Tear staining in dogs is a common concern among pet owners, and is especially evident in those with white coats. The reddish-brown discoloration that appears around the eyes can be both unsightly and worrisome. Understanding the underlying causes of tear staining and implementing effective management strategies is essential for maintaining the ocular health and well-being of our pets.
Explore the myth of hypoallergenic dogs. While some breeds may produce fewer allergens than others, no dog breed is completely allergen-free. We delve into the research and provide insights into why allergic reactions can vary depending on the individual, and why it is essential to consult with a doctor before choosing a dog breed if you have allergies.
Many dog owners make the mistake of waiting until their puppy “look” like they need a groom, which is often six months of age or older, before taking them to a professional. Learn what you need to know to prevent the development of predictable adolescent problems and help your dog enjoy the grooming process by being confident and well-adjusted.
Testing before breeding is the standard of care. Health testing is the crucial factor that separates responsible breeders from unethical breeders. These tests are tools to prevent problems; there is absolutely no excuse not to utilize these tools. Every breed and mix of dog is predisposed to their own set of diseases. Therefore, the tests your dog needs prior to breeding depends upon their breed(s).
Responsible dog breeders and, consequently, responsibly-bred dogs, are in short supply. Breeders come in several categories, each having a very different approach to breeding and raising dogs. Without a solid understanding of what constitutes ethical breeding practices, it can be challenging to identify a reputable breeder from one who may be cutting corners or exploiting their animals for profit.
In a dangerous virtual puppy buying world, rogue breeders and scammers can more easily hide behind a screen of a slick website, marketing themselves better than they used to – and better than they are – to the public. Some breeders are highly ethical, while others’ morality and values are very questionable. Backyard breeders are savvy when it comes to misrepresentation. Dog owners are very diverse in their education levels, experience, and their goals for their dog. Learn how to recognize a BYB.
Puppy mills are readily available, extremely accessible, and have a prevalent presence in the dog breeding world. Dishonest breeders are adept at deceiving buyers; slick websites and persuasive marketing techniques make it crucial to educate yourself on prioritizing the health and well-being of the dog and support reputable breeders that practice ethically.
It’s important for dog owners to have a basic understanding of the composition of skunk spray to effectively neutralize it. For quite some time, scientists have been intrigued by the chemical composition of skunk spray. The chemicals secreted are so obnoxious, that few chemists have been willing to work with them. However, Chemist Paul Krebaum developed one of the best home remedies for pet owners, an adaptation of a laboratory method used to destroy hydrogen sulfide and thiols.