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I said it already but I'll say it again - my poor, beloved Kitsune is having a bit of a rough summer.  Luckily we seem to have gotten a handle on his seasonal allergies, they were worse this year than I think they've ever been before.  In late July he somehow managed to break his tail, which is why he's been sporting much shorter tail hair than what everyone is used to seeing.  Last week I took him to the beach and we had an awesome time together, but what I didn't share when I posted about our trip was that poor Kit got bitten by a snake! ...continue reading "What To Do If Your Dog Is Bitten By A Snake"

Last summer I wrote about using Dr.Dobias' FleaHex as a form of natural flea control on my two dogs.  It's a two part system that includes a shampoo for your dogs as well as a house spray to eliminate fleas indoors.  Although we had a few minor run ins with fleas last summer, overall I was impressed enough with FleaHex that I bought it again this year.  I've been using it on Fen as his sole means of flea preventative.  I use it on Kit in conjunction with a topical flea preventative, doubling up on protection with him because he is very allergic to fleas.  This summer, right before I stocked up on FleaHex, Dr.Dobias released a new product that is supposed to repel ticks. ...continue reading "TickHex Natural Tick Repellent First Impressions"

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My beloved Kitsune has been having a bit of a rough summer this year.  A couple of weeks ago I wrote about how he's been dealing with a lot of allergy issues.  Kit's always had allergies ever since he was a tiny pup, but his environmental allergies this summer have been particularly bad.  Near the end of June/beginning of July he developed quite a few hot spots that have luckily since healed.  We've been working with a holistic vet to get Kit's allergies under control and I've been optimistic that his current treatments seem to really be helping.  However, when it rains it pours and unfortunately Kit has recently had to deal with another health issue. ...continue reading "What Happened to Kit’s Tail"

Last weekend the dogs and I went hiking.  Awhile after we got home I was cleaning up the house a bit and found a foxtail on the bedroom floor.  I figured either the dogs or I must have brought it home from our hike, perhaps it was stuck onto my clothing or the dogs' fur.  After finding that one on the floor I promptly checked over both the dogs to make sure they didn't bring any other hitchhikers home.

For most people, the word "foxtail" doesn't conjure up images of horror.  But ask any unfortunate pet owner whose pet has had a run in with these pesky plants, and you'll most likely hear at least a few horror stories.  They may look innocent enough, but foxtails can present some very real dangers to pets. ...continue reading "Protect Your Pets From Foxtails"

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Warning:  This post contains images of Kitsune's hot spots.  If images of dog wounds/blood bother you you should skip this post.

Anyone who's been a Paw Print reader for any length of time, especially recently, probably already knows that I'm not a huge fan of the hot weather.  Personally I'd rather be cold than hot, and my pets, for the most part, seem to tolerate the colder weather better than the heat as well.  While I've written recently about how we're not crazy about the heat, I don't think I've ever written in depth about the true bane of our summers - Kitsune's summer time itchies and his resulting hot spots. ...continue reading "Kitsune’s Summer Time Itchies (Dealing with Allergies and Hot Spots in Dogs)"

I feel a bit like a broken record sometimes mentioning how busy I am.  Besides working on this blog, I also work a 'regular' job, and my fiance Chris and I are slowly trying to open our own business.  Lately my job has been giving me double the hours that I'm used too, which is awesome when I get my paychecks but not so awesome when it comes to time management.  Of course all that is on top of everything I do to care for our home and pets, plus the volunteer work I like to do whenever I can find the time too. ...continue reading "Take Care of Yourself to Better Take Care of Others"

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Or, more accurately, when one dog gets gastroenteritis in a multi dog household...

I apologize for being a bit MIA last week.  I usually try to post at least twice a week, but sometimes life gets in the way.  Last week was a bit crazy.  I posted on our Facebook page about Fen not feeling well, and am finally getting around to updating everyone on what was going on. ...continue reading "When it Rains…"

Spring is in the air!  For lots of people, the warming weather means they can get back to gardening.  Whether you have a massive garden and a green thumb, or just have a tiny bit of turf to tend, pet owners know that some plants can present health risks to our furry family members.  Seemingly unrelated, almost all pet owners also know all about the danger of chocolate.  Why am I talking about chocolate in a post that started off being about gardening?  Because of cocoa mulch, that's why!  Don't let your pet become a victim of the mulchacre (get it - mulch massacre?)!  The dangers that cocoa mulch can present to pets is no laughing matter. ...continue reading "The Dangers Of Cocoa Mulch"

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