April is Heartworm Awareness Month. Is your pet heartworm free? Dogs are considered the definitive host for heartworms (Dirofilaria immitis). However, heartworms may infect more than 30 species of animals (e.g., coyotes, foxes, wolves and other wild canids, domestic cats and wild felids, ferrets, sea lions, etc.) Feline heartworms are more deadly and difficult to treat.
In case you haven’t noticed, I don’t have much of a tail. The verdict is still out as to whether it was docked, intentionally, or if it has something to do with genetics. Bobbed tail is not a trait usually associated with my breed; Great Pyrenees/Border Collie mix. It’s difficult to know because I was rescued and my humans didn’t meet my canine mom and dad. Nevertheless, I don’t miss it. Mom says she doesn’t either. It’s just less of me to get dirty! However, she hopes that it wasn’t intentional because she is not a fan of cosmetic tail docking and neither am I.
Many of us have pets that suffer with some form of anxiety. Experts say canine anxiety falls into three categories; noise anxiety, separation anxiety and social anxiety. Canine anxiety has a myriad of symptoms from barking, pacing and panting, hiding, climbing on you for safety, and the list goes on.
Brushing your dog’s teeth isn’t just about fresh breath. It’s an essential part of good oral care, and good oral care is important to your dog’s overall health. Although most people aren’t aware of it, periodontal or gum disease is a common, serious problem in dogs. Here’s a quick guide from our friends at Hill’s Pet Nutrition:
Congratulations to our winner, Sheila K! Thanks to all who entered!
According to the Drake Center for Veterinary Care, while cats confined to an indoor environment generally live longer and are at less risk for contracting infectious diseases or injuries due to trauma, they are at greater risk for a variety of behavioral problems. These problems include litter box issues, anxiety, eating disorders, aggression, self-injury and compulsive disorders like excessive grooming and scratching. Providing an enriched environment can increase activity, decrease mental stagnation and prevent many of these issues.
Baylie Dog here. I believe every dog should have its day. And, for the first time since 1884, the breed known in polite company as an All-American (a.k.a. mutt) was hobnobbing with the purebreds at a Westminster Kennel Club Agility Championship event. As a non-purebred, All-American, mutt, Great Pyrenees/Border Collie mix, I say, it’s about time! Now we’ll focus our sights on Best in Show; All-American Mutt!
Living in a multiple species household (one dog, one cat), you realize pretty quickly that dogs and cats are quite different in the appetite department. A cat will let you know if they have issues with what you serve them for dinner. They care about the presentation; type of bowl and how many morsels are contained within for maximum eating pleasure. Some don’t like to dine alone and require an escort for a 3:00 a.m. snack. Don’t be surprised if your cat turns up her nose and walks away from the food you have fed her for last ten years. That’s their way of letting us know it’s time for a change in the menu. However, with a large-breed dog, it’s quite different.
Just as we promised, it’s time! Zuke’s #FueltheLove blog hop, hosted by Event Barkers, is on! What is a blog hop, you ask? For the next few weeks, you’ll be seeing Baylie Dog and over 30 other bloggers come together to sponsor some pretty awesome giveaways. We will share news about Zuke’s Performance Pet Nutrition; their Dog and Cat Cancer Fund (DCCFund), eco-friendly practices from the air we breathe to the packaging of their products, and much more! For Zuke’s, sustainability and reducing their carbon footprint while promoting a healthy diet and lifestyle for your pet are second nature.
by Malia Ragan
Before Baylie came onto the scene, my house was decorated in the style in which I prefer. It wasn’t long before I noticed the differences in our taste of decor. I like everything neat and tidy. Baylie likes that lived-in look.
Baylie is fast becoming a decorating mogul in the canine arena. Dogs and cats in the neighborhood copy her style. Baylie prefers the outdoorsy, rustic look. She likes the feeling of bringing the outdoors in, literally; cabin cottage, shabby chic all rolled into one. I recognized her unusual talent in interior design as a wee little pup. It is truly a gift since dogs are colorblind and are thought to see only in shades of gray.