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Benefits of Hiring a Pet Waste Removal Company

Raleigh pooper scoopersBenefits of Hiring a Local “Pooper Scooper”

Are you considering hiring a pet waste removal company? If so, you’re not alone! Now, more than ever, people are looking for ways to up the convenience factor. Believe it or not, hiring a pet waste removal company is one way that families with pets are doing just that. 

So, are you trying to weigh the benefits? I can help with that.  Let’s explore some of the reasons for hiring a pet waste removal company will make your life better for you and everyone else.  In fact, you might be surprised at just how beneficial it can be to hire a pet waste removal company.  [Read more…]

Keeping Your Dog Cool this Summer

dog cooling off in front of a fanKeeping Your Dog Cool this Summer

Summer temperatures are beginning to soar and that can spell danger for your beloved dog. Many people think that dogs are well suited for all temperatures, but that’s completely false.  While a dog’s fur has the ability to protect your dog from heat and sun, dogs can suffer from the effects of the summer heat just like their humans.  Following some easy guidelines can help keep your dog cool this summer and thereby prevent heat stroke.

Hydration

Dogs need to be hydrated all year long, but especially so in the hot summer months. Drinking cool water will help your dog stay hydrated and cool. On an average day, your dog should ½ – 1 oz. of water for each pound of weight.  So, a 40 lb. lab should drink anywhere from 20-40 oz. of water per day.  When exposed to heat, your dog can be expected to drink even more water than that.  Monitor your dog’s water intake to be sure that he is staying well hydrated. Outside water bowls should be plastic or ceramic as metal bowls heat up very quickly and retain heat in the summer sun. [Read more…]

Obesity in Dogs

overweight dogIs Your Dog Overweight?

Many pet parents admit that they don’t pay too much attention to their dog’s weight.  The lack of knowledge regarding obesity in dogs can result in serious long term and lifelong effects. In fact, neglecting to help your dog maintain a healthy weight can cause major health issues as well as reduce a dog’s lifespan.

What causes obesity in dogs?

Obesity in dogs can be linked to a few different factors and health conditions.  Extra weight in dogs is often caused by over-consumption or eating too much.  If what a dog is eating is not in proper balance with the amount of energy he expends, then the likely result is weight gain. Furthermore, if a dog regularly consumes a diet that is high in calories or an overabundance of table scraps or treats, that will also cause obesity.  Obesity has also been linked to health issues such as pancreatic cancer, hypothyroidism and Cushing’s disease. [Read more…]

February is National Pet Dental Health Month

February is National Pet Dental Health Month so we thought we’d spend a little time this week talking about what you can do to help keep your dog’s teeth clean and healthy.

Neglecting your dog’s teeth can lead to many serious health problems, the least of which is bad breath.  

The most commonly known to most people is heart disease and infection in the heart valves.  Bacteria from your dog’s mouth travels to the heart where it can cause bacterial endocarditis, causing permanent damage to the cardiac tissue and lead to heart disease and failure.  Other serious issues could be liver abscesses and sepsis, where bacteria enters the blood stream.  Both can be treated but it’s very expensive and often not successful.  Because of painful teeth and difficulty eating, many dogs will develop poor appetites which can lead to even more problems.  And lastly, osteomyelitis, a painful bone infection can lead to a broken jaw that is very difficult to heal.

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