Tip on Keeping Your Dogs Coat Looking Great

Keeping your dog's coat at its best means keeping a regular check on internal parasites. Worms can sap essential nutrients from your dog, which would cause the hair coat to lose its luster and quality, not to mention causing other serious health problems. Your veterinarian will recommend a fecal exam during wellness exams to check for parasites. Watch for fleas and ticks too. These creatures can make your pet feel miserable and itchy and cause severe scratching, which could damage the coat.

Spring Mulch Tip

If you are getting ready to mulch your spring garden, carefully select a pet-safe mulch. Most types of mulch are relatively safe, however, a new type of mulch made out of cocoa bean hulls is becoming more popular and can be dangerous.

Cocoa bean mulch is a deep brown color with a lovely aroma making it attractive. However, when ingested, it can cause symptoms of chocolate toxicity. If you have a dog that likes to "eat" mulch – you may want to stick with basic hardwood mulch.

For more information on mulch toxicity, please read Cocoa Mulch Toxicity.

Pet Odor Tips

Removing strong pet odors is never easy. The best way to get rid of them is to try products labeled "enzymatic" odor eliminators such as Zero Odor. These products work to break up proteins in urine and fecal material that carry strong odors. Use the product consistently in problem areas and limit your pet's access to these locations to reduce repeat incidents.

For more information, read the articles Inappropriate Elimination in Dogs and Reducing Dog Urine Odor.

Tips on Adopting a Dog from a Shelter

Are you thinking about getting a new dog? Are you considering a shelter?

Shelters and humane societies are great places to find a new friend. Before you go, you should take a look at the shelter to see if it is right for you.

1. Look at the facility. Is it clean? Does it smell? The cleaner the better as several diseases can be transmitted by poor sanitation and ventilation.

2. Is the staff knowledgeable and professional? Do they seem to care about their pets?

3. What is their adoption procedure?

4. Does the shelter have a veterinarian that cares for the dogs? If so, what kind of care do they get?

5. What is their health guarantee or return policy?

These are just a few items to consider when adopting from a shelter. You should also consider a list of questions you may want to ask about the shelter and dog.

Tips on ID Tags for Dogs

Every dog should have an ID tag. Regardless of whether your dog is indoors most of the time, in a fenced in yard or always on a leash, he or she should have an identification tag. If lost, he gets out or gets away, an ID tag will be the best method to be reunited with your dog.

Make sure the information on the tag is current. Consider using your cell phone if it is your primary phone number.

For more information on tips for keeping your dog safe, please read Methods of Identification for Dogs.

Tip for Giving new Life to Old Bones

Here is a tip from one of our PetPlace.com users:

I have 2 golden retrievers and they LOVE to chew bones! I was constantly buying hard bones they have for dogs but when the flavor coating was chewed away they would loss interest only occasionally chewing them. So what I do to add a whole new life to the old bones is put some peanut butter inside the bones and they LOVE them! It keeps them busy and entertained for a while trying to get all the peanut butter out of the bone. It is an inexpensive alternative to buying countless bones.

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Tip on What to Put on Pet ID Tags for Dogs

Here is a tip from one of our PetPlace.com users:

Put your cell phone number instead of your home number on their pet idea tag in case your dog gets lost when you and he are traveling away from home.

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Tip on the Danger of Raw Bread Dough

Bread dough can be toxic to dogs. When ingested, an animal's body heat causes the dough to rise in the stomach. According to the ASPCA, alcohol is produced during the rising process as the dough expands. Pets who've eaten bread dough may experience abdominal pain, bloat, vomiting, disorientation and depression.

As the dough rises, it expands in the stomach making it almost impossible to "vomit". Some dogs have to have the dough removed surgically in some unusual situations.

When making bread, prevent access of the dough to your dog and definitely don't feed any to him.

Tip on Grooming Your Pooch

Regular grooming is essential no matter what type of coat your pet has. Combs are designed to remove mats and detangle long hair. Brushes remove dead surface hair and dander, and distribute oil to give a finished look. Rakes and combs tackle coats that have become matted. Always comb and brush your pet before bathing. Wet hair is harder to work with if it is tangled or matted. If your pet is matted to the skin, see your groomer or veterinarian about having the coat shaved. Then start with regular grooming as the new fur grows in.