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Don’t let your dog or cat investigate the spring flowers popping up in your garden
The spring flowers are poking out of the ground, you’ve been cooped up all winter, and you can’t wait to inspect them. Just don’t take your cat or dog out to the garden with you...
Who says you have to have a big strong dog to help on the farm?
The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is a dog that only weighs 25-to-30-pounds, has very short legs, fox-like ears, and not much of a tail. They’re considered a dwarf breed, but they are captivating...
Pay attention to their triggers and avoid sharp teeth
Years ago I was out for a walk and suddenly out of the blue, a large black dog came running after me and bit the back of my leg. His choppers ripped my pants and left a bruise, but fortunately no...
Make sure your dog is eating right so she has the energy for her new family
Good nutrition and a balanced diet are important for all dogs, but especially for pregnant dogs that need the extra energy. Sarah Abood provides nutritional consultations for small animal patients...
Before you bring home man’s best friend, do your homework to be sure you’re choosing the right one
I know several people who wanted a dog, visited an animal shelter, and had their heart strings tugged by a sad-eyed pup who ended up going home with them.  An impulse decision isn’t always...
Canine influenza is a highly contagious disease
Every now and then you’ll hear of an outbreak of dog flu. Canine influenza is a highly contagious virus that’s easily spread from dog-to-dog through direct contact, nasal secretions, and...
Use technology in the sky to keep your dog within his boundaries
I grew up on an acreage alongside a highway. We had several dogs that met their demise by running out onto the road. Now a containment system that uses GPS tracking can keep dogs within their...
Fireworks can really stress out your pet
We love fireworks because of the loud booms and dazzling displays in the sky. Pets hate them because of loud booms and dazzling displays in the sky. Dr. John Ciribassi is with Chicagoland Veterinary...
Potty training the dog and adding extra water to the lawn will help
My neighbors have two small dogs that stay in the house most of the time. But just by looking at the rough patches in their yard, I know exactly where the dogs “go” when they’re let...
Here are a few ideas you can use to create your own chicken feeder and nest boxes!