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How to Choose a Dog Food That’s Actually Good for Your Dog

How to Choose a Dog Food That’s Actually Good for Your Dog   Anyone who has recently visited their neighborhood pet store has had a surprise in recent years. Gone are the days when Ol’ Roy’s and Purina were the mainstays of the dog food aisle. Instead, prospective consumers need to face the wall of food, where variety and brand names range for over twenty feet of shelf space. Now, consumers have a choice of …

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Five Ways You Can Prepare to Own Your First Pet

 Owning a pet is a privilege. Yet, if you’ve never had one before, you may be overwhelmed by all that you have to consider. Here are five tips to help you find the pet of your dreams.    Navigate Choices Research is key before you select your pet. You have to be certain that your home and your lifestyle are compatible with your choice. Come up with a checklist, then go through it systematically. Does …

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Dog Parks: Outdated Menace or Tool for Socialization?

 Dog Parks: Outdated Menace or Tool for Socialization?  How to evaluate and use your local dog park to have a good time while avoiding conflict Alot like TGIFriday’s, the social hub of the 90’s, dog parks used to be the secret socializing spot for dog lovers everywhere. Friends of Fido gathered in private fenced fields, formed their own social clubs, and developed an urban culture advocating for outdoor space for pooches in a time when …

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Hurricane Pet Dog Go Bag

Camp Ruff Ruff has been around dogs 24 hours a day 7 days a week for over a decade. We couldn’t stop thinking of what we would do in a case of a natural disaster where we have to leave our area or state. We put together a “Go Bag” list and will update over time. We hope this “Go Bag” list will help set all dog and humans up for better success during stressful …

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Seizures and Your Senior Dog

 Seizures and Your Senior Dog    As senior dogs approach the sunset of their lives, they may begin to show signs of the many health issues that generally afflict the older dogs.  It is not uncommon for senior dogs to have seizures.  We’ve compiled some important information regarding canine seizures for you including the causes and symptoms.  Causes of Canine Seizures: Liver disease Kidney disease Distemper Brain injury Brain tumors Hypothyroidism Epilepsy Low blood sugar …

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How to Choose the Best Care for Your Dog When Away

 How to Choose the Best Care for Your Dog When Away    So, you’re going on a trip and you can’t take your pooch. While this situation often causes distress, choosing the right professional to care for your dog while you are away can leave them just as happy as if you were there. With all the options on the market to choose, from doggy day care, kenneling, in-home boarding to pet sitting, the choices …

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Tips on How to Recognize and Avoid Heat Stroke

 Tips on How to Recognize and Avoid Heat Stroke    Did you know that the dog-days of summer can be deadly to your dog?  As the temperature and humidity rises, so does the occurrence of heat stroke.  While you may think your dog can handle the heat, companion dogs are not like wolves in the wild.  They are domesticated and that means they are not equipped to handle extreme temperatures. Sun and humidity can be …

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Hydrotherapy and your Dog

 Hydrotherapy and your Dog  Does your dog struggle to get in his daily dose of exercise due to illness, injury or old age? Just like their humans, dogs struggle with many health issues that make exercising a real struggle and often times, even impossible.  One solution to this very problem for both you and your dogs is Hydrotherapy. What is Hydrotherapy? Hydrotherapy allows your dog to exercise without the stress and impact of the usual …

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Should you use retractable leashes to walk your dog?

 Should you use retractable leashes to walk your dog?  Going for a walk with your dog is one of the best times for you two to connect. It’s a time to exercise and play together. More literally, there’s also a physical connection between you two: a leash. There are so many options when you look at the leash market, but one has caused a great deal of debate. Retractable leashes are marketed as safe, freer …

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