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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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I've mentioned at least a few times now that, since the weather here has been getting nicer, I've been spending a lot more time playing with the boys at the park.  One day in particular last week I walked Kit to the beach, via a path that was bordered by lots of fresh green grass, and all Kit wanted to do was graze!  ...continue reading "Why Do Dogs Eat Grass?"

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Back in February I posted a video of my rabbit, Barnaby, begging for then eating his morning 'cookie'.  I had planned on eventually writing a bit more about why I started this ritual with Barnaby.  Here's a hint, it's not just because Barnaby loves cookies!  ...continue reading "The Rabbit Treat Test"

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Most veterinarians will recommend, to reduce the chances of your pet becoming sick from parasite borne diseases, that pet owners use flea and tick preventatives on their pets. Usually this means using a monthly topical flea/tick preventative. These topical treatments are usually applied to the pets' skin at the back of the neck or between the shoulder blades. Once applied, the animals' oil glands soak up the medication and spread it all over the surface of the pets skin. When a flea or tick goes to bite your pet, they are exposed to the preventative on the pets skin and usually killed or repelled. ...continue reading "Alternatives to Traditional Chemical Flea and Tick Prevention"

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