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 →
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 →
Chagas Disease And Kissing Bugs A Concern In Southern U.S.

Chagas Disease And Kissing Bugs A Concern In Southern U.S.

Advertisement Along with the other pests that become more active in the summer months, the kissing bug is once again raising concerns in dog owners. Don’t let it’s cutesy name fool you – it’s not any nicer than other biting bugs. Kissing bugs get their name from their ugly habit of biting people around the eyes and lips. Image Source: Bernard DuPont via Wikimedia Commons The bugs prefer warmer weather and are more prevalent in South America and the Southern United States, but have also been spotted as far North as Pennsylvania in…continue reading →
Is Your Dog Constantly Biting Their Paws? Here’s How You Can Help

Is Your Dog Constantly Biting Their Paws? Here’s How You Can Help

Licking and biting of the toes and paws is a common behavior among dogs. While some degree of licking is considered normal, dogs with red, swollen paws or chronic saliva staining likely have an underlying medical problem. There are several reasons a dog may chew their paws such as dry skin, wounds, growths, irritants like burrs or ticks, anxiety and allergic skin disease. Whatever the cause of the irritation, paw-chewing can lead to pain, limping and secondary yeast or bacterial infections. It is important to consult with your veterinarian about your dog’s diet, lifestyle…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 →
How Many Calories Does My Dog Need?

How Many Calories Does My Dog Need?

Advertisement There are several good reasons to know how many calories your dog needs each day. You don’t want to overfeed your dog – obesity can lead to several health problems for your pet. And you definitely don’t want to underfeed him, because that can cause issues for him too and leave him suffering from both hunger and a lack of energy. But finding the right number can be tricky, and it’s not as easy as that little chart on the back label of his food may make it seem. There’s a way to…continue reading →
What You Need To Know About Kidney Stones In Dogs

What You Need To Know About Kidney Stones In Dogs

Advertisement Nephroliths – or kidney stones – are hard clusters that develop inside the kidneys or urinary tract. While bladder stones are more common than kidney stones in dogs, both are formed when an accumlation of salts or minerals naturally found in the urine form into clumps. Kidney stones can range from a mild inconvenience to a medical emergency. Some dogs may not show any symptoms at all. Why do some dogs develop kidney stones? Kidney stones in dogs develop when an overproduction of normal mineral salts in the urine build up into…continue reading →
Do I Still Need To Worry About Fleas During Cooler Months?

Do I Still Need To Worry About Fleas During Cooler Months?

Advertisement Many people assume that fleas die off in the winter and it’s safe to stop your dog’s flea and tick preventative. But is it really safe to do that? Do you need to worry about fleas during cooler months? The surprising answer is that YES, you do still need to worry about them during cooler months, and it’s all about their life cycle. About the flea life cycle You may be surprised to learn that much of a flea’s life cycle takes place OFF of a host. As long as it’s warm…continue reading →
If Your Dog Is Lethargic, It’s Time To Figure Out Why

If Your Dog Is Lethargic, It’s Time To Figure Out Why

Advertisement You know your dog better than anyone, but that doesn’t make it easy to know when she’s not feeling well. She can’t come out and tell you she’s ill, and that leaves you to worry and wonder when something seems “off.” Decreased activity is one of the most common symptoms of canine illness. Commonality, however, doesn’t make it easy to identify or interpret. If your dog is lethargic, there’s always a reason. The trick is knowing what that reason is. It could be something as simple as a sore muscle or as…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 →
For A Small Number Of People, A Dog Lick Could Be Deadly

For A Small Number Of People, A Dog Lick Could Be Deadly

Advertisement This summer, Wisconsin doctors determined a woman’s death and a man’s quadruple limb amputation were caused by the same bacteria. Known as Capnocytophaga canimorsus, it is found in the saliva of approximately 70% of dogs and 60% of cats. But before you cancel your trip to Wisconsin or rehome your pets, keep in mind that human infections with this frightening pathogen are extremely rare. “More than 99% of the people that have dogs will never have this issue. It’s just chance,” Dr. Silvia Munoz-Price, an infectious disease specialist, told Fox 6 Now. [embedded content] According…continue reading →

The Best Dog Dental Hygiene Hack Your Pup Will Love

Maintaining dental heath is one of the most important things we can do for our furry friends. Unfortunately, at-home oral care can be invasive and uncomfortable for some dogs, leaving well-intentioned pawrents clambering for an effective solution. Dental issues are frighteningly common, with the majority of dogs over three years of age already showing signs of periodontal disease. According to the American Veterinary Dental Association (AVDA), many owners do not pick up on these symptoms until their dogs are already suffering with inflamed gums, painful infections, even damage to their internal organs. Dog dental…continue reading →
Mysterious Dog Disease Is Rapidly Spreading Through Virginia

Mysterious Dog Disease Is Rapidly Spreading Through Virginia

Advertisement Veterinary clinics in Virginia are warning pet owners of a mysterious new threat to their furry family members. In the past month, more than 150 dogs in the Charlottesville area have received veterinary attention for a type of respiratory condition similar to whooping cough. The disease is highly contagious, and local vets are officially calling the issue an “epidemic.” Autumn Tails Veterinary Center in Charlottesville, VA is one of many veterinary clinics that has seen a huge intake of dogs with this unknown disease. Since this past Thursday, the clinic has treated…continue reading →
Michigan Is Experiencing A Drastic Rise In Dog Flu Cases

Michigan Is Experiencing A Drastic Rise In Dog Flu Cases

Advertisement Veterinarians are warning Michigan dog parents to protect their pups from the rapidly spreading canine flu. According to the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development (MDARD), 49 cases have been reported from six Lower Peninsula counties in less than three weeks. For comparison, the state had just nine cases of canine influenza in all of 2017. Residents of Huron, Kent, Macomb, Oakland, Ottawa and Wayne – the six counties that have reported cases of canine flu – should take particular care to avoid public places where dogs congregate, including parks, doggy day cares…continue reading →
Do I Need a CBD Oil Made Specifically for Dogs?

Do I Need a CBD Oil Made Specifically for Dogs?

Advertisement If you’re reading this, you’ve probably been researching the benefits of CBD hemp oil for dogs. You may be taking CBD yourself and wondering: Do I need a CBD Oil made specifically for dogs? The answer is possibly maybe. We’d encourage you to use a CBD oil formulated specifically for animals for  3 reasons: Most human CBD oils contain a small amount of the psychoactive, high-inducing compound THC. While the amount is likely low (under .3%) and unlikely to cause problems for a human, even trace amounts of THC can be dangerous for…continue reading →
7 Essential Oils That Help Deter Fleas

7 Essential Oils That Help Deter Fleas

Fleas may be small, but they cause big problems. They’re external parasites that cling to skin and survive by taking advantage of their unwilling hosts. Their bites leave behind itchy red bumps, they spread diseases, and they make dogs miserable with incessant scratching. Fleas love nothing more than finding an unprotected pet to live on, and getting rid of them is no easy feat. The best way to protect pets and people from fleas is to stop the pests from coming around in the first place. This is where essential oils come in.…continue reading →

11 Natural Ingredients To Help Keep Fleas Away

You definitely don’t want your dog and your home to be infested with fleas, but you might be a little concerned about using the hardcore chemicals and pesticides found in traditional flea repellents, whether they’re topical or ingested. Luckily, you don’t have to choose between using chemicals or not protecting your dog. There are lots of natural ingredients that can help repel fleas without exposing your dog to chemicals and pesticides. But first, if you live in a climate with cold winters, the better news is that you may not need to worry…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 →
Why CBD Oil Is Becoming So Popular For Dogs With Joint Pain

Why CBD Oil Is Becoming So Popular For Dogs With Joint Pain

Fatigue, trouble standing, limping—all these are signs your dog has joint pain. Dogs of all ages suffer from the effects of this chronic condition, and it’s enough to seriously lower overall quality of life. There’s no guaranteed cure to osteoarthritis in dogs, but dog owners resort to a number of treatments to bring relief to their beloved pets. Typical methods include surgery, steroid injections, and regular pain medication, but there’s a new player changing the game. CBD oil is gaining popularity in the world of holistic veterinary science as a safe and effective alternative…continue reading →
5 Reasons CBD Oil For Dogs Is Exploding In Popularity

5 Reasons CBD Oil For Dogs Is Exploding In Popularity

Advertisement It’s a dog owner’s priority to safeguard the well-being of their pets, and a new player in the world of veterinary science is opening all-natural doors of opportunity. CBD oil from hemp is the medicinal herb dog owners are talking about. It’s a pain reliever, it helps with anxiety, there’s even the potential for it to have cancer-fighting properties, and this non-toxic type of cannabis is already valued as an effective treatment option for a number of canine ailments. The benefits of CBD oil are reaching more dogs every day. Here are…continue reading →
9 Reasons Your Dog May Be Vomiting

9 Reasons Your Dog May Be Vomiting

Advertisement Dogs vomit for a number of reasons; some are relatively insignificant, while others can be quite serious. If your dog’s vomiting is more than just an isolated incident, seek veterinary attention to rule out a critical health concern. Note: Since vomiting is such a broad issue with many possible causes, this post contains several links you can follow if you would like to learn more about a particular issue or condition. 1. Diet Related Issues Vomiting often results when a dog overeats, eats too quickly, or ingests something that does not agree…continue reading →
FDA Warns: Low Fat Diets May Cause Heart Disease

FDA Warns: Low Fat Diets May Cause Heart Disease

Advertisement Discerning dog parents know that the corn, wheat and grain fillers used in many commercial dog foods provide little nutritional value to their pups. In fact, many cheap, unnecessary additives contribute to food sensitivities, allergies, obesity, and digestive problems. Grain-free diets offer an alternative more closely resembling what a wild canine might eat – high animal protein, low carbohydrates, and an array of nutrients. The reasoning behind going grain-free is fairly straight forward, and over the past decade, the number of these diets on the market have skyrocketed. However, in a statement…continue reading →
7 Things Every Pet Parent Should Know About Dog Food Labels

7 Things Every Pet Parent Should Know About Dog Food Labels

Advertisement Nutrition and ingredient labels can be confusing enough on “human foods,” but trying to read them on your dog’s kibble bag — marketing ploys included — it can be downright cryptic! What’s more, certain terminology can be very misleading, with words defined by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) that may not mean exactly what you think. This is incredibly frustrating for pet parents who only want to give pooches the healthiest food they can find for their budget. If trying to decode your pup’s chow makes your eyes glaze over,…continue reading →
New Report Shows Dog Illness Can Spread To Humans

New Report Shows Dog Illness Can Spread To Humans

Advertisement A new study published in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases is warning pet owners and pet professionals about a previously uncharted risk. A strain of bacterium that affects dogs called Brucella canis can be spread to humans. The infection referred to as brucellosis is most often spread by livestock, but new research shows dogs that have not been neutered are responsible for passing the bacteria on to humans. In adult dogs, the infection often goes unnoticed. According to VCA Hospitals, main symptoms include infertility, spontaneous miscarriages, and stillborn births. Male dogs that…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 →
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 →
Here’s How Petting A Dog Impacts Your Brain

Here’s How Petting A Dog Impacts Your Brain

Advertisement 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. 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 →

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 →

If Your Dog Is Under Stress, Consider Adding A Probiotic To Their Diet

With a dog bed in every room and no job or obligations to worry over, it’s hard not to be jealous of your dog’s care-free lifestyle. Their lack of responsibility seems blissful, but that doesn’t mean they’re immune to stress. Dogs get stressed out just like humans do, and like us, high stress levels can seriously affect their health and well-being. Counting to 10 and meditating won’t work for a stressed out dog, but adding probiotics to your dog’s diet is an effective way to help keep their body in balance. What are…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 →
The Best Way To Keep Your Dog’s Teeth Clean In Between Brushings

The Best Way To Keep Your Dog’s Teeth Clean In Between Brushings

Advertisement Brushing your dog’s teeth is the best way to keep them clean, but for some of us, this is easier said than done. Some dogs aren’t very cooperative when their pawrents try to brush those pearly whites, and if your pup is impatient — or an unapologetic toothbrush chomper — a teeth-cleaning chew could be a huge help. Adding a fun and delicious dental treat to your dog’s routine could be a big benefit for their oral and overall health, and best of all, your pup will love it! Since the primary…continue reading →
The Top 6 Ways To Give Your Pup The Probiotics He Needs

The Top 6 Ways To Give Your Pup The Probiotics He Needs

Approximately 70% of a dog’s immune cells reside in the gut, so it is extremely important to their overall wellness that digestive health is maintained. For this reason, veterinarians often recommend probiotics for their canine patients in addition to a healthy diet. Probiotics balance the “good” and “bad” bacteria in the gut in order to protect the dog’s natural defenses, promote digestive heath, and keep the body working to its full potential. According to Dr. Marcella D. Ridgway, Associate Professor of Veterinary Clinical Medicine at the University of Illinois, the microorganisms in probiotics also…continue reading →
Every Dog Owner Needs To Know The Doggy Heimlich Maneuver

Every Dog Owner Needs To Know The Doggy Heimlich Maneuver

Advertisement Dogs will chew on just about anything they can sink their teeth into, and it often gets them into trouble. Yes, they occasionally destroy a favorite shoe, but that’s nothing compared to the risk of them choking. They can break bones into barely swallowable pieces and try to quickly gobble down the smelly sock they know you won’t like them having, and all of those things are potential choking hazards. Many dogs also accidentally swallow balls and other toys that are too small for their size. When it happens, the first thing…continue reading →
5 Ways You Didn’t Know A Probiotic Could Make Your Dog’s Life Better

5 Ways You Didn’t Know A Probiotic Could Make Your Dog’s Life Better

Advertisement You go out of your way to make sure your dog lives the best life possible, and taking care of their digestive health is an important part of that. How they absorb nutrients and breakdown food affects nearly all aspects of their overall health. If you want to give your dog a happy and healthy life, it’s time to consider all the many benefits of probiotics. What To Know About Probiotics Probiotics are the good bacteria found in the digestive system. There are millions of them living and interacting in your dog’s…continue reading →
6 Surprising Issues A Probiotic Can Help Your Dog Cope With

6 Surprising Issues A Probiotic Can Help Your Dog Cope With

Probiotics are popular among humans, but did you know they can also help your dog? To be clear, feeding your companion probiotics formulated for humans is not recommended — the healthy flora in the gut is different in humans and dogs. But with that said, the benefits of taking a species-specific probiotic supplement are very similar! How can probiotics help my pooch? Probiotics are known for supporting gut health, which starts a ripple effect: regular, solid bowel movements, happier tummies, and a strengthened immune system are all potential benefits of taking a probiotic,…continue reading →

How Much Bone Broth Is Too Much?

You may have heard some of the health benefits of bone broth and thought it might be beneficial for your pup. After doing some research and deciding to add it to your dog’s diet, the next question is: How much bone broth should I feed my dog? And then: How much bone broth is too much? How much bone broth should I feed my dog? The short answer is that everything is best in moderation, but you shouldn’t stress about feeding your dog bone broth with exact, to-the-ounce measurements. Bone broth is not…continue reading →
7 Ways Owning A Dog Improves Your Overall Health

7 Ways Owning A Dog Improves Your Overall Health

Advertisement Dogs can be trained to open doors and provide support during epileptic episodes, but even without those skills, dogs naturally improve the health and well-being of the people who love them. Adopting a dog into your life, or even volunteering to spend time with rescue dogs, opens you up to surprising health benefits. From mental and emotional well-being to your physical strength and energy, dogs can improve nearly all aspects of what it means to be healthy. Here are a few examples. 1. They Get You Moving All dogs, even the ones…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 →