Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Free PlaqClnz Pet Oral Cleansing Gel

"Pet bad breath is often overlooked, but it’s actually one of the first signs of oral disease.

PlaqClnz Spray and Gel are the only alcohol free pet oral care products that reduce plaque and tartar without brushing. They contain scientifically proven, natural ingredients including Zinc complex, which stops odor formation, interferes with tartar growth and may aid in healing soft tissue."

To get your Free 3 gram tube of PlaqClnz Oral Cleansing Gel, complete the form on their website and include your groomer's salon name, address and phone number. They will send a free product sample to you and your groomer for product evaluation.

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Monday, June 27, 2011

Free Pawfect Peanut Butter Dog Treat Sample

A Pawfect Dog Bakery & Store is offering free samples of their Peanut Butter dog treats.

About A Pawfect Dog:

"Natural dog treats made from only human-grade ingredients.

Natural dog treats made with no added preservatives.

Natural dog treats that are lab tested and registered.

Natural dog treats made fresh for you.

"Your dog’s mouth will be watering when they sniff the strong peanut butter smell emanating from our most popular treat!"

Visit A Pawfect Dog website to learn more about their products and to request a free sample of their Peanut Butter Dog Treats

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Free Sample of Alpo Prime Cuts Dog Food

The Free Sample of Alpo Prime Cuts Dog Food from Walmart has reset and is working again for those of you that missed out the first time.

"Purina Alpo Prime Cuts In Gravy Homestyle With Beef is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for all life stages."

To get your free sample of Alpo Prime Cuts Dog Food, click on the fifth bubble and then "Get a Free Sample." Don't know how long this free sample will last, so don't delay if your interested.

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Friday, June 24, 2011

Your Dog's Health And Summer

Like us humans, our canine counterparts are just as susceptible to the hot summer months. Keep an eye on them, especially if they spend a lot of time outside during the hottest times of the day. Because sweat glands only exist on a dog's nose and paws, pups can experience a tough time cooling if they don't have fresh water to drink. Keep a bowl of fresh clean water available for them in an area that provides shade. Water that sits in direct sunlight can often get as hot as the surrounding temperatures are.

Keep them cool

There are some products on the market that offer cooling options like bandannas that you can soak in water and will cool your pup in the heat. They will be extra helpful if you have a thick-coated doggy. For close shaven dogs, or any dog for that matter, sunburns can be a problem. Fur does not mean the sun can't toast their skin just as easily as ours. Companies provide sunscreen for pups, that is specially designed for their skin (remember their body PH is different from humans). Nose and the tips of their ears are often the most vulnerable areas, and a dab of protection will keep their tail wagging.

Heat and parasites

Along with the heat, insects can be a pestilence to our four-legged friends. Heartworm disease is carried by the dreaded and annoying mosquitoes. Other insects like ticks and fleas can give your pup the itch, and leave them annoyed and uncomfortable. Try keeping your friend bathed at least once every three weeks not only to clean their fur and skin, but also apply tick and flea shampoos that will keep that scratching at bay. If you are worried about your pup's sensitivity to tick and flea shampoos, you can try all natural remedies that have grown in popularity. Garlic juice seems to be a favorite. It does the same thing for a canine that it does for humans, and it keeps the insects away. Before changing your pup's diet, you should consult with your veterinarian and ask their opinion on natural remedies. As long as those annoying insects stay away from your pup, they will be able to enjoy the summer outdoors.

Keep a visible sign of ownership

Safety is a little general, but is just as important during the summer time. Remember to keep your friendly companion's collar and tags on, especially when they aren't in the house. They are more active outdoors during the summer, and as you all know, pups can be amazing escape artists. Don't let you doggy wander around the neighbor-hood untagged. Aside from their general information, tags are shiny and reflect light from traffic during the night.

Check before you go

Before you go outside to enjoy your daily walk with your pup, remember that you may have shoes to protect your feet, but a pup has only his paws. They are just as sensitive as your hand, although you may not realize it. Check the side walk or pavement with your palm; if you cannot stand the heat, it is probably too hot for your four-legged friend. Try instead, walking in the early morning, or later afternoon when the air is cooler, and the pavement won't be burning your pup's paws. Remember to be courteous and thoughtful of your puppy, and he will love you forever.

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Guest Article: Your Dog's Health And Summer by Maria Elena.

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Louis

Louis, the adorable Labrador Retriever was added to Our Lovable Labradors Group on Flickr.

Louis the Labrador...

Louis the Labrador

Louis has grown a lot in the last 2 weeks! He's now 5 weeks old, and teething. No longer confined to a pen with all of his brothers, they are allowed to run around the property and play. He, and one of his brothers (whom coincidentally a friend of mine has spoken for!), get along particularly well and are practically inseparable, they share their own kennel-sized doghouse, just the two of them. They are the laziest, and most well-mannered of the litter.

Expert Sleeper...

white Labrador Retriever

Louis doing what he does best, no matter where he is. He likes sleeping on the grass for hours...

He's Awake...

white Labrador Retriever

Louis really enjoys his new bed! This is a rare moment of him being awake. He's been the most well mannered dog the last few days, since I took him home. He is already responding to his name, and simple commands such as "sit" or "lay down", and "Kennel" without much fuss. He's slept through the night in his crate the last three nights! It will be nice when his brother comes home next week, maybe he'll not be so lazy with someone to play with! But I don't mind, it's nice that he's so calm and quiet, as opposed to the opposite! I definitely want to play more than he does :P

Photos from: s.yume (Canada)

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Free Pet-Tabs Vitamin-Mineral Supplements Sample

"You'll do anything for your dog. So why not help ensure that it gets the proper nutrition?

Pet-Tabs Vitamin-Mineral Supplements contain the essential nutrients your pet needs in one tablet per day.

Pet-Tabs provide a dietary source of vitamins and minerals for better health and more energy. Pet-Tabs also provides a high quality source of protein."

Visit the Virbac Animal Health Pet_tabs website to learn more about their product and to request your free sample of their Pet-Tabs Vitamin-Mineral Supplements

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Sunday, June 19, 2011

Cheap Dog Supplies: Finding and Fitting Your Dog's Halti Head Collar

Imagine the scene; a small local shop with very narrow aisles and rickety display cabinets. Then imagine trying to get a 35kg chocolate Labrador in a head collar when he thinks it's a really bad idea. He threw the dog equivalent of a toddler tantrum and I thought "no way can I use this"; however I was 5 months pregnant, it was winter and I also didn't want to be pulled over.

So I bought the Halti harness and thought I'd try to get Bernard (the lab) to like it. I learnt the hard way that some dogs need time to get accustomed to Halti head collars and if you think your dog is the same then read on; we have both tips to get your dog accustomed to it and links to quality yet cheap dog supplies.

You will need about a week to accustom your dog to the Halti head collar. Some dogs will take less and some more. Work at your dog's pace and don't move onto the next step until the dog is comfortable with the previous step.

1. Let your dog sniff the collar. Don't try to put it on him. Feed him treats, encourage him and stroke him when he is putting his head forward to investigate. Get your dog used to the clip sound by opening and closing it.

2. Hold the collar open and, using a treat as a lure, encourage him to put his snout through into the harness. Don't attach the harness; just let it lie loosely on his snout. Give him lots of encouragement and tell him he's clever. Repeat several times a day until he happily puts his head into the harness for a treat. It is important that he voluntarily puts his snout into the harness so don't force him or try to trick him.

3. Once he is happy to put his head into the harness, you can now close it. Don't try to make it fit snugly, just let it be loose at this point. Tell him how clever he is and give lots of praise and treats.

4. Now you can fit the harness to his head according to the instructions on the packet. If your dog loves dinner time, do this before meal time. When the harness is in place, feed him leaving the collar on. If your dog won't eat with it on, attach the harness and play a game with your dog. The idea is to get the dog to associate the harness with something positive. Don't think about attaching a lead at this stage.

5. Fit the harness to the dog several times a day before doing something that the dog enjoys, like feeding him or playing. Slowly increase the amount of time that the dog is wearing the Halti harness. If he starts to rub at the harness, remove it and next time it is on try to remove it before he starts rubbing.

6. Once your dog wears the Halti harness comfortably for 20 minutes or so you can start attaching the lead; but do this in your home or garden. Initially let the lead drag as your dog walks around. Do this a couple of times.

7. Still in your home or garden, hold the lead. Don't pull at it, follow the dog around or get him to move towards you by calling him. Give him lots of treats and encouragement. You should repeat this until you can walk around your home or garden without any signs of problems from your dog.

8. You are now ready to go on a walk. Take your dog's favourite toy or treats with you. If he starts to rub at the Halti head collar, distract him with the toy or treat.

9. After a while, try putting your dog on the head collar at the beginning of a walk, when he is full or energy, and then attaching the lead to his collar on the way home. After a while you may find that you don't need the Halti head collar at all or only at times when there is a lot of excitement. Hopefully this should work for you. It did with me.

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Monday, June 13, 2011

Canine Cancer And Its Impact on Dog Health

Dog cancer tends to have a variety of impacts on the health of the dog which results with many types of canine diseases. Cancer is an emerging health issue and is of great importance since it is life threatening in most cases. Some dogs are genetically predisposed to it while others may acquire it from pathogens (disease causing), toxins, drugs and as a complication of some common health problems.

Canine cancer symptoms are highly non specific and resemble many common health problems in the initial stages of the disease. Unfortunately, once the cancer is identified as the cause it is often incurable; such it will be in a more advanced stage. Both benign (slow spreading) and malignant (fast spreading) forms of such cancers can be result in severe symptoms, benign tumors are less dangerous.

Clinical studies show that the symptoms are exhibited in two different phases, initially mild, while recurring and severe in advanced stages. All these symptoms are only helpful in suspecting that cancer is the cause and not that helpful. Only detailed laboratory and pathological sampling can confirm the presence and extent of the disease. Along with specific treatment through surgery, chemotherapy and the application of radiation, symptomatic therapy can help in improving the quality of the affected dogs. Incurable dogs are usually kept on life long symptomatic treatment plans only.

Generally, a dog with cancer appears dull, non social, anorexic (appetite loss), ataxic (uncoordinated muscle movement), intolerant and gradually loses weight. Any of these symptoms usually do not help in making a confirmatory diagnosis, as these symptoms may be seen in many other health problems of dogs. Involvement of a specific part, system or organ of the body can help to some extent to suspect dog cancer as the underlying cause.

The Veterinary Cancer Society publishes a helpful list of common cancer symptoms in small animals. These include:

1. Abnormal swellings that persist or continue to grow
2. Sores that do not heal
3. Weight loss
4. Loss of appetite
5. Bleeding or discharge from any body opening
6. Offensive odor
7. Difficulty eating or swallowing
8. Hesitation to exercise or loss of stamina
9. Persistent lameness or stiffness
10. Difficulty breathing, urinating, or defecating

Systemic Symptoms:

Canine cancer can appear at any part of the body, and can be caused by any number of factors as pathogens such as viruses, high doses or prolonged use of some drugs, extreme defects in physiology etc. Age is a significant factor in the development of dog cancer.

Different organs/systems such as the bladder, liver, pancreas, intestines, lungs, spleen, mammary glands, testes or bone marrow can be the site of a dog cancer. Similarly the lymphatic system, musco-skeletal system, circulatory system and urinary system are the most commonly affected parts of a dog's body almost all types of malignant forms of cancer. Lymphomas (lymphatic tissue), hemangiosarcomas (bleeding in the heart, liver, spleen and skin), osteosarcomas (bone) are some examples of such deadly dog cancers.

Specific dog cancer symptoms that are related to affected organs or systems are sometimes helpful in making a diagnosis. Difficulty in urination, abdominal pain, bleeding through open cavities (ears, nose, anus etc), unusual growths and lumps on the dog's body which grow larger with time, recurring vomiting, incurable diarrhea etc. are somewhat specific signs for dog cancer.

One most common finding which lead to the suspicion of a dog cancer is the recurrence and incurability of symptoms, even if symptomatic treatment has been applied. Ulcers are the best example, which are related to abdominal pain. Ulcers that recur even after symptomatic treatment, can cause the passing of blood into the feces and may develop into an incurable malignant form of dog cancer.

Cancer Symptoms Requiring Emergency Treatment

• Your dog has collapsed
• Bleeding after receiving chemotherapy
• Loss of appetite while undergoing treatment
Canine Cancer Symptoms Requiring a Call or visit to your Veterinarian
• Skin - Sores, bumps, lumps
• Leg - Large breed with swelling or a limp
• Seizure - In older dog that has a seizure (uncontrolled shaking) for the first time
• Nose - blood coming from the nose
• Mouth - Lump, bump or growth
• Breast - lump or swelling

Battle Cancer is a site for dog cancer and Canine cancer which helps dog fight against cancer.

Canine Cancer And Its Impact on Dog Health by Pratibha Suyal.



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Friday, June 10, 2011

Benefits of High Protein Dog Foods

There are continuous debates on the benefits of high protein dog foods for your pets. Most dog owners who would like to try this particular type of diet for their dog are often asking whether a diet high in protein is beneficial for their dogs. Before making any drastic changes to your pet's diet there are some very important factors pet owners should consider before changing their dog's diet to a high protein meal.

Your dog's breed, activity level, physical condition and health are very important factors to consider before trying high protein dog foods. Here are some important facts to remember before trying a high protein diet for your dog:

* Diabetic dogs do require high quality protein dog foods to cope with their condition. High quality proteins are easier to digest and provides adequate nutrients needed by diabetic dogs to manage their diabetes.

* Puppies will greatly benefit from a high protein diet. Proteins are the essential building blocks needed to develop muscles, hair, brain cells and skin. A Puppy's diet should generally consist of 25% - 30% protein for them to grow and develop properly while an additional 17% of fat content is needed for proper brain development and skin health.

* Lactating dogs also benefit from a high protein diet simply because she is producing milk to feed her pups. High amounts of protein are essential for lactating dogs to produce a good quality of milk while supporting her own health. The amounts of protein and fat are usually the same for puppies and lactating dogs.

* Performance or agility dogs require high protein diets. Dogs that are very active or participate in agility competitions requires high protein meals to promote muscle strength and development. Proteins also provide additional calories that burn more slowly compared to carbohydrates. For active dogs the advisable protein content should be about 20% - 25% and fat content should be about 20% to maintain good weight.

* Too much protein for your dogs is harmful is just a MYTH. There is no truth on the fact that high protein dog foods causes kidney diseases. Proteins are processed in the liver and any waste materials are filtered by the kidneys. High quality proteins found in lean meat and eggs does not generate large amounts of waste that puts stress on the kidneys. While the low quality proteins found in animal by products like feathers, horns and hooves are hard to digest and absorb and also generate a lot of waste materials that puts stress on your dog's kidneys. The quality of protein you feed your dog is the key for their overall health and wellness.

Do remember these facts and always consult your veterinarian before making any changes to your dog's diet. The key to high protein dog foods is not the quantity but the quality of the protein you feed your dog. With the right quality and a right balanced diet your dog will be living healthier and will certainly avoid life threatening diseases.

Check out more information, tips, reviews, and recipes for feeding a diabetic dog and keeping him or her healthy for a long time at Diabetic Dog Foods (diabeticdogfoods.com).

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Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Help Raise $10k for the ASPCA

As you all know, The American Society For The Prevention Of Cruelty To Animals (ASPCA) does an outstanding job working to rescue animals from abuse, pass humane laws and share resources with shelters nationwide. They are a privately funded 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, and proud to boast more than 1 million supporters across the country.

With all the hard work they do, money does not go far enough for all their efforts. Any money they receive through donations, fundraisers and other events is greatly appreciated and does help!

Recently, MrChewy.com, the spot for pet people, announced on their Facebook page that when they reach 10,000 “likes”, they’re going to donate $10,000 to the ASPCA.

For those of you with Facebook pages, all it takes is a click of the "Like" button on the MrChewy.com Facebook page and they will be one step closer to donating the $10,000 to the ASPCA.

Help spread the word and raise funds for the ASPCA by sharing on Facebook, and/or via your Twitter account. THANK YOU!!

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Friday, June 03, 2011

7 Tips to Potty Train Your Lab Puppy

Labrador retrievers were originally raised to be hunting dogs. The reason for this is that they are very intelligent and can easily adapt to changes. In addition, they can follow instructions without any difficulty. These reasons make them one of the most lovable breeds in the world. However, you still need to potty train them just like other dogs.

Don’t worry. As mentioned earlier, the Labs are very smart so it will not be so stressing for you to toilet train your cute pup. The tips below can help you:

The first thing you need to do is to determine the age of your pup. The ideal age is about 8 weeks. If you acquired your pup from someone else, ask your contact person about the age. Your pup should also be weaned from breastfeeding.

Observe your puppy through a crate. Purchase a crate that can accommodate your pup as he grows. But make sure that the crate is not too big or your pup will poop in that same area. Make it just right for him to move a little.

A big crate will also make him feel alone so pick just the right size. Add beddings and toys into the crate so your pup has something to do in his idle time. His favorite toy will keep him from chewing on his bed.

Implement a schedule of feeding time. Usually, pups have accidents after sleeping or eating. This is the reason why your feeding time should be strictly observed. This way, you will be able to estimate when your pup will “go”.

Pick a spot in your yard where your pup can go potty. This area should be the permanent toilet area of your dog. One way to have your pup relieve itself is by using a command word. You can say “potty” to signify that it is time to “go”.

This breed loves it when they please others. Make sure that your dog knows that he is doing the right thing. After your pup “goes”, reward him with a treat, praise him, or pat his head.

Have your pup take potty breaks every two hours. This breed may be big but they have fairly small bladders that are the opposite of their size. Take him to his designated area to let him pee or defecate. Or better yet, take him to his toilet area every after meal and as soon as he wakes up.

If your pup accidentally “goes” inside the house, do not punish him. Clean the mess he made and show him to his toilet area. Do not hurt, spank, or shout at him. Again, labs are very smart so they can absorb instruction easily. Just be patient and he will get what you want him to do after several tries.

Keep a close eye on your pup. As soon as you notice that he is about to pee or defecate inside the house, immediately pull him to his toilet area.

The key to potty training your Lab puppy is consistency. Just stick to your feeding schedule, the potty breaks, and of directing him where to go to relieve himself. Patience is another important value here. Never reprimand nor hit your pup if he makes accidents. He will surely get it the next time if tell him again what to do.

Good luck!

Author’s bio: Marcy Gray is a dog lover who likes to write about her experiences in dog care. In addition, she likes to write other topics such as Removing Skin Tags Yourself

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