Dog’s Adorable Viral Gif Brings Awareness to a Bigger Issue

Dog’s Adorable Viral Gif Brings Awareness to a Bigger Issue

Daisy came into Grace and Doug Jones’ home as a young pup, and lived a happy life with an active family who loved her. She enjoyed hiking, kayaking, and camping with her people and got to experience the outdoors in a way some dogs never do with the people she loved most. Grace JonesAt 9 years old Daisy became sick with pneumonia, and a trip to the veterinarian determined that the cause was Megaesophagus. Normally, the esophagus will move food from the mouth to the stomach. Megaesophagus is a condition where the esophagus…continue reading →
Everything You Need to Know About Bloat – The Deadly Dog Disease

Everything You Need to Know About Bloat – The Deadly Dog Disease

Have you heard of bloat? If you’ve got a dog at home, this disease is something you should learn about. In humans, bloat, also known as gastric dilatation-volvulus (GDV) complex, is pretty harmless. For dogs, the disease can be extremely dangerous. Take some time to educate yourself and you’ll be prepared for indicators of trouble. What is bloat? Dr. Anna Stobnicki, DVM, a surgical intern at an emergency animal hospital in Idaho told PetMD, “GDV is a condition where the stomach twists and then fills with gas. Or the other way around—no one is sure…continue reading →
Should Your Dog Become Vegetarian? The Answer May Surprise You.

Should Your Dog Become Vegetarian? The Answer May Surprise You.

Plant-based diets are getting increasing attention in the media as more Americans decide to reduce or eliminate consumption of meat. Although vegetarianism has remained at a fairly constant 5-8% of all Americans, meat production has decreased by 400 million animals from 2007 to 2015. Documentaries like What the Health have inspired people to go vegan, avoiding foods from animal sources all together for a number of reasons, including environmental impact, animal welfare, overall health, and weight loss or maintenance. The trend has spilled over into the pet food industry with a number of…continue reading →
5 Ways You May Be Hurting Your Dog’s Feelings Without Even Knowing It

5 Ways You May Be Hurting Your Dog’s Feelings Without Even Knowing It

A Harvard psychologist recently declared that when dogs dream they are likely reliving their experiences with their humans. Those yips and kicks we see are their reactions to either pleasing us or annoying us in dreamland. For better or worse, our dogs’ entire lives revolve around us. If they do not get enough of our time or that time is marred by unwarranted punishments, it can leave lasting emotional scars. Dog owners usually make one of these 5 mistakes because they simply do not understand canine behavior. It’s important to know why dogs…continue reading →
Dogs Have 15,000 Hairs Per Inch of Fur! 🐕 Here’s The TOP Way to Reduce Spring Shedding

Dogs Have 15,000 Hairs Per Inch of Fur! 🐕 Here’s The TOP Way to Reduce Spring Shedding

  Believe it or not, the average dog has 15,000 pieces of hair per square inch of fur! That’s over 10 times the density of human hair! So if you can relate to the picture above, your dog might be experiencing excessive shedding. Excessive shedding hits dog owners the hardest during the warmer months of spring and summer. So what can we do about it? What’s Causing My Dog to Shed So Much Fur? While there are many possible root causes for heavy shedding, oftentimes diet is the main culprit. Despite the convenience…continue reading →
Do Dogs Dream? Science Says Yes!

Do Dogs Dream? Science Says Yes!

Take a minute to stop and locate your dog. What is he doing? The answer is most likely sleeping. According to the National Sleep Foundation, pups spend between 12-14 hours sleeping each day. And puppies can sleep up to 20 hours a day. While they are snoozing, some dogs whimper, twitch, or bark leaving their humans wondering, do dogs dream? Well, according to science, the answer is an overwhelming yes. What’s the Deal With Dreaming Dogs? For humans, dreams are typically very personal. They can give insight into anxieties and wishes. Maybe that’s why…continue reading →
Our Picks for The 7 Best Dog Treats

Our Picks for The 7 Best Dog Treats

There are so many dog treats out there, it’s a hard to know where to spend your money. Not only are they expensive, but you want to make sure your dog will like them that they have good ingredients, and won’t make your dog sick. This makes the treat shopping more complicated than it used to be. I have three dogs, all different life stages, some with allergies, and one who is very picky. I went on a “binge” picking out treats and trying them out. The Taste Testers: Skye, 10 years old,…continue reading →
11 Hacks for Fresh Breath for Your Fur Baby

11 Hacks for Fresh Breath for Your Fur Baby

Oh, infamous dog breath. We’ve all smelt it, and our dogs have all dealt it. When we humans are struck with a terrible taste in the mouth, we get busy with the toothbrush before we let anyone near us. Our fur babies will happily smother us with stinky kisses, but we instinctively turn a cheek. The struggle against dog breath is real but modern dog living means we have the knowledge and the products to make those kisses smell sweeter. Prevention is the Best Medicine When it comes to keeping your pup’s breath…continue reading →
5 Unassuming Ways Your Dog Secretly Asks For Help

5 Unassuming Ways Your Dog Secretly Asks For Help

How do you know when your dog needs to go out? How do you know when your dog wants a belly rub? Domestic dogs have a way of communicating with their humans without making a sound. Not all requests are for treats or snuggles. Sometimes your dog is asking for help. These are the behaviors and signals to watch for when your dog needs more than just your love. In fact, research has been done to figure out what certain behaviors mean. These are some of the most common behaviors and what they…continue reading →
Why Your Pup Should Avoid Potentially Deadly Chicken Bones

Why Your Pup Should Avoid Potentially Deadly Chicken Bones

As hard as you try, at some point your dog will get his paws on human food. If he swiped some sweet potatoes or a piece of cheese, there’s not too much to worry about. But, as you know, some foods like chocolate and grapes are dangerous to your pup. So what do you do if your dog ate a chicken bone? You might think there’s no harm because dogs can eat shredded chicken and other meats without much concern. Think again.  Eating chicken bones is not recommended for your beloved pup.   What’s the Harm…continue reading →
Can Dogs Eat Tomatoes?

Can Dogs Eat Tomatoes?

There’s nothing like a fresh, ripe tomato in the summer. Your dog thinks so, too – his big, begging eyes say it all. But what our dogs think are delicious aren’t always healthy. Can dogs eat tomatoes? Tomatoes are one of the top reasons people get into gardening at home! It’s incredible what you can do with a tomato. Pureed, it’s a sauce. Sliced, it’s a salad. It can be a sandwich or a soup almost entirely on it’s own. They’re fried, baked, boiled – anything you can do with a food, you…continue reading →
10 Signs That A Puppy Is From a Puppy Mill

10 Signs That A Puppy Is From a Puppy Mill

So you are looking for a puppy, maybe you’re a first time dog owner. You have heard about puppy mills and know they are bad. But what you don’t know is how to make sure you don’t accidentally buy from one. Here are 10 signs to help you determine if the puppy you are looking at is from a puppy mill or not. #1 – Out-of-State You really should just stay away from pet stores when buying a puppy. Be especially worried if those puppies are coming from out-of-state, particularly Midwest states (Missouri…continue reading →
Ask A Vet: Why Does My Dog Lick My Feet?

Ask A Vet: Why Does My Dog Lick My Feet?

Dogs do things that we might not love, and licking our feet is one of those things. We should never forget that our dogs are designed to communicate with others without using words. Communicating with dogs is like trying to learn a foreign language, only harder… because even the familiar letters are absent. Understanding why your dog does what he does is critical in maintaining your bond and growing your friendship. It makes you a better friend. Some people complain that their dogs love to lick their feet. Since people can have ticklish…continue reading →
5 Warning Signs You May Have the Wrong Dog Sitter

5 Warning Signs You May Have the Wrong Dog Sitter

At some point, you may be required to leave the joy of your life with a dog sitter. You try to get referrals and read reviews, but how can you be sure this stranger will love and care for your dog the way you do? Eventually, you have to take the leap. But have you ever returned home from a trip and wondered if your dog sitter really did all that you paid him for? There is a lot of trust in hiring someone to care for your fur baby. Here are five…continue reading →
Senior Rescue Dog Diagnosed with Brain Tumor Fights for Her Life

Senior Rescue Dog Diagnosed with Brain Tumor Fights for Her Life

After spending a lifetime in a puppy mill, Chloe was finally rescued. Tragedy struck again, however, when Julia Arney’s vet recommended she euthanize Chloe, her senior Maltese, due to a brain tumor. But Julia was determined to give her beloved pet a fresh start, and Chloe was ready to fight! “Every day is a gift. We were supposed to lose her so long ago.” In September 2017, Julia Arney’s vet recommended she euthanize her senior Maltese, Chloe. Julia was heartbroken – but she wasn’t ready to say goodbye or give up without a fight.…continue reading →
Why Does Your Dog Eat Tissues?

Why Does Your Dog Eat Tissues?

Is your dog constantly performing an at-home dumpster dive for some less than appetizing snacks? Lest you think you have the weirdest dog around, fear not, for you are not alone. Eating tissues and all sorts of other non-food items is a fairly common condition called pica. Let’s look at why your dog does this and how you can curb this distasteful appetite. 4 Possible Reasons Your Dog Eats Tissues 1. It’s Just Plain Fun If your puppy is eating tissues or anything else she can wrap her muzzle around, it’s likely that…continue reading →
Why On Earth Does My Dog Eat Poop?

Why On Earth Does My Dog Eat Poop?

For those of you with a dog at home or those of you who love dogs, you know that some of their habits aren’t very polite. In fact, some doggy behaviors are downright confounding and a little nasty. Yes, I’m talking about consuming poop. Not all dogs do it, but if you have one who does like feces, you know exactly what I’m talking about. Why do dogs eat poop? It can be quiet worrisome if you have a pup who exhibits this behavior. Are they at risk? Is there something “wrong” with…continue reading →
Constant Panting Could Be A Sign Of A Serious Problem

Constant Panting Could Be A Sign Of A Serious Problem

It seems to most of us that our dogs constantly have their mouths open, panting. We notice that it seems to be louder or more obvious after running or playing, but other than that we may not give it much thought. However, knowing why your dog pants is an important key to reading your dog in order to identify health and emotional states. Every dog owner should be paying attention to their dog’s “panting habits.” It could save their life.   Temperature Regulation Dogs use panting to regulate their temperature. This is why…continue reading →
9 Ingredients That Shouldn’t Be in Your Dog’s Shampoo

9 Ingredients That Shouldn’t Be in Your Dog’s Shampoo

Have you ever even looked at the ingredients in a shampoo? Rachel Grant is a part-time groomer and founder of Furry Kind, who had a  dog who grew a cancer lump on his paw that she believes may have been caused by chemicals in household cleaning products, which are also found in pet shampoos. So, she did her own research to come up with the perfect all-natural shampoo for pets. Here is her list of ingredients to stay away from, and the safe alternatives. And if you are thinking, why should I care,…continue reading →
10 Reasons Mutts RULE

10 Reasons Mutts RULE

National Mutt Day is celebrated July 31st and December 2nd, but we say everyday is a good day to celebrate mutts! Or mixed-breed, All-American, and/or hybrid dogs. Whatever you call your furry best friend with mysterious background, we have the 10 reasons they RULE. #1 – Unique Can’t tell your neighbor’s four yellow labs apart? No one can say that about your mutt! Each and every one is unique and special. Image source: @TCtrol via Flickr#2 – Less Risk Purebreds have a lot of health issues that stem from small gene pools and generations of close breedings.…continue reading →
15 Dog Breeds You Think You Want But Probably Shouldn’t Get

15 Dog Breeds You Think You Want But Probably Shouldn’t Get

There are hundreds of dog breeds in the world, each with their own unique look, purpose and personality. While many people think they want a certain breed, they sometimes find out that the dog they thought looked really cool is actually a lot of work to live with. This is why so many trainers and rescues try to advice first time owner to avoid certain breeds. Many breeds are becoming more popular on looks alone, but end up most often in the shelter when their novice owners can’t control them. Here are 12…continue reading →
8 Fun Ways to Get Fit With Your Fur Baby

8 Fun Ways to Get Fit With Your Fur Baby

The statistics are a little scary. In 2017, a survey from the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention found that 56% of dogs in the US are overweight or obese. You love your pups and don’t want to put them at risk of disease, so you’ve got to keep them active. Why not join in the fun? Your dog isn’t the only one who needs exercise. Try one of these eight different ways to get fit with your dog.   Fun. Fitness. Fur. 1. Take A Dog Yoga Class Skip the namaste home with…continue reading →
Ask A Vet: Why Does My Dog Sniff People’s Privates?

Ask A Vet: Why Does My Dog Sniff People’s Privates?

Does your dog seem to always have his face in people’s crotches? Embarrassing, isn’t it? Well, don’t be too embarrassed. Dogs see the world with a different sense than we do. In addition to sight and sound, they depend on their sense of smell dramatically more than humans. When they approach you in this way, they are not just being a “space invader”. They are trying to gain information about the person through a scent inspection. To a dog, the private areas are like a name tag or even a business card with…continue reading →
Is Drinking Toilet Water Safe for Your Dog?

Is Drinking Toilet Water Safe for Your Dog?

Unless you have a Teacup Yorkie or another small breed, you’ve probably experienced your pup quenching her thirst from the porcelain throne. It’s no secret dogs have some pretty unappetizing habits, and this one may take the cake. You may immediately ask yourself, ‘is toilet water safe for my dog’? It’s not ideal for your dog to drink from the toilet, but don’t fret if it happens.   Why Do Dogs Drink Toliet Water? Bathroom water is most certainly not appealing to most humans, but dogs find it enticing. Why? The SPCA of…continue reading →

5 Ways You’re Crushing Your Dog’s Spirit Without Even Knowing

We all love our dogs and want to do what’s best for them, which also means keeping them as happy as possible! But what if we’re doing something that’s unknowingly making them unhappy or crushing their spirit? It’s likely you’re not, but just in case you’re unsure or want to help someone who might be stressing their dog, be sure to check out this list below.   #1 – Not Exercising Your Dog This is perhaps one of the biggest problems in dog ownership. It’s understandable if someone doesn’t want to be active…continue reading →
7 Ways Your Pup Is Secretly Telling You He’s Stressed

7 Ways Your Pup Is Secretly Telling You He’s Stressed

When something is wrong, our beloved canine companions don’t have the luxury of being able to tell us what’s bothering them. Not using words at least. There are several ways our pups secretly tell us they’re stressed. They communicate with us nonverbally through their body language and actions. Think about the last time you took your pup to…​dare I say it…the​ V-E-T. Here are 7 ways to tell if your pup is stressed.   ​ 1. They Shiver I’m a proud parent of a 5lb Chihuahua, so this is the first sign I…continue reading →
Does Your Stress Impact Your Dog? Science Says Yes!

Does Your Stress Impact Your Dog? Science Says Yes!

If you think your dog understands your feelings, research shows you’re on to something. A study from the journal Learning & Behavior found that on average, dogs moved faster to open a door and reach their human when their human made crying noises than when they hummed “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.” So if your pup has some understanding of your mood, does your stress impact your dog? Scientific indicators point to yes. Think about the different ways you show stress: tone, facial expressions, words, and behaviors. Your dog reads those cues, perhaps even…continue reading →
Top 22 Dogs That Should Be Getting Their Ears Cleaned Weekly!

Top 22 Dogs That Should Be Getting Their Ears Cleaned Weekly!

According to Nationwide Pet Insurance, ear infections were the top reason people visited a veterinarian in 2016. 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. Which Dog Breeds Get The Most 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 troubles: Doberman Labrador Golden…continue reading →
Can My Dog Eat Almonds?

Can My Dog Eat Almonds?

Your dog is likely to look at any food in your hand like it’s the only food in the world – even if his bowl is overflowing with a meal of his own. But taking a moment to think about what’s in our snacks before we offer a bite or two can keep our dogs safe and healthy. Almonds are a favorite snack for people looking to live a healthier lifestyle, and an excellent choice according to nutritionists. Munching on a serving of almonds instead of cookies or cake can help you lose…continue reading →
Let Science Uncover The Secret To Your Dog’s Ideal Diet – In His Poop!

Let Science Uncover The Secret To Your Dog’s Ideal Diet – In His Poop!

There is a vast army of microorganisms living inside your dog’s digestive system. These microbes convert food into energy, produce vitamins, and fight a never ending battle against germs. Together, the genes of all these microorganisms are known as the gut microbiome. Using modern sequencing techniques, scientists can “read” these microbial genes and reveal vital information about your dog’s health and dietary needs. What is the Gut Microbiome? The term “microbiome” refers to the combined genes of all the microorganisms within a specific habitat. Each species of microorganism has its own unique collection of genes.…continue reading →
7 Proven Ways To Make Your Senior Feel Like A Pup Again

7 Proven Ways To Make Your Senior Feel Like A Pup Again

It’s a fact that we all know the moment we bring home a new pup – no matter how young he might be today, someday he’ll grow into an old, grey senior. But dogs, by their nature, will always be young at heart. You many not always see it when your dog is napping longer and gaining weight, but there are things you can do to bring out the young pup hidden within! You can do these 7 simple things today to help your senior dog feel like a pup again, and it’s…continue reading →
What Causes Dog Diarrhea? What Can I do?

What Causes Dog Diarrhea? What Can I do?

Why does my dog have diarrhea? What do I do?When your beloved pooch comes down with a bout of diarrhea, it can certainly make life miserable for both of you. Many mild cases of diarrhea may resolve on their own, but others may be indicative of a more serious condition that requires treatment by your vet. Chronic, persistent diarrhea should always be investigated.  A study conducted at Freie Universität Berlin in Germany showed that 13% of such cases were serious enough that they either did not respond to treatment or contributed to the dog’s eventual…continue reading →
Top 10 Reasons Your Dog Has Diarrhea and When to Worry

Top 10 Reasons Your Dog Has Diarrhea and When to Worry

Advertisement When your beloved pooch comes down with a bout of diarrhea, it can certainly make life miserable for both of you. Many mild cases of diarrhea may resolve on their own, but others may be indicative of a more serious condition that requires treatment by your vet. If diarrhea lasts longer than 24 hours, is accompanied by additional worrisome symptoms such as a change in behavior, lethargy, vomiting, or reduced appetite; or if the diarrhea is black, tarry, or contains large amounts of blood, you should schedule an appointment with your veterinarian…continue reading →
What Causes Dog Diarrhea? What Can I do?

What Causes Dog Diarrhea? What Can I do?

Advertisement Why does my dog have diarrhea? What do I do? When your beloved pooch comes down with a bout of diarrhea, it can certainly make life miserable for both of you. Many mild cases of diarrhea may resolve on their own, but others may be indicative of a more serious condition that requires treatment by your vet. Chronic, persistent diarrhea should always be investigated.  A study conducted at Freie Universität Berlin in Germany showed that 13% of such cases were serious enough that they either did not respond to treatment or contributed to the…continue reading →

The 10 Longest Living Dog Breeds To Share Your Love With

Advertisement Most dogs seem to generally share a common lifespan, bringing us roughly 10-13 of the best years we’ve ever had. But some breeds make the list for having an abnormally long life expectancy. In fact, there are records of dogs living well past 20-years-old. Although this list of the longest living dog breeds doesn’t contain the Australian Cattle Dog, the world record for the longest living dog is an ACD named Bluey. Bluey passed away in 1939 at the ripe age of 29-years-old! Pretty amazing when you think about it, and it…continue reading →
Why Does My Dog Follow Me To The Bathroom?

Why Does My Dog Follow Me To The Bathroom?

Advertisement We laugh at jokes and memes that declare how having a dog means you never have to pee alone again, but it’s true. If we get to go to the bathroom, you can bet our dog is right behind us. Our dogs are really tuned in to us and curious as well, but seriously… do they have to attend our potty breaks? A question I see made out of curiosity a lot is – why does my dog follow me to the bathroom? Your dog might like to stare at you when…continue reading →
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 →