By Tony Johnson
Dogs are known for their noses, which are said to be many times more sensitive than ours. I live in a house with 2 toddlers and a teenager, so I really can't say that an enhanced sense of smell is a good thing in my world. But the way a dog really navigates the world is primarily through their eyes - and keeping a pet's vision safe and healthy is as important for your dog as it is for you and your (human) family.
So when a dog's eyes fail them and blindness is the result, it can have a serious impact. But that doesn't always mean that they have no quality of life. There are a few important differences between blind dogs and blind humans, and I'd like to talk a bit about them and discus some easy tips for living with a blind dog (or one with decreased vision).
How to Tell If Your Dog Is Sight-Impaired
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By Toni Mark
I was once a (childless) dog trainer that didn't completely understand how families found it difficult to squeeze in time and training for their pets. Now, as I chase a toddler and carry a newborn, I can understand how our pets can sometimes fall further down on the priority list, even if it isn't fair to them. The good news? There ARE ways to create an enriching environment, work on behavior problems AND provide the life your dog deserves--even with sticky peanut butter hands chasing you while you trip over trucks, dolls, and plastic figurines.
Because of the backward pointing barbs on a cat's tongue, the grooming action causes a cat to swallow a lot of dead hair. If the hair collects in the cat's digestive system more rapidly than the cat can naturally pass it, the hair often comes back up in the form of the slimy hairballs. Obviously, long haired cats are more likely to experience hairballs than their short haired cousins. Luckily, you can take some steps to help prevent hairballs--or at least decrease their frequency.
By Audrey Pavia
Thanks to smart phones and social media, pets get their pictures taken more today than any other time in human history. While it's easy to take a casual snapshot of your cat or dog to post online, these tips can help you get a better shot that your friends will really notice!
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By Justin Young
Get answers to your frequently asked questions about the right in-ground pet fence wire gauge for your yard.
By Amy Shojai
April 11th is National Pet Day, but at my house, it's "pet day" all the time. Here are my top 5 ways to celebrate your cats and dogs on National Pet Day or any day.