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Harmful Foods That You Should Avoid For Your Dog

We all love our pets. For many of us, one way we show that love is through special treats such as human food. As long as we don’t overindulge our loved ones into obesity, these little treats can be fun for both pet and parent. However, it is important to realize that dogs and cats are very different from humans in some very important ways, which can result in tragedies for the uninformed parent. 1. Xylitol One of the newest and easily available human foods toxic to dogs, is xylitol. Xylitol is present in products from gums to sugar free

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Dog Approved People Food

We try to keep our dogs on their canine diets but sometimes we just can’t resist slipping them an occasional human morsel. If you’d like to reward your pet with a table scrap, make sure that you choose people foods that are safe for canine tummies. Here are a few “dog-approved” people foods: 1. Peanut butter. A favorite treat of many canines. Not only is it a good source of protein, but it also contains heart healthy fats, vitamin B, niacin, and vitamin E. Stuff peanut butter into a Kong to keep your dog busy for hours. Choose raw, unsalted

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Puppy Feeding Guidelines

Hello, I am rescuing my first puppy next Monday. She’ll be 11.5 weeks when we get her, and I’ve never had a dog that young. The people fostering her are feeding her litter 3/4 cup twice a day. She’s an Australian shepherd/great pyrenees/golden retriever mix. I keep reading mixed things about feeding them twice or three times a day. Which do you recommend? And if it is three times a day, given that she’s almost three months old, how much would you feed her each time? I have an appointment with a vet on that Friday, but wanted to ask

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How To Help A Dog With Bad Gas

Does your dog suffer from a bad case of gas? Any pet owner knows that dog farts are not pleasant for anyone in the house. Your nose isn’t happy, your guests are wondering what that smell is, and clearly your dog’s tummy isn’t feeling its best. If you are wondering what to do when your dog has bad gas, you’re in the right place. We’ve put together some home remedies for dog gas that can help everyone in the home feel more comfortable. What Causes Dog Gas? In order to understand why these home remedies work, let’s talk about why

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Allergies

3 Tips On Combating Your Dog’s Seasonal Allergies

Many of us are tormented by seasonal allergies, each of us with stories of reactions ranging from mild bother to complete torment. Our dogs, while they may not show it in the same way, can also be the victims of seasonal allergies.   Seasonal allergies are due to an imbalance in the immune response dogs have to allergens such as grass pollens, house dust mites, and more. Common reactions to seasonal allergies in pets include scratching and biting, paw-licking, and excessive shedding. More serious symptoms can involve ear infections, inflamed skin, and respiratory issues.   Taking action against your dog’s

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Dog Care

4 Ways to Keep Your Dog’s Joints Healthy and Young

This article is brought to you by Vivamune™ Health Chews. Vibrant health made simple. I grew up with two dogs of very different breeds and saw both through to old age. Today, I live with Dewey, a black lab, pit bull pushing nine years. Even as a middle-aged guy, Dewey is remarkably high-energy and playful, but the signs of aging are apparent nonetheless. I want to prolong the best years of Dewey’s life, as most dog parents want to do for their dogs. One of the biggest challenges a dog faces in old age is joint stiffness and loss of

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5 Ways To Keep Your Dog Happy And Healthy

This article is brought to you by Vivamune™ Health Chews. Vibrant health made simple. As a dedicated dog parent, the steps I take to make improvements in my life often involve my pup. The things I do to keep him happy and healthy often benefit me in the same way, and it helps to have a buddy to stay motivated. Dewey is my eight-year-old black lab, pit bull mix, and he’s my biggest motivator to be my best self. He makes me a better person and I owe it to him to provide him with the best life. Dewey and

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Why Dogs Eat… And Eat… And Eat…

There’s an old cliché about dogs — they’ll eat everything you put in front of them, whether they’re hungry or not. There may be a grain of truth to it, but not all dogs are voracious eating machines. Some are perfectly content to snack from their bowl when they feel the urge and others will stop when they feel full, not going back for seconds at all. But there are certainly plenty of dogs to give some truth to the cliché. No matter how well fed they are, they will never turn down more, and it’s quite easy to imagine

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Basics

Healthy Dog Treats: What To Look For, What To Avoid

Providing a treat is one way that many Pack Leaders enjoy rewarding their pups — whether for learning a command, maintaining calm-submissive energy, or simply being a good companion. While many Pack Leaders spend time selecting the right dog food, you may be less choosy when it comes time to selecting a treat — after all, it’s just a little something special to enjoy now and then, right? Unfortunately, these treats can sometimes lead to health issues, such as obesity, particularly when the treats selected are fatty and chock full of empty calories. That’s why it’s important to do your

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Tricks For Treats: Training Your Dog With Food

Food is a powerful motivator for dogs — which is why it can often be very effective for obedience training. You are asking your dog to complete what may be a complicated task for her — understand a verbal or visual cue and then perform a desired behavior. This may seem straightforward and simple to you, but dogs don’t communicate this way in nature. By harnessing the power of something that is very primal to them — food — you can make learning the task much easier for them. Here are a few tips for how to approach food-oriented obedience

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