‘Tis the Season: The Best Way to De-Skunk Your Dog

Slathering your dog with tomato juice after a skunk spraying results in a big mess. . .and a dog who still stinks.
Photo via families.com

Ask a dozen people on the street how you get the skunk smell out of a dog, and I bet half will say “tomato juice.” But real dog-savvy folks know that this traditional “cure” is anything but. The “secret formula” that really does work was created by a chemist named Paul Krebaum, who published his findings in Chemical & Engineering News in 1993. But the formula didn’t really enter the public consciousness until. . .

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Hot Weather Reminder: The Dangers of Leaving a Dog in the Car

Even if it doesn’t feel particularly hot outside, the temperature inside a parked car can
skyrocket very quickly and cause serious health problems in a dog.
photo via germanshepherdrescue.co.uk

Now that temperatures are starting to rise, it’s worth reminding dog owners of the dangers of leaving a dog in a parked car, even for what seems like “just a few minutes.” As the chart below makes clear, it doesn’t take long for inside temperatures to top the 100-degree mark, even when outside temperatures seem moderate. The consequences of being left in a hot car can be. . .

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Owning a Dog Is Linked to Reduced Heart Risk

Perhaps we should call them “cardiologists’ helpers.”
photo by photo via New York Times

We already know that owning a dog is good for your health, both mental and physical, but here’s a fascinating story that gets to specific benefits. According to the American Heart Association, the presence of a dog in your household is “probably associated” with a reduced risk of. . .

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Warning: Eating a Single Penny Can Be Fatal for Dogs

Did you know that any penny minted after 1982 can make a dog ill or even cause death? That’s because these coins have a zinc core.

“The stomach acid eventually digests the penny and releases the zinc into the system,” veterinarian Dr. Jenna. . .

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Video: Why a Dog Bed?

A dog bed is more than just a comfortable place for your best friend to sleep. It’s a place of refuge, a place to recover after activity, and a training tool. Every dog needs a “den,” where they can get away from life’s . . .

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