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...
Menudo For Your Dog? No, Green Tripe!

Menudo For Your Dog? No, Green Tripe!

Growing up Latina, food was a mainstay for our holidays. Generations gathered at abuelita’s (little grandma’s) house to create gastronomical delights. The big, wooden kitchen table was the central hub where, regardless of family dynamics – my tia’s (aunts) could take arguing to a whole new level – everyone united to prepare empanadas, tamales and menudo. As a kid it was empowering, being a part of the adult community, enjoying the melodic cadence of Spanish speakers making food. There’s a but, coming…. but making menudo stinks! Why? Because it has tripe in it – preparing tripe has a funky smell. Yep, it does – I’ll get into that a bit more when I release my newest book Piñata Diaries (draft image to the right). Back to the dogs now: so imagine my surprise when I heard that tripe is good for dogs. Menudo for your dog? Menudo For Your Dog? Not Exactly! Tripe, green tripe to be exact, is quite the little magical elixir for your pooch. Now, don’t go running off to a Latin market, they don’t have the tripe your looking for (it’s all cleaned and bleached). Raw tripe comes from four chambered stomach of grazing animal (e.g. venison, cows, buffalo, etc.), and ‘green’ means that the tripe still has all of good digestive enzymes and helpful bacteria for your dog’s probiotic health needs. So, no warm menudo soup for your dog – but Fido will dig yummy, healthy green tripe! No Family Gatherings To Make Green Tripe? Not exactly, unless you consider opening a package or can of tripe a family adventure. We’ve found a few places to get tripe while shopping from the comfort of your sofa (aint this decade great –...
Canines Aging Gracefully and Lessons Learned

Canines Aging Gracefully and Lessons Learned

We have adopted a lot of dogs. We have watched our adopted pups grow into old age, and many we’ve taken in have been senior dogs. Aging can be difficult for dogs and it mirrors the aging process in humans. Here are some things we’ve learned about canines aging gracefully, fending off canine cancer and our lessons learned. It is important to follow the same rules for dogs that you would for you: Exercise Ranging from vigorous to relaxing, exercise revives the soul and generates healthy, oxygen rich blood, keeping muscles flexible and strong. Daily walks with a variety of inclines/declines and terrains help keep your dog agile in mind, body and soul. Make the walks a fun adventure, and give your pup healthy treats for doing well at points of higher-than-normal stress (meeting new people and animals, stopping and sitting at street corners, etc.,). Take it slow with new adoptees and increase as advisable. If you have a newly adopted senior, slow and steady is best. Nutrition Greens! Need I say more? There are foods that dogs, and humans alike, should have daily – adding greens to your dog’s daily diet will go a long way and help your canines to age gracefully. Nutrition is the key, add greens to your pet’s diet to minimize free radicals, inflammation, and disease, and thus increase his/her longevity. We use our Vitamix to create a green super-food mix, and store in Ball Jars in the freezer for a 3 months, and thawed in fridge for 7 days. Recipe: Organic bunches of spinach, dandelion greens, parsley, kale, celery and seaweed/dulse – all mixed together, add 1/4″ nub of...
Meditate Monday: February is for Freedom

Meditate Monday: February is for Freedom

Published as a part of the “MattieDog Perspectives” meditate Monday series, this article share’s observations about life based on a dog’s perspective. Often joyful, whimsical, and reflective, the MattieDog Perspectives always contain a nugget or two of wisdom for you to contemplate as you travel along the journey of your life. I hope you enjoy reading Meditate Monday: February is for Freedom, from the MattieDog Perspectives series. ~ Rebecca Sanchez, The Pet Lifestyle Guru™, Momma and Forever Servant to MattieDog It’s the first Monday of February! February is the shortest month of the year. Yet for people who live in cold climates, it may feel like one of the longest…for them February is often spent wishing for March, or April and yes, dreaming of June. But what happens when you wish your today away for tomorrow? Well, you can end up wishing away your now for what may never be. Giving over your power to create to the dreaming of the way you hope things to be. Dogs don’t have it this rough, we are happy for each and every day – living each moment to it’s fullest, whether we are sleeping, or playing, or eating, or looking out a window. What’s our secret? For the most part, dogs are free from holding on to an intention of how things should be. Yes, we may want you to play with us or give us a bone, but when you don’t we rarely sulk. For the most part, we rebound and recognize the new reality and see the possibility it holds. Humans for the most part, don’t do that. Typically a human holds...
Pet Safe Haven for Victims of Domestic Violence

Pet Safe Haven for Victims of Domestic Violence

Sometimes the choices we make can be the difference between life and death. Not just for the decision maker. Decisions can have a ripple effect, impacting the lives of loved ones. To a victim of domestic violence, each decision s/he makes is pivotal and each step must be carefully thought out and planned. Domestic violence shelters readily accept the children involved, understanding that to leave a child behind would most certainly doom them to the same violent patterns the abusee is attempting to escape. But what if there are pets involved? Nearly 50% of domestic abuse victims report that they delayed leaving a dangerous situation because they feared for their pets safety and knew of no place to take them (Carline-Frank, Frank, and Neilsen). Good news is starting to emerge in the form of a pet safe haven for victims of domestic violence. Victims of domestic abuse often grapple with competing priorities in order to safely depart in a timely manner. While physical signs of abuse are present, it’s the heartbreak of  broken trust compounded with the fear of walking into the complete unknown that often paralyzes an abuse victim. The act of leaving requires that the victim somehow summon the very things that have been completely destroyed: trust and self-worth. Like all humans, domestic violence victims need to feel loved, trusted and meaningful to someone. That’s why pets, animals of all kind, become one of the things that abuse victims strive to protect – pets give unconditional love. Multiple studies have found that as many as 71% of battered women reported that their pets had been threatened, harmed, and or killed...
5 Things That Prove Dogs Are Psychic

5 Things That Prove Dogs Are Psychic

Dogs are magical, mystical creatures. Somewhere between a unicorn and the fluffy white dragon in Never Ending Story. And yes, occasionally dogs do non-magical things like drag their rumps on the carpet or chew up the mail. But are dogs metaphysical? Do dogs simply know things that would surprise you; and if so, how do they know these things? It could be that dogs have supernatural powers. Here are 5 things that prove dogs are psychic. Dogs Know Things That Are Going To Happen Before They Happen Earthquakes Dogs are keenly in tune with their surroundings. Research indicates that a dogs hearing is so discerning, they can hear minuscule movements from underground surfaces; and sense seismic shifts through their paws. Seizures While some dogs can be trained to sense seizures, others simply know and whine, paw at, or even nip their human prior to an impending seizure. While theories in the medical community exist, confirming through blind studies is hard to do and thus, no one knows the ‘why’ with any certainty. Weather Dogs can sense a storm before they occur. This is mostly due to their ability to ‘feel’ the electromagnetic forces associated with storms. Scientists believe this is due to a dog’s olfactory senses being that of much greater sensitivity when compared to humans, and that dogs smell the electrical current in the air. Sickness When sick, your body’s chemistry changes due to an overactive immune system, particularly with a debilitating illness; and with dogs spectacular sense of smell, they know when humans are sick. Consider seeing a doctor if your dog is focused on sniffing one particular part...

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