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Can Dogs Smell Cancer?

Dogs have helped humans out over hundreds of years. From rescuing people, to tracking missing persons, to detecting bombs, to herding sheep. One of the most amazing abilities that dogs are also known for is their ability to detect certain types of cancers in people. Recent studies have confirmed that certain trained dogs may be able to detect cancer in people about 40% of the time. Although this is very far from being perfected, it does go to show just how amazing dogs are. How do Dogs Detect this? Dogs have an incredible sense of smell. Our fur-legged friends have …

Separation Anxiety in Dogs

Dogs that suffer from separation anxiety experience tension, stress, mental discomfort, and confusion. This anxiety manifests when a dog feels insecure when left alone at home and is separated from its family. Like how a young child misses a parent, your pup misses you! Symptoms of Separation Anxiety in Dogs There are different symptoms that dogs can experience from separation anxiety, from basic whining to very destructive behavior, such as chewing furniture and household fixtures. Below are common symptoms associated with separation anxiety: Excessive panting and whining Excessive drooling Barking and crying  Urinating or defecating indoors. General destructive behavior Excessive …

What are Roundworms in Dogs?

Roundworms are a parasite that can commonly affect house pets such as dogs and cats. There are two primary species of roundworms. The first is Toxocara Canis. This type of parasite can move around the body once they become mature. The second is Toxascaris Leonin. This type of parasite remains in the intestinal tract. Nevertheless, both of these types of roundworms do absorb the nutrients from your dog and need to be taken care of as soon as possible. Roundworms tend to look like long strands of thin spaghetti. These parasites commonly attach to the lining of your dog intestines. …

Black Widows and Dogs

We often associate our fur-legged friends being bit by ticks and fleas. These pesky creatures are known for their persistency and potential health risks. Ticks and fleas are parasitic insects that require hosts to complete their life cycle. In contrast, spiders, such as the Black Widow, are not parasitic, meaning that they do not require a dog or cat to live off of. Although many spiders would prefer to hide from other animals, there may be situations when this does not happen and a spider bite occurs. Generally, almost all spiders inject venom into their bites. For the majority of …

Best Apartment Dog Breeds

Small living quarters does not mean having a dog is off limits. Generally speaking, larger dog breeds such as a German Shepherd or Husky do better with more spacious living areas, however, there are plenty of dogs that need less room to be comfortable. Seventeen percent of Americans live in an apartment or condominium style home and out of that percentage, approximately 70% of those individuals have a pet. They key is knowing which dog breed best adapts to a smaller living area. Where to Start The first item you want to consider if you want a dog and live …

Bacterial Infections in Dogs – What Is It, How Are They Caused, And How to Treat It?

If your dog has recently been diagnosed with a bacterial infection making sure he receives the proper care is crucial. There are many different types of bacterial infections, and depending on the specific variety will determine which treatment method is needed. The sooner you take this step, the sooner your fur-legged friend will begin to look and feel himself again. What Is a Bacterial Infection? A bacterial infection occurs when bacteria enter the body, increase in number, and cause a reaction in the body. The infection can take place anywhere in your dog’s body and quickly spread to other areas. …

Foods That You Should Avoid Giving to Your Dog at All Times

We love spoiling our pups and throwing them a small treat here and there but some foods should never be shared with your pup. The reason being is that dogs and humans metabolize foods differently which is why some foods are safe for humans to eat but may be toxic and potentially deadly for dogs. Figuring out which foods are safe versus unsafe can be confusing. Below is a list of five very common foods that are safe for your dog and five very common foods that are not safe for your dog. Foods Dogs Can Safely Eat Carrots: Both …

The Many Public Safety Jobs of Our Fur-Legged Friends

When we think of a working dog, we may envision a dog in the 1800s pulling a cart or herding sheep. Images of a Dalmatian sitting in the back of a firetruck may also cross our minds. Below are some of the more common yet impressive jobs our pups do to keep us safe. Most Common Types of Jobs Police Dogs / K9 Units: For generations, man’s best friend was sworn to protect and serve. Police dogs, also known as K9 units, do just that. A typical day in the shoes of a police dog consists of detecting the scents …

Benefits of Doggy Daycare

Our pups’ desire for mental stimulation is just as strong as it is for physical stimulation. For many dog owners, our 9:00 — 5:00 job prevents us from spending forty-plus hours a week with our pup. Over the course of one year, that’s over 2,000 hours. Imagine being home alone with no one to talk to or interact with for that long? That is not even taking into consideration the hundreds of other hours we are away from home for other responsibilities. A solution that millions of American dog owners found to help keep their fur-legged friends happy is doggy …

What Is a Dog Allergy?

Dogs with an allergy have an immune system that overreacts and produces antibodies to substances that it would normally tolerate. This over-response is known as an allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Allergies can develop to any substance that a dog is frequently exposed to, such as food, fleas and seasonal environmental allergens such as grass or pollen. What Are the Symptoms of Dog Allergies? Although there are many symptoms, the most common symptom associated with dog allergies is itching of the skin and ears. In certain cases, the symptoms also involve the respiratory system which causes coughing, sneezing, and or wheezing. …

Preparing Your Dogs for the 4th of July

Fireworks like the 4th of July! The 4th of July can be a pretty busy holiday and if you would be hosting, then you would need to prepare ahead for your pets. Here are some tips that would help your preparation along:  Prepare them for People   This goes both ways. First, you need to ensure that your pet is well socialized and would not get skittish and aggressive when around people. In essence, this is something you need to have determined previously. Also, be sure to notify your guests about your pet in the event of any of them having …

Summer Night Activities for You and Your Furry Best Friend

Summer nights are warm and beautiful and are a perfect time for some outdoor activity. Rather than spending some alone time, how about some excellent bonding time with your pet? There are a bunch of activities that are pet-friendly and you would absolutely enjoy. If you’re looking for ideas, here goes:  Bonfires  Lighting up a bonfire in the backyard with the twigs crackling and flames leaping sounds just about magical. You could sit around the fire with your pet and just enjoy this enthralling image. Alternatively, you could grab some snacks and just laze around. It goes without saying that …

Petland Supports Our K9 Units

The K-9 unit in the police department is one of the most essential units thanks mainly to their enhanced sense of sight, smell, and sound.  For instance, dogs have about 45 times more scent receptors in their noses compared to humans. This keen sense of smell has been known to come in handy in a vast range of cases where so much is at stake. This unit has been known for leading to breakthroughs in major cases, saving lives, helping to catch criminals, as well as serving as a loyal companion to their handlers. The K-9 unit also serves a …

Is Your Pup Going On Vacation With You?

You’re going on vacation and bringing your pup along? Amazing! Going to vacation destinations with your pet is no doubt one of the most incredible experiences that you could ever have together. If you are still at a loss of activities to do, here are couple of ideas that you could explore:  Sightseeing  This should be at the top of your list, especially if it’s a vacation location with a lot of incredible sights. You can be sure that Liz would enjoy the sights just as much as you would. Be sure to go slow enough so that she can …

Petland’s Top 5 Designer Breed Dogs for 2022

Designer breeds have been around for quite some time now and have fast become favorites among dog lovers. In addition to the fact that a good number of them are hypoallergenic, they also possess exclusive excellent features from their parents. Here are the top 5 designer breeds ranked by Petland: Cockapoo The cockapoo has a Cocker Spaniel and a Poodle parents and their original breeding can be traced to the 1960s. They are a very loving breed and an incredible family dog. They respond well to training, and can be easily socialized.  Labradoodle This breed is a mix of a …

The Best Kind of Bed for Your Dog

Dog beds come in various shapes and sizes and more importantly, types. They also come in different price ranges ranging from less than a hundred dollars to a couple hundred and are best placed in various positions within the house. So, first off, what is the best kind of bed for your dog:  Pillow Bed  The pillow bed has a very basic design, however, it is super comfortable. It is made with materials that can resist food, water, and stains. The best place to position this bed is in a corner within the house or at a somewhat elevated level …

Camping With Your Dogs

One of the most exciting experiences that any pup can experience is camping. In addition to the fact that they are with their favorite human, they are also surrounded by new sights and smells, so much to explore!  A very vital aspect to ensure before going camping is that their vaccinations are up to date. If you aren’t certain, then be sure to pay a visit to the vet.  To enjoy a great camping experience without hitches, here’s a checklist to help: Prepare ahead  Keep your dog secure at all times  Ensure your dog is never left unattended  Keep an …

Preparing Your Dog for the Hot Summer Months Ahead

Summer months are only around the corner. It is important this time of year to prepare your dog for the summer heat. Here are three tips to keep your dog cool and comfortable this summer: Prepare Their Coat for Summer  Your pet’s fur coat helps them stay warm in winter and cool in summer. Your dog will grow a heavier coat in winter months and shed it in the spring season to develop a lighter coat for summer. Help keep your pet cool in the summer by trimming their coat. It is advisable to go with a professional trimmer, so you …

What is a Professional Regulated Breeder?

When you get a healthy and well-adjusted pup that requires little in the way of training, then quite a bit of work has gone behind the scenes. This is often the work of a professional regulated breeder.  A professional regulated breeder refers to an individual or a set of individuals who handle the breeding process amongst others, for 5 or more dogs over the span of 4 months. This basically describes the overall job description, however, a lot more goes into this process.  First off, a healthy, properly adjusted and socialized pup would need to be raised in a hygienic …

Petland’s Top 5 Small Breed Dogs

Small breeds are much beloved because of a range of factors including ease of care, the fact that they fit in small apartments, and very essential, they can go just about anywhere with you. If you are wondering what breed to go for yourself, here is Petland’s top 5 small breeds of dogs:  Maltese The Maltese is one of the most common breeds of small dogs and comes with its characteristic soft and silky white coat. This breed is well known for its loyalty and is also very playful and full of energy. They are a very brave breed and …

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