What in the Heck Makes My Dog’s Mouth Staink? #OrateneOralCare

What in the Heck Makes My Dog’s Mouth Staink? #OrateneOralCare

This post is sponsored by Oratene® and the BlogPawsTM Pet Influencer Network™. I am being compensated to share information about Oratene brushless pet oral care products for Pet Dental Health Month! We only share information we feel is relevant to our readers. Oratene is not responsible for the content of this article. You ever bent down to smooch your pooch, only to get a face full of funk? Staink….what in the heck is going on? My dogs eat organic raw or food that does not upset their tummies. So, I know that they are getting the best of everything to help with their nutrition, and ultimately their gum and teeth health. But what in the heck is all the teeth staink about? To be honest, I have not found staink with my raw eaters too much – that diet can help with pH balance of their tummies, so their breath smells decent. But, they can still get funky teeth. So what gives? Tartar! Yup, dog’s teeth are just like humans – tartar, build up, typical day-in-and-day-out eating, it’s all going to go into your dog’s daily tooth health and…well, you’ll want to make your dog’s mouth more of a wonderland! What Causes My Dog’s Mouth to Staink? Life…life has made your dog’s mouth a stainkland. But why? Just like your mouth, you can’t just go day-after-day, not brushing your teeth and think your breath won’t smell! Ultimately your dog, just like you, will develop gum disease. Tooth decay leads to a lot of diseases…heart disease to name one. And yup, dog’s develop heart disease. So whether your dog likes it or...
How To Save Money Making Homemade Dog Treats!

How To Save Money Making Homemade Dog Treats!

You want to know a secret? We save money making our own homemade dog treats. We’re learning to live more thriftily as soon we’ll leave city life for full time cozy cabin living, where we’ll grow our own food. Thanks to 1960’s and 70’s we Americans became fascinated with fast food and now many of us take for granted that dog treats are prepackaged and purchased from a grocery store. But they don’t need to be. Particularly when you want to save money and be in charge of your dog’s health. Seriously, who doesn’t what those two things? How To Save Money Making Homemade Dog Treats Fruits Dogs Can Eat Apple Apricot Banana Blackberry Blueberry Cantaloupe Cranberry Honeydew Mango Orange Peach Pear Pineapple Raspberry Strawberry Watermelon Veggies Dogs Can Eat Asparagus Beet Broccoli Brussel Sprout Cabbage Carrot Cauliflower Celery Cucumber Egg Plant Green Bean Greens Kale Potato Squash Sweet Potato Proteins Dogs Can Eat Beef Bison Buffalo Chicken Duck Egg Exotics Lamb Legumes Ostrich Salmon Sardines Turkey Venison Whitefish etc Make sure the money saving, homemade treats you give your dog are foods that he or she can tolerate (we learned this the hard way), and that pit-based fruit are sliced generously (leaving some flesh on the pit).Peel skins where appropriate and par-steam some veggies (e.g. broccoli, brussels, etc.). Follow safe raw meat handling procedures. Start by feeding your dog in little amounts – not Manwich™ size meals! Use ingredients from the meals you prepare for yourself to make small portions versus a big bag of treats. Dehydrate homemade dog treats, ensure they are moisture free, and store in the fridge in airtight containers (up to...
Our Dog Has A Magical Butt…Time For Fish

Our Dog Has A Magical Butt…Time For Fish

I love coconut. My sister hates coconut. I love it so much that as a kid, I ate an entire bag of flaked coconut. It was good! My sister had a spoonful and threw up. How can two people, from the same parents have such dissimilar tastes? Memories from a long time ago recently came back while feeding our dogs. Our boy Mookie? I can feed him anything. Duck, turkey, beef, buffalo, sardines, you name it, he eats it with no problems – pretty sure he’d eat sasquatch and be fine. Our girl dog, and Mookie’s sister, Lulu? Everything but the sardines gave her the runs…dog diarrhea! Then it hit me, our dog has a magical butt…time for fish! Magical Butt Dog – or – Dog Diarrhea It really didn’t matter what I gave our sweet little Lulu – she gave it right back…from a different end of her body. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes she’d give it immediately back just like my sister with her coconut aversion, most times it was the other end. I became a purveyor of dog shampoo. Washing my Lulu’s magical dog diarrhea butt became a lather, rinse, repeat deal. It didn’t start this way with Lulu – it began eight months after we adopted her (from CA). Lulu never gave me a hint she had issues with her meals other than her diarrhea. She happily gobbled down anything. And it wasn’t constant. If we rotated the protein in her meals she’d do okay for a little while, but eventually that would be it. Break open the dog shampoo. Why Our Dog Has a Magical Butt...
How To Make Sweet Potato Ice Cream For Your Dog

How To Make Sweet Potato Ice Cream For Your Dog

Did you catch the NY Times this weekend? Sweet potato ice cream! Yup, it’s a thing. Go figure. Well, it does make sense… I guess. I can’t get past the ‘too close to Thanksgiving, sweet potato/pumpkin pie’ goodness. I need a break. But, since all the holiday recipes have sugar and cream and that mean’s I don’t feed it to my pups, my dog are drooling for some sweet potato treats . So I tweaked the NY Times recipe to make Sweet Potato Ice Cream For Dogs! Check it out – it’s easy, yummy, nutritious and your dog will love it. How To Make Sweet Potato Ice Cream For Dog – DIY Recipe Bake sweet potatoes until soft – use your own imagination here. Oven, microwave, toaster oven. They’re all good, just don’t season. The trick? Once cooled, remove peel and place the potatoes in a food processor, we use Cuisinart Mini-Prep, and puree. I like to have a little fun, so I played Whip It by Devo while I spanked some goodness into my sweet taters. Add one cup of kefir or yogurt, some turmeric, cinnamon, ginger, molasses and two egg yolks. Put it all in your little mini prep food processor, turn Devo back on and whip it good! Whipped Stuff, Now What? Good, you got this far and so now you’re wondering, ‘what in the heck do I do with my mixed sweet potato pudding?’ Well, you can do a couple of things. Because I like to give my dog’s the authentic stuff, I put the sweet potato mix into an ice cream maker and prepare according to...
Can A Dog Really Live In A Tiny House?

Can A Dog Really Live In A Tiny House?

Have you heard of the tiny house craze? It’s all over television. You can watch the Tiny House Nation, Tiny House Big Living, Tiny House Builders and Tiny House Hunters, all while sitting in the comfort of your regular-sized home. All of this tiny house exposure is quite the phenomenon and makes for ginormous TV viewing hours. My husband and I have been into tiny houses before they were a thing…before the tiny house wordplay. We are into cabin living! Call it what you will…but, here’s our question…can a dog really live in a tiny house? Could we really live in a “tiny house” (a.k.a. our cabin) with our dogs? Tiny House Living With a Dog [media-credit name=”Tiny House Big Living” align=”alignright” width=”300″][/media-credit] You can do anything you put your mind to. I should know, I completed a half marathon. Why not a full marathon? Great question! My mind was not having it. So we, my mind and I, settled on a half marathon. My calves and thighs thanked my mind when we staggered across the finish line. If I can finish a half marathon then I can live in a tiny house (small cabin) with a dog. I even found a tiny house show where they built a 200 square foot house for a couple and their Saint Bernard. A Saint Bernard in a Tiny House!?! Good grief, all our dogs combined don’t equate to a Saint Bernard…their cumulative weight is 24% of a 125 pound dog! Want to Explore Tiny House Living? Here Are Our Recommendations: Products from Amazon.com -33% Tiny House Living: Ideas For Building and Living Well In Less than 400 Square...

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