Is Your Dog the Worst Behaved Dog in America?

Is your dog bad to the bone? Does your sweet Jack Russel guard all doors from intruders – friends and family included? Or is it your Boxer puppy that won’t stop shredding socks and underwear? Some of the cutest pooches have the worst manners. Whether you’re at work or just in another room, their mischievous play may lead to anything from home repairs to staggering vet bills.

Pets and owners alike can relate to this common problem, but getting the magical, behavioral transformation you’ve always dreamt of is closer than you think.

Are You Taking Care of Your Small Dog’s Teeth?

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – While Labradors have topped the American Kennel Club’s list of popular dogs for more than two decades, small dogs are gaining ground. Out of the top ten breeds, four — Yorkshire terriers, Dachshunds, Poodles (the category includes standards and miniatures) and Shih Tzus — are small breeds. The dog that made the largest jump in popularity 2009? The Havanese, which weighs between seven and 13 pounds.
Small dogs make great companions for a reason. Many are smart, personable and ideally sized for apartment living. But small dogs do come with special needs, and owners should be aware of them. For example, due to the small size of their mouths, dogs under 20 pounds have a greater risk of dental problems.
Owners of small dogs should be extra diligent about their pets’ oral hygiene. Scheduling regular check-ups can help vets catch problems in tooth and jaw development. Those with puppies should pay attention when their dogs start losing their milk teeth. If adult teeth don’t emerge from the gums, there could be a problem requiring a vet visit.
Adult dog owners should examine their dogs’ gums for signs of infection, like discoloration or bleeding. Abnormalities may be signs of periodontal disease, which requires treatment by a veterinarian.
Prevention is just as important as detection. Brushing pets’ teeth daily is one of the best ways to maintain oral health, but many dogs won’t tolerate brushing. For dogs that are temperamental about pet owners or vets touching their teeth, a simple and effective solution can be found using a new type of probiotics, called Teddy’s Pride Oral Care (www.MyTeddysPride.com), that has been designed specifically for the oral care needs of dogs and cats. These probiotics can be used in addition to brushing or as a stand-alone oral care routine, if brushing is not an option. Owners simply sprinkle the odorless, tasteless product on their pets’ food, making it the easiest step toward protecting pets’ mouths.

Four Tips for a Healthier Dog

Just like people, dogs feel much better when they are healthy. But unlike people, dogs can’t take care of themselves. To keep your favorite furry friend on the track to wellness and better living, follow these tdog health tips (www.MyTeddysPride.com)t:

•    Exercise builds efficient bodies. Nothing makes a pooch happier than a stroll through the neighborhood. And while your dog’s satisfying his curiosity by sniffing trees and bushes, he’s also burning calories. For more intense physical activity, try throwing some balls or Frisbees. This should make your dog run a little harder, helping expand lung capacity and tone muscle. No matter what activity you choose, your canine companion will enjoy the benefits of regular exercise while forging a stronger bond with you in the process.

Four Tips to Lead Your Dog to Better Health

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Just like people, dogs feel much better when they are healthy. But unlike people, dogs can’t take care of themselves. To keep your favorite furry friend on the track to wellness and better living, follow these tips:
* Exercise builds efficient bodies. Nothing makes a pooch happier than a stroll through the neighborhood. And while your dog’s satisfying his curiosity by sniffing trees and bushes, he’s also burning calories. For more intense physical activity, try throwing some balls or frisbees. This should make your dog run a little harder, helping expand lung capacity and tone muscle. No matter what activity you choose, your canine companion will enjoy the benefits of regular exercise while forging a stronger bond with you in the process.
* Protect your smiles. You probably remember to brush your own teeth, but doggie dental care often goes by the wayside. For dogs that are temperamental about pet owners or vets touching their teeth, a simple and effective solution can be found using a new type of probiotics, called Teddy’s Pride Oral Care (www.MyTeddysPride.com), that has been designed specifically for the oral care needs of dogs and cats. These probiotics can be used in addition to brushing or as a stand-alone oral care routine.
* Read food labels. Unlike people, dog’s can’t read food labels. They are dependent upon their owners to give them the best possible nutrition. For dogs, make sure that the first ingredient listed is, for example, “Chicken,” not “Chicken Flavor” or “Dog Food with Chicken” — items that list the name of the meat contain 95 percent of that ingredient, while the “with” designation means that the food only contains 3 percent of chicken or beef.
* Visit the vet regularly. Similar to people visiting the doctor, dogs need regular veterinary care. Every dog has potential health risks it must guard against — and many risks vary according to dog breed. Your dog’s veterinarian will let you know when recommended vaccinations are due, give proper care to keep your dog healthy and notify you about potential health risks and treatments.

Bring Dog Grooming Costs to Heel

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Americans love their furry best friends, but when it comes to dogs, sparing no expense can get, well, expensive. Vet bills, grooming costs, kibble prices, kennel fees and training classes can make quite a dent in the family budget.

But with a little DIY bravado, dog owners can keep their lapdogs in luxury without going into debt. For example, many dog owners can perform basic grooming at home — and save up to $500 a year on canine shampoos and styles in the process. Here are some tips:

* Try clipping at home. This might take a little practice, but you’ll save time and money in the long run. Always start at the head and run the clippers in the direction of your dog’s fur. Be very careful not to cut skin. If you need to trim fur around your dog’s face, use scissors. Not all dogs need trimming, but all dogs benefit from brushing, which encourages healthy circulation and keeps fur mat-free.

* Keep that doggy smile healthy. If your dog’s kisses make you want to gag, it’s time to take action — bad breath is caused by destructive bacteria growing around the gum line. Veterinary cleanings can help, but prevention truly is the best medicine.

When it comes to your dog, prevention can be as simple as sprinkling oral care probiotics over kibble. Teddy’s Pride (www.MyTeddysPride.com), a probiotic supplement containing ProBiora3, a special blend of oral probiotics or “good bacteria,” can be administered through your dog’s food. Good bacteria leave little room for bad bacteria to grow, so they naturally improve breath. They also release low-levels of hydrogen peroxide, helping to whiten teeth.

* Trim nails. Use sharp clippers to cut nails, taking care not to cut through the quick — the area of the nail that contains nerves and blood vessels. Nails should be trimmed about once a month.

* Clean your dog’s ears. If you notice redness, head shaking, constant scratching or a bad odor coming from you dog’s ears, it’s time to schedule a vet visit — ear infections are painful and can lead to permanent hearing loss. Check your dog’s ears twice a month for signs of infection. Use a cotton ball with a little water or mineral oil to gently clean the underside of your dog’s ears. Never stick the cotton ball into the ear canal.

Puppy Love Without Doggie Breath

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Your dog loves to give you kisses, and while you appreciate the puppy love, you could do without the stinky breath. So, you switch your dog to dry food. You feed him dental biscuits. You even go through the messy process of brushing his teeth. And yet, you still have hold your breath every time he licks your face. What’s going on?

Believe it or not, your dog’s breath shouldn’t smell, and if it does, it’s time to think about your dog’s oral health.

Certain diseases, like diabetes or kidney disease, may cause bad breath in dogs. But most bad breath, or halitosis, occurs when bacteria infect the gums. If left unchecked, the bacteria can create gum disease or go through the gums into the bloodstream, thereby entering other parts of the body.

“Logically, improving the health of your pet’s teeth and gums will help eliminate the halitosis associated with bacterial infection,” says Dr. Jeffrey Hillman, D.M.D., Ph.D. and chief medical officer for Oragenics.

Eliminating bad breath -; and the harmful bacteria that cause it -; begins at home, with a consistent oral health program. But toothbrushing can be irksome for both pet and pet owner, and dental chews can’t reach every tooth surface. For this reason, Hillman, who has studied probiotics for 25 years, first at the Harvard-affiliated Forsyth Institute in Boston and then at the University of Florida, suggests that pet owners give their pets probiotics, or “good” bacteria.

The science behind probiotics is simple -; if your dog’s teeth are coated in good bacteria, there’s no room for bad bacteria to grow. “The good bacteria inhibit the growth of the damaging bad bacteria, leading to better breath,” explains Hillman.

Hillman created ProBiora3, a special blend of oral probiotics that replenish specific “good bacteria” in the mouth. These beneficial bacteria freshen breath and whiten teeth through the natural release of low-level hydrogen peroxide.

ProBiora3 is available to pets in a grooming aid called Teddy’s Pride. You simply sprinkle the probiotics on your pet’s food once daily. Because it’s easy to administer, you’ll have no problem sticking to the program. Teddy’s Pride won’t change the taste, texture or odor of your pet’s kibble — your dog will happily lap it up. And when he kisses you in appreciation, you won’t have to hold your breath or turn away.

For more information, visit www.ForTeddysPride.com.

Puppy Love Without Doggie Breath

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Good Nutrition for the Whole Family, Even the Four-Legged Members

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – These days, people consider their pets a part of the family, so it is important for them to be cared for in the same way. With more than two-thirds of people consuming foods with proactive nutrients each month, it’s only natural that dog owners would want to provide their dogs with the same nutritional advantages they provide for themselves.

Seeing that health-conscious pet owners want to supply their dogs with extra nutrients, Pedigree brand dog food has developed the Pedigree+ line. The new wet dog food brings together the taste dogs love with the functional benefits that help them live longer, healthier lives. Enhanced with nutrients such as Omega 3 fatty acids, whole grains, which are natural sources of glucosamine and antioxidant-rich ingredients for healthy immunity, are added to six special recipes, each tailored to meet a specific health and wellness need for your dog.

“At Pedigree, we pride ourselves on providing dog owners with the best and most innovative products available,” said Anne Herrington, marketing director of Pedigree Wet. “Everything we do is a result of our love of dogs so we’re excited to do our part to help prolong the human-animal relationship, and we know that good nutrition is a key part of that.”

The six varieties of Pedigree+ aim to provide proactive support for many common canine concerns such as joint health, weight maintenance and healthy digestion. Dogs will experience the benefit from the powerhouse of nutrients not only in the longterm, but even in as little as four weeks, thanks to recipes geared toward healthy joints, healthy immunity, healthy hearts, healthy digestion, healthy skin and coats and healthy weight.

The new recipes are scientifically based on specialized research developed by the Waltham Center for Pet Nutrition. As an authority on pet care and nutrition, it encompasses the expertise of respected veterinarians, nutritionists, universities and breed organizations throughout the world.

“We understand that feeding your dog goes beyond what you put in his bowl; we created Pedigree+ to be a mealtime solution that nourishes from the inside out,” commented Herrington.

Find the right food for your dog by using the Food Finder tool at www.DogsRule.com.

Pets in Small Packages: Keep Your Littlest Friend Safe

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – As companies downsize their workforce, Americans are also downsizing their dogs.

Labrador retrievers remain America’s number-one dog, but dogs under 20 pounds are enjoying increased popularity. Yorkshire Terriers, Beagles, Boxers, Dachshunds, Bulldogs, Poodles and Shih Tzus all make the American Kennel Association’s (AKC) list of top 10 dog breeds.

Small dogs can require less food, less space and less exercise than larger canine companions, making them a perfect fit for the busy homeowner who wants a lap animal to cuddle.

Of course, small dogs come with their own challenges. The great outdoors, for example, presents a greater hazard to Chihuahuas than to Great Danes. In April 2009, one 6-pound Chihuahua puppy made the news when she was reunited with her owners after being blown away by a 70-mile-per-hour wind.

Luckily, most small-pet problems prove more mundane. Small pets can squeeze through fences that would stop larger animals. Areas like pools can pose threats — a very small pet might not be able to climb from the pool.

But as small pets become more popular, American pet care companies are creating products to keep tiny companion animals safe. For example, Invisible Fence Brand recently launched its MicroLite Computer Collar, which weighs in at just 1 ounce. The collar is so light, it’s great for dogs and cats, small and large alike.

The collar works with a fencing and training system. Invisible Fence Brand collars alert pets with a warning tone when they’re about to leave a boundary set by their owner. Unlike traditional fences, Invisible Fence systems can go through rocky terrain and wooded areas and under water. Pet owners can use the system to section off their driveways, pools or gardens or specific rooms in their home, as well the perimeter of their yard.

For more information, visit www.InvisibleFence.com.

Put Your Lucky Dog on NASCAR’s Raceway

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Avid NASCAR fans should be familiar with the racing term “lucky dog.” During a race, the Lucky Dog Rule allows the driver of the next lapped car behind the leader to gain back a lap during a caution — a time when drivers are forced to reduce speeds due to trouble on the track. But a new contest takes the term “lucky dog” a bit more literally.

NASCAR fans and pet lovers will find much to love in “The Luckiest Dog of NASCAR” Contest, which could put one lucky winner’s pooch on Kyle Busch’s No. 18 Pedigree Toyota Camry during the Checker Auto Parts 500 in Phoenix on Nov. 15. The winning dog’s owners will receive a three-day, two-night trip to the race.

And what does it take to win? Creativity and a dog unafraid to dress-up. During the entry period, which runs through Sept. 12, 2009, dog-loving NASCAR fans can log onto NASCAR.com/pedigreeluckiestdog to either upload a race-themed photo of their dog, or to vote on the other photos. Each voter is automatically eligible to instantly win one of 200 available $25 Pedigree gift cards. There’s no limit to how many times a person may vote.

Every week, the popular vote on NASCAR.com will determine a finalist. After voters choose 20 weekly finalists, a panel of judges will select one grand prize winner on or about Oct. 1, 2009. The judging process will be based on creativity, originality and adherence to the NASCAR theme.

“We’re excited to give one pet owner the chance to publicly profess the love they have for their dog,” said John Anton, Marketing Director of the Pedigree Brand. “At Pedigree, everything we do is for the love of dogs, and this contest is really about giving people a platform to celebrate the bond between them and their best friend.”