Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Relieving Arthritis Pain

Dogs experience joint pain from arthritis just like humans. The cartilage deteriorates around their bones and causes pain and inflammation.

My family's 10-year-old pit bull Mandy was diagnosed with arthritis six months ago. When she was diagnosed, she weighed over a 100 pounds. The vet stated that the main cause of the arthritis was her weight.

Mandy recently became a member of my family because my grandmother could no longer care for her. When we took her in, she was extremely overweight. My grandma spoiled the heck out of her. Mandy was given endless amounts of treats, mounds of table scraps and an overflowing bowl of dog food.

Mandy knew if she gave grandma a sloppy kiss she would get a tasty treat in return.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Clipping And Cleaning

I know pleading with your dog to hold still while you trim their nails, wash out their eye boogers and clean dirt out of their ears are tasks that owners hate to do. However, these easy to overlook grooming routines are fundamental to maintaining your dog's health and well-being.

Regularly clipping a dog's toe nails is necessary for a dog to walk normally and avoid painful nail breakage. Cleaning a dog's eyes and ears are important to avoid infection. Here are three easy tips to keep your dog's nails, ears and eyes healthy.

Tip 1: Nail Clipping

Trimming your dog's toe nails doesn't have to be a grueling task as long as you take it slow and associate the nail clippers with a tasty treat.

When my dogs were puppies, I got them used to nail trimming by playing with their feet and touching their nails with the clippers. Then every time Brody, Otis or Suzie let me clip at least one of their nails, they got a treat.

Once your dog is not afraid of you clipping their nails, the task is easy. Hold the dog's toe between your fingers and position the blade so it's facing the nail. Put the nail between the blades and cut a small portion of the nail at a right angle.

Treating Itchy Skin With Home Remedies

Does your dog have dry or itchy skin? Are they frequently scratchy and digging? If so, here are some home remedies I use on my dogs to relieve itching and add some shine to their coat.

1) Vitamin E

The first remedy I recommend is giving your dog vitamin E because it adds nutrients and moisture to dry skin. If a dog suffers from dry skin, rashes and hair loss, a vitamin E deficiency could be the cause. You can add some vitamin E oil to their bath or give them a proper dose in pill form. According to petMD, vitamin E can also help reduce inflammation, strengthen the heart and improve an older dog's memory. 

Vitamin E has many health benefits for your dog. Before giving your dog a pill, make sure to check with your vet for the correct dosage.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Baking A Healthy Fruit Filled Dog Treat

I did a guest post for Pawsitively Pets on my delicious treat recipe. Special thanks to Ann Staub for posting it! Check it out here

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Buying Safe Dog Toys

Rubber or rope? Stuffed or squeaky? Dog toys come in a variety of shapes, sizes, sounds and colors. The type of toys I choose for my furry friends usually depends on their chewing or playing habits.

Brody enjoys a game of fetch and loves to chew. I usually buy him hard rubber toys that are easy to toss across the yard and able to withstand hours of gnawing.

Brody loves to play with toys.