Dogster Tips

Does Your Dog Wake You Up in the Middle of the Night? We Can Help!

Editor’s note: Have you seen the new Dogster print magazine in stores? Or in the waiting room of your vet’s office? This article appeared in our October-November issue. Subscribe to Dogster and get the bimonthly magazine delivered to your home. We all need sleep, dogs included. But sometimes your dog wakes up in the middle of …

What Vegetables Can Dogs Eat?

What vegetables can dogs eat? Can dogs eat tomatoes, celery, cucumbers, corn and other vegetables? This is a question — like “can dogs eat apples, grapes, strawberries and other fruits?” — that I’ve often asked myself while strolling through the local farmers’ market or the produce section of the grocery store. Here at Dogster, let’s answer …

10 Types of Service Dogs and What They Do

Many dog people would say their canine companions are their best friends, but for a growing number of individuals with specific physical, neurological or mental health needs, different types of service dogs are also invaluable partners in day-to-day life. Legally, most of these types of service dogs are welcome in places where pet dogs are …

Homemade Dog Shampoo — 3 Simple Recipes

Dog grooming is a huge business, and many dog parents are excited that their puppy pals should look and smell their best when they go out in public. Of course, not every dog is going to strike a pose on the show stage, and it can be fun to craft your own homemade dog shampoo …

Dog Digestive System Basics — How Long Does it Take for a Dog to Digest Food?

Most dog owners don’t spend a lot of time thinking about their own digestive processes, much less the basics of the dog digestive system. The only times we really engage with the dog digestive system are when we feed our dogs and when we trot them out to eliminate their waste. But what happens to a …

Bad Dog Breath — 8 Home Remedies

I share my life with a pack of super-affectionate dogs who love bestowing kisses — and, not wanting to hurt anyone’s feelings by refusing a sloppy smooch, I’m motivated to keep their mouths healthy and halitosis-free. Over the years, I’ve picked up a few home remedies for bad dog breath that really work. 1. Prevent bad dog …

Can Dogs Eat Pumpkins? What About Other Fall Vegetables?

With Halloween coming up soon, most dog parents are wondering: “Can dogs eat pumpkins?” To that end, are other fall fruits and vegetables safe for dogs to eat? Let’s take a look at a representative sampling, including such autumnal favorites as: Apples Beets Broccoli Cabbage Cauliflower Green beans Kale Lettuce Oats Pumpkins Radishes Spinach Sweet potatoes Zucchini Can …

Why It Happens and When to See a Vet

The sight of a dog dragging his butt across the floor might make you laugh (or cringe, if it happens right in the middle of your elegant dinner party), but dog scooting can be a sign that something is wrong “back there.” So, why does dog scooting happen? And can you ever treat dog scooting …

How to Tell If a Puppy Is a Boy or a Girl

Physical differences between male and female dogs are both slighter and less obvious than those between other kinds of domestic pets or farm animals. Distinguishing between a male and female turkey, for example, tends to be quite easy, especially once they reach maturity. Differences in size and plumage between these birds are clear and striking. …

What Fruits and Vegetables Are Safe for Dogs?

Have you ever perused the produce section of your grocery store and marveled at the display of fresh strawberries in the middle of winter? Or wondered how dozens of apple varieties are available all year round? Welcome to the transportation age, where fruits and vegetables grown halfway around the country — or the world — …