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How do you determine the right level of E Collar stimulation for your dog?

Using a E Collar is not difficult. However, it is not entirely intuitive either. Too often people have the misguided notion that you put the collar on the dog, wait for him to “do something wrong” or disobey and then push the button to punish him.

How does the E Collar work?

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That isn’t how it works, or at least that isn’t how it works best. Proper use of a E Collar involves a collar conditioning phase that teaches the dog how to respond to stimulation. Once the dog understands how to respond to the sensation, you can use the collar to teach and enforce a wide variety of skills.

The challenge people struggle with most often in this conditioning phase is learning how to adjust the dial to use a level of stimulation appropriate for the dog’s sensitivity. It is a skill that involves learning to watch the dog rather than the dial. The dial provides a reference point, but the level you use will not be the same for every situation. The intensity can go up or down depending on how excited or adrenalized the dog is.

Pay attention to your dog but not the remote

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Keeping your eyes on the dog is the key to determining if you should turn the level up or down. The dog will indicate through his body language whether the stimulation is having the proper effect or not.

An appropriate stim level will cause the dog to “do something”. The dog attempting to
“do something” means that the level is just perturbing enough that Fido shows some sort of behavior response to it. There is a wide range of possible responses. The dog may scratch, tilt his head, or freeze. Scenting behavior may be interrupted, the dog might lay down, or simply have a puzzled look on his face. It is important to watch for subtle but noticeable indications that the dog feels something.

If you are not seeing any of these signs and Fido just continues doing whatever he was doing, then the level is too low and you need to turn up the stimulation until you see some behavioral change.

If, however, you are seeing signs of distress or strong reaction like yelping or startled jumping your level is too high and you need to turn it down.

Adjust the collar properly and frequently until you find the best level

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Being able to adjust the stimulation level to suitably match the dog’s level of sensitivity is the key to smooth and effective E Collar use. If the level of stimulation is appropriate, the dog will learn to have a positive and quick response to the sensation.Training will improve and you’ll see significant improvement in the attention you can gain and retain while out and about with your dog.

Another component of understanding a proper training level is being aware that it will change according to the level of distraction in the environment. A dog’s sensitivity and recognition of tactile sensation fluctuate just as ours does when we experience changes in adrenaline level.

If you’ve ever gotten a bruise or scrape and not realized how the injury even happened, you can understand how spikes in adrenaline affect your ability to notice physical perception. The same happens when our dogs become hyper-aroused about a situation in their environment. As they quickly change into high energy behaviors like; barking, lunging, chasing, or escape, their awareness of physical sensation adjusts to shifting into those senses that are most critical to survival at the moment. They simply will not notice the same level they do when things are “normal” or calm in the surroundings.

This is why it is so important to learn to be proactive in the training and management of your dog. The sooner you can interrupt Fido’s attention and refocus him on you or another task, the easier it will be to maintain control.

It is a vital thing to adjust the level of your E Collar

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Learning to find the right level of stimulation to train with is about keeping your eyes on the dog rather than on the dial of your transmitter. Eventually, you will learn the “range of numbers” that work best, but that won’t be discovered overnight. It is important to not think of the collar as an immediate solution to training or behavior problems but rather, understand it is something that aids in gaining attentiveness to you. Gaining attentiveness will take different levels of tactile sensation depending on the situation and you will learn what is right for your dog by keeping your eyes on him!

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7 Ways of Dog Anxiety Treatment

When your dog is scared or anxious, don’t worry too much. There are lots of means of dog anxiety treatment for you to choose from. Pick the one or combination that works best for your dog. Here is a rundown of some options to consider when it comes to dog anxiety treatment:

1. MASSAGE
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Massage makes for a good dog anxiety treatment.

Ah, never underestimate the soothing and calming power of therapeutic touch. Some dogs calm down when you gently massage their ears and bodies. Or, you can turn to a professional. Yes, professional animal massage therapists do exist. So do animal reiki healers. Thoroughly check out the individual’s credentials in advance, and ask your veterinarian to make a recommendation.

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2. CALMING HERBS AND SUPPLEMENTS
The use of herbs and over-the-counter supplements for pets is on the rise. Popular herbs picked for dog anxiety treatment include chamomile, valerian and lemon balm. There are a lot of new natural calming treats and pills for dogs. Play it safe by consulting your veterinarian in advance before giving your dog herbs or supplements, especially if your dog is on a prescription. You don’t want to accidentally give your dog a toxic-level dose.

3. ESSENTIAL OILS
Many essential oils come in tinctures and are administered by a dropper. All essential oils are not the same and vary in efficacy by manufacturer, plus what you take for yourself may not be safe to give to your dog. If you wish to pursue this option, talk to your holistic veterinarian about the pros and cons of essential oil products you are considering.

4. PHEROMONE SPRAYS AND DIFFUSERS
Dogs definitely outdo us when it comes to the sense of smell. Many are led by their noses. Consider some commercial products available in sprays and plug-in diffusers that emit dog- appeasing pheromones that have helped some dogs calm down when facing stressful or scary situations. Again, check with your veterinarian about this option for your dog.

5. SOOTHING MUSIC
Don’t underestimate the power of music as a dog anxiety treatment, but be selective in the genre. Anxious, scared dogs fare best with classical music with soothing melodies far better than acid rock tunes. And, there are even some dog music CDs available that are backed by scientific research on their effectiveness to soothe agitated dogs.

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6. TRAINING/BEHAVIOR MODIFICATIONS
Fortunately, there are organizations filled with positive reinforcement dog trainers who specialize in offering tips and techniques to deal with scared dogs. Check with your veterinarian or local animal shelter officials for recommendations on dog trainers in your area. Or you may purchase some dog training devices to help you, such as remote dog training collars, bark collars or dog fences.

7. TOWEL WRAPPING OR ANTI-ANXIETY VESTS
Wrapping your dog in a thick bath towel or blanket, or fitting him in an anti-anxiety vest may help your dog feel less scared or anxious. For some dogs, these feel like safe and comforting hugs. Practice toweling your dog or try on an anti-anxiety vest when your dog is happy and calm. Heap on the treats and positive praise to help your dog associate these items with a safe and pleasant experience.

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Train Your Dog Not to Bark

Train Your Dog Not to Bark

Dogs bark for many reasons. The more common ones are listed below along with some ideas to train your dog not to bark so much.

If your dog is barking for attention: He may want you to play or feed him. Whatever it is – don’t do it! If you do, you will be teaching him that barking “works” to get his owner moving and he will do it more.

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If your dog is barking when he hears or sees something interesting:
When you are home: Prevent your dog from barking by blocking the source of sound or sights by using a fan or blinds or by keeping him in a different area of the house. Teach him to “quiet” down when you ask him to. Praise or reward him when he chooses to be quiet on his own when he hears or sees something that usually makes him bark. Barking at the door when the doorbell rings or someone knocks on the door is very common.
When you are not home: Prevent him from wanting to bark by blocking the source of sound or sights by using a fan or blinds or by keeping him in a different area of the house.

If your dog is barking on a walk (at other dogs, people. or cars, etc out of excitement): Teach him to “quiet” down when you ask him to. Teach him to focus on you while walking past distractions using the “heel” exercise. Reward calm behavior on walks. If he is unable to respond to the “quiet” cue (or doesn’t know it yet) just turn around and calmly walk away from the thing that is getting him so excited and then reward him when he calms down.

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If your dog is barking because he is afraid, aggressive or territorial: Prevent outbursts by crating, gating, blocking windows, using a fan or not taking him places that cause him to bark. This is not meant to be a permanent solution, but is helpful while you are teaching him that he does not need to be upset. Try to stay calm and upbeat when you think your dog may get upset. Consider hiring a professional positive trainer for private sessions, or purchase dog training devices such as Remote Dog Training Collar, Dog Bark Collar, etc. Teach your dog that what he was upset about before, now predicts his favorite things by exposing him to his fear in baby steps and then rewarding him for each small success. It can be helpful to train your dog to “heel” and then ask him to “heel” when you need to get him past something that is scary for him. Praise and reward every step of heeling past a scary thing. Reward your dog’s calm behavior around situations that usually get him upset and barking. For more ideas on helping your dog with his or her anxiety, check out our anxiety dog training section. For help with aggression.

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If your dog is barking because he is bored: Prevent boredom by keeping your dog busy and tiring him out with chew toys, exercise and training. Teach him to “quiet” when asked. “Time him Out” for barking to make it less entertaining.

If your dog is barking out of excitement during play: Teach him that when he begins to bark the play stops. He will soon realize he should hold his tongue if he wants to keep playing.

Check out the products we offer for your no-bark training in this link: https://dog-ecollar.com/new-products/

Petdiary Halloween Giveaway

Petdiary Halloween Giveaway!

Halloween is one of the most important holidays of the year with a celebration on the night of October 31. Celebrating this spooky holiday with your friends and families can be a lot of fun, but don’t forget about your most loyal little buddy, your dog! Petdiary Dog Training Device is here to help you celebrate Halloween with your beloved dog, and you’ll even have a chance to win a free LED Flash Dog Collar FOR FREE! Please check the instructions below:

Win a Cool LED Flash Dog Collar FOR FREE:

Step 1: Go To “Petdiary Dog Training Device” Facebook page, and click “Like” on the page.

Step 2: Post a Photo of you and your dog both in Halloween Costumes on Your Facebook page, and tag(@) “Petdiary Dog Training Device”, please choose “Public” in audience selector for your post, so that we can see it.

There are only 50 gifts, and the faster you complete the above 2 steps the more chances you’ll win, so act fast! The giveaway ends at Nov. 1st, 2018.

(Step 2 will be something like the below reference photo, so make sure you’re doing it right.)

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This activity is Sponsored by Petdiary Halloween Giveaway

 

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If Your Dog Keeps Running Away, Try These Tips.

Isn’t it always the second you accidentally drop the leash or open the door that your dog runs off? Seemingly deaf to your hysterical calls and whistles, he’ll cause a scene in which you are the bumbling fool chasing after him.

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But the real problem is that dogs who get loose are often injured. They chase cars and get hit, fall into ditches or even get into fights with other dogs. It’s our responsibility to ensure that doesn’t happen. One way to do that is to invest in proper training, such as using Remote Dog Training Collar, Dog Bark Collars or Dog Fence Systems.

 

Why Does Your Dog Run?
Dogs will run off for a few reasons, including:
•Another dog/animal to challenge or investigate
•Fear
•To chase cars
•Food/other temptations
It could really narrows down to: There is something much more interesting or less scary “over there” than “over here.” If running away gets him somewhere he’d rather be, he’s likely to run away.
As responsible dog people, we must be aware of the lures in our dogs’ environments and prepare to combat them with good training through positive reinforcement.

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Indoor Voice, Please
Our first instinct when our dogs take off is to chase them and yell — we know they could potentially run into danger, and we want to avoid that at all costs. The problem is, our dogs don’t understand that. They only know that we’re mad and we’re chasing after them — which scares them, so they run faster and farther.
We are thinking, ‘Oh no, you’re going to hurt yourself, you’re my dog and I love you and I don’t want you to get hurt!’ but dogs don’t understand that. Dogs are thinking, ‘Oh no, the longer you chase me yelling, the farther I’m running.’”
Using positive reinforcement means more effective — and humane.
Don’t Fib
If your dog does come to you, don’t use that opportunity to scare him.
If you “sweet talk” him over, then start yelling at him, your dog will learn that he can’t trust you, no matter your tone. Your dog needs to know that coming when he is called is a rewarding experience for him — not a scary one.
What You Can Do to Help Your Dog
First, remember that training takes time. It’s not something that will be concretely reinforced in your dog’s mind for a long time — and this is a command that you want to practice regularly to keep it fresh.
Second, positive reinforcement is the way to go. You want your dog to know that coming to you is much better than anything he’s going to find out there.
The object is to teach the dog to do the behavior and then reward him for it, motivate with treats; motivate with play. The object is to make it fun and not let the dog have a chance of failing.
When your dog comes to you, praise him like it’s the most amazing thing in the universe. He’ll soon understand that coming to you nets him what he likes best — your affection.

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Training Advice
Keep gradually increasing the distractions your dog faces while telling him to come. Start somewhere as isolated as possible, like your living room.
If you live in a rural area, take your dog to a big field, where you will be alone. If you live in the middle of some rural area, I would go out to the middle of a field and run 100 yards away, then call my dog. What’s the dog going to do? He’s going to come to me. When he does, I praise him.
But even if you don’t have a rural area nearby, you can easily use your own living room, backyard or other isolated areas to start. The important thing is to make it a fun, positive and rewarding experience for your dog.
As your dog gets better at coming to you when called, you can gradually move to areas that offer more distractions. Take your time, make it fun and eventually you’ll have a dog who will come to you not just because he has to — but because he wants to.

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AT WHAT AGE CAN I START E-COLLAR TRAINING?

You recently acquired a new puppy and other than the middle of the night potty breaks, the first few weeks were pretty easy. The pup mostly ate, slept, gently gnawed on his toys, and waddled along a few feet behind you, never getting too far from sight.

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But a few weeks have gone by and that devoted pup has suddenly developed a mind of his own. He is going into the street to chase cats, chewing on the corner of the furniture, and using those sharp incisors to clamp down on your hands when you try to pet or brush him.

You’re thinking about using an e-collar (or remote dog training collar, dog bark collar, even electric dog fence system) to start teaching better manners but someone who has trained a few of his own dogs has told you he is too young. In fact, the more people you ask, the more conflicting opinions you get!

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It is fairly common knowledge that you should start training your puppy as soon as he comes into your home. Our dogs are taking in information all the time. Each interaction with them is a learning opportunity and basic manners like housebreaking, learning to inhibit play biting and control of nuisance whining, barking and jumping up should start young. It is ideal if the pup grows up never really having learned and ingrained bad behaviors to begin with.

But when it comes to the question of how old is “old enough” to start using an e-collar to train a dog, the truth is, there isn’t a one size fits all answer. Some pups are ready to go around 14 or 15 weeks of age, others should be close to the typically standard prescribed 6 month old time frame before you start.

If your pup is large enough to fit the collar properly AND has an outgoing, boisterous type of personality, you can very likely add an e-collar to the training tool kit and get started earlier than you would if you have a quiet, reserved pup. The more withdrawn puppies should have extra attention paid to exploring the world and experiencing a spectrum of positive adventures rather than focusing on reining them in too soon and creating potential hesitancy.

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My personal belief is that the decision about e-collar training should depend on a factor far more important than the age of the dog. A factor that is even more important than the dog’s overall temperament.

In my opinion, the decision should be weighted heavily on you as the operator, your knowledge of the tool, and very importantly, your willingness to put in the needed training time. If you’re a patient person, willing to learn to use the collar properly (or you’re already experienced) you can get started. On the other hand, if you’re only looking for a quick fix to punish nuisance behavior (and not take the time to teach the dog what to do) you should reassess your motivation and the relationship you have with your dog.

If both you and your dog are ready, then go for it and get busy with the collar conditioning protocols and do the work. Put in the practice sessions because collar conditioning teaches your dog HOW to properly respond and have control over the sensation.  That understanding will bring a happy working attitude rather than a sullen or deflated one and you’ll end up improving the relationship you have with your dog and more thoroughly enjoying your time together.

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The thing that will vary based on your dog’s age, is how much work you can do in a given session and for how long. Pay attention and honor the limitations of your dog’s attention span when you start. And on the side of caution and keep your sessions short, rather than too long. You will build your dog’s mental endurance as you practice together. And focus on what is going right; help your young dog get it right. Don’t be stingy with the use of rewards and praise.

Once the dog understands how to respond and do as you ask, everything else will begin to fall in line. You will have a well-mannered, happy dog and you will be able to enjoy more adventures together.

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THE 22th CHINA INTERNATIONAL PET SHOW (CIPS 2018)

Pet Shows have always been one the most crucial events in our industry. Filled with all the latest tech and products, we were very excited to have attended the 22th China International Pet Show in Guangzhou as exhibitors this September.

Being a professional supplier of pet training products, a trade show is a fantastic venue for us to reach new customers, and it is a great opportunity to show our strength. During the show, we enthusiastically served those who visited our booth, and answered all of their questions. We were thrilled to learn that they were very intrigued by our products, such as our star products: dog training collar, dog bark collar, pet training products, pet electronic fence, etc. We have learned so much from this wonderful event, and had a better understanding regarding the advantages of ourselves and that of other participants at the show, we will never stop seeking for new marketing methods as well as technical breakthrough, and more importantly, new partners to work with. We look forward to seeing you all again at the next event!

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How Often Should Your Pet See a Veterinarian?

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You know your cat or dog needs regular checkups to stay healthy. But how often should he get them? The answer depends on your pet’s life stage, says Susan Barrett, DVM, head of community practice at Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

Kitten or Puppy: Birth to 1 Year

You’ll need to bring your little one in for vaccines every 3 to 4 weeks until he’s 16 weeks old.

Dogs will get shots for rabies, distemper-parvo, and other diseases. They may also need shots to protect against health woes such as kennel cough, influenza, and Lyme disease.

Cats will get tests for feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus. They also get vaccinations that cover several diseases.

At this stage, your pet will also start heartworm and flea- and tick-prevention medications, if they’re recommended for your area.

The vet will examine your pup or kitten to make sure he’s growing well and shows no signs of an illness. She’ll check again at around 6 months, when you bring your pet in to be spayed or neutered.

Adult: 1 to 7-10 Years (Depending on Type of Pet and Breed)

During this stage, vets recommend yearly checkups. The doc will give your pet a head-to-tail physical. She’ll also take a blood sample from your dog to check for heartworms. (Cats normally don’t get tested because the results are hard to interpret.) The vet may recommend other tests based on any problems your pet has or anything unusual she sees during the exam.

Distemper-parvo and rabies booster shots happen during the first yearly checkup, then usually every 3 years after that. How often animals get rabies boosters depends on state law.

Your dog may get other vaccines to prevent illnesses like kennel cough, and outdoor cats should get feline leukemia vaccines.

It’s helpful to bring in a stool sample from your pet, which your vet will check for intestinal parasites.

Senior: 7 to 10 Years and Older

Vets suggest twice-yearly checkups for older pets. Your cat or dog will get vaccinations when needed and will get a thorough physical exam, along with tests to follow up on any problems. Blood and urine tests can give your vet the scoop on your pet’s kidney and liver health, thyroid hormone levels, and more.

Mention any changes you’ve seen in your pet — if, for example, your cat is drinking more water or your dog is no longer excited by his daily walks. These can be signs of a new problem such as kidney disease or arthritis.

Expert Tip

“To get your pet used to going in a carrier to travel to the vet, keep the carrier out and put your cat’s or dog’s food and toys in it,” Barrett says.

Do Shock Collars Work?

Do Shock Collars Work?

One of the most frequently asked questions when it comes to training your pet is do shock collars work? The answer to this question is ultimately yes, shock collars can be an effective way to curb many different stubborn behaviors in dogs such as excessive barking, unwanted aggression, pet containment and general stubborn behavior but this all depends on the trainer and how they are administering this aversive training technique. It is also very important and should be understood that canines are associative learners. There are many different factors that can lead to positive and negative training results when using aversive training.

Such factors for example, is the environment they are being trained in, whether it is in your own backyard, at the local dog park, or off –leash training on the sidewalk. Factors such as objects in those environments may affect your dog’s association towards the shock stimulation as well. These objects could include people, vehicles, animals, etc.  Any negative/improper association with the shock collar could result in physical pain, stress, anxiety, fear, aggression and abnormal behaviors towards these objects in the training environment.

Timing and awareness are VERY IMPORTANT when training with shock collars. We stress the importance of timing and awareness because if used improperly the shock collars can actually make a dog’s behavior worse. When a dog is misbehaving or being disobedient, it is up to the trainer to send an electric shock into the dog’s neck to discourage him from engaging in that undesirable behavior.

With proper usage of this training device you can be successful with e-collar training but remember, just because you have a great tool to assist you with a job, without proper training that tool is useless.

Are shock collars safe?

Shock collars have been a hot topic in today’s society regarding whether or not they are safe to use and the answer is yes, they will not cause physical harm to your dog when used properly. Let us stress used properly, as improper usage of an e-collar can not only cause setbacks in your training but also damage to your dog’s well being. Below is a table that compares common electrical output devices with electronic dog training devices.

Shock Collars Emitting Shock Comparison Chart
“The Truth about Shock Collars

As you can see a dog training collar emits the lowest amount of static impulses compared to other forms of electronic training devices. Now it is also important to know that shock collars have adjustable levels of shock stimulation. So based on the level of shock stimulation you have the level of discomfort that will actually increase as the correction level increases due to the number of pulses increasing per second. The reason for having different levels of stimulation is to find the minimal level that will stop the unwanted behavior without overstimulating your dog and is also the level to get the best possible training experience. This level when found is called the “levels” Don’t forget most shock collars have a vibration feature for dog’s that are sensitive to the shock emitted from your dog training collar. If you’re finding that your dog responds well to the vibration and you have no need for static shock stimulation, think about purchasing a vibration collar.

Our advice and recommendation 

E-collars training can either be very successful or a complete unsuccessful disaster, a lot of it boils down to a few key things. Learn how to properly use your e-collar either by self-educating yourself with books or watching videos online. Another way to learn proper dog training collar usage is to take your dog to a professional trainer who specializes in using electric collars. Without proper technique from the e-collar user, the dog will not have a positive learning experience.

If so, maybe an e-collar is right for your dog. Dogs are like children, there’s no one right way to discipline them as every dog is different and unique, so don’t be afraid to attempt a little trial and error to find the perfect training method for YOUR situation.

Now how do you know if shock collars are the right option for you? If it seems you have a very stubborn dog that you cannot get to listen to you or obey any of your commands using these other training options, then we would recommend aversion training (shock stimulation), and if that doesn’t seem to correct your dogs unwanted behavior’s then maybe a professional trainer coupled with an training collar is the right option for you.

Thanks for your time and hopefully this blog post helped make you an informed decision on whether to purchase a dog training collar system.

7 Common Dog Health Problems

 

  1. There are a number of reasons your dog can become sick. While the average, well-cared-for dog doesn’t tend to get sick very often, there are still some health issues that can occur. Taking steps to keep your dog health can minimize the incidence of issues like these. In addition, seeing your vet for routine wellness exams can help you discover health problems before they get out of control. Always watch your dog for any signs of illness. There are many health issues that can affect dogs. The following are among the most common.
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    Urinary issues are common in dogs. It’s so frustrating to deal with a dog who is peeing in the house. Many owners chalk it up to behavioral issues or lack of training. However, your dog may actually have a Urinary track infections. Signs of UTI include inappropriate urination, excessive urination, increased thirst and lethargy. If this sounds familiar, bring your dog to the vet so the urine can be checked for infection.

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    There are so many reasons a dog can develop vomiting. While you don’t need to rush to the vet every time your dog throws up, it’s also not something to ignore. Vomiting can be a sign of toxicity, gastrointestinal blockage or other serious diseases. However, the cause can also be as simple as dietary indiscretion. Don’t try to guess. If your dog keeps vomiting, you should get your vet involved.

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    Diarrhea may accompany vomiting or simply occur on its own. The potential causes of diarrhea are similar to those of vomiting. While one or two episodes of diarrhea is no emergency, ongoing diarrhea can lead to dehydration. See your vet if diarrhea persists, or if it accompanies vomiting and/or lethargy.

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    Parasites are everywhere in your dog’s world. They may be external parasites, like feas and ticks, or internal parasites like heart worms and intestinal worms. Fortunately, there ways to prevent parasites from attacking your dog, usually with monthly preventive treatments. Educate yourself about canine parasites so you can protect your dog.

    Dental disease, more accurately known as periodontal disease, is a serious and often overlooked health concern for dogs. Bad breath is not normal in dogs but is a sign of dental disease. Plaque and tartar in your dog’s mouth harbor dangerous bacteria, causing damage to the teeth and gums. Even worse, the bacteria can enter the bloodstream, leading to other serious issues in the body, such as heart disease and kidney failure. The key to protecting your dog is prevention.

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    Obesity is one of the fastest growing heath problems seen in dogs. It’s also one of the most preventable. Obesity can lead to serious health issues like diabetes, heart disease and orthopedic problems. Fortunately, obesity can be prevented (and can usually be reversed) through proper diet and exercise.

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    Arthritis is defined as inflammation of a joint or multiple joints in the body. In dogs, the most common form of arthritis is osteoarthritis, also called Degenerative Joint Disease. Osteoarthritis most often occurs in seniors, though it may also be an effect of old injuries. The good news is that it can typically be managed. If you suspect your dog has osteoarthritis, talk to your vet about the options.