Caring For Your Pets

Spring Cleaning Tips For Dog Owners

Spring Cleaning Tips For Dog Owners

Spring has sprung! Spring is arguably the most wonderful time of year because it brings increased daylight, a more moderate climate, birds, and bees, and flowers...oh my! After being cooped indoors all winter, it's always a good idea to take advantage of this refreshing change of pace to crack open the windows and tackle your spring cleaning task sheet. Dusting, vacuuming, organized closets, clearing the yard, prepping the garden, airing out rooms. This spring, go a ...
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Improve Your Dog's Immune System 101: Diet

Improve Your Dog’s Immune System 101: Diet

In "Improve Your Dog's Immune System 101: Exercise" we discussed how making small changes to your pet's daily routine and encouraging your pet to be active can actually boost their immune system. Exercise, when combined with proper nutrition, improves their overall health and well-being, reducing their risk of contracting not only the canine flu but infection, diabetes, liver or heart conditions, asthma, and more. A Balanced Diet Proper nutrition and a healthy diet are as ...
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Dog Approved Snowy Day Activities

Dog Approved Snowy Day Activities

Who doesn't love a Snow Day? Buffalo is known for snow. The same way you don't want to leave the warmth of your house to brave frigid temperatures, neither does your pet! If you haven't had the chance, freshen up your knowledge of dogs and winter with some of our past articles: Improve Your Dog’s Immune System 101: Exercise It may sound scary but you can easily strengthen your dog’s immune system but making small ...
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Improve Your Dog's Immune System 101: Exercise

Improve Your Dog’s Immune System 101: Exercise

The holidays are a holly, jolly time but we're smack dab in the middle of cold and flu season. The same way you eat chicken noodle soup, drink orange juice, or take vitamins to boost your immune system, there are natural ways to improve the immune system of your favorite four-legged friends. Thanks to our past article "Can Dogs Catch the Flu" you already know the symptoms of canine influenza. You also know that the ...
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Crazy Cute Dog Costumes

Crazy Cute Dog Costumes

Dog Costumes: If You've Got It, Haunt It! Last year we warned you about the dangers surrounding your pets during Halloween and gave a number of safety tips including: Keep the trick-or-treat bowl away. Comfort your pet between visitors and put them in another room, away from the front door. (Not all dogs love the doorbell.) Keep in mind what you are decorating with and where you are placing it. Curious pets could get singed or ...
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Films For You and Your Four-Legged Friends

Films For You and Your Four-Legged Friends

You already know that the best friends are ones with paws –– which is why making memories with your dog will last a lifetime! Just like you should take time to pamper yourself and splurge on your favorite things, it's important to splurge on your dog and treat them to their favorite things: a good grooming and spending time with you! Since nothing beats cuddling up with a clean pup, bring your dog to Suds ...
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Dog-Approved Rainy Day Activities

Dog-Approved Rainy Day Activities

All Buffalonians know how truly unpredictable the weather can be. The morning could be sunny, tempting you to plan a long walk with your best friend. However, before you know it, the weather turns and a massive rainstorm ruins your plans. Now all you want to do is lay down and watch Netflix, but your pooch has other plans. Dogs, like humans, need daily exercise. In general, a young adult dog needs at least 30 ...
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Puppies and Teething

Puppies and Teething

Similar to humans, puppies are born without teeth and go through the process of teething. From birth to six months, a puppy's teeth go through a lot of changes. From early and temporary teeth, to sore gums, to the growth of 28 baby teeth, teething is not a comfortable process. Your puppy may target all kinds of things, including your furniture, for relief. It is important for new dog owners to understand the process of ...
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Best Dogs For Kids

Best Dogs For Kids

So it's time to add a new addition to the family. Your kids really want a dog and you think it is finally time. But what kind of dog should you get? In theory, almost any dog has the potential to get along with children. Should you just let them choose what kind they want? There are many factors that affect a dog's ability to get along well with children, no matter their breed. Here ...
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Are Bones Safe For Dogs?

Are Bones Safe For Dogs?

There was a time when dog owners wouldn't think twice about giving their dog the boney leftovers of Sunday's dinner. In fact, you have probably heard that feeding bones are natural and healthy for dogs. Feeding bones clean teeth and aids in nutrition. That being said, "natural" doesn't always mean "healthy." While they do help clean teeth and prevent gum disease, it is generally considered not a safe thing to give your dog a bone ...
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Why Does My Dog Have Spots On Their Tongue?

Why Does My Dog Have Spots On Their Tongue?

Dogs come in all shapes, sizes, furs, and colors. You may see dogs with different eye colors and not think anything of it. The same goes for dogs with different tongue colors. Contrary to popular belief, having dark spots on your dog's tongue doesn't mean they are part Chow or they are sick. In fact, this trait is not unique to the breed and can be found in many dog breeds. If you're looking for ...
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The Smartest Dog Breeds

The Smartest Dog Breeds

Everyone thinks that their dog is the best. However, there is a debate on whether they are the smartest. Just like humans, some dogs are just smarter than others. But what makes a dog smart? Some argue that the smartest dogs are the most stubborn, which makes training difficult. Others say it is those who are fast learners and easy to train when properly motivated. The smartest dogs usually pay close attention to their surroundings and ...
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Dogs and Winter

Dogs and Winter

With the temperatures dropping, you may be pulling out extra layers just to stay warm. However, your dog doesn't have the benefit of pulling a sweater out of the closet to wear. While some parts of the country may experience mild winters, Buffalo is notorious for snow and cold weather. Here are some tips too keep your dog warm and safe when the temperatures drop below freezing. Dog Breeds and Cold It's a common misconception ...
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Puppies and Christmas Trees

Puppies and Christmas Trees

It's that time of year again! The time to deck the halls for the holidays! If your family has expanded to include a new puppy, it is important to think about Christmas tree safety. Believe it or not, your puppy may think the tree is a new toy. The attraction to hide beneath the branches to chew on the decorations is only natural. By taking some simple precautions you can prevent your tree from becoming ...
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A Dog's Thanksgiving

A Dog’s Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a day to indulge in all things food and family. Your pets are part of your family. It's a no-brainer that you want them to be around during your Thanksgiving celebrations. However, if you think the holidays are stressful on you, you should think about your pet's perspective. The period between Thanksgiving and New Years can be puzzling and nerve-wracking from a pet's perspective. With endlessly ringing doorbells, bowls of forbidden candy, days of non-stop ...
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Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween is a scary (and fun) time of year! You will no doubt want your whole to join in on all of the festivities, including your pet! But it is important to keep them safe! Forgo the dangers and stress of Halloween by taking some common sense precautions to keep Fido happy and healthy all season long. Trick or Treat The most important rule about human food and your pets, keep the trick or treat bowl ...
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Puppy's First Grooming

Puppy’s First Grooming

Congrats! You have a new puppy! There are a lot of milestones you two will face together. One that you may not think of at first is their first grooming. There comes a point when your new friend no longer looks like a cute and fluffy.  It will begin to resemble a walking, furry mop. Similar to when a child gets their first haircut, a puppy's first grooming is a momentous occasion. Their first session can ...
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Knowing Your Dog's Age

Knowing Your Dog’s Age

Knowing your dog's age is essential to giving them the optimal care. It helps determine the most appropriate time for preventative health protocols, such as vaccination and de-worming, and the best time to test for common diseases, such as heartworms. However, when adopting a dog, it can be hard to estimate their age. Here are some ways to estimate how old your dog is. Puppy Anyone can spot a puppy. They have pretty obvious body characteristics; ...
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Tips For Keeping Your Pet Cool in Summer

Tips For Keeping Your Pet Cool in Summer

As the temperatures rise, it is only natural to want to spend as much time outside as possible. Summer is full of beautiful days. You'll want to spend as much time outdoors exercising and having fun with your whole family, pets included. However, be wary of heat exhaustion in your animals. Being covered with fur is great for the winter, but in summer it can be difficult to manage the heat. Here are some tips to keep ...
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Common Puppy Behaviors

Common Puppy Behaviors

So you have a new puppy! Congratulations! You have a best friend for life! That being said, you probably have a few questions about your new housemate. Some puppy behaviors can confuse new dog owners. However, even though some of these behaviors may be strange, most of what your puppy is dealing with is perfectly normal. Take the guessing out of what is going through your pups head. Here is a list of common puppy ...
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Pet Items You Never Thought To Bring On Vacation

Pet Items You Never Thought To Bring On Vacation

So you're bringing your pet on vacation with you? That's great! You're pet is an important part of your family and would love to take part in all of your vacation activities with you. Think about all the important items you need to bring for your pet. Items like a leash, food, medication and toys may be a no brainer. It is impossible to leave those essentials at home when traveling with your pet. However, ...
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Are Easter Eggs Safe For Dogs?

Are Easter Eggs Safe For Dogs?

As the Easter season continues, it is only natural to want to include your pet in all of the fun. Coloring eggs is a timeless tradition enjoyed by many families during Easter. However, what eggs will benefit fido? Or what ones will hurt your best friend? Eggshells Evidence has been found that eggshells are a great source of calcium and protein for your pet. Consider crushing eggshells and sprinkling about a half teaspoon into your pet's ...
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How a Dog's Paws Can Indicate Their Health

How a Dog’s Paws Can Indicate Their Health

Much like a great pair of shoes, a dog's paws provide support, traction and absorb shock for their bones, tendons and ligaments. However, a dog's paws also can be important indicators of how your dogs overall health is. Because your dog's paw pads have a high turnover rate, they require a lot of nutrition and blood to function. If something is wrong, it is likely to show up as a change in your dog's paws ...
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Domestication of Dogs

Domestication of Dogs

Subject of many a meme, dogs have been a familiar part of our lives for thousands of years. Dogs were the first domesticated animals. Early humans formed a partnership with the grey wolf, which caused the wolves to change in body and temperament. Domestication caused their skulls, teeth and paws shrank and, in some cases, their ears to flop. Dogs became less fearful and more docile, learning to read the complex emotions found on human faces ...
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