Winners: “Santa Paws 2″ DVDs

It’s always fun to start Monday off with winners! Today we have two winners to announce for the Disney’s Santa Paws 2 DVD giveaway. Out of 5274 entries, our winners are Adam H. and…

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DogTipper: Saving $ and Saving Dogs with America’s Pet Economist

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$100 Amazon Gift Card #Giveaway Ends Dec. 15th

Happy Home and Family has teamed up with a group of the most amazing bloggers around to bring you this great giveaway to help you out with your holiday expenses!!
One lucky reader will be winning a $ 100 Amazon Gift Card!
If you win the $ 100 Amazon GC, what would you buy?
I know that if had a $ 100 Amazon GC this time of year, I would use it to buy Christmas gifts. I love buying from Amazon and not just books for my Kindle either. They have everything at reasonable prices, and I love their one click buying. After entering this giveaway, check out my widget over on the right sidebar for the deal of the day.
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  • Giveaway is open worldwide
  • The giveaway will run from November 25- December 15
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Eagle Trains Citizens For Airborne Dude Alert

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is flea treatment fipronil safe for use on lactating dogs?

Question by S: is flea treatment fipronil safe for use on lactating dogs?
I have a mother pomerian who is nusing her 3 week old pups, is it safe to a skin application
for fleas & ticks containing fipronil (active ingredient)?

Best answer:

Answer by Jenny Manyteeth
Read the label on the package. If it doesn’t say, call the company: there’s a phone number on the package.

I personally doubt it, and I would not use any flea treatment on a nursing mother. She should have been treated before the pups were born, and a Pom should be safe in her home, away from such things.

Know better? Leave your own answer in the comments!

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I am grateful

Normally, I’d be spending today running around like a chicken with my head cut off. Thanksgiving is MY holiday, the one I normally host at my house. My mom gets Easter, my mother in law gets Christmas, but this is the one I take  because I love going overboard on things like caramelized squash bisque and focaccia sage stuffing and pretty much every kind of turkey shaped serving dish one can own.

Well, all the turkey shaped serving dishes are currently in a storage facility and I barely have enough room in the apartment for us, nevermind the rest of the family. So my mom is taking an extra holiday for me this year, and despite my protests of “I can help! I can bring mandarin-orange cranberry sauce!” she insists that she has it covered.

And I realized today, actually, I am really grateful for that. Because I have had a lot going on and I actually don’t relish the idea of going to the grocery store until at least Friday. My fridge has two containers of leftovers, some fruit, and that’s about it. And I am grateful that this apartment complex has, if not the greatest parking arrangements, good proximity to some excellent take out.

I am grateful I have a family who is low key about holidays and doesn’t mind being flexible. I am grateful I don’t have that one crazy relative who always shows up and ruins the afternoon by drinking too much port and ranting about sports/politics/religion/you.

I am grateful I got to spend the year getting to know even more of you. I love my online friends. I’m also grateful for the traveling I’ve gotten to do because of the blog, and the perspective it’s given me to remember that there are problems, and then there are problems, and those you do not wish to have.

I am grateful all my family members and pets are still alive and well, even the betta. Because the pain of loss is always amplified over the holidays, and watching so many people with recent losses trying to get through the day with pain etched on every feature, I realize I am fortunate that this year is not yet my turn.

Finally, I am grateful that I wasn’t home when my husband realized someone left the screen door open so Apollo got outside into the apartment complex this afternoon, and I am REALLY grateful that Apollo ran about 15 feet away and then sat under a bush until someone came to collect him. Because this could have been an entirely different post.

Be safe, and have a great Thanksgiving!


Pawcurious: With Pet Lifestyle Expert and Veterinarian Dr. V.

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This is beautiful!

This is beautiful!

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A Dog Can Have Zits?

A Dog Can Have Zits?


Yes, believe it or not, dogs can develop them just as a person can. Canine acne can pop up on your dog’s face, chin, or lower lip. It appears like small black spots that, if not washed regularly, may turn into crusty patches that cake and bleed.


Your dog won’t worry about acne preventing him from getting a date, but he may be bothered if the acne builds up. He may try to scratch it off with his toenails, causing the area to bleed and possibly turn raw. Dogs with oily skin are more susceptible to getting acne than their drier-skinned counterparts, and a dog’s food bowl may be part of the problem. Here are a few dog acne prevention tips:


1. Keep your dog’s chin clean and free of the unsightly blemishes by washing it with a soft cloth and warm water once or twice a day. If the area has begun to bleed, wash it with some hydrogen peroxide on a cotton ball to fight infection.


2. A way to help your dog from developing zits or to keep a current case of it from getting worse is to avoid plastic food bowls. Plastic bowls retain oils that add to your dog’s acne problem, as his chin rubs against the bowl when he’s busy snarfing down dinner. Replace those oil-ridden plastic bowls with aluminum, glass, or lead-free pottery and china bowls.


3. Wash you dog’s food bowls daily with a mild dish detergent to remove oily deposits.

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Reduce Your Pet’s Itching and Kill Bacteria with Be Soothed

Does your dog constantly itch its skin to the point of it becoming red and inflamed? This behavior could potentially lead to serious skin infections including hot spots. To help relieve your pet’s itch, we recommend 1-800-PetMeds Be Soothed topical spray to help reduce your pet’s urge to itch, kill bacteria, and stop the infection from spreading. Provide your dog with soothing itch relief for less! Buy Be Soothed today:
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Are you concerned about your dog’s or cat’s constant itching? There could be several factors causing this behavior including fleas or allergens in the food your pet eats or from the environment. To help rule out the root of your pet’s itching problem we suggest using a monthly flea and tick pet medication (Frontline Plus, K9 Advantix, Advantage). For allergies try an antihistamine like Generic Benadryl. You may also want to supplement your pet’s diet with Omega 3 fatty acids which helps reduce skin inflammation, while also improving your pet’s skin and coat health. Learn more on quick itch relief for your pet at:
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Ohio Vet Board Has No Authority To Suspend Vets Suspected Of Mistreating Animals In Care

Colleen Keszer brought in Duke, her chocolate labrador, to veterinarian Lisa Hart. Keszer said that Hart “came outside and she grabbed him by his collar and he looked so scared.”
Itchmo: News For Dogs & Cats

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By visiting and sending the specially designed Freekibble/Best Friends eCard to friends and family, supporters were able to raise 20,000 meals for the cats and dogs at the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary.

Best Friends Animal Society is a nonprofit organization building programs and partnerships whose mission is to bring about a time when there are No More Homeless Pets®.

As the nation’s largest no-kill animal sanctuary Best Friends is working with humane groups all across the country to bring about a time when homeless, unwanted animals are no longer being destroyed in shelters, and when every healthy dog or cat can be guaranteed a good life in a caring home.

Michelle Besmehn, the Dogtown Manager at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, UT had this to say in the Freekibble/Halo national survey of shelter professionals:

“Many of the animals that come to Best Friends have come in with a poor coat quality due to poor nutrition or care. Feeding the Halo Spot’s Stew definitely makes a difference. You can see a difference in their coat quality and shine as well as they tend to maintain a good weight and healthy energy level. The dogs seem to love the taste as well!”

Watch this video of delivery of Halo Spot’s Stew to Best Friends:


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