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 →
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 →
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 →
5 Crazy Things Your Vet Can Tell Just By Sniffing Your Dog

5 Crazy Things Your Vet Can Tell Just By Sniffing Your Dog

It’s no secret your dog has an uncanny sense of smell, but did you know your vet also has a well-trained sniffer? When checking out a canine patient, veterinarians utilize four of their five senses. They visually examine your pooch from head-to-toe, listen to the heart with their stethoscope, palpate for lumps and bumps, and yes, even sniff for tell-tale odors. Here are five things your vet can tell just by sniffing your dog: 1. Skin Infections Dogs do not sweat like humans, but they do perspire slightly which can leave their skin…continue reading →
12 Signs Your Dog Is Truly Happy

12 Signs Your Dog Is Truly Happy

We all wish our dogs could talk – it would make things so much easier. Even though they can’t speak we can tell how our dogs are feeling by the way they act. If you are wondering if your dog loves the life you are giving her, check out these 12 signs that may help you determine if your dog is happy. #1 – Relaxed Eyes According to the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), “When your dog is relaxed and happy, his eyes will be their normal shape.” Pay…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 →
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 →
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 →

What You Need To Know About Kidney Infections In Dogs

Just like humans, dogs depend on their kidneys to balance the electrolytes in their blood, filter toxins, and release waste as urine. When infections develop, the kidneys have trouble performing these tasks, leading to a buildup of toxins and a very sick pup. Untreated kidney infections in dogs may result in permanent kidney damage, renal failure, or even death. If you suspect your dog has a kidney infection, seek veterinary attention right away. Read on to learn more about the causes, symptoms, and treatments of kidney infections in dogs. What Are the Causes…continue reading →
How Examining The Bacteria In Your Dogs Gut Can Help You Find The Perfect Pet Food

How Examining The Bacteria In Your Dogs Gut Can Help You Find The Perfect Pet Food

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 neverending 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. The…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 →
5 Reasons Your Dog Needs a Friend

5 Reasons Your Dog Needs a Friend

Should you get another dog? People who have one pup may come up with a plethora of excuses for why they could never add a second. Either it’s too expensive. Two dogs would be way too much to handle. Maybe they worry that the dogs wouldn’t get along. However, studies have shown that it is actually better to have two dogs as opposed to just one. The cost difference is not significant. As long as you find another dog that gets along with your current furry friend, you can end up making both…continue reading →
5 Reasons Science Says Your Dog Should Sleep in Your Bed

5 Reasons Science Says Your Dog Should Sleep in Your Bed

It’s eleven o’clock at night. Do you know where your dog is? If you are anything like the group surveyed by the American Kennel Club, your dog is most likely snuggled into your bed. A survey conducted by the AKC  found that 45% of people with dogs allow their pup to sleep in their bed. If more than 60 million US households have a dog at home, that’s a lot of fur on the covers! There’s no need to be embarrassed by this sleeping arrangement. Not only is it common, but there are…continue reading →
7 Simple Ways to Make Your Dog Smarter

7 Simple Ways to Make Your Dog Smarter

Advertisement Have you met “The Smartest Dog in the World”? In 2014, 60 Minutes introduced the world to Chaser, a border collie with a vocabulary of more than one thousands words. Woah.Wouldn’t it be fantastic if your dog knew the difference between your shoes and boots and could bring them on command? You may not have the time (or patience) to teach your dog a thousand words. That’s okay. There are easy ways to increase your dog’s intelligence and decrease boredom if you’re not home. Before we suggest seven simple ways to make…continue reading →
Can Dogs Eat Bananas?

Can Dogs Eat Bananas?

Advertisement When choosing a healthy snack for yourself you may wonder if you can share with your dog. Can dogs eat bananas? Whether dogs should eat human food has always been a topic of debate. Some people can’t say no to a dog who turns on the puppy-dog-eyes at snack time. Others think that giving their dogs human food is not only spoiling them, it’s dangerous. The truth is that a little human food won’t hurt your dog if you remember that your dog’s body won’t respond to all food the way that…continue reading →
7 Ways Pet Parents Can Help Control Their Dog Allergies

7 Ways Pet Parents Can Help Control Their Dog Allergies

Advertisement 15 to 20% of Americans have some sort of allergic reaction to dogs. Despite the prevalence of dog-related asthma, sneezing, itchy skin and hives, nearly half of US households have at least one pup. Pet lovers are clearly willing to endure their symptoms in order to enjoy the many benefits of sharing their lives with dogs. Luckily, there are several things these pawrents can do to help control their dog allergies. What Causes Dog Allergies? According to the Mayo Clinic, allergies occur when the immune system reacts to an allergy-triggering substance. For…continue reading →
New Research Shows That Petting Dogs Is Like A Drug For Our Brains

New Research Shows That Petting Dogs Is Like A Drug For Our Brains

We’ve already talked about how dogs can help improve depression and your overall health, but new research is showing exactly how petting a dog affects our brains, and it’s just one more way that dogs make our lives better. Here’s how petting a dog impacts your brain, along with other ways dogs improve our lives. Advertisement How petting a dog impacts your brain You might think that our brains process all the things we touch in the same way, but it turns out that isn’t true. The brain divides things that touch our skin into three…continue reading →
5 Ways To Keep Your Dog’s Eyes Healthy

5 Ways To Keep Your Dog’s Eyes Healthy

Advertisement If eyes are the windows to the soul, then dogs leave their windows wide open! The joy and excitement we read in those perfect peepers is infectious and one of the many reasons we love them so darn much. Keep those gorgeous, expressive, soulful eyes clear and healthy by following these 5 tips! 1. Keep ‘Em Clean Dogs’ eyes produce watery and mucousy discharge that can be perfectly normal. But unlike us, their eyes are surrounded by hair that can trap this discharge – not to mention dirt and environmental debris! For…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 →
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 →
10 Signs Your Dog May Be Ready To Cross The Rainbow Bridge

10 Signs Your Dog May Be Ready To Cross The Rainbow Bridge

Signs your dog may be ready to passWhen the time comes to say goodbye, all dog parents hope their pets peacefully pass away after a long, happy life. The unfortunate reality, however, is senior dogs and dogs suffering from illness or injury most often rely on their owners to know when it’s time to cross the Rainbow Bridge. Choosing to end a life—a life you’ve cherished as part of the family—is an impossibly difficult decision, but preventing suffering is your biggest concern. No one wants their best friend to suffer, and veterinarians guide…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 →
How Much Omega-3 Should I Give My Dog? Fish Oil For Dogs

How Much Omega-3 Should I Give My Dog? Fish Oil For Dogs

From the shine of their fur coat to the way their joints help them move around, you want your pup to look and feel their best, because you know it’s a reflection of their health. Chronic health issues including joint pain and itchy skin negatively impact your dog’s quality of life, but a dietary supplement of omega-3 fatty acids with EPA and DHA could help. Usually derived from fish or krill oil, omega-3 fatty acids are something your dog can’t produce on their own. They get what they need from their diets, and…continue reading →
5 Things Dog Owners Should Know About Giving Benadryl To Dogs

5 Things Dog Owners Should Know About Giving Benadryl To Dogs

Advertisement Giving Benadryl to dogs: Caring dog owners are always super cautious about what they let their dogs ingest, from the food they eat to the medicines they take. While you should never give your pup medication without being advised by your vet, there are a few over-the-counter drugs, marketed to humans, that your canine may benefit from in certain instances. If you are looking for the correct dosage of Benadryl to give your dog, we found a great infographic from Dog Health Coach. Benadryl for dogs You may have heard of pooch parents…continue reading →
10 Dog Health Myths Pet Parents Should Stop Believing

10 Dog Health Myths Pet Parents Should Stop Believing

Advertisement There are many widely held beliefs about canine health that contain a nugget of truth, but are not entirely factual. People who spread these misconceptions certainly mean no harm, but believing them could potentially affect the veterinary choices you make for your pup. Your time together is already too short. Don’t let a dog health myth keep you from providing the best possible care for your fur friend. 1. Dogs eat grass when they are sick. If you Google the question “Why do dogs eat grass?” you will get more than 2,520,000…continue reading →
Hospice Care For Dogs: Is It The Right Choice For You & Your Pooch?

Hospice Care For Dogs: Is It The Right Choice For You & Your Pooch?

Advertisement Hospice care for dogs is a relatively new concept. Sadly, the word hospice often carries a negative stigma. It reminds us of lonely, sterile rooms and the fear of impending death. In reality, hospice care can be a wonderful gift for terminally ill people and pets. Rather than focusing on invasive medical procedures, hospice provides physical and emotional comfort to end-of-life patients and their families. What is hospice care for dogs? Hospice care is based on the philosophy that people and pets deserve to die with dignity. When a dog is suffering…continue reading →
What To Do If Your Dog Eats Human Medication

What To Do If Your Dog Eats Human Medication

Advertisement Dogs are curious animals that love to participate in everything we do. When it comes to medications, these traits sometimes put them in danger.  According to the Pet Poison Helpline, nearly 50% of all pet poisonings involve human drugs, with pain relievers, antidepressants and heart meds topping the list of common culprits. Do you know what to do if your dog eats human medication? Whether or not a case of accidental medication ingestion is a serious emergency depends on the type and quantity of the drug. If your 80 pound dog snags a…continue reading →
Why You Should Never Let Your Dogs Eat Grapes

Why You Should Never Let Your Dogs Eat Grapes

Advertisement As a responsible pet parent, you probably already know to never let your dogs eat grapes. But do you know why? Grape toxicity is one of the most mysterious and difficult illnesses dogs can face. Grapes may seem like a harmless fruit, but they have the potential to cause sudden, life-threatening kidney failure in some dogs. [embedded content] Causes of Grape Toxicity Dogs of any age, size, breed or sex can suffer a toxic reaction to grapes or raisins. Scientists are yet to definitively identify the poisonous substance, but they believe it is…continue reading →
What Is A Holistic Vet And Should You Schedule An Appointment?

What Is A Holistic Vet And Should You Schedule An Appointment?

As an advocate for your dog’s health and happiness, your decisions for her care will have a great impact on her life. You choose what to put in her bowl and how much she exercises, but even the best pup parent can’t do it all. Advertisement It’s important to have a vet you can trust and rely on. You have a lot of options, and one of those options is to choose a holistic vet. While most veterinary offices fall under the category of “conventional,” holistic vets are becoming more popular. You owe…continue reading →
Could Your Christmas Tree Be Hazardous To Your Pet’s Health?

Could Your Christmas Tree Be Hazardous To Your Pet’s Health?

Advertisement Decorated trees are a staple of the holiday season. It just doesn’t feel like Christmas until a colorful, twinkling topiary adorns your living room. But did you know that your Christmas tree could pose a variety of hazards to your pets? From needles and tree water to ornaments and electrical cords, here’s everything you need to know to keep your canine companions and feline friends safe this holiday season. Pine & Fir Needles Live Christmas trees shed their needles, and if your pet is a floor-grazer, they may ingest some. According to…continue reading →
Your Dog’s Risk For Creepy Mouth-Burrowing Beetles Increases In Winter

Your Dog’s Risk For Creepy Mouth-Burrowing Beetles Increases In Winter

Advertisement They may resemble innocent ladybugs, but Asian lady beetles have several significant differences. They vary in color, have more spots, and are far more aggressive than the ladybugs we know and love. According to experts, their powerful survival instincts may even make them a risk to your dog. Asian lady beetles search for warm, humid locations to ride out the winter. And every now and then, they seek refuge inside a dog’s mouth. “Humidity is their normal environment,” Mikal Shamsi of Pest Police told the Houston Chronicle. “They latch onto the roofs of…continue reading →
The Do’s And Don’t’s Of Giving Your Dog Bones

The Do’s And Don’t’s Of Giving Your Dog Bones

Advertisement With all the health and safety concerns surrounding commercial pet food, it’s no wonder many pawrents introduce real meat and bones into their dogs’ diets. Animal bones are a delicious treat and an excellent way for dogs to satisfy their desire to chew. However, they are not without risks. Read on to find out the do’s and don’t’s of giving your dog bones. Do: Choose high-quality raw bones. No matter your feelings on raw food diets, if you are going to offer your dog bones, raw is the only way to go.…continue reading →