Big Dogs Are Not Right for Everyone: 5 Critical Facts of Big Dog Ownership

Big Dogs Are Not Right For Everyone: 5 Critical Facts of Big Dog Ownership

What do I mean when I use the words BIG DOG? A big dog is one who, when laying in your bed, takes up more space than you do. A dog who, when not properly leash trained, could drag you down the street chasing after a rabbit. Or one who could potentially break your toe if he stepped on it. I learned that lesson the hard way.   In a nutshell, a big dog is one who, when fully mature, will reach about 50 pounds or more and range in size from a Labrador retriever and German shepherd to the … Continue reading

How to Help Your Dog Lose Weight

How to Help Your Dog Lose Weight

Is my dog fat? Nobody wants to admit it but over half of us have an overweight pet!   The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) recently released their 2016 clinical survey survey where a whopping 59% of cats and 54% of dogs in the U.S. were classified as overweight (Body Condition Score of 4) or obese (BCS 5) by their veterinary healthcare professional. This equals an estimated 41.9 million dogs and 50.5 million cats that are too heavy. Not only are the shear numbers staggering but these numbers continue to rise each year. Yikes! Obesity in our pets is … Continue reading

Why You Should Not Shave a Siberian Husky

Why You Should Not Shave a Siberian Husky

Ahhh, summertime is here! It is the long-awaited season of fun in the sun and having our furry best friends accompany us on so many of our adventures.   With summer, comes that ol’ hot summer heat, and while a double-coated northern breed dog, such as a Siberian Husky, may make you feel hot looking at all that fur, and you may be tempted to shave him/her, I am here to tell you, don’t do it! Maybe you have seen one of those so-called “funny” shaved Husky memes going around on social media, but the truth is shaving a Husky, … Continue reading

Are Human Foods Safe for Your Dogs?

Are Human Foods Safe for Your Dogs?

As dog parents, we strive to keep our dogs as healthy as possible but sometimes we overlook the basics.   Just as humans, each dog has a different diet. You should always be aware of your dog’s allergies and talk with your vet before adding or subtracting food/treats. Here at Best Bully Sticks, we have created a list of human food that is either safe or unsafe for your pup so that you are never in doubt! We understand that your dog may be the exception to some of these but this article’s content is safe for most dogs. If you … Continue reading

7 Tips For Keeping Dogs Safe & Cool in the Yard & Car!

7 Tips For Keeping Dogs Safe & Cool in the Yard & Car!

It is important that while we prepare our homes, yards, and even cars for the fun-in-the-sun days, we keep our canine companions’ safety in mind, too. Here are some of my FiveSibes™ tips to help keep the fun in summer for everyone: 1. Yards of Fun! As we prepare our yards for the great outdoor season, do a thorough yard check, sans dogs, of course, and: Inspect all the fence lines and gates to be sure they are still solid and intact. Look around to see if any animals or bees made a nest that needs to be removed. Did … Continue reading

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