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American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards – 2014 Finalists

American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards – 2014 Finalists

A 10-Part Series; Installment 1 Service Dogs Category – JJ Krawczyk Location: Apex, NC Charity Partner: Eyes Ears Nose & Paws Once a shelter dog, this small hero was rescued, trained, and partnered with a young girl suffering from a rare condition known as Mastocytosis, which can cause severe reactions for her. This dog with the gifted nose can detect when reactions are about to occur, alerting the girl’s parents that her life...

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Top tips for keeping your Christmas decorations safe for your pets

Top tips for keeping your Christmas decorations safe for your pets

By Bobby Bozeman Staff Writer for TimesDaily.com Holidays can be stressful for anyone. If you are a pet owner, coming home to a knocked-over Christmas tree and a guilty-looking cat is the last thing you need to deal with. Thankfully, there are ways to make sure your pets and decorations are safe. Judie Nichols, director of the Colbert County Animal Shelter, said a lot of holiday food and decorations can make animals sick or worse. Poinsettias...

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Dog Anal Gland Care

Dog Anal Gland Care

The following is an excerpt from Petfinder.com’s The Adopted Dog Bible You know all that doggy butt-sniffing that we humans seem to find either appalling or hilarious? Ever ask yourself what that’s all about? You may not think of that dog in your bed as a predator, but at heart, he is. And like all predators, your dog has anal sacs (anal glands) located on both sides and slightly below his anus. They produce fluid with a distinctive odor...

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Tricks for Taking Your Dog to the Dentist

Tricks for Taking Your Dog to the Dentist

(FROM ANIMAL PLANET — Part four of a four-part series on Canine Dental Hygiene) Whether it’s for a professional cleaning or because your dog was up all night with a toothache, make his trip to the dentist as comfortable as possible. Start by researching which veterinary dentists are in your area. Unless it’s an emergency, ask your vet or other pet parents for their recommendations. If it’s convenient, make a dry run to...

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Tips for Brushing Your Dog’s Teeth

Tips for Brushing Your Dog’s Teeth

(FROM ANIMAL PLANET — Part three in a four-part series on Canine Dental Hygiene) Ready to start brushing? Don’t expect your dog to sit and open wide. He may think tooth brushing is right up there with having a bath. Depending on your dog’s age and background, it can take several days to several weeks to gain his cooperation. Don’t rush it. First, spend some time handling his mouth. Turn your finger into a treat by dabbing...

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Dog Dental Care Products

Dog Dental Care Products

(FROM ANIMAL PLANET — Part two in a four-part series on Canine Dental Hygiene) Unfortunately, dogs can’t care for their teeth themselves, but they can help by gnawing on the right product. A good long chew can help scrape away plaque and dirt, and most dogs are happy to comply. Natural choices include rawhide or a knucklebone. Knucklebones are a softer bone that’s gentler on the teeth. Never give harder items, such as hooves...

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