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Healthy, Homemade Treats for Your PupComment RSS

July 9, 2013

All dog owners love to reward their pups with treats, whether it is praise for good behavior or simply because the dog is loved. We of course recommend giving your pup Nubonubs, our specially formulated dog treats that contain none of the corn, wheat, fillers or chemical preservatives you would normally find in most over the counter treats. To add a little variety for your pooch, we also suggest this great homemade recipe, sure to thrill your pooch without packing on the pounds. Your wallet will thank you too!

Easy Peanut Butter Homemade Dog Treats

Ingredients:

1 cup flour (you can use whole wheat or all-purpose)
2 cups Honey Nut Cheerios cereal
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs

Directions:
1. Preheat your oven to 350 and lightly grease a baking sheet (or two).
2. Put the peanut butter in a medium-large microwave safe bowl and warm for about 45 seconds. It should end up very easy to mix with the other ingredients.
3. Add the cereal, flour, eggs and oil to the softened peanut butter and mix well.
4. Roll a teaspoon of dough between your palms until a ball forms.
5. Place the dough balls on your lightly greased baking sheets.
6. Flatten the dough balls with a fork or finger before baking.
7. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned.

Enjoy!
(Recipe courtesy of DogTreatRecipes.org)

Grooming Tips for Warmer WeatherComment RSS

June 25, 2013

As the weather begins to get warmer, it is important to keep up with your pup’s grooming to ensure his comfort and safety. Not only that, but by consistently caring for and maintaining your dog, you will save money in the long run, spend less time cleaning up after him, and will stress less about his overall well being.

If you do nothing else this summer, we urge you to take preventative measures to control fleas and ticks. Fleas are especially prevalent during the spring and summer months and dogs have more exposure to ticks as their time outdoors is significantly increased. Using a treatment like NomOflea or your vet’s recommendation is highly suggested.

Taking proper care of your dog’s coat is essential to your pup’s comfort in the heat. Be sure to brush your dog frequently to prevent matting and to remove shed hair. Make sure to give your pup baths often in order to remove dirt and allergens from their coat as well. You can also use a damp cloth to wash their faces and be sure to keep their noses clean to boost puppy moral.

A dog’s paws are an important part to pay attention to during the warmer months. If you see excess hair growing around the pads of their feet you should gently remove it. Weeds, dirt and other debris can become attached to this hair if it is not taken care of. Consistent nail clipping is essential during summer months as well. Be sure to keep them short and neat to avoid catching on rough surfaces or possible infections.

By taking an active role in the grooming of your dog, you are giving your pup the care and attention he deserves and providing him with a healthier and happier lifestyle.

Gardening Tips for Dog OwnersComment RSS

June 11, 2013

Many dog owners struggle to keep both their pets happy and their lawns looking beautiful during the spring and summer months. It is true that dogs can wreak havoc on a beautiful garden, but proper training can ensure the happiness of both pet and owner during the warmer months.

Start by instilling good behavior in your pooch as young as possible. If there are certain areas of your lawn and garden you wish your pet to steer clear off, direct them with simple commands and positive reinforcement. Consistency is essential, so it is important that all members of your household know your pup’s restrictions and are willing to enforce them. Many owners even go so far as to enroll their pup into obedience courses to ensure their pets are properly trained.

While proper training is essential, you cannot expect your dog to follow all the rules if you leave him up to his own devices. If you are not planning on spending a significant time outdoors, do not allow your dog to roam freely throughout your yard. Designate a section of your yard just for your pooch if you plan on leaving him outside for longer periods of time and make sure it is gated from the rest of your garden. If a fence around your dog’s space isn’t aesthetically pleasing, try protecting your flower beds with low fences or borders instead.

Dogs often begin digging and destruction outdoors when they become bored. Make sure you have plenty of dog toys handy and that you swap them out for new toys often. Make sure water and shelter are also readily available so your pup does not need to look for it among your favorite rose bushes or vegetable garden.
Most importantly, understand your dog’s breed. Some dogs are high energy and more prone to digging, while others are naturally more lethargic. Keep these characteristics in mind when planning and maintaining your lawn and garden.

Find the Best Breed for your FamilyComment RSS

May 28, 2013

The search for the perfect dog for your family can be a daunting task. Several factors come in to play, but the characteristic most often seen at the top of the list is compatibility with children. Many families adopting dogs come with children of all ages and it is important to know which breeds will be able to get along with them well. Below is a list of breeds that researchers found to be best for families with children. Those marked with an asterisk denote exceptional compatibility with smaller children.

American Mastiff
Bassett Hound
Beagle*
Bearded Collie
Bernese Mountain Dog
Boston Terrier*
Boxer
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Cocker Spaniel*
English Bulldog*
German Shepherd
Golden Retriever
Labrador Retriever
Labradoodle
Miniature Poodle
Miniature Schnauzer
Old English Sheepdog
Pomeranian
Pug
Shi Tzu
Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Wheaten Terrier*

Do a little research by visiting the library, searching the web or talking to your local veterinarian about the different breeds listed above. Each breed has its own set of unique characteristics and each dog a special set of traits and personality as well. Take time to visit with any dog for a good amount of time to be sure he or she is compatible with your family before bringing a new pup home.

Fleas and Ticks – How to Tell the DifferenceComment RSS

May 14, 2013

Protecting your dog against fleas and ticks is a very serious job for any pet owner. The expense and discomfort from both can be costly. Knowing the difference between the two if they are brought home will help make treatment all the more easier.

A flea is a wingless insect with six legs. They have the ability to jump far distances and tend to live on just one host during their lifetime. In contrast, a tick is an arachnid and, in most stages, has eight legs just like its spider cousins. Ticks tend to have several hosts, lying dormant until the right animal or person comes along.

When it comes to laying eggs, fleas reproduce 20-40 eggs per day on their single host. Their eggs are then spread by the host as it moves from place to place, causing a serious infestation if not treated. Fleas are most common during the spring and summer months due to their preference of warmer weather. Ticks, on the other hand, lay thousands of eggs at once before dying. They do not lay their eggs on their host, but instead wherever they happen to fall. Ticks can survive close to freezing temperatures, making the extermination of this pest all the more difficult.

Both fleas and ticks can spread some serious illnesses to their hosts. Fleas are known to carry tapeworms, while ticks carry the more serious Lyme’s Disease. Being aware of how these two species contrast will help any dog owner choose the correct course of action when protecting their pet. We offer an all-natural flea and tick repellent, NomOflea to all dog owners and suggest monthly treatments to ensure your pup is properly protected.

You’re Dog’s Health: When to Call the VetComment RSS

April 30, 2013

Many dog owners struggle when making the decision to call a veterinarian for puppy health issues. What is serious? What can be treated with a little R&R at home? We’ve compiled a short list of the most common pup ailments Veterinarians treat. Don’t see yours on the list? Make the call anyway; your veterinarian will let you know whether or not your pup needs immediate attention.

Difficulty breathing – Many different factors could attribute to this condition, including a lodged foreign object, allergies, or even heart disease. Look for shortness of breath, wheezing, choking or respiratory arrest.

Traumatic Experience – If your dog has suffered a traumatic experience, including, but not limited to, a dog fight, being hit by a car, or a gunshot, it is imperative that you immediately place a call to your vet. If after hours, your veterinarian office should be able to provide you with the number for the pet emergency room.

Neurological Problems – If your dog suddenly seems lethargic, his coordination seems off, he seems disoriented, or is unresponsive; he may be suffering from a neurological problem. Another serious neurological problem pups can suffer from is seizures. Look out for shaking or tremors, paddling with legs, or loss of consciousness.

Exposure to Toxic Materials – As careful as we try to be, there are times when our dogs are accidentally exposed to toxic materials. Materials like fertilizer and bait for rodents can cause severe illness and/or death. Calling your veterinarian right away can alleviate illness and get your pup back on track.

Vomiting and/or Diarrhea – These symptoms can be caused by a variety of different things ranging in seriousness. It is important to discuss your dog’s condition with your vet so they can lead you in the right direction as far as treatment is concerned. Very often these problems clear up within a 24 hour period, but it always a good idea to get a professional opinion.

Making Friends: Acclimating Your Pup to Other PetsComment RSS

April 15, 2013

Before considering bringing home a new dog or cat family member, it is important to consider the reaction of your existing pup. A gradual introduction can reduce the stress of the situation and can also help create positive energy between all of the pets involved.

To start, create a safe space for your existing dog to rest several days before bringing home any new pets. Encourage your dog to spend “alone time” in this space and be sure the area can be closed off, either by door or gate, at any time.

Once your new pet arrives, you should keep him apart from your dog for a few days. Allow each pet to explore your home individually, checking out each others scent without any confrontation. Make sure to spend quality time with your dog when he is confined to his or her safe space. Work on your relationship with your pup so resentment and misbehavior do not become an issue.

After both pets seem comfortable with the previous step, give them more contact by allowing them to sniff each other through a closed door. They will learn a lot about each other through this small space and you won’t run the risk of one of them harming the other in jealousy. When you feel your pets are ready for face-to-face interaction, make sure the initial meetings are brief. It may take days or weeks for both pets to become comfortable with each other.

By remaining calm and handling the situation with patience and compassion you will ensure that your existing pup and new pet will feel safe and happy during this tricky transition.

Rainy Day Exercise Alternatives for DogsComment RSS

April 2, 2013

While April showers are highly worth the beautiful May flowers that follow, they also will bring with them the challenge of exercising high-energy pups that do not slow down just because of a little rain. Here are a few creative ways to get your dog moving without getting wet:

Clear furniture to the sides of the room or use a long hallway to play an indoor game of fetch with your pooch. Make sure you pay attention to the type of surface your pup will be running on; a slippery surface can not only cause injury, it can also cause frustration and, eventually, loss of interest.

Take a walk. No, not outside, but instead up and down your stairs! Not only will both you and your dog will get exercise this way, but you’ll also get a chance to bond. If you find stairs to be too tough on your own joints, teach your dog to walk on the treadmill!

Spend a few minutes hiding your pup’s favorite treats and toys around the house then let him loose! Your dog will have a great time searching for his goodies and will also get some exercise as he runs from place to place.

Enlist a friend to stand on the opposite side of your house or apartment. Take turns calling the dog and rewarding him with small portions of his favorite treats. Not only does this release some energy, it also reinforces good listening behavior.

If these exercises do not seem to do the trick, invest in quality rain gear for yourself, shield your pup’s face from the rain, and head outside! Running in the rain may not seem ideal, but if you can get your dog moving, it will be worth it!

De-Skunking Your Pooch: What’s Fact? What’s Fiction?Comment RSS

March 26, 2013

While your dog may never have been sprayed by a skunk, it is important that all pet owners prepare themselves for such an occasion before it happens. We’ve all heard myths about tomato juice and vinegar, but do they really work? Here we’ll review a highly effective ways to de-skunk your pooch and also tackle those old-wives-tales that may just worsen the stench instead.

Myth 1 – Tomato Juice/Vinegar: Many people are led to believe that a bath in tomato juice or vinegar will remove the skunk smell though this is not entirely the case. The use of tomato juice and vinegar can make it seem that the putrid smell is gone for good, when in reality; it simply masks the skunk smell which will return when the other smells die down.

Myth 2 – Soap and Water: Some believe that immediately treating the spray from a skunk with a nice, soapy bath will do the trick. While it’s a great theory, this home remedy isn’t very effective. Because skunk spray is so oily, soap and water aren’t powerful enough to break it down.

Effective Solution: Even though the household objects above can’t quite get the job done, that doesn’t mean you need to purchase expensive treatments from the store. After doing a little research, we found this solution from About.com that simply requires you to open up your cabinets and follow these steps to de-skunking your dog:

Step 1 – Combine one quart of hydrogen peroxide with ¼ cup of baking soda, and 1-2 teaspoons of liquid soap, creating a fizzy mixture. Include a small amount of warm water for larger dogs. (Make sure to use the exact ingredients listed. Using substitutes could harm or injure your pooch.)
Step 2 – Immediately massage the mixture to the affected areas of your dry pup.
Step 3 – Allow the mixture to remain on your dog for five or more minutes depending on the strength of the smell.
Step 4 - Rinse your dog and repeat until the smell subsides.

As always, we recommend that you discuss your pet’s well-being with your veterinarian prior to any type of home treatment.

Does my Dog have Allergies?Comment RSS

March 12, 2013

Many pet owners ask this question after noticing the scratch of an ear, nibble of the foot or reoccurring sneeze their pooch just can’t kick. Recognizing the symptoms is an important step in providing relief for your pet. The following is a list of symptoms related to allergies:

Itchy, watery eyes
Persistent scratching of ears and neck
Rubbing face and/or other body parts against the floor or furniture
Sneezing, Coughing, Wheezing, Runny Nose
Licking or chewing of paws or legs
Rashes, bumps, open sores
Vomiting and/or diarrhea
Ear infections

These symptoms can occur when our pets come in contact with a particular allergen, and, like people, dogs can be allergic to a wide variety of things. Most dogs do not experience allergy symptoms until two years of age; however some may experience them as early as five months. No breed is exempt, making it very important for all dog owners to become educated on how to treat these symptoms once detected.

The course of treatment is dependent upon the type of allergy your pooch has: Food Allergy, Contact Allergy, Airborne Allergy, and Flea Allergy. Food allergies tend to be the most common among dogs and are often treated with a simple food change. Foods such as corn, wheat, soy, chicken, turkey, beef, pork, and eggs are frequently associated with allergies among dogs.

Contact allergies can be prevented by recognizing the symptoms and removing the allergen from contact with your pet. Items like bedding, detergents, chemicals and grasses can become irritants for your pooch and often result in itchy, red skin.

Airborne Allergies are often related to seasonal activity. Allergens that can be inhaled, such as pollens, mold, mildew and dust, are more difficult to treat because many pet owners aren’t always able to completely stop their pet from coming in contact with the irritant. Veterinarians often suggest shots to combat this type of allergy.
Flea Allergies are also very common among dogs. The best way to prevent your dog from being exposed is to diligently treat your home and pet for fleas year-round. K-9 Health Solutions offers a great all-natural insect repellent, NomOflea, to help repel fleas, ticks and mosquitoes.

It can be heart-breaking to watch your pet suffer from allergies. In addition to knowing the symptoms and type of allergens irritating your pet, it is also important to visit your pup’s veterinarian for a tailored plan for effective relief.

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