Speaking Their Language – Canine Communication

Dogs are social creatures that live together, and so they need a dog language in order to get along. How dogs communicate—what I like to call “dogma”—is based on a system of common signals. Obviously, dogs can’t talk, so their “language” is comprised of other signals – primarily body language, such as movement and positioning of the ears and…

Year-Round Flea Treatment!

Fleas are Opportunistic Thankfully no flea (whether it’s in the egg, larvae, pupae, or adult part of its cycle) can survive in near-freezing temperatures for extended periods. However, fleas are crafty creatures and will seek warm-bodied hosts (e.g., dogs, cats, raccoons, opossums) or warmed shelters (e.g., sheds, garages, your home) in order to survive all year…

Does Matting Matter?

Matting Matters! Yes! Matted hair on pets is a problem – just ask this Pekingnese above who was unable to see because of extensive mats on his face! Matting is common on non-shedding breeds of dogs. Matting ranges from harmless to dangerous. A few small mats are common, especially around a dog’s ears or collar,…

Nail Trimming

Skipping This Grooming Task Can Cause Your Dog Pain Clipping your dog’s nails is more than a cosmetic chore. Veterinarians warn that unhealthy nails can cause pain and, in rare instances, trigger irreversible damage to the dog.   A dog’s nail consists of the living pink quick and the hard outer material called the shell. The quick supplies…

At Home Dental Care

Did You Know . . . Many pet owners dismiss their pets’ bad breath as simply “normal” or something to be ignored. However, bad breath is a hallmark of periodontal disease, a bacterial infection of the gums and supporting structures of the teeth. If you notice that your pet’s mouth has an odor and/or you…