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5 things you can do to make your summer cookout dog friendly

Summer’s in full swing and that means getting outdoors to enjoy the sunshine. And on those glorious sunny days, what could be better than a good, old-fashioned cookout? But before you invite your friends and head to the park, or even just the backyard, make sure that your cookout is safe for your dog.

America’s most dog-friendly cities: Atlanta

Atlanta is a buzzing metropolis that is a major hub in the southern United States. The city boasts an amazing arts culture, a breathtaking aquarium, headquarters of big businesses like Coca-Cola, and quaint surrounding neighborhoods. The variety you will find in Atlanta is sure to have you coming back for more.

Beyond Lyme: The other disease threats posed by ticks

Outdoor fun, especially in the warmer months, always carries with it the possibility of picking up ticks. Those nasty little parasites are famous for hitching rides on humans and dogs alike, and are notorious as carriers of Lyme disease. But did you know that ticks can carry a variety of other diseases that threaten your dog’s health?

Doggy DIY: How to make the best first aid kit for your pup

Dogs love nothing more than to get out and play – and sometimes they play rough. That can mean bumps, bruises, cuts and scrapes, so every dog owner should be prepared to treat their dog in case of a minor boo-boo or a more major injury. Pre-made first aid kits can come in handy, but they often don’t contain enough of the key essentials to fixing up your pet when he needs it most. Taking a DIY approach and building your own first aid kit will ensure that you have everything you need – and enough of it.

Dogs and fireworks: Help your pup cope with the rockets’ red glare

It’s the biggest, boomiest celebration of the summer for Americans, but for some dogs, the Fourth of July is more frightening than fun. The thunderous noise from fireworks can have a major effect on some dogs, while others barely seem to notice. Much of that has to do with their first exposure to fireworks, but it sometimes happens that even if a dog is well out of the puppy stage, a major scare will stay with him for the rest of his life.

dogs and fireworks: help your pup cope with the rockets’ red glare

It’s the biggest, boomiest celebration of the summer for Americans, but for some dogs, the Fourth of July is more frightening than fun. The thunderous noise from fireworks can have a major effect on some dogs, while others barely seem to notice. Much of that has to do with their first exposure to fireworks, but it sometimes happens that even if a dog is well out of the puppy stage, a major scare will stay with him for the rest of his life.

Food safety tips to keep you and your pet healthy

To the disappointment of those who feed raw dog food and raw cat food, the American Veterinary Medical Association adopted their proposed policy to discourage the feeding of raw foods to pets (as we recently discussed). And while the language of the policy was changed from “never feed” to “avoid feeding,” the controversy around the topic seems unlikely to quiet down any time soon.

How does your garden grow - pet-friendly?

A carpet of emerald green lawn, a dazzling rainbow of fragrant flowers in bloom and not a pest in sight - it sounds like the perfect garden, doesn’t it? But for your dog, that same backyard paradise could be a minefield of poisonous plants and dangerous chemicals. Plan carefully, though, and you can have the garden you want, with far less risk to your pets.

is raw dog food dangerous?

News spread Friday that fourteen people spread across nine states had become ill from salmonella poisoning after handling tainted dog food. As an advocate of raw pet food, It was interesting to see that the food in question was a cooked kibble.

Keep pets happy and healthy while on vacation

Summer isn’t summer without a vacation, and there’s no better time of year to bring your dog along for the fun. As you plan the great getaway, whether it’s a weekend visit or a two-week camping extravaganza, make sure that your pets’ needs are covered and plan for ways to make the trip comfortable for them.

Laser pointers: Are they a safe toy for your cat?

Watching your cat dart across the room after a laser pointer may appear like a harmless game, but is it really safe? Cats seem to enjoy frantically chasing the little red dot from corner to corner and up the wall. While laser pointers may seem like a good way to exercise and entertain your cat, they may not be a safe toy.

Love your pets and leave them at home

It’ summertime and temperatures are heating up! You love your dog, and want to bring him with you whenever you can. Sometimes, though, it’s better to leave Fido at home. When you’re headed to a place that does not allow dogs, consider what could happen when you leave your pet unattended in the car.

On the ground and in the sky, make travel safe for your pet

When nightmare stories about pets dying on airplanes make the news, it’s enough to make any pet owner weary of flying with Fido or Boots. However, there are situations in which you need to transport your pet over a long distance – so what’s an owner to do?

Pet tech: Must-have gadgets and apps for pet owners

It’s not just we humans living in a high-tech world – our pets do as well.. From microchip identification systems to food and water dishes that refill automatically, pets are very much a part of the digital age. Since new developments are practically constant these days, it pays to stay up to date on what new and wonderful innovations are available for pets and their owners. These are some of our favorites:

Pooch on the loose! Searching for a lost pet in the digital age

It’s a pet owner’s worst nightmare: a beloved cat or dog goes missing. After the panic sets in, what can you do to ensure that your best buddy gets home safely? Luckily, in today’s digital world, there are options that will spread the word far and wide faster than a flier on a telephone pole could ever do.

Protect your pet from hazards in your home

Pet-proofing your home can be just as challenging as baby-proofing. It takes a lot of work to prepare and it’s a job that’s never over. Keep your pet safe and your family happy by taking a few precautions in your shared space. Make a sweep through your home to pinpoint these potential dangers. Indoors *Latch cabinets with childproof latches if you have a curious pet. Especially secure household chemical, medications, and cleaning products. *Block small spaces behind appliance or cabinets where pets could get stuck.

The toxic treat: What you need to know about chocolate

When a curious dog catches the scent of something, his first instinct is to taste it. Where we would inspect an item before we consume it, dogs eat and then decide they want more. Humans enjoy all varieties of chocolate, but just a small amount could be fatal to your pup. Just why is chocolate toxic to your pooch? The cocoa beans used in making chocolate contain a chemical called theobromine that is toxic to dogs. This bitter alkaloid, which is related to caffeine, is metabolized in dogs much more slowly than their human, chocolate-loving counterparts.

What to do if your dog has a seizure

Seizures can be caused by a variety of things: epilepsy, brain injury, heat stroke, low blood sugar, brain tumor, distemper, kidney or liver failure, or poisoning, to name a few. Seizures are marked by convulsions, dilated pupils, and muscle twitches. These episodes can be frightening for both dogs and owners and the cause may be difficult to pinpoint. Visit your holistic vet to talk about what may have caused your dog to have a seizure. Targeting the cause will allow you to better treat the issue.

When your dog’s bite is worse than his bark

It can be difficult to read your pet’s body language. If he growls, bares his teeth, snarls, snaps or bites at you or others, these aggressive behaviors are unacceptable. Paying close attention to your pet’s body language and aggression triggers can help you understand why he is acting that way. There are several types of aggression. Here are some common types: