What To Do If You See A Dog With A Yellow Ribbon

What To Do If You See A Dog With A Yellow Ribbon

Advertisement Have you ever walked past a dog with a yellow ribbon tied around its collar and wondered what it meant? The Yellow Dog Project is a movement to identify dogs that may be nervous about being approached. It’s a way to signal to other people that they should keep their kids, hands, and dogs away from the marked dog unless they ask the dog’s owner for permission to approach. From their website: “Yellow Dogs are dogs who need space – they are not necessarily aggressive dogs but more often are dogs who have…continue reading →
Does Your Dog Not Greet You Anymore When You Walk In? Read This

Does Your Dog Not Greet You Anymore When You Walk In? Read This

There’s nothing quite like the greeting of a dog after a long, hard day. There’s something about that wagging tail and wiggly butt that just melts away the stress! However, as our dogs age many of us have noticed an alarming change: they no longer get up and rush to greet us at the door. It’s not that they don’t want to. The reality is they might be suffering from a common condition that prevents many pups from behaving like they used to. Sadly, research shows that 4 out of 5 dogs over…continue reading →
Can’t Pay for Your Pet’s Care? These 12 Programs Can Help

Can’t Pay for Your Pet’s Care? These 12 Programs Can Help

Advertisement We all want the best for our pets, but life sometimes gets in the way. When there is a sudden illness or accident, it can leave us facing large vet bills we were not expecting. A job loss can make it hard to feed ourselves and our beloved pets, and relocating can leave you wondering how you’re going to be able to take your pets with you. Luckily, there are resources out there to help you through hard times. #1 – IMOM This all-volunteer 501(c)(3) charity helps people cover vet bills when…continue reading →
What Are The Best Ways To Give Your Dog Bone Broth Powder?

What Are The Best Ways To Give Your Dog Bone Broth Powder?

Advertisement From stronger joints to better gut health, there’s a long list of reasons why pet parents are feeding their dogs bone broth.  The downside of feeding your dog healthy, homemade bone broth is that dedicated dog owners don’t always have hours on hand to prepare this healthful elixir. Making bone broth is a labor of love, but sometimes, it’s okay if that labor doesn’t take up so much of your time. That’s where bone broth powder comes in. This powdery substance has all the benefits of regular bone broth but without the…continue reading →
Ask A Vet: Why Does My Dog Stare At Me When He Poops?

Ask A Vet: Why Does My Dog Stare At Me When He Poops?

You may have noticed that your dog keeps his eyes on you while he is defecating. It is not because he is embarrassed. He is not wishing you would look away or give him privacy while he “does his business”.  It goes much deeper than that. Dogs are animals and they are very tuned in to their environment and their own place in it. For survival, they must be aware of risk. Defecation is one of the times in an animal’s life when he is at his most vulnerable. He must posture to…continue reading →
8 Potentially Deadly Diseases You Can Get From Your Dog

8 Potentially Deadly Diseases You Can Get From Your Dog

Advertisement When your dog gets ill, do you worry about catching it? Dr. Kathryn Primm, DVM, owner and practicing veterinarian of Applebrook Animal Hospital shares eight diseases you and your dog can give each other. #1 – Rabies Rabies is a virus that infects mammals. It is spread in the saliva or contact with infected tissues. Suspected rabies or even any human bitten by an unvaccinated (or past due) dog must be reported to the health department. Bats serve as a source in the wild, as do raccoons and other wildlife. In unvaccinated…continue reading →
Why Does My Dog Growl At Some People And Not Others?

Why Does My Dog Growl At Some People And Not Others?

Advertisement Dogs are always alert when someone new arrives on the scene. Your dog notices new people immediately, but sometimes he growls at them and sometimes he doesn’t. His growl might indicate aggression, defensiveness or just plain anxiety. Why does he have different reactions to people? Does he know something about them that you don’t? No one can sum up all dogs’ reactions and definitely, each case is unique, but we can look at the way dogs perceive their world and maybe gain some insight into this interesting question. 1. People smell. People…continue reading →
This Might Be the Best Way to Entertain a Bored Dog on a Rainy Day

This Might Be the Best Way to Entertain a Bored Dog on a Rainy Day

How to Keep Your Dog Busy on a Rainy or Snowy Day If your dog is like mine, they are not at all fans of inclement weather! The moment the rain starts, my dog’s personality changes and she becomes restless. If the rain lasts long enough, she begins to act depressed, moping around, begging me for something to do (or better yet, something to eat!) About 6 months ago, I discovered a tactic that forever changed our activities when the weather sours. Why “Nose Work” Can Be Your Dog’s Best Friend During Stormy…continue reading →
Stand Above Your Dog and Look Down. If You See This Shape, They Could Die Too Young

Stand Above Your Dog and Look Down. If You See This Shape, They Could Die Too Young

Advertisement Obesity in dogs is a very serious problem, and it’s rates are increasing daily. It’s estimated that roughly half of all dogs in the United States alone are obese – that’s 35 million dogs! Obesity can cause many illnesses such as diabetes and even worsen joint and back problems. Obesity is also one of the most common reasons injuries occur in our dogs. Most importantly, obesity leads to an increase in many diseases, including cancer, and can rob years off your dog’s lifespan. 10 Vital Tips for Preventing Obesity in Your Dog…continue reading →
5 Pet Toxins To Watch Out For In Your Household Cleaner

5 Pet Toxins To Watch Out For In Your Household Cleaner

When we clean our homes, we assume we’re making it safer for our loved ones. By getting rid of the microscopic viruses and bacteria that hang around our homes, we’re keeping a clean, healthy environment. But what we use when we clean can have negative effects on our pets’ health if we’re not careful. You wouldn’t leave open containers where your dog could drink them, but those same chemicals can still be harmful to your pets once they’re out of the bottle.  1. Ammonia It’s likely that you keep products containing ammonia in…continue reading →
Has My Senior Dog Had A Stroke?

Has My Senior Dog Had A Stroke?

Advertisement “I think my dog just had a stroke.” If your senior pet suddenly begins to walk in circles, has an unsteady gait and seems dizzy, or holds its head tilted to one side, Idiopathic Vestibular Disease may be the cause. This is a common condition that affects older dogs and it comes on very suddenly; it is also a syndrome that looks really bad, but usually gets better all on its own with time and little or no treatment. Unfortunately, however, I have heard of situations where these sorts of symptoms were…continue reading →
How Dog DNA Testing Can Help Your Pup Stay Healthy & Happy

How Dog DNA Testing Can Help Your Pup Stay Healthy & Happy

Advertisement Many people are skeptical about dog DNA testing. Can it really reveal important information about your pup? Is it worth the money? DNA analysis has improved greatly in the last decade. The results can help you anticipate potential health and behavioral issues, giving you the power to keep your BFF healthy, happy and by your side longer! What is involved in dog DNA testing? The first doggy DNA test, the Wisdom Panel, was launched by Mars in 2007 and required a professionally drawn blood sample. Now all it takes is a cheek…continue reading →
7 Ways To Stop Your Dog From Digging In Your Yard

7 Ways To Stop Your Dog From Digging In Your Yard

Advertisement The mud. The mess. The holes. No, there was not a major battle in your backyard. Just the battle to stop your dog from digging! Digging can cause a lot of headaches and make it impossible to enjoy your outdoor space. Lawnmowers break, grass dies. And the mud. Mud everywhere. There are a few reasons your dog might be trying to turn your yard inside out. And believe it or not, few of those reasons are his fault! To stop your dog from digging you’ll have to get down to the root…continue reading →
6 Ways To Tell Your Dog You Love Them in ‘Doggie Language’

6 Ways To Tell Your Dog You Love Them in ‘Doggie Language’

Advertisement Pup parents know that our dogs love us deeply, even though they do not express it in the same manner as humans do. Recently, behavioral research saddened dog lovers when it showed that most dogs don’t like to be hugged. That’s not to say that our pups don’t enjoy receiving affection; they live for our love and approval! Try showing them your devotion in a language they can understand. 1. Gaze Deeply Into Their Eyes Dr, Brian Hare, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at Duke University topped the NY Times best seller list with his…continue reading →
How To Help Your Senior Dog Find Relief From A Dry Nose

How To Help Your Senior Dog Find Relief From A Dry Nose

Your dog’s slobbery kisses aren’t the same without that cold, wet nose pressing up against your face. And if your senior dog’s nose is dry or cracked, you have more than the quality of their kisses to be concerned about. As one of a dog’s most important features, the health of their nose is always important. A dry nose is irritating and in the worst cases, it’s even painful. It’s sometimes a symptom of serious illness, but most of the time, it’s caused by a mix of environmental factors and the dog’s age.…continue reading →
Veterinarians Suggest Your Phone Could Be Causing Your Dog To Disconnect From You

Veterinarians Suggest Your Phone Could Be Causing Your Dog To Disconnect From You

Advertisement Dogs let us know in different ways that they need more attention. You might get a nudge, or a whine. Some dogs who aren’t familiar with the concept of “personal space” might just jump right into your lap. Other clever pooches will even go so far as to fake an illness to get you to pay attention. Are you giving your dog your enough attention? He doesn’t really need it 24/7, even if he acts like it, but veterinarians suggest that dogs can become depressed if we’re spending more time looking at…continue reading →

10 Of The Most Common Fears And Phobias In Dogs

Advertisement Dogs have very keen senses, especially hearing and smell. While these gifts help them survive, they can also leave them vulnerable to developing fear associations. Additional causes of phobias in dogs include genetics, lack of proper socialization, and previous negative experiences. The frightening stimuli listed below are among the most common fears and phobias in dogs. As you can see, each has a profound effect on one or more of their senses. 1. Thunderstorms There are a few reasons thunderstorms inspire terror in so many dogs. The most obvious is the noise. Dogs’…continue reading →
3 Reasons Why Dogs Need a PREbiotic Just As Much As A PRObiotic

3 Reasons Why Dogs Need a PREbiotic Just As Much As A PRObiotic

Keeping track of everything your pet needs to stay healthy can be tricky. There’s a lot to know and understand, and getting your facts straight is key to having a happy dog. One of the health-related topics pet owners often get confused about is the need for prebiotics. No, that wasn’t a typo. You’ve heard of probiotics, but prebiotics are different. Both prebiotics and probiotics are essential for canine gut health, but the majority of dogs in the U.S. are missing out on the former half of that equation. The first step in…continue reading →
This Weird Looking Toy Will Be Your Dog’s Best Friend on a Rainy Day

This Weird Looking Toy Will Be Your Dog’s Best Friend on a Rainy Day

Has your pup ever been frustrated by boredom on a rainy day? Or maybe you didn’t quite have enough time for a long walk, and they need to burn some energy? If so, the concept of canine nose work is something you and your pup will love. What Is Nose Work? The term “nose work” was created to define the professional canine scent detection training activity translated to pet dogs. It’s an easy-to-learn, fun activity to engage in with your pet and has even become a competitive sport. Nose work can help build…continue reading →
10 Dog Breeds That Make Great Therapy Dogs

10 Dog Breeds That Make Great Therapy Dogs

Advertisement Therapy dogs can perform a number of jobs – some visit the sick in hospitals, or the elderly in homes. Others sit quietly while being read to by children. But they all have something in common – they brighten the day of everyone they meet! We know any dog can put a smile on a human face, but therapy work requires more of a dog than to just be a dog. Therapy dogs must be able to be calm, affectionate, and well-trained. Dogs of any breed can be considered, but these 10…continue reading →
Could Your Dog’s Water Bowl Make Him Sick? Here’s What You Need To Know

Could Your Dog’s Water Bowl Make Him Sick? Here’s What You Need To Know

Advertisement Did you know that your dog’s water bowl could make him sick? There are actually several different ways you could be putting your dog’s health at risk with his water bowl. From the material the bowl is made from to how often you wash it, there are a lot of different ways your dog’s water bowl can affect his health. Here’s how. Infrequent washing If you’re like most dog owners, you just rinse and refill your dog’s water bowl once a day. After all, it’s just water. The problem is that water…continue reading →
Blue-Green Algae May Be Responsible For Liver Failure In Florida Dogs

Blue-Green Algae May Be Responsible For Liver Failure In Florida Dogs

Advertisement Residents along the Florida coast have been dealing with some pretty awful algae this year. The problem has become especially bad near the St. Lucie river, where people say the dying algae “smells like death” and is causing respiratory issues, itchy eyes, runny noses, and nausea. The blue-green algae is so much of a nuisance that it has caused the closure of beaches and even local businesses. But humans aren’t the only ones who can be negatively affected by blue-green algae, and when exposed, our pets can suffer extremely severe effects. WPTV.com…continue reading →
5 Herbs To Help Sooth Your Dog’s Tummy Troubles

5 Herbs To Help Sooth Your Dog’s Tummy Troubles

No one likes an upset tummy, and that includes your dog! While our four-legged friends can’t tell us if they have a belly ache, pet parents know when something isn’t right. Whether your pup vomits, has a bout of diarrhea, or just seems under the weather, loving pet parents will do just about anything to help. While you should consult with your vet if there are any noticeable changes in your dog’s health or habits (especially if they’re prolonged), sometimes it’s just anxiety, car sickness, or unsettled food that’s the culprit. Below, you’ll…continue reading →
The Healthiest Food Will Bring Your Pet A Thriving Life

The Healthiest Food Will Bring Your Pet A Thriving Life

What do you say when people ask you how your dog is doing? Do you shrug your shoulders and say “fine”? Or do you tell your friends and family that your dog is overjoyed, on top of the world, honest-to-goodness thriving?   Some people may be okay with knowing their dogs are doing “fine,” but others know that our dogs are capable of being so much more than just “fine” and won’t settle for less. How do you take your dog from fine to thrive? Start with his bowl. NomNomNow knows that so…continue reading →
Health Is Wealth, And The Same Can Be Said For Your Dog

Health Is Wealth, And The Same Can Be Said For Your Dog

Pet parents want their dogs to have the healthiest, longest life possible. Every year, we learn more about how healthy eating can affect a human’s mood, energy levels, and overall health – so it makes sense that the same would apply to dog food. NomNomNow has embarked on a journey to revolutionize pet health, starting with the #1 contributing factor to a healthy lifestyle: what they eat. Everybody knows by now how many health problems a lifetime of eating junk food can cause humans, but few people realize that many commercial dog foods…continue reading →
6 Reasons Why Dogs Pant

6 Reasons Why Dogs Pant

Advertisement You’ve seen your dog pant. When you’re running around together, it’s not unusual for you both to be panting! We like to think it’s because they’re happy – and panting does look like a big happy smile, right? But for pups, panting is multi-purpose. Some dogs may even be panting for a reason that requires the attention of a vet. Knowing why dogs pant and paying attention can tip you off and help you take better care of your dog.  1. To Cool Off Your dog doesn’t sweat like a human would,…continue reading →
Contagious Strain Of Dog Influenza Reported In Connecticut

Contagious Strain Of Dog Influenza Reported In Connecticut

Advertisement Connecticut vets are warning residents to be on the lookout during what seems to be an aggressive dog flu season. Over the summer there were 9 confirmed cases of dog flu, but it wasn’t the number of dogs getting ill that had veterinarians concerned, but the H3N2 strain that is causing the illness. Concerned owners should watch out for coughing and sneezing in their dogs, which can later become high fever and pneumonia. Though humans can’t catch dog flu, the virus is extremely contagious between dogs. The H3N2 strain caused outbreaks in…continue reading →
Crate Training: 6 Steps For Teaching Your Dog To Love Their Crate

Crate Training: 6 Steps For Teaching Your Dog To Love Their Crate

Advertisement Teaching your dog to love their crate should be a top priority for any new pet parent. Dogs are den animals, and enjoy small spaces where they can hide when they feel unsafe, or rest at nap time. It’s a safe space in your home that your dog considers his own. Crate training is easy to do and shouldn’t be something that makes you feel guilty or as if you’re subjecting your dog to “doggy jail”. Understandably, some owners are firmly anti-crate, and that’s fine. You should never use the kennel as…continue reading →
iHeartDogs Partners With Audible To Help Feed Hungry Shelter Dogs

iHeartDogs Partners With Audible To Help Feed Hungry Shelter Dogs

We love our dogs, and in a perfect world, we’d spend every waking moment with them. But knowing that our dogs are comfy and cozy while we are away grants us peace of mind. The perfect little bed, a bowl full of their favorite chow, a basket overflowing of toys…but what else can we do to make things just right in our absence? Think about it: what is the most soothing sound to your dog’s ears? A human’s voice! This is why Audible has gone to the dogs–giving your dog an opportunity to…continue reading →
5 Serious Illnesses Caused by Canine Dental Disease

5 Serious Illnesses Caused by Canine Dental Disease

Dental health is one of the most neglected issues in dogs. Yet, neglected teeth can quickly lead to canine dental disease other serious–and often fatal–diseases. Dr. Kathryn Primm, owner of Apple Brook Animal Hospital, and Dr. Denise Petryk, Director of Veterinary Services at Trupanion, shared with us some of the illnesses that can result from poor dental hygiene. #1 – Heart Valve Infections Dr. Primm: “Mouth bacteria can travel and settle on the heart valves. Bacterial endocarditis (infection of the interior of the heart) is a problem of its own and can also permanently…continue reading →
7 Reasons to Give Your 7+ Year Old Dog Turmeric

7 Reasons to Give Your 7+ Year Old Dog Turmeric

Odds are, you’ve heard about the benefits of turmeric for both people and pets. And while turmeric would likely benefit dogs of any age, its benefits are particularly pronounced for senior pets. Turmeric (or Indian saffron) is the spice that gives curry it’s yellow color. Veterinary approved supplements for dogs often contain Curcumin – the active ingredient in Turmeric – because it acts as a natural anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. Researchers and nutritionists are singing its praises as a medicinally effective herb for the mind and body of both people and pets. There is…continue reading →
5 Ideas for The 83% Of Us Who Don’t Brush Our Dog’s Teeth

5 Ideas for The 83% Of Us Who Don’t Brush Our Dog’s Teeth

Advertisement A few weeks back, we asked the iHeartDogs Facebook fans the following question: Be honest now. What is your status on brushing your dog’s teeth? The results didn’t surprise us. Over 1,500 people responded, and a full 83% reported that they are not brushing their dog’s teeth as much as they should. After all brushing a dog’s teeth ranks up their with getting a cavity filled! The problem, of course, is that we all know that proper canine dental care is absolutely vital, and a small amount of prevention can prevent serious…continue reading →

8 Amazing Things Dogs Can Sense About Humans

Advertisement Is your pooch ecstatic every time you come home, and act like your shadow whenever you’re in the house? That’s because you’re the center of his world, and he always wants to know where you are and what you’re doing. As it turns out, our dogs are such good observers that they can pick up on our emotions or even detect things about us that we don’t even know ourselves. Ever hear stories of pups who have alerted their people to cancer, pregnancy, or a dangerous stranger nearby? That’s because they’re so intuitive…continue reading →
Can I Give Human CBD Oil to My Dog?

Can I Give Human CBD Oil to My Dog?

If you’re reading this article, you’ve no doubt heard of the benefits of CBD oil for dogs. And while countless anecdotal success stories have circulated social media for years, scientific studies on CBD are also beginning to show promise in helping dogs with many conditions from seizures to pain to anxiety. You may be taking CBD yourself and wondering: Can I give human CBD oil to my dog?  The answer is possibly yes, but we’d discourage it for 3 reasons: Most CBD oils contain a small amount of the psychoactive, high-inducing compound THC.…continue reading →
Can My Cannanine™ CBD Oil Be Taken By People AND Dogs?

Can My Cannanine™ CBD Oil Be Taken By People AND Dogs?

The 2 organic ingredients in Cannanine™ (Hemp Seed or and CBD) are human grade ingredients. The team here at iHeartDogs uses the CBD oil for both ourselves and our pups! In addition, the same exact formula is sold elsewhere for human use. However, because we’re a pet products company, our labeling and insurance restrictions require us to put “For animal use only” on the Cannanine product label.continue reading →
RelaxMyDog Is A Surprisingly Simple Way To Soothe Your Pup

RelaxMyDog Is A Surprisingly Simple Way To Soothe Your Pup

Advertisement Dogs aren’t the only ones who get anxious  – you may already be feeling the heat as a pup parent with a dog who can’t stand fireworks. Fourth of July comes only once a year, and along with the flags, hot dogs and pool parties come the earth-shaking booms that send our dogs into a frenzy. There are tons of tips online about keeping your dog safe and calm when the Fourth comes, but not all dogs will respond the same. If you’ve already found a method that calms your dog, there’s…continue reading →
CBD for Dogs: What Clinical Trials or Scientific Studies Have Been Performed?

CBD for Dogs: What Clinical Trials or Scientific Studies Have Been Performed?

CBD (cannabidiol) for dogs has become one of the most talked about natural supplements in recent years. And while the anecdotal information of success stories appears overwhelming, what scientific studies have been done to confirm the safety and efficacy of CBD. Much work has still to be done on CBD in both humans and animals, but the results we have so far are very promising. In this article, we cover some of the more significant research in both dogs, people, and other animals. Epilepsy in Dogs: 89% Reduction in Seizures A group of…continue reading →
4 Novel & Effective Techniques to Help Your Dog’s Separation Anxiety

4 Novel & Effective Techniques to Help Your Dog’s Separation Anxiety

We all love being with our dogs. But there are simply times we must be apart and leave them home alone. This isn’t a big deal for most dogs, but if your pup has separation anxiety, leaving them home alone can be immensely stressful for both you and your dog. We don’t know exactly what causes canine separation anxiety. Some believe it may be related to puppies being separated from their mothers too early. Others believe it’s more related to trauma during their life or a change in living situation such as a…continue reading →
Can Dogs Have Hairballs?

Can Dogs Have Hairballs?

Advertisement While hairballs are less common in dogs than in cats, dogs can get hairballs. What sort of dogs are more prone to hairballs? What causes hairballs? Should you be worried if your dog vomits one up? How can you prevent hairballs in your dog? Don’t worry, we have the answers you’re looking for. Here’s what you need to know about hairballs in dogs. What is a hairball? When a dog (or a cat) licks or chews on themselves, they may swallow some of their hair. Normally, that hair passes uneventfully through your…continue reading →
How To Spot And Treat A Hot Spot On Your Dog

How To Spot And Treat A Hot Spot On Your Dog

Advertisement Hot spots go by a variety of different names – hot spots, moist dermatitis, summer sores, pyotraumatic dermatitis, or superficial pyoderma – but all the terms mean the same thing. A hot spot is an area of infected skin. Dogs always carry a healthy population of bacteria, but sometimes certain things can trigger the bacteria to reproduce out of control, causing an infection. What causes hot spots? How can you spot one? How are hot spots treated? We have all the answers you’re looking for. What causes hot spots? A wide variety…continue reading →