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Boarding Your Pup: 5 Tips For Packing a Doggy Bag

Make sure your pup has their favorite toys Deciding to take a vacation can be a daunting undertaking for pet owners. Unless you have family who are ready, willing, and able to pitch in, and take care of your dog until you get back home, the decision can be unnerving. Resolving to board your dog is something that many owners are not willing to do. Some owners prefer to leave their dog home and hire a pet-sitter instead. If you decide that boarding is a good option for you and your dog, once you find the perfect, loving and responsible people who will care for your dog while you’re away, the next thing to do is pack up things to make them feel comforted while you're away. Supplying their necessities as well as comfort items will make the transition as smooth as possible.  We asked DogVacay for some tips on what to pack in your pup’s bag to prepare for their boarding experience: 1. Your dog’s usual food: Some dogs get an upset stomach if you change their chow, so be sure to pack plent

What Does Your Dog's Sleeping Position Mean?

How does your pup sleep? There have been times when I’ve looked at my black lab mix, Django and chihuahua mix, Hayley both curled up in tight ball-like positions and have wondered how they ever managed to get comfortable enough to sleep that way. But at night, I’ll find Django sprawled out along the foot of my bed as I compete with her for the last two inches of blanket. You might think that since there is limited space on the bed but ample room on the floor that she might curl up in bed, but quite often, the opposite is true. Peculiar, you may think, as I did, until you understand why dogs sleep the way they do. According to an article over at  VetStreet , Dr. Margaret Gruen, DVM, a clinician at NC State University College of Veterinary Medicine Animal Behavior Service, explains that a dog’s tendency to either  curl up or sprawl out   stems from biology and survival. Dogs naturally curl up simply to keep warm, so if it’s a cool day and you find your pup curled up, that may be why. How

10 Warning Signs of Cancer in Dogs

Some signs can be subtle. It’s every owner’s worst fear.  Your older pup is getting on in years and slowing down. Of course, with regular check-ups your vet will help identify any concerns he/she might have but in the back of your mind, you’ve heard stories or perhaps had other dogs who seemingly overnight were diagnosed with cancer. While you can’t prevent your dog from getting cancer, you can educate yourself about early warning signs. As with humans, early detection is key.  Here are the top 10 warning signs of cancer in dogs, courtesy of petMD. 1. Coughing or difficulty breathing Although typically symptoms of heart and lung disease, coughing and abnormal breathing can also indicate cancer. This symptom will most likely occur if cancer in your pet's body has metastasized into his or her lungs. 2. Lethargy and depression Dogs with cancer tend to suffer from depression and sleep more, become less playful, and be less willing to go for walks. Although lethargy or depression can se