Dogs


4 DIY Dog Feeder Projects

Do you want a stylish dog feeder that matches your established décor? I scoured the Internet to find the best instructions for building fancy dog feeders. The following are truly unique and lovely, but affordable DIY dog bowl projects. They outshine the traditional dog bowl, but that’s not reflected in the cost of material and labor. (The headers are links to step-by-step instructions.) Design Sponge’s Vintage Elevated Dog Feeder This one isn’t for little pooches, but it’s perfect for your medium to large-sized dog. You’ll need to scavenge to find a crate. Call your local liquor store or farmer’s market […]


How to Bathe Your West Highland White Terrier (Westie)

You’d think with such perfect white coats, westies would require frequent bathing, but they don’t. In fact, it can be harmful to bath a westie too much. They’re prone to sensitive skin, and over-bathing can cause irritations. In general, you should only bathe your westie three to four times a year. If you prefer a short cut on your westie, you can take him to a groomer and have him cleaned every four to six weeks. The Westie’s General Appearance From AKC.org: “The West Highland White Terrier is a small, game, well-balanced hardy looking terrier, exhibiting good showmanship, possessed with […]


A DIY Dog House Makes the Perfect Christmas Gift for Your Pampered Pooch

Thinking about what to get your dog for Christmas? Instead of shelling out the big bucks for a plastic shelter, why not build her a dog house? This cute dog house is easy to build and requires only a small monetary investment. *FYI: The Humane Society recommends that you place dog houses in a fenced in area. Chaining or tethering your dog is not recommended because it promotes aggression, makes dogs vulnerable to predators (including insects), and can cause bodily injury. Choosing a Location Location, location, location. Your dog is going to need ample shade, so maybe under a tree? […]


Does Your Dog Roll in her Food?

Does your dog roll in her food? Mine does. Alabama purposefully spills the food from her dish, then rolls in it. Although funny, this behavior is pretty messy and dirties up her coat. I didn’t want her eating kibble that had fur stuck to it, so I did what any rational dog owner does, I consulted the web. I learned the action was either scent related, or instinct. Scent Spreading or Resource Guarding Scent spreading is the theory that dogs roll in food in order to tell other dogs about the food source. Dr. Stanley Coren, animal psychologist, theorizes that […]


Can an Old Dog Learn New Tricks?

Emma adopted seven-year-old Shelby from a local pet shelter. “I went there looking for a puppy,” Emma said. “But, I fell in love with Shelby instead.” Shelby, a golden retriever, was slightly underweight and shelter volunteers worried that one of her owners maybe abused her. Despite her reluctance toward strangers, Shelby took to Emma immediately. Despite their kinship, the volunteers warned Emma that Shelby had to be rehomed numerous times and was frequently returned for behavior issues. They didn’t want her to follow through with adoption unless she was absolutely sure she was up for the challenge. “Even if I […]


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The Top 10 Most Frequently Stolen Dog Breeds (INFOGRAPHIC)

It only took a moment for thieves to lure Keymo, a purebred husky, from his front yard in Jacksonville, Florida. His owner had let Keymo off-leash to do his business while she got ready for bed. When she returned, Keymo was gone and there was food on the sidewalk indicating he was lured away. Despite every effort, such as speaking to television stations and offering large rewards, Keymo was never returned. Unfortunately, a growing number of dog owners are coming to realize that their purebred pups are targets for thieves. Their pedigree is valuable because they can be sold for […]


Holiday Time Dog Toy Stocking Review

Wow… Could this stocking be any worse? It’s full of useless, breakable crap and in my opinion it poses a real choking hazard. I have always said these $4.95 stockings from Walmart are crap, but this year I wanted to prove it. Watch the video to see how terrible these stockings are, and I apologize in advance for holding the camera the wrong way and being slightly buzzed on wine. I don’t apologize for how pissed off I am that it’s legal to sell this crap.

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The Different Types of Cockapoo Haircuts

A well-groomed cockapoo is pretty enough to stop traffic. This is due to their uniquely distinct look; cockapoos are a blend of poodle and cocker spaniel. They have cute faces and soft, manageable coats. Coat types include: ringlets, curly, and straight. Each coat type is softer and more manageable than the last. Cockapoos require minimal washing and combine. For dog groomers, cockapoos are a favorite. They’re an easy client. It requires minimal effort (compared to other small dogs) to give a cockapoo a wash, cut, and style. The Puppy Cut Everyone loves a cockapoo with a puppy cut. This cut […]


Alabama’s New Collar from Dog Collars Boutique

Disclaimer: I received this product free in exchange for my honest review. Happy holidays from Amazing Animals. As a special treat for Alabama, Dog Collar Boutique gifted her with this precious, adjustable Red Snowflake collar. It’s cute and perfect for the holiday season, and will be appropriate attire throughout winter. About Dog Collar Boutique Before I get to my review, I’d like to tell you a bit about Dog Collars Boutique. The website is highly rated, and sees a lot of repeat business due to excellent customer service, high quality products, and a commitment to customer satisfaction. The site offers […]

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DIY: How to Build an Automatic Dog Food Dispenser

A dog food dispenser is a great way to store dog food. Busy families will appreciate eliminating the daily chore of scooping dog food into a dog dish. Instead, they can simply place the dog’s dish at the mouth of the dispenser and watch as it fills with the food dish with your canine’s favorite kibble. What You Need for the Project: Saw, Carpenters glue, Drill, 2-inch diameter blast gates (4-inch), 10-inch length of 1-by-8 aspen, 9-inch length of 1-by-6 aspen, 2-inch length of 1-by-12 aspen, 2-inch length of 1-by-2 aspen, 2-inch length of 1-by-1 aspen, 24-inch piano hinge, 1 […]


How to Install an Adjustable Dog Ramp to Your Bed

Lots of dog owners enjoy cuddling up to their dogs at night, but some beds are too high for their pups to reach. Alternatively, a dog may have trouble getting onto the bed because he’s sick or injured. Installing a dog ramp is a simple and efficient way to ensure your dog has no issue climbing in and out of bed at night. Step 1: Measure the height of your bed. Dog ramps are adjustable, so you’ll want to know your bed’s height before attempting to hook up the ramp. Afterward, call someone into the room to help you because […]


The Two Types of Canine Epilepsy

Epilepsy is a term used to describe recurrent seizures. Seizures most often occur when brain activity is changing, such as when your dog is excited. A seizure could occur for a more serious reason, such as a brain tumor. There are two types of canine epilepsy: idiopathic and acquired. It’s important to contact your veterinarian if your dog is suffering seizures, so your vet can diagnose what type of epilepsy your dog is experiencing, as well as prescribe medications to control the epilepsy. Idiopathic Epilepsy Idiopathic epilepsy is the most common form of epilepsy and occurs in up to 3 […]


Bactoderm: The Leading Prescription for Canine Skin Infections

Bactoderm is an antibiotic prescribed by veterinarians to treat canine skin infections. Federal law prohibits using Bactoderm, unless first prescribed and instructed by a licensed veterinarian. If your dog is suffering from a serious skin infection, such as staph or pyoderma, your veterinarian may prescribe Bactoderm to treat the infection. Function Bactoderm is a topical antibiotic ointment, which contains mupirocin. Mupirocin prohibits bacteria from spreading, as well as heals the infected area. Your veterinarian may ask you to apply Bactoderm twice daily, for a maximum period of 30 days. Precautions Some dogs may be sensitive to Bactoderm ointment. It’s imperative […]


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How to Handle an Off-Leash Dog

Off-leash dogs can be extremely off-putting for dog owners who obey leash laws. If you encounter an off-leash dog, you may need to take immediate action to stop the dog from charging or acting aggressively. Dog owners should know to keep their dogs leashed in public areas, especially where the law demands it. If you must speak to a dog owner about their off-leash dog, do so in a calm and friendly manner, as this will elicit the best response, and keep the discussion from escalating into an argument. How to Stop a Charging Off-Leash Dog More often than not, […]


IDD Effects, Symptoms, and Treatments

Intervertebral disc disease, or IDD, is a condition marked by bulging or herniated disks. Many small dog breeds, such as dachshund, Shih Tzu, and beagle are predisposed to IDD. This predisposition comes from a unique genetic form of dwarfism. The dwarfism causes a defect that doesn’t allow cartilage to mature, which can result in degenerative damage of disks. Oftentimes, IDD is painless, but if it does begin to cause your dog pain, a veterinarian is needed to diagnose and treat the illness. Effects Thankfully, most dogs suffering from IDD don’t experience any effects. Everything is happening under the skin, and […]


Treating Mycobacterium Infection

Moxifloxacin is used to treat the rare canine bacterial infection known as mycobacterium. The mycobacterium infection is a dermal infection, meaning it’s on the skin, and it’s dangerous for both humans and dogs. A mycobacterium lesion can be very raw and painful for dogs, as well as it may lead to extensive tissue inflammation. Because of its serious nature, mycobacterium must be treated right away with veterinarian prescribed moxifloxacin. Moxifloxacin Effects Your veterinarian will prescribe moxifloxacin when your dog is showing deep skin lesions, as well as he’s exhibiting signs of a serious bacterial infection. Always consult with your veterinarian […]


Ugh Tail Docking is Still an Acceptable Practice

It’s sad that tail docking is still acceptable, and in many cases necessary to place in shows. Because it’s painful to dogs, and has the potential to damage their nervous systems, it’s my opinion that this practice is cruel and unnecessary and should be avoided at all costs. I believe it’s animal cruelty, but I understand that’s not a widely held belief. If you do decide to have your dog’s tail docked, please adhere to these guidelines. The American Kennel Club, or AKC, recognizes tail docking as an acceptable practice. The AKC only recognizes tail docking in the case of […]

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Recognizing Symptoms, Diagnosing, and Treating Canine Arthritis

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of canine arthritis to occur in a dog’s hocks (ankles). Sometimes referred to as degenerative joint disease, osteoarthritis occurs when cartilage wears away and bone-on-bone friction occurs. This painful condition causes bone destruction, as well as tissue swelling and abnormal bone regrowth. Although there is no cure for canine arthritis, there are treatments your veterinarian can prescribe to reduce pain and slow the disease. These treatments include: surgery, prescription medications and physical therapy. If your dog is suffering arthritis in his hocks, he may exhibit some tell-tale signs. If he’s limping, favoring other paws, […]


Carnosine Drops Treat Cataracts

Studies have shown that carnosine is capable of improving canine cataracts. A cataract is the opacification, or opaqueness, of the capsule or the ocular lens. Only a veterinarian can diagnose and treat cataracts. Your veterinarian may prescribe carnosine during early stages of cataracts when antioxidant support is the most beneficial. Immature Cataracts Can be Treated with Carnosine Multiple studies have shown that only immature cataracts see improvement when treated with carnosine drops. The lens opacification index, or LOI, determines how opaque a canine’s eye lenses are. The more opaque the eyes are, the more difficult it becomes to see. During […]


Gelsemium (aka woodbine) is Poison to Dogs

Gelsemium is a highly poisonous plant that’s mistakenly used to treat minor aches and pains, as well as calm fearful dogs. Despite its use in homeopathic circles, it is not recommended to ever treat your dog with gelsemium. Contact your veterinarian if your dog comes in contact with gelsemium, as the plant is highly poisonous and, in some doses, it can be fatal. Symptoms of Gelsemium Poisoning Gelsemium, sometimes referred to as woodbine, is quite toxic. Sometimes, the root and underground stem are thought to be safe for medicinal use, but this is untrue. All parts of gelsemium are poisonous. […]