You’ve probably taken supplements and know what they can do for a healthy life. But what about your pet? While several schools of thought abound, common sense may be the best adviser when it comes to this important question. As in people, some advice says— all you need is in the foods you eat. Those are easy words to hear when everything is going great. But start with some stiff knees, bathroom issues, or anxiety beyond your comfort level, and soon you are looking for natural answers.
Imagine that your friend, co-worker, or spouse were having a medical emergency. You know what to do! You call 911 and an ambulance would be on the way. But, what do you do when it comes to your pet having an emergency? Are you prepared and ready for problems that can happen? Following these few handy tips can prepare you to do the right thing if a pet emergency arises.
Ever wish your pet could talk and just tell you what is stressing them out? Of course you have! We all have wanted to just “make it better” or understand why our beloved pets are anxious, worried, or acting up based on something we can’t quite put our finger on. Just like people, stress is not something to be ignored when it comes to our pets.
Fresh snow can bring out the zoomies in even the staidest senior dog – until the dreaded ice balls build up between the toes. Hair on the feet traps snow, body heat melts it, and ice balls form. These can be painful for dogs. Long haired dogs seem to be particularly prone to this problem. I find keeping the feet trimmed helps a great deal.
I love dog parks. Nothing burns off a dog’s energy like wrestling and running with a like-minded doggie friend. I’m fortunate in that I have three or four dog parks within easy access of my home, and my dog and I frequent all of them. However, I often see people make what I think are very risky choices at the dog park. Here are three I have seen and why they concern me:
If you own a dog you have probably heard this joke: Does your dog shed? Yes, twice a year for six months at a time! Unless you own a Xoloitzuintli (and even some Xolos have fur), you are familiar with dog hair and its removal. We vacuum, we sweep, we brush, we keep those rollers of sticky tape in our cars and offices. But dog hair is everywhere, which is why another commonly heard meme in the dog world is “in our house, dog hair is a condiment.”