Posts Tagged ‘grooming’

Taking the bite out of Fleas & Ticks

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TAKING THE BITE OUT OF FLEAS AND TICKS Fleas are truly devoted to their work. In one day, a single flea can bite your cat or dog more than 400 times. During that same day, the flea can consume more than its body weight of your pet’s blood. And before it’s through, a female flea can lay hundreds of eggs on your pet, ensuring that its work will be carried on by generations to come. Flea bites may be merely a nuisance to some pets, but to others, they can be dangerous. They can cause flea allergy dermatitis—an allergic reaction…

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Dog Profile Of The Week – Basset Hound

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Despite its low height of under 15 inches, the basset hound is a medium to large dog, weighing in at anywhere from 40 pounds for a small female to 80 pounds for a large male (18 to 36 kilograms). Bassets are very heavy-boned dogs with a large body on fairly short legs. Because they are bulky, bassets are slow maturing dogs, often not reaching full size until two years old. Bassets are immediately recognizable by their short, crooked legs, their long hanging ears and their large heads with hanging lips, sad expressive eyes, and wrinkled foreheads. The tail curves up…

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Dog Profile Of The Week – German Shepherd

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German shepherd dogs reach a maximum of about 25 inches in height, and they weigh up to about 95 pounds (41 kilograms). He is a well-proportioned dog. The head is broad and tapers handsomely to a sharp muzzle. The ears are rather large and stand erect. The back is level and muscular, and the tail is bushy and curves downward. The coat is thick and rough and may be black, tan, black and tan or gray. The coat should be harsh and of medium length; however, long-coated individuals occur often. The breed lives about 10-12 years. Personality: German shepherd dogs get…

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Dog Profile Of The Week – Havanese

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Havanese are small dogs weighing seven to 13 pounds. The height ranges from 8 1/2 to 11 1/2 inches at the shoulder. The body is longer than tall; they have drop ears and a tail that curls over the back. Havanese generally mature at 1 year of age, although they reach their full size around 6 to 8 months. The Havanese coat is straight or wavy. This dog was often called the “Havana silk dog” because the coat, while double-coated, feels like fine silk. The adult coat reaches a length of six to eight inches. Unlike the bichon, the Havanese…

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Dog Profile Of The Week – Border Collie

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Border collies are medium-sized dogs. Males stand as tall as 22 inches and weigh up to about 45 pounds (20 kilograms). Females stand as tall as 21 inches and weigh up to about 42 pounds (19 kilograms). They look like a lighter-weight Australian shepherd, but instead of the bobtail characteristic of the Aussie, border collies have a feathered tail that reaches to the hocks. The head is like that of a collie, and the body is slightly longer than the dog is tall. The ears stand but the tips drop over, giving them a jaunty appearance. Some border collies have…

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Local Pet Event Alert – Strut Your Mutt Bethesda

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Fun Local Pet Event For The Entire Family! Strut Your Mutt Bethesda 2013 will take place on May 18 between 10AM and 3PM in the Woodmont Triangle Area of Bethesda at Norfolk Ave. and Woodmont Ave. The day will be packed with fun activities for kids, adults, and their best friend! Parking is available in Public Parking Garage #11, at Woodmont Avenue and Norfolk Ave. 2013 FESTIVAL TIMELINE: 10:00am – 3:00pm Registration, Dog Vendors, Music 10:00am – 3:00pm Kids Play Area – Moonbounces and Games 10:00am – 2:00pm Raffle – win 50% of the pot – you need not be…

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Dog Profile Of The Week – Chesapeake Bay Retriever

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Males range from 23 to 26 inches in height and about 65 to 80 pounds (29 to 36 kilograms); females range from 21 to 24 inches and weigh from about 55 to 70 pounds (25 to 32 kilograms). Chesapeake Bay retrievers are gracefully proportioned. The head is round and broad. The jaws are long enough to grasp game birds, and short enough to ensure a strong grip. The hanging ears are smallish and set well up on the head. The body and tail are medium in length. The chest is deep and wide. A distinctive feature is that the hindquarters are…

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Dog Profile Of The Week – Great Dane

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Great Danes are huge, powerful and elegant dogs. Males can reach 32 inches tall and weigh anywhere from about 100 to 120 pounds, while females may be 30 inches tall and weigh about 100 to 120 pounds (45 to 59 kilograms). The Great Dane’s massive head is narrow and flat on top. The eyebrows are prominent. The ears drop forward or are cropped to stand erect. The neck is long and strong. The Great Dane’s body is long, muscular and the front legs are straight. The tail is medium in length; it is thick at the base and tapers down…

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Why Should I Brush My Dog’s Teeth?

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Veterinarians and dentists recommend that you brush your dog’s teeth as often as possible! Some say once a day, some say two to three times a week. Brushing as frequently as possible is the most effective way of preventing tooth decay and helping to preserve oral health, particularly if you have a dog prone to bad teeth. For dogs, the most important factor in brushing is the abrasiveness of the tooth-brush. You don’t want a brush so rigid that they’ll hurt your dog’s gums so choose bristles that are soft and will fit in your dog’s mouth appropriately. This mechanical…

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Dog Profile Of The Week – Yorkshire Terriers

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Yorkshire terriers are among the smallest of dogs, standing only six or seven inches tall and weighing anywhere from about two to seven pounds. They have a small head, and their muzzle is medium in length. The ears are v-shaped, set high, and carried erect. The body is compact with a level back. The Yorkshire terrier’s most notable feature is its coat, which is long, fine and straight. The hair is a steel blue color on the body and tail, and elsewhere it is tan. The tail is usually docked to half its natural length. Long hair on the top…

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