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Dog Guard® Out-of-Sight®  Dog Fence  knows just how important it is that your dog leads a safe and happy life. Dog Guard® “Out of Sight Fencing” allows your dog the freedom he deserves and provides you with peace of mind. Dog Guard® Out-of-Sight® Electronic Dog Fencing is a safe, affordable alternative to conventional fencing.

Dog Guard®  offers Out-of-Sight® Electronic Dog Fencing, veterinarian-approved, combination of animal training and state-of-the art electronics. Dog Guard Out-of-Sight Electronic Dog Fencing is a unique 2 zone T-4 transmitter allows a wide variety of corrections to be set for your pet at the transmitter depending on your dog and it’s temperament

 

7 tips for clipping and grooming

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7 tips for clipping and grooming

Buy the right clippers. Groomers use two types of clippers: standard clippers and small clippers. Standard clippers are used for all around grooming, while small clippers are used on the face, ears, and feet. Or you can buy ordinary dog clippers from your local pet supply store. Just remember, you get what you pay for.

Teach your dog. Before you sit down for a clipping session, get your dog used to the clippers. Let him become familiar with their sight and smell before you turn them on. Next, power the clippers on and let your dog become familiar with the noise. Give him some treats while he’s listening to the buzz to help him realize the clippers are a good thing.

Wash the dog. Give your dog a bath and let him dry thoroughly before you clip him. Avoid clipping a dirty dog if at all possible. The dirt will clog the clippers and make your job difficult.

Go with the grain. When clipping the coat, go with the hair, not against it.

Provide breaks. If your grooming session is a long one, give your dog a few breaks throughout the process.

Give rewards. Once you’ve completed the clipping, tell your dog what a good boy he is and give him treats and praise.

Keeping Your Pet Safe And Warm This Winter

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Keeping Your Pet Safe And Warm This Winter

Before the weather gets cold outside, make sure you and your dog are ready for winter. It’s starting to get cold outside. And in no time at all, we’ll be walking in the winter snow. There are plenty of dogs that love playing in the snow. As you pull out your winter boots and jacket, don’t forget about what your dog will need to keep them warm while outside. Here are ways to get your dog ready for winter.

Dogs Boots: The ice and salt can injure a dog’s paws. Salt can get caught in between a dog’s paws, which can cause damage due to its sharp edges or if it’s ingested. Salt and ice can burn a dog’s paw pads. Not only do boots protect against injury, they also help your dog grip on the ice

Dog Coats and Sweaters: Some dogs need the extra protection from the biting cold. Some breeds are built for this kind of weather, but others need the protection – especially those with short coats and smaller breeds

Dry, Itchy Skin: Your pets skin gets dry and flaky thanks to the cold air outside and the warm, dry air inside. To help your dog’s skin health, consider using a humidifier. Regular brushings can also help with this issue, as it gets rid of dead hair and stimulates your dog’s skin to produce more oils. If you give your dog a bath, use shampoos with oatmeal, an ingredient that help soothe skin.

Limit Your Time Outdoors: Even dogs can get frostbite – on their paws, tail, nose and ears. Don’t leave your dog outside for long periods of time. And never leave them in the backyard alone during this time of year, especially if they are an indoor dog.

Never Leave Your Dog in the Car: It’s just as dangerous to your dog in the winter as it is in the summer. If you leave your car running and your dog is alone in the car, carbon monoxide poisoning is a very real threat to his life. Even if you turn off the engine, it’s still a bad idea. The temperature in the car will drop quickly, leaving your dog without any protection from the cold.

Beware of Antifreeze: Antifreeze is deadly to dogs. It tends to pool on driveways and sidewalks. Our dogs can walk through it and lick their paws afterward or can go right in for a sniff and a taste. Keep an eye out for this liquid while outside on walks and wash your dog’s paws once you get home.

Holiday Trees And Your Pets

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Holiday Trees And Your Pets

Live Christmas trees are considered to be mildly toxic to pets. Fir tree oil can irritate to the mouth and stomach, causing excessive drooling or vomiting for your pet. Tree needles are not easily digested, either, and can possibly lead to GI irritation, vomiting, or obstruct the gastro tract of your animal. Pine needles can also be ingested and puncture intestines, and pine is highly toxic to cats, potentially causing liver damage and death.

Artificial trees can also be dangerous when eaten—the toxins from the artificial material and intestinal obstruction being the main concerns. When you are decorating for the holidays, don’t forget to keep other pet-poisonous plants, such as Mistletoe and Holly, out of reach from your furry friend.

Also note that many times pets likely won’t consume mass quantities of tree material—meaning it’s not enough to make them sick. However, still continue to monitor them for any changes of behavior excessive licking, salivating, appetite, activity, water consumption, vomiting and diarrhea. And call your vet right away if anything seems wrong.

Senior Pets

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Senior Pets

Cats and small dogs are generally considered “senior” at seven years old, but we all know they’ve got plenty of life left in them at that age. Larger breed dogs tend to have shorter life spans compared to smaller breeds and are often considered senior when they are 5 to 6 years of age. The “senior” classification is based on the fact that pets age faster than people, and veterinarians start seeing more age-related problems in these pets.

Contrary to popular belief, dogs do not age at a rate of 7 human years for each year in dog years.
While it’s easy to spot the outward signs of aging such as a graying coat and slower pace, it’s important to remember a pet’s organ systems are also changing as they age. An older pet is more likely to develop diseases such as heart, kidney and liver disease, cancer, or arthritis. Cancer accounts for almost half of the deaths of pets over 10 years of age. Dogs get cancer at roughly the same rate as humans, while cats have a somewhat lower rate.

It is normal for pets to lose some of their sight and hearing as they age, similar to humans. Older pets may develop cataracts. Pets with poor sight or even blindness can get around well in familiar environments. If your pet’s eyesight is failing, avoid rearranging or adding furniture or other items that could become obstacles.

Cancer accounts for almost half of the deaths of pets over 10 years of age.
If your pet is starting to avoid active playing or running or if it has trouble with daily activities such as jumping up on its favorite chair or into the family car, it may have arthritis. A pet with arthritis may also show irritation when you touch or pet it (especially over the arthritic areas), and may seem more depressed or grouchy. There may be other reasons for these changes; you should have your pet examined by your veterinarian to determine the cause of the problems.

Senior pet, RugbyBehavior changes in your pet can serve as the first indicators of aging or of a problem. These changes might be due to discomfort or pain (arthritis, etc) or worsening sight or hearing, but they may also be due to the normal aging process. Some behavior changes in older pets may be due to cognitive dysfunction, which is similar to senility in people.

Weight can have a tremendous effect on an older pet’s health. Excess weight on an older pet increases the risk of arthritis, difficulty breathing, insulin resistance or diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, skin problems, cancer and other conditions. An overweight pet may not show any early warning signs of health problems, so regular visits to your veterinarian are recommended. Sudden weight loss in an older pet is also a source for concern, especially in cats. Hyperthyroidism (an overactive thyroid gland), diabetes and kidney disease are common causes of weight loss in senior cats. If you notice any sudden changes in your older pet’s weight, contact your veterinarian.

Because senior pets are more likely to develop age-related problems, they should be regularly examined by a veterinarian to keep them healthy and to detect problems early, before they become more difficult and costly to treat. Talk to your veterinarian about a preventive care schedule that best suits your pet.

Tips For Getting Your Dog Ready For The Holidays

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Tips For Getting Your Dog Ready For The Holidays

Exhaust your dog before guests arrive. A tired dog is usually a well-behaved one. Take your pooch out for a good run before all the company comes over, just be sure to gradually wind down the activity level.

Make sure ID tags are up to date. This should be the case anytime, but during the holidays especially, when people are coming and going and a pet might slip out the door. If you and your pooch are traveling for the holiday, tape the new address to its ID tag.

Ask people beforehand about any allergies. The reality is, if you have pets, allergens collect everywhere, you can try to minimize the allergens by regularly vacuuming with a device that includes a HEPA filter, using a low-dust or clumping litter and cleaning the box often, dusting and wiping down your walls, and brushing your pet frequently. (Vacuuming can temporarily stir up allergens, so avoid doing it on the actual day of the party.)

Don’t assume guests want a furry dog perched on their lap. You may regularly cuddle with your pet on the sofa, but your guests may not be thrilled to have all that fur snuggled up next to them.  Place its bed on the floor near its usual spot, and put a nearby to keep it busy. If a guest is willing to gently play with the pooch, it will feel part of the party and be more likely to stay off the furniture.

Don’t leave food at a level where your pets can steal it. All those hors d’oeuvres on your coffee table are a major lure; they can easily think the coffee-table height is a sign that the treats are intended for them. Keep the dog in another room during this course, or place the food higher up and out of its reach.

Don’t let friends and family feed your pets from the table. Yes, those puppy-dog eyes can be hard to resist, but guests shouldn’t succumb, since this rewards and encourages begging. Instead, give your pet dinner in its bowl at the same time you sit down to eat your meal. After guests leave, reward the good behavior by putting just a few small tidbits in their bowl.

Most importantly, enjoy the holiday season with your family, friends and your pets.

Things to Make Halloween Safer for Your Pet

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Things to Make Halloween Safer for Your Pet

Don’t feed your pets Halloween candy, especially if it contains chocolate.

Make sure your pet is appropriately identified (microchip, collar and ID tag) in case they go through the open door while you’re with trick-or-treaters

Keep lit candles and jack-o-lanterns out of reach of pets

If you plan to put a costume on your pet, make sure it fits properly and is comfortable, doesn’t have any pieces that can easily be chewed off, and doesn’t interfere with your pet’s sight, hearing, breathing, opening its mouth, or moving.

If you’re pet doesn’t like strangers or has a tendency to bite, put him/her in another room during trick-or-treating hours or provide him/her with a safe hiding place.

Keeping Your Pet Healthy This Fall

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Keeping Your Pet Healthy This Fall

When it comes to keeping your pet healthy and helping him enjoy fall to the fullest, there are some things to keep in mind.

Watch out for ticks

Many species of ticks are active even into the winter and can survive the first frost. Don’t let ticks cozy up. Remove their favorite environments, such as leaf and garden litter, where ticks can sometimes survive even into winter.

Check for ticks frequently.

Continue using tick control products, particularly if you spend a lot of time outdoors with your pet enjoying activities like hiking, camping, or hunting.

Beware of rat poison and other rodenticides

Fall is the time of year when mice, rats, and other rodents start to scurry for warmth. Be careful when it comes to mouse traps and rodenticides like rat and mouse poison. Nobody wants an infestation of mice, but many poisons that are currently on the market can be very harmful to dogs and cats.

Feed your pet right

It’s getting colder out there, and cool temperatures mean more energy is needed to stay warm. You’ll probably need to feed your pet a bit more food – food generates body heat, so pets who spend a lot of time exercising outdoors need to eat more than in the summer.

Watch out for antifreeze

In preparing for the winter months ahead, people tend to use fall to winterize their cars. This often involves changing fluids such as antifreeze.  Clean up spills immediately and make sure your pets steer clear of the garage while you’re working on your vehicle.

Heartworm in Pets

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Heartworm in Pets

What is Heartworm Disease?
Heartworm is caused by a type of roundworm that lives inside the heart and blood vessels of the lungs. Heartworm disease is transferred by mosquitoes. It is a serious disease that primarily affects the heart and lungs but can also affect other parts if untreated, and can cause death.

Symptoms
Symptoms of heartworm disease are easy to miss. As the number of heartworms increases, the symptoms of coughing, lethargy, exercise intolerance, lack of appetite and weight loss become more apparent.

How is it diagnosed?
Heartworm is most commonly diagnosed using blood tests that detect the presence of heartworms. Many veterinarians run these fast, simple tests in the clinic and can give you results within minutes.

How is it treated?
Infected pets usually receive a series of injections, hospitalization and then strict confinement to limit exercise for weeks. Treatment is expensive and time consuming. For these reasons the goal should always be prevention rather than treatment of this disease.

Prevention
The best way to treat heartworm is to prevent it in the first place. Fortunately, there are numerous safe and effective preventative medications available. Heartworm preventative medications are available from your veterinarian in many forms. In addition to protecting your pets from heartworm disease, many of the heartworm preventatives also protect your pet against other internal parasites. This is important because it helps prevent the spread of parasites. So not only are you getting heartworm protection for your pet but also peace of mind that your pet has not picked up parasites like roundworms that can be transmitted to other pets and even humans.

Frustrated by your dog’s barking?

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Frustrated by your dog’s barking?

Frustrated by your dog’s barking? Here are some simple tricks to head off the behavior or taking the time to train the dog out of the behavior. Try these tips:
Offer distractions. Bored dogs will be less prone to bark if they are given toys to play with. If your dog is barking due to outside noises, playing the TV or radio while you’re away can drown out those sounds.
Keep your dog active. A tired dog is less likely to have a barking fit. Give your dog regular walks or play fitness games like fetch or Frisbee.
Work your dog’s brain. Obedience training, either in a class or at home, can improve your dog’s ability to discern threats. It also can lay the foundation for other anti-barking solutions that require more intensive training.
Teach the “quiet” command. Train your dog to respond to the word “quiet” by allowing three or four barks, then saying “quiet” in a calm, clear voice. When you say “quiet,” break the barking jag by holding his muzzle gently, dropping a loud object that distracts him or squirting him in the face with a spray bottle of water.
Don’t reward barking. Above everything else, don’t inadvertently encourage barking through your own behavior. Don’t reward barking by giving the dog a treat after he has barked. Only treat when the dog has been quiet. Also, don’t encourage barking at outside noises by asking, “Who’s there?”
Training can be a long process, but in the end you will improve your relationship with your dog and be better able to make sure his needs are met.

Fleas Are More Then A Pain

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Fleas Are More Then A Pain

Fleas are more than an irritation; they can cause a range of illnesses in dogs. The problem is that, unless they are allergic to flea saliva, dogs don’t always scratch when they have fleas. To complicate matters more, fleas are sly and great at hiding. So how can you determine if your dog has fleas?
Know Where the Fleas Like to Gather
The most common congregating spot for fleas is around the base of your dog’s tail and her lower back. You can certainly find them anywhere on your dog’s body but if there are only a few fleas and you want the best chance of finding them, start there.
Push the Fur Backwards to Get a Better View
Fleas don’t waste much time on top of your dog’s fur. They need to get down to your dog’s skin in order to sink their mouthparts into their host and drink blood. The best way for you to see your dog’s skin is to gently push the fur backwards with your hand.
Don’t Center All of Your Hopes on Seeing an Actual Flea
Fleas are sneaky and there aren’t always very many of them on your dog at once. You’ll need to put on your detective hat and look for more than just live fleas. The other evidence that these pesky pests are nibbling on your canine pal is their excrement. They leave flea feces wherever they go.
Flea stool impersonates small specks of black dirt, so it is called “flea dirt.”
Look for and collect any dirt that you find during your visual flea hunt and also when you search with a flea comb
If you take some of the dirt look-a-likes, place them on a white paper towel, sprinkle water on them, then give them a little rub, you will see red smudges appear. This is a definitive answer for you: your dog has fleas. The reason the flea dirt turns red is because it is just digested blood.
If you haven’t spotted fleas or flea dirt at this point, grab a flea comb and run it all over your dog, stopping every swipe or two to examine the comb’s tines. Look for fleas and flea dirt. Fleas can slip through the bristles of a regular brush, but a flea comb’s tines are too close together for the critters to squeeze between. You can catch them this way, but be ready to put them in some soapy water or squish them really hard.