So for most of us this winter has been nothing but brutal! But alas it looks like Spring is right around the corner!
I know my girls are dying to get out there and start exercising as both have put on a few extra pounds due to lack of activity because of all the crappy weather. I won't limit their diet we will just get more exercise, longer walks and more fun at the park where they can just run, chase balls and be happy pups. Some of our favorite outdoor toys are the Chuckit brand, we love the Chuckit ball thrower, makes it easy to cast the ball far so the girls can stretch their legs and the Chuckit football is fun too as it is easy to pick up on the run.
We always bring water with us as they girls need to be hydrated, whether it is the amazing H2O4K9 water bottles or the Klippy water bottle clips, water on the go is a must for us!
So here is to a warm Spring popping up over the next few days! Get out there and enjoy it, it's healthy for you and your pup!
It has always been hard for us to find proper warm clothing for our dogs which was one of our goals in launching this site. All the apparel we sell we also use in our daily lives. The girls truly test every item, we have everything from raincoats for the rain to sweaters to keep them warm.
So here is what we recommend:
Raincoats-great for keeping your pup dry and less work for you to have to towel dry them when they come in.
Performance Fleece-these are our every day pieces to keep the girls warm when the temperature drops. They have lots of stretch so are super easy to put on and come in really nice colors. One of the other best things is you can pop them in the washer machine and lay flat to dry and they come out like brand new.
Sweaters-made from 100% organic wool, they will show off your pup's personality and keep them warm at the same time. The cable knits have more give and we suggest the cable and shawl collar sweaters for pups with deep, large chests. The knits are also great for a snug all around fit.
Wool Coats-designed in Australia these are one the warmest of all the apparel we offer. They do not provide any coverage for under the chest or belly but we will layer a fleece under these for those super cold, snowy days. Flannel lined we love these!
Parkas-these are the warmest jacket with the most coverage, under the belly, wind and water proof, the fit is wonderful. The ultimate snow jacket for your pup!
The simplest things that can be poisonous to your pup could be laying around your home. Here are a few things to be aware of: chocolate, grapes, raisins, currants, fatty table scraps, Xylitol/sugar free gum/candy, onions, high amounts of garlic, macadamia nuts, household cleaners (plant based cleaners are much safer), and unbaked bread or cookie dough.
Other toxins for your pet include: compost in the garden, and human medications such as pain relievers (Aleve, Advil, Motrin & Tylenol), Antidepressants (Zoloft, Cymalta, Effexor), ADD/ADHDs, sleep aids (Ambien, Lunesta, Klonopin), muscle relaxants (Lioresal, Flexeril), and heart medications (Cartia, Cardizem).
Over the years we have come across our pups having loose stools from time to time. Being worried we would take them to the vet, paying atleast $100 for the visit and having to give our pup meds. We decided to look into an all natural way to get our pup's tummy back on track and the answer you ask? Good old pumpkin! Yup the kind you buy in the can for making pumpkin pies around the holidays! For under $2 a can this remedy is absolutely awesome!
Two common canine ailments are diarrhea and constipation. Did you know that canned pumpkin can offer a solution to both?
Diarrhea is more a symptom rather than a disease and is typically a sign that something is wrong with your dog’s digestive system. A lot of things can cause diarrhea in your dog; it may have eaten something that disagrees with its body, it may have food allergies, bacterial or viral infection or a worm infestation. It may even be due to a change in its diet.
In normal cases, diarrhea has a surprisingly simple solution: canned pumpkins. Canned pumpkin is actually pumpkin in a puree form. Pumpkins are very rich in fiber and even adding two teaspoons of canned pumpkin in you dog’s food helps the digestion process. Canned pumpkin has a large quantity of dietary fiber and it will also absorb the excess water present in the stool. This makes your dog’s stool more firm and results can be seen within a few hours. Give your small dog one and a half to two teaspoons of canned pumpkin. For a larger dog give two tablespoons instead.
Another benefit of canned pumpkin is in treating dogs for constipation. It softens your dog’s stool and can cure an upset stomach very quickly. This makes canned pumpkins one of the best natural remedies to your dog’s stomach problems.
Canned pumpkin also makes a great addition to dog treats. Just add some canned pumpkin to your favorite dog treat recipes to give Fido a healthy treat.
Canned pumpkin is low in saturated fat, sodium and cholesterol. It is also a good source of Vitamin E, Magnesium, Phosphorus and Potassium and is also a very good source of dietary fiber. Some vets even recommend canned pumpkin for weight loss in dogs. Simply substitute one-third of your dog’s regular food with an equivalent amount of canned pumpkin. Because it is high in fiber, canned pumpkin will make your dog fuller than it would if you just reduced their caloric intake.
You can find canned pumpkin in the baking section of most grocery stores and make sure it's 100% all natural pumpkin, no spices or additives.
It's Spring time! The weather is amazing and the sun is shining, your pup is loving long walks through the green grass. Hidden in the grass are those pesky ticks. Yes it's Tick Season! There are two kinds of ticks, the deer tick pictured below on the left which if infected carries Lyme Disease and the common dog tick on the right, we have probably all found on our dogs at one point or another.
There are lots of remedies for preventing this buggers from munching on your pup. Frontline, Advantax, etc all work well but contain harsh chemicals that may make your pup sick or even burn their skin which we have seen. We recommend an all natural solution such as the repellant we have tried and carry by Aroma Paws. Or we also like Natural Defense by Sentry which we also have used. Both have peppermint, clove and lemongrass as their main ingredients.
So be good to your pup and protect them from those nasty buggers and help prevent them from being bit or even contracting Lyme Disease.