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Benefits of Free Dog Food Samples

One of the benefitsof getting free dog food samples is to see how your dog will like brands of dogfood before committing to a particular brand. With samples, you will be able toknow if your dog will like a brand of dog food and if he doesn’t, then you willnot have spent money that is precious in the current economy on dog food thatyour dog does not like, possibly forcing the dog to eat something he doesn’tlike just to get rid of the food. Another possibility of wasted dog food wouldbe just to give it away on Freecycle or other free classifieds. Same goes forlosing money on a dog food that your dog doesn’t like, because stores normallywon’t take back dog food that was opened.
Another reason forfree dog food samples is to have your dog try these out so that you will knowof several brands of foods that he likes and will happily eat. Also, this givesyou an opportunity to “pre-shop” for dog food brands by knowing what he likesand doesn’t like. Therefore, you will then be able to compare prices for dogfood that your dog will happily accept.
It also adds varietyto the dogs’ diet so that you can have a variety of dog foods that you canswitch for the dog so that your dog will have varieties of food, like you dowhen you cook. If one day you think the dog is tired of brand A, you can switchhim to brand B or C for a change of the dog food and know he will like thoseother brands rather than the usual brand.
You can also getdifferent varieties of dog food samples to try out, both wet and dry to seewhich one your dog prefers. Same here, you can compare prices of the wet dogfood along with the dry dog food. This provides your dog with a choice betweenwet and dry dog food. Your dog will not then be stuck with the usual dry dogfood unless your dog actually prefers dry dog food.
As well as free dogfood samples, look into possible available dog treats in sample form to findout what treat your dog likes. This way, you can know what his favorite treatsare, as well. Having a known variety of wet and dry dog food and dog treatbrands that you know that your dog likes is great because then you can havego-to brands for your dog.
This is a greattactic to learn what your dog really likes and you can have go-to brands ofmany foods for your dog and also be able to compare prices of each food andtreat. This way, you can have lower cost go-to foods rather than to guess onsomething and come to learn that your dog does not like something that youbought him leading to the above wasted money scenario.

Dog Eating in China

Dog eating in china has always been an emotionally difficult subject for me. Several years ago, I found myself on an animal welfare site that was discussing this, and I ended up watching a partial video on that site. In my entire life, it’s one the most disturbing videos I have ever seen. The first night after, I couldn’t sleep at all. Then, on the next nights I could, but started having nightmares. In China, they have no animal cruelty laws and kill up to 10 million dogs a year to eat.

On the Washington Post they had this article, and at least, I think it shows attitudes are changing (slowly). Recently, animal activists in China stopped a truck by running it off the road. They had 520 abused, neglected, sick, and frightened dogs in that truck, being taken to sell to local restaurants. The dog lovers ended up buying them all for $17,000. Of course, they weren’t prepared to take in so many dogs, and are scrambling to try to take care of them. Anyway, I just want to post that article if you’re interested in reading it.

Dog With Two Broken Legs Crawls Home To Family

Amid the destruction and devastation that has followed the severe tornadoes sweeping across the country, there’s one touching survivor tail worth celebrating — and it wags. (See what we did there?)

Three weeks after a series of tornadoes blew through Alabama, leveling everything in their path, a family in North Smithfield returned to their damaged home to sift through debris. Miraculously, they found their missing dog Mason waiting for them on the porch…

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Is Your Dog Ready for Summer?

Summer is almost here and if you haven’t already done so, you should make sure your dog is ready for another season out of doors. Most pet owners spend a good deal of time outside during the Spring and Summer months, taking their pets along to share in the fun, but also exposing them to fleas, ticks, and other animals that can be carriers of rabies and other diseases.

Every dog should be permanently protected from distemper, infectious hepatitis, and leptospirosis. These vaccines are now generally combined in one single inoculation. From the age of 6 months, all dogs should also be protected from rabies. Most vaccines are effective for one year, although the latest rabies shot is good for four. They are almost 100 percent effective when administered on schedule, but worthless if exposure to risk is maintained after the protection has expired.

After your initial visit, you will normally need to take your dog to the vet only once a year to keep his immunization up to date. During this annual visit, ask him to give your dog a through examination, including checkup of his:

-teeth (removing tartar if necessary)

-anal glands (emptying them if necessary)

-nails (clipping them if necessary)

-stool (if you think he may have worms)

Females need more regular attention than males, especially if they are bred. When you wish to travel with your dog, you will be prepared for any state, federal, or international requirement if you ask your vet for a certificate of good health, and make sure that his vaccinations are in order before you leave. Normally, a sound dog needs no more veterinary attention than this. However, you may take him to the vet on other occasions due to accidents or illness.

As you get to know your dog, you will be able to distinguish between passing symptoms of no importance, chronic minor disorders, and the indications of disease and infection. Among the symptoms that warrant a visit to the vet are:

-A temperature over 102 degrees, or under 100 that lasts for more than 24 hours, or a temperature as high as 104, or as low as 99.

-Acute pain for which there is no logical explanation.

-Bloody urine

-Blood in the stool more than once

-A discharge of yellow mucus from the eyes or nose

-Persistent vomiting, coughing, or refusal to ear for more than 24 hours

-If your dog simply looks and acts really sick

A visit to the vet will at least ease your anxiety, if only because the vet can judge better than you whether or not there are allied symptoms that would indicate a more serious illness. Have a great summer!

Ten Commandments of Dog Camping

In the U.S. alone, more than 30 million people each year take their pets with them while camping. Yet, when we first started RVing with our dogs, we were unable to find much written on the subject. Sure, there were the occasional articles in magazines that reminded us to use pet ID tags, bring plenty of water, and take their favorite toy. But in terms of providing genuine support or bottom–line information, there was nothing out there. Since it was something that we felt was badly needed, we decided to write this article.

While there are numerous issues to consider while camping with dogs, these are some of the most important.

1. Make Sure that Your Dog Can’t Get Lost

It’s one thing if your dog gets free in your neighborhood. It’s another when you’re at a rest stop, nine hundred miles from home. Either train your dog to come when called or make absolutely sure that they’re on a leash at all times.

2. Get All of their Vaccinations Up to Date

If your dog gets into an altercation with another animal (or a person), the central issue will become their rabies shots. If you stay at a campground that has a demanding pet policy, you’ll need to verify your dog’s vaccination records. If you cross into Canada, you’ll have to confirm that your dogs have had their shots. You get the idea.

3. Make Your Dogs Easy to Identify

If your dog does get lost (unfortunately, it happens all the time), the ability to easily identify them will become critical. For permanent identification purposes, consider tattoos or microchips. At a minimum, make sure they wear tags that show their name, your current phone number, and the date of their last rabies vaccination.

4. Clean Up After Your Dog

The biggest complaint about dogs has nothing to do with their bark, their bite, or their behavior. If you pick up after your dog, you’ll be helping dog owners everywhere.

5. Learn How to Provide First Aid to Your Dog

If a medical crisis occurs while at home, you drive to your local veterinarian. But if you’re heading down a dark highway in a strange town, it will seem like a bad dream. Although there are ways to get help while on the road, it always takes more time. In the meantime, your ability to provide competent first aid could save your dog’s life.

6. Involve Your Dog in Everything You Do

If you really want your dogs to have a good time, include them in your activities. Take them with you on long walks. Buy a cheap plastic wading pool and let them play in the water. Throw a ball. Cook them up a hamburger. If you do stuff like that, they’ll do cartwheels the next time you decide to take them camping.

7. Call the Campgrounds Before You Go

Even if a park claims they’re pet–friendly, always call ahead to confirm their policy regarding your dogs. We’ve arrived at parks (with our two German Shepard dogs) after a long day on the road only to discover that “pet–friendly” meant dogs weighing under 20 pounds.

8. Plan Ahead for the Unexpected

Have a plan (for your dogs) in case of a flat tire, a serious accident, or a fire in your RV. Start with a few extra leashes, a pet carrier, and an extra fire extinguisher. Then have a fire drill to identify potential problems.

9. Learn About Your Camping Environment

The U.S. is a huge country with a vast assortment of dangerous wildlife, treacherous plants, unpredictable weather conditions, and demanding environmental challenges. If you don’t know what you’re doing, you might inadvertently be putting yourself and your dog in danger.

10. Recognize and Respect the Views of Others

While some of us can’t imagine traveling without dogs, others can’t image traveling with them. If you keep your dog under control and clean up after them, you won’t give others much to grumble about.

Happy Camping with Rover!