Top 10 Tips for Traveling With Your Dog by Car

Whether you’re road tripping for the weekend or journeying cross country with your dog, these top 10 tips for traveling with your dog will help you prep for four-wheeled adventures with your four-legged friend.1. Identification: Make sure he is microchipped and/or has a collar with contact information in case he gets loose in an unfamiliar place. Also consider bringing along a photo…

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How Much Does It Cost to Own a Dog?

The cost of owning a dog ranges between $700 and $1,100 annually, according to the most recent estimates by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). A 2018 survey by financial services company TD Ameritrade found Millennials spend an average of $1,285 on their dogs yearly.

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Are You Ready for a Dog? A Guide for First-Time Dog Owners

Written by: Catherine Joslin

A dog is a wonderful addition to a household, but everyone must be ready for the responsibility.
Photo by Carol, Cleveland

You love dogs and are contemplating taking the leap into dog ownership. We get it! Having a dog is truly one of life’s great joys. But caring for a dog full-time is also a serious . . .

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Which Large Dog Breeds Are Most Sensitive to the Cold?

Large dog breeds who are most sensitive to the cold include Great Danes, Mastiffs, Dobermans, German Shorthaired Pointers, and Boxers—despite their imposing size, some large and giant dog breeds simply can’t fend off the frost effectively. Read . . .

Large dog breeds who are most sensitive to the cold include Great Danes, Mastiffs, Dobermans, German Shorthaired Pointers, and Boxers—despite their imposing size, some large and giant dog breeds simply can’t fend off the frost effectively. Read on to learn why some powerful dogs balk at cold-weather walks, and which dog breeds need winter coats.

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A Personalized Dog Collar: The Best Way to Find a Lost Dog

Written by: Deb German

Teddy Blue and Maggie
Photo courtesy of Deb German

The single best way to find your lost dog is to outfit her in a personalized dog collar, embroidered or engraved with your phone number, before she goes missing. The reason is simple: the person who finds her is most likely to check her collar or tags first, and call the number on them before making ‘found dog’ posters or fliers, or dropping her at the local animal shelter. That one phone call will lead a good Samaritan instead directly to you, and hopefully your pal will be back in your arms again in short order. A redundant system is better still—adding ID hang tags to your dog’s collar and having her microchipped are smart backups.

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What Is Pododermatitis in Dogs?

By: Orvis Staff

Pododermatitis is an inflammation that can be caused by many disorders including infections, allergies,
hormonal disorders, immune-mediated diseases, tumors or cancers and environmental contaminants.
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As awful as it sounds, canine pododermatitis is not a disease, but a condition caused by any one or more of a multitude of underlying problems—think of it as a catch-all term to describe an . . .

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Common Dog Paw Problems And How to Prevent Them

By: Orvis Staff

Cooper may not enjoy having his paws checked, but the health of the pads is important.

Photo by: Phil Monahan

Don’t underestimate the importance of dog paw care. Consider this: especially if he’s a working or a sporting breed, your dog’s feet have an important job to do—same as your own feet. His fleshy foot pads give him extra shock-absorbing cushioning to protect his bones and joints, they help insulate him against extreme weather, safeguard him against rough ground, and protect other soft tissue inside his paws. But they’re not made of cast iron: the pads and the skin between your doggie’s toes, and his toenails, are fairly susceptible to injuries. How best to prevent or treat common dog paw problems? In a nutshell, it depends on what potentially causes them. Read on to learn about the most common dog paw and paw pad injuries, and how to treat and prevent them.

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Protecting Your Lawn From Dog Urine

By: Orvis Staff

If you love dogs and having a lovely lawn, this can be a problem.
Photo by Mike Finkelstein

The good of owning a dog far outweighs the bad, but—if we’re being honest—there are a few downsides. One of the more vexing problems that come part and parcel with your best friend is lawn burn—those unsightly brown spots spread across your lawn, caused by your dog’s urine. Your dog’s gotta go, of course, but lawn burn isn’t as inevitable as your best friend’s bodily functions. Read on to learn what causes lawn burn, and the simple steps you can take to prevent it so you can enjoy an uninterrupted expanse of fresh, emerald-green grass.

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Can Dogs Get Bed Bugs?

By: Amber Roberts

Photos via Centers for Disease Control

Bed bugs (Cimex lectularius) are making a powerful, if undesirable, comeback after becoming scarce due to pesticide use in the 1950s. These parasites, once thought to infest only cheap motels . . .

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Are Dog Beds Necessary?

By: Sondra Wolfer

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If you’re wondering whether your dog needs a bed, ponder this: the average dog stands up on his feet for only five hours per day. If you’re a dog parent, you know what they’re doing the rest of . . .

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