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What to Ask Before Taking Your Dog to a New Doggy Daycare

With the shortage of available spots at doggy daycares, it can be tempting to sign up for any place that has availability. However, it’s necessary to carefully consider your pet’s safety and level of care at their new daycare. Here are some questions to ask before choosing a daycare facility for your dog.  When Can I Take a Tour of the Facility?  Request a tour before you register and drop off your dog. When you walk through the facility, make sure it is clean and sanitary. If there is a foul smell or it appears untidy, the facility may be

Caring for Dry, Cracked Dog Paws

What Makes Dog’s Paws Dry Out or Crack? Dry, cracked dog paws can be caused by many different issues, typically stemming from where your dog walks on a frequent basis and the environment you live in.  Dogs in areas with dry, hot ground can have paws that dry out frequently, and result in cracking. This is also seen in dogs who swim frequently in chlorinated pools or even the ocean. Both salt and chlorine can dry out paw pads.  Dogs who live in colder climates, or who play in the snow frequently, can also find themselves having dry, cracked paws.

Should Your Dog Wear a Coat Outdoors?

Bundling up for the cold When the weather outside is frightful, we humans don’t venture out without bundling up in a warm coat. If you’re heading out to walk your dog, you might wonder if they need a coat as well. The answer is that it really depends. Several factors are involved, such as your dog’s breed, age, how long you’ll be out, and the outside temperature.  If you’re just going out for a short potty break, your dog shouldn’t need a coat unless you’re experiencing sub-zero temperatures. For longer trips outside, the variables mentioned come into play. In general,

No Plush Toys for Puppy?

Your two-year-old may enjoy dressing Teddy up for tea parties and playing make-believe with plushies, but if your dog is like most, he probably enjoys chewing them to pieces.  Those adorable stuffed animals and plush toys may be a crowd-pleaser among the canine community, but they are laced with hidden dangers! The soft fabric that children love is easy for your pooch to tear into. This can quickly turn into a medical emergency if your dog decides to eat the eyes, stuffing, or limbs they bite off the toys. Unfortunately, not all toys made for dogs are safe, either, as

Fruits and Vegetables Safe for Dogs to Eat

It’s time to sit down for dinner. Napkin on lap, fork in hand, here comes the first bite. And there it is- that feeling of being watched with sad, soulful, begging eyes. The dog is begging for food again. Below, Dr. Parker, a vet with Hello Ralphie, gives a run-down of what fruits and vegetables are okay for pets, the best ways to prepare them, and what to avoid. Can My Dog Eat the Same Fruits and Vegetables as Me? You want to be able to share food with your pets (mealtime is family time, after all!) but know that we