How Doggy Breath Could Save Your Pet’s Life

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Disclaimer: The information provided in this article is not a substitute for professional veterinary help. See your veterinarian for advice suited specifically to your dog.

If you’re like most pet parents, you probably think your dog’s stinky breath is normal, so you ignore it. But doggy breath is an indication of infection that can be deadly if left untreated.

Dental disease is one of the most widespread issues plaguing dogs today—in fact, roughly 90% of dogs will have some degree of dental disease by the time they are just three years old, and often it arises even earlier. PetMD says neglecting dental care is the #2 cause of earlier death in our dogs.

We talked to one of the world’s leading pet dentists, Dr. Brook Niemiec, who is shedding light on why dental disease is so prevalent and what you need to be asking your vet about your pet’s oral health.

Doggy Breath is Not Normal

Stinky dog breath is not normal and indicates an infection in your dog's mouth.

Stinky dog breath is not normal and indicates an infection in your dog’s mouth.

Although most people just accept bad doggy breath as reality, it’s a glaring sign something is really wrong.

“We have been trained to think some degree of gum disease as being normal—it’s not normal,” Dr. Niemiec explains. “It’s a sign of infection, and if your dog has bad breath, it’s a sign of severe infection.”

Dr. Niemiec believes the common misconceptions about pet dental hygiene and health are due to lack of education.

“Less than one-third of veterinary schools actually have a vet dentist on staff,” Dr. Niemiec says. “The new grads are learning from people who graduated 20 or 30 years ago, and they didn’t get any dentistry training either. Almost all the dental knowledge is picked up off the street.

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4 Signs Your Dog Was Exposed to Pool Chemicals

By: Vee Cecil, Guest Writer

You can take every precaution in the book to keep your dog out of harm’s way, but as any owner of a curious pooch knows, they’ll do their best to get around the obstacles you put in front of them. That was the case last summer when my parents’ dog found his way into the small shed where they keep their pool chemicals.

If your pooch loves the pool, keep him safe from toxic chemicals and know how to react if he gets his paws on something he shouldn't. Image via Flickr.

If your pooch loves the pool, keep him safe from toxic chemicals and know how to react if he gets his paws on something he shouldn’t. Image via Flickr.

Though my parents always kept the door locked, on this occasion the last person out had forgotten to latch the door. So it didn’t take long for their always curious dog to find his way into the space that he’s normally locked out of.

By the time my mom found him, he’d already managed to knock over the chlorine container. Of course, my parents were extremely worried about the possibility of a chemical poisoning. They immediately researched what symptoms to look out for and monitored their dog closely.

Knowing these symptoms is important for all dog owners. Immediately recognizing what signs indicate a poisoning instead of wasting critical time researching could save your dog’s life. Here are key symptoms of a chemical poisoning.

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The Best Way to Stop Dog Allergies

Itching, scooting, sneezing, redness—these are all signs your dog may be an allergy sufferer! Environmental allergies are on the rise for our furry friends but our dogs don’t have to suffer in silence. Yellow Dog Blog’s most recent article for Rover.com details how to spot and stop dog allergies with expert advice from veterinary dermatologist Dr. Nicole Eckholm.

You’ll learn what allergies might look like in your dog:

allergies collageWe talk about all the treatment options—yes, you can give your dog Benadryl but you must consult your vet for dosage information. Also learn about the most effective way to treat allergies—immunotherapy (a.k.a allergy shots). We’ll cover the testing process and what you can expect. Check it out!

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Choosing the Right Leash for Your Dog

Is your dog wild on walks, pulling, sniffing, and wildly darting back and forth? Your leash may be to blame! We consulted with California trainer Dan Perata on how choosing the right leash can lead to a safer and more enjoyable walk.

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K9s For Warriors Rescues Dogs and Suffering Veterans

Most of us can’t imagine what it feels like to return from war with traumatic memories that make it difficult to live back at home. But Brett Simon does, and when his parents saw him struggling after serving two tours in Iraq, they knew they had to do something.

Brett Simon and his mother, K9s For Warriors Founder Shari Duval, are changing lives by pairing service dogs with veterans suffering from PTSD.

Brett Simon and his mother, K9s For Warriors Founder Shari Duval, are changing lives by pairing service dogs with veterans suffering from PTSD.

Simon worked as a bomb dog handler and was also a former K9 Police Officer, so his family started researching how a service dog might help. A service dog ended up being so helpful, the Duval family knew they had to share this help with others; it was here the non-profit K9s For Warriors was born.

“Brett is the reason we are so successful,” his mother and the organization’s founder Shari Duval says. “The veterans relate to him and trust him because he speaks their language.”

K9s For Warriors rescues dogs they think will be good service animals, targeting those with no time left. They often pick up dogs with less than a week left to euthanasia at local shelters. From there, professional trainers spend months with the dogs, teaching them to become certified service dogs.

“All of our trainers that work with the warriors have deployed and have a service dog, just like them,” Duval says. “It’s what sets us apart.”

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How to Keep Your Dog Safe from Deadly Diseases

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Poor Yellow Dog after emergency surgery. Avoid this harrowing experience by arming yourself with the right knowledge.

Our furry friends can’t tell us when they don’t feel well. If they could, chances are we could prevent serious illnesses or complications. But since our pups can’t tell us when they’re sick, we’ve got you covered with a list of some serious, yet preventable, diseases and how to catch them early. From kidney disease to cancer to the little known but dangerous fungal diseases, check out our latest article for the Rover.com blog covering 8 Potentially Deadly (and Preventable) Dog Diseases.

And if you haven’t seen the Rover.com blog yet, check it out! It’s full of fun tips and resources for pet parents and animal lovers.

Road Trip! Tips for a Happy Dog Traveler

Spring break is around the corner and summer not far behind, so many pet parents will soon be hitting the road, possibly with their dogs in tow. But is your pooch miserable during the trip? There are things you can to do help!

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First, make sure you are getting your dog enough exercise before you head out on the open road.

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Road trip! Make sure your dog is prepared for a long car ride.

“Just like kids, you need to tire them out so they can rest or sleep during the ride,” behavioral therapist and trainer Beverly Ulbrich says. “It will cause less stress and anxiety for them if you drain some of their energy first.”

We usually head to the dog park for an hour before getting in the car. You have to factor this into your travel time for a happier ride-a-long.

“I recommend walking your dog the minimum you typically walk him every day,” Ulbrich says. “So if he’s used to at least a 45-minute walk every day, then you need to have a 45-minute walk before putting him the car for a few hours.”

Extra exercise isn’t necessary on trips less than an hour but make sure your dog goes potty before you leave.

Also make sure to bring plenty of water and a dog-friendly dish. Our favorite to-go water dish is Gulpy, a portable water dispenser that comes in different shapes and sizes.

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Happy Valentine’s Day! SPCA Adoption Event Today

Be my Valentine? These adorable puppies are hoping so!

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These cute little guys are at the SPCA of Monterey County, where adoptive pet parents can pick their price this Valentine’s Day.

Any dog, cat or bird four months or older is eligible for adoption. The animals have already been spayed or neutered, microchipped, vaccinated and gone through a health screening. This process typically runs several hundred dollars and adoption fees are normally between $35 and $290, but you can name your price today only!

Keep in mind, the SPCA of Monterey County is a non-profit group and can rescue more animals in need based on the donations and adoption fees they take in.

Lights, Camera, DOGTV!

Yellow Dog, Sundown and Mocha were recently part of a segment for DOGTV, the first TV channel dedicated completely to dogs! Check it out:

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As you can see, DOGTV helps entertain and stimulate your dog when you’re away. It’s on channel 354 on DirecTV. If you don’t have DirecTV, you can watch online!

Resource Guarding; Why Dogs Protect Their Stuff

By: Beverly Ulbrich, Guest Writer

Most people have heard that you should mess with a puppy’s food when he’s young to ensure he doesn’t growl at or bite you. But did you know that you need to keep doing this throughout your dog’s life?

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You should be able to grab a bone from your dog’s mouth without him growling or otherwise reacting to you taking it away.

You never know when you’ll need to grab something dangerous from your dog’s mouth, or when someone might try to pet your dog while he’s chewing on something. So you need to make sure your dog knows that it’s okay.

Make sure your dog doesn’t react in any of the following situations:

  • Put your hand in his food bowl and take the bowl away while he’s eating
  • Pet him while he’s eating food
  • Pet him when he’s chewing on a bone or other chew toy
  • Take away anything he’s chewing on or playing with
  • Once you’re assured he’s safe, ask other household members or friends to do the same actions

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