It is now time to touch on one of the more unpleasant aspects of dog ownership – expressing your dog’s anal glands. All dogs have two anal glands or sacs; 1 gland on each side of the anus. These glands are occasionally refereed to as “scent glands”, because they enable the dog to mark its territory and to identify each other; this explains why dog sniff one another’s rears to see if they know another dog. [Read more…]
Help, My Dog Ripped His Dew Claw!
I had no idea how common of an injury a torn dew claw is in dogs until it happened to my American Bulldog last week. I ran into the Post Office for literally 2 minutes, only to return to find that Tucker was standing in the front seat of the car holding up a bloody paw. At first I was unsure where all of the blood was coming from, but then I noticed his dew claw was bent in a way that it was actually pointing out from his body, and realized he had torn his dew claw almost all the way off. [Read more…]
Fungal yeast infections are fairly common in dogs both internally and externally, especially on areas like paws.
You should always consult with your veterinarian before undertaking any home fungal treatment to rule out other causes for the infection before starting treatment. If it can be determined that your dog’s infection is related to yeast, below are some easy, home remedies to help get the fungus under control. [Read more…]
Saving money could not be easier with these simple dog treat recipes that can be made at home with ingredients around the kitchen. Keep your dog happy and healthy with these all-natural, preservative free bones, biscuits and cookies, homemade with love.
Below are some of my favorite canine treat recipes – Peanut Butter Bones, Bacon Cheese Biscuits, Chocolate (Carob) Chip Cookies, Birthday Party Pupcakes, and Easy Banana Strips. I will be sure to update the site if any submissions are received or I try out any other recipes! [Read more…]
Adult fleas are not only a nuisance to humans and their pets, but can cause serious medical problems including allergic dermatitis, tapeworms, secondary skin irritations and, in extreme cases, anemia. Adult fleas are about 1/16 to 1/8-inch long, dark reddish-brown, wingless, hard-bodied (making them very difficult to crush between your fingers), have three pairs of legs (hind legs enlarged enabling jumping) and are flattened vertically or side to side, allowing easy movement between the hair, fur or feathers of the host. Fleas are excellent jumpers, leaping vertically up to seven inches and horizontally thirteen inches. (An equivalent hop for a human would be 250 feet vertically and 450 feet horizontally.) They have piercing-sucking mouthparts and spines on the body projecting backward. [Read more…]