Seven Habits of Highly-Effective Owners of Elderly Dogs

  Man's best friend is living longer than ever. This is due to our beloved canines' increased status as family member and families becoming conscientious about providing their dogs' appropriate veterinary care. As a result, we are faced with a variety of health care issues as they age. No matter which health issue you and your elderly dog may be dealing with, there are several components of good pet care you may wish keep in mind. The first is to make sure your dog gets plenty of exercise and is not overweight. Much like humans, an overweight elderly dog will not cope as well with conditions common in older pets such as arthritis.   The second is to provide proper nutrition for the elderly dog. Older dogs do not need the same amount of calories as a younger dog. The older dog slows down a bit and, therefore, should consume fewer calories per day. Depending upon the specific issues facing your elderly dog, you may need to add some suppleme…
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Imperial Beach Surf Dog Competition Surf Dog Competition

On Saturday, July 29, 2017, San Diego will be hosting the Imperial Beach Surf Dog Competition at the Imperial Beach Pier / Portwood Pier Plaza. Now in its 13th year, the Surf Dog Competition promises to be a sweet time for two- and four-legged dudes and dudettes. Enter your dog in the surf competition or just come take in all the fun under the sun! Other Dog and Family Friendly Activities...so much more than surfing Dog food garden (food & treat samples) Kid zone Beginners agility course Free photo booth (with green screen) Free video booth Dog adoptions Vendor booths Off-leash play area Beer garden   Food trucks Partial event proceeds and all fundraising will benefit the San Diego Humane Society.For more information check out SanDiego.org To find pet friendly places around San Diego, Click Here
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Getting Your Dog to Take that Perfect Photo

I'm sure I'm not the only one who spends a lot of time and energy to get my dog looking just right at the camera for that perfect picture.  It takes some time and patience and life is a lot easier with our digital cameras, instead of the expense and time for film back in the day.  I would be developing a lot of images that look like this. While it's still the middle of summer, it isn't too early to work on that special shot for your holiday cards. I'll share what we did to get a great shot with Parker.  It's actually some of the same techniques they use in Hollywood to get the animal stars to "hit their marks" and be in the right place at the right time during filming of TV shows and movies.  Off course this is more advance and your dog should already know sit, stay and down. First you need to find a treat your dog likes.  Having a food motivated dog is half the battle.  Though use something different then your normal treats, and find somethi…
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Outward Signs of Aging in Your Pet and How to Take Action

(BPT) - It seems like just yesterday you brought her home and made her a part of the family. If you own a cat or dog, you have fond memories of your furry family member from day one.

Fast forward to today. Just like with people, age sometimes creeps up slowly on pets. Every pet is unique, so changes happen at different times. What's more, age-related changes can be easy to miss because they appear so gradually over time.

Being aware and proactive is the best thing pet parents can do to help their pets stay healthy as they age. The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) recommends that pets have a senior screening at about age 7. This allows the veterinarian to address any current concerns or potential health risks, including nutritional considerations.

Aging in pets can potentially impact the relationship you have with them, so being aware of the signs and what to …

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For some Californians, it’s bring your dog to work everyday

By Lucy Nicholson LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Many California tech companies are encouraging employees to bring their dogs to the office, saying their presence can boost productivity, relieve stress and improve the work environment. In Los Angeles' seaside tech hub, an area that encompasses parts of Santa Monica and Venice Beach and is dubbed "Silicon Beach," the majority of companies are dog-friendly. At GumGum, a Santa Monica internet tech firm specializing in artificial intelligence, for instance, dogs are most welcome because of the calming effect they have on employees, said the company's chief executive, Ophir Tanz. Indy, Tanz’s American Eskimo dog, usually greets employees when they arrive at the office and dog treats and snacks are always up for grabs. "I think this could be a high stress, very high-paced environment," Tanz, 35, said. "It just kind of takes the edge off." But it doesn't take the edge off for all employees. "I have what could be …
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Improve your dog’s emotional life

(BPT) - For millions of pet parents, their beloved dog is more than just a four-legged friend — he’s a member of the family. When looking at products for their pet they are willing to explore all options to ensure they provide the very best items like organic foods, therapeutic bedding, unique and innovative toys, on-trend collars and leashes, electronic feeding and watering items and more. Although our pets are treated as family members there is one issue that is often overlooked and undertreated in dogs — anxiety. After all, we can’t ask our animals how they’re doing. Nonetheless, 75 million dogs in the U.S. experience anxiety, stress or fear at some point in their lives, and about 24 million of them regularly suffer from these potentially debilitating issues. In some instances it’s genetics. But for many dogs, anxiety often arises as a result of a change in routine such as a thunderstorm, fireworks, encounters with strangers, travel and other loud noises. Any of these …
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Important Tips for Summertime With Dogs

Those who own dogs often consider these creatures their best friends or simply a hairy family member. There's truly no comparable bond to the one shared between a dog and their master. From devotion after a long absence to the look of shame when they've gotten into mischief, your dog truly loves unconditionally and without fear. The summertime is the best season to take full advantage of this relationship, with trips to the ocean or even up the mountain for a day of exploration. Your dog will love the ability to spend extra time with you, but also the long hours outside in the sunshine. However, no matter how much pet owners love their dogs, there are common mistakes that befall them for lack of education about summer safety. Just as you take the time to protect yourself from the sun and the elements, your dog requires specialized care to be certain he too is safe from harm during this sunshine-filled season. Preparing yourself for the hotter months will ensure your best friend…
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Things I Wish I Knew Before Getting a Dog

Thinking about getting a dog?  Here are some things you should know. They choose what spots in the house belong to them. This is really nice when it is the floor or a chair you aren't using, but don’t expect that, if Parker beats me to bed, I can plan on sharing my pillow. Expect toys not to last too long. Tug a war seems to be a favorite game in our house, though he’s pretty good about finding a loose seam on a toy. Everything is a chew toy to a puppy. The first couple of months they knew what we needed when we walked into the cable company’s office They will always be waiting for you to come home. You're not drinking alone when you're with your dog. Afternoon nap time is the best.    
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Is Pet Insurance Worth It?

By Beth Pinsker NEW YORK (Reuters) - When my 8-month old puppy nabbed a chicken thigh bone off a plate and swallowed it whole, I was worried about many things, but the veterinarian bill was not one of them. Standing at the front counter at the emergency clinic that Sunday night, with my children tearing up next to me, I was presented an estimate of $1,500 for manual extraction - which would jump to $2,500 or more if poor Brownie needed surgery. Life or death depended on my willingness to put the tab on my credit card immediately. This is the kind of situation that insurance was made for, and I had it. So I paid the bill and submitted it later for 90 percent reimbursement, reducing my liability for this common puppy indiscretion to $150. My easy answer to whether pet insurance is worth it? Damn straight it is. Many people look at this calculus on a simple return-on- investment basis - Am I going to get out of it more than I put in? But the more pertinent questi…
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