Daisy’s tax day advice

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Well, tomorrow is Tax Day. That means it’s time to gather up your tax forms, calculator, and a crayon and start preparing your taxes. I have the E-Z form, so this should be a snap!

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Bella spreads the word about National Pet Day

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Hi everypawdy! It’s me, Bella. Today is April 11th and do you know what day it is? It is National Pet Day. This day has been founded by Celebrity Pet Lifestyle Expert & Animal Welfare Advocate “Colleen Paige”  with the motto “Adopt, don’t shop.” I have been given permission by the Animal Miracle Foundation + Network to use their pretty logo for this blog:

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Dog boredom – The #1 cause of mischievous behavior

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When dogs get bored, many problems can occur. These problems can include digging your yard, chewing furniture, or even trying to escape. The reason why your dog may get bored is because dogs are naturally social animals. They are used to living in packs and constantly having others around them. So, when you leave your pup alone for a while, even just to go to work or to the mall, your dog could get bored and start to wreak havoc in your home.

The best way to combat boredom is to make sure your pet is stimulated through the day. However, some toys and chew toys are best given to your pet when you are around and can watch your pet with them. Toys with stuffing may leave a mess in your house, or your pet may just “kill” it way too quickly, leaving your pet in the same bored situation.

Kyjen Star Spinner Interactive Dog Toy

The Kyjen Star Spinner is the perfect solution for bored dogs, or dogs that need a little brain stimulation. The Star Spinner was created based on the same environmental enrichment activities that they use in zoos to help keep wildlife stimulated. Therefore when your dog plays with the Star Spinner he or she isn’t just playing with a toy,  the Star Spinner is actually challenging your pet’s brain. The Star Spinner works like a puzzle that your dog has to figure out in order to get exciting rewards consisting of treats that are tucked away in hidden compartments.

Keeping your dog entertained and out of trouble shouldn’t be hard with the new Star Spinner from Kyjen. Just get the treats ready and watch your dog’s wheels start turning.

Steroid Responsive Meningitis in beagles

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Beagles are prone to a condition called steroid responsive meningitis

The ’80s were truly an interesting decade full of great music and strange hair. Musicians of the ’80s had their own particular sound, and that decade is probably responsible for more “one hit wonders” than any other time period in history. Not only were the 1980s great for music but some of my favorite books were also written during that time: The Color Purple introduced us to the struggles of “Celie” and the book Watchmen describes superheroes who suffer with what they consider human weaknesses. Another one of my favorite books from that time period is called Ender’s Game which is about a highly intelligent boy (Andrew “Ender” Wiggins) growing up at a time when children are recruited to fight off an alien race. What actually made me think about the 1980s and beagles this week was being told that the beautiful Vanessa P., our Content and Inbound Marketing Director, not only has two beagles but one of them she actually named “Ender.”

To people who  love beagles, the ’80s were extremely important for veterinary medicine because research identified a syndrome called Steroid Responsive Meningitis (SRM) also known as Beagle Pain Syndrome (BPS). This condition, although first discovered while researching beagles, can also occur in several other breeds. Most of the cases occur in dogs under a year old but it can occur in later years, and both sexes seem equally susceptible. Inflammation of the vessels in the central nervous system causes what appears to be neck pain, weakness, a hunched over back, cervical pain, fever, and changes in appetite. Read More »

Daisy’s advice for National Pet First Aid Awareness Month

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Bloating is life threatening. Don’t let your dog suffer.

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Although it may not seem like a big deal if your dog is a little bloated after eating a meal, it can actually be life threatening. In fact, bloating kills 20,000 dogs per year, and is generally caused by eating too quickly. Have you ever watched your dog eat? For the most part, dogs tend to gobble up food in a blink of an eye. It may take your dog only 1-2 minutes to eat, which isn’t very long considering how much food is in the bowl. Read More »

More pumpkin for my dog, please!

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Plain canned pumpkin can help with diarrhea and constipation

I was having one of my all-time favorite desserts a few weeks ago, a pumpkin pie, and was convincing myself that a second slice would be fine since pumpkin has many health benefits for our four-legged friends. It was easy to convince myself to eat that extra piece of dessert using all the positives while leaving out all the negatives. For one, the pumpkin pie I was eating was full of sugar and other ingredients added to increase the flavor that plain pumpkin does not contain. Unsweetened canned pumpkin or pumpkin that is freshly cooked has many great health benefits for our pets, most importantly in the area of digestion and intestinal well-being. Read More »

Harley, Stop That!

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You  know, living with a maniac like my brother Harley can try my patience. I know that boy just wants to have fun, but sometimes he really ruins my Good Times.  But guess what? I think I have found the answer to my problem with this stuff called Stop That! It is a “behavior correction spray.”

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Color me Bella!

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Hi everypawdy!  It’s me , Bella.  A lot of my furrends have been trying to talk me into writing a book about my adventures, but *sigh* I just don’t know where to start! As the Pombassador for Southern California Pomeranian Rescue I do get to go to a lot of different places.  And, I am proud to announce that I have also just won the DogTV contest for Doggy Mayor of Los Angeles! I would much rather look at pictures, however, and that seems to be easier since I can’t read anyway. So, with that in mind, I have put together some of my favorite pictures and turned them into sketches so that they can be printed up and given to children to color. Just right-click on each image and then click on print picture to print them. Here they are:

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This picture was taken of me in my stroller at the airport when I went to Evansville, IN to tape the PetMeds TV commercial! You might be able to find the original color picture in my Facebook album On The Set of the PetMeds Commercial to give you a hint about the real colors. Read More »

Spring has sprung, and your pet is ready to play! Are you?

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Spring is finally here! For those living in cold weather states, we know how welcome the season change is, not only for you but for your pets as well! The same way you take advantage of longer hours and sunshine, your pet can finally have more playtime! Read More »