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How to Greet a Dog the Right Way


There are approximately 90 million dogs in the United States, and with the increase of dog-friendly workplaces, venues, and activities, you are more likely to see dogs out and about with their owners — at the office, running errands, during school pick up, at the gym, enjoying a beverage at the cafe, or relaxing at the park.

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Topics: Dog Bite Prevention, Puppy, Dog, Dog Tips, Dog Body Language

Press Pause: How to Manage Dog Play


Dog play can seem overwhelming to us humans — dogs will wrestle, chase, and many pups make lots of noise during play time. Not to mention there’s lots of play biting and teeth-jousting!

If your dog has been well socialized and learned how to communicate clearly during play with other dogs, they'll likely be able to enjoy playtime with their dog friends without any issues. But, just like humans, dogs can be unpredictable, and we need to be prepared to step in to keep play safe for all dogs involved, by having them take a quick break from the fun.

When and how do we do this? You have to know how to recognize proper dog play in order to know when it’s escalating into inappropriate play and getting closer to a fight, so you can press pause and allow the dogs to reset.

Want to learn more about your dog's behavior and get some training tips? We've  got 101 more for you here!

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Topics: Dog Safety, Puppy, Dog, Dog Tips, Dog Body Language, Multi-dog household, how to play with your dog, Dog communication

Bringing Your Dog to Work, How to Do It Safely


Many companies now allow their employees to bring dogs to work, and more workplaces are doing the same. According to the 2015 Society for Human Resource Management survey, 8 percent of American workplaces allowed employees to bring pets to work, which was up from 5 percent that had such a policy two years earlier. 

Amazon, for example, has not only opened its own downtown dog park, but “more than 2,000 dogs are brought in regularly to Amazon's main campus where about 25,000 employees work,” according to CNBC. 

You could even say that modern workplaces have really... gone to the dogs (cue rimshot).

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Topics: Dog Training, Dog Safety, Behavior & Training, Puppy Training, Socialization, Benefits of training, Dog Tips, Pet Hazard, adult dog tips, puppy tips

How to Introduce a Puppy or Adult Dog to Your Children


When you get a new dog, you may be eager and excited to welcome this new member of your family into your home, and your kids will likely be consumed with giddiness and the anticipation of a new best friend. But before your kids try to smother your new puppy or dog with hugs and kisses, you need to consider how best to make these important introductions, and how to do so safely for all involved.

 

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Topics: Dog Training, Puppy Training, Dog Tips, introducing puppy to children, adult dog tips, puppy tips, adult dog children

Finding the Best Collar for Your Puppy


You’re preparing for a new puppy, and though it may not be one of the more exciting things on your new puppy checklist, you’re likely wondering what type and size of collar to get for your new fur bundle.
Maybe you’ve already stood in wonderment (and confusion?) in the dog collar aisle of your local pet supply store?

With so many different types of dog collars on the market, it can be difficult to know which kind is best for your new puppy. A standard neck collar works well to display your puppy’s identification and contact information should they become lost, but is it the best option when taking your puppy for a walk? From collars to harnesses, we’ll review the various options so that your puppy is best equipped for leash walking.

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Topics: Dog Training, Dog Safety, Dog Health, Dog Collars, Dog Harnesses, Dog Walking, Dog Behavior, Dog Tips, Dog Leash, Retractable Leash, Collapsing trachea, Laryngeal Paralysis, Larpar, Slipped disc, Horner's Syndrome, Dog Neckwear, Kennel Cough, Wobbler Syndrome, Neck Collar

Is Your Pet Too Bony? You Don't Know? – Try This Backbone Test


Take a second and try this right now
 
– Run your hand down your pet's back. Start up by the base of their neck and gently run your fingertips down the length of their spine, towards their tail. I know it’s a strange request, but bear with me. You’ll see why it’s important shortly.

How easily can you feel your pet's backbone? 

If those bones (they’re called the vertebral bodies and processes) are very prominent and easy to feel, then your pet may have decreased muscle mass and one of a host of the underlying conditions that can lead to such muscle loss.

 

Some of the conditions and problems that can result in decreased muscle mass in cats and dogs include:

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Topics: Cat Health, Dog Health, Ideal pet weight, Dog Tips, Cat Tips, Pet Diet

Hot Spots – Your Dog Won't Stop Itching!


Got An Itchy dog?

Chances are, you've had a dog that's developed a “hot spot” at one point in time. Perhaps even many times — if your dog is unlucky enough to have allergies, fleas, or another condition that causes them to scratch a lot.

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Topics: Dog Health, dog fleas, Dog Skin Issues, Flea Allergies, Dogs, Dog Tips, Allergies, Hot spots, Skin problems

Dog or Cat Has Diarrhea? Here's What You Can Do At Home.


Diarrhea is one of the most common problems that brings both cats and dogs to the vet.

Loose stools aren’t any fun for your pet, and having to clean up the resulting messes and get up in the middle of the night to let your pet out to relieve themselves isn’t very much fun for you either. So what can you do and how can you best help your pet when their stools aren’t exactly right?

Of course the answer depends on what else is going on with your pet and what the likely cause of their diarrhea is.

If your pet is otherwise acting normally — normal energy, normal appetite, no vomiting, etc. — they're up-to-date on their vaccines, aren't very young or old, don’t have any significant pre-existing medical conditions — Addison’s disease, kidney failure, etc. — and there's no blood, straining, or foreign material associate with their diarrhea  then it’ll likely be ok to try and “ride out” your pet’s diarrhea for 24-36 hours.

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Topics: Kidney Failure, Cats, Dog, Addison’s Disease, Dog Tips, Cat Tips, Diarrhea, Bland Diet

Deskunk Your Dog – Hold the Tomato Juice


In the battle of dog vs. skunk, nobody wins. Right?

After all, the skunk is scared or sadly killed, your dog winds up smelling like a, well… skunk, and you’re now left having to bathe your dog (often right before you have to run out the door for your work day!).

If your dog has been skunked, (if you can) don't let them in the house or your car – it could take a lot of effort (and money) to remove the smell and it can take months. Pew!

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Topics: Dog Safety, Dog, Dog Tips, Skin irritation, Dogs Outdoors, Deskunking

Ewww! – My dog is eating cat poop!


Keeping "Kitty Roca" Off the Menu

If you’ve got cats and dogs you’ve likely fought the battle to keep your dogs from “helping” you keep the cat’s litter boxes clean — yes? Perhaps you’re still fighting the battle? Maybe you’ve given up?

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Topics: Dog Safety, Dog Health, pet safety, Litter Box, Dogs, Cats, Pets, Vomiting, Blog, Dog Tips, Diarrhea, Digestive upset, Cats and Dogs Living Together

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Please do not ask emergency or other specific medical questions about your pets in the blog comments. As an online informational resource, Preventive Vet is unable to and does not provide specific medical advice or counseling. A thorough physical exam, patient history, and an established veterinary-patient-client relationship is required to provide specific medical advice. If you are worried that your pet is having an emergency or if you have specific medical questions related to your pet’s current or chronic medical conditions, please contact or visit your veterinarian, an animal-specific poison control hotline, or your local emergency veterinary care center.

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