The Top 5 Pet Foods That Made Shocking Healines This Year

We all want what’s best for our pets, so when a popular food brand has a recall or newsworthy “scandal,” it can shake us to the core. This year, we’ve reported on a fair number of recalls, many of them from big-name companies that have thousands of loyal consumers. Thousands of pet parents have been frustrated to find that, despite promises promoted by “trusted” brands, certain formulas aren’t always as healthy as they seem. Check out the video below by … Read more

Couple Spreads The Word About This Accidental Poisoning After Tragically Losing Their Two Dogs

A Utah family wants pet owners to be aware of a winter hazard far more deadly than frostbite. Katrina Burrell and her husband said goodbye to their 2 dogs Monday morning after they were diagnosed with Ethylene glycol poisoning. The chemical is most commonly found in antifreeze and has a naturally sweet taste that attracts animals. It started last Saturday night when the couple noticed 9-year-old Pit Bull mix, Marley, and 1 1/2-year-old Terrier, Autumn acting drunk. They were stumbling, … Read more

5 Ingredients That You Need To Watch For In Your Dog’s Food

When it comes to choosing the right food for our dogs, the amount of options available to us can quickly become overwhelming. There are a wide range of opinions, by dog owners and veterinarians alike, about what is best for our dogs. As a rule of thumb, we suggest talking to your veterinarian and doing your own research about what works for your individual dogs. No one dog is the same, so two dogs might do best on two different … Read more

How To Teach Your Golden Retriever To Stop Chewing On Your Things

Every Golden Retriever owner knows about dogs chewing things. They are one of the top breeds when it comes to vet bills for ingesting items that they should not. Of course, being a retriever, it should be expected that they will stick things in their mouths – but it doesn’t mean they have to destroy all your stuff! Whether it’s an adult or puppy, Goldens can definitely have a chewing problem. The following is how to teach your Golden Retriever … Read more

6 Items for Your Home That Could Save Your Dog’s Life

#1 – Pet alert emergency stickers for first responders. Make sure emergency personnel know how many pets are in your home! #2 – “My Pet Is Home Alone” Keychain. If a first responder finds you while you’re away from home, will they know you have pets at home who depend on you? #3 – Make sure your family and all your house guest know which foods are toxic to dogs. This list could save your pup’s life! #4 – Do you … Read more

7 Mistakes Dog Owners Make When Storing Their Pet Food

How you store your dog’s carefully-chosen pet food may be just as important as what the diet contains. Improper storage techniques can lead to bacterial infection, contamination and infestation. The following 7 mistakes are made by even the most informed and well-meaning pet owners. Breaking these habits will help ensure that your pup gets the freshest, healthiest food every meal time! 1. Dumping kibble into containers. Storage containers are excellent for keeping your dog’s food fresher longer. The mistake that … Read more

Dog Walkers, Beware Of “Deadly White Blobs” Washing Up On Beaches

You may have heard of blobs of palm oil washing up on beaches in the past. Now once more, parents are warned to make sure that their children and pets stay away from the potentially deadly substance. The palm oil collects on shore in white, gelatinous lumps, washed in from the Caribbean. While they’ve recently made a repeat appearance on beaches in the United Kingdom following Storm Angus, it’s wise for beach-goers everywhere to know what to look out for. Oddly enough, palm … Read more

8 Things You Need To Know About Microchipping Your Dog

  One in three pets will get lost in their lifetime. A dog or cat goes missing every 7 seconds. The statistics can be frightening, but the good news is that lost dogs with microchips are two and a half times more likely to find their way home again. Stories of missing pets being reunited with their humans years after going missing show that microchips really do just what they claim – keep pets home where they belong! As wonderful … Read more

RECALL ALERT: Mars Petcare Has Announced Recall On Popular Dog Food

As of October 7th, Mars Petcare has announced a voluntary recall of Cesar Filet Mignon Flavor wet dog food. The recall was initiated because some packages contained small pieces of plastic, which entered the food during production, and could pose a choking hazard. Luckily, none of the pet owners who reported the problem had dogs that became injured or ill due to the defective packages.   According to Dog Food Advisor: Each product will have a lot code printed on the side of the tray … Read more

11+ Surprising Products That Contain Xylitol

Xylitol in Products

Chances are, you know that xylitol, an artificial sweetener, is toxic to dogs. But you may be surprised by what types of products can contain xylitol, including items that are not supposed to be edible. While we know you’d never intentionally feed this stuff to Fido, we also know that accidents happen. If one day your pup decides to get into something that they’re not supposed to, try to determine what they consumed and if it may contain toxic ingredients … Read more

These 13 Dog Breeds Are Masters At Escaping

Most dogs need supervision from time to time, but certain breeds are better at staying home than others. All dogs are opportunists that like to escape, but some have a lot of determination when it comes to getting out of the yard. If you’re looking for a breed that’s low maintenance, especially in terms of dog-proofing your house and yard, you might want to avoid these breeds. They are known for being Houdini-like escape artists that always need a watchful … Read more

Dog Owners: Be On The Lookout For Tennis Ball Bombs This 4th Of July

If I’m walking my dog or letting her run in the dog park, it’s not unusual for us to see a stray tennis ball and play an impromptu game of fetch. But as the 4th of July nears, news stations like KIRO 7 are warning pup parents of an explosive threat: tennis ball bombs. Though illegal, these homemade devices are set off like firecrackers. And if one goes astray, undetonated devices can pose serious threats to fetch-loving dogs. A video posted by Liam … Read more

Warning: This Type Of Garden Mulch Can Poison Your Dog Or Cat

While mulch is not meant to be ingested, some dogs still love chewing on the wood chips. One particular type of mulch can be especially poisonous to dogs (and cats): the kind made from the shells of cocoa beans. According to the National Capital Poison Control Center: Cocoa bean mulch contains theobromine and caffeine, just like chocolate. These chemicals are poisonous to dogs. Dogs who swallow cocoa bean mulch could have vomiting, diarrhea, a very fast heart rate, tremors and … Read more

Ways To Prevent Accidental Pet Poisonings In Your Home

One of the most common and yet preventable vet bills is accidental poisoning of your pet. Since 2013, Trupanion has paid out over $2.9 million in pet toxicity claims – and that’s just one insurance company. Not to mention the thousands of pets that don’t have insurance. In honor of Poison Prevention Awareness Month (March) and National Poison Prevention Week (March 20-26), we have rounded up some simple ways to make sure your pet does not become a statistic. Proofing … Read more

6 Holiday Foods That Are Safe To Share With Your Dog

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and that means more food than we (or your dog!) can imagine. It’s natural that you would want your dog to share in the festivities with a special treat from the table, but many popular Thanksgiving dishes include ingredients that are not safe for dogs, like onion, sugar, and chocolate. Others are just not healthy, such as those high in fat and starch. The following tidbits are safe in small quantities to allow your dog … Read more

What You Need To Know About Your Dog And Poison Ivy

We all know Posion Ivy is terrible for humans come in contact with it. But did you know it can affect your dog as well? Dr. Scott Perry, a Preferred Provider with Vet24seven, answered our questions about dogs and poison ivy so you can be prepared if you dog ever rolls in it. Follow Dr. Perry on Facebook and Twitter (@Vet24seven) Do all breeds of dogs have a reaction to poison ivy? Where are they most likely to pick it up? Nature trail walks? … Read more

10 Most Toxic Foods For Pets

When it comes to viral videos, they say that kids, cats and dogs rule the internet, and as parents, we’ll do anything to keep them safe. With all the buzz online about byproducts in processed pet foods and toxins contained in treats imported from overseas, it seems that a day rarely goes by that we don’t see headlines about another lawsuit or pet product recall. But some dangers are already lurking inside our homes, in refrigerators, cupboards and on top of our … Read more

8 Simple Poison Prevention Tips For Dog Owners

Accidental dog poisoning happens every day. The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center answered roughly 273,000 calls in 2013 – many of these were dogs. Luckily, there are simple ways to guard your dog from harm, in the same way you would a toddler. Follow these tips to keep your pet safer and your breath easier knowing you are protecting your best friend. #1 – Baby Locks These aren’t just for toddlers. They can work really well to keep your dog out … Read more

Is Rubbing Alcohol Safe To Use On Dogs?

We talk a lot about pet food safety and what should or shouldn’t be in your dog’s food or treats. However, people typically don’t give much thought to what they put on their dogs, but they should. Unlike humans, dogs lick themselves, especially just after we have put something on them. This means they are ingesting whatever is you just put on them – is it safe? Alcohol – namely Isopropyl or rubbing alcohol – is one of those substances … Read more

5 Lesser Known Household Items That Are Toxic to Dogs

Most owners know of the common dangers to their dogs. Don’t feed them chocolate (No matter how heartbreaking the sad face is). Antifreeze is a huge no-no. Keep the mouse poison out of reach for dogs. However, there are a few rather innocent items out there that may be potentially life threatening Oxygen absorbers Those little packets placed in food packages, dog treats, Shoe boxes. They are placed there to absorb moisture and oxygen to keep products fresh. Some of … Read more

What Things Are REALLY Toxic to My Dog? A Vet Answers

SHARE this, it might save a life! Articles abound on what your dog should not eat. Every day it seems a new article comes out with something that is bad for your dog. But a lot of times the articles leave out how much is toxic (for example most your dog probably won’t die from eating a bite of milk chocolate). And others have been sensationalized to the point of ill refute, while vets quietly realize they are not as … Read more

8 Things In Your Home That Are Toxic To Dogs

We’ve all had that dog that will literally eat anything – food item or not. It’s important to remember that there are many things that are toxic to dogs. That goes for both your rambunctious puppy or your older explorer looking to expand his palate. Most are aware of common rat baits and chocolates. But below you’ll find some of the lesser-known examples of items found in many homes. 1. Apple Seeds An apple a day keeps the doctor away – … Read more