What You Should Know About Paw Pad Care

Caring for your pet’s feet is a year-round affair, but seasonal extremes definitely create opportunities for extra attention. Whether it’s hot asphalt in the summer or the painfully drying effects of winter ice melt, your pet’s paws deserve full protection. To that end, we offer these supportive tips in paw pad care in the hopes that your pet will continue to be happy and frolicsome in 2017.

What’s in a Word?

The root of the Middle English word pawe is related to the Dutch poot and Old French poue and patin which means clog, a type of shoe. In any case, the word in its numerous incarnations has been used for centuries to refer to an animal’s foot.

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The Dangers of Dog Breath

Wagging tail, bright eyes, wet nose… and bad breath. If this accurately sums up your canine companion, you’re not alone. Stinky dog breath has become synonymous with man’s best friend, but the reality is that it’s not normal.

That rotten dog breath you’ve come to know (and not necessarily love) may actually be an indicator of underlying dental health problems. Taking a moment to learn about the causes and cures of doggy breath can make a huge impact on the overall health and wellness of your best pal.

What Causes Dog Breath?

The majority of pets over age 3 exhibit signs of periodontal disease, an infection of the gums and supportive structures of the tooth. Without treatment, a buildup of bacteria associated with the disease may eventually make its way into the bloodstream, where it can wreak havoc on the heart, liver, kidneys, and other vital organs.

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Wildlife in the City: What to Do if You Find a Wild Animal

As cities have grown and expanded over the years, many wild species have learned not only how to survive, but also how to thrive in urban areas. From skunks to coyotes, wildlife can be found in some of the biggest cities in the country.

While this fact may be impressive, it can also be dangerous for people, pets, and even the wild species themselves. That’s why it’s important for pet owners and anyone who cares about animals to develop a better understanding of how to safely respond when you find a wild animal.

Make No Assumptions: Baby Animals

In many cases, when an animal is found, it’s a newborn or very young, like a fledgling bird or fawn. In these situations, well-intentioned rescuers will interfere too soon or without cause, which actually leads to more harm than good.

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