March Charity Spotlight on Pet Refuge South Bend Indiana

March Charity Spotlight on Pet Refuge South Bend Indiana

Pet Refuge is a not-for-profit “no-kill” animal shelter established in April 1978. Pet Refuge is run by volunteers for the placement of unwanted and abandoned pets into responsible permanent homes. Pet Refuges mission is to protect the health, welfare and provide the best possible placement for every animal placed in the care of their organization. Pet Refuge is a No-Kill organization, recognizing the value of each animal life. They spay and neuter every animal to help control pet overpopulation and educate the public as to pet care and welfare. Pet Refuge maintains an office in South Bend, Indiana coordinating prospective owners … Continue reading

Pros and Cons of Feeding Your Dog Raw Food

Raw Food: Is It Good or Bad for Your Pet Dogs?

Are you on the fence about whether to feed your dog raw food or not? Too much confusing and conflicting information out there? Let me simplify. Here are 3 layman’s terms pro’s and con’s to feeding your dog raw food. Pro #1: Your Dog Will Be Healthier There are 3 basic reasons your dog will be healthier: 1. When dogs are fed raw meat and bones they salivate. That saliva is thick, mucusy and packed full of enzymes. Their body needs to create this in order to aid in digestion and immunity. When they are not fed raw their body … Continue reading

How Your Dog Can Benefit From Antioxidants

Antioxidants and the Benefits It Gives to Your Dog’s Health

You probably hear the word antioxidants every day, but do you know what they actually are and how they can benefit your dog? Antioxidants are substances that work in the body to reduce cellular oxidation. Oxidation is a chemical process that occurs within the body’s cells, releasing free radicals and peroxides. Free radicals are also generated when the body is exposed to environmental pollutants such as smoke or air pollution and harmful chemicals such as insecticides and pesticides. These cellular by-products are potentially toxic to cells and can overwhelm the body’s natural immune system. As a natural defense, the body … Continue reading

A Dog’s Nose Knows What a Dog’s Nose Knows!

Dog’s Nose and What It Can Do…

The nose of a dog is nothing less than remarkable. Dogs see the whole world with their noses. They explore with it, they find things with it, they can sniff out just about anything with it!   For certain dog breeds, their whole lives revolve around their noses – for instance, police dogs who have been trained to sniff out narcotics and/or weapons have extremely important jobs with their nose. Even for our pet dogs, their nose is their world. When I see my huskies sniffing around the house or the yard, I often wonder exactly what smells they are … 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

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

What Does It Mean to Be a Responsible Pet Owner?

Responsible Pet Owners for Proper Parenting

With February being Responsible Pet Owner Month, it got me thinking… What does it mean to be a responsible pet owner? What does it mean to me, what does it mean to you, and finally, what does it mean in society’s eyes? Is a responsible pet owner the same thing as being a responsible parent? Today, I’m going to share some things which I think make someone a responsible pet owner. In my humble opinion, a responsible pet owner does so much more than just feed and water their pets. I think this is very similar to being the parent of … 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

Why Dog Walking Is More Than Just “Walking the Dog”

Walking Benefits for Your Pet Dog

Many people who own dogs understand that they need some kind of physical exercise each day to stay healthy. This could be a game of fetch in the park, an agility session or even a long walk. In fact the reason most people take their dogs out for walks is to provide them with the physical exercise that they need. The benefit of taking your dog for walks is that it does not just provide physical stimulation but it can also be a great way to provide your dog with mental stimulation too. Several trainers have a great way of … Continue reading

How Pet Grooming Works and How to Prepare Your Dog For It

How Pet Grooming Works and How to Prepare Your Dog For It - featured

Pet Grooming is certainly not a new concept, dating as far back as 17th Century France when the poodle became the official dog of Louis XV’s court (though the poodle actually originated in Germany as a water dog, it was standardized in France). The process has of course been simplified with the help of modern technology. What would have taken a full day’s work on one dog can now be performed well within just a few hours. In this document you will find what happens during the grooming process, how to prepare or accustom your dog to grooming, and some … Continue reading