Category Archives: Pet Health & Safety

Green Dog Grooming

dogs-swimming While you might be tempted to forgo regular bathing thinking it’s the more natural route, your dog does need a bath every now and then to remain in good health.

Hard as you might try to live a green lifestyle, your dog’s coat inevitably traps toxins and particles in his fur and on his paws. Wherever you dog goes, he’s sure to pick up traces of substances – from your car, the house, the vet’s office, or even the air outdoors.

Whatever you don’t remove with bathing, your dog is sure to lick off, which can threaten his health even more.

Regular bathing can help remove dust, dirt and grease but you’ll want to be careful to avoid grooming products that may containing toxic chemicals themselves. Remember, you can’t stop your dog from ever licking himself and anything that goes on his coat has a chance of being licked and ingested.

A flea comb can also be used effectively to rid your dog of pests without chemicals.

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Eco Friendly Yard for Dogs

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I grew up in the country where we didn’t care about having a pristine yard full of lush green grass. I now live downtown where my husband is often torn between keeping up with the neighbors and allowing our yard to have a bit of “bio diversity” as we like to call it.

The number one reason we chose our home was the yard. We love having a lot large enough for Emi and Luca to play and enjoy the outdoors, so since our yard is geared around our dogs we’ve learned to accept the bio diverse lawn as a safe haven for our dogs. No chemicals, pesticides or fertilizers allowed and quite frankly the sprinkler system hasn’t been used since we purchased the home over four years ago because I’m not a fan of wet dogs.

Chemically treated yards are not only dangerous for your pets that come into direct contact with the lawn they are also dangerous for you and your family members as well as the environment.

The good news is there are still plenty of green options for maintaining a beautiful yard while keeping your dogs (and the rest of your family) safe and healthy.

Here are a few tips on having an eco friendly yard safe for dogs:

1. Use Food Grade DE Instead of Dangerous Insecticides

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Use Scents to Help Blind Dogs Live Comfortably

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Blind or aging dogs with deteriorating eye site may start to feel disoriented or lost in the house. You may notice that the dog will be unable to find his way to the door to signal he needs to go outside or have trouble finding his way to his bed if it is moved about the house.

There are a few ways to help make life easier on your blind dog and help him find his way from one room in the house to another safely. One of the ways is by using scent association. Continue reading

Keeping Pets Safe: Poison Prevention Week

Top 5 Dog Toxins - Infographic

For more than 50 years and since its inception by Congress in 1961, the third week in March has been designated as National Poison Prevention Week. This year it falls on March 17-23, and the veterinarians and toxicology experts at Pet Poison Helpline are urging everyone to remember the four-legged members of the family, as they are among the most vulnerable.

“Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, and 365 days a year, we receive calls from distressed pet owners  across the country,” said Ahna Brutlag, DVM, MS, DABT and assistant director at Pet Poison Helpline. “In addition to dealing with the stress of an emergency situation, they are often forced to cope with feelings of regret in light of a mishap that, in most cases, could have been avoided. It takes only a few minutes to educate yourself on how to pet-proof appropriately and avoid the inevitable heartache that so often happens when a beloved pet is accidentally poisoned.”

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Easter Pet Poisons

In addition to the points in the article below from petpoisonhotline.com please be cautious of hosting Easter Egg Hunts in areas dogs have access to.

Dogs will be just as eager as children to go in search of treats hidden throughout the yard and this can be very dangerous for them. Dogs may attempt to chew on or eat plastic eggs and their contents which can lead to damage of internal organs or cuts in their mouth.

Remember to count your eggs prior to hiding and ensure that all of them are safely recovered. Continue reading

Biodegradable Dog Boots

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It was love at first sight for me when I heard about Pawz dog boots. First of all, eco friendly dog boots made from natural rubber that are 100 percent biodegradable and yet reusable – genius!

But the best part for me is that the dogs will actually walk in them! I’ve tried a few different dog boots on my pups and they either stand completely frozen refusing to budge in any direction or they will take a few steps backwards and then try to bite the boots off. Previous boots have proven useless since the dogs refuse to wear them no matter how many times I try to persuade them, even treat bribes fail and that’s unheard of with Luca.

So when the manufacturers of these boots explained WHY dogs won’t walk in other boots and will walk in Pawz it all made perfect sense to me. These are the most natural-feeling boot your dog can wear because without padding (like other boots) your dog can feel the ground, providing a needed sense of security.

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Is it Bad if Your Dog is Drinking a Lot of Water

DOG-DRINKING-WATER An increased thirst in your dog could be a sign of a significant health problem.

We recently noticed that we were having to fill up the dog water bowl more frequently. Although we didn’t notice anything strange with either of the dogs we realized one of them must be drinking more water than normal. As we started to keep an eye on the bowl we noticed it was Luca.

He seemed healthy, he was eating fine, playing normally, wasn’t sensitive to touch anywhere, had a wet nose and pink gums but I realized something must be off. Continue reading

Signs Your Dog Has Ate Something Poisonous

Signs of poisoning in dogs and cats can range tremendously based on the underlying poison. If you think your dog or cat has been poisoned, call your veterinarian or Pet Poison Helpline at 800-213-6680 immediately for assistance! When it comes to poisoning, the sooner you treat your dog or cat, the better the outcome.

While this list is not exhaustive or complete, some common signs of poisoning generally include: Continue reading