Smarter Treat Choices for Canines & Snacks to Avoid

Smarter Treat Choices for Canines & Snacks to Avoid

When it comes to feeding our four-legged friends, keep in mind the pet obesity epidemic facing our nation. Not only does this growing problem put them at a greater risk for many health problems, it also reduces their overall lifespan and can make them extremely uncomfortable. Also in the light of recent poisoning threats from treats manufactured overseas, many pet owners are choosing better alternatives for rewarding their animals. A majority of fresh fruits and vegetables are not only healthier choices, but a large number of pets actually enjoy them when compared to traditional, packaged treats. For example, some dogs … Continue reading

How to Prepare Your Dogs for a Newborn Baby

Newborn Baby Issues With Your Pet Dogs

Welcome Baby New Year! With the arrival of the bright and shiny 2017, I am so blessed to be looking forward to a year of firsts with the arrival of my first grandson this past December! With four Siberian Huskies, who are very social by nature, we wanted to prepare them for the arrival of the baby so they would not be too excited, overstressed, or worry when the baby cries and coos. A few things that have helped us with the transition from a four-dog household to a four-dog-and-a-baby household are: Prepare Your Dog Ahead of Time Months ahead … 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

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

How Dog Training Can Help Keep Your Dog Healthy

Dog Training Benefits in Having a Healthy Pet

Many people consider dog training to only be for those that want their dogs to be able to perform tricks or for owners that want their dogs to take part in a dog related sport such as obedience or agility. However training can be put to use in such a way that it can make carrying out certain tasks so much easier! When we take on a dog we also take on the responsibility of making sure that animal stays healthy, and this means regular health checks are in order. As well as health checks there are also procedures that … Continue reading

How Chronic Inflammation Could Be Affecting Your Dog’s Health

Inflammation in Dogs? How to Deal With It…

Inflammation is an everyday part of life, and in some cases, may even be a symptom of healing. However, chronic inflammation is different, working on a cellular level, undermining your otherwise healthy dog.   It can slow the healing process, as well as be the cause of obesity. Allergies, liver disease, and kidney disease have all been linked to chronic inflammation as well as damage to the eyes and digestive tract. Veterinarians and owners alike have seen an increase in joint inflammation as well as arthritis issues. In recent scientific studies, inflammation has even been linked to heart disease and cancer. … Continue reading