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Watermelon and Yogurt Frozen Dog Treats (Pupsicles)

Make a big batch of these two-ingredient Watermelon and Yogurt Frozen Dog Treats to keep your pup cool this summer!

Make a big batch of these two-ingredient Watermelon and Yogurt Frozen Dog Treats to keep your pup cool this summer! [Read more…]

Simple Life Hacks for Dog Owners

1. Use Baking Soda to Clean up Pet Urine If your dog pees on the carpet use baking soda (which is also great at removing odors) to clean it up. Pour some baking soda over the spot, let it sit for 20 minutes and then vacuum it up. 

2. Use a Window squeegee to Clean Up Fur From Carpet 

Do you get a ton of dog hair lodged deep into your carpet? Use a window squeegee to pick up fur in your carpet & on your furniture. Scrape it along the carpet & just watch as that hair comes up. 

3. Cover Up Scratch Marks on Furniture with a Walnut 

Do you have a few scratch marks on your wooden furniture? You can cover them up by rubbing a walnut over them. The natural oils in walnuts seep into wood, making them a simple way to help cover up small scratches in your furniture.

 

5 Dog Sleeping Positions and What They Mean

 

 

As much as dogs like to run, play and sniff out the world around them, they also like to snooze. Healthy adult dogs spend an average of 12 to 14 hours per day sleeping, and puppies, senior dogs or those with health problems may require even more rest.

Pet parents witness all sorts of dog sleeping positions, especially if they share a bed or couch with their pups. You have the back loungers, the spread-out space hogs, and the curled-up cuties. But what do these dog sleeping positions mean? Why do dogs sleep the way they do?

This helpful guide breaks down five common dog sleeping positions and explains some of the science behind why dogs sleep in certain ways.

What are my dog and cat food options? What is BEST?

We compared the pros and cons of different types of dog food – kibble, homemade, canned, raw, freeze-dried and dehydrated – to make your decision of what to feed your dog a little easier!

 

What is the best kind of dog food? Is canned food healthier than kibble? Does a homemade dog food diet require as much work as it appears to? Whole Dog Journal developed a comprehensive pros and cons chart for various dog food options you may be considering. Remember: no one dog food is best for all dogs! Consider your dog’s lifestyle and needs and use this chart to help you decide what kind of food your dog should eat regularly. You might also consider feeding your dog a mix of different food types for greater variety in the diet.

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10 Halloween Safety Tips for Pet

 

Halloween can be a festive and fun time for children and families. But for pets? Let’s face it, it can be a nightmare. Skip the stress and keep your pets safe this year by following these 10 easy tips.

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Are Dogs Colorblind? A Guide to What Your Pup Can (and Can’t!) See

One of the most common questions about dog vision is — are dogs colorblind? Do dogs see in black-and-white or what colors can they and can’t they see? We’ve got answers to your dog vision questions.

 

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5 Signs Your Dog Needs A Joint Supplement NOW!

Just like humans, the majority of a dog’s immune system resides in his gut. The gut is the largest immune organ in the body and contains approximately 70% of all immune cells. So keeping your dog’s digestive system running optimally is essential to making sure that he stays healthy, active, and lives a full and healthy life.

One way to potentially improve your dog’s digestive health is to offer him a daily probiotic supplement. There have been extensive studies on the benefits of probiotics in humans, however, veterinary research is just starting to really dive into how supplementing your pup with a variety of good bacteria can aid in keeping him healthy.

What are Probiotics for Dogs?

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Springtime pet safety

Warmer weather, blooming plants and buzzing insects can all spell trouble for the pets in your care, but depending on where you live, winter hazards may still apply! Stay alert to weather patterns, don’t allow pets outside unsupervised and wash melting salts from paws to prevent poisonous ingestion.

If, however, the bright and beautiful days of spring are upon you, remember that doggie dangers and cat-astrophes can happen anywhere, so professional pet sitters must be prepared to prevent disasters and stabilize injuries before veterinary care is available.

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Senior Dogs and detecting health problems early

Senior check ups are extremely important

Bella is 11 and Fitz will be 10 in June. They are big dogs, and they do age faster than the littles. It happens so fast, and we have to prepare for what is to come. Have you changed your dogs food to senior food? have you done a senior screening? Do they have arthritis? Do I give all of the supplements they need? Some things to think about as our loved ones age. Please make an appointment with your vet and come up with a solid plan to make your pups senior years comfortable ones. Both of my dogs have arthritis, so we give them MSM/Glucosamine as well as fish oil and several others. We have recently started pain medication as well.

When I took my boy Fitz in, he weighed in at 109lbs. He is a big boy! I have noticed he does not go upstairs at night anymore, and he is getting up less and less to greet us at the door when we come home. These are signs that something is off with him. I had a full senior blood and urine panel done on him. The results came back, and most of the report was good. The liver enzymes were elevated quite a bit, so we decided to schedule an ultrasound and have his body X-rayed for arthritis while he was sedated. We are so very happy we decided to do this. It turns out he has a a gallbladder mucocele. What that is, is the distention of the gallbladder by an inappropriate accumulation of mucus. Decreased bile flow, decreased gallbladder motility, and altered absorption of water from the gallbladder lumen are predisposing factors to biliary sludge. It is the reason his liver levels were so high. We will now need to do an ultra sound every 3 months to make sure it is not enlarging too much. He may have to have his Gallbladder removed.

We also found severe arthritis in three different parts of his back. We have come up with a good treatment plan to keep him comfortable. I will also be looking into acupuncture. My point is, we would never have known all of this was going on if we did not take him in. This is a part of being a responsible pet parent. Please read below on some more information on how we can care for our senior dogs and what to look for.

After our vet appointment, we stopped to get our boy Fitz some ice cream.

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