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Dog Health Tips!

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

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Friday, April 11th, 2014




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Vegetables to Improve Your Dog’s Health!

Monday, March 31st, 2014

Although there are some vegetables that are dangerous to dogs, some of them can actually improve your dog’s health! We found this great picture showing the vegetables that are good for your dog and the benefits they provide!



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Clipping Nails: A How-To Guide for Puppies (and Dogs)-Petmd

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

This is a great article from that gives you a tips and guidelines for trimming your puppy or dog’s nails. 

An important part of a puppy’s grooming is the regular trimming of his nails. Allowing your dog’s nails to grow too long can cause his toes to spread, which in turn puts stress on the ankle joints. If this happens, he may experience some difficulty in walking around. A dog with long nails is also more prone to scratching floors, furniture and even people.

Most owners are apprehensive about clipping their dog’s nails, but if you begin doing this soon after you bring your puppy home, you will find it is very easy to do and you will get the puppy used to being still for this part of the grooming process so that it is not something to dread.

Before You Begin

Start off by just clipping the very tips of his nails. This will allow your puppy the experience of having his nails clipped, and at the same time will help you to become more confident. If you still are nervous about clipping your pup’s nails, you can visit a professional groomer or ask your veterinarian to show you the proper technique.

It is best to clip your puppy’s nails once a week, and only when using professional nail clippers that are designed for the shape of a dog’s nails (they are markedly different from human or cat nails). You may even want to ask another person to help you out the first few times. The other person can hold the puppy still while you clip the nails. As your puppy becomes accustomed to this kind of grooming, there will no longer be any need to restrain him.

Getting Started

To clip your puppy’s nails, place his paw in your hand and hold each toe with your index finger and your thumb. Do not squeeze the toe, but hold it firmly. If the puppy tries to pull his paw away from you, or struggles to get free, give him the “No, stay!” command, and praise him immediately when he follows your command. Hold the nail clipper with the other hand. This position will give you more precision and prevent you from clipping the nails too short.

It is important to avoid cutting into the vein that runs halfway through the nail. This vein is called the “quick” and it is quite easy to spot in nails that are white or nearly transparent. Just as human nails have a white part of the nail above the fingertip, dogs have a section of white, nerve-free nail, and below it, an extension of the toe that is a light pink color. You do not want to cut into the pink part of the nail, as this is full of nerve endings and blood.

If your puppy’s nails are not clear — they may be brown, grey or black in shade — the quick may be more difficult to spot. You will just have to be extra careful that you do not cut through it. It is best that you clip off only the tips of the nails once a week if this is the case.

If you do accidentally cut the quick by mistake, be prepared for some bleeding. This is not something serious, but it can lead to an infection if it is not treated properly. Just apply a small amount of styptic powder or alum to stop the bleeding.

Image: Melissa & Bryan Ripka / via Flickr

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DIY Eat- Mix & Match Dog Treats!- Modern Dog Magazine

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014
We always LOVE to try new recipes for our dogs and this one is easy, low in cost, and gives you the option to choose between many different ingredients. This is especially good if you have some leftover ingredients (such as brown bananas) that you want to use up.
DIY Eat – Mix & Match Dog Treats
Healthy, fast and budget-friendly, these mix and match treats are sure to please
By Maxine Matishak

Step 1: Choose your add-in (choose just one)

  • 1/2 c sweet potato, cooked and mashed
  • 1/2 c tuna or salmon
  • 1/2 c canned or cooked pumpkin, puréed
  • 1 banana, mashed
  • 1/2 c sardines mashed
Have too-ripe bananas stored in the freezer? Thaw one to use in this recipe! (Peel bananas & throw them in a Ziplock bag before freezing for ease of use)

Step 2: Choose your healthy flavour booster (choose 1 – 2)

  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 2 Tbsp shredded, unsweetened coconut (soaked for 1 hour)
  • 1 tsp chia seed (soaked for 1 hour)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp fresh mint, chopped

Step 3: Mix 2 cups all-purpose flour (or one cup whole wheat and one cup all-purpose if preferred), 1 egg, your choice of add-in and healthy flavour booster in a large bowl.

Step 4: Roll mixture into 1 – 2″ balls and place onto lightly oiled baking sheet. Press flat with a fork if desired.

Step 5: Bake at 325° F for 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned on the bottom.

Step 6: Cool and share! Store in an airtight container. Treats will keep for up to a week (freeze any extras).

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Adding Years to Your Pet’s Life-

Friday, March 14th, 2014

We found this great article from full of tips for lengthening your dog’s life. Here are some of the tips that they recommend:

1. Feed a high quality diet.

Pets fed a high quality diet have a shiny hair coat, healthy skin, and bright eyes. A good diet can help strengthen your pet’s immune system, help maintain his or her intestinal health, help increase his or her mental acuity, help keep joints and muscles healthy, and much more.

Read: 4 Reasons Life Stage Diets Will Help Improve Your Cat’s Health

Read: The Importance of Life Stage Feeding

2. Keep your pet lean.

Pets that are overweight are at risk for a myriad of health issues. Obesity is the number one nutritional disease seen in pets currently and studies have shown that being overweight or obese can shorten a dog or cat’s life span by as much as two years. Why? Being overweight or obese puts your pet at risk for joint disease, heart disease and diabetes, among other things.

Read: How Obesity May Shorten Your Pet’s Lifespan

3. Take your pet to the veterinarian regularly.

All pets, including both dogs and cats, require regular veterinary care. However, veterinary care goes far beyond routine vaccinations, even though those are important. A routine examination by your veterinarian can uncover health issues of which you are unaware. In many cases, an early diagnosis improves the chances of successful treatment. Early diagnosis is also likely to be less costly for you than waiting until your pet’s illness has become advanced and serious before attempting treatment.

Read: The Importance of Veterinarians for Cats

Read: The Physical Exam: What to Expect at the Veterinarian’s Office

4. Keep your pet’s mouth clean.

A common problem among dogs and cats, dental disease and oral health issues can cause your pet pain, making it difficult for him or her to eat. If left untreated, oral health issues may even lead to heart and kidney disease. In addition to regular dental checkups, the most effective means of caring for your pet’s mouth at home is to brush his or her teeth at home. If your pet isn’t a big fan of toothbrushes there are other alternatives as well, including dental diets, treats, and toys. Ask your veterinarian for some recommendations.

Read: 10 Tips for Keeping Your Cat’s Teeth Clean

Read: Oral Hygiene and Your Dog’s Health

5. Do not allow your pet to roam unsupervised.

Allowing your dog or cat to roam free may seem like you’re doing your pet a favor. However, pets that roam are susceptible to a number of dangers, including automobile accidents, predation, exposure to contagious diseases, exposure to poisons, and more. Additionally, allowing your pet to roam unsupervised may alienate your neighbors should your pet ever “relieve” him- or herself in their lawn or dig up their garden.

Read: Should I Keep My Cat Indoors?

Read: 10 Common Poisonous Plants for Dogs

Following these tips can go a long ways towards providing a long, healthy and happy life for your pet.


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Saving Your Pet With CPR

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

A step by step guide to giving your dog CPR!

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6 Ways to Keep Your Dog Safe This Winter!

Friday, February 7th, 2014

We had our second snowfall of the Winter today here in Washington and thought this was a perfect article for today! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

winter dogs


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Pro-Pet Recalls Select Dry Dog and Cat

Thursday, February 6th, 2014
Important Recalls, please pass along!


Pro-Pet, an Ohio-based pet food manufacturer, has issued a voluntary recall for a limited number of dry dog and cat foods due to possible Salmonellacontamination.

The following products are included in the recall:


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Lot Code

UPC Number

40 lb Hubbard Life Happy Hound Dog Food 05 06 14 096 13 SM L2 2A 1219033878
40 lb Hubbard Life Happy Hound Dog Food 05 06 14 096 13 SM L2 1A 1219033878
18 lb Hubbard Life Cat Stars Cat Food 05 06 14 096 13 SM L2 1A 1219033873
40 lb Hubbard Life Maintenance Dog Food 05 06 14 096 13 SM L2 2A 1219033875
15 lb Joy Combo Cat Food 05 06 14 096 13 SM L2 1A 7065407721
40 lb Joy Combo Cat Food 05 06 14 096 13 SM L2 1A 7065407713
40 lb Joy Combo Cat Food 05 06 14 096 13 SM L2 2A 7065407713
20 lb QC Plus Adult Dog Food 05 07 14 097 13 SM L2 2A 2351780103
40 lb QC Plus Adult Dog Food 05 07 14 097 13 SM L2 2A 2351780104
40 lb QC Plus Adult Dog Food 05 07 14 097 13 SM L2 1A 2351780104


According to a press release issued by the FDA, the products affected by this pet food recall were distributed through select retailers, distributors and online consumer purchases in Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and West Virginia.

At the time of this report, no illnesses have been reported.

If you or your pet had contact with the recalled product, you are advised to watch for symptoms that may develop. Common symptoms associated with Salmonellapoisoning include diarrhea, bloody diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, or abdominal pain. If you, your pet, or a family member is experiencing these symptoms, you are urged to contact a medical professional.

Customers are also advised to immediately discontinue use of any impacted product and contact Pro-Pet at 1-888-765-4190 for disposition. Customer service representatives will be available Monday through Friday from 8AM to 5PM Central Time.

Source: FDA

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Sogeval Recalls Lot of Synovial Flex Soft Chews | petMD

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

via Sogeval Recalls Lot of Synovial Flex Soft Chews | petMD.

Sogeval has issued a voluntary recall due to the incorrect labeling of a lot of Synovial Flex Soft Chews.

The following products have been included in the recall:

  • Lot number  52070-1

According to a letter obtained by Pet360 from Sogeval, the affected products have been inadvertently labeled as Synovial Flex Soft Chews. These products were distributed within the timeframe of 12/20/13 to 1/24/14 with an expiration date of 12/2015.

“Synovial-Flex TRP soft chews,” according to the Sogeval website, “are recommended to support healthy joint function in dogs.”

If you have purchased Synovial Flex Soft Chews involved in the recall, please contact Sogeval at 1-800-877-0177.


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