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Grooming your dog is very important.  Not only for the physical appearance but also it can also undercover some possible health issues.  And of course, we all like to cuddle with a good smelling furry friend.

Give him a good bath.  Bathing with a rich lather using a great dog shampoo will remove dog and fleas from your pet’s skin.  When you bathe your dog, look for any skin condition such as red spots, hair loss and flaky skin.  Most commonly these are caused by a food allergies, mold and pollen.  It is very important that you feel your dog all over.  Check for any bumps or lumps, these can be easily missed because when we pet our furry ones we don’t do it to every inch of their body at the same time.

Toe nails need to be trimmed.  Long nails can cause a dog to slip on slick floor and not have a very good grip when they walk.  Slipping can cause all kinds of issues like hip and shoulder problems, torn ACLs.  If a dog’s nail gets too long it can cause arthritis because it can cause the toes to bend in an unnatural way.

Check the ears.  Ear infections can happen if your dog gets too much moisture or if they eat too much simple sugars.   This type is usually caused by yeast.  Check for strong odors and brown tinge to the inner ear hairs.  They can also get ear mites, which is like a black goo inside the ear canal.  Some dogs are prone to ear infections, if you notice any swelling or discharge you should have him checked by a vet.

Teeth, brush, brush, brush!  You should brush your dog’s teeth regularly.  This will prevent any plaque from forming and you can avoid any issues with their teeth or gums later on.

Brushing your dog’s hair regularly will keep it shiny and from building up.  If you have long-haired breed, you need to cut it or clip it occasionally to keep him looking nice and neat.  Keeping the hair short around his eyes will give him a better view.

Check with your veterinarian or professional groomer if you’re concern with any issues regarding your dog.  After a bath, reward your dog with lots of praise and a healthy dog treat.  Remember, a clean dog is a happy dog!

Treats have a place in dog’s diets.  They can be used as a reward when training, as motivation when learning a new trick and not to mention, how happy your dog will be when he gets one.  But today, commercial dog treats are filled with fat, sugar, fillers and chemical flavors.  Of course, adding all those things makes them irresistible.  I have no doubt your dog will do flips, jumps and rolls to get his paws on one of those treats.  Most of these treats have a high calorie count which can turn into obesity.  Especially some of the cheese, bacon and beef snacks.  Obesity in dogs is a growing problem, it can lead to osteoarthritis, it can increase the risk of heart disease and cancer as well as other obesity-related disorders.  There are other commercial dog treats that are better and lower in fat, like dried chicken strips but you need to be careful with those as well.  The U.S Food and Drug Administration has received over 1,800 complaints since 2007 about a variety of these chicken jerky dog treats sickening dogs across the country.  They believe these were manufactured in China.  Look at the way big manufacturers of people food mass produce the things we eat, when you take a close peak you easily find out how gross it is.  If is that bad for people, imagine what our pets get.

The health and well being of our furry friends is our priority.  Our Healthy Dog Treats are made with high quality human-grade ingredients and we leave all of the bad sugars, fillers, chemicals and preservatives OUT!  Each treat is handmade and we make them in small batches to ensure freshness.

Always remember that treats should be part of a healthy dog diet, “A general recommendation is that treats should not make up more than 15% to 20% of the pet’s total diet,” says Sarah Abood, DVM, PhD. That rule holds for commercial treats or people food, says Abood, who is an assistant professor of small animal clinical sciences at the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine.  An one more thing – please don’t forget to read the labels!

Just like children, pets can be curious about everything.  If you’re getting a pet, or already have one, there are some things you can do to prevent your furry one from getting hurt or turning your home upside down.  Trust me, applying these tips can save you hundreds of dollars on Vet bills and replacing furniture or keepsakes.

So, get down on your knees and view things at their level.  This is one of the best ways to notice things you wouldn’t normally see.  Look for possible pet hazards, anything that looks interesting or dangerous should be removed or set out of reach.  Do this regularly, as we may oversee one thing one day but notice on another.  Pets can be very clever in getting into small places or reaching for things so never assume that your four-legged friend wouldn’t get into that.

Here are some pet proofing tips to keep them safe:

Child-proof latches for your cabinets.  Specially medicines and household cleaners since they can be hazardous to your pet. Loose cords and cables should be out of reach or hidden away.  Dogs and cats can chew on these or get accidentally wrapped up. Secure your garbage.  Besides worrying about the mess they will probably make, you should be concerned about the possibility of him choking on a piece of bone or plastic. Keep your toilet seat down or add a lid-lock.  Toilets are not drinking bowls and cleaning chemicals can make them ill. There a many plants that can be poisonous if chewed or ingested.  Keep them out of reach or move them to a safe area. Protect any items you’ll like to keep from a wagging tail.  Sometimes that tail gets away from our overly happy friends causing un-repairable damage to a keepsake and a scared pet. Encourage your pet to chew on their designated toys.  When pets are bored they like to chew on things.  Also, intentional destruction comes from lack of exercise and/or mental stimulation.  Coming home to a half chewed couch or your favorite pair of shoes will leave an ugly dent in the wallet. Antifreeze can be lethal to your pet.  Check your garage or driveway for possible spills or drips from your car.  Even a small amount is enough to hurt our furry ones. Pets can be attracted to the burning flame of a candle.  Keep these out of reach.  Your pet can get burned or accidentally tip the candle over and cause a fire. Set boundaries around the house.  Close doors or install safety gates to keep them out of rooms you don’t want them in.

Always be on the lookout for possible dangers around the home.  If your four-legged friend is not one to be let loose in the house while you’re away, you may want to consider purchasing a crate to keep them safe.  Praise and reward your pet for good behavior with a yummy and healthy treat.

Have you ever thought about why your dog scratches his nose, has water eyes or constantly licks a part of his body?  He could be having an allergic reaction to something he has been exposed to.  There are many common allergens but one of the most overlook ones are Wheat, Corn and Soy.  That’s right!  These are one of the biggest culprits of food allergies in dogs.

Wheat, Corn and Soy are some of the most common ingredients used in commercial dog food and treats, these generally are not very good for your dog’s health.  A diet that is high in these ingredients is not really supplying your dog with a complete and balanced meal.  You will be surprised by how many dog treats and food are filled with these.

Dogs with a food allergy most commonly will have itchy skin, gastrointestinal problems or breathing difficulties.  Now, these food allergies can show up at any age.  So if your dog has been feed these ingredients his whole life it doesn’t mean he cannot be allergic to them now.  Doing an elimination diet from these products will more likely determine if your dog has an allergy or not.  If the allergy symptoms persist, you may want to consult a veterinarian.  They can do a physical examination and take a complete history from you to determine the cause.  Your Vet may recommend a skin or blood test, or a special elimination diet.

One of the biggest reasons why our Dog Treats are Wheat, Corn and Soy Free is because we believe our dogs should have a well balanced and healthy treat that is completely free of possible allergens.  We want to make your life easier by simply providing you with a healthy product that is sure to nourish your dog in the right way.

This is one of nature’s perfect vegetables.  Sweet Potatoes, also commonly known as Yams are an excellent staple that can complement our dog’s nutrition.  These deep orange flesh powerhouses offer many benefits.

Sweet potatoes far exceed the nutritional value found in ordinary white and yellow flesh potatoes.  They normally do not cause stomach upset or other digestion problems.  They’re rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients.  Also, they help with expelling heavy metals and worms, and are classified as an anti-diabetic food.  They received this title because animal studies have found that sweet potatoes help stabilize blood sugar levels and lower insulin resistance. They contain Vitamin A which also protects against emphysema.  The beta-carotene helps the body fight against free radicals, thus helping prevent cancer.  Sweet Potatoes also have Vitamin C and E As if being one of the top vegetable sources of beta-carotene weren’t enough, sweet potatoes are also rich in vitamins C and E, these are potent antioxidant vitamins that play an important role in disease prevention and longevity.  Manganese, a trace mineral is a pivotal component in the metabolism of carbohydrates which helps support healthy blood sugar levels.  That’s not all, the fiber in this great vegetable is almost twice as high as a regular potato.  Copper, Vitamin B6, Potassium, Ironare also in sweet potatoes.  One more thing, did I mention they’re fat free?

Please beware, there are some sweet potato treats being sold out there where the skin has not been removed and one must be cautious as these skins could contain harmful chemicals if moldy.  We remove all skins from our treats as another step to ensure our dogs are not exposed to moldy skins accidentally.

The bottom line is – sweet potatoes are a wonderful vegetable to include in your dog’s diet.  They have a taste dogs can’t resist. This is why we created Sweet Potato Chew and why it will become one of your dog’s favorite treats. .

Having a healthy dog is very important.  They rely on us to help them be that way through a proper diet, exercise, veterinary check-ups and grooming.  Dogs like to have a routine, so getting to know their habits is important.  If you notice a change, it can be a sign that he isn’t feeling well.

If your dog is hurt or ill, seek advice from a veterinarian.

There are signs that let us know if we have a healthy dog :

Eyes – they should be shiny and bright.  Make sure the pink lining of the eyelids are not swollen or have a discharge.  The white of their eyes should be white, not yellowish. Coat – A healthy dog should have a glossy coat weather their hair is short or long.  No excessive oiliness, dandruff or bald spots. Ears – look for light pink and clean ears.  A little wax is normal but large amounts of is not.  Check for redness or swelling and excessive scratching of the ears. Skin – it should be smooth and flexible.  Some skin problems can be scabs, flaky skin, red or bleeding areas.  Don’t forget to check for ticks and fleas. Mouth, Teeth and Gums – Healthy dog gums are pink, black or spotted, depending on the dog’s breed.  Not foul smelling or white.  Their teeth should be checked for tartar which is that brownish or yellow matter that forms on their teeth and should be brushed away.  Also, look for any mouth infection. Nose – a dog should have a moist and cool nose.  Any nasal discharge should be clear and not yellowish, thick or foul smelling. Elimination – Urine is a good indicator of a dog’s health, and should be clear yellow.  Most adult dogs have one or two bowel movements a day.  Stools should be brown and firm.  Runny, watery, or bloody stools, straining, or too much or too little urination warrant a call to the veterinarian. Weight – A healthy dog needs a good balance between diet and exercise.  The best way to tell if your dog is overweight is to feel his rib-cage area. You should be able to feel the ribs below the surface of the skin without much padding.  Provide him with nutritious and healthy dog food, plenty of exercise and healthy snacks.

If your dog experiences any of these symptoms or exhibits unusual behavior you should seek medical attention – Vomiting, diarrhea, fainting, difficulty breathing, white gums, thick discharge from nose, ears or eyes, weight loss, limping, excessive water drinking, constipation, excessive urination, protecting a part of their body, persistent scratching, whining for no apparent reason and loss of balance.

When animals are slaughtered for human consumption, there are a few things that do not get used for human food which is usually about 50% of the animal.  What’s left from the carcass – bones, head, feet, blood, unborn babies and other parts – these are used in food for dogs as well as other animals, fertilizers, soap and other products.  When you hear the word “by-product” these are the parts they’re talking about.  Big commercial companies use these in their recipes for dog food as well as their dog treats.

Unfortunately it doesn’t stop there.  The way they cook this food and the process they go through strips them away from their nutritional value.  So, what do they do?  They now have to fortify it minerals and vitamins.  Why?  Because the ingredients used in these dog foods are not wholesome and mostly of low quality.  Now, the dog treats and food they make do not taste very good and they have to add many chemicals so they can palatable.  Not to mention, all the additives, emulsifiers, antioxidants and artificial colors and flavor that provide no nutritional value to the dog food; and let’s not forget about the preservatives.  These manufacturers are just trying to make massive amounts of money by using the lowest quality ingredients and manufacturing methods.  They obviously do not care about our beloved pets.

As a pet owner, you should always look for healthier food choices.  Take a trip down the dog food isle so you can boggle your mind by all the wonderful claims dog food makers put on their labels.  There are some manufacturers out there that do care.  Compare the brands of food and dog treats and you will right away notice the healthier choice by looking at the ingredient list.  The bottom line is – all we have to do is read the label.

Having a pet is a big responsibility.  We need to make sure we provide them with a safe place to live, healthy food, exercise and of course, lots of love.  Dogs, just like people, can be sensitive to certain foods and have some allergies.  I have heard people say their dogs will eat just about anything, any brand of dog food or table scraps and their dogs are just fine – and that may be true.

I think of my dog in a different way – as part of my family.  When I go to the market to buy food for my family I try to choose healthy, wholesome foods.  Well, I do the exact same thing for my dog.  I read the dog food labels and try to choose the ones that are made with healthy ingredients.  Not the ones that are pretending to be healthy but are filled with all kinds of by-products, fillers, preservatives and a lot of things I can’t even pronounce.

A lot of the allergies and digestive problems dogs develop come from their food.  I’m not even talking about the ones we know are dangerous to dogs – chocolate, onions, avocado, alcohol, coffee, tea, grapes, raisins, macadamia nuts, gum, fat trimmings, bones, raw eggs, yeast dough and raw meat and fish.  The problems mostly come from the additives, preservatives and fillers used in some dog foods and treats.

The good health of your dog begins with proper nutrition, regardless of price or convenience of acquisition.  Provide your furry friend fresh water, a healthy dog food and healthy snacks.