Tips for Children on Approaching a New Dog

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I have to admit: when I was growing up (more years ago than I care to share, much less remember), the rule was that children did not pet strange dogs. Period. It was a firm rule in our household and, growing up, one that most other children I knew also were taught. We always had […]

Helping Children Understand the Loss of a Pet

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Today we have a special guest post by Kenneth Newman, DVM. Dr. Newman is the author of Meet Me at the Rainbow Bridge, a story that begins with a tragic accident in which a careless driver backs up 25 yards without looking, pinning Dr. Newman and his beloved Labrador, Gracie, between his family station wagon […]

Choosing Top Dog Breeds for Children

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We love lists…so we had to pass along this list that we just saw petMD has released of the five top dog breeds for families with children. They are: The Bulldog: Known for its sturdy build, the Bulldog is an excellent choice for families with children who like to roughhouse. A docile, friendly, and loyal […]

Ask Dr. Diane: My Malamute Doesn’t Like Kids

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Dear Dr. Diane, I have an 8-month-old malamute. He’s a very good dog but I’m worried because it seems he doesn’t like kids except my 7-year-old daughter; she can do anything to him but if any other kids come into my house he gets very aggressive. I’m worried because I have a grand child due […]

Helping Children with Grief for a Pet

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Dogs teach us so much about life…and part of that life includes death. A pet’s death is very difficult on the entire family but it can be especially troublesome for children. Today we have a special guest post on how to turn losing your pet into a learning experience for your child. It’s never a […]

Ask Dr. Diane: My Dog & My Grandchildren

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Dear Dr. Diane, My grandchildren recently moved near us and, for the first time, our dog PomPom (a 5-year-old miniature poodle) is around young children (they are 2 and 4 years old). PomPom does not seem at all aggressive towards the children but they make her nervous. My daughter doesn’t want the children to come […]

Getting Your Dog Accustomed to Your Baby–Before Birth

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Today we’ve got a special guest Tip of the Day from Heather Green, a dog lover and a new mom with a tip about getting your dog accustomed to your baby…before he arrives! I recently had a baby and was concerned about how my two dogs would react when we brought him home from the […]

Ask Dr. Diane: Back to School Dog Depression

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My dog lives indoors, and I’m worried about her behavior when school starts. Last year she seemed very sad after the school year began and our kids, ages 8 and 10, went back to school. Is there anything I can do to make her happier with the schedule change? I am home with her but […]

Recognizing Back to School Stress in Dogs

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Summertime and the livin’ is easy…for kids and dogs alike. And then along comes back to school time. Along with being an adjustment for children, the return to the school schedule is an adjustment for family pets as well. Today we have a guest post from Dr. William H. Craig, DVM, Chief Medical and Underwriting Director of […]

Knowing the Danger of Homemade Play Dough

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Homemade play dough. Made in your kitchen with just a few ingredients, it seems so safe. And it is, for your children–your two-legged ones. It’s another story for your four-legged kids, though. Homemade play dough can be toxic if consumed by your dog because of the high level of salt used in making the dough. […]