Caring For Your Pets

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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New Year Resolutions For You and Your Dog

New Year Resolutions For You and Your Dog

If you're going to stick to any resolution, make sure it includes your pet! As 2017 commences, keep your dog in mind when thinking about your New Years Resolution! Here are 10 New Years Resolution ideas involving your best friend!  Measure it out! Not all dog food is made equally and not all dogs need the same amount of food. Not taking the time to properly measure out your dogs food can lead to over ...
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Holiday Safety Tips for Your Furry Friend

Holiday Safety Tips for Your Furry Friend

The holidays are a time for merriment and joy for all member of your friend. Make sure you know how to properly keep your dog safe so they may enjoy the holiday season too. Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree Make sure your anchor your Christmas tree to keep it from falling over on your inquisitive pooch. If you are buying a live tree, watch out of the pine needles and the water. Christmas trees can ...
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Winter Woes

Winter Woes

With the cold weather here, we must remember to keep our pets warm and toasty. Their fur will only provide so much insulation, so it is our responsibility to make sure they are being properly cared for. Here are a few tips that are important to keep in mind once the temperature starts to drop. Don't keep dogs outside for too long. Dog coats and sweaters can help in short term situations, but exposed areas, ...
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Dog Care

Dog Care

Help your dogs stay clean by trusting them to the expert groomers at Suds N Hugs, your premier all-natural pet groomer and local experts in dog care. Brushing, Bathing, Fur and Nail Clipping…Oh My! Snip, clip, wash and dry – we work hard to ensure your pet enjoys their grooming as much as possible. We groom dogs of all sizes and breeds, from short haired dogs, such as the Beagle, Doberman, Great Dane and Boxer to long-haired dogs like the Shih Tzu, Maltese, Yorkshire ...
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Best of: Animated Dogs

Best of: Animated Dogs

Whether you remember these characters from your childhood, you are a parent that has the pleasure of watching these films on a regular basis, or you have worked as a babysitter, you most likely remember these animated pups: ...
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25 Weird Facts About Dogs

25 Weird Facts About Dogs

1. It is a myth that dogs are color blind. They can actually see in color, just not as vividly as humans. It is akin to our vision at dusk. 2. A German Shepherd guide dog led her blind companion the entire 2,100 mile Appalachian Trail 3. Dogs’ only sweat glands are between their paw pads 4. George Washington had thirty six dogs – all foxhounds – with one named Sweetlips 5. Teddy Roosevelt’s dog, Pete, ...
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Thinking about Adopting?

Thinking about Adopting?

Thinking about introducing a new pet into your family? There are millions of companion animals in shelters across America that are just waiting to be welcomed into a special home like yours. Navigating the adoption process isn't nearly as hard as you might think. In just a short amount of time, you can find the perfect pet and discover how amazing adopting and caring for a pet can be! Adoption Basics When you're looking to ...
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Preventing Mats

Preventing Mats

Your dog's coat, ideally, is silky smooth. But we all know that life gets the best of us, and our pets can sometimes end up with unwanted matting. Below are a few tips to help you prevent these from forming: Groom Your Dog Regularly You should attempt to brush your dog's coat at least once a week. If you have a long-haired dog, you should brush more often. After walks, look for burrs, leaves, and ...
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Spring Health Tips

Spring Health Tips

Photo by Paw Print Pix Spring is a great time of the year for dogs - they finally get to spend more time running around outside. After being cooped up over the long winter months, they can take advantage of the longer, warmer days to release all of their pent up energy. However, Spring comes with its own health concerns, so take a moment to ensure that your pet is ready for the season's impending ...
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Can Dogs Catch the Flu?

Can Dogs Catch the Flu?

Unfortunately, the answer is yes. Canine flu is a contagious respiratory disease in dogs. It is thought to be mainly an airborne virus, most likely transmitted by an infected dog coughing or sneezing on another. In otherwise healthy dogs, statistics show that the canine flu is a fairly mild disease with most dogs recovering in just a couple of weeks. What are the Symptoms? The canine influenza virus, which was first discovered in greyhounds, produces ...
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Pet-Safe Household Cleaning Products

Pet-Safe Household Cleaning Products

Did you know that several of the cleaning products that you most likely have in your home are toxic to pets, or at the very least can irritate both their skin and their respiratory systems? Luckily, most pet stores and online retailers keep pet-safe cleaning products in stock. In addition to these options, there are many very common household items that are extremely effective and ideal for pet-safe cleaning. Alcohol Isopropyl alcohol is a great disinfectant, ...
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Keep These Foods Away From Your Pets!

Keep These Foods Away From Your Pets!

If you're unsure about which foods are toxic to your pets, keep this list handy so that you can always make sure to keep them safe! Immediately contact your veterinarian if your cat or dog has ingested any one of these foods! ...
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Pet Safety Tips for the Holidays

Pet Safety Tips for the Holidays

Keeping your furry friends safe during the Holiday Season is easier said than done. There are ornaments, plants, presents, lights, and there might even be a huge tree in your home. Let's take a look at some simple tips that can help you avoid any unplanned trips to the vet! Place your Christmas tree in the corner of a room, blocked off from your pets eyes as best as possible. If your cat or dog ...
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Training Tips

Training Tips

So you bought a puppy and he’s cute as can be. But…he’s eating your shoes. Or he’s chewing the furniture. Or he thinks the kitchen floor is his own personal bathroom. There’s a lot of ways to train your puppy to be well-behaved without sacrificing that fun-loving nature. The first step is to start early. Training a puppy when he or she is young and his behavior moldable benefits you in the long run because you ...
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Teaching Table Manners

Teaching Table Manners

You can’t blame your dog for begging at the dinner table. However, there are a few things that can be done to prevent the behavior from forming and to deal with the behavior once it has already become one of your pup’s habits. Prevent the Problem. The best way to prevent begging is to avoid feeding your pet from the places your family often eats. If you do give your dog food from the dinner ...
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Back to School for You and Your Pet

Back to School for You and Your Pet

Back to school means it’s the perfect time to freshen up your school supplies! Markers? Check. Crayons? Check. Glue stick? Check. Eraser? Uh oh… If you have a curious pet (or a pet at all) you know they like to poke their nose around. They want to see everything, play with everything, and worst of all, lick and eat everything. So this year, instead of dumping your backpack on the floor and letting it all ...
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National Preparedness Month

National Preparedness Month

The month of September is National Preparedness Month, which means that it’s the perfect time to think about enacting a plan for your furry friends in the event of an emergency. You’ve made the decision to invite your pets into your family unit, so it’s important to keep them safe and secure at all times. Emergencies come in many shapes and sizes, and they might require permanent evacuation from your home. The best thing you can do ...
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Summer Safety

Summer Safety

Beating the heat can be a challenge but a few simple tips and tricks can help make it safer for you and your pet when temperatures rise. Plan a visit. Visiting the vet in early spring can help you prepare for those pesky summer pests. Ensure your dog is properly vaccinated and up-to-date. Never leave your dog in a parked car. Cracking the windows won’t cut it. Leaving your pet alone for any length of ...
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Why Should I Brush My Dog’s Teeth?

Why Should I Brush My Dog’s Teeth?

Sure, dogs went thousands of years without teeth cleanings, oral examinations and routine X-rays. But so did people! While dogs don’t consume many of the cavity-causing foods that humans do, they still benefit from regular oral care for many of the same reasons that we do: 1. By the time your pup is 3, he or she will most likely already be showing signs of gum disease. Chronic infection in dogs can cause heart, liver and kidney ...
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Bring Your Dog to Work Day

June 26, 2015 is Bring Your Dog To Work Day! If you want to bring the best-dressed dog to work, schedule your grooming appointments with Suds N Hugs by calling (716) 759-2030. 1.Firefighter Dog 2. Police Dog 3. Lawyer Dog 4. Doctor Dog 5. Nurse Dog 6. Librarian Dog 7. Chef Dog 8. Model Dog ...
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Does your dog bite? 5 tips for preventing dog bites

While more than 70 million dogs live in U.S. homes, that doesn’t mean dogs are entirely harmless. Millions of people are bitten every year, according to the American Veterinarian Medical Association. In fact, dog bites are among the leading nonfatal injuries in children 14 and under. That’s why the AVMA sponsors National Dog Bite Prevention Week® every May. This year, the week falls on May 17 to 23. We decided to assemble a few tips to ...
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Healthy Living

Healthy Living

Spring is here and summer is almost upon us. You know what that means…time for some fun in the sun for you and your pet! Everyone pet owner knows the basics: your dog or puppy needs food, water, medical care and tons of love. But did you also know they need substantial physical activity to stay happy and health? Instead of shutting them up indoors–where you know your dog is bound to find trouble somehow–go ...
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Pet Food Tips

Pet Food Tips

We know that the products you eat and use are important. And so are the products your dogs eats. Which is why you should remember to always wash your hands when handling food. Even dog food! Pet food can also be contaminated by bacteria like salmonella, which can be really “ruff” for Fido. When storing pet food, make sure to pack it in airtight containers. This will help keep away moisture, germs and bugs, keeping ...
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