Seven Ways to Keep Your Dog Safe This Halloween

October 30, 2010

Play it safe with your dog on Halloween with these tips:

1) Keep all candy, particularly chocolate, out of reach.

2) Cellophane and wrappers can block intestinal tracts so secure all rubbish. Also, watch for leftover Halloween litter while walking your pooch the next day.

3) Be smart with decorations. Wagging tails can easily knock over lit candles and jack-o-lanterns.

4) Only dress your dog in a costume if he can tolerate it. Don't cover her eyes or airways.

5) Keep Fido away from the front door, especially if he is not properly socialized with children or is known to escape.

6) Occupy your dog and avoid anxiety with a special chew toy.

7) Don't leave your pup outside. Pranks, taunting and theft are common this time of year.

(By the team at http://fidodogtreats.com)


Helping Your Pet Adjust to New Situations (Entry #1 - Introduction)

October 27, 2010

"Dogs are creatures of habit. Have you ever noticed how your pet anticipates and acts on certain cues in your daily routine, like going to her kennel when you pick up your briefcase or running to the kitchen when you ask your kids if they're hungry? Pets like having stability and routine in their lives. That's why pets experiencing major changes in to their daily routine - like moving to a new home or welcoming another pet - can sometimes require a little extra attention to minimize stress and anxiety." - VetPetHealth.com

Because of this, I thought it would be nice to start a new series that addresses how to help your pet adjust to various new situations. In this series, we'll cover how to help your dog during a move to a new home, how to introduce your dog to a new pet, how to help your dog adjust to a change in routine, how to recognize anxious body language in your dog, and tips for calming an anxious dog.

We hope this series will be helpful to all of our readers. If you have any suggestions of topics you would like us to cover, just shoot us an e-mail and let us know. We welcome your comments!


Pumpkins Are a Dog's Best Friend (Taken from Daily Dog Tips)

October 22, 2010

Highly palatable pumpkin is liked by dogs and their owners who recognize its nutritional benefits. This superfood is loaded with beta-carotene, which aids in cancer prevention, reduces inflammation and regulates Vitamin A. Vitamin C boosts basic immune functions, and the presence of Vitamin E also helps maintain healthy skin and coat.

Pumpkin is also high in fiber, which is vital to your dog's digestive health. A small amount of canned or fresh pumpkin puree is often recommended for dogs with upset stomachs, and it is even known to help dogs who suffer from motion sickness. Stay away from pumpkin pie mix, as it is loaded with sugar. Fruitables (http://fidodogtreats.com/fruitables) offers a variety of pumpkin-based treats that dogs enjoy.

*Thank you to FidoDogTreats.com and Daily Dog Tips for this information.