such as a devastating fire or flood or even years of abuse, means giving that pet an opportunity to gain confidence and trust humans. All this amounts to a better opportunity of being adopted into a wonderful forever home.

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Your Smartphone Can Be Your Best Friend Should Disaster Strike

09/10/18 at 07:55 AM | by Sandy Robins

September is the start of hurricane season. It follows on the heels of fire season in other parts of the country. When natural disasters of any kind strike, your smart phone can be an essential tool in helping you keep track of important information and photographs of your pets in case you are separated.

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Dog Bite Prevention

09/05/18 at 03:42 PM | by Sandy Robins

Dog bites are scary for pet owners. It’s worth drawing attention to this canine issue because more than 20 000 people get bitten every year. These numbers include children, adults as well as postal and package delivery workers who are in the front line opening garden gates and being greeted at the front door by the resident canine.

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Dogs and Weddings

08/22/18 at 08:35 AM | by Sandy Robins

Both children and dogs can be wild cards at weddings especially if they are part of the retinue. But a wedding with “flower dogs” or a canine ring-bearer can all go off without a hitch with a bit of strategic planning and, provided the pooch, or pooches, understand basic commands such assitand stayandcome.

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Pet Fire Safety

08/08/18 at 08:27 AM | by Sandy Robins

According to the National Fire Protection Association pets start more than 1000 household fires annually destroying homes and often not surviving if they are home alone at the time.

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Pets and Allergies

07/25/18 at 03:19 PM | by Sandy Robins

Summer is a very pretty time of the year outdoors but it also hosts the arrival of allergies and our pets suffer alongside their favorite people.Typically, dogs and cats don't suffer from runny noses and watery eyes, but symptoms that your pet could have a problem do include sneezing, wheezing, itching and scratching.

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February Valentine

02/02/18 at 10:50 AM | by Sandy Robins

This year, Valentine’s Day falls on a Wednesday. But you can still plan a fun weekend getaway at any time this month to celebrate. Not sure where to go? Well, try this. Grab a pencil, close your eyes and see where it lands. 

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Keeping Pets Away From Holiday Decorations

02/02/18 at 10:35 AM | by Sandy Robins

We have all seen those hilarious videos with cats causing havoc in holiday trees, swinging precariously from spaghetti-thin branches to bat the decorations, climbing through the foliage to the very top only to bring the tree and all its finery crashing to the ground.

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New Years Resolutions

02/02/18 at 06:39 AM | by Sandy Robins

January: It’s that time of the year again to commit to some new year resolutions. Most of us fail miserably, often within weeks. There’s a lot to be said for a buddy system to spur you on and keep you on track. Your dog is your best buddy, right?  So why not try making a list of pledges that will benefit both of you and, hopefully, your pooch will inspire you to stick with your commitments.

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How to handle pet vomiting (what is normal, when is it a concern)

06/05/17 at 11:15 AM | by Quaker Pet Group

It’s never fun when one of your kids is sick. As pet parents, we want the best for our dogs. And when they are vomiting, we know something isn’t right. But how can we tell if we need to seek medical attention or just let them ride it out?

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How to Keep Dogs From Digging Up Your Garden

05/30/17 at 11:12 AM | by Quaker Pet Group

Your adorable pup loves to dig for so many reasons, but none of which are to purposefully destroy your beautiful garden. Dogs like to dig to find a cooler or warmer place to relax, to bury their valuables like food, bones, and toys, to hunt prey like moles, groundhogs, and gophers, but most often dogs like to dig because they think it’s fun.

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Pet First Aid Awareness

05/22/17 at 11:09 AM | by Sandy Robins

If you regularly take your dog places, it’s a good idea to put together a first aid kit to keep permanently in your car to take care of minor issues and possible emergencies until to can get proper veterinary care.

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Your Dog’s Week in Toys

05/18/17 at 11:25 AM | by Quaker Pet Group

Dogs, just like children, love the novelty of a new toy. Once way to amp up the fun is to select a different toy from the toy box to give him every day of the week. Here are some fun suggestions.

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Introducing probiotics into your pet's diet (why do it, and what are best ways)

05/15/17 at 11:07 AM | by Quaker Pet Group

The topic of probiotics is everywhere in the human world. It is also a hot topic rising in the pet community. Much like humans, your dog can benefit from probiotics.

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Breed Spotlight: Shiba Inu

05/08/17 at 11:05 AM | by Quaker Pet Group

This pup is almost too handsome for words. Having deep-set, almond-shaped eyes gives them a look of deep thoughtfulness and an alluring attractiveness.

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Signs of the Zodiac Dog Toys

05/01/17 at 02:48 AM | by Sandy Robins

What does your dog’s zodiac sign say about the way he plays and the kind of toys he enjoys? According to the astrology charts featured in The Old Farmer’s Almanac that spell out canine personality traits, we’ve hand picked a special toy for each of the 12 signs that we believe will have his tail wagging with delight.

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Toys and Dental Care

02/01/17 at 12:05 PM | by Sandy Robins

February has been designated as pet dental month on the pet calendar and many veterinary clinics nationwide offer discounts for dental cleaning and general preventative care.

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Exercise Alternatives for Cold Weather

01/19/17 at 03:07 AM | by Sandy Robins

Baby, its cold outside! However, irrespective if there’s a blizzard or rain coming down in buckets, the chances are your dog will still bring his leash and expect to go for a walk.

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Six Common Southwestern Plants that are Toxic to Pets

01/09/17 at 10:21 AM | by Quaker Pet Group

Dogs are known to chew on and eat most anything they can fit in their mouth. Unfortunately dogs sometimes ingest plants with toxic properties that can cause a range of symptoms from nausea and diarrhea to liver failure. If your dog is especially mischievous in the yard, it’s important to be aware of any potentially harmful plants that may be lurking in your yard. These six plants are very common features in yards across the Southwest that may pose a danger to your dog.

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Cat Scratching

01/02/17 at 10:16 AM | by Quaker Pet Group

Cats scratch. It’s a natural part of a cat’s routine, deeply engrained in its pre-domesticated heritage. Understanding why cats scratch can help us understand how to work with the often destructive behavior instead of fighting against it in vain.

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Breed Spotlight: Chesapeake Bay Retriever

12/26/16 at 10:13 AM | by Quaker Pet Group

With a happy disposition, and powerful build, the Chesapeake Bay Retriever is both a loyal gundog and a affectionate family member. Males can weigh in at 80 lbs, and feature a wavy, water resistant coat in solid colors of brown, sedge (reddish gold), or deadgrass (straw).

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Homemade Dog Treats for the Holwliday!

12/22/16 at 11:30 AM | by Sandy Robins

Making homemade dog treats for a favorite pooch shows that you’ve added an additional dollop love by creating a special personalized gift.

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