Why does my puppys breath smell so bad?
Just like in humans, the build-up of plaque and tartar can lead to the development of the bacteria that cause bad breath.
If your dog is not a chewer and you do not regularly brush his teeth or have his teeth cleaned, then the most likely cause of his bad breath is plaque build-up.
According to this report, the total first-year cost of owning a dog is $1,270 and for a cat it's $1,070.
As you can see, having a pet can cost you over $1,000 in the first year, and well over $500 each additional year.
Depending on the food you buy and sudden medical expenses, the costs could be much higher.
Dogs also lick because they like the taste of an owner's salty skin and out of habit.
Mostly, with domestic Dogs, it's a sign of affection.
Licking releases pleasurable endorphins which gives Dogs a feeling of comfort and pleasure — like the feeling people get when they are biting their nails — it relieves stress.
If your dog is drinking excessively (polydipsia) it is possibly because he is losing excess amounts of water for any of a number of reasons.
While a number of diseases result in excess water intake and urine output, the most common of these diseases include kidney failure, diabetes mellitus and Cushing's disease.
It's very common for dog owners to punish their dogs for growling.
Unfortunately, this often suppresses the growl—eliminating his ability to warn us that he's about to snap, literally and figuratively.
On other occasions, punishing a growling, uncomfortable dog can induce him to escalate into full-on aggression.
Dogs also "express" their anal sacs when they are scared, which is perfectly normal, if a bit odorous.
Anal gland secretions have a distinct smell that many people describe as fishy.
If your dog smells like fish, chances are there may be something going on with her anal glands.