Be sure to check your dogs for ticks after they've been outside. If you notice any of these symptoms, call your vet:
- loss of appetite
- unusual breathing (cats)
To safely remove a tick, see our section under "Health How-Tos"
Pumpkin for Pooches
This symbol of autumn is good for more than just carving -- it's full of vitamin A, potassium, and fiber, which is good for people and poooches alike. Our dogs love anything
with pumpkin in it. Find out how
pumpkin can keep your dog healthy at PetMD
's page about dogs and pumpkins. You can also try these easy
and good-for-your-dog pumpkin recipes:
doggy pumpkin biscuits
peanut butter and pumpkin biscuits
Thanksgiving Safety Tips
Your dogs will love to be part of your Thanksgiving holiday, but keep these ideas in mind to ensure a safe and happy holiday:
- Moderate amounts of cooked turkey are fine for your pups, but make sure they can't get into any cooking equipment like skewers, string, or roasting bags. These items can cause fatal blockages
- DON'T LET YOUR DOGS EAT TURKEY BONES!!
or any other cooked bones, for that matter. The cooking process causes bones to splinter into sharp pieces that can fatally perforate
intestines. Put all bones in a safe place out of reach of your dogs.
- Restrict the amount of fatty skin you (or well-meaning family members) give your dogs. It can cause gastric distress leading to diarrhea and dehydration.
Special treats or doggy Thanksgiving dinners from dog-friendly stores like
Three Dog Bakery
are a safe and tasty way to include your dogs. For more info, check out Thanksgiving safety tips from the
American Veterinary Medical Association
Healthy Dog Treats
It's so fast and easy to make healthy dog treats from ordinary kitchen ingredients, like this beauty, Berry the Bone
, from Personal
, which also links to many other sites for homemade treats.
Their birthday cakes
and pretty tempting to a human, too.
links to treats with five ingredients or less.
Check out Cooking Light
for some yummy-looking treats, too.
For general ideas of good & bad ingredients for treats, Vet-co NM
has you covered.
Woofalicious Holiday Treats
Iheartdogs.com list of Twenty Fruits & Veggies Your Dog Will Love
Are You Being Scammed with Natural Dog Treats
, from Dogs Naturally
Brush Your Dog's Teeth
- When first introducing toothbrushing to your dogs, don't rush the process or they may become resistant
- Always give a treat at the end of the session to make it enjoyable
- If your dog shows any sign of agression, such as growing or biting, stop and contact your vet for more information
- NEVER use human toothpaste, it could harm your dog
- Giving your dogs Milkbones does not take the place of regular brushing. Milkbones are not effective for cleaning teeth.
- Chew toys can help remove plaque and tartar above the gumline, but DO NOT give hard chew toys, such as hooves or bones. These can break your dog's teeth.
- Oral rinses and gels have antibacterial properties and promote the health of your dog's gums.
For more information, watch this video on how and why to brush your dog's teeth: VetVid's How to Brush Your Dog's Teeth
How to Trim Your Dog's Nails
PetMD has a good guide on how to trim your dog's nails
, with close-up photos of the nail
and the quick, so you know just what to do.
How to Clean Your Dog's Ears
The best way to prevent ear infections in your dogs, is to know how to clean their ears. Petguide has put together a thorough guide on the six ways to
properly clean your dog's ears
, which breeds need more cleaning, and other helpful tips.
De-Skunk Your Dog
Summarized from the excellent article on Dogtopia
- keep your dog outside
- check for injuries, like irritated eyes or scratches
- soak up the spray ASAP, by patting, not wiping, with rubber gloves and paper towels
- de-skunk your dog with their easy recipe
- give your dog extra love & affection after this stressful ordeal
To safely remove a tick:
- place fine-pointed tweezers around the tick's mouth where it's connected to your dog's skin
- gently pull up until the tick detaches
- disinfect the bite site and tweezers and wash your hands thoroughly (never use your bare hands to remove a tick)
- place the tick in a small container, labeled with the date, name and type of your pet, and contact your vet to see if the tick needs to be tested
- crush, puncture, or squeeze the tick
- don't try to burn the tick with a match, lit cigarette, or hot nail
- don't throw away or toss down the toilet, neither of which kills the tick
For more detailed instructions, go to ASPCA's article on tick removal
Remove Bee Stings
Although bees are vital insects and rarely sting, sometimes they do. The treatment of a bee sting is somewhat similar to tick removal, but slightly different.
Check out Vetco's How to Remove a Bee Sting
for more information. Remember that dogs can experience anaphylactic shock to bee stings
so monitor your dog carefully!