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DOG - CARE

Preventing Fleas and Ticks
The easiest way to prevent fleas and ticks on your dog is to keep him indoors. This, of course, is not an acceptable solution for most dogs and their owners because dogs love to romp outdoors. If your dog must go outdoors, you can attack the flea and tick...

Basic First Aid at Home: Overview
Dog Care - Basic First Aid At Home Basic first aid for your dog involves your dealing with injuries or other physical problems your pet might encounter in and around your home. Three precautions you should take immediately are to learn CPR for dogs i...

Basic First Aid at Home: Preparing a First Aid Kit
Dogs, like people, can become injured in emergencies and contract illnesses that need to be treated: You should always consult your veterinarian before giving your dog any first aid, but having some basic supplies on hand can save you a trip for minor...

Companionship
Companionship is vital to every dog, because dogs are extremely social animals who instinctively need to be with their pack at all times. Whenever you adopt a new dog, you and your family become his new "pack." He'll want to spend all of his time with you...

Eliminating Pet Stains and Odors
Promptness is the key to removing pet stains and odors effectively, especially in the case of pet urine, which not only stains but also leaves behind a potent, long-lasting odor. If you take care of the problem immediately, chances are the urine will leav...

Kids and Pets
"Can I keep him, Mommy? Please?!" Your eager, four-year old looks up at you while holding a squirming, meowing kitten with a fluffy face and enormous eyes. You see a heart-wrenching combination of hope and sincerity on your daughter's upturned face, and ...

We're Having a Heat Wave!
Here's how to protect your pets during the dog days of summer.

Cleaning Your Dog's Eyes, Ears, Teeth and Toes
Baths and brushings are great, but your pup's eyes, ears, teeth, and toes need special care too. Here are the essentials. If you've adopted an adult or older dog who isn't used to being groomed, start by gently handling her legs, feet, mouth, ears, and ...

Let Your Children Pitch In With Training Your Dog
Caring for your dog is a family affair.

Raising Children and Dogs Together
Your children probably treat your dog like another sibling - they sleep together, play together and even disagree sometimes. But dogs deserve proper handling from all of your family members, so it's your job to teach your children and your dog how to trea...

Teaching Children to Handle Dogs
Let's face it, kids can be rough. Just look at the mangled and matted stuffed animals strewn across your child's bedroom. Introducing a living, fragile, self-protective animal into this environment could be disastrous. So before you bring home a new pet, ...

Changes in the Activity Level of Older Dogs
Changes in the Activity Level of Older Dogs Be on the lookout for suspicious slowdowns. So your older dog is slowing down - she spends more time napping and sitting restfully in front of the window, and she isnt very interested in a rousing game of fe...

Behavioral Changes in Older Dogs
What it means when your pooch isn't acting himself.

Exercise Requirements for Older Dogs
Just like you, your four-legged friend can benefit from an exercise routine. Regular exercise improves muscle tone, joint flexibility, digestion and cardiovascular fitness. Exercise also helps prevent obesity, which has been linked to numerous health prob...

Additional Testing for Older Dogs
Keeping close tabs on your geriatric dogs health problems can prolong his life.

Choosing Fun Toys for Your Older Dog
Pick from a wide range of playthings that'll keep your faithful hound healthy and happy.

Puppy Exercise
Just like you, your little four-legged friend can benefit from an exercise routine. Regular exercise improves muscle tone, joint flexibility, digestion and cardiovascular fitness. Exercise also helps prevent obesity down the road, which has been linked to...

Flea and Tick Prevention for Dogs
The days of treating your pet's flea and tick infestations with dips, sprays, powders and bombs every two weeks are over. Thanks to the work of parasitologists, simple monthly treatments of topical or oral medications eliminate a lot of the work necessary...

Bad Breath
Bad Breath Foul-smelling breath can mean big trouble for your pooch. Heres how to make sure your doggy is free of dental disease. Are you avoiding kisses and nuzzles from your pup because his morning breath lasts from morning to night? Strong breath...

Age-Related Changes
If you understand your dog's needs as he grows older, you can ease the transition to the golden years and keep them bright.

Finding a Pet Sitter
Here's how to find a pet sitter who is professional, trustworthy and caring.

Combating the Canine Chill
Find out how to keep your companion toasty warm all winter long.

How Can I Prevent Oral Disease in Cats and Dogs?
Develop a dental care routine that's as easy as 1,2,3. The bacteria that lurk in a pet's mouth may be the cause of bad breath and more. Bacteria accumulation can lead to oral disease and increase the risk for disease in other organs, such as the heart, ...

The Senior Dog
A Petco Companion Animal Care Sheet developed with and approved by a Qualified Veterinarian Older dogs, like older humans, have special needs and care concerns. Knowing how to care for your senior dog will improve the quality of life and the time you hav...

Moving Your Dog to a New Home
A Petco Companion Animal Care Sheet developed with and approved by a Qualified Veterinarian Moving to a new home can be stressful for your dog. Advance planning, patience and affection can help your dog adjust quickly to his new home. Before the Move P...

Lost Dog!
A Petco Companion Animal Care Sheet developed with and approved by a Qualified Veterinarian For many people, dogs are more than just pets. They're members of the family. Losing a dog can cause panic, fear, and heartache. An ounce of prevention is worth a...