Dogs aren't born with healthy mouths that will stay that way into adulthood — it's up to us to help them keep their pearly whites in tip-top shape. Regular brushing with a dog-specific toothbrush and toothpaste helps, and so do certain toys and treats that are formulated to reduce bacteria in your pet's mouth. See all the steps to give your dog a healthy mouth.
It can be hard to keep up an exercise routine in the winter. This is as true for dogs as it is for humans. Cold temperatures, snow, shorter days and other challenges can make walking dogs in the winter season difficult and potentially dangerous. Check out this article for some helpful solutions to the challenge of walking your dog in winter.
The holiday season is here and everyone is getting ready for big celebrations and family gatherings. While it's an exciting time for you, it can be stressful for your dog. Preparing your dog for a large group of people is important and should not be overlooked. So how can you best keep your dog comfortable? Check out this article to find out.
It can be tempting to share a juicy slice of turkey with your meat-loving pup, especially around Thanksgiving. But can dogs eat turkey safely? Check out this article to learn why it's usually not in your dog's best interest to share your turkey meat and why dogs and turkey bones are a dangerous mix.
Most spider bites on dogs only cause localized redness and swelling and do not require veterinary care. However, there are a few species of spiders whose bites can be life-threatening in dogs. Learn more about which spiders pose a greater threat, how to identify a spider bite on a dog and what to expect during a visit to your veterinarian.
When clipping your dog’s nails, It can be tough to know how long to leave them. While you never want to clip to the quick (which hurts them), a typical rule for small dogs and large breed dogs alike is that their nails should not have to touch the floor when they walk. Listen for a “clicking” of claws as your dog walks across a hard floor — it’s a good indication that there is still room to trim.
Ear cleaning is an aspect of dog grooming that shouldn't be neglected. Without regular cleaning, wax and oils build up inside the ear, increasing the risk of ear infection and hearing damage. With this in mind, it's a good idea for any pet owner to know how to clean dog ears. Check out this article for a complete how-to.
Your pet brings you joy, comfort, and companionship and somehow always knows when you're feeling sad or sick. As a loving dog parent, you want to bring that same intuition, safety, and comfort to your beloved pet. That's why it's so heart-wrenching when your dog looks up at you, wide-eyed, with their head between their paws. So why do dogs look sad? Check out this article to find out.
The same uninhibited excitement that makes your dog so endearing can also be a recipe for trouble. Dogs are simply used to acting on their instincts, hence their barking at the mail carrier (or anyone who comes to the door), bothering you for scraps, or jumping on you when you get home. It's important to give your dog impulse control training to help them be a calmer, more well-behaved companion.
If your pup is like most dogs, he probably loves car rides — the breeze in his face, sun on their fur, new smells. You love to indulge them whenever possible, but it inevitably means leaving them alone in the car for at least a few minutes. Is leaving your dog in the car ever safe? And what should you do when you see a dog left in a car on a sweltering day? Here's what you need to know to keep your pooch safe.
As the dog days of summer start to heat up, many pet parents look for ways to keep their dogs cool. Why not try making some frozen dog treats for summer fun with your pup? Frozen treats not only let you experiment in the kitchen, but they may help prevent dehydration and keep your pooch entertained.
Bringing home a new dog is a big adjustment, and hopefully, your furry new addition is content as can be. They’re surrounded by the nonstop love and attention of his new family. But, as Monday morning approaches, anxiety creeps in. Jobs and school could force you to leave your dog at home for a few hours. So, how can you make sure your dog stays safe and happy while you're away? Check out this article to find out.
If you're like most dog parents, you're bound to take him on a dog-friendly vacation with you at some point. Whether it's a fully planned outing or a trip to visit family, bringing your pup is one of the best parts of getting away for a while. Dog-boarding facilities can be uncomfortable, in-home pet sitters expensive, and some dogs just can't be away from you. Whatever the reason, taking your dog on vacation can be one of the most rewarding experiences you ever have together.
As the temperature climbs, you're probably on the hunt for ways to keep yourself and your four-legged friend cool. You know nothing refreshes you quite like a dip in the water, but you've never gone swimming with your dog before — you're not even sure whether they know how to swim! Luckily, teaching a dog to swim isn't too difficult. Here's everything you need to know to be your dog's summer swim coach.
Your kids might take a break from studying facts and figures during their summer breaks, but that doesn't mean they can't continue to learn. Playing with pets teaches kids important life skills they can't learn in a book. Studies show spending time with a family pet gives children a greater sense of empathy and teaches children responsibility. Last, but certainly not least, it also gives your kids and your cat or dog much-needed exercise.