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 →
Has Your Dog Recently Taken Antibiotics or Steroids? Make Sure They’re Getting This Too

Has Your Dog Recently Taken Antibiotics or Steroids? Make Sure They’re Getting This Too

If you’ve ever taken antibiotics or steroids, you know that they can do wonders for illness, but can also wreak havoc on your stomach and digestive system! The same can be true for your dog, especially if they cycle through the medication regularly. The big difference is, your pooch has no way to tell you he’s still not feeling well even after he gets a clean bill of health. But as an informed pup parent, you can help ease the side effects that antibiotics can have on your dog. Probiotics replace some of…continue reading →
The Easy (Natural) Trick To Helping Your Pup Overcome Diarrhea

The Easy (Natural) Trick To Helping Your Pup Overcome Diarrhea

Whether your dog’s bouts with diarrhea are frequent or limited to periods of stress, you want to help your dog feel better as quickly as possible. While chronic, unexplained, or mucous-covered diarrhea warrant trips to the vet, there is one thing you can do to help your dog overcome occasional diarrhea and recover more quickly. You may be taking probiotics yourself, but did you know they can be just as beneficial for your dog as they are for you? New research is showing that probiotics are safe for dogs and as useful for…continue reading →
Ask A Vet: Should I Give My Dog A Probiotic?

Ask A Vet: Should I Give My Dog A Probiotic?

Everyone wants a magic bullet or something that will, in one fell swoop, stop aging or prolong life. As of yet, there is no one easy solution to all that ails us, but there are certain things when administered thoughtfully with professional advice may have some benefit. Probiotics may be one of these items. Probiotics (literally “in favor of life”) are living organisms intentionally introduced to provide a beneficial effect. As far back as 1910, an early scientist named Elie Metchnikoff proposed that the probiotic diets of Balkan villagers allowed them to live…continue reading →
Can Probiotics Help My Dog’s Stinky Farts?

Can Probiotics Help My Dog’s Stinky Farts?

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

The Cure For Your Dog’s Horrific Farts Might Be Surprisingly Simple

Is your dog exceptionally gassy? Do his farts make you gag and want to run from the room? While gas is normal in all animals, at some point it becomes more than just a nuisance and you start to wonder if there’s something wrong with your dog’s digestion. After all, it is the process of digestion that causes gas. Is there anything that can be done to help cure those horrific farts? The answer is yes, and it might be something you take yourself. The answer is probiotics. According to the AKC: “The…continue reading →
10 Times That Probiotics Are Especially Beneficial To Your Dog

10 Times That Probiotics Are Especially Beneficial To Your Dog

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

Dozens Of Dog Flu Cases Diagnosed In Manhattan & Brooklyn

Advertisement City canines beware: the dog flu has arrived in New York. Veterinarians in NYC are warning their clients that the H3N2 viral strain has sickened at least three-dozen dogs in Brooklyn and a handful in Manhattan since April. Approximately 500 West Coast pups have been affected by the dog flu this year, and it seems the virus has now spread east. Dr. Maxim Lotovsky of the Jacobson Veterinary Clinic in Brooklyn recommends dog owners become familiar with the facts and symptoms of dog flu and seek immediate treatment if needed. “The disease…continue reading →
How To Protect & Soothe Your Flat-Faced Dog’s Sensitive Nose

How To Protect & Soothe Your Flat-Faced Dog’s Sensitive Nose

If you have a flat-faced dog, you probably know how dry their nose can get. They are far more susceptible to dry noses than dogs with snouts of a regular length. Their dry, cracked nose can peel, bleed, and be extremely painful for your poor pooch. A moist nose is also necessary for your dog to properly process all the fascinating smells around them. If you’ve already been to your vet to rule out any serious health issues that could cause a dry nose, you may be running out of ideas for how…continue reading →
Is Coconut Oil Good For Your Dog’s Digestion?

Is Coconut Oil Good For Your Dog’s Digestion?

Coconut oil has been all the rage, with humans singing its praises for its health benefits. But is it also good for our canine companions? The short answer: YES! This multitasking superfood has tons of health benefits due to its natural composition. It’s largely made up of medium chain fatty acids and provides lauric acid, capric acid, caprylic acid, myristic acid, Vitamins K and E. It also has antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial properties. What does all this mean? These powerful nutrients and properties can improve your pup’s health from head to toe. But perhaps the…continue reading →

10 Best Essential Oils For Your Dog

Advertisement There’s a lot of information out there about the risks and benefits of using essential oils with pets, and everything revolves around one very important concept. It’s the understanding that while there are thousands of different essential oils out there, not every oil that benefits humans will benefit dogs. Some of them pose significant health risks, and before you introduce your dog to this holistic approach to aromatherapy, you need to know which essential oils are safe for their use. There are certain oils that dogs should never be exposed to, but…continue reading →

13 Healthiest “People Foods” For Dogs

Advertisement If the way to your dog’s heart is through her stomach, you undoubtedly love sharing snacks with your most loyal companion. While we love making our pups happy by showering them with treats, it’s even more important to keep them healthy and safe. The good news is, there are some foods that you and your four-legged friend can enjoy together, and even benefit from. Although this list is by no means extensive, check out 13 of the healthiest “people foods” you can enjoy with your dog! 1. Peanut Butter Peanut butter and…continue reading →

10 Dog Breeds Known For Hip Problems And How To Help Them

Advertisement From osteoarthritis to hip dysplasia, hip problems plague dogs of a variety of breeds. Running, jumping, walking, and even standing still are made painful, but your dog’s joint condition doesn’t have to take over their life. With the right treatment and management, dogs can keep on doing all the things they love best. But before you can get to that happy place, you first have to evaluate your dog’s risk. Not every limp and groan will have a hip issue at its core. It could be an injury, but regardless of your…continue reading →
10 Signs A Puppy Is From A Puppy Mill

10 Signs A Puppy Is From A Puppy Mill

Advertisement Maybe you’re looking for a purebred puppy, or you already have a pooch that you think may have been bred in a puppy mill. Perhaps you’ve been advised to seek out a “reputable breeder,” but you’re not exactly sure what that means. While pet stores are notorious for being supplied by irresponsible puppy mill breeders, there are lots of other ways unsuspecting animal lovers might be accidentally supporting these unethical businesses. Not only are puppy mill dogs — and cats — born and raised in abysmal conditions, they often have lasting health…continue reading →

10 Signs A Puppy Is From A Puppy Mill

Advertisement Maybe you’re looking for a purebred puppy, or you already have a pooch that you think may have been bred in a puppy mill. Perhaps you’ve been advised to seek out a “reputable breeder,” but you’re not exactly sure what that means. While pet stores are notorious for being supplied by irresponsible puppy mill breeders, there are lots of other ways unsuspecting animal lovers might be accidentally supporting these unethical businesses. Not only are puppy mill dogs — and cats — born and raised in abysmal conditions, they often have lasting health…continue reading →

What Parents Of Short-Muzzled Pups Need To Know About Their Dog’s Breathing

Advertisement The word brachycephalic refers to animals whose skulls are stubbier than what is typical for their species. In dogs, the result is a short muzzle and flattened face. Brachycephalic dog breeds such as Bulldogs, Pugs and Pekingese often suffer from respiratory problems as a result of their facial structure. Brachycephalic Airway Syndrome (BAS) refers to the various upper airway problems short-muzzled dogs are prone to, including narrowed nostrils (Stenotic Nares), an overly long soft palate, abnormally small or collapsing trachea, and collapse of the voice box (larynx). Symptoms of BAS include snoring, coughing, gagging, rapid…continue reading →

7 Tips For Choosing The Best Pet-Safe Essential Oils

Advertisement From relieving anxiety and allergies to soothing joint pain and dry skin, essential oils can do a world of good for dogs. They’re all-natural and easy to apply, but using essential oils with pets isn’t the same as using them with the human members of the family. With an enhanced sense of smell, your dog is more sensitive to essential oils and aromatherapy than you are. Not every essential oil is safe for dogs, and not every distributor cares about your pet’s safety the way you do. Before you purchase your stock…continue reading →
8 Things Your Senior Dog Will Thank You For Doing

8 Things Your Senior Dog Will Thank You For Doing

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

The 2 Best Times In Your Dog’s Life To Begin Giving Joint Supplements

Sore joints are most often associated with senior dogs, but some pups begin experiencing symptoms as early as late puppyhood when their bodies stop growing. As important as it is to provide joint care supplements to older dogs, starting early – before the symptoms of joint inflammation, arthritis or hip & elbow dysplasia become apparent – can be incredibly beneficial. Dogs of all ages can safely enjoy the advantages of joint supplementation, but adults and seniors are most in need. Once growth stops after puppyhood, the amount of glucosamine produced by the body…continue reading →
How To Help Your Rescue Dog Gain Weight

How To Help Your Rescue Dog Gain Weight

Advertisement “Skin and bones” are words to describe a specific population of rescue dog. They’re the ones found staggering near death on the side of the street or rummaging through the dumpster looking for scraps of anything remotely edible. They’ve known what true hunger feels like, and recovering from near starvation isn’t an easy process. Helping a rescue dog gain weight isn’t tossing them a few McDonald’s burgers and letting them go to town. It isn’t even leaving a limitless supply of dog food in their dish. Feeding a dog with the intent…continue reading →
Do You Know The Symptoms And Causes Of Dehydration In Your Dog?

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

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

Why Does My Dog Drool So Much?

Advertisement When you live with a dog, drool is part of the package. You get used to the slobber that stains your clothes and accept the fact dog drool is an unavoidable part of your life. It’s usually not a big deal, but sometimes the liquid leaking out of your dog’s mouth gets out of control: there are puddles of it on the floor, wet stains on the couch, and you can’t look at your pup’s face without seeing strings of saliva precariously hanging from their jowls. Excessive drooling could be a harmless…continue reading →

Essential Oils, Aromatherapy & Dogs: What You Need To Know

Advertisement If you’ve heard about using essential oils to support your pet’s health (especially while looking for natural methods) you probably have a lot of questions. The topic of essential oils is particularly tricky because there’s so much conflicting information out there. Below, we’ve aimed to answer some of the most common questions that pet parents want to know about using essential oils on their dogs, specifically in the realm of aromatherapy. This information is by no means exhaustive, but it’s a great starting point! The bottom line is that the safest way…continue reading →
4 Things You Should Know About Lepto

4 Things You Should Know About Lepto

Advertisement Have you seen reports of lepto, or leptospirosis, in the news lately? What is lepto, and do you need to be worried about your dog getting sick from it? How is it spread? Do you need to worry about your family catching it if your dog becomes infected? Is there a vaccine, and should you give it to your dog? We know you may have a lot of questions about lepto, and we’re here to provide you with some answers. Here are 4 things you should know about leptospirosis. #1 – It’s…continue reading →
7 Fruits & Veggies That Are Harmful To Dogs

7 Fruits & Veggies That Are Harmful To Dogs

Advertisement Fresh produce is usually considered to be a healthy part of the diet, and the same can be true for our four-legged friends. We love sharing snacks with them, especially if we know that they’re wholesome, but it’s first important to know which foods to avoid giving to our pets. Aside from willingly treating our dogs to a “human food” snack, sometimes our pups help themselves to the trash or counter, and that’s when we start to worry: What did they eat? If so, how much? Should I call the vet? Below, we’ve…continue reading →

What Is Paw Pad Hyperkeratosis And How To Heal It

A dog’s paw pads tend to go unnoticed in terms of upkeep, but they’re one of your pet’s most important physical features. They’re built tough, but there are certain conditions that cause paw pads to be painful. Paw pad hyperkeratosis is an example. This is a type of skin condition where a dog develops especially dry, crusty, and sensitive skin on the bottom of their paws. It’s also called “hairy dog feet” because it can look like the dog is sprouting an unusual type of hair on the bottoms of their feet. If…continue reading →
Is Your Dog’s Anxiety Causing His Health Problems?

Is Your Dog’s Anxiety Causing His Health Problems?

Advertisement You’ve probably felt some negative physical effects from stress or anxiety in your life. You start to have stomach problems or headaches; maybe you start chewing on your nails or pulling out your hair. Could your dog’s anxiety be causing some of his chronic health problems the same way stress and anxiety cause you to suffer from health problems? Dogs aren’t all that different from humans in the way that they process stress and anxiety. Some of the symptoms they have mimic human symptoms, and some are slightly different, but several different…continue reading →
Pup Parent Warns Others Of The Toxic Seeds That Nearly Killed Her Dog

Pup Parent Warns Others Of The Toxic Seeds That Nearly Killed Her Dog

Advertisement Easter almost turned tragic for dog mom Sharon Newton when her Chihuahua started nibbling on a toxic seed. During an Easter egg hunt, the pooch, named Max, ate a seed from a sago palm that was in the family’s yard. Three hours after ingesting it, the pup started throwing up and was rushed to the emergency vet. Image Source: Screen Shot via KTRK In a story by KTRK, Dr. Diane Wilkie explains that the walnut-sized seeds (or beans) are the most toxic part of the plant, and eating just one could cause…continue reading →
10 Signs Of Canine Cancer Every Dog Owner Needs To Know About

10 Signs Of Canine Cancer Every Dog Owner Needs To Know About

Advertisement The National Cancer Institute’s Center for Cancer Research reports around six million dogs in the U.S. are diagnosed with spontaneous cancer every year. While better understanding of canine nutrition and advanced veterinary technology is prolonging the average dog’s lifespan, the risk of developing cancer increases as dogs age. Recent reports indicate about half of dogs over 10 years old are diagnosed with some type of cancer.1 Dogs get cancer at around the same rate humans do, but the disease tends to progress faster for our canine friends. The key to fighting it has…continue reading →
3,000 Golden Retrievers Are Paving The Way For Cancer Research

3,000 Golden Retrievers Are Paving The Way For Cancer Research

Advertisement A groundbreaking lifetime study of 3,044 Golden Retrievers is hoping to find some answers about what sort of factors may lead to cancer, not only in that breed, but in all dogs and even people. In-depth record keeping of each dog in the study aims to find common factors in dogs that do or don’t develop cancer in their lifetimes. Scientists think it is probably some combination of genetic and environmental factors that make some dogs – or people – more prone to cancer than others. By having owners keep track of…continue reading →

2 Dogs Die, 4 Become Ill From Poisonous Mushrooms

Advertisement Spring is in the air, and along with milder temperatures and fresh blooms, pet parents should be aware that some of the season’s new growth may also be poisonous for their pets. In Wake County, North Carolina, a dog mom of six is mourning the tragic loss of two of her pups after they all ingested poisonous mushrooms from her yard. Image Source: Screen Shot via WISTV Janna Joyner, who works at a nonprofit group that fosters dogs, came home to find four of her dogs stumbling and vomiting, and two of them…continue reading →
7 Reasons Why Your Dog May Be Scooting

7 Reasons Why Your Dog May Be Scooting

Advertisement You may have seen a dog – maybe your own – dragging his bum along the carpet or ground, commonly referred to as “scooting.” While some may find it gross and others funny, the fact is, it’s not funny at all; it’s a sign that there’s something wrong. A dog’s scooting likely has to do with his anal sacs, the glands located on either sign of his rectum that secrete scents used to mark territory. If you see your pup dragging his behind on the floor, a consultation with your vet is…continue reading →
How To Tell If Your Dog’s Panting Isn’t Normal

How To Tell If Your Dog’s Panting Isn’t Normal

Advertisement Like chasing tennis balls and wagging their tails, panting is one of those classic canine behaviors we’ve all learned to expect. It’s completely normal in many situations, but there are also times when a dog’s panting isn’t quite right. They do it for a number of perfectly natural reasons, but it could also be a sign your dog is suffering either emotionally or physically. It’s up to you to know the difference, but that’s harder than it sounds. Normal Panting Dogs only have sweat glands on the bottoms of their paws and…continue reading →