How to Protect Your Dog Against Ear Infections

How to Protect Your Dog Against Ear Infections

Our dogs pretty much never get ear infections anymore. I know that may sound crazy, akin to declaring the end to bad driving everywhere. But honestly, there are some easy steps you can take to help your dog steer clear of ear infections. In rare cases, dog’s ear infections are due to genetics, breed-specific propensity, or as a signal for some other malady. In most cases, ear health in our pets can be proactively managed – pretty much putting an end to canine ear infections. Here’s how to protect your dog against ear infections. Does Your Dog Have an Ear Infection? Hopefully not, but just in case you’re not sure, there are some signals that your fuzzy one will send out… And rest assured, almost every dog has suffered from a painful ear infection sometime in their life.  Watch your dog and if he is scratching or rubbing at his ears or shaking his head he may have an ear infection. Also, dog’s with ear infections tend to have an odor emanating from their ears, often accompanied by red irritated ear canals, and even brown ‘gunk’ in their ear. Gently clear your dog’s fur from his ears and take a peak. I use to freak out when my dog had gunky ears – but after a number of costly trips to the vet and some studying, I found it’s easier to fend off dog’s ear infections than treat it! How To Protect Your Dog Against Ear Infections There are two key steps to fending off ear infections for your dog: Nutrition/pH Balance – combats yeast Proactive Cleaning – combats bacteria Pretty simple right? Well, food is...
Buy a Bag and PetSmart Will Give a Meal to Needy Animals!

Buy a Bag and PetSmart Will Give a Meal to Needy Animals!

Today PetSmart® announced the launch of its new “Buy a Bag, Give a Meal™” program, where for every bag of dog or cat food purchased online and at all its 1,500-plus stores across the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico, the leading pet specialty retailer will donate a meal to a pet in need. The program runs March 1-Dec. 31, 2017, and PetSmart expects to donate more than 60 million meals! To read the full PetSmart “Buy a Bag, Give a Meal” press release, go here. This post is sponsored by PetSmart® and the BlogPaws™ Pet Influencer Network™. PetSmart is not responsible for the content of this article. PetSmart? Yup, PetSmart – Go to One Near You & Buy Some Pet Food Today! Help @PetSmart get info out: Buy a bag, they’ll give a bag 2animals in need! #fortheloveofpets #ad Click To Tweet “At PetSmart we love pets and we believe they make us better people. To celebrate our 30 years of continued commitment to helping pets in need every day and as a trusted partner to pet parents everywhere, we want to celebrate by giving back even more,” said Eran Cohen, chief customer experience officer, PetSmart. “Throughout 2017, every time pet parents purchase any bag of dog or cat food in our stores or online, they can rest assured they are also helping feed pets in need. When their pets eat, pets in need eat, too. It’s that simple.” Buy A Bag of Pet Food and PetSmart Will Give A Bag To Animals In Need This is made possible through the PetSmart Buy A Bag, Give A Meal program and will help...
Write A Killer Adoption Letter To Get The Dog of Your Dreams

Write A Killer Adoption Letter To Get The Dog of Your Dreams

Have you ever been turned down for an adoption by an animal rescue? Did you get beat out by someone that was faster, or who wrote a killer adoption letter? While there are still pockets of animal shelters and rescues that place animals with the first person who shows up, most reputable groups do a series of checks and balances to ensure a good, stable fit between adoptee and adopter. Almost sounds like a human baby adoption doesn’t it? Well, perhaps it should – it is intended to be a life-long commitment. Background Rescuing and placing animals is hard work. Annually 3.4M cats and 3.9M dogs are placed in shelters (read more: Animal Adoption Figures) – that’s M as in millions people! The volume of animals coming out of California alone is staggering. Animals brought to shelters have a specific number of days before being euthanized – but – fine print in the laws allow immediacy if the shelter is full. While the law may be 3 days, if the shelter has no room, an animal is considered lucky if it lives for one day… Dogs in an L.A. shelter have a 1 in 3 chance of living. This is where no-kill shelters and rescues come in by placing ‘pullers’ at or near shelters and they pull adoptable dogs/cats for rescue – in essence they save their lives. Why So Hard? You’d think with all of these animals that need saving, it would be easy to just adopt. A number of factors come into play that are geared toward helping the animal. Health and safety is a primary concern. Rescues ensure that the animals are in, or cared...
10 Must Have Tools When Cooking For Your Dog

10 Must Have Tools When Cooking For Your Dog

We live in the Pacific Northwest. Often times when I say that, in my mind I hear the call of trumpets and envision fish jumping about in a glacial stream while glorious pine trees billow in the mountain wind. Yup, I’m in love with the beautiful PNW, truly an awe inspiring part of this glorious country. We value organic farm-fresh fruits and vegetables, and ranchers are allowed to graze cattle in national forest land free of herbicides and pesticides – and our salmon are some of the best you’ll ever taste, fresh from ocean and rivers. The abundance of high-quality food is one of the reasons we cook for our dogs. Cooking for Your Dog The main source of protein for one of our dogs is fish. Lulu’s diet consists of a majority of fish protein if mixed with other sources. We often make her salmon or sardine-based meals and treats. Mookie on the other hand can eat any protein, including salmon, beef, lamb, buffalo, turkey, duck and chicken. We cook and un-cook meals for our dogs. Un-cook? Yup, raw. Our dogs eat a wide-variety of high-quality food that we cook and un-cook for them. The trick with raw food is proper handling techniques and to freeze it all, and safely thaw the portion you serve each day. Don’t save left overs in the fridge. Put them back in the freezer (only once) and serve what remains in a few days (again follow safe thawing protocol). Cooking for your dog is fairly simple: cook like you would for yourself, using dog-safe ingredients, and again freeze. Don’t give your dog cooked bones, period. It’s really not that complicated...
Valentine’s Day Has Gone to the Shih Tzus!

Valentine’s Day Has Gone to the Shih Tzus!

Ah Valentine’s Day! The day we have elected, or Hallmark elected for us, to celebrate our love for that someone special. But what if your someone special is also someone else’s someone special? Me and My Better Whole (a.k.a. my husband Joe) were married on Valentine’s Day – eons ago – and we use this special day to celebrate our mutual love for our dogs. I know, a bit cray cray, right? Well, no not really – they are our family and we love them. In our house, Valentine’s Day has gone to the Shih Tzus! We’ve had Shih Tzu’s for decades, and My Better Whole was raised with them. Well, not literally with Shih Tzus… although, one might argue that he was raised by wolves. Speaking of that, the Shih Tzu breed has been linked via DNA to the ancestry of wolves. I know, go figure…from a wolf comes a little fluff ball! On Valentine’s Day we celebrate our ‘little lion dogs’ because we’re inspired by their super loving nature. Thought to be from Tibet, the little Shih Tzu was bred for companionship for the monks and slept at their feet in order to keep them warm. You have to dig that on a cold night. Plus Shih Tzu’s are truly affectionate, happy, outgoing little house dogs who love to follow their family members around wherever you go – making a point to tilt their head and watch your every move. Playful, silly, and affectionate – that sums them up fairly well. Our Valentine’s Day Gift to our Shih Tzu’s Admittedly, we’re a little coo-coo for Shih Tzus. So, it should...

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