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Dog Health Alert: Lepto Bacteria

In recent years, there have been increasing reports of Leptospirosis—a bacteria that is commonly found in raccoon and other animal urine—in canines. Lepto is considered a “zoonotic” problem because it can be passed from animals to humans, and it is difficult to diagnose both in pets and people. Often called the “copy cat” bacteria, symptoms mimic many other viruses and diseases.

How can you protect your dog?
The lepto booster has not been approved for three-year use and must still be given yearly. Ask your veterinarian about the risk for lepto in your area and about your options for protecting your pet. Some veterinarians now opt for a combination booster which includes lepto; others give lepto separately.

Staying informed is one of the best things you can do for your dog! Be sure to ask your vet about new risks and advances at your dog’s yearly checkup, and you can also read up on the American Animal Hospital Association‘s vaccination guidelines on your own.

Stop Your Dog’s Barking in the Yard

Does your dog bark uncontrollably while in your yard? Does he feel the need to warn off every squirrel or bird in your trees…and innocent passing schoolchildren…and falling leaves? Are you on the blacklist for upcoming neighborhood potlucks because your dog is constantly disturbing the peace?

If so, check out Bark Buster Rachel Baum‘s article,BARk magazine “It’s My Yard and I’ll Bark If I Want To,” in the spring issue of BARk magazine! She has great tips for helping your dog to relax and start enjoying his time in the yard—which just might help you get your invite to the summer block party back as well.

For more advice on how to make your backyard more safe and interesting for your dog—and prevent boredom-related behaviors like barking, digging and chewing—CLICK HERE to read Bark Busters’ “Creating a Dog-Friendly Backyard.”

Beer for Dogs

LilyBy: Lily


Cheers, mates! “Boozehound” now has a new (and very literal) meaning, as a pub in England has started offering Dog Beer—a tasty blend of malt, hops and meat extract—for its many four-legged patrons. Bottled, labeled and served in a pint glass, the Daily Mail reports that the brew has been wildly popular at the pet-friendly Brandling Villa where it is being served (they went through the first 48 bottles in a fortnight—whatever that means).

Dog Beer

The pub welcomes the furrier set, even developing a doggy dessert menu and daily food specials—don’t miss the Sunday roast, smothered in “cat-flavoured” gravy.

Stranded stateside? Not to worry! Turns out the dog beer trend actually started Custom Label Dog Beerhere in the good ole’ US of A. Bowser Beer in Phoenix, Ariz., now ships its dog-friendly suds nationwide. You can even custom-order labels featuring your furry friend’s mug shot.

It might not be long before “happy hour” becomes “yappy hour” at a bar near you—and I’ll raise my water bowl to that! Now if they could just figure out how to make me a Canine Cosmo…

Santa Baby – Best Holiday Presents for Dogs!

LilyBy: Lily

Did you remember to include your furry family members in your holiday shopping this year? If you forgot, fear not!  For the perfect one-stop shopping gift for the dogs (or dog parents!) on your list, check out SIX awesome holiday PACKAGES from Bark Busters! And at $35 each you’ll save up to 30% on goodies like soft cotton leashes, KONG Wobblers, and Buster’s Secret Stain & Odor Remover.

If that’s not quite enough to fill your precious pooch’s stocking…I’ve got a rundown of the rest of this year’s HOTTEST holiday gifts for dogs, and just for fun, I’ve prepared a little song. Enjoy—and get shopping!

Santa baby, slip Angry Birds toys under the tree, for me
I’ve been an awful good dog
Santa baby, and hurry down the chimney tonight…


Santa baby, a rhinestone-studded new collar too, light blue
I’ll SIT and STAY for you dear
Santa baby, and hurry down the chimney tonight…


Think of all the fun I’ve missed

Think of all the hound dogs that I haven’t kissed
Next year I could be oh so good
If you’d check off my Christmas list
Bark bark roo roooo…


Santa honey, I wanna KONG and really that’s
Not so wrong
I passed my Canine Good Citizen test this year
Santa baby, and hurry down the chimney tonight…


Santa cutie, there’s one thing I’ve been
wanting for days, Zukes Z-Filets!
And some Mini Naturals too
Santa cutie, and hurry down the chimney tonight…


Santa baby, I’m filling my stocking with a RuffWear coat, and tote

Sign your ‘X’ on the line
Santa baby, and hurry down the chimney tonight…

Come and trim my Christmas crate
With a new dog bed bought from Petmate
I really do believe in you
Let’s see if you believe in me
Bark bark roo roooo…

Santa baby, forgot to mention one little thing, a Nyla-Ring
I don’t mean on the phone
Santa baby, and hurry down the chimney tonight…

Hurry down the chimney tonight…
Hurry down the chimney tonight!

Pet-Safe Ice Melt and Winter Dog Safety

By: BeauBeau

As temperatures drop and that wet white stuff starts falling, I’d like to remind you, on behalf of your canine family members, to PLEASE watch where we’re walking! Ice-melting chemicals commonly used on public streets can irritate and burn our paws. Avoid walking your dog in areas where these are used, and be sure to rinse off his feet whenever he is exposed to such chemicals.

For your own deck, porch, driveway or sidewalk, try one of many pet-safe ice melting products available, such as:

Safe Paw Pet-Safe Ice Melt

Safe Paw Ice Melter - http://www.safepaw.com

Petco Pet-Safe Ice Melt

Petco Ice Melter - http://www.petco.com or Petco retail stores

For more tips to keep your dog safe and healthy during the cold winter season, including what temperatures dogs can (and can’t!) handle, CLICK HERE!