Thursday, February 14, 2013

Doggy DNA Test

A DNA Test for your dog? Yes! Doggy DNA tests reveal the mix of your mixed breed dog. The Canine Heritage Breed Test is a kit you order, take a quick swab inside of your dogs mouth and mail it in! 

You will receive a certificate that tells you what your mutt is made of. Just remember, a dog's breed has a lot of influence on his needs and behavior.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Moving with Your Dog

Moving into a new house or apartment is a stressful time for us but we need to think about what our dog will go through as we move all of our stuff into a new place. The home they are leaving means leaving behind their territory.

To make a smooth transition, include your dog while you pack and move boxes so he can check things out. He is aware that something is going on with all these items piled around the house. 

When you are ready for the big day, it is probably best to have a dog sitter. It will allow you to get things done and not stress about where the dog is. It will also mean less stress on your dog. When the movers are gone-bring in Fido! He will need to make his rounds and check out the place. 

Sticking to his old routine is very important. Keeping him on the same schedule for eating and bedtime will allow him to acclimate even quicker. Dogs adjust faster than cats simply because we tend to socialize them more. 

Once you are in your new home, take your furry friend for a walk around his new neighborhood. Once he gets used to the new smells, the sooner he will feel at home.

Friday, February 1, 2013 your dog drinking enough?

Water is one of the most important nutrients in your dogs diet and you should know how much is enough for him.

A dog will drink about 1 cup of water for every 10 pounds of body weight each day and should drink the same amount of water every day as well. If it is hot outside or if your dog has been out running he may drink more. A nursing mother or a new medication could also cause your dog to drink more water daily. If your dog is ill or fed moisture rich food, such as canned dog food, he may drink less.

If you would like to make sure your pooch is drinking a sufficient amount of water each day, simply monitor his consumption. Serve your dog a full bowl of water in the morning. If he is 50 pounds, give him 5 cups. Measure what is left in his water bowl just before bedtime. If it is empty, serve up a little more the next day. Keep a log of his water consumption for the next 4-5 days to determine an average amount.

Any unusual changes in your dog's water consumption could indicate a problem. Be sure to call your veterinarian to rule out any medical problems.

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