8 of the Most Dog-Friendly Cities for Active Canines

Dog-Friendly Destinations for Active Pet Dogs

Taking our pets with us when we travel and even to the park for a daily romp is about as American as apple pie. Depending upon where we live in the good ole USA, some cities are simply more pet-friendly than others.   Pet-friendly locales are deemed such based on their number of dog parks, dog-friendly businesses, special animal events, the local cost of pet care, and the area’s “walkability” rankings. Since exercising our dogs offers so many health benefits, you may well want to check out our list of eight of the friendliest cities when it comes to accommodating … Continue reading

Why Should I Feed Pumpkin to My Dog?

Pumpkin Health Benefits to Your Pet Dog

Every year around Halloween, our children (and even us adults) enjoy some time carving pumpkins, making our own personal creations on them.   Pumpkin seems to be a food of many uses – aside from pumpkin carving, we have grown fond of things like pumpkin pie, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin spiced coffee, pumpkin spiced tea, and so much more! Now, it is becoming more and more popular that people are raving about feeding pumpkin to their pets. We hear how healthy it is, and how many benefits come with feeding pumpkin to dogs. But is it, really? To answer the question, yes … Continue reading

Should I Be Giving My Healthy Dog Probiotics?

Probiotics for Your Pet Dog? Should You or Should You Not…

Thanks to the recent explosion of yogurts packed with probiotics on the market, the term ‘probiotic’ is becoming more of a household name, and for good reason.   Probiotics give even the healthiest person a natural immunity boost from the inside out. And, thanks to recent findings, they may also help improve the health of your dog, too. So should you be giving your healthy dog probiotics? Let’s find out what the research says. What Are Probiotics Anyway? Our guts (and our pet’s guts) have a mix of healthy bacteria that’s good for us, and some not so healthy bacteria … Continue reading

Choosing the Right Veterinarian for Your Dog

Veterinarian that Fits Your Dog’s Needs

Choosing the right vet can make a big difference on how both you and your dog feel about veterinarian care. Here are some tips to help you decide on which doggie doctor is right for you: Choosing a vet is a lot like choosing a doctor for yourself. You are going to want someone who is certified, and has the bedside manner that you prefer. A good way to start looking is to start asking around. Look for other pet owners and ask who they see and why (or who they would not see). Social proof is also a very … Continue reading

Important Tips for Your Dog’s Health

Dog’s Health Tips for a Healthy Pet’s Body

There is a chronic disease epidemic that is rampant in today’s pet population that has the central cause of an overactive or autoimmune response in the pet’s body that has lead to immune disorders across multiple organ systems.   Whether one is talking about chronic skin allergies, ear infections, hot spots, feet chewing, etc; or talking about chronic digestive disorders, urinary tract diseases, joint disorders, hormonal disorders, brain/spinal disorders, cancers etc, the essence of what is going on in all of these conditions is the pet’s immune system is being over stimulated and triggered leading to disorders of these various … Continue reading

How to Prepare to Evacuate With Pets in Case of Emergency

Emergency Situation: How to Be Prepared in Evacuating Your Pets

From devastating earthquakes to floods, wildfires and all other manner of disasters, some of the most vulnerable victims can be our pets. Many times, residents are expected to evacuate with little to no notice. Are you prepared to evacuate with your pet in the event of an emergency? Have you ever thought of items you will need? Some of the items you’ll include may vary, depending on whether you are evacuating to a shelter, the home of a relative or a hotel. A relative may not require you to crate your pet, while many shelters and hotels do. Know where … Continue reading

Common Sense Dog Walking!

Walking With Your Dog? Here Are Some Dog Walking Etiquette You Need to Know

Many dog owners in this country as well as others have or have had a dog that is reactive on the lead. This could be for numerous reasons, whether it be they are frustrated greeters that become increasingly wound up when they see other people or dogs that they cannot get to, they could be dog aggressive, or they may just be really nervous and fearful. Whatever the reason walking these types of dog can be incredibly stressful for the owners as well as the dogs! Sometimes when walking a dog that is reactive you are watching everything else as … Continue reading

4 Ways You Can Use Food as Medicine for Your Dog

Food and Nutrition for Managing Dog Disease

We live in times of considerable transformation. I’m not talking about politics or current world news, but rather the inclusion of integrative medicine into our society. Holistic medicine with complementary treatments such as acupuncture, herbal medicine, massage, and nutrition focus on healing the body as a whole, not just the physical symptoms of the disease. Understanding how to heal the body in its entirety has begun to modify the way that we view our pets. My primary focus is Nutrition, using food as therapy. In viewing what we feed our pets as a means of warding off disease and illness, … Continue reading

Why Should You Feed Your Pet a Grain-Free Diet?

Grain-Free Diet for Better Pet Health

As a pet parent, it can be overwhelming to decide what to feed your pets to give them the proper nutrition they need to live healthy, vibrant lives. The Benefits of a Grain-Free Diet Include: Higher protein provides a better source of energy and nutrition Easier to break-down and digest More food is utilized resulting is less waste May reduce food allergies/intolerances When possible, feed your dog a grain-free diet, but if it is not possible due to budget constraints or particular situations which require other alternatives, try a pet food recipe with “healthy grains.” They promote a healthy lifestyle for your … Continue reading

Can My Dogs Share Rx Medications?

Medications for Dogs and Humans: Are They Compatible?

Often times we compare dogs to humans. Whether it is nutrition, physical fitness or behavior, there are some things that have been found OK to treat in a similar way. This came to mind when our veterinarian prescribed Nakita her heartworm prevention during her first post adoption visit. Knowing that I had other dogs in the home, he stressed the importance of not sharing prescriptions amongst the others. Physicians and Pharmacists warn against the same thing for humans. Prescription medications are specific to each patient for a reason. Why Do Pets Needs to be Prescribed Medicine? When your veterinarian prescribes a medication for your … Continue reading