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Benefits of Freeze Dried Food

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Benefits of Freeze Dried Food

Benefits of Freeze Dried Foods for the Finicky In today’s society people are always keeping up with the latest health trends and diets. Keto, paleo, low carb, intermittent fasting, juice cleanses, the list goes on and on! Pet owners’ own diet preferences and health consciousness often translates into how humans choose to feed their dog. Both pet owners and their pets may be getting pickier, but luckily there’s an option that is sure to satisfy them. One of these preferences is freeze dried foods - they’re not just for astronauts! The history of freeze dried foods go way back, but...

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Getting Tick'd? How to Get Fleas to Flee

Cats Dogs Health & Wellness

Getting Tick'd? How to Get Fleas to Flee

Fleas and ticks - two of the peskiest problems to plague pet owners, as well as the most common. Fleas and ticks absolutely love to make comfy, cozy environments out of your pet’s soft, warm, clean fur. Because of this, it’s important to understand, as the responsible pet owner you are, what exactly ticks and fleas are, what they do, and how you can finally pinpoint these parasites. Fleas are wingless insects that feed on the blood of your unsuspecting pet. They’re known to be high-hopping little creatures that, according to FleaScience, can jump a height of about 5.2 inches and...

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Benefits of Pet Ownership

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Benefits of Pet Ownership

Most people would agree that owning a pet is a positive experience. But did you know that there are actual health benefits to pet ownership? The bond between people and their pets is a mutually beneficial relationship. According to the CDC, this bond can increase fitness, lower stress, and bring happiness to their owners.  Pet ownership increases the opportunities to exercise. Whether it's taking your dog for a walk or playing with them in the yard, your body is moving. This activity can also lead to a decrease in blood pressure and cholesterol levels.  Pets also provide their owners with social...

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Dog Park Etiquette

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Dog Park Etiquette

One of everyone’s favorite outdoor activities with their pup is going to the dog park! Dog parks are wonderful – they provide our pups with a place to socialize with other dogs while letting out some pent-up energy. To have the best dog park experience, here are some dos and don’ts you should follow. Do pay attention to your dog. Don’t just let your dog free in the park and go sit in the corner on your phone. Even if you are a dog park veteran, it’s important to pay attention to your dog, their behavior, and their surroundings. You’ll be...

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The DCM Dilemma - We're Here to Help

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The DCM Dilemma - We're Here to Help

FDA Continues Investigation into Potential Link between Dog Food and Canine Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM)  On June 27th the FDA released a report about their ongoing investigation into the potential link between certain dog foods and canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). This report suggests that dogs that eat foods containing peas, legumes, lentils, and potatoes as main ingredients are susceptible to this condition. Many of the foods that contain these ingredients are labeled as "grain-free." Since this report was posted, it has been rapidly circulated in the pet community and has caused some concern for pet parents. According to the FDA, the underlying cause...

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Keep Calm this 4th of July

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Keep Calm this 4th of July

  Fireworks and the 4th of July go hand-in-hand. However, the same can't be said for many of our pets. Fireworks can be dangerous for our pets. Aside from the risk of injury, some pets do not react well to the sights and sounds of fireworks. Many pets experience anxiety when it comes to loud noises like fireworks. There is a rise in the number of dogs that run away during firework season, especially on the 4th of July. For this reason it is best to keep your pets safe inside during this time. While they're inside, they still may...

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Dealing with Picky Eaters

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Dealing with Picky Eaters

You’ve got a picky eater, we’ve got some solutions! Some dogs love to eat – they’ll eat anything and everything. Other dogs … not so much. If you’ve got a picky eater at home – have no fear! Put down those homemade gourmet dinners for Fido and check out the following tips for fussy eaters.   Change the flavor of your dog’s current foodMany dog food brands offer a variety of flavors or formulas. If your dog seems to be losing interest in their current food, switching up the flavor may do the trick in making them interested in the...

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Hot Spots

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Hot Spots

Moist dermatitis, summer sores, hot spots… Whatever you choose to call them, they are irritations of the skin that commonly affect dogs. These red, moist, irritated patches of skin are caused by an initial irritation that worsens from a bacterial infection.     Hot spots are typically found on the head, chest, hips, or limbs. While hot spots can affect your dog year round, they tend to be more prevalent in the summer months due to high heat and humidity. Moisture and heat from matted hair, summer warmth and humidity, on open scrapes or cuts can further increase bacteria growth....

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Healthy Essentials Probiotic Food Spray

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Healthy Essentials Probiotic Food Spray

Healthy Essentials Probiotic Food Spray for Dogs An easy, natural, and effective way to give your dog probiotics. Healthy Essentials Probiotic Food Spray contains 11 strains of live and viable bacteria.     Why would I feed my dog bacteria?!When you first hear the word “bacteria,” you may think about germs or diseases. However, there are good bacteria that live inside of our bodies and help them function. Just like with humans, bacteria lives in the gastroinstestinal system of dogs and aids in digestion. These bacteria also help fight off possible pathogens, makes vitamins and minerals, and boosts the immune...

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Vaccinating your Pets

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Vaccinating your Pets

The best way to prevent pet illness is with vaccines! According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), vaccinations protect your pet from highly contagious and potentially deadly diseases. They also help improve your pet’s overall quality of life. Within the last century, the widespread use of vaccinations has prevented death and disease in millions of animals. There are many different vaccinations out there for both cats and dogs. However, your pet will not receive every single one of them. The vaccines they receive are determined by what is required of them and their risk of exposure to certain diseases....

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Joint Support for Dogs

Dogs Health & Wellness

Joint Support for Dogs

As our dogs get older, they experience typical signs of aging, and sometimes that includes the common pain from joint problems. We hate to see our pets get older, and especially to see them in pain, but the good thing is there are things we can do to help our four-legged friends with these joint problems. There are two categories of joint problems: developmental and degenerative. Developmental problems occur when the joint does not develop properly. This is the case for hip or elbow dysplasia. Degenerative problems happen over time. Arthritis is a degenerative problem where the cartilage between the...

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How CBD Helps Dogs/Pets with Anxiety

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*The following blog post was written by King Kanine – all credit goes to King Kanine*“When our pets panic, we panic. Dogs, especially, tend to be anxious creatures when certain sounds or sights set them off, from rain and thunder to fireworks and the Amazon delivery man. No one likes to see their pets suffer, so when it comes to assuaging the nerves of a jittery Jack Russell or a petulant pussycat more pet owners are looking towards CBD for pets. According to Preventative Vet, CBD oil for anxiety can provide much-needed relief in pooches petrified of separation or travel. CBD...

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Can My Healthy Pet Take CBD?

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*The following blog post was written by King Kanine – all credit goes to King Kanine*CBD affects the endocannabinoid receptors which are in both the central nervous system and the peripheral nervous system. Endocannabinoid receptors are very important as they function to maintain body homeostasis. CBD is deeply involved in those endocannabinoid neurotransmissions in that they upregulate and downregulate neural transmissions as needed to maintain that homeostasis, helping keep the body in a normal and healthy state. Although we’re focusing here on the use of CBD for pain in animals, other known actions in humans include the downregulation of anxiety, noise...

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Heartworm Disease - Testing and Prevention

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Heartworm Disease - Testing and Prevention

Understanding heartworm disease and how to prevent it is an important lesson for pet parents.

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Spay and Neuter Awareness Month

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Did you know that February is Spay & Neuter Awareness Month? It’s also Prevent a Litter Month, and the two go hand-in-hand! Pets.WedMD states spaying involves removing the ovaries and uterus of a female pet. Neutering is the process of removing the testicles of a male pet. These procedures are the only way to truly prevent a pet from reproducing. According to the ASPCA, pet homelessness is a big problem in the United States. Humane Society.org states that every year, 6-8 million homeless animals enter animal shelters. Only about half get adopted. The other half are euthanized due to overcrowding. Spaying or neutering...

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February is Pet Dental Month

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February is Pet Dental Month

February is National Pet Dental Health Month! Just like people, taking care of your pet’s teeth is an important part of their overall health. Just like we take regular trips to our dentists to make sure our pearly whites are healthy, your pets should also visit their vet at least once a year to get their teeth checked out. This yearly visit is helpful in keeping the teeth healthy and determining if there are any potential health concerns. If you notice any of the following symptoms or problems, you should have your pet’s teeth checked sooner rather than later. These...

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Healthy Paws

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Healthy Paws

Pedicures are for pets, too! Nail care is an important part of a healthy pet’s routine. A cat’s nails should be trimmed every ten days to two weeks. A dog’s nails should be trimmed at a minimum of every four weeks. However, the schedule of trimming depends on the lifestyle of the dog. In any case, a dog’s nails should be trimmed when they are just about to touch the ground when they walk.

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Pet Microchipping

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Pet Microchipping

Microchipping is a simple procedure for dogs and cats that only takes a few seconds, but lasts a lifetime! A microchip provides your pet with a permanent ID that cannot fall off, be removed, or become impossible to read over time. If your pets get lost and is brought to a veterinarian or animal shelter, they will be scanned for a microchip. You will then be contacted via the information on file with your pet’s microchip. A common misconception is that microchips act as a GPS or tracking device. This is not true; they cannot tell you the exact location...

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Collars, Harnesses, and Leashes - Oh My!

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Collars, Harnesses, and Leashes - Oh My!

There are many different types of collars, harnesses, and leashes on the market for our four-legged friends. But how do you know which is the best for your dog? The choices can be overwhelming, but knowing what you’re looking for in terms of your needs can make it a lot easier! COLLARS  Let’s start with collars. Collars go around a dog’s neck. They are usually used with a leash and can be used to hold any ID tags your dog may have. Traditional collar – a traditional collar either buckles or snaps around a dog’s neck. They are made from...

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BBQ Dangers for Dogs

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BBQ Dangers for Dogs

BBQs are a staple of summer time fun. While we may like it bring our pets along, it’s important to know some of the potential dangers that may arise for our pets. The biggest part about BBQs that is dangerous for dogs is the food. There are different food items that are perfectly fine (and delicious) for humans but can be dangerous for dogs. Foods to avoid for pets according to PetMD:1. Ribs and other meats on the bone-Although bones are expected to be okay for dogs to chew on, bones from BBQs are hazardous. Cooked bones are more likely...

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Most Recent Posts from The Pup

Benefits of Freeze Dried Food →

April 24, 2020

Benefits of Freeze Dried Foods for the Finicky In today’s society people are always keeping up with the latest health trends and diets. Keto, paleo, low carb, intermittent fasting, juice cleanses,...
Getting Tick'd? How to Get Fleas to Flee →

April 17, 2020

Fleas and ticks - two of the peskiest problems to plague pet owners, as well as the most common. Fleas and ticks absolutely love to make comfy, cozy environments out of your pet’s soft, warm, c...
Benefits of Pet Ownership →

January 08, 2020

Most people would agree that owning a pet is a positive experience. But did you know that there are actual health benefits to pet ownership? The bond between people and their pets is a mutually be...
Dog Park Etiquette →

December 29, 2019

One of everyone’s favorite outdoor activities with their pup is going to the dog park! Dog parks are wonderful – they provide our pups with a place to socialize with other dogs while letting out ...
The DCM Dilemma - We're Here to Help →

July 05, 2019

FDA Continues Investigation into Potential Link between Dog Food and Canine Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM)  On June 27th the FDA released a report about their ongoing investigation into the potential...
Keep Calm this 4th of July →

June 29, 2019

  Fireworks and the 4th of July go hand-in-hand. However, the same can't be said for many of our pets. Fireworks can be dangerous for our pets. Aside from the risk of injury, some pets do not reac...
Dealing with Picky Eaters →

May 12, 2019

You’ve got a picky eater, we’ve got some solutions! Some dogs love to eat – they’ll eat anything and everything. Other dogs … not so much. If you’ve got a picky eater at home – have no fear! Put d...
Hot Spots →

April 28, 2019

Moist dermatitis, summer sores, hot spots… Whatever you choose to call them, they are irritations of the skin that commonly affect dogs. These red, moist, irritated patches of skin are caused by a...
Healthy Essentials Probiotic Food Spray →

April 21, 2019

Healthy Essentials Probiotic Food Spray for Dogs An easy, natural, and effective way to give your dog probiotics. Healthy Essentials Probiotic Food Spray contains 11 strains of live and viable bac...
Vaccinating your Pets →

April 14, 2019

The best way to prevent pet illness is with vaccines! According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), vaccinations protect your pet from highly contagious and potentially deadly d...
Joint Support for Dogs →

April 07, 2019

As our dogs get older, they experience typical signs of aging, and sometimes that includes the common pain from joint problems. We hate to see our pets get older, and especially to see them in pain...
How CBD Helps Dogs/Pets with Anxiety →

March 31, 2019

*The following blog post was written by King Kanine – all credit goes to King Kanine*“When our pets panic, we panic. Dogs, especially, tend to be anxious creatures when certain sounds or sights set...
Can My Healthy Pet Take CBD? →

March 24, 2019

*The following blog post was written by King Kanine – all credit goes to King Kanine*CBD affects the endocannabinoid receptors which are in both the central nervous system and the peripheral nervou...
Heartworm Disease - Testing and Prevention →

March 03, 2019

Many pet parents have heard the term “heartworm” before, but may not know what it is, how pets get it, and why testing and preventative care is important. What is Heartworm Disease? Heartworm disea...
Spay and Neuter Awareness Month →

February 10, 2019

Did you know that February is Spay & Neuter Awareness Month? It’s also Prevent a Litter Month, and the two go hand-in-hand! Pets.WedMD states spaying involves removing the ovaries and uterus...
February is Pet Dental Month →

February 03, 2019

February is National Pet Dental Health Month! Just like people, taking care of your pet’s teeth is an important part of their overall health. Just like we take regular trips to our dentists to mak...
Healthy Paws →

January 13, 2019

Pedicures are for pets, too! Nail care is an important part of a healthy pet’s routine. A cat’s nails should be trimmed every ten days to two weeks. A dog’s nails should be trimmed at a minimum of...
Pet Microchipping →

November 11, 2018

Microchipping is a simple procedure for dogs and cats that only takes a few seconds, but lasts a lifetime! A microchip provides your pet with a permanent ID that cannot fall off, be removed, or be...
Collars, Harnesses, and Leashes - Oh My! →

September 04, 2018

There are many different types of collars, harnesses, and leashes on the market for our four-legged friends. But how do you know which is the best for your dog? The choices can be overwhelming, but...
BBQ Dangers for Dogs →

July 15, 2018

BBQs are a staple of summer time fun. While we may like it bring our pets along, it’s important to know some of the potential dangers that may arise for our pets. The biggest part about BBQs that ...
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