Little Known Facts About Caring for Your Pet’s Gums

Gums of Your Pet Dog and Health Concerns

Almost all cats and dogs develop some type of gum disease in their lift time. 90% of them die due to infection in their gums that transfer to their heart and other organs. It is essential to care for them to help reduce and prevent gum infection and inflammation so that they can live longer and healthier. Many pet owners buy commercially available oral care products including popular chews, sprays, toothpaste etc. But, it is very important to know that most oral care products available in the market for pets either have minimum efficacy or have ingredients that harm your … Continue reading

New, Mentally Stimulating Ways to Feed Your Dog!

Feed Your Dog Tips to Make It More Fun

People are slowly becoming more aware that dogs need mental stimulation as part of their everyday lives as well as physical exercise. Mental stimulation is a type of thinking stimulation and includes things like problem solving, using their senses i.e. sniffing and co-ordination. The wild dogs use their mental energy by just surviving, for example sniffing out and hunting for food as well as avoiding any dangers that might be present. When we share a home with our dogs, we provide their food for them and protect them from anything that is potentially harmful BUT our dogs still have the … Continue reading

How Wool Helped My Dog Stay Warm!

Wool Benefits for Your Pet Dog

As a sheep farmer, spinner, knitter and general lover of wool, I know what a wonderful fiber wool is. And I utilized that amazing fiber to help my best friend, Bayou, a coon-hound mix with very little hair and a thyroid problem deal with the coldest winter in history. My family and I live on a small sheep farm in upstate New York.  It’s an old farmstead with a house built about 1850. It’s a challenge to keep our old home warm in the winter, especially during last winter – the coldest winter ever recorded in history. Our dog also … Continue reading

January 2016 Winners of the 4Knines Photo Contest!

Photo Contest Winner on 4Knines for January 2016

Here are the first Photo Contest winners of 2016! They each won a $50 Amazon Gift Card and so can you… Just upload a picture of your dog with your4Knines product here now: https://4knines.wishpond.com/photo-contest/ We pick new winners EVERY month! So, upload a picture of your dog with your 4Knines product for a chance to win now: https://4knines.wishpond.com/photo-contest/ Don’t have a 4Knines Seat Cover yet?? Check out all of our products here: http://4knines.com/collections/all

5 Tips to Keep Your Dogs Teeth Healthy #NationalPetDentalHealthMonth

Dogs Teeth and Dogs Health

February is National Pet Dental Health Month. Our pets are our family, and we take care of family, and are concerned for their health, right? If everyone thought that way, the statistics I am about to share with you, would be a lot different. Did you know, according to petdental.ca – by the age of two, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have some form of periodontal disease? WOW! Those are not numbers we want to see associated with our pets health. And what’s more? at least 10% of dogs have an exposed/broken tooth in their mouths, causing extreme pain, and … Continue reading

January Charity Spotlight on Friends for Life

Friends for Life: 4Knines Charity Spotlight January 2016

Homeless and hungry, millions of stray dogs and feral cats are trying to survive another day in cities all over the country. Friends for Life Animal Rescue is dedicated to helping homeless and stray animals living on the streets and in the deserts in the Phoenix, AZ area. Without an advocate, these animals will likely suffer starvation, illness, or injury as they try to survive alone. Friends for Life began as Citizens for Tempe Strays in 1993 and quickly established a solid volunteer base and dedicated board of directors. Within two years, the organization was handling hundreds of adoptions. In 1996, … Continue reading

The 5 Most Common Pet Safety Hazards You Need to Know

The 5 Most Common Pet Safety Hazards You Need to Know

Who can resist puppy dog eyes or happy kitten purrs? Having an animal in your life means having a fuzzy, happy little family member to bring happiness to your life every day. The hardest part as a pet owner is to see your fur-children get hurt in any way. For pets who are hurt or in pain the issue can go from bad to worse very quickly since they aren’t able to tell us outright when things hurt and why. For this reason it’s extremely important to understand the most common hazards to your pet and take the proper precautions … Continue reading

The Top 5 Dog Myths I’ve Encountered

Myths With Dog Behaviors and How to Determine What Your Pet Wants

I am not exactly sure why or how myths exist, but they do! Particularly for dogs. While most myths are harmless, the myths that surround dog health and behavior can be dangerous if believed to their fullest. Here Are 5 Myths That I’ve Encountered: 1. Dogs Only Wag Their Tails When They Are Happy Although most dogs do wag their tails as a sign of happiness, many dogs wag their tail when they are unsure or uncomfortable. If you ever have to approach a dog you don’t know, don’t simply assume they are happy because their tail is wagging. Be … Continue reading

What Is Good Dog Nutrition and Why Is It So Important?

Nutrition For Your Pet Dog’s Health

For many pet owners nutrition is a veritable minefield of misinformation and opinion, with no real place to turn to for help. The words ‘let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food’ have turned pet owners into polarized groups, each believing that their model is best. Every day I read blog after blog and post after post about how Fido is healthier on a prey model, Spot does best on a BARF diet, and Daisy thrives on her commercial dog food. For me Nutrition is not a one-size-fits-all solution to better health, but rather an individualized approach to … Continue reading

A Dozen Ways to Entertain Your Dog on a Rainy Day

Rainy Day Time With Your Pet Dogs

While rain can send one dog diving into mud puddles, it can also send others to run for cover! When the skies are not sunny and long periods of rain keep dogs indoors, many will display signs of boredom. Even the overflowing box of toys seems unappealing. What’s a dog parent to do? Here’s 12 Ways to Help Entertain Your Dog on Those Rain-Soaked Days: 1. Singin’ in the Rain Channel your inner Gene Kelly and grab your umbrella, slip on your rain slicker and boots, and enjoy a walk in the rain! (Don’t forget your dog’s raincoat, too!) If … Continue reading