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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Now that Christmas and the rest of the winter holidays are so close at hand, it is important to take a few precautions for the safety of your family and your pets. If this is the first year you have ever had a dog or cared to include your dog in your winter celebration, you might not be aware of a few key things that can help make sure that your little guy sees you through the New Year.

We all know how beastly summer can get on our dogs, but did you know that the winter time can be just as difficult? There are so many things to consider and think about all year long when it comes to the safety of our pets, but the winter and Christmas pose hazards that should be considered and many people fail to realize that.

For example, did you know that holly and mistletoe can be poisonous to dogs? Chances are that your Christmas tree salesman failed to let you know that, and what if your dog had decided to take a bite out of the Christmas decorations? He probably wouldn't know the difference between the dangerous Christmas components and the other things he chooses to tear up the other 364 days of the year.

Winter salts are also especially dangerous when it comes to the winter time. People use more and more of these winter ice melts when the Christmas holiday rolls around because they want the walkway to be safe for their guests—little do they know that these things make the walkway increasingly more unsafe for their pets. You can buy pet-friendly winter ice melts or just go through extra pains to makes sure that you let your dog out the back so they never come into contact with the dangerous melts.

As always, it's best to keep your pet in mind at all times. This is something one needs to simply put into daily practice and make it so that it becomes second nature.

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Friday, November 16, 2007
Dog beds, dog collars, shirts and doggie bling bling. It all amounts to pet fashion. It’s one thing that a non-pet lover is never going to be able to understand. I guess you could compare it to little girls in adult-like beauty pageants—some people understand it and others think it a shameful waste of time. The good thing about pet fashion is that it is for a certain niche of pet lovers—people who have the time, energy, and finances to be able to devote to their pets have found new and adorable ways to show them off and spoil them silly. Some of the most pampered of puppies out there have a fashion conscious owner that loves to spoil them.

Even though pet fashion is not the type of thing that every dog owner subscribes to, most people have at least looked at some type of pet t-shirt, pet cape or dog sweater, or something of that nature for their pet at one point or another. Especially in the stage where they are still tiny and oh-so-cute, most pet owners are guilty of at least entertaining the thought of some cheesy pet shirt or two-pair of booties.

Pet fashion isn't for everybody, but most are guilty of it. Pets don't mind at all, especially if you start them young. The younger they are the more used to it they will be, and you would be surprised at how many pets know the difference between not wearing clothes at all and being totally chic and in-style—it's an attitude they tend to get, like they just had a fresh bath.

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Thursday, November 15, 2007

Think about the times that you sat back and thought about how a cat or dog or perhaps an additional dog or cat could really make a difference in your life. If you consider yourself to be a pet lover at all, chances are that you have reflected on such a thing at least once in your life and you may have even looked up pet stores and breeders in your area.

While these are all acceptable means of getting the new member of your family, there are plenty of loving and worthy animals living at your local humane society or animal shelter just waiting for you to take them home. Check on the web and browse some of the facilities in your area; you are bound to agree that these animals have a certain quality of their own that makes them the best and most grateful of pets.

Animals that your bring home from the shelter are yours forever—you are their rescuer and you are bound to feel so throughout the remaining time that you have to spend together.

Going to the shelter may be a scary and disheartening experience. There will be many pets that you wish you could take home but may be unable to, and that should show you the very reason why this is the perfect place to pick out your new friend for life. Showing support for your local shelter is the best way to show support for domestic animals in your community that need you.

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Monday, November 12, 2007
If you have ever had a puppy, chances are that you know how frustrating it can be to find your most prized possessions destroyed at the hand of their vicious little jaws. Puppies and adult dogs alike have a way of finding your most valued possessions—your most expensive shoes, your favorite jeans, that pillow for your bed you just loved. They seem to destroy the things that matter most, and electrical cords can be that last straw for some people.

Many puppy owners have been guilty of losing their temper when they found a cord chewed by their four-legged friend, but the truth is that it is yourself that you should be angry with if you have ever encountered this problem. Just as you wouldn't leave electrical cords around children, you shouldn't be leaving them around dogs or other pets, either. The right chew could send an electric shock through your dog, which can cause shutdown of vital organs and eventual death.

You don't want to have to deal with that and chances are that you want to keep your television as well, so keeping cords hidden or secured away from pets under any circumstance is usually the best idea. Your pet store probably sells plastic casing for cords to help keep your little guy safe, and there are other ways of stuffing and tucking that you can make use of as well.

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Monday, November 5, 2007
Pit bulls are one of the most popular breeds of dogs out there, and for good reason. They are loyal, they are sturdy, and they strike fear in the hearts of people on sight—making them an excellent option for people who need a dog for protection. They are easily trained to follow the commands of their owners with the right dedication and training, and they are fairly resilient to the woes of illness and the dangers that other animals propose. There is, however, a problem that pit bull breeds do have with demodectic mange.

Everybody has heard at one point or another the term 'mangy dog' or 'mangy' cat. This description has to do with a pet not having the silkiest or plushest of coats. A mangy coat usually has bald spots or a rough, unclean look but what people fail to realize is that there is a cause for this. It has nothing to do with the dog or its character, but a parasite that lives in the skin of every pet that has grown out of control. This parasite is a demodectic mite.

Demodectic mites are found in the coats of every dog, just as there are mites and other microscopic organisms on the skin of people. Demodectic mange becomes a problem when these demodectic mites reproduce out of control, causing the dog to have itchy and irritated skin. When they scratch, they remove fur from their coats and cause the spotted, mangy look.

This is a very uncomfortable condition for dogs and it can cause them to lose most or all of their fur, turning a beautiful breed of dog into an eyesore. Pit bulls are especially prone to this condition, and it can start with just a few bald spots in the dog's coat. If you think your dog may suffer from this mangy condition, don't hesitate to stop in at your vet's office and have them do a skin scrape. With the help of a microscope and a few skin cells, they can easily diagnose and treat this uncomfortable condition.

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Friday, November 2, 2007
If you get up in the morning and dress yourself fabulously from head to toe, don't you think your best friend should be equally fabulous? Of course, dogs and cats do not wear clothes in the same sense that we do; while pet t-shirts, coats, hats, and dresses are a big part of many pet's lives, the real deal is in the collars and leashes that they use.

Every dog needs a collar. They are like jewelry for dogs; they go around your dog's neck and in most cases they wear their collar all day, every day. Some dogs have several for their owners to choose from and rotate in, while other dogs only have one collar in their wardrobe.

Whether your dog only has one set or twenty designer collars and leashes to choose from, it is important to realize the big role that these things play in your pet's fashion sense. If they wear nothing else during their day they do wear their collar, and if you want them to be as fabulous as you are, perhaps a designer dog collar and leash set is the way to go.

You can choose from plain fabric dog collars and leashes to the fancy collars and leashes. Certain prints and styles can help to bring out the fashionista in any pet easily, and while designer sets do tend to cost more they are built to last as well.

When you choose a dog collar and leash set, have some fashion sense in mind. They have to wear it every day, so they might as well be as high quality as they possibly can. Find the perfect style for your dog, so they can be as glamorous as they possibly can be, whether in the house for the day or strutting their stuff down the street on their afternoon walk.

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