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4 Natural Ways to Help Your Dog Lose Weight

We all want our dogs to be healthy and happy—and that should include a healthy weight. But how can I keep my dog healthy naturally? Did you know that over 55% of dogs in the US are overweight? And all that extra weight can hurt their overall health—not to mention their hips and joints. We love spoiling our sweet furbabies, but we might be accidentally doing some harm. How can you reward your pups and show your love, without encouraging obesity? We’re here to help! Check out this list of super easy, natural ways to keep your pup fit, healthy and happy! Food: What’s the Best Food for Dogs to Lose Weight? Feeding your pups quality dog food will help with weight loss, and overall health. We all want to give our dogs the best food, but sometimes it’s hard to tell which dog foods are good, and which just claim that they are. It’s …

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11 Dog-Friendly Date Ideas for Valentine’s Day

If you’re a dog lover and need some creative date ideas this Valentine’s, we’ve got the perfect list for you. Looking for something fun to do this Valentine’s Day? If you are a dog lover—or you’re in a relationship with one—you may want a date idea that is dog-friendly. Maybe you want to impress your dog-loving date, and hope to earn some bonus points. Or maybe this is a first date, and you think bringing along a sweet pup will help alleviate some of the awkwardness. Whether this relationship is brand new or has been growing for decades, there’s no better addition than bringing along the most loving animal you know. Hiking Date Hiking to see the sunrise, sunset, or hiking along a river can be very romantic! Being active on a date creates a fun activity, and it gets you talking. Your pooch will love the exercise, and it helps fill any awkward lulls …

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A dog inside a car can get your window smashed!

We all know cars get hot and cringe at seeing a dog inside a car, specially if it has the windows rolled up. The rule of thumb is NEVER LEAVE YOUR DOG UNATTENDED INSIDE A CAR. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, on a 70-degree day, the temperature in a car can hit 80 degrees in ten minutes. On a hot day, the temperature inside a car can shoot up to 109 degrees in the same amount of time. Multiple studies confirm that cracking a window doesn’t reduce the temperature either, so an open window might help keep the dog breathing but can still lead to heatstroke. We know 10 minutes isn’t enough time to pick up a few items at the grocery store or mail a package, so the bottom line is to keep your dog safe by leaving him at home when running errands. Laws in 31 states address this issue; in …

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Natural and Clean, what does that mean?

When we see the words natural and clean in dog food, we associate it with wholesomeness and safety. However, those marketing buzzwords are being overused in the pet food industry and don’t always mean what we think.  The word natural by definition means “present in or produced by nature”. The official AAFCO definition for “natural” related to pet food, states that NATURAL is a feed or ingredient derived solely from plant, animal or mined sources, either in its unprocessed state or having been subjected to physical processing, heat processing, rendering, purification extraction, hydrolysis, or fermentation, but not having been produced by or subject to a chemically synthetic process and not containing any additives or processing aids that are chemically synthetic except in amounts as might occur unavoidably in good manufacturing practices. This lengthy definition is subject to interpretation. The word “natural” appears all over processed dog food packages and labels, ignoring the fact that processed …

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Summer Fun for Dogs

SPLASH ZONES Some dogs enjoy dipping in water; so why not let them jump into the pool, river, pond or the beach. You can also buy a plastic pool or let them get wet while running through the sprinkler or a garden hose. Keep in mind though, dogs should not drink seawater because it causes dehydration and vomiting. Preferably keep fresh water for them at all times, even if near a water source like a pond or pool. Pool water that is treated has chemicals that are harmful for ingestion. BANDANAS Dogs regulate their body temperature through their paws and by panting. To help them keep cool on extra hot days you might want to wet a bandanna, wringing it, out and then pop it in the freezer to make it a fashionably cool icy apparel. ICE Many dogs love ice cubes, but crushed or shaved ice ships in their water bowl are better for …

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Summer Safety Tips

Summer is here and the rising heat can have an effect on your dog’s comfort and health. Short stints in the sun are recommended so that your dog gets the vitamin D that is needed, but longer stays require some considerations. Here are our top 5… HYDRATION It is extremely important to keep your dog fully hydrated, specially during the summer months, as dogs lose water when they’re active and exposed to heat. Always keep a traveling bowl and bottled water with you. HOT STREET AND PAVEMENT The pads on your dog’s paws can get burned by the hot pavement on the sidewalk or street, as well as the sand on the beach. You can do a hand check to asses if the pavement is too hot, if you can hold it comfortably for 10 seconds then it should be ok. It is best to walk your dog in the early morning or late evening …

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