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.

Tips for Keeping Your Dog Happy

happydogKeeping your dog happy can be tricky depending on the type of dog that you have and how much time you have to spend with your dog. Taking your dog for a walk in a different neighborhood might stimulate the senses and keep your dog interested. A territorial dog might be less dominant in a neighborhood that is less familiar and therefore easier to walk. Continue reading →

Can Dogs See In Color?

According to Psychology Today, dogs do see in color just less colors than humans. Dogs tend to see hues of color that are not as rich as humans. Even though most dog toys are red or bright orange, dogs are likely to see these colors as brown or even black and may be difficult to distinguish on a lawn that appears as the same color to dogs. The colors that dogs can see are yellow, blue, brown, black and gray. They see the colors green, yellow and orange as yellowish, and they see violet and blue as blue. While blue-green is seen as a gray or brown.

Tips For Caring For A Sick Pet

Photo Credit: Yoel Ben-Avraham

Photo Credit: Yoel Ben-Avraham

Once your pet has been to the vet, it’s not easy to come back home and care for your sick pet. However, the following tips might help you to weather this difficult time until your pet is up and about. When your dog has to take pills and you’re not comfortable placing the pill on the back of the dog’s tongue there are alternatives. For example, you can crush the pill and feed it with food. However, some savvy dogs might refuse to eat if you do this, so you can try hiding the pill in peanut butter, cheese, or meat and have them lick it off your hand. Another way is to hide the pill in a small piece of oatmeal bar; the fruit filling usually disguises the pill smell. If your dog won’t drink, try floating pieces of meat in the water; as your dog bobs for the meat, he/she is likely to start lapping up water as well. Feeding your dog cooked veggies such as potatoes and carrots will also add water to your dog’s diet. If your dog has lost his/her appetite, you could try scrambled eggs, soft pieces of cooked chicken, white rice, or even baby food.

Some toys that may entertain your sick dog could include chew toys, such as deer or bison antlers, teething rings, or ice cubes. Playing quiet classical music or wrapping your dog in an old t-shirt might provide the comfort your pooch needs to start feeling better.

Don’t forget to look after yourself to prevent burn out; get some sleep, take breaks, and don’t skip meals when you’re looking after a sick pet. Have a family member or friend take over the care for a while, if your pet has an extended period of illness.

Anxious dog? This might help….

flute-1427652_640Do have an anxious or easily excitable dog? Then classical music may be the answer. Two studies* found that compared to other types of music such as heavy metal or pop, classical music appeared to reduce stress in shelter dogs and led to increased sleeping.

Interestingly, classical music that was specially designed to promote relaxation in animals did not fair any better than regular classical music. So the next time you need to calm your anxious dog, why not try tuning into the classic music station!

 

 

*Kogan, Schoenfeld-Tacher, & Simon. (2012). Behavioral effects of auditory stimulation on kenneled dogs. Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications & Research. 7(5), 268-275.

Wells, Graham, & Hepper. (2002). The influence of auditory stimulation on the behavior of dogs housed in a rescue shelter. Animal Welfare. 11(10), 385-393.