Homemade Diets – A Primer

DietsWith growing concerns over the safety of commercially prepared pet foods, as well as an increasing number of animals suffering from food intolerances, many people are turning to homemade diets for their furry companions. Supporters of homemade diets argue that it is nutritionally superior to commercial diets and can address many of the health issues such as itching or dull coats.

If you are considering switching your dog over to a homemade diet, here are some things to consider. Continue reading →

3 Easy Ways to Keep Your Dog Looking Their Best

how to keep your dog looking their bestWhether you prefer DIY grooming or just want to extend the time between trips to the groomers, here are a few easy ways to keep your dog looking and feeling his/her best.

Nail Trims

For some people (and dogs), nail trimming can be a daunting task, but with a little practice and a few treats, it can be a positive experience for everyone. Begin by getting your dog used to have their feet touched (don’t forget to reward your dog and to keep the sessions short). Continue reading →

How to Find the Right Doggy Daycare

How to Find the Best Dog DaycareThere is a growing number of doggy daycares across North America but they are not all created equal. How can you tell the difference between a quality facility and one that is just out to make money?

Do they require proof of vaccination or health certificate? Do they do an assessment to determine the “personality” of your dog?

Ensuring that every dog that enters the facility is healthy is just as important as determining whether a dog has a nervous, boisterous, or calm temperament. A good doggy daycare will place the appropriate types of dogs together rather than having one large group. There should also be a policy in place so dogs with aggression issues aren’t allowed to attend the daycare. Continue reading →

Watch Out for Wasps

bee-wolf-1370180_640It’s that time of the year when grumpy wasps are flying about looking for a place to winter. This means that your dog could accidentally have a run in with one of them.

What should you do if your dog gets stung by a wasp? First of all, try not to panic and remember that your dog will most likely be just fine. Having said that, wasp stings are painful and may swell. You can make a paste of baking soda and water and apply to the area that was stung. You can also apply an ice pack intermittently. Watch your dog carefully for signs of a more serious reaction. If the swelling extends beyond the area that was stung, if your dog seems confused, has difficulty breathing, or is restless, you should take your dog to the vet right away. Don’t wait because your dog could be having an allergic reaction and time is of the essence.

Pretty soon these pesky bugs will be gone, in the meantime enjoy the rest of the summer!

Herbs & Spices for Your Dog

herbs and spices for dogsAccording to PetMD, some herbs and spices are not only safe but good for your dog!

  1. Aloe vera is a pretty common herb that is recommended for burns or skin irritations that your dog may have.
  2. Ginger is a tasty spice that can be added to homemade cookies to settle your doggie’s tummy.
  3. A less common herb is goldenseal; this powerful antibiotic is useful when made into a tincture and used for eye infections.
  4. Turmeric is an ancient herb that has been shown to reduce inflammation and help with bowel issues. However, it should be used with caution because it can also act as a blood thinner.
  5. Lastly, hawthorn has been shown to be beneficial especially, for older dogs with heart problems; it is an excellent antioxidant.

Always check with your vet before administering any herbs or spices to your dog.