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 →
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 →
Five Dog Food Brands Recalled Due To Excess Vitamin D

Five Dog Food Brands Recalled Due To Excess Vitamin D

Advertisement Unlike humans, dogs cannot get all the Vitamin D they need from the sun. The majority of this vital nutrient must come from their diet. While not getting enough Vitamin D can affect your dog’s ability to absorb Calcium and Phosphorus, too much may lead to deadly kidney failure. This week, five dog food brands from three companies were recalled due to their potentially harmful levels of Vitamin D. It started November 27 when Sunshine Mills, Inc. announced a voluntary recall on select products from their Evolve, Sportsman’s Pride, and Triumph brand…continue reading →

7 Vet-Recommended Tips To Help Your Dog Lose Weight

Advertisement Dogs are our beloved companions, sharing in just about everything we do. Unfortunately, this close bond also extends to their eating and exercise habits. Much like American humans, more than half of the nation’s dogs and cats are overweight or obese. Chubby pups are at risk for many of the same health problems overweight people face, including diabetes, heart disease, and crippling arthritis. If you are ready to help your dog lose weight, consider these 7 tips from veterinarian and author of Chow Hounds: Why Our Dogs Are Getting Fatter – A Vet’s…continue reading →
Everything You Need To Know About Having Your Dog’s Teeth Cleaned

Everything You Need To Know About Having Your Dog’s Teeth Cleaned

Advertisement Halitosis, otherwise known as doggy breath, is a common complaint among pup parents. While bad breath is certainly a nuisance, it can also indicate your dog is at risk for more serious problems. At-home dental care is a great way to slow the effects of dental disease, but nothing is as effective as having your dog’s teeth cleaned professionally. What effect can dental disease have on your dog? According to the veterinary publication, DVM 360, periodontal disease is the most common health problem small animal practitioners see today. Statistics indicate 80% of…continue reading →
Study Suggests Letting Dogs Sleep In Bed Is Good For Chronic Pain Sufferers

Study Suggests Letting Dogs Sleep In Bed Is Good For Chronic Pain Sufferers

Advertisement Healthcare providers often recommend removing pets from the bedroom in order to improve a patient’s sleep quality. While dogs can certainly be disruptive bed hogs, a study conducted by the University of Alberta suggests their presence may be “overwhelmingly positive” for pet parents suffering with chronic pain. “When you ask people to remove an animal they are in the habit of co-sleeping with, it could have consequences the health-care provider hasn’t considered,” says Cary Brown of UA’s Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine. “For some people with chronic pain, their relationship with their pet…continue reading →

Trendy Dog “Beer” Is Both Delicious & Nutritious

Advertisement Megan and Steve Long are dog lovers, but they had no idea their passion for pups would lead them to open one of the country’s first canine breweries. It all started when their Rottweiler mix, Rocky began having digestive issues. In order to ease his symptoms, Megan began experimenting with his diet and searching online for ideas. Soon she found herself brewing non-alcoholic “beer” to pour over Rocky’s food. One year and a good deal of experimentation later, Good Boy Dog Beer was born! The Houston-based company currently offers three different “beers” in…continue reading →
Why Bone Broth is The Ultimate Superfood For Senior Dogs

Why Bone Broth is The Ultimate Superfood For Senior Dogs

As our dogs age their appetites may begin to wane due to dental soreness, arthritis pain or decreased activity. Seniors that don’t take in adequate levels of essential nutrients like amino acids, potassium, zinc, and calcium are at a higher risk for illness. Bone broth is an easy and delicious way to give your older dog a power punch of nutrition and the calories she needs to keep her active and feeling great! Physicians and veterinarians have long hailed bone broth as a superfood, using it to help ease symptoms from or even treat…continue reading →
3 Reasons Why Dogs Need a PREbiotic Just As Much As A PRObiotic

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

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