What Emotions Can Your Dog Feel?

What Emotions Can Your Dog Feel?

Advertisement It’s tempting to think that our dogs can experience all the same emotions that we can, but unfortunately that’s not quite true. While it was thought for hundreds, if not thousands, of years that dogs experienced no emotions whatsoever, the answer is actually somewhere in the middle. Research has shown that dogs have the emotional and mental capabilities of a two and a half-year-old child. What does that mean, exactly? Churches decided that animals had neither souls nor emotions As science and religion began to grow and expand centuries ago, we began…continue reading →

8 Changes To Expect As Your Dog Becomes A Senior

Advertisement Our dogs are our family, which means we love them from puppyhood through their senior years. Or, maybe you’re one of those big-hearted rescuers who adopted a mutt who’s already on the mature side. In either case, there are a few things that pet parents should keep in mind in order to keep our dogs as healthy and happy as possible, even as they age. Below, check out 8 changes you can expect as your dog becomes a senior. The more you know, the more you can help make your furry friend’s…continue reading →

6 Reasons Your Senior Dog May Be Slowing Down

Advertisement Depending on size and breed, dogs generally become seniors when they are 7 – 9 years old. While “slowing down” can certainly be a part of the natural aging process, it may also be a sign of something more serious. If your older dog seems excessively lethargic, see your veterinarian to rule out the following problems. 1. Pain/Arthritis Arthritis is one of the most common ailments affecting older dogs. Painful, inflamed joints cause many seniors to sit on the sidelines when they’d rather be playing. Before you chalk it up to normal…continue reading →
How A Special Kind Of Touch Can Help Calm & Relax Your Dog

How A Special Kind Of Touch Can Help Calm & Relax Your Dog

Advertisement Tellington Touch, or “Ttouch” was developed by animal expert Linda Tellington Jones, who received an honorary doctorate for her work with animals. It was originally a method of training meant for horses but was adapted in the 1980’s for other animals – including our dogs. It’s now used in over 23 countries in homes, training facilities, zoos and wildlife rehabilitation centers, and gets incredible results for those who know how to use it! The Tellington Touch method is meant to strengthen the bond between human and pet while improving behavior and encouraging…continue reading →
Why It’s Important To Let Your Dog Sniff During Walks

Why It’s Important To Let Your Dog Sniff During Walks

Advertisement Getting your dog out the door for daily exercise will always be a step in the right direction when it comes to their health and happiness.  There is a way, however, for your dog to get even more enrichment from their regular walk around the block. While you’re busy looking at the scenery, your dog’s nose is working overtime. They walk a few feet before stopping to sniff, and then they take a few more steps to find something else worth smelling. It’s tempting to tug on the leash to keep them…continue reading →

10 Wonderful Ways To Bond With Your Dog

Advertisement Life is busy and technology is everywhere, but no matter how wrapped up we get in our day-to-day tasks, it’s incredibly important to spend a little time with our dogs every single day. We may have a lot going on with work, families, and countless other responsibilities, but in our dogs’ eyes, we are their entire world. Bonding with your dog is incredibly important, and the good news is, our pups are incredibly easy to please! Below are 10 ideas for spending quality time together, from a quick backyard game to a…continue reading →

8 Subtle Signs Your Dog Is In Pain

Advertisement Chances are, you know your dog’s mannerisms and behaviors pretty darn well, and you can tell when they’re excited, hungry, scared, and the like. But signs of pain can be less obvious, especially if it’s a new symptom and they’re exhibiting a behavior that you’re not used to seeing. If your pup is showing one or more of the signs below, it’s best to call your vet for a check-up. Whether the issue is minor or major, your loyal companion doesn’t deserve to live in pain any longer than he or she…continue reading →
How To Teach Your Dog The “Quiet” Command

How To Teach Your Dog The “Quiet” Command

Advertisement If you have a dog who barks incessantly for whatever reason – to be fed, at the mailman, because he’s bored, to get your attention – you’re probably wishing your dog had an “off” switch. Even if the barking doesn’t bother you, per se, you don’t want to be “that neighbor” with the obnoxious barking dog that everybody hates. So what can you do? Shouting at him to shut up rarely helps. Luckily, there is a way to get your dog to quit barking on cue. It may help to teach your dog…continue reading →
How Digestive Enzymes Can Help Your Dog’s Tummy Troubles

How Digestive Enzymes Can Help Your Dog’s Tummy Troubles

Thanks to technological advances, pet parents have the option to conveniently feed their pups pre-packaged food rather than having them hunt for meals themselves. While this makes life easier for us and our domesticated friends, there’s one small issue: prepared foods don’t contain all the digestive enzymes that they need for a balanced and healthy gut. What are digestive enzymes? According to Dr. Karen Becker in an article by Mercola Healthy Pets, these are the four major digestive enzymes: Protease – helps break down and digest protein Amylase – helps break down and digest carbohydrates…continue reading →
A Leading Veterinarian Calls This “The Supplement Most Needed By Your Pet”

A Leading Veterinarian Calls This “The Supplement Most Needed By Your Pet”

There are so many supplements being marketed toward dogs these days. How can you possibly know which one or ones are the best for your dog? While each dog has his own health, nutrition, and supplemental needs that you should discuss with your vet before adding supplements to your dog’s diet, one veterinarian believes that nearly every dog in the country would benefit from one supplement in particular. Which one would that be? Read on to find out! Dr. Karen Becker is a holistic, proactive, and integrative wellness veterinarian who offers the most up-to-date information…continue reading →

Can My Dog Take Multiple Supplements?

There are many supplements on the market these days for both dogs and humans. Are they all necessary? Is it possible to give your dog too many supplements? Is there such a thing as overdosing on a supplement? What about mixing medications with supplements? We know you have questions, and we aim to provide answers. After all, you just want to do what’s best for your dog. What is a supplement? According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA): “The law defines dietary supplements in part as products taken by mouth that contain…continue reading →
Is Your Dog a “Weekend Warrior”? Make Sure You’re Taking Care Of His Joints In These 5 Ways

Is Your Dog a “Weekend Warrior”? Make Sure You’re Taking Care Of His Joints In These 5 Ways

You wish you could spend every day playing fetch and hiking with your dog, but weekday obligations get in the way. Between work, family, and everything else life throws at you, finding time to exercise your dog can seem impossible. While you’re at work Monday through Friday, your dog is lounging around the house. You both live for the weekends when it’s finally time to have some fun. If this sounds like you, your pup is a weekend warrior. You spend your days off work doing a variety of activities like running, hiking,…continue reading →
CBD for Dogs Buyer’s Guide: 8 Things To Consider Before Buying CBD Oil for Your Dog

CBD for Dogs Buyer’s Guide: 8 Things To Consider Before Buying CBD Oil for Your Dog

If you follow natural health, you’ve likely heard of the exploding popularity of CBD oil for dogs. However, with its popularity comes a plethora of low quality sellers looking to make a quick buck. We put together this buying guide to help you choose a product that will make the most impact on your dog’s health. #1 – Never Purchase a CBD Oil Product Without Looking at the Certificate of Analysis (COA) A certificate of analysis (abbreviated COA) contains laboratory testing results of your CBD oil. Ideally, the certificate should show high amounts…continue reading →

How Your Relationship With Your Dog Affects Your Mind & Body

Advertisement You probably don’t need a scientist to tell you that your dog makes you feel happier and more relaxed, but did you know that your mind and body actually have physical responses to being around your four-legged best friend? In the Business Insider video below, author Meg Olmert, who wrote Made For Each Other: the Biology of the Human-Animal Bond, discusses how dogs and humans have developed a symbiotic relationship. As a matter of fact, she notes that pups who are loved by their humans are even more generous with the love…continue reading →
Temperatures Are Beginning To Soar: Here’s How To Protect Your Dog From Head To Paw

Temperatures Are Beginning To Soar: Here’s How To Protect Your Dog From Head To Paw

Advertisement With temperatures surpassing 100 degrees in some parts of the country, animal experts are reminding pet owners of some simple ways to keep their dogs safe and healthy. It’s of utmost importance to be aware of how stifling heat affects our pets, often more than us humans. A little precaution can go a long way, preventing injury, vet bills — and most importantly, it can save a life. Head for the water In a story by abc 30, pet parents are reminded to be aware of how much water their pooch is…continue reading →
Studies Suggest That Probiotics May Help With Your Dog’s Skin Itchiness & Allergies

Studies Suggest That Probiotics May Help With Your Dog’s Skin Itchiness & Allergies

Probiotics have exploded in popularity in recent years. In fact, a survey done by the NIH shows that they’re now the 3rd most popular natural supplement taken by people. While most people and pets are first given probiotics for digestive reasons, recent human and animal studies have begun to show promise in use with patients suffering from allergies. Let’s review some of the evidence to-date: What Do The Studies Say? A 2017 study by the University of Florida showed that participants given a probiotic suffered from fewer allergy-related symptoms during an 8 week experiment.…continue reading →
10 Ways A Probiotic Can Help Your Dog

10 Ways A Probiotic Can Help Your Dog

Up to 80% of a dog’s immune system is located in the gastrointestinal tract, so maintaining digestive health means far more than just preventing upset bellies and loose stools. Probiotics replenish the levels of healthy bacterial flora in the GI tract and prevent the “bad” bacteria from taking over. Dogs with unbalanced flora levels experience digestive problems and are more susceptible to illness. In the following 10 circumstances, probiotics can be especially beneficial to your dog. All of these stressors upset the balance of good to bad intestinal bacteria, potentially leading to poor…continue reading →
Can Probiotics Help My Dog’s Stinky Farts?

Can Probiotics Help My Dog’s Stinky Farts?

If your dog can clear an entire room with noxious flatulence, it’s time to do something about the stench. Their extreme gas assaults the senses, and it’s also giving your pup serious tummy troubles. The reason why your dog’s farts are especially nauseating could be due to diet or how fast they eat. Lucky for your sense of smell, probiotics are the secret weapon to help stop the stink. Probiotics are microorganisms also known as “good bacteria.” They’re essential for good gut health, and many dog owners see successful results when it comes…continue reading →
This Inexpensive Supplement Is Showing Promise for Dogs with Itchy Skin

This Inexpensive Supplement Is Showing Promise for Dogs with Itchy Skin

More and more research is showing us the incredible impact that gut health has on all aspects of wellness. And although we don’t fully understand the mechanism, there does appear to be a link between our GI system and allergies or food intolerances in dogs. In 2015, a double-blind, placebo controlled-trial published by the NIH showed that the probiotic strain Lactobacillus sakei given for 2 months significantly reduced the disease severity of dogs diagnosed with canine atopic dermatitis.  (We’ve also covered more human and animal studies on dogs and probiotics here.) For dog…continue reading →
Can Probiotics Help My Dog’s Allergies?

Can Probiotics Help My Dog’s Allergies?

Probiotics have exploded in popularity in recent years. In fact, a survey done by the NIH shows that they’re now the 3rd most popular natural supplement taken by people. While most people and pets are first given probiotics for digestive reasons, recent human and animal studies have begun to show promise in use with patients suffering from allergies. Let’s review some of the evidence to-date: What Do The Studies Say? A 2017 study by the University of Florida showed that participants given a probiotic suffered from fewer allergy-related symptoms during an 8 week experiment.…continue reading →
6 Things To Consider Before Buying a Canine Probiotic

6 Things To Consider Before Buying a Canine Probiotic

If you’re reading this, you’ve likely heard the benefits of giving your dog a probiotic. Studies on both humans and animals have suggested that these healthy bacteria have countless benefits to dogs, including balancing an upset digestive tract, alleviating allergies and itchy skin, managing stress, and much more. Based on our research, we believe the following 6 considerations must be made when choosing a probiotic product for your dog: #1 – Choose a Product That Contains Multiple Strains of Probiotics While we don’t fully understand the benefits of each specific kind of probiotic,…continue reading →
Can Dogs “Fake” Illnesses & Injuries For Attention?

Can Dogs “Fake” Illnesses & Injuries For Attention?

Advertisement First off: if your dog seems hurt or ill, he probably is. Canine instinct is to avoid showing signs of weakness, so take it seriously if something seems off. With that said, there are some crafty canines who seem to put on a cough or limp in order to score extra love and attention from their humans. The idea of dogs “faking” illnesses or injuries to gain attention is not only supported by countless pawrents, many veterinarians also back the concept. Dr. Richard Pitcairn author of Natural Health for Dogs and Cats, says…continue reading →
This Small Tweak To Your Dog’s Diet Can Help with Summer Itchiness & Allergies

This Small Tweak To Your Dog’s Diet Can Help with Summer Itchiness & Allergies

When the days start getting longer and the sun seems to shine just a little brighter, I know summer is approaching. More importantly, it’s pool time. Countless hours in the pool with my two favorite fur balls. In and out of the pool, chasing a ball or some improvised chew toy. Their coats hold so much water, that each time they get out of the pool, I swear I see the water level drop an inch. I love it. What I don’t love is what it does to my skin…and theirs. The water…continue reading →

What You Should Know About Common Thyroid Problems In Dogs

Advertisement Did you know that thyroid problems are fairly common in dogs? Do you know what symptoms to look for that could indicate that your dog is suffering from a thyroid problem? What type of problems can affect the thyroid, and how do those problems affect your dog as a whole? Here’s what you need to know about thyroid problems that your dog might face in his lifetime. What does the thyroid do? The thyroid is a gland in your dog’s neck that produces several important hormones, including levothyroxine (T4) and liothyronine(T3). These hormones control the metabolism…continue reading →
Is Your Dog Suffering from a Hot Spot? This $13 Amazon Prime Item Might Help

Is Your Dog Suffering from a Hot Spot? This $13 Amazon Prime Item Might Help

Advertisement You may have noticed your dog scratching and licking at an ugly, red oozing spot on his skin. A hot spot. Hot spots are a type of skin infection caused by bacteria. The spots will be red, moist, and irritated that started with your dog’s picking at it, and made worse by bacteria. The patch can get bigger in just a few hours and will be very painful for your pet. You’re likely to find them on your dog’s head, neck, hips and limbs. You might notice matted fur or hair loss…continue reading →

12 Tips For Helping Your Dog Live A Longer, Healthier, Happier Life

Advertisement The hardest part about having fury friends is that they don’t live nearly long enough. The average lifespan of a small dog is 10-15 years, while medium dogs live an average of 10-13 years and large breeds only live an average of 8-12 years. Giant breeds have the shortest average lifespan at only 8-10 years. Luckily, there are lots of things you can do to help your dog live as many healthy and happy years as possible. Here are 12 tips for helping your dog live a longer, healthier, happier life. #1…continue reading →

6 Signs Your Dog Would Benefit From A Daily Joint Supplement

Advertisement There’s no step-by-step guide on how to ensure your pup lives a long and happy life, and it’s up to you to make decisions for their well-being. You have the support of your veterinarian and other pet professionals, but every question from what training technique to use to how often to trim their toenails is ultimately up to you. It’s a lot of pressure, but deciding whether or not your dog will benefit from a daily joint supplement doesn’t have to be as complicated as you think. Nothing can substitute advice from…continue reading →
How To Spot – And Treat – Heat Stroke In Your Dog

How To Spot – And Treat – Heat Stroke In Your Dog

Advertisement As the days are warming up in the northern hemisphere, it’s time to start talking about heat stroke again. Do you know the signs of heat stroke in your dog? Do you know how to cool him down if he starts displaying symptoms of heat stroke? What are the best ways to prevent heat stroke in dogs? We want you to be prepared, so here are some ways to keep your dog safe this summer. What is heat stroke? Heat stroke, also called hyperthermia, is a severe case of becoming overheated. Heat…continue reading →
8 Things Your Senior Dog Will Thank You For Doing

8 Things Your Senior Dog Will Thank You For Doing

As our dogs age, their bodies change and their needs will start to differ. While they’ll always be our baby puppies, our senior dogs are going to have some special needs. They become more sensitive physically and mentally, their bodies and minds start to change, and they will need some extra help living out their golden years in happiness and health. If you’re wondering how you can make life better for your aging pup, consider these tips. #1 – More Beds Senior dogs generally spend more time sleeping than their younger selves, so…continue reading →
Do You Know The Symptoms And Causes Of Dehydration In Your Dog?

Do You Know The Symptoms And Causes Of Dehydration In Your Dog?

Advertisement Did you know that water makes up 80% of your dog’s body? It helps with every important process including circulation, digestion, and waste removal. Dehydration is a very serious problem that can even become fatal. Do you know the symptoms of dehydration in dogs? What sort of things can cause it? Here’s what you need to know about dehydration to keep your dog healthy and happy. Symptoms -Loss of appetite -Loss of skin elasticity -Reduced energy levels and/or lethargy -Panting -Depression -Sunken, dry-looking eyes -Dry nose and gums How to tell if…continue reading →
Why Do Dogs Eat Grass?

Why Do Dogs Eat Grass?

Advertisement If you’ve ever caught your dog eating grass, you may be wondering whether or not you should be worried. Is it normal for dogs to eat grass? Could it hurt your dog? Why do they do it? Should you be concerned if your dog vomits every time he eats grass? We know you have questions and concerns about your dog eating grass, and we’re here to help. Here are 6 things that you should know about dogs eating grass. #1 – It’s natural Pica is the term for eating non-food items, and…continue reading →
Should I Give My Dog a Multivitamin?

Should I Give My Dog a Multivitamin?

Over the last decade, pet parents have begun to take more seriously the health of their pets. A poll conducted by the gallup organization showed that a full 50% of adults regularly take a multivitamin. However, when it comes to our pets, significantly less receive the same treatment. Does a multivitamin make sense for our furry friends, or is it a waste of money? You may want to consider a multivitamin if any of these 3 situations apply to you: 1. You have senior dog If your dog is a senior (older than…continue reading →

Why Is My Dog Thirstier Than Usual?

Advertisement Do you seem to be refilling your dog’s water bowl more than usual? Is your dog asking to go out more, or having accidents in the house when he can’t be let out for awhile? Excessive thirst is referred to as polydipsia, and it usually leads to polyuria, or needing to urinate more frequently. There are lots of reasons your dog might be thirstier than usual. Some of the reasons are relatively harmless, but some of the reasons are very serious medical conditions that require a visit to the vet. Let’s talk…continue reading →
How Gentle Stretches Can Help Your Senior Dog Stay More Limber

How Gentle Stretches Can Help Your Senior Dog Stay More Limber

Dogs suffer from stiff joints, soreness, and general bodily pain alongside the best of us. Unlike the human members of the family, however, their struggle usually goes unnoticed. The good news is, there’s an easy way you can help your senior dog ward off pain and feel younger and healthier. Stretching is great for both people and pets. People often underestimate the benefits, but making a daily effort to gently extend and exercise your dog’s muscles will do them a lot of good. Photo by Caleb Stokes on Unsplash Stretching Benefits for Senior…continue reading →

If Your Dog Is One of These 21 Breeds, It’s Vital To Clean Their Ears Weekly

Advertisement According to pet insurance companies, ear infections are one of the top reasons people visit a veterinarian. This painful condition could be alleviated if dog owners were more consistent about caring for their dog’s ears, such as frequent inspections, and weekly cleanings. These 21 Breeds Are At The Highest Risk of Ear Infections If your dog has floppy ears, in other words, the ear itself folds down over the ear canal, they are at a higher risk than other dogs for infections. The following breeds (and their mixes) are particularly prone to ear…continue reading →

8 Reasons Your Dog May Not Be Eating

Advertisement When it comes to food, dogs tend to fall into one of two categories: chow hounds and picky pups. No matter which group your dog is in, it can be extremely frightening when they refuse to eat for days at a time. There are a variety of reasons dogs may experience a decrease in appetite. Note: Dogs have evolved to go without food for short periods of time, but if  your pup is suffering from additional symptoms or is normally a great eater, it is best to seek treatment early. Related Post:…continue reading →

If Your Dog Is One Of These Breeds, Watch Out For Painful Elbow Calluses

Elbow calluses, a thickened patch of rough skin, may look harmless enough, but they can crack and bleed or turn into painful ulcers or weeping sores. Elbow hygroma, a fluid-filled area on the elbow, may cause discomfort for your dog. Untreated calluses can even lead to infections. Luckily, preventing elbow calluses from forming in the first place may be easier than you think. Elbow calluses are generally caused by the pressure placed on a dog’s joints when they spend a lot of time lying on a hard surface. Providing your dog with several…continue reading →
Is Your Dog’s Anxiety Causing His Health Problems?

Is Your Dog’s Anxiety Causing His Health Problems?

Advertisement You’ve probably felt some negative physical effects from stress or anxiety in your life. You start to have stomach problems or headaches; maybe you start chewing on your nails or pulling out your hair. Could your dog’s anxiety be causing some of his chronic health problems the same way stress and anxiety cause you to suffer from health problems? Dogs aren’t all that different from humans in the way that they process stress and anxiety. Some of the symptoms they have mimic human symptoms, and some are slightly different, but several different…continue reading →
How To Earn A Rescue Dog’s Trust & Help Her Feel Safe

How To Earn A Rescue Dog’s Trust & Help Her Feel Safe

Advertisement Taking in a rescue dog is one of the most generous and rewarding choices you will ever make. Whether you find a stray, take in a dog directly from a previous owner, or work with a rescue organization to become a foster or adoptive pawrent, the transition period can be quite stressful for your new pet. With patience, consistency and compassion, rescue dogs can overcome incredible odds to become loving, well adjusted companions. Sheba’s relaxed grin and healthy physique are unmistakable after 7 months in a foster home. c/o SNARR Related Post:…continue reading →

5 Ways To Help Your Dog Cope With Vision Loss

Advertisement One of the most heartwarming things we hear about dogs with special needs is that they never seem to notice that they’re any different. However, living with a blind dog does come with challenges, and although your dog doesn’t need to know he’s handicapped, it’s best to take precautions for his safety and comfort. A blind dog can live a perfectly happy, full life, but without his sight he may need some help getting around. Luckily, our dogs are quick learners and extremely adaptable. With a little effort and training, you can…continue reading →