Friday, September 15, 2017

Fleas in the Fall?!


fleas fall


One thing to know about fleas is that they no know season. Even though many of us think otherwise, flea protection is necessary even when the weather starts to cool.


We may think that fleas, like migratory birds insects, head south or hibernate during the fall and winter. Not so!

Autumn is the worst season for fleas and even winter warm spells offer ideal weather just the way fleas like it - balmy and damp. They are also likely attracted to the warm skin of your dog as he romps through that leaf pile!

Not only that, but fleas may also live and raise families indoors under warm conditions. Flea larvae may take up residence in cracks between floorboards or in carpets and mats.

A survey of vet clinics in 2000 found reports of flea infestations during winter and dogs from homes with cats had a higher prevalence of fleas (especially if the cat spent time outdoors).

For this reason we ask that you continue administering your chosen flea preventative throughout the autumn and winter months!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

9 Benefits of Pumpkin for Pets


pumpkin for pets


Pumpkin for Dogs and Cats

Pumpkin is very popular in human recipes but what about dogs and cats? Pumpkin can be great for dogs and cats as well and has several health benefits.

What kind of fruit weighs between 1 and 1,000 pounds, has a centuries-long world history, and is more useful today than ever? The magnificent pumpkin, of course!

Pumpkin is very popular in human recipes but you probably haven't thought about giving it to your pets. This vibrant fall ingredient can be great for dogs and cats and has a number of health benefits.

This versatile food has been important to mankind for centuries. According to the University of Illinois Extension Program, it's a crop that's worth over 140 million dollars annually in the United States alone. They should know; Illinois produces 90 to 95% of the pumpkins grown in the US.

Pumpkins have significant health benefits for people and pets so don't discount this amazing food as just a fall tradition. Canned or plain cooked pumpkin as well as pumpkin seeds are packed with vitamins and minerals that are essential to the health of our pets.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

8 Autumn Hazards to Dogs

fall hazards to dogs

Cozy sweaters, Pumpkin Spice Lattes, and shorter days. Yup, autumn’s almost here. And pup parents will soon start seeing the warnings about Thanksgiving leftovers posted all over the internet.


But did you know there are other autumn-specific hazards that you might not even know could harm your pooch?

1. Nighttime walks
autumn hazards to dogsOk, so nighttime walks happen year-round. But with the transition to shorter days, sunset might come sooner than you think. And you might not be prepared when darkness falls halfway through your walk. That’s why it’s a good idea to have some kind of reflective gear on you and your dog, especially if you walk him in an area with cars zooming by.

Another thing to consider is visibility in case your dog gets lost. My rambunctious squinky-faced pup Lady once escaped from our house. I’ll never forget the panic that started to set in once I realized the sun was going down. (She’s fine now — her American Bulldogy stubbornness is no match for meaty treats.)

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Signs of Arthritic Pain and Mobility Issues in Dogs

Signs of Arthritis Dogs


The most common mobility issue in dogs is osteoarthritis, also called degenerative joint disease (DJD). And while arthritis is primarily related to aging and is more prevalent in large and giant breeds, it can affect dogs of all ages and sizes, male and female.


Unlike people, dogs can't tell us where or how much they hurt, nor can they seek relief for their pain. That's why it's up to us to stay alert for signs of discomfort, as well as subtle changes in a pet's habits and behavior that might also signal a problem.

Most people are aware that a dog with arthritis may limp, is likely to move more slowly or stiffly and can have difficulty standing up after lying down. But there are other, less noticeable signs that dog parents should also watch out for.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Valentine's Day Easy DIY Dog Treats

Valentine's Dog Treats

In honor of Valentine's Day, which is usually a day for chocolate, we decided to post a recipe for a treat that your chocolate-intolerant pets can enjoy! These also make great protein-packed treats for humans!


For this easy DIY recipe you'll need:


  • Heart shaped ice tray (or any ice tray)
  • Peanut Butter (make sure it does not contain the sweetener Xylitol!)
  • Plain organic Greek yogurt


Valentine's Dog TreatsThese dog treats are frozen - so you can make large batches to store for a long time! Frozen treats also tend to take pups longer to consume, which means they distract them for a longer time!

1. Spoon a small amount of peanut butter into the base of the ice tray. To make this a bit easier, you can heat it up a little to soften it. The more you add, the thicker the top layer on the treats will appear. You can play around with different amounts to get different results.

2. Next up, dollop heaping spoonfuls of the yogurt to cover the peanut butter in each mold.

3. Press yogurt down into the molds using the back of your spoon to make sure they're packed. This will help seal the peanut butter and yogurt together in the final treat. You can even gently "drop" the tray a few times in order to encourage further settling. If you have excess yogurt in any of the molds, gently scoop away until level with mold.

4. Put trays into the freezer for at least 4 hours.

5. Once frozen, remove tray and pop out individual frozen treats — voila! Enjoy!

You could easily change things up by layering in more of your pup's favorite ingredients, like the crushed up dog treats or even oatmeal.

Source: 17 Apart

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Winter Paw Safety

Winter Paw Protection


We are all happy to see the "thaw" after a spell of extreme cold or snow, especially since it makes walking our dogs easier. However, the dangers that were once hidden by the snow are still there, especially salt and antifreeze chemicals.


Salt not only is harsh on your dog's paws due to the corrosive nature of the industrial salt that gets dumped on streets by cities, but also because dogs also often lick their paws after being outside. Licking this salt means they are ingesting the ice melt chemicals, which can be toxic.

3 Steps To Protection:

1. Protect from the get-go. You can also train your dog to wear booties that will protect his paws from other dangers like ice or sharp rocks. If your dog will absolutely not tolerate booties, using a product like Musher's Secret to protect your dog's sensitive paws can keep them protected during walks. This prevents ice and salt buildup and keeps your dog more comfortable. You can also make your own paw balm. Click here for a recipe.

2. Wipe paws after walks. Some dogs don't like tolerating this, but distract them with a favorite treat or toy and do your best to remove the salt, antifreeze, and ice buildup with a warm wet towel. 

3. Soothe tender feet. If your dog is already feeling the effects of a walk on salty roads, petroleum jelly has been known to be a good non-toxic salve to soothe pain. If there are open cuts or sores, a trip to your vet is required.

Click here for other tips to consider while walking your dog in the winter!

Sources: The Dodo, AKC