7 Ways to Help You Help Your Dog

by Mary Haight on August 13, 2010

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An Anniversary is coming up this November, marking a two-year milestone for Dancing Dog Blog.  That’s just scary!  How could so much time have passed in a blink? As an early thanks, here’s  7 links to ways that should help you help your dog.  Let me know what you think, what else you’d like to hear about, and maybe share some of your own practical solutions and remedies!

l.  Household Items Useful In A Pet Emergency  Ten informative how-to tips to help you handle an emergency from bee stings to a solution that will ensure the animal vomits up anything toxic he might have got into.

2.  Toxic Dog Toys: Not Just From China  This is a post I wish more people would read. It exposed the fact that this problem is now a problem with US made goods and then gave everyone a tool to use to check their toys for safety, and not only dog toys, but children’s also. Since we all live in the same household and share, it’s a pretty darn good idea!

3.  Children’s Stuffed Toys Are Deadly to Pets The natural follow up to the toxic dog toys post that talks about the dangers of garage sale stuffed toys for your dogs, and why you should beware.

4.  This is a post I wish I wrote by Christie Keith at Pet Connection: “Which Do You Hate More: HSUS or Puppy Mills?” You’ll have to go read it to see what I mean.

5.  Giving Pet Shops and Puppy Mills the Boot  One I favor because it gets readers up to speed on commercial puppy mills and the impact of buying puppies from pet shops.  It also created a lively conversation on the state of shelters (a topic of discussion coming up on blogtalk radio where I’ll be guesting, so hope to see you there).

6. Reviewing the Dog Food Reviewers This refers to a site that reviews dog food review sites and uses a credibility rating!

7. “Why Dogs Are Better Than Cats” A little different definition of “useful” here, but this book review of Bradley Trevor Grieve’s work of art was the most fun to write, I was happy for days afterward; that book – what a pleasure! 

 Since number four doesn’t really qualify in the category here’s one more: The Fight Over Pet Food vs Pet Food Safety  explains the argument re raw, commercial, home-cooked, and gets to the root of the matter with an interesting new study on the effects of GMO corn. And if you just want something simple like how to pick a pet sitter or a daycare center, pet insurance or other more concrete useful things, check out the tabs:) What are some of your favorite topics? Is it listed here or is it something else?

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12 comments
DrDogs247
DrDogs247

Really great tips here, it's never too late for such good advice. There are so many common household items that can be a hazard to dogs health.

Rod@GoPetFriendly
Rod@GoPetFriendly

Hi Mary. Had some spotty internet coverage over the past few days so I am catching up on my reading. The best part with this post - I've been following you for awhile, so I've already read several of them. Still, I was surprised how much I forgot when I re-read them. Great list ... Great anniversary (or is it birthday).

Mel
Mel

Wow! A great list Mary! I have heard many people mention buying stuffed toys at garage sales for their pets. I had no idea. And, the article on HSUS was interesting too. Actually, the whole list had great info. Thanks for pulling this together!

MaryHaight
MaryHaight

Hi Karen. Interesting about the kids' toys, isn't it? Have a friend who goes garage sailing (without the boat!) all the time, picking up toys for her dogs so I told her about this issue. It's a good thing to pass on:)

veryvizsla
veryvizsla

Nice post roundup. My fave article was the kids toy. I din't know that they were harmful to dogs.

Carol Bryant
Carol Bryant

Congrats on two years. Thanks for these tips, very useful and every dog lover should know these.

Lorie Huston
Lorie Huston

Hi, Mary. This is a great list of articles. I've only had time to read a couple so far, but I'm going to bookmark so I can come back and read the others lately. I especially liked the toxic toys article. Weird about the tennis balls...why do you suppose tennis balls made for playing tennis would be safer than those actually made for our pets to play with? Just defies logic, doesn't it?

@Kenzo_HW
@Kenzo_HW

They are milestones all of them. Also your posts on the recalls are important, but its hard to pick one, because they "outdate" (do they actually?). Maybe the one with the Feline's Pride response as it gives at good insight in the other end, or the company behind. Btw, thank you for the link to Christie Keith about puppy mills, also a must read for everybody.

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