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Category Archives for Dog Love and Health

Dog Thanksgiving (dinner, treats, outfits)

Thanksgiving is a time to feast and be thankful for everything we are blessed with… from family to health, to our pets. Our dogs are a big part of our family and are always a part of our celebration. Whether

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Your Ultimate Guide to Dogs and Pumpkin

If your dog is anything like ours, as soon as food drops on the floor, they come and gobble it right up. So, what happens if you are carving your pumpkins and you drop some pieces on the ground? Can

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Dog dewclaw removal – to remove or not remove?

If you adopted an older dog with dewclaws still attached should you have them removed or leave them? Find out what our veterinarians have to say… A dog’s dewclaw removal is usually performed

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Best dog ear cleaner (2020 Review)

Finding the best dog ear cleaner for a happy, healthy dog can feel overwhelming with all the choices. So many different brands and ingredients, liquid or wipes? Maintaining the health of your dog’s

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How to help dogs with firework anxiety

Is your dog afraid of fireworks? Does he run and hide, shake uncontrollably when he hears the loud boom? Dogs get confused and scared when they hear the loud noises of fireworks. Many times dogs will

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Homemade dog shampoo

So you want to make homemade dog shampoo. Whether you just want to avoid all the chemicals found in store-bought dog shampoos or just enjoy making your own, I have several different DIY dog

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How to speak to dogs

Are you curious about how to talk to your dog? Have you ever found yourself talking with your dog, telling him how your day went? Or asking what he thinks about your new outfit?  You aren’t

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Is coconut oil safe for dogs?

There has been some recent controversy about coconut oil and dogs. When I first researched this in 2017, my immediate answer is YES, coconut oil is good for dogs. Updated May 2020 Coconut oil is

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How can I remove dog urine odor from carpet?

Accidents happen. The best chance you have to get dog pee smell out of carpet is to act quickly.  But don’t panic if you just noticed it after coming home from working all day. There

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Which dog flea and tick control is the best? [chart]

With so many products on the market, it’s hard to choose which is best flea and tick prevention for dogs. Should you choose and over-the-counter option like Advantix II, or get a prescription

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Top 10 Best Slow Feeder Dog Bowls

Both our dogs, Ginger and Bear, seam to swallow their food whole. I wonder if they even taste the food!  Yes, just like you, my dog eats too fast. I’m not sure why, because they get

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Adopting a fearful dog and how to help

How do I help my dog not be afraid of people, cars, loud noises… it’s a question I hear every single day. It’s not uncommon for a rescue dog to be scared of everything around him. The

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41 Indestructible Durable Dog Toys for Heavy, Aggressive, Destructive Chewers

If your dog tears apart every toy he can get his mouth on, you aren’t alone. It’s a struggle many dog owners face.  You bring home a new toy, toss it to your pup and 5 minutes later you have

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Easy Homemade Frozen Dog Treats for Summer

Frozen treats are a great way to keep your dog cool and hydrated during a hot summer day! My dogs absolutely go crazy about their frozen dog treats in the summer (and even in the winter). They are a super

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11 Great Ideas on How to Get Your Dog to Drink More Water

We all know our dogs need clean water to stay healthy and to survive. Without water, he will become dehydrated and get very sick. Hot days make it hard for us as humans to stay hydrated and the same goes

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21 Secrets To Keeping My House From Smelling Like Dog

Does your house smell like dog? If you walked into my home right now, you may wonder who I am to talk about dog smell in a home. I will be the first to admit, since moving into our new country home last

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My Dog Ran Away! What Should I Do?

Your dog decided to run away, and you are scared of what will happen to him. Will he find his way home, will he get hit by a car, will someone steal him, will you ever see him again? I remember as a child,

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How to Potty Train a Puppy Fast & Easy

You brought home your new puppy, took him outside to show him where to go potty and he sniffs, plays, everything but doesn’t potty. So you take him inside and he squats and pees! Sound familiar?

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Your Ultimate Guide to Dogs and Ticks

Warning: you may start to experience the feeling of something crawling up your leg after reading this blog post! This year I have declared war on all the creepy crawly, disgusting ticks in our yard! The

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Beautiful Flowers and Cute Puppies… Are Plants Toxic to Dogs?

First things first, if you think your dog ingested a toxic plant, stop reading now and call your vet immediately! You may also call the Pet Poison Helpline 24/7.  There are many plants that are toxic

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Best Healthy Dog Treats for Training

I get asked all the time from our foster dog adopters, what are the best dog treats for training? I have several go-to brands that I like to recommend. These brands are known for their high-quality, limited

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Is it Ever Okay to Rehome a Dog?

I want to start out by saying, I will never judge anyone for having to rehome a dog. If you are here because you are wondering if you should rehome your dog, please feel comfortable knowing you are in

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How To Save Money On Dog Food and Supplies

The cost of a new puppy or adopted rescue dog adds up to a lot of money very quick. Not only in adoption fees, but food, supplies and toys! It all adds up so quick. $10 here, $50 there, $100 for the vet…

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Chronic Ear Infections in Dogs

The struggle with your dogs chronic ear infections is real! I feel your pain, your dogs pain! There were times I felt our dog Ginger always had an ear infection. As soon as it looks like the ear infection

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How To Stop a Dog From Chewing on Wood

Why do dogs chew on wood anyway? You supply them with a pile of fun shaped chew toys, why do they choose the leg of your table instead? If your dog has plenty of appropriate toys to chew on, then the chewing

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What Should I Feed My Dog?

You are what you eat. Has your mom ever said that to you? Like… you keeping eating that, you are going to turn into a ! If I said “Feed your dog this if you want your dog to live longer”,

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Types of Dog Barks

Does your dog bark at the TV, the mailman, when he’s hungry or wants to play? Have you ever noticed a difference between each bark? Next time your dog barks, listen closely… is it high or low-pitch,

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7 Important Dog Bath Tips

Baths can be a love or hate relationship for your dog. Some dogs love the water and will jump right into the bathtub, while some dogs will run at the first sight of the soap bottle and fight all the way

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The Secret to Getting Rid of Ear Infections in Your Dog at Home

As a dog owner and foster dog mom, I understand how frustrating it is when your dog has chronic ear infections. The constant scratching, head shaking, the sound of your dog’s collar and tags driving

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Are Flexi Retractable Leashes Dangerous?

The Flexi Retractable Dog Leash: Dangerous or Convenient? You may look at the retractable leash and think, wow what a great idea! My dog can roam around while we walk and I don’t have to worry about

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Best Place to Buy Dog Food and Supplies Online

Which is better for dog food and supplies? You have to admit, Amazon usually wins the battle of best price and fast shipping when it comes to ordering anything online. But wait, what about Chewy?

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2020 Best Dog DNA Test for Your Rescue Dog

When we started to foster our dog, Ginger, we immediately knew we wanted to adopt her. But we were very curious about what breeds she was mixed with. Our first guess was some sort of German Shepherd. But

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Top 20 Hypoallergenic Treats, Food, and Bones for Dogs with Allergies

As a parent of a dog with allergies, I understand the struggle of finding hypoallergenic treats and foods that my dog, Ginger, can eat. If you’ve ever read the ingredients on the typical dog treat bag,

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Does My Dog Have Allergies?

How Can You Tell If Your Dog Has Allergies? You may be asking yourself “Does My Dog Have Allergies?” Dogs with allergies are so common, there are millions of Google searches about dogs with

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The Ultimate Guide to Home Remedies for Dog Allergies

My Top List of Easy Home Remedies for Dog Allergies You are here because you want to know what you can do to help your dog with his allergies. I just want you to know I’ve been there… heck,

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Why Do Family Dogs Bite Kids?

Family Dogs that Bite Kids It saddens me more than anything when I see stories on social media telling a story about a young child that has been bitten by the family dog. I am sad for the child, the family,

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Easy and Natural Home Remedies for Kennel Cough

Is your dog coughing, hacking or maybe even sounds like he’s going to vomit? Has your dog been exposed to other dogs at a dog park, doggie daycare or boarding? Your dog may have kennel cough. Now, don’t

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The Kennel Cough FAQ and the Truth About the Bordetella Vaccine

What is Kennel Cough? Kennel cough or infectious tracheobronchitis, is a respiratory infection caused by Bordetella bronchiseptica and canine parainfluenza virus. Kennel cough most commonly occurs when

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Moving with Dogs – 7 Tips & Tricks

My Attempt at Moving Stress-Free with My Dogs Someone recently asked me if we were “chronic movers”. I never heard that term before, but I reluctantly answered yes. Six years is the longest we’ve

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WARNING! The Hidden Dangers of Flea and Tick Medications

Flea and ticks are pests I think we all can all agree we can do without, they’re creepy, crawly and they spread diseases. Unfortunately, ticks are part of our lives, and chances are you’ve seen a flea

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Natural Tick and Flea Prevention for Dogs

In recent years, I’ve been learning more and more about natural ways to keep my family and my dogs healthy. So I want to ask, have you ever wondered are flea and tick medication safe for my dog?

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Is Your Dog Bored with Her Toys?

Stop Buying New Dog Toys! I know, it’s so much fun walking through the pet store and picking out all the fun squeaky dog toys… but they can cost you a fortune, $10 here, $30 there, $60 for dog food…

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My Dog Has Worms

Did you ever wonder why each year when you take your dog to the vet for her checkup, you are asked to bring in a stool sample? Yup, you guessed it, they are checking for parasites aka worms in your dog’s

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What You Need to Know About Lyme Disease and Your Dog

My Dog Has Lyme Disease, Now What? I am saddened to announce our foster dog, Taylor was recently diagnosed with Lyme disease and three types of worms! The poor pup is only 6 months old and just went in

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What’s the Difference Between Spayed and Neutered?

The Difference in a Spay and Neuter is spay refers to a female dog being fixed and neuter is referring to a male dog being fixed. A female dog is spayed, removing the uterus, fallopian tubes, and both

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3 Big Clues to How Old is My Dog?

How Can I Tell the Age of My Adopted Dog? The first question most people ask about your dog is what breed he is. The second question is how old is he? But when adopting a dog, we don’t always know the

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My Dog Ate Chocolate Will He Die?

My Dog Ate Chocolate, What Should I Do? We all know chocolate can be toxic to dogs. But the question is, how much chocolate will make a dog sick? Or what even are the symptoms to watch for if your

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7 Easy Tips to Protect Your Dogs Paws in Winter

Cold Weather Safety Tips for Your Dog Are your dog’s paws dry and cracked? Can dogs paws freeze in snow? YES, they can! How do you protect your dog’s paws in the winter? This week in Wisconsin

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11 Fun Enrichment Games to Play with Your Dog Inside

With the short days of winter and rainy spring, you and your dog can quickly get cabin fever! Here in the Midwest, we get super cold temps that keep us from taking our daily long walks so I am always looking

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The Whirlpool of Grief – Stages of Grief After Losing a Pet

Grieving the loss of your dog is never easy. Unfortunately, I have lost 5 dogs in my lifetime. I can remember each one like it was yesterday and each loss has been difficult, my dogs are my family. Everyone

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