Reactive Behaviors in Dogs

In: Dog Behavior, Home Page

Everyone tells me my dog needs more socialization, but she just keeps getting worse! Sound familiar? One of the most common reasons for calls to a trainer and one of the two most likely to go unresolved, along with separation anxiety, is what trainers and behaviorist call reactive behavior. Dogs who intensely bark and carry on at other dogs, people, passing cars or bikes, the vacuum.....almost anything can be a focus of this kind of seriously difficult and, often, embarrassing and sometimes dangerous behavior. Reactive behavior can start in very young puppies ...

What Should be in Your Dog Emergency Kit?

In: Dog Health, Dogs & Cats (Misc.), Home Page, Responisble Pet Ownership

I often think about Ben Franklin’s quote “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.“ These words ring true when it comes to our four-legged fur kids as well, so preparing an emergency kit in advance is critical should a need arise. What to include should obviously be tailored to your situation and your dog, but here are some key essentials that should fit inside every doggie emergency bag. They are grouped into three general categories. The Basics: Just as ...

The Scent-sational Dog Nose.

In: Dog Health, Home Page

By the facts alone – a dog’s ability to smell is amazing. Their noses are powered by 300 million olfactory receptors, compared to about six million in us. And the part of their brain devoted to analyzing smells is 40 times greater than ours. Their ability to sniff is so much better than ours. An article by Michael T. Nappier, DVM, DABVP, Virginia Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, explains it as a dog having the ability to ...

Pet Cancer – Early Warning Signs and Early Detection.

In: Dog & Cat Health, Home Page, Responisble Pet Ownership

Saving Best Friends’ Lives Thanks to new advances in medicine and a growing emphasis on preventative care and nutrition, our pets are living longer, healthier lives. Unfortunately, longer lifespans also mean that our pets are exposed to more age-related illnesses and other diseases, like cancer. In fact, nearly 50 percent of pets over the age of ten will develop some type of cancer, and this year alone, an estimated 6 million dogs and 6 million cats will be diagnosed with the disease, ...

Dog Friendly Getaway in Nearby WV

In: Dog Friendly Getaway, Home Page

The weekend is near and it’s time to get away! Where to go and what to do with the family pet? No need to find a pet sitter or kennel, bring your “Best Friend” along and relax in West Virginia LTD Vacation Rental Cabins offers “pet-friendly” accommodations centrally located in the Potomac Highlands of West Virginia’s Grant County. Choose from five fully equipped private cabins with outdoor hot tubs, fire pits, satellite tv and plenty of atmosphere to ...

An Introduction to Holistic Veterinary Medicine

In: Dog & Cat Health, Holistic Medicine, Home Page

"Holistic Medicine” has come to mean any of the non-conventional medical systems.  Alternative and Complementary are also terms that are used to describe these medical therapies.  At this time all nutritional supplement tends to be classified as Holistic and it is assumed that a “Holistic” practitioner is familiar with all of the different medical systems and products available to the general public.  The multitude of supplements flooding the market make it almost impossible for anyone to be familiar with all ...

Dog Park Safety

In: Dogs & Cats (Misc.), Home Page, Responisble Pet Ownership

There are many benefits to having access to dog parks. In densely populated areas with heavy traffic and leash laws, it can be difficult to stimulate your dog’s need for safe socialization and exercise. Dog parks give us and our dogs the freedom to run, play, and socialize off-leash in a safe and secure place. However, not all dog parks are equal, and not all dogs do well at every park. There are key aspects to examine before determining if ...

Anxiety and Veterinary Visits

In: Dog & Cat Health, Dogs & Cats (Misc.), Home Page

It’s normal for pets to be anxious when they visit the vet, right?  While common, it should not be accepted as a norm.  Dr. Marty Becker has been an advocate and champion for “Fear Free” veterinary visits and has helped usher this new initiative into practices today.  Low-stress visits are possible when you and your veterinarian work together as a team. In a Bayer Veterinary Healthcare Usage study, 37% of dog owners and 58% of cat owners said their pets hate ...

Seasonal Hazards

In: Dog & Cat Health, Home Page, Responisble Pet Ownership

Each season poses its own danger to pets and their well-being.  Keep your pet safe, while still enjoying all the fun that each season brings. Fall/Winter Fatty Trimmings and Bones While it can be tempting to treat your pet to a decadent treat around the holidays, doing so could upset their stomach or cause more serious conditions like pancreatitis.  Mild upset can cause vomiting or diarrhea.  Signs of pancreatitis include repeated vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, and pain or distended abdomen. Bones are also ...

Upcoming Events:

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June 7 - 12th Annual Pets on Parade, Friday, June 7, 2019. Join FETCH a Cure at the gorgeous Main Street Station in downtown Richmond for our 12th celebration of the Pets on Parade Benefit & Auction! Pets on Parade is one of FETCH a Cure’s signature events, hosting over 300 people and their furry family members. More @ www.fetchacure.org June 13 - 7:05pm , Pups in the Park at Nationals Park, 1500 S Capitol St. SE, Washington, DC 20003. Take your pup to the ball ...

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