Agility is a relatively new dog sport, first introduced at the Crufts Dog Show in England in 1979. Based on equestrian jumping competitions, it is a timed obstacle course through which each dog races under the guidance of a handler. The sport is growing in popularity because of its many benefits - not the least of which is the sheer fun of the competition.
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Bobbing for Biscuits is great fun for dogs. The purpose of the game is for your dog to pick up a dog biscuit, ball or toy that is floating in a wide container of water. Your dog must then relinquish the biscuit when you ask him to and go after another one. This game is great for dog parties and get-togethers.
One of the most common emergencies that we see as veterinarians is a dog that has gotten into medications. While many human drugs can be safely administered to dogs, overdoses can be dangerous or deadly. So which drugs are the common ones that dogs get into? Here are our top five dangerous medications to dogs: Aspirin Did you know that giving a puppy even a single baby aspirin could be dangerous?
Most dog owners are great. But sometimes even the best dog owners will make mistakes. Most of the time, the people involved are well intentioned but misinformed. Vets everywhere see the same 3 mistakes happen over and over. They might seem small but the results can be quite serious. Here are the 3 dumbest things mistakes that dog owners make: 1.
Dogs provide companionship, security, motivation to exercise, and a relief from loneliness. Dogs make us laugh and are an opening for conversation with other dog owners. Every dog owner has her own reasons why there is a dog (or two) in the household. When dogs are a part of our family, we enjoy their company and love to spend time with them.
Periodontal disease is the most common disease of small animals. Signs of periodontal disease are often not recognized, however, and some pets suffer until all of their teeth have become infected. Preventive dental care is one of the most neglected pet health needs. Yet it's just as important for pets as it is for people.
As a pet owner, you try to do your best for the animal you love. Part of that is giving them a healthy diet. Unfortunately, if you're not careful you could be feeding what you believe is a good quality food only to find out it is making your dog sick. Excessive feeding, food with insufficient nutrients, and contaminated foods make up the most common causes of food-related illnesses in dogs.
Spring has sprung! While many look forward to this season as it means colorful blooms and the reduction of clutter, some aspects of this season present dangers to our dogs. Here are some common spring dangers and how to keep your dog safe: Even with all the attention the cocoa bean gets, chocolate still ranks as the number one pet poison according to vets across the USA.
Fleas, ticks, heartworms and intestinal worms - for their small size, these parasites pack a lot of misery for you and your pet. Besides driving your faithful companion crazy, they pose a hazard to pets and people. Fortunately, you're not without the means to fight back. What follows are guidelines and recommendations to keep your household safe and happy.
As Easter approaches, many of us look forward to the excitement of Easter festivities like Easter egg hunts, Easter baskets filled with chocolate bunnies and jelly beans, and parades. But the joys of Easter can mean danger for your pets. Each year thousands of pets are injured and/or become deathly ill.
Dogs began having puppies long before humans came into their lives. So there's no vital need for intense, day-to-day management of your pregnant dog. It's much more important for owners to understand what's normal during their dog's pregnancy and to intervene when there are signs of trouble. The Pregnant Dog The average canine pregnancy lasts approximately 64 to 66 days.
The procedure referred to as a “hysterectomy” in dogs is a surgical procedure in which all or most of the uterus is removed. It is used as a method of birth control which works by preventing pregnancy. Hysterectomy results in a sterile dog whose ovaries continue to produce important hormones.
The worst a Hershey bar can do to you is add an inch to your hips. But that same candy - even in relatively small amounts - can make a dog very sick. Make no mistake: For them, chocolate is poison. In addition to a high fat content, chocolate contains caffeine and theobromine, two different types of stimulants that affect the central nervous system and the heart muscle, as well as increasing the frequency of urination.
A house fire is something you think will never happen to you, until it does. At least, that is what I thought. About 10 years ago I was working at a veterinary emergency clinic when I got a phone call that my house was on fire. I had 2 pets inside and I was in full panic mode. I wasn't worried about the contents; I didn't care about the clothes, TV, or even photos - all I cared about as I drove home was my pets' safety.
The flower pot scenting game is an easy one to teach your dog. It is inexpensive, easy to set up, and your dog will love playing it. You can teach dogs of any age - from puppies to geriatric dogs - to play this game. Because their sense of smell is so important for most dogs, this game is great fun. Teaching Your Dog To play this game you'll need three small to medium sized identical flower pots.
The summertime is a great time to enjoy the water with your dog, but it can be a dangerous place if you're unprepared. Whether you head to the pool, the beach, the lake, or even out for a boating adventure, follow these easy tips to insure you and Fido have smooth sailing in waters of all kinds.
Dogs follow their noses and explore with their mouths. This headfirst way of investigating their world can lead dogs into suffocation hazards. Small Pieces and Parts Just like with human toddlers, small pieces of just about anything can lodge in a dog's throat and cut off her air supply. How small?
Since 2008, America has seen a rise in the number of dog-related thefts. Distressed owners have found themselves trying everything to reunite with their lost dogs, but most have had to face their losses without their dogs. Just how large of an increase do we mean? The American Kennel Association released a report in 2011 summarizing this unfortunate trend: it claims in 2008 the total number of reported dog thefts was 71 but from January until July in 2011 there were 224 reports.
I've been playing the muffin tin game with my dogs for more than ten years and my dogs and I still enjoy it. It uses two of the dog's senses – sight and smell – and challenges his brain. This game is perfect for puppies, adult dogs, and even geriatric dogs. It's also good for your relationship because you're setting up the game, encouraging him as he plays it, and you're his biggest fan when he succeeds.
Here are some simple and healthy gravy flavor enhancers that you can add to dry dog food to enhance its flavor and your dogs desire to eat. This can work great on dogs that are recovering from an illness and have a decreased appetite or finicky dogs! Check with your veterinarian to ensure this enhance is compatible with your pet's diet.
Probiotics and prebiotics for dogs have received a lot of commercial time and you commonly see those words on dog food bags. What are probiotics and prebiotics? Does your dog need them? The most common reason probiotics and prebiotics are recommended is for regulation of the intestinal tract. "Irregularity" is often used as a polite euphemism for diarrhea and constipation, but which should by all rights include flatulence, too.