Happy Herald - Ask the Pet Expert http://www.happyherald.com/articles.sec-8529-1-ask-the-pet-expert.html <![CDATA[What Is Catnip and Why Do Cats Go Crazy for It?]]> Catnip (Nepeta cataria) is an herbin the mint family. It is a perennial plant, originally native to Europe, Asia and the Middle East, but now widely cultivated throughout the world. Also known as catswort, catmint, field balm and many other.]]> <![CDATA[Stop your dog from jumping up]]> The holiday season is here and that means visiting family and house guests will be coming to your home. Most times your dog jumping on you or your guest is because their are excited to see you and it is there way greeting. However, a dog jumping on you or people who come to your house can quickly become a nuisance and maybe get someone hurt.]]> <![CDATA[Why Is Chocolate Bad for Dogs?]]> Dogs and chocolate are a dangerous and poisonous combination. Unfortunately, in most cases the chocolate wins. It’s a lot like alcohol and people. It all tastes so good, but the side effects are not positive. The idea that chocolate is bad for a dog is not a myth parents tell their kids to keep them from feeding the dog food from the table.]]> <![CDATA[Clipping your dog´s nails]]> Clipping your dog’s nails is an important part of being a pet owner. If you let them grow too long, one could get caught and be ripped out. If you cut your dog’s nails too short you can make him bleed and leave him in pain. Here are some tips on finding the middle ground and cutting your dog’s nails just right:.]]> <![CDATA[Fabulous Coconut Oil]]> You may be familiar with the myriad benefits of coconut oil for our health. Did you know that this miracle oil is equally beneficial for our pets! Paw Depot considers our pets members of our family, and we know you do, too. Our doggies and kitties love the taste of coconut and it’s an incredibly healthy treat.]]> <![CDATA[Dental Care Tips for Your Pet]]> Healthy teeth and gums are essential for all pets, from chewing and eating to grooming, defense and clean breath. With just a few steps, pet owners can keep their pet´s mouth healthy and avoid a range of unpleasant and dangerous health issues that result from poor dental care.]]> <![CDATA[Spring & Summer Pet-Care Tips]]> Even with gas prices as inflated as they are, hopping in the car for a joy ride with your canine companion always comes to mind when the sun begins to shine. It is important to avoid leaving your pet in the car on hot days, even with the windows cracked.]]> <![CDATA[Flea & Tick Season is Here!]]> Flea season usually starts in May and goes through to winter. However because of our mild winter flea season has arrived early this year. Flea prevention can be stopped once temperature is consistently below the freezing point which is very rare in Florida.]]> <![CDATA[Detecting Allergies in Dogs]]> Man’s best friend can suffer from allergies in the same way many humans are affected by them. In fact, a wide variety of things may cause allergic reactions in dogs, and it may be difficult to pin down the exact cause in your dog. The symptoms of allergic reactions can also vary widely from dog to dog.]]> <![CDATA[Healthy Dental Practices For Pets]]> The most common disease seen by veterinarians is dental disease. While you or a family member can easily express oral discomfort, your pet cannot. It is important to keep an eye out for pet dental problems and follow a pro-active approach to avoid discomfort for your pet and more costly veterinary procedures down the road.]]> <![CDATA[Avoiding Accidents Inside: Urine Trouble For Pets]]> It’s a tough pill to swallow sometimes. Every pet owner has been through this scenario. You come home after a long day at work and you see that your pet has had a urine accident inside your home. You clean it up because as humans we accept that accidents happen and after all these are our fur babies, but that does not mean accidents are not avoidable.]]> <![CDATA[How To Stop Or Minimize Excessive Shedding]]> One of the greatest annoyances as a pet owner is dealing with unwanted hair in your home. Nearly every dog or cat no matter what their age sheds. Some breeds shed more than others, but all pets will do it. While we cannot stop a dog or cat from shedding the same way we can keep a dog from flaring up our allergies, there are many things you can do as a pet owner to manage and reduce the amount your pet sheds, so that it is no longer a problem in your home.]]> <![CDATA[Pets are Great Teachers for our Kids]]> It’s a big responsibility but the rewards are well worth it! Families with children are most likely to own a pet… or two. Children have boundless gifts to offer a pet, including built-in playtime and a cuddle companion. But the rewards work both ways. Our children can learn much from owning a pet, including these 10 valuable life lessons.]]> <![CDATA[Is your Pet Overweight?]]> Overweight dogs and cats suffer the same risks and consequences as people. Too much weight stresses bones and joints, strains the heart and internal organ, crowds the lungs, and turns a simple walk ar]]> <![CDATA[Why feed your Dog Grain-Free Food?]]> Agrain-free diet more closely resembles what a dog’s natural diet should be. In the wild, canines prefer meat and very rarely eat grains because they are difficult to digest. This is due to canines lacking the proper enzymes in their digestive system to break down the grains.]]> <![CDATA[Is Your Dog a Carnivore or Omnivore?]]> If you’re a large dog food company trying to maximize your profits, then you might consider dogs as omnivores. However, the rest of us, including most holistic veterinarians, indisputably believe dogs are carnivores. By definition, an animal that indiscriminately eats all kinds of foods, of both animal and plant origin, is an omnivore.]]> <![CDATA[Is Raw Food Right for My Pet?]]> The simple answer is Raw Diets are the best and most appropriate ancestral diet for our pets. The Paw Depot specializes in Raw, Freeze Dried and Grain-free pet diets. It’s important when selecting a raw diet that you make sure it’s coming from a reputable company, is grain-free and made in the USA with quality ingredients.]]> <![CDATA[Does Your Dog LICK, BITE & CHEW His PAWS?]]> Dogs spend time each day grooming themselves, so licking their paws is natural. However the licking, licking, licking all night long… biting, biting, biting until the skin is raw and bleeding, licking until the fur is a funky pink color, IS NOT NATURAL!.]]> <![CDATA[Is your dog drinking enough water?]]> Memorial Day is the unofficial start of the Summer. That means South Florida heat is upon us and our furry friends.]]> <![CDATA[What to Do if your Dog is Choking?]]> When the unexpected happens it´s time to think fast. If your dog began choking, would you know what to do? When a person chokes, someone must perform the Heimlich maneuver to dislodge any object blocking the airway. In the case of a choking dog, the process is surprisingly similar.]]>