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It's A Dog's Life - YOUR Dog's! Newsletter
October 15, 2010

Save your dog's life with dog first aid!

Whether you're new to dog ownership, or a long-time friend; have a puppy, or care for a senior dog; own a purebred, or a cross from the rescue center; regardless of your situation, your dog is precious to you.

You want only the best for your dog, just like you want the best for every member of your family. This newsletter has the Dog Information and resources you need to give your dog the best -- the best of health, the best of safety, the best of lifelong well being.

With some prevention and some planning, you can keep your dog healthy and safe, for years to come.

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Why do dogs shed?

Dog lovers commonly ask (as they pick some hair off their clothing), "Why do dogs shed? Is there a shedding season?"

I'll try and answer those questions now.

Shedding is a continuous process. This is a normal event in the life of a dog and it is largely influenced by daylight.

There is a word for this phenomenon: photoperiod.

The number of hours a dog is exposed to sunlight in a day (photoperiod) triggers the shedding process.

It is more noticeable in outdoor dogs in the spring and fall. Indoor dogs shed more consistently but in lesser amounts because of the artificial light inside the house.

Dogs tend to have heavier coats in the winter months than they do in the summer.

Stress and illness can cause excessive shedding. A chronically ill dog that is shedding may also suffer skin lesions, as well as scaling and thin and abnormally wrinkled skin.

What can you do about shedding? Providing your dog is just a normal shedding dog, here are some tips:

1. The first thing you can do to reduce the amount of hair in your home is to brush or comb your dog on a daily basis. This will help more than anything to reduce shedding. You are basically controlling the shedding.

2. Feed your dog a good quality dog food. Don't skimp. Stick with one of the premium brands.

3. Make sure your dog gets plenty of exercise. Healthy bodies promote a healthy hair coat.

4. Don't let your dog get fat. Keep your dog at an ideal weight. Obese dogs have difficulty grooming.

Dogs shed. Nothing will change that. But regular grooming will make the biggest difference. Brushing helps, but I found something that's even better. It's called the Bissell ShedAway

I really love this product. Instead of brushing, you can easily VACUUM away the dead hair on your dog with this simple attachment. You simply hook it to your vacuum cleaner and brush your dog with it. This tool easily removes the hair and dander from your dog's undercoat. And you will be AMAZED to see how much hair it actually removes.

The best part is, all that hair goes directly into your vacuum cleaner ... not all over your clothes, floors and furniture. So with the Bissell ShedAway , there's no need to clean up after grooming your dog. It captures all that hair, which means there will be less hair in your home ... and on you!

If dog hair is a problem for you (as it is for most dog owners), you should really see the Bissell ShedAway in action. Watch this video of a dog being brushed with the ShedAway ... you'll be amazed! To watch this short video click on the image below

As you can see, this is really a great tool and one that every dog owner should have!

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Tips on how to save money with your Dog

1. Trimming your dog's nails and grooming his or her fur at home saves money spent on professional groomers.

2. Practice good dental hygiene. Daily brushing of your dog's teeth has significant returns.

3. Don't skip vaccinations or flea and tick prevention . Vaccines protect pets from painful and tragic diseases such as rabies, and fleas and ticks carry harmful diseases such as the plague that may also be spread to people in contact with pets.

4. Buy fewer toys , and trick pets into thinking those toys are new, time and time again.

5. Be creative with ways to make toys more interactive. Consider buying Buster Cubes or Kong toys for dogs to give them more stimulation while they eat or enjoy treats.

I hope these tips help your budget and most importantly the health and happiness of your dog.

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