Veterinary Acupuncture: Do Your Best Friend a Favor

Is acupuncture for your pet something you should pursue? This is a question that is best answered by a veterinarian that has been trained in TCVM (Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine).

The proper application of TCVM treatments which include Chinese herbs, acupuncture, acupressure, as well as food energy therapy can be combined with western and conventional treatments since there are characteristics of each perspective that are able to work in synergy. On top of that, by integrating both TCVM and western approaches, a more thorough evaluation of the entire body of a pet can be achieved by the vet so an appropriate suggestion of prevention and treatment can be provided.

TCVM and acupuncture are able to benefit all stages of life, from young to old, as well as can treat a variety of conditions. One of the aspects of a TCVM approach is determining and resolving the underlying issues behind the illness that is occurring. This can reduce the effect of chronic illness which is cumulative. Since the majority of the health problems a pet has are diagnosed once an illness is well advanced, striving to prevent the disease from occurring is crucial.

How Can Veterinary Acupuncture Benefit My Cat or Dog?

The release of the body’s natural anti-inflammatory and pain relieving substances is stimulated through veterinary acupuncture. With acupuncture therapy, the body creates not only a local sense of relaxation within the muscles where the needle is inserted, but it also creates a generalized effect of pain relief throughout the entire being. Removal of metabolic wastes and toxins, oxygenation and the tissue blood flow is improved with veterinary acupuncture.

With veterinary acupuncture, there are no potential adverse side effects for the internal organs of a pet as there are with over the counter and prescription pain medications. There will be no adverse interaction with veterinary acupuncture and any medication or supplements that your pet may be on, so it is safe to use with a variety of conditions.

How Does Veterinary Acupuncture Work?

needles_webWhat acupuncture does is promote the body to be able to heal itself. From the perspective of TCVM, by correcting the imbalance of energy in the body, veterinary acupuncture encourages healing.  Nervous system stimulation, blood circulation and the release or pain relieving and anti-inflammatory hormones is enhanced by the natural healing ways of acupuncture.

Acupuncture involves needles being inserted into the tissue of the body where blo
od vessels and nerve bundles come together. The term for these collections of vascular and nervous tissue is acupuncture points. These are found in all surface areas of the body on energy channels referred to as meridians. Needle insertion is only one type of acupuncture treatment.

Other Acupuncture Treatments

1. Acupressure
Administering pressure to acupuncture points to bring about an effect that is similar to the insertion of needles. This is ideal for areas that are hard to reach, for instance where there may not be needle treatment available and for pets that are behaviorally challenging.

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The injection of liquids such as diluted B12, homeopathics, chondroprotective medications, etc. An energetic change is exerted by the liquid by pushing the tissues out of the way.

3. Moxibustion
The application to needles of Chinese herbal compounds that are heated. Pets who are older or who suffer from conditions that involve muscle soreness and/or joints stiffness can greatly benefit from heat.6947921_f520

4. Electrostimulation (Estim)
Needles that are inserted into acupuncture points course electric currents into the body. Spasming muscles are relaxed with estim and can help the body to reestablish nervous impulses after there has been damage, for example, spinal cord or nerve root damage due to an intervertebral disc being ruptured, etc.

5. Laser Laser energy is used to stimulate acupuncture points. Although a “hot” topic in the world of veterinary physical rehabilitation, it is actually quite “cool”. Significant heat is not generated from most lasers that burn skin or hair. Lasers are a great way for acupuncture treatments that are “needle-less” to be provided especially for patients who do not easily tolerate the insertion of needles.

Which Conditions Can Veterinary Acupuncture Manage?

There are a variety of conditions that can be treated with veterinary acupuncture, especially those that involve pain and inflammation. The following list covers some of the more common veterinary ailments that acupuncture can naturally heal:

1. Arthritis
Joint inflammation, also known as arthritis can happen during any stage of life, from childhood, adulthood and of course in seniors, this causes various physiological changes that are quite painful.

2. Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD)
The progression of arthritis is known as DJD and is when the surfaces of the joints become irregular, this causes a range of motion that is decreased and pain that increases.

3. Trauma
Car accidents, surgery, falling and animal fights are types of trauma that can bring about inflammation and pain.

4. Cancer
Cancer can cause swelling of tissue and the enlargement of organ systems, this causes nausea, decreased appetite, pain and lethargy.

5. Metabolic Disease
Pancreatitis, Addison’s disease, kidney and liver failure, Cushing’s disease, feline hyperthyroidism, diabetes mellitus, hypothyroidism all cause nausea as well as changes in appetite and energy.

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What Environment Is Best To Perform Veterinary Acupuncture?

Veterinary acupuncture that is house call based helps to alleviate the behavioral and physical stress which is associated form having to transport a pet to and from the veterinary location. On top of that, traditionally animal hospitals are areas where there is illness and a potential for exposure to a disease that is infectious is reduced by treating a pet in their home.

How Often Does a Pet Require Veterinary Acupuncture Treatment?

Cats and dogs will start fo with treatments that are more frequent and are later reduced to intervals that are less frequent for maintenance purposes. During the initial weeks, generally pets benefit from one to three treatment sessions on a weekly basis. What the goal is is to get to the point where there is a longer period of time where it seems that the condition of the pet has either been resolved or has improved.

The effect of undergoing veterinary acupuncture treatments are cumulative. Therefore, it is more beneficial to have consistent as opposed to intermittent treatment. Discuss your options with a certified TCVM acupuncturist so you and Fido can live out as many happy and healthy years together as possible.

3 Inspirational Service Dogs Prove Dogs Are Real-Life Superheroes

Service dogs are hardworking, dedicated and incredibly beneficial in so many aspects of society. From search and rescue to bomb squad missions, there are dogs working in numerous fields. We count on dogs in so many ways. After all dogs are loaded with talents, like super sonic smelling powers and the ability to heal broken souls.

Here are some extraordinarily inspirational service dogs that deserve a standing round of aPAWS!

bretagne31. Bretagne The 9/11 Dog

Bretagne was the last living search and rescue dog from the September 11th attacks in NYC. The sweet-hearted golden retriever lived to be 16, passing away in June 2016, just shy of her 17th birthday.

Back in 2001, she was one of 300 dogs tasked with searching for bodies in the massive rubble left behind when the twin towers crumbled. Alongside her owner and best friend, Denise Corliss, Bretagne worked 12-hour days at Ground Zero for nearly two weeks. Not only did Bretagne’s incredible sense of smell help find people lost in the rubble, but her good-natured spirit brought a smile to all who interacted with her.

Bretagne worked as a formal search and rescue dog until she was 9-years-old. She was then blessed with an excellent retirement full of swimming, cuddling and lots of love. On the day she was euthanized a sea of firefighters stood outside of her veterinary hospital to salute her. It wasn’t the first time she’d been acknowledged for her selfless hard work, and even though she no longer walks this Earth, it certainly won’t be the last.

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2. Yolanda, The Service Dog That Saved Her Blind Owner From A House Fire

Yolanda is a beautiful Labrador that works day in and day out to help protect her owner Maria Colon. Colon lost her eyesight in 1992, and without her trusty service dog she wouldn’t be alive today.

yolanda2When Colon’s Philadelphia home caught fire last year she immediately called out her dog’s name for help. She used the code word “danger,” which prompted Yolanda to dial 911 on a specialized phone.

Colon said, “I hear the phone — tke, tke, tke. And she’s growling. And I said, ‘Oh my lord, she called the police.’”

The fire temporarily displaced Colon and Yolanda and both were treated for injuries, but today they are lucky to be alive. It wasn’t the first time Yolanda saved Colon’s life. The year prior, Yolanda dialed 911 after Colon fell down in her home and lost consciousness.

3. Lucas, The Crime Fighting Police Service Dog That Saved His Owner From 3 Attackers

lucas_webIn May 2015, Deputy Todd Frazier was cruising along a desolate stretch of Highway 90 in Pearlington, Mississippi with his service dog in the backseat when he came across a blue Lincoln Town Car at a deserted rest stop. The officer pulled over to make sure everything was okay, at which point he was attacked by three men.

One of the men cut him across the forehead with a razor, another choked him and a third man grabbed his legs and began to carry him off towards the edge of the woods. The deputy clicked a button on his person that released his K-9, Lucas, from the backseat of his patrol car.

Lucas quickly went into action fighting off the assailants, causing them to drop Deputy Frazier and flee to their car. While both Frazier and Lucas had some bumps and bruises, Lucas even lost a few teeth, they both made a full recovery.

Sheriff Ricky Adam, Frazier’s fellow officer from the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department, said, “Deputy Frazier is a good deputy and takes his job seriously. He is also an excellent dog handler — he trained Lucas himself.”

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Every Dog Is A Service Dog In His Or Her Own Way
Even if your dog is not out fighting crime or joining search and rescue teams he or she is still a hero in so many ways. Every dog is loaded with superpowers, and it’s up to you to make sure they are in the best shape to utilize their special talents. You never know, your dog could very well save your life someday!

How To Heal Cracked, Dry Damaged Paw Pads 

Is your dog suffering from rough, dry or cracked paws? Make sure your pup’s paw pads are in the best shape possible with all-natural PawSoother. Within days you’ll notice the differences as your dog’s paws become smooth. Your dog will notice the differences too; as a fresh set of paws lets them run, jump, play and perhaps even save your life with renewed vigor!

How To Heal Irritated, Inflamed, Damaged Skin 

Is your dog’s skin red, irritated, inflamed, cut, burned or facing any other issues? When your dog’s skin isn’t looking its best your dog isn’t feeling his or her best. Skin Soother naturally heals, soothes and treats a wide variety of skin conditions, from allergies to burns and cuts.

Dogs deserve nothing less than the best, which is why all of our products are made from all-natural, carefully sourced vegan and organic ingredients. We are here to help your dog feel like the superhero they are!

How To Protect Dog Paws During The Winter From 4 Common Issues

It’s so important to protect dog paws during the winter in order to prevent a number of common complications. Everything from dry, irritated, bloody paw pads, to illness related to deicers can be prevented. Here’s a look at some of the most common ailments caused by winter weather, as well as how you can help protect dog paws so that your canine remains happy and healthy all winter long.

1. Dry, Chapped, Flaky, Irritated Paw Pads From Walking On Snow

drypaws_webDog paws may become dry, chapped, itchy, flaky and downright painful due to walking directly on cold snow. Imagine walking barefoot in the snow, your feet would start to suffer the consequences too.

How To Prevent & Treat:

There are a number of products on the market geared at protecting your dog’s sensitive paw pads from the snow, such as dog boots. The thing is, not all dogs want to actually wear these boots and it can be a bit of a pain putting them on every time you go out for a walk.cashmeetsworld_pt_web

PawTection offers a less invasive way to put a barrier between your dog’s paws and the snow. The easy to apply all-natural balm glides over your dog’s paws and creates a barrier against the uncomfortably cold snow. Plus, it is packed with moisturizing properties to help combat skin dryness associated with this time of year.

If your dog’s paws are already chapped, dry, irritated or bleeding you need something to restore moisture and heal damaged skin. All natural and vegan Paw Soother does just that thanks to the soothing anti inflammatory and moisturizing properties packed inside.

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2. Chemical Burns From De-Icers

De-icers are commonly applied to sidewalks, driveways and roadways in order to help melt and remove snow. The chemicals in deicers are one of the greatest threats to your four-legged pal every winter. Deicers can cause burned paws, or illness if your dog licks the chemicals off of their paws.

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PawTection provides a natural barrier against the elements, including deicers. Apply PawTection before going outside to help prevent the risk of chemical burns or other damages caused by de-icers.

Keep a bowl of water and a clean rag at your door so that you can soak and wipe your dog’s paws clean before going back inside. This will help remove any deicing residue that could otherwise end up dangerously ingested by your dog.

3. Ice Balls On Hairy Dog Feet

If your dog has hairy feet you may notice ice balls forming between the pads and toes. This can lead to very sore paws and a greater likelihood that deicers get caught up and ingested.

How To Prevent & Treat:

Keep the hair on your dog’s feet neatly trimmed to reduce the risk of ice ball formations. After going outside, clean your dog’s feet with water and a clean rag to remove any semblance of ice balls.

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4. Frostbite & Hypothermia

If your dog is outside for long periods of time during the winter they are at risk for frostbite and hypothermia. If your dog’s paws are sore, red or bleeding they likely have some degree of frostbite.

How To Prevent & Treat:

Paw Soother naturally treats frostbitten paw pads, providing instant relief, while PawTection helps keep your dog’s feet safe whenever he or she is outside.

Your dog should not spend long periods of time outside during the winter. It’s also better to go on multiple short walks throughout the day as opposed to one long walk. Put yourself in your dog’s paws, would you want to walk barefoot through the snow for hours on end?

When your dog is outside, make sure PawTection is there to properly protect their delicate paws against painful damages.

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The Safest All-Natural Dog Chew: Introducing Himalayan Gnawers

Does furry BFF have a favorite all-natural dog chew? Have you ever read the ingredients on the back of the label or stopped to consider where & how the ingredients are actually sourced?

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A couple poisonous residues that may show up in rawhide include arsenic and formaldehyde.

Dog chew toys are great for promoting dental health, reducing boredom and anxiety and preventing your dog from chewing on other things… like your new handbag or favorite furry slippers. However…mass produced dog chews are overloaded with unhealthy, poorly sourced ingredients that could potentially harm your precious pup.

If a dog chew contains animal products, including meat, bones or dairy, chances are the animals used to create it were treated inhumanely and may have even been diseased at the tie of death. Not only is this bad for the poor animals used to produce the product, but it could also cause harm to your dog’s health.

Imagine your dog sinking its teeth into a 100% natural cheese chew that’s just as healthy as it is tasty? Natural Dog Company is thrilled to announce the long-needed alternative to unhealthy dog chews: Himalayan Gnawers™.

Ingredients Matter: What’s In Your Dog’s Chew?

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Just because the label on a particular dog chew says it is good for your dog doesn’t mean it actually is. In fact, you need to read the ingredients and know where they come from in order to identify if it is good or not. We make it simple by putting animals first over profit.

Each Himalayan Gnawer is packed with 100% natural ingredients that are high in protein and healthy fats. We never use cheap fillers. Our unique Gnawers are developed from well treated, free-range animals that have NOT been subjected to unhealthy hormones, antibiotics, chemicals or GMO feeds.

When you purchase a Himalayan Gnawer from Natural Dog Company you can rest assured that your furbaby will enjoy a healthy, delicious and beneficial chew that is completely free of chemicals and unhealthy fillers like grain, gluten, artificial flavors and dyes. These artificial ingredients have been found harmful to dogs with the potential to increase the risk for developing certain types of canine cancer.

Benefits Of Natural Dog Chews

Chewing is a natural act for dogs, something they crave to do… which is why they eat so many pairs of shoes, underpants and other odd things. It’s disappointing to see your favorite slippers torn to shreds, but even worse it could cause choking, digestive blocks and other health problems for your dog. Himalayan Gnawers grant your dog the opportunity to exercise their love of chewing while providing ample benefits.

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Your pup will love chewing on one of these delicious natural chew treats. Plus, in the process they actively improve dental hygiene and overall health. Your dog doesn’t brush and floss his teeth every single night, but chewing a Himalayan Gnawer naturally helps reduce tartar and plaque buildup while strengthening teeth.

Our affordably priced Gnawers come in 3 different sizes to accommodate small, medium and large dogs. No matter how big or small your dog may be, he or she is sure to love these delicious long-lasting chew toys.

Not only will your canine go doggone crazy for them, but you will too! One chew can keep your dog entertained for hours without leaving behind any icky residue or stains on your floors or furniture. Every last morsel of a Himalayan Gnawer is edible and easy to digest so that nothing goes to waste. And trust us… your dog isn’t going to let one little crumb slip beneath the radar. Once your pup chews the Gnawer down to one tiny end piece, pop it in the microwave for 30 seconds. After it cools down your dog will enjoy a tasty, crunchy treat!

The #1 Safe, Delicious & Natural Dog Chew

According to dogs all over the planet, our natural Himalayan Gnawers deserve a standing bark! See the look of love light up your dog’s face when they sink their teeth into the best all-natural dog chew around.

Made in small batches and handcrafted with love, try our delicious and 100% natural Himalayan Gnawers today!

Intertrigo Treatment: Wrinkle Balm Before & After Review

Your dog’s wrinkles make him or her uniquely adorable, but they also present the risk for painful irritations associated with skin fold disease, technically known as Intertrigo. If you notice red, irritated, swollen or crusty skin between wrinkles, your dog needs soothing relief, and fast!

Our specially formulated all-natural Wrinkle Balm provides an organic and safe intertrigo treatment. It’s gentle enough for the most sensitive dogs, but tough enough to battle away yeast, bacteria and that notorious crusty buildup.

Along with intertrigo treatment, Wrinkle Balm also provides soothing relief, treatment and prevention from:

  • Skin fold dermatitis
  • Yeast and bacterial infections
  • Irritated, red, chaffed or inflamed skin
  • Crusty buildup
  • Sores, pimples and scabs
  • Itchy, flaky skin
  • Hair loss or baldness
  • Unpleasant odor

Wrinkle Balm acts like a miracle worker for everything from a terrible smelling face causing noticeable itching, to inflamed and infected wrinkles. It fills our hearts with joy to know our product is helping improve the quality of life for so many dogs.

Don’t just take our word for it. Meet Sugar!

Sugar’s Story: Treating Intertrigo

Sugar is an adorable English bulldog from Pueblo West, Colorado. As cute as she may be, she’s no stranger to infected wrinkles. Even with good care Sugar began to show signs of irritation between the wrinkles on her face. Her concerned hooman went to work trying to find a solution.

Lucky for Sugar, we were one step ahead with our all-natural Wrinkle Balm.

Just one day after applying the balm to Sugar’s wrinkles the results started to show, and within days Sugar’s wrinkles were completely healed.

Sugar’s mom writes:

“As any English Bulldog owner knows, it is so important to keep your dog’s wrinkles clean or they can get ugly – quick. Sugar’s wrinkles became very red, inflamed and irritated looking. I tried lots of ointments and nothing worked. I thought I’d give the Wrinkle Balm a try before making a trip to the vet. I ordered the Wrinkle Balm and almost overnight I saw results. I continued to put the product on every day in Sugar’s wrinkles and it no longer looks infected. The product smells great and doesn’t seem to bother Sugar one bit. I have already told my friend’s who own dogs about this product and cannot wait to purchase more.”

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Wrinkle Balm will quickly become your favorite household go-to. As our customers often discover, it’s not just good for irritated or infected wrinkles. Jenn G. writes, “In addition to being super soothing for all of my dogs scratches and little topical irritations, this wrinkle bomb is fantastic on my dry cuticles.”

What Causes Intertrigo?

Skin fold irritation is a type of dermatitis that only impacts skin folds. Directly caused by friction, Intertrigo is made worse by moisture and heat. If it is not treated it will only get worse, creating pain, itchiness and discomfort for your dog. Not only can the skin become irritated but it can also become infected with yeast and other forms of bacteria.

Paws Down, The Best Intertrigo Treatment Out There! 

Natural Dog Company is made up of real life dog lovers. All of us share the same overarching goal: To help as many dogs as possible all around the world. We feel so fortunate to help dogs like Sugar find relief from canine skin problems.

The dogs that tend to develop skin irritations are more sensitive, which is why we only use carefully sourced ingredients that are 100% natural. You can apply Wrinkle Balm with confidence that your dog will thank you later.

Learn more about Wrinkle Balm.

 

All About English Bulldogs: Meet The Breed That Slobbers & Loves Without Boundaries

shutterstock_151358705_cropped_webEnglish bulldog puppies are wild little things, but as they grow and mature they spend more time snoring on the sofa. Despite their resting gloom-face, English bulldogs are happy-go-lucky characters with kind, courageous and often hilarious personalities. Their charm is further highlighted by their crablike waddle that’ll make you smile even on the worst of days.

While English bulldogs are super laid back they can be rather stubborn at times; proper training tactics help to maintain a respectful relationship between you and your dog. Early socialization is also fundamental to reduce aggression in bulldogs as they age.

Fast Facts About English Bulldogs

  • The average male weighs 54 pounds and the average female weighs 50 pounds.
  • Males average 17 inches, measured at the highest point along the back, and females average 16 inches.
  • They have a short, fine coat that is fairly easy to groom and maintain.
  • Colors include brindle (tiger stripe), piebald, fawn, white or solid red.
  • The average English bulldog lives 8-10 years.
  • Originally bred for bull baiting, English bulldogs originated in the British Isles sometime before the 13th century.

Is An English Bulldog Right For You?

If you answer ‘yes’ to most or all of the following questions this breed will likely make a pawesome pal.

Do you want a moderate sized dog whose stature is low to the ground?
English bulldogs are not very tall, but their bulky frame makes them rather heavy and categorizes them as a moderate sized canine.

Do you want a dog that doesn’t require much exercise?
Like all dogs, they need some exercise in order to stay fit and healthy. Yet, they aren’t designed to spend hours running around the neighborhood or local park. English bulldogs prefer light walks a few times each day, or around 20-40 minutes of exercise per day. Preferably when it’s cool outside because they are prone to overheating.

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Do you prefer a dog that doesn’t bark much?
While this loyal breed is protective of its pack, it’s not big on barking. BUT, English bulldogs do make a variety of other sounds—such as snorting, snuffling, wheezing, grunting and snoring loud enough to wake the neighbors. Oh, and you can’t forget farting! Side note: if you feed your dog a natural diet of real meat and other fresh foods you can reduce flatulence considerably.

Do you think drooling dogs are adorable?
You better! English bulldogs are full of slobber after eating or drinking, and sometimes for no reason at all. A simple shake of their head can leave you covered in slimy saliva.

Are you financially prepared to deal with high vet bills and common health problems?
Due to the English bulldog’s unique breeding they are prone to a number of health problems that result in high vet bills. Common health problems include heart problems, hip problems, respiratory issues and skin conditions.

studchonchis_ss-wb_webEnglish bulldogs, like other short-nosed (brachycephalic) dogs, are prone to dry, crusty, discolored snouts. Thankfully, Snout Soother offers an affordable, safe and effective solution to even the worst dry noses.
Natural Dog Company is proud to offer a variety of carefully formulated dog balms infused with natural healing properties geared specifically to treat common skin ailments that affect English bulldogs. For instance, those adorable wrinkles are prone to all kinds of infections, chaffing and irritations including bulldog tail infections, all of which Wrinkle Balm is proven to soothe, treat and heal.

Shop our full collection of doggone delightful organic and vegan products that’ll keep your english bulldog as healthy as pawssible without causing your bank account to bark at you!

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Your Dog’s Skin Issues Can Be Soothed, Healed & Treated With Skin Soother + Wrinkle Balm

Stinky, itchy, red or irritated wrinkles got your pup howling the blues? There’s Wrinkle Balm for that! Is your BFF suffering from larger dog skin issues such as cuts, burns, inflamed bug bites or infections? If so, Skin Soother is proven to do the trick.

Both Wrinkle Balm and Skin Soother are made from similar all natural, organic and vegan ingredients, but they are uniquely different in a number of ways. When paired together they have the power to heal and prevent your dog’s skin issues. There’s good reason we pack them together into one dynamic duo.

What Sets Them Apart?

Wrinkle Balm is a more mild formula, made for regular use on for your dog’s most sensitive parts. You can use Wrinkle Balm regularly in order to keep your dog’s skin issues at bay, and prevent the formation of stinky, inflamed skin as well as the build up of yeast, bacteria and other common skin irritations.

Wrinkle Balm prevents and treats the following ailments:

  • Skin fold dermatitis
  • Yeast and bacterial infections
  • Red, inflamed, chaffed skin
  • Crusty buildup
  • Scabs, pimples or sores
  • Itchy, flaky skin
  • Hair loss
  • Stinky odors

When Wrinkle Balm isn’t strong enough, you need to bring in the ‘big guns’ aka Skin Soother. Whilst still gentle, Skin Soother is a stronger formula proven to battle off some of the toughest skin conditions.

Skin Soother provides soothing relief and healing power to the following dog skin issues:

  • Wounds, cuts, scrapes and burns
  • Acne, skin rashes and other irritations
  • Post surgery wounds
  • Yeast, fungal or bacterial infections
  • Inflamed bug bites

Skin Soother also:

  • Prevents infections
  • Reduces scarring
  • Soothes discomfort and reduces itching

Why They Make A Great Pair When It Comes To Healing & Preventing Your Dog’s Skin Issues

Wrinkle Balm is a great everyday solution to prevent the build up of infections, irritations and other skin disorders that commonly impact dogs in between their facial wrinkles and other sensitive areas. You can use Wrinkle Balm worry-free as often as you want. No matter how much of it your dog eats or comes into contact with, you can rest assured they are 100% safe.

Skin Soother is used as more of a spot-treatment, or when more serious skin conditions crop up, such as injuries, infections, cuts, burns, rashes and so forth.

It can also be used when Wrinkle Balm is not strong enough to combat the issue. For extra sensitive pups, Skin Soother may be too intense. If you’re dog is extremely sensitive you may want to start out with Wrinkle Balm first.

When you have both Skin Soother and Wrinkle Balm on hand, there’s nothing that can stand in your dog’s way of clear, healthy and great smelling skin!

Keep Your Dog’s Skin Looking & Feeling Its Best 360 Days A Year

Dog skin issues are ruff! From dry, crusty, stinky and infected skin between wrinkles on your dog’s face, to red and inflamed skin on your dog’s tummy, together Wrinkle Balm and Skin Soother can reduce discomfort, heal and prevent future skin ailments. Now that’s something to bark about!

You can purchase Wrinkle Balm and Skin Soother together for one low price!

Burned Dog Paws: How To Naturally Treat Paw Pad Injuries

Your dog’s paw pads are ruff and tough but they are far from invincible. In fact, it’s very easy for burned dog paws to ruin your pup’s day. Paw pad burns can develop from simply walking on hot pavement, trotting over freshly poured asphalt, or coming into contact with chemicals.

Signs Of Burned Dog Paws 

  • Your dog is limping, or completely refusing to walk
  • Paw pads are darker than usual
  • Missing parts of the footpad
  • Visible blisters or redness
  • Dogs commonly lick and chew at burned paws in hopes of finding some relief
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Example of first degree burns that can be treated with Paw Soother

What To Do Immediately After You Notice Burned Dog Paw Pads 

If your dog has second or third degree burns, please take them to an emergency veterinarian clinic right away! For minor to moderate first degree burns…

  1. Submerge burned paw pads in cold water for a minimum of 10 minutes. If your dog doesn’t want to keep his or her paw in water, try holding a soaked cloth over the paw instead.
  2. After the paw pad is wet, use soap and water or betadine to gently wash paws and clean out any impurities that could lead to infection. Cut away any hair that could get into the paw and cause irritation or infection.
  3. Pat the paw dry; be extra careful not to rub at paws because burned paw pads are sensitive and can be quite painful.
  4. For minor burns, apply Paw Soother to help soothe and moisturize damaged skin. Paw Soother is an all-natural balm capable of instantly soothing discomfort associated with burns. The unique blend of vegan and organic ingredients not only soothes, but also goes to work healing so that your dog returns to normal faster.

Learn more about the power of Paw Soother here. https://naturaldogcompany.com/product/paw-soother/

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Results from using Paw Soother!

For more severe burns, apply Skin Soother to your dog’s paws. Skin Soother has unique healing herbs that are perfect for preventing infection, speeding recovery and reducing scarring.

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Your dog is perfectly safe if they lick at Paw Soother or Skin Soother, but you may still need to apply a sock or wrap over injured paws so that your dog doesn’t continue to lick and postpone healing.

Dogs may appear to have burned paws but are instead may be suffering from allergies or some other
irritant. The great thing about Skin Soother is that it is formulated to treat a variety of ailments, including yeast, fungal and bacterial infections, as well as allergies and skin impactions, plus more. No matter the issue, you’re still doing right by your pup.

Whatever you do, do not apply Aloe Vera to your dog’s burn. While it’s the go-to for humans, the ASPCA lists it as potentially toxic to dogs and cats.

Preventing Paw Pad Burns

Recognizing how sensitive your dog’s paw pads are is the first step to preventing injuries in the future.

Always watch your dog while playing outside to prevent him or her from getting into chemicals, freshly poured asphalt, hot coals or anything else that could result in injury.

After going for a walk, inspect your dog’s paws and wash them off with a moist rag to remove chemicals, like deicers, known to create painful paw burns.

If the weather is 80 °F, the pavement could be hotter than 100 °F. Always feel the pavement with the bottom of your bare hand before letting your dog walk on it. If you can’t comfortably hold your palm to the asphalt for 10 seconds or more, it’s too hot for your dog’s paws.

Provide an extra barrier of protection against the elements by applying PawTection to your dog’s paws each day. This moisturizing balm adds a layer of protection between your dog’s paws and the ground, helping prevent the risk of burning and other common paw injuries.

Learn more about PawTection.

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Signs Your Dog Needs Veterinary Attention For Burned Paw Pads

  • The paw is not healing at all, or seems to be getting worse.
  • It appears your dog has a second or third degree burn. Take your dog to the vet immediately for anything more serious than a first-degree burn.
  • Your dog is refusing to walk or acting like they are in a considerable amount of pain.
  • Entire sections of the paw pad are missing or visibly burned off.

 

5 Ways You Can Speed Up Your Dog’s Recovery After Surgery

The morning you drop your pet off for surgery is always stressful. For the remainder of the day you check your phone over and over, just waiting for the vet to call and say your beloved pup is good to go and ready for pick up. Not to add more stress to an already tense situation, but just because your dog makes it home after surgery doesn’t mean he or she is out of the woods just yet. There’s always the risk a wound will reopen, an infection will develop or your dog won’t heal properly. These risks increase without proper post-surgical care. Taking proper care of any wounds will help expedite your dog’s recovery after surgery while reducing risks associated with infection.

The following tips will help your dog’s recovery after surgery go as quickly as pawssible!

  1. Apply all natural Skin Soother to help soothe, heal and prevent post-surgical infections.

Skin Soother is the leading all-natural organic healing balm for dogs. First and foremost, it is 100% safe to use even on the most sensitive pets thanks to the carefully sourced and all natural ingredients packed into every handcrafted batch.

  • Soothes Sensitive Skin & Promotes Faster Recovery

As soon as it’s applied, Skin Soother goes to work soothing sensitivities while simultaneously infusing the skin with moisturizing properties that kick-start healing.

  • Reduces Scarring

Not only does it speed up your dog’s recovery after surgery, but also it reduces scarring.

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  • Fights Off Infections

Infections are a big cause for concern when dealing with any wound. Skin Soother is chockfull of healing herbs that actively protect your dog against bacterial, yeast and fungal infections.

  • Anti-Inflammatory Properties

Skin Soother is an anti-inflammatory that’ll help reduce any normal swelling or inflamed and irritated skin post-surgery.

  1. Carefully follow any and all instructions provided by your vet.3283043

Your vet should provide you with detailed instructions on how to care for your pet following surgery. Some wounds require cleaning and re-bandaging as much as 2-3 times per day, while other wounds only need to be checked and cleaned once every few days. Follow your vet’s instructions carefully for the best results. Ask your vet about using Skin Soother to expedite recovery, soothe tender skin and help prevent infections. They can tell you when to start applying it, either right after surgery or a few days down the road.

  1. Keep a close eye on the wound and call your vet the moment you notice anything
    abnormal.

It is normal to notice some swelling, redness or tenderness after surgery. Keep tabs on what the area looks like and if anything worsens. You want to alert your vet right away if you notice oozing, icky odors, excessive redness or bruising, heat or abnormal pain.

  1. Keep your dog busy and distracted to prevent harmful scratching, chewing, licking, etc.

Do everything you can to prevent your dog from scratching, biting or licking at their wound, even if it’s covered in a bandage. To help accomplish this task your dog may need to wear a cone on his or her head—which few, if any, dogs appreciate. Help make your dog’s recovery process less ruff by giving them extra love and attention as well as plenty of distractions. Groom your dog daily and spend plenty of time cuddling up with them. When you’re not around leave the TV on to help distract them. If your dog must be in a crate, place it in a high traffic area where they can observe all of the commotion going on in the house.

  1. my-dog-drinking-a-lot-water-polydipsia-483661325Make sure to give your dog plenty of water.

A healing body requires even more hydration than usual so make sure your dog has a constant supply of clean fresh water. If your pet is still groggy from medications do not leave him or her alone with a full bowl of water. Medicated pets have been known to fall asleep in their water bowls and drown.

We’d love to help speed up your dog’s recovery after surgery—try Skin Soother today, risk free!

 

 

 

 

All About Pugs: Introducing The Most Pugtastic Dog Breed

Pugs are mischievous, adorable and oh-so-cuddly – making them impossible to resist. They are also one of the oldest dog breeds, originating prior to 400 BC! The AKC recognized the breed in 1885, and all these years later the pug stands as the 34th most popular dog breed. Due to their small size, medium energy levels and even temperament, people from all walks of life have fallen head over tail for pugs. The pug makes an equally great pet for small or large families living in city apartments to sprawling country homes.

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Truth be told, the pug is not always the most athletic or coordinated breed, but that doesn’t mean
they don’t enjoy exercise! Some even excel at physically demanding challenges such as agility courses.

Their strong legs and dogged curiosity require lots of exercise to keep them looking and feeling their best. Multiple walks and a couple games of fetch throughout the day should be enough exercise for your pug.

What do pugs eat?

Pugs LOVE food, hence why their name is one letter different from ‘pigs.’ A healthy balanced diet is adamant from puppyhood on through adult life. Although it’s hard to resist those sad “I’m starving” eyes, overfeeding is a definite no-no. Working with a vet to find the right breed-specific formula for your pug’s unique digestive system is key to a long and healthy life.

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How much do pugs weigh?

The average pug weighs between 14 and 18 pounds.

How much grooming do pugs require?

Pugs shed but they are shorthaired dogs which means shedding and grooming are minimal compared to longhaired dog breeds. Pugs require weekly brushing as well as regular nail trimmings, ear cleanings and teeth brushing. The wrinkles on their face need to be cleaned with a soft cloth several times a day to help keep out infections and other skin irritants.

Wrinkle Balm is a popular all-natural product with the pug population. It gently soothes irritated, crusty skin while simultaneously treating any underlying yeast or bacterial infections—which can smell real bad!

Try Wrinkle Balm for pugs risk free!

How long do pugs live?

Pugs have a fairly long lifespan, averaging between 13 and 15 years.

Are pugs prone to health issues?

For the most part, pugs tend to be very healthy dogs. Like most dog breeds they are susceptible to some health concerns, such as eye disease, patellar luxaton, hip dysplasia, and pug dog encephalitis. Short nosed dog breeds are also more susceptible to dry, crusty or inflamed noses. If you notice your pug’s nose appears dull, dry or otherwise lackluster your pup is in need of Snout Shine. For more serious dryness, crusty or painful cracking, Snout Soother is the best option for your dog.

Both Snout Soother and Snout Shine are all-natural products made with carefully selected organic and vegan ingredients. They are 100% safe for even the most sensitive dogs, even if your dog decides to eat the whole tube! The gentle formula instantly soothes sore and painful noses while going to work to heal even the most damaged snouts. The results provide a healthy shine your pug will be proud to stick his or her nose up about.

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Results with Snout Soother

At Natural Dog we love dogs more than life itself! Our company originated with the mission to help naturally heal and soothe as many dogs as possible. Pugs have become one of our most common customers. Our products are proven to treat and heal everything from bacterial and yeast infections to skin allergies, rough paws, dry noses and more!

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Dry Cracked Paws: Before And After Review Of Paw Soother

Help! My dog’s dry cracked paws are ruff to the touch & look uncomfortable—what do I do?

We’ve heard this same plea time and time again. That’s because damaged, rough and dry cracked paw pads are incredibly common. Just because this condition is common doesn’t mean it’s not uncomfortable for your dog. In fact, rough and damaged paw pads can be incredibly painful, causing some dogs to develop a limp. That’s why we created Paw Soother, the perfect all-natural balm made to instantly soothe and heal even the most damaged paw pads.

At Natural Dog, we are doggone crazy for canines. It fills our hearts with joy to see before and after photos of the many pups we’ve been able to treat with our unique line of all natural dog products. For instance, meet Bella, an adorable pup from Sao Paulo, Brazil…

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Bella’s mom, Elisa Pequini, writes, “Bella’s paws were all cracked and dry from the concrete sidewalks and all the exercise she gets at the park. I got Paw Soother and PawTection hoping to at least protect her paws! But I was amazed by the results.”

Here’s what Bella’s dry cracked paws looked like before:

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“One week later, her paws are a lot softer and you can barely see the cracks! Thank you so much for creating this wonderful product, we loved it!”

Here’s what Bella’s paws look like after just one week:

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After just one week of using Paw Soother

Dog paws can become so damaged that they appear discolored, red or inflamed. That’s exactly what happened to sweet Daisy from Akron, Ohio. Her dry cracked paws were causing her all kinds of discomfort due to allergies…

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Her mom Jessica Connell writes, “Allergies made her chew a sore in her paw.” Next thing Jessica knew her adorable Daisy’s paw looked like this:

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Jessica went to the vet to get Daisy antibiotics, which she paired with the all-natural healing power of Paw Soother. Within no time Daisy’s paws were looking better than ever.

Thanks to Paw Soother, Daisy is looking pretty pawesome these days!

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Lucky, a fun loving pit bull from Colorado Springs, has even more reason to feel lucky after his mom discovered Paw Soother.

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Lucky was suffering from discolored, rough and dry paw pads when Paw Soother arrived in the mail. Lucky’s mom, Holly Moon, writes, “Paw Soother was amazing. I received it quickly and it was very effective. Just rubbed it in once a night. 3 weeks later his paws are soooo nice! My dog actually enjoyed it. It smells great. I would definitely recommend Paw Soother to anyone.”

Here are Lucky’s before and after photos:

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Put Your Paws Up For Paw Soother!

Paw Soother is the most effective product out there for treating irritated, dry, rough and damaged paw pads. Plus, it is made with carefully sourced all natural ingredients so that even if your dog licks at it (as dogs tend to do) they remain 100% safe and healthy. You can use Paw Soother with confidence that it will soothe, treat and heal your dog’s damaged paw pads so that they are soft as a newborn puppy’s paws in no time!

What Is The Difference Between Paw Soother & PawTection?

Paw Soother and PawTection are similar in that they are all natural, vegan and organic products made to relieve and treat damaged paw pads. Paw Soother is specially formulated to deeply heal and hydrate your dog’s paws so that they can return to their natural flexible and spongy state.

PawTection is packed with healing and hydrating properties as well, but as its name implies it is specially formulated to protect against future damage. Without PawTection your dog is forced to walk on all types of terrain with no protection, that’s how rough and irritated paw pads develop in the first place. When applied it provides a natural barrier against heat, cold, salt, sand and snow so that your dog can enjoy all the outdoors has to offer without damaging their delicate little paws.

Buy Paw Soother and PawTection as a set to save money and see the most pawesome results!

 

Are You A Good Match For The American Bulldog? Here’s How To Find Out!

Muscular, determined, confident and cute, the American Bulldog makes an extraordinary pet for the right owner. With proper training and care, the American Bulldog makes a loyal and loving pal you can count on no matter what. This breed is known for their strong-will, but thanks to the fact they are extremely intelligent, they learn to respect a poised and consistent owner without issue.

7 Questions To Consider Before Adopting An American Bulldog

AmericanBulldogCoreahIf you can answer yes to most or all of the following questions you may make an excellent candidate for an American Bulldog!

  1. Do you lead an active lifestyle?

American Bulldogs enjoy challenging their natural athletic abilities, which range to include hunting, weight pulling, agility and farmwork. You may not live on a farm or even condone hunting, but plenty of walks and other forms of daily exercise will do the trick!

  1. Do you plan to socialize your dog early on?

American Bulldogs can grow up to be incredibly friendly or standoffish and even aggressive. The friendliness of their demeanor has a lot to do with how much socialization they get as puppies.

  1. Do you poo-pah any stereotypes set forth by the media?

Unfortunately, bulldogs are often lumped together with the badly perceived pitbull, giving this sweet and loving dog a bad rep for no doggone good reason. Extra care and training may be necessary to help your dog become a standing example of how silly these preconceived notions can be. No matter how well behaved your dog is, you may still run into issues with insurance as well as bans at certain parks, rental properties and so forth.

  1. Don’t want to spend too much time grooming your dog?

The American Bulldog’s sleek and easy-to-groom coat makes them a natural beauty with very little maintenance needed.

  1. Do you love fart jokes?

The American Bulldog is known to let out the more-than-occasional toot, so get your gas masks ready.

  1. Is your home pretty durable in terms of not too much glass or fancy delicates AmBulldogPuppy

The American Bulldog is a lot to handle, especially up until around three-years-old. As a result, it’s not uncommon for their zest to knock over things, plow through tables and so forth. Is your house prepared to stand up to the challenge?

  1. Are you financially prepared to handle any health problems that arise?

The American Bulldog is susceptible to some health issues that may require veterinary attention. For the most part these issues relate to their joints and hips. You don’t need to be rich by any means, but financial stability is important in order to provide proper care if anything arises.

Two Products Every American Bulldog Needs

Speaking of health conditions… there are two things that impact many bulldogs, both of which relate to their adorable little scrunched-up faces. First, is a dry, crusty bulldog nose, and second are stinky sores, crusty buildups or other issues forming between their facial wrinkles.

How To Heal Crusty, Dry, Irritated Bulldog Noses

Due to the way that short-nosed dogs breathe they are more prone to developing dry, crusty noses. If your dog’s nose is not moist or smooth to the touch it is causing discomfort and even impacting his or her ability to smell.

A dry crusty nose can relate to a huge assortment of issues, almost all of which Snout Soother is proven to soothe, treat and heal. Made with all-natural vegan and organic ingredients, Snout Soother is the perfect product for even the most sensitive pups. It’s scent-free, easy to apply and dog-approved! Plus, you’ll start seeing results in as little as one to two applications.

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Results thanks to Snout Soother!

Learn more and try Snout Soother risk free! Click Here!

How To Heal Stinky, Crusty, Pimply-like Irritations Between Bulldog Wrinkles

Those cute wrinkles that line your bulldog’s face create a dark, moist space that just begs bacteria and yeast to breed. Cleaning between your dog’s wrinkles a few times a day helps prevent irritated, pimply and even stinky skin, but even the cleanest dogs are not immune to issues. All-natural Wrinkle Balm is gentle enough to soothe the sorest ailments, but tough enough to combat fierce forms of yeast and bacteria.

Learn more and try Wrinkle Balm risk free! Click Here!

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Sources:

http://www.yourpurebredpuppy.com/reviews/americanbulldogs.html

http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/americanbulldog.htm

Can Your Dog Sunburn? How To Naturally Protect Your Pup From The Sun

YES! Dogs sunburn just like you and I. Certain dogs are at a greater predisposition to sunburns including white dogs, light-colored dogs, shorthaired and hairless dogs. Regardless of color, coat or breed, all dogs sunburn. Dog sunburn is especially common in areas with little to no fur, such as their nose, belly, around the mouth, eyelids and ears. Dogs can also sunburn through their fur; especially white or light-colored dogs with fair skin.

A dog sunburn is nothing to ignore, as reoccurring or untreated burns lead to an increased risk for skin cancer. They can also be painful and irritating, just like sunburns for humans.

Dog Sunburn Symptoms 

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Areas Highly Susceptible to Sun Burn

Dogs show signs of sunburn similar to humans. You will likely notice your dog is sunburned on his/her ears, nose or belly before anywhere else. Some signs your dog got too much sun include:

  • Red skin that may also be sensitive to the touch
  • Dry, cracked skin
  • Curling at the edges of the ears
  • You pup is scratching and possibly whimpering (as we all know, scratching a sunburn would make it hurt worse)
  • Your dog unnaturally shies away from your touch

Severe sunburns can cause your dog to develop a slight fever.

Dog Breeds Most Susceptible To Sunburn

All dogs are at risk for developing sunburns if they are out in the sun for extended time without protection. Some breeds are more likely to develop sunburns due to a lack of fur and/or fair skin. Some of these breeds include:

  • Dalmatians
  • Pitbulls
  • Weimaraners
  • Greyhounds
  • Chinese Crested
  • Boxers
  • Golden Labradors
  • Golden Retrievers
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Staying Cool in the Shade

3 Types Of Dog Sunburn

There are three different levels of sunburn a dog can get:

  • Superficial partial thickness burns impact the top layer of skin, causing red skin but no blisters.
  • Deep partial thickness burns impact the surface layer of your dog’s skin, along with some deeper layers. This type of burn is comparable to second-degree burns in humans, but dogs don’t typically develop blisters.
  • Full thickness burns impact all of your dog’s skin layers and potentially even affect tissue beneath the bottom layer of skin. These burns are very painful and may need veterinary care.

3 Ways To Help Prevent Dog Sunburn

If your pup is outside for more than 15-20 minutes it’s important to protect their skin against the sun’s harmful rays.

  1. Find Shade

Don’t make your dog stand out in the sun for hours on end. Always seek out shade and make sure your dog has the opportunity to stay in the shade as long as they want. This also helps prevent your dog from overheating.

  1. Use Sun Protection For Dogs

550px-Check-if-Your-Dog-Is-Healthy-and-Happy-Step-2If your dog is out in the sun it’s important to layer their skin up with some sort of sunscreen for canines. Seek out all-natural products and never use human sunscreen on your pup, as artificial ingredients and scents can greatly irritate their skin.

The nose is one of the most likely places to get sunburned, but be mindful that whatever you put on your dog’s nose is going to get licked and consumed. In other words, it has to be safe and 100% natural to avoid your dog getting sick.

Snout Soother is packed with natural SPF, which is perfect for dogs with light colored snouts. The scent-free, soothing solution can help heal already burned, dry or flakey noses as well as help prevent future burns from taking place.

Learn more and try Snout Soother risk-free here: https://naturaldogcompany.com/product/snout-soother-regular/

  1. Don’t Forget The Paws!
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Ouch! Severely burnt paw 🙁

Your dog’s paws don’t typically get sunburned because they face down on the ground and away from the sun. BUT… if it’s hot outside, the asphalt or concrete is going to be even hotter…which means your dog’s paws can burn in as little as a few minutes.

PawTection helps protect paws from damage by creating a barrier between paws and the ground. It doesn’t have SPF in it but remains effective because the type of burn that occurs to paws is not usually from direct exposure to the sun’s rays.

Learn more and try PawTection risk free.

If you notice rough, dry or discolored paw pads, your dog has already suffered the effects of walking on hot or abrasive surfaces. PawSoother is the all-natural solution they need to start healing ASAP.

Learn more and try PawSoother risk-free.

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Burned Paws Healed with Paw Soother

SOURCES:

http://www.pet360.com/dog/health/can-dogs-get-sunburn/6AvrV449p0-2-h8gAM8LRg

https://dogs.thefuntimesguide.com/2009/08/dog_skin_cancer.php

Owner Cures Itchy Red Dog Skin For Good, Here’s How She Did It

Lori Kavulish was sick of seeing her sweet Duilius suffer from itchy red dog skin. Yet year after year, Duilius (who goes by Duly) would rip and roll his way around the yard and end up with skin infections that itched and irritated him to no end. Lori started digging around for something to help her beloved pup.

Lori is far from the first dog owner to search: “how to get rid of itchy red dog skin.” In fact, thousands of pet owners are faced with the very same problem. That’s because just like humans, dogs are susceptible to a wide range of allergies, infections and other conditions that can surface through the skin.

 

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Lori wanted an all-natural product, and who could blame her? A dog that’s vulnerable to allergies could potentially be made worse by harsh or artificial ingredients. Not to mention, dog’s love to lick themselves and so whatever you apply to itchy red dog skin is going to end up in your dog’s belly without doubt.

Lori needed a solution and fast. Just like Duly, many dogs develop itching as a symptom of their allergies. As they constantly scratch at already irritated skin they only make things worse.

Lori was hopeful when she came across Skin Soother, it was the all-natural solution she was seeking… but would it work for Duly?

Shortly after applying Skin Soother to Duly’s bright red tummy, Lori was delighted to see a dramatic change in her dog. Duly’s belly was healing right before her eyes and it wasn’t long before Duly’s skin looked like new. The best part of all? He wasn’t constantly scratching at himself and acting uncomfortable.

 

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Lorie writes, “Duly has a beautiful green yard to dig and roll in with hundreds of things to irritate his skin. Every year he gets red, bumpy and itchy. I wanted something natural that worked. We were very pleased with the results.”

Regardless if your dog’s itching is isolated to an allergy or part of a larger bacterial infection, Skin Soother is packed with the vital ingredients necessary to take care of the problem.

Skin Soother has moisturizing properties that soothe and heal, as well as all-natural ingredients with the power to fight off yeast and other bacterial infections. With every ingredient carefully selected and sourced, you don’t have to worry if your dog eats the entire tube. It’s safe and soothing, which is just what the dogs ordered!

Skin Soother Soothes, Treats & Heals:

  • Itchy red dog skin
  • Wounds, cuts, burns and other similar injuries
  • Dog acne, rashes and skin irritations
  • Post-surgical wounds
  • Inflamed skin bites
  • Fungal, bacteria or yeast infections
  • + more

Is your dog constantly suffering from itchy, irritated skin? Try Skin Soother risk free and see how your dog thanks you! Learn more here: https://naturaldogcompany.com/product/skin-soother-stick/

How To Protect Dog Paws During Hot Summer Months

It’s so important to protect dog paws during the heat of summer. For starters, have you ever walked barefoot across asphalt on a hot day? Than you know how much it can hurt! Your dog has fairly strong paw pads but they are not immune to the heat radiating off the pavement every summer. Paws are naturally made for navigating through nature, not scorching hot man-made concrete and asphalt. A simple walk around the block on hot pavement can create painful damage to your dog’s paws.

To make matters worse, dogs regulate their body temperature through their paws. When suffering from hot paws it’s hard for the rest of your dog to cool down, increasing the risk for heat stroke.

Protect Dog Paws: How Hot Is Too Hot To Walk Your Dog On Pavement?

Hot-Asphalt-Awareness1According to The Human Society of the United States, “Asphalt gets very hot and can burn your pet’s paws, so walk your dog on the grass if possible.”

You can check the pavement to see if it’s too hot for your dog by holding your hand or bare foot to it for 10 seconds without flinching. If it’s bearable to you, it’s likely tolerable for your dog as well.

At 77°F, the asphalt reaches temperatures as high as 125°F. When it’s 87° outside, the asphalt can reach as hot as 143°. Now imagine how hot the asphalt gets when temperatures creep up into the triple digits!

If your dog lives outside for a large percentage of the day they may be forced to walk and stand on scorching hot pavement for hours on end. Yet, even a couple walks around the block can burn your dog’s paws.

Are Your Dog’s Paws Burned Or Damaged From Hot Pavement?

In order to protect dog paws, always always clean off your dog’s paws and feel for rough, dry or damaged skin after going outside.

Signs Of Damaged Paw Pads:

  • Dry, rough, and/or flakey paws
  • Cuts or abrasions
  • Your dog is limping or resistant to walk
  • Pads are darker in color than usual
  • Blisters
  • Redness
  • Part of the pad is missing
  • Your dog is constantly licking at and chewing paws

How To Treat Damaged Paws: PawSoother

Healthy dog paws are smooth to the touch. If you notice your pet’s paws have developed a dry, rough texture they are in need of some help to prevent pain and discomfort.

PawSoother is an all-natural product made especially to heal dry, sore and burned dog paws. Every last ingredient is safe enough to eat, but strong enough to combat seriously damaged paw pads. Not only does PawSoother go to work healing damaged paws, but also it provides instant soothing relief for your dog. Sort of like putting chapstick on dry lips—it just feels good!

We know dogs love to lick everything, including their paws. That’s why we make sure every last ingredient is carefully sourced and just as good for your dog’s insides as their precious little paws.

How To Protect Dog Paws From Hot Pavement: PawTector

Walking along hot pavement may not be avoidable—heck, your dog wants to explore no matter how hot it is outside. That’s where PawTection comes into play. Made with a specially selected combination of all natural oils and waxes, PawTection provides a barrier of protection between the pavement and your dog’s paws.

There are special shoes made for dogs, but not all dogs tolerate wearing cumbersome kicks on all four paws. PawTection is a much less invasive way to protect your dog’s paws from hot pavement, sand and other abrasive ground surfaces. Plus, it provides moisturizing and health-boosting properties to keep dogs’ feet feeling their best.

 

Bullmastiff: All About The Cute, Bold & Affectionate Breed

Bullmastiffs are cute, brave, affectionate and loyal. Thanks to their large personalities and great family qualities, bullmastiffs rank as the 44th most popular dog breed according to the AKC. Bullmastiffs originated in England around 1860 to protect gamekeepers against poachers. The original foundations for the breed are 60% Mastiff and 40% bulldog; the result is a dog that is 100% unique.

Low Maintenance Dog Breed

Every dog owner can attest to the fact that no dog is truly ‘low maintenance.’ All dogs require a lot of time, resources and energy. That being said, some dogs are a lot more work than others. In comparison to many other breeds, bullmastiffs are considered relatively low-key.

How Much Exercise Does A Bullmastiff Need?

Just like any dog, bullmastiffs require regular walks and exercise, but are not considered hyper or super energetic dogs. Bullmastiffs are fairly calm, but despite their laidback demeanor excel at a wide variety of canine sports, such as agility.

Preventing Aggression

Bullmastiff puppies need plenty of socialization in order to grow up into friendly dogs. Without proper exposure, bullmastiffs are prone to becoming territorial and aggressive towards people and animals they do not know.

Grooming Bullmastiff Dogs

The bullmastiffs’ short, dense coat provides solid protection against all types of weather. It’s also easy to keep clean and produces little shedding. A quick brush every day or every other day should keep your dog looking and feeling great.

Bullmastiff Health

As for overall health, this breed tends to be pretty healthy as long as they are given proper nutrition and overall care. Bullmastiffs are short-nosed dogs, which puts them at risk for brachycephalic syndrome. In order to help prevent respiratory distress, keep this breed calm and cool and never leave them outside when it is very hot. Maintaining a healthy body weight is key, as overweight dogs are more prone to respiratory issues. Use a harness instead of a collar to avoid putting unnecessary pressure on the trachea.

Bullmastiff Dry Nose

All dogs are susceptible to developing a dry, crusty or raw nose for a number of reasons, but bullmastiffs are at a heightened risk for developing this common canine issue.

Brachycephalic dogs are already at a disposition when it comes to breathing because of their shortened snoot and airway. A bullmastiff with a dry nose is at an even greater disadvantage when it comes to using their sense of smell.

Dogs rely on a moist, healthy nose in order to take in surrounding scents, analyze their environment and simply live life. A dry nose is not only prohibitive but it can also be painful.

All-natural Snout Soother is made to soothe, heal and protect your dog’s nose so that they can rely on their super-sonic sense of smell as intended.

Bullmastiff Inflamed Skin Folds

Inflamed, irritated or infected skin folds are another common issue that impacts the adorable wrinkles on the bullmastiffs’ face. The delicate skin between these folds must be regularly cleaned and checked for any signs of infection.

Odd or unpleasant odors, flaky, dry, pink or inflamed skin are all signs your dog has some sort of infection. It’s very easy for dirt, debris and sweat to get trapped in these dark crevices, providing the perfect climate for bacteria and yeast to thrive.

All-natural Wrinkle Balm provides the perfect solution to treating a wide range of skin disorders such as skin fold dermatitis, yeast and bacterial infections, as well as minor redness and chafing.

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Treat Most Common Bullmastiff Skin Conditions With All-Natural Bully Set

Bullmastiffs don’t have to suffer in silence any longer! We make it easy to treat both dry noses and stinky, inflamed wrinkles with our complete Bully Set offered at one low price.

Bullmastiffs have sensitive skin, which means many products made to treat infections can actually make things much worse. Since many skin irritations are a result of allergies, products with harsh ingredients, scents, dyes or other additives can increase irritation.

We vow to keep your bullmastiff safe by lovingly packing all of our products with carefully sourced, all-natural ingredients. Both Snout Soother and Wrinkle Balm are safe enough for even the most sensitive dogs, but strong enough to combat and protect against almost any skin infection or irritation.

 

Sources:

http://www.akc.org/dog-breeds/bullmastiff/

http://dogtime.com/dog-breeds/bullmastiff

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brachycephalic_syndrome

Stinky Dog Skin: Why Your Dog’s Skin Smells & How To Make It Stop

Dogs are stinky little creatures, but that doesn’t mean they should smell all of the time. If your dog has noticeably stinky skin it likely relates to some form of skin disease or infection. Canine skin disorders create discomfort, pain and odors that will only get worse if left untreated.

Allergic skin disease, parasite infestations, secondary bacterial and yeast infections are all common issues known to produce stinky dog skin. Besides odor, they can also produce hair loss, itchiness, hot spots and serious conditions such as the bacterial infection known as pyoderma.

Thankfully, there are a few things you can do to eradicate bad odors and give your dog the relief he or she deserves. Wrinkly faces that develop a stink can be relieved and treated with Wrinkle Balm. While stinky skin conditions that impact other parts of your dog’s body can be relieved and cured with Skin Soother.

Stinky Dog Skin: Why Does My Dog’s Wrinkly Face Smell So Bad?

If your dog has a wrinkly face you probably want to give him/her LOTS of kisses because they are just

SOOO stinking cute. The problem is the ‘stinking’ part. Your dog’s wrinkles should not smell, but it’s VERY common for certain irritations and infections to cause a foul odor.

Pugs, bulldogs and other wrinkly-faced dogs are hiding-dog-2prone to developing skin irritations and infections in between wrinkles. Even if you give your dog the best of the best care it’s still possible for food particles, dirt and moisture to buildup between wrinkles. Once trapped in these tight spaces where it is dark and free of airflow bacteria and yeast have ample opportunity to thrive.Yeast infections are often indicative by a musty scent, but this can also relate to other forms of bacteria. Aside from smell, you may also notice your dog itching at their wrinkles, rubbing against carpets and other surfaces as well as using their paws to scratch.

If infections persist your dog may begin to develop crusty, inflamed, dry or even raw and pink spots that are just as painful as they appear.

How To Cure Your Dog’s Stinky Wrinkles

Wrinkle Balm is here to provide the relief dogs need to keep wrinkles looking beautiful and dogs feeling happy and healthy. This one-of-a-kind all-natural dog product is made especially for stinky wrinkly faces.

@anniepaddington_WBEvery all-natural and organic ingredient plays an important role in soothing and healing irritated skin, while also fighting off infections and preventing future outbreaks. For instance, the organic hempseed oil acts as a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, while the organic Shea nut butter provides a natural sunscreen for added protection, and the organic jojoba oil works as a bacteriostatic fungicidal moisturizer.

Learn more about each and every ingredient and the role it plays in soothing, healing and preventing future skin irritations.

You can help further prevent future skin irritations by cleaning out wrinkles with a soft cloth as often as several times each day. You should also keep wrinkles as dry as possible. When you notice your dog’s face is wet (say for instance after slurping down some water) gently wipe away moisture.

How To Cure Stinky Dog Skin

Many dogs have rolls on other parts of their body that act similarly to facial wrinkles, creating a tight, dark, air-less space for bacteria to breed. Your dog doesn’t have to have wrinkles or folds to develop a stinky scent. Bacteria, yeast and other skin irritants know no boundaries when it comes to infecting canine skin.

Natural Dog Company formulated Skin Soother to heal and treat stinky (and non-stinky) skin conditions, @finneganthedeafdog_SKSfrom minor cuts, burns and abrasions to itchy, irritated and infected skin. That’s because each application is lovingly packed with soothing, healing, and anti-inflammatory properties, as well as anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.
Learn more about each and every all-natural, organic ingredient in Skin Soother.

Your dog will smell and feel better in no time with these 100% all-natural products made safe for even the most sensitive pups. Try risk free today and watch your dog’s irritated skin clear up and smell better in as little as a couple applications.

See real testimonials from happily healed dogs!

SOURCES:

http://www.petpugdog.com/pug-wrinkles

http://www.vetstreet.com/our-pet-experts/why-does-my-dog-smell-so-bad

http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=2+2095&aid=813

All About The Breed: French Bulldogs

Wrinkles, Farts & Cuddles… What More Could You Want?

French bulldogs are easily among the most unique creatures on the planet. These short bulky dogs have massive personalities and an intense capacity to love. With a long-standing history as an excellent companion dog, French bulldogs were the ninth most popular dog breed in the USA and the fourth most popular dog in the UK as of 2014.

Grown French bulldogs are typically thick and muscular in appearance. Despite how stout they appear, Frenchies tend to run on the sensitive side. Due to the short-snout on this brachycephalic breed, they often have issues related to airway obstructions. French bulldogs are also prone to developing skin issues and allergies on and around their wrinkly noses, faces and tails.

French Bull Dog Personality: Are You The Perfect Frenchie Owner?

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You’ve been warned, this breed is known for being quite gassy! Besides the occasional, or not so occasional stench, the French bulldog makes an excellent companion for families with or without children.

The one thing they simply cannot tolerate is being left alone. In order to keep your Frenchie happy they need lots of attention and very little alone time. You especially don’t want to leave them alone outside in the heat or cold where they can easily become ill and even die.

Easy to train, intelligent and affectionate are just some of the many qualities that make French bulldogs excellent pets. They also tend to be kid friendly and incredibly playful. Since Frenchies don’t need as much exercise as other breeds they make a great apartment dog. Just make sure they go on a few short walks throughout the day.

The Legend Of The French Bulldog

The French bulldog originated in France in the 1800’s. As the story goes, English lace makers displaced by the Industrial Revolution moved to Normandy, France in search of work. Many of them brought along miniature English bulldogs (technically the reject puppies considered too small by Bulldog breeders). These unique dogs created a sensation in France, as locals flocked out in hoards to get their own little lap dog with an adorable wrinkly, pushed-in face.

England-based breeders began sending all bulldogs deemed ‘too small’ to France. As a result, it wasn’t
long before there were very few miniature Bulldogs remaining in England. The growing popularity of French bulldogs led to many changes within the dog’s breeding so that it became less like the bulldog it originated as. It was given its own name, the Bouledogue Francais.

The breed’s notoriety made it a popular dog amongst society’s elite members, as well as Parisian prostitutes. Interestingly, there was a French bulldog (insured for a grand sum of $750) aboard the ill-fated Titanic.

French Bulldog Health & Wellness

French bulldogs make an excellent pet for first time dog owners, although they do tend to be high maintenance. They are susceptible to a number of common ailments such as an elongated soft palate, bleeding disorders, hip dysplasia, allergies and heat sensitivity, as well as skin irritations and crusty, painful noses.

Forget the endless costly treatments that never work, we have created a line of all-natural affordable products for many common ailments experienced by French bulldogs.

How To Heal Dry, Crusty Bulldog Noses

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French bulldogs often develop a dry, rough or crusty nose. The nose may peel, scab, bleed and even lead to noticeable depression.

Dogs rely on their sense of smell to investigate and analyze the world around them. When their nose is dry and irritated it cannot smell with the same vigor. As a result, a dry, crusty dog nose is painful and it’s also debilitating to the everyday life of a dog.
We created Snout Soother with French bulldogs in mind. The all-natural ingredients packed into the soothing balm are approved for use on even the most sensitive dogs. Most see a noticeable difference within 24-hours of applying the balm, and within days the nose is almost completely healed.

Snout Soother provides instant relief, plus a layer of defense to prevent further damage by protecting your dog from potential irritants.

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How To Heal Frenchies With Stinky, Irritated, Crusty Wrinkles

The adorable wrinkles on a French bulldog’s face are prone to developing a world of potential infections that surface as itchy, flaky, red, pimply, inflamed and even stinky skin. Our patent pending, specially formulated Wrinkle Balm is made to combat everything from mild skin irritations all the way to more serious yeast and bacterial infections.

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No dog is free of issues, so Frenchie fans look past these potential ailments in exchange for all of the love and unmatched companionship French bulldogs provide. Natural Dog Company will be right beside you with 100% natural, healthy remedies!

 

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All About The Breed: Brussels Griffon

Alert, intelligent, curious and loyal, Brussels Griffons are a pleasure to own. Plus, if you are allergic to dogs this hypoallergenic breed offers a great option. Introduced as an official breed by the AKC in 1910, the Brussels Griffon is a small dog with medium energy levels.

Getting a dog means adding another member to your family, which is why this dog makes a great fit. They’re part of the pack, thanks to their adorable human-like expressions!

How Popular Is The Brussels Griffon?
This breed ranks as the 99th most popular dog in the world (out of 184 AKC-recognized breeds). The Brussels Griffon is not considered a common dog breed, but remains highly popular amongst those that know one personally.

They have gained some popularity in recent years thanks to appearances in the media. A mix between a Brussels Griffon and a Chihuahua appears on the show Mike and Molly. A purebred Brussels Griffon stars in As Good As It Gets.

The real star of As Good As It Gets – amiright?

Personality & Exercise Needs: Is A Brussels Griffon Right For You?
The Brussels Griffon prefers to be close to their owner(s) as often as possible. They make a good couch buddy but they also have bursts of energy where they fly around the room or yard like a little rocket. This breed needs daily walks, plenty of playtime – and lots of cuddles, too.

Their small size and moderate energy levels make them great apartment dogs, as long as you have time to play with them and take them for daily walks. Because of their loyal and loving nature this breed makes a great family dog. Like many breeds, they are not recommended for families with children younger than five.

History Of Brussels Griffon
Tblack-brussels-griffon-puppyhe Brussels Griffon originated in Belgium and is one of three variations: the Brussels Griffon, the Belgian Griffon, and the Petit Brabancon. All three of these dogs originated from the Smousje, a rough-coated dog that looks like a terrier.

Brussels Griffons gained a lot of popularity towards the end of the 19th century amongst workers and noblemen from Belgium. When Queen Marie Henriette fell crown over heels for the breed she propelled them into international popularity. As a result, the breed was exported around the world and Brussels Griffon clubs originated in England and the US.

Do Brussels Griffons Shed?
There are two different types of coats this dog may possess, either rough or smooth. Both require brushing twice per week. Smooth coats tend to shed more, although the rough coat requires more shaping and overall maintenance. Shedding is seasonal and the thick of it generally only lasts around 2-weeks. Keeping up with regular brushing and grooming will reduce shedding around the house.

Brussels Griffon Dry Paw Pads
If a Brussels Griffon regularly walks on hot pavement, sand, or any rough surfaces it’s important to check their paws for signs of dryness, cracking or roughness. If your dog’s paw pads are not smooth to the touch they need some assistance to prevent discomfort and pain.

Paw Soother is specially formulated to naturally reduce uncomfortably dry and cracked paws by restoring moisture and providing a protective barrier against the elements.401.300.0_rpttn8xtgxxb

Brussels Griffon Dry Nose
While this huggable breed is less susceptible to heat stroke compared with other short snout breeds, Brussels Griffons are still prone to developing a dry, cracked or crusty nose.

If your dog’s nose is dry and/or cracked this can cause serious discomfort and negatively impact sense of smell. A dog that can’t smell properly is not able to analyze their environment, potentially causing them to become anxious, moody, etc.

You don’t have to let your dog suffer in silence. Snout Soother has already healed dry, cracked dog noses all around the world! We would love to help your dog too. The easy to apply all-natural balm made from carefully sourced ingredients is 100% safe. Your dog can lick it all they want; it’s just as good for his or her insides as it is a dry nose.

Sources:

http://www.brussels-griffon.info/publiced.htm

http://www.akc.org/dog-breeds/brussels-griffon/

4 Tips for Becoming a Professional Animal Enthusiast

Growing up, just about every kid I knew (myself included!) had career aspirations at some point to be a veterinarian. To young children, it seems like the obvious career path for animal lovers, no matter what creature you feel the strongest connection to.

Although I never actually became a vet, I did find a way to turn my passion for animals into a full-time career by opening a doggie daycare center. It’s one of the most fun jobs I’ve ever had! I so enjoyed connecting with dogs and their people, and providing cute canines with a clean, safe and fun environment to spend time in every day.

I’m not the only one who found a way to make a living by working with animals in a unique way. In fact, there are many career opportunities available that can blend your passion for animals with your other interests. Here are a few you might want to consider:

A marine biologist. This is actually a broad field relating to the study and advocacy of marine ecosystems, but many of these scientists study or even work with animals directly. In fact, many marine biologists work in aquariums and other rescue facilities and help rehabilitate marine life; have an “offshore” office in a boat or other vessel for weeks or months at a time to study marine habitats and their inhabitants; or even participate in deep-sea dives to learn about the creatures under the water’s surface.

A pet sitter. Watching over someone’s beloved pet is an expanding career people are taking on full-time or as a way to earn some extra money (and fuzzy cuddles!) in addition to a day job. As a pet sitter, you are responsible for knowing how to address the individual needs of every critter you watch – this may involve a feeding timetable, walking routine, and even medication schedule – and keeping the pet parents up-to-date on the awesome time you two are having.

An animal cruelty investigator. If you love the idea of being a detective focused on the wellbeing of animals, this might be an ideal career for you. This is by no means an emotionally easy job, as you will likely encounter some difficult situations responding to claims of animal abuse and neglect in private residences, puppy mills and on farms. The highlight of this type of job is being able to rescue animals from dangerous conditions and work with agencies who will take legal action against those mistreating creatures great and small. You are an instrument of justice for the creatures that don’t speak the same language we do, but that still have the right to live safe, healthy lives.

A guide dog trainer. These days, there are all kinds of service dogs besides those educated on being a set of eyes for those who can’t see, and they all need specialized training. To be a service dog trainer takes a very special kind of individual – one who is patient yet firm with the “student” dogs, and one who is able to connect emotionally with the animal during training while still being able to let her go when she is matched with her forever companion. This career is extremely rewarding for those who wish to help both humans and animals thrive.

It’s never too late to pursue your dream job, especially if you are unhappy with the field you’re working in currently. And if you have always dreamed of working with animals, you have no shortage of options on how you can put that passion to good use. And rest assured, when you’re working with animals, you’ll love the work you do every day!


Maple C. has made a career out of encouraging others to follow their dreams in all aspects of life. Her experience in the business world encouraged her to start her own blog, an inspiration hub for readers everywhere

Before & After Review Highlight: Snout Soother for Bridging of the Spine (Spondylosis)

It is a sad fact that as dogs age, they will become more susceptible to various health conditions. You are likely to outlive your dog, and that means that as he or she ages, you will have to face any number of issues that could make him or her uncomfortable, and react accordingly. Aging dogs are prone to many of the physical conditions that plague humans as well, including arthritis, bone loss, and loss of muscle tone. Another common issue is bridging of the spine, or spondylosis.

What is Spondylosis?

Spondylosis is a condition of the spine that is seen most often in senior dogs. It is a degeneration of the spinal disks that can result in bone spurs that create bridges between the vertebrae, hence the term “bridging of the spine.” It can inhibit your dog’s flexibility, and reduce mobility. Any breed can develop this condition.

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Causes of Spondylosis

Although old age cannot really be termed a cause of spondylosis, it does occur most often in dogs age 10 and older. Some experts think that every dog, if it lives long enough, will develop this condition. Your dog could have a genetic predisposition to developing spondylosis. Other causes can be stress, lack of exercise, injury or poor nutrition.

Symptoms of Spondylosis

You may not notice symptoms until quite late in your dog’s life. The most common indications of the disorder are difficulty moving, sensitivity to touch, limping, and stiffness. You may even notice growths along the spine.

Treatment for Spondylosis

Most of the time, you will not know that your dog has spondylosis until the vet has reason to do an x-ray. The condition cannot be cured or reversed, but it can be treated. In serious cases, surgery may be needed to remove the bone spurs. In less serious cases, your vet may simply recommend a pain medication to be used as needed. Overweight dogs may experience some relief if they can drop a few pounds.

Exercise is also recommended, and one of the best exercises is to take your dog swimming. It is one of the best low-impact exercises for both people and dogs, so if your dog is not afraid of water, suit up and get in the pool with him.

Spondylosis and Dehydration

A side effect of Spondylosis can be dehydration, so make sure that your dog has plenty of fresh water to drink. Dehydration can cause dryness, cracking and bleeding in your dog’s snout which just adds to the discomfort. To prevent dryness, or sooth it if it happens, Snout Soother from Natural Dog Company can make your aging dog much more comfortable. Here is a review from a satisfied owner of a dog with spondylosis:

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“Sending well wishes and thanks for an absolutely amazing product!! Pictured below is my Golden Retriever/Border Collie Mix who just celebrated his ninth birthday on June 12th. Buddy suffers from bridging of the spine where occasional meds & steroid shots are needed which causes dehydration (as you can see in the “before pics”) resulting in extreme cracking and drying out of his poor snout. I previously tried several products (GNC DOG ESSENTIALS: Nose Care” which I purchased from PetSmart, I cannot remember the other brand before that one) which did nothing for poor Buddy’s nose. I purchased the Snout Soother & Paw Soother and I am absolutely thankful for both. Thanks again for developing amazing products.”

– Rebecca

Virginia Beach, Virginia

Conclusion

Bridging of the spine can be a debilitating condition, and one that can break a dog owner’s heart. No one wants to see their best friend having difficulty with movement, or unable to play joyously the way he once did. Fortunately, there are treatments available for spondylosis that can help your dog to enjoy his senior years longer. The dehydration that goes hand in hand with spondylosis can also be eased by ensuring that fresh water is always available, and by treating a dry snout with an all-natural, vegan remedy like Snout Soother from Natural Dog Company.

One thing you will never have to worry about as your dog ages is not seeing the love in his or her eyes. Give that love back by taking extra care of them in their senior years.

Sources:

https://www.petcarerx.com/article/spondylosis-in-dogs-a-guide-to-this-spinal-condition/1609

http://www.petmd.com/dog/conditions/musculoskeletal/c_multi_spondylosis_deformans

How to Tell if Your Dog Is Uncomfortable

It is easy to tell when a person is in pain – usually because they can’t wait to tell you about their pounding headache, their bad back, their sore feet or their tennis elbow. People can also deal with their pain – by taking an aspirin or lying down with a cold cloth on their aching head, stretching out to ease their back, and so on.

Dogs, on the other hand, cannot tell us in plain English when they are uncomfortable. It is up to us to recognize the symptoms. You may have to be very alert to the signs that your dog is in discomfort. The following are some indications of pain or discomfort.

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  1. Vocalization

Some dogs are naturally “talkative,” so you will need to be vigilant if your best friend whines for attention, barks for food, or whimpers when he needs to go out. If it seems as though your dog is doing somewhat more vocalizing than usual, or if he suddenly begins snarling, growling or howling, you need to figure out what is going on.

  1. Changes in Pattern

You probably know when your dog wants to sleep or eat, and when he is most likely to be active. Sometimes, dogs that are uncomfortable will sleep more than usual, and may experience a loss of appetite.

  1. Pantingpanting

If your dog is panting, even though he has not been active, or if his breathing seems shallow or fast, he could be experiencing pain when breathing.

  1. Constant Movement

An uncomfortable dog may lie down, only to get up, move around, and then lie down again. If this seems to be happening over and over, that could be a sign of discomfort.

  1. Changes in Sociability

If your dog is typically very affectionate and suddenly withdraws and does not want to be with you, or if a typically aloof dog is all of a sudden “needy,” this could be an indication that something is wrong.

  1. Sudden Aggression

You have undoubtedly heard it said that any dog will bite, given the right set of circumstances. This is especially true of a dog in pain or discomfort. If your dog suddenly seems to be irritable, growling or pulling is ears back, that could indicate discomfort. The converse is also true – if your dog is ordinarily aggressive with strangers, and suddenly everyone he meets is his new best friend, it could mean that he is uncomfortable and desperate to be soothed by anyone at all.

  1. Incessant Grooming

When a dog is uncomfortable, he will often lick the affected area. Of course, if there is a cut or an abrasion, you will see it. However, the source of the discomfort does not have to be obvious for a dog to engage in this sort of behavior. Just as an example, if your dog’s ears are bothering him, he might lick his paws and then rub his paws on his ears.

Now, these symptoms do not always mean discomfort. Just the same, you should check them out. So assuming that the dog is not behaving aggressively, run your hands over his body (you have probably seen your vet do this) to try to isolate the source of the discomfort. Be careful, though – even the gentlest dog might nip at you if you should happen upon a sore spot.

A Word About Allergies and Skin Irritations

One of the most common sources of discomfort in dogs is skin irritation and dryness. Some dogs also have allergies. Signs of irritation or allergies include licking and chewing, hair loss, runny nose and sneezing. Some breeds are more susceptible than others. Brachycephalic (snub-nosed) breeds tend to be more prone to allergies and skin irritations than other breeds. If a dog is going to develop an allergy, it will usually manifest by age two. Skin irritations can occur at any time during your dog’s life, and are usually easily
identified by dry, flaking or reddish skin.

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If your dog is uncomfortable due to pain, then you have to see a vet to have the problem diagnosed and treated. If the issue is skin irritation, whether due to an allergy or other factor, it can be treated with topical remedies. Natural Dog Company has a variety of organic, vegan treatments for your dog, including Snout Soother, Skin Soother, and Paw Soother. And for very wrinkly dogs, to get deep down and sooth away itches, there is Wrinkle Balm.

Conclusion

If it seems as though your dog is in discomfort, proceed cautiously when trying to identify the problem. Pain, other than that caused by an obvious and easily treatable injury, should always be handled by a vet. Skin conditions that cause your dog to be uncomfortable can be treated at home with a quality preparation like those available from Natural Dog Company.

Sources:

https://www.cesarsway.com/dog-care/routine-care/signs-and-symptoms-that-your-dog-is-in-pain

https://dogs.thefuntimesguide.com/2010/06/dog_allergy_symptoms.php#gsc.tab=0

Yeast Infection in Dogs

If your dog has itchy skin, or seems to be constantly chewing and licking at his paws, your first assumption may be that he has an allergy. And of course this is possible, because dogs can be every bit as vulnerable to allergies as people.

Another possibility, however, is a yeast infection.

What Causes a Yeast Infection in Dogs?

Yeast is actually a form of fungus, and it is an important part of the healthy immune system. People and dogs alike have this healthy type of plant life growing in the gut and also on the skin. When the immune system is in balance, all is well. However, if the immune system becomes stressed, yeast can begin to grow unchecked in the gut. Then, your dog’s body reacts by trying to dissipate the yeast through the skin, and an infection can result.

Diagnosing a Dog Yeast Infection

The symptoms of yeast infections and allergies can be very similar, and of course your dog cannot tell you what is causing the discomfort. However, there are ways that you can determine whether your dog’s scratching and chewing is due to a yeast infection. They include:

  • Rusty, reddish hair between the toes – If your dog is licking or chewing his feet, look for this tell-tale sign. The color is not due to chewing or licking; it is the color of the yeast.
  • Reddish, black or gray speckles around the genitals.
  • Heavy dandruff, accompanied by greasy hair and a foul smell.
  • Loss of hair on the upper back and tail.
  • Black skin accompanied by hair loss.
  • Symptoms seem to appear in the spring and then go away in the fall – Often, people confuse this with what they call “grass allergy.” Actually, it is due to the life cycle of the yeast.

Treating a Dog Yeast Infection

It is important to act on the symptoms described above, because if you ignore your dog’s yeast infection, it will become harder to treat.

Given that yeast infections begin in the gut, the first thing you should do if you are wondering if your dog’s discomfort is due to a yeast infection or to some other cause, is consider your dog’s diet. Now, you know that yeast requires food. You also know that in recipes that use yeast, whether you are making bread or raised pastries, or perhaps making your own beer or wine, the food that yeast needs is sugar.

Dogs Baking Bread

Of course your dog is not likely chowing down on sugary foods (at least we hope not!) or drinking anything other than fresh water. However, if his food is heavy on carbohydrates or other types of starch, then the yeast in his gut is still being fed, because in the digestive system, carbohydrates quickly convert to sugar.

Carbohydrates are found in potatoes, corn, oats, peas, rice, sweet potatoes and many other foods, and you might be surprised at how many commercially available dog foods contain many of those substances. Even if you are spending a great deal of money ensuring that your pet gets grain-free dog food, you can probably count on a lot of potato and sweet potato being present. Beet pulp is another ingredient that is very common in dog food, although usually of the less expensive variety.

You and your dog probably both consume more starch than you were ever meant to. The diet of our ancestors, and that of their dogs, contained approximately 4% starch. Most of today’s pet foods actually contain about 40%.

So, in order to treat your dog’s yeast infection, obviously, you want to keep the yeast under control. Most of us are not going to stop feeding commercial dog food, but there are ways of supporting you dog’s digestive system in order to lessen the likelihood of your dog developing a yeast infection. There are also topical remedies that can guard against yeast infections, and also ease the discomfort of a yeast infection if it has already taken hold.

Astragalus and Milk Thistle Seed

Astragalus is a plant root that has many health benefits, including supporting the liver and helping the body rid itself of toxins. It is safe for both humans and dogs. You can add one drop of astragalus extract for each pound of your dog’s body weight to his food twice a day.

Milk thistle seed is a natural detoxifier that repairs kidney and liver damage as well as helping to balance the immune system. This is not a daily supplement, but it can work to reduce the risk of developing immune problems or yeast infections under circumstances where the liver can be stressed, for instance if your dog has had surgery, or has been in a boarding kennel. Use ¼ teaspoon of milk thistle seed for each 20 pounds of body weight. This is a one-time treatment.

Healing Balm

Of course it is true that prevention is always better than a cure, and one of the best ways to prevent skin yeast infections in your dog is by using a quality healing balm. Skin Soother from Natural Dog Company contains healing herbs that guard against bacteria, fungus and inflammation, and also provide a barrier to keep contaminants away from the delicate skin of your dog’s paws and other problematic areas. Organic Wrinkle Balm is specially formulated to prevent skin fold dermatitis as well as bacterial and yeast infections. Though Wrinkle Balm has similar properties, it is specially formulated to be gentle enough to use around the face and other sensitive areas. If Wrinkle Balm does not do the trick, Skin Soother will be the next step. Both products contain natural ingredients that prevent yeast infections as well as itching and flaking skin, and are also highly effective on the usual scratches and abrasions that active dogs will inevitably incur.

Yeast Infection in Dogs Before and After

Conclusion

Your dog, obviously, cannot tell you when he or she has developed, or is at risk of developing, a yeast infection, so it is up to you to be alert to the signs. You love your dog, and you do not want him or her to be in discomfort. Natural Dog Company has the solutions you need to prevent and correct yeast infections in your dog.

Sources:

http://pets.webmd.com/dogs/yeast-infection-in-dogs-causes-treatment-and-prevention

http://www.petmd.com/dog/conditions/skin/c_dg_malassezia_dermatitis

http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/itchy-dog-yeast-infection/

All About the Breed: Brachycephalic

If you are reading this, chances are you already own a brachycephalic dog, or are thinking about getting one. You may be experiencing some problems with your dog, or wondering what you need to be concerned about before adopting one.

So, first off, what exactly is a brachycephalic breed of dog? You probably think of them as dogs with smushy faces, and that is probably as good a description as any! This type of dog has a flat, wide skull and a short nose. It looks as if the skull has been compressed toward the back, and some dogs may appear as though they have no snout at all. Pugs, French Bulldogs, Boston Terriers, Pekingese, Shih Tzus and King Charles Spaniels are all examples of brachycephalic dogs.

bulldogpuppyWhy Do People Want Brachycephalic Dogs?

The answer to this is simple – they’re cute. There is just something unbelievably adorable about short-snouted dogs, and the shorter the snout, the cuter the dog. What this means is that over the years, breeders have been trying to achieve even shorter snouts in breeds that already have them. Unfortunately, this can lead to various health problems.

Health Issues in Brachycephalic Dogs

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Why do they call it “bug-eyed” and not “PUG-eyed”?

Although flattish faces and short snouts are characteristic of many breeds, the tendency on the part of breeders to try to enhance those characteristics is not necessarily the best thing for the breed. As dogs are bred for nasal bones that are short, or even virtually absent, they can develop difficulty breathing. The tongue, the palate, and the nasal cartilage are so crammed into one space and the nostrils are narrowed. In serious cases, this is known as BUAOS (Brachycephalic Upper Airway Obstructive Syndrome), and it can cause significant discomfort, especially during the hot months. This particular structure of the face makes it especially difficult for them to reach their nose with their tongue, which can contribute to them having a dry, crusty nose

The flattish skull also causes the eye sockets to be shallower, which gives brachycephalic breeds that cute “bug eyed” look. The problem with this is that the eye is more exposed, and can be vulnerable to trauma at worst, or dryness at best.

Another thing that you have no doubt noticed about brachycephalic dogs is that they have a lot of wrinkles, particularly around their faces. This creates a perfect breeding ground for yeasts and bacteria, and can result in inflammation and/or infection. Cleaning and drying can help, but often additional treatment is needed.

Caring for Your Brachycephalic Dog’s Skin

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Wrinkle Balm is gentle enough to use on sensitive areas, like around the face and eyes.

Skin folds create a breeding ground for moisture, bacteria and yeast. Without proper care, this can cause serious skin conditions such as skin fold dermatitis, rashes, infections and pyoderma. Wrinkle Balm from Natural Dog Company is an all-natural balm with anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and yeast fighting properties. Wrinkle Balm will soothe existing irritation while preventing future outbreaks. It is formulated to be gentle enough to use around sensitive areas like the face! It contains only natural ingredients, so you don’t have to worry about toxic chemicals or if your dog ingests any.

If the infection or dermatitis is especially severe, they also have Skin Soother. Skin Soother creates a barrier to keep fungus, bacteria and yeast away from your dog’s skin, and also contains anti-bacterial and anti-fungal ingredients to eliminate them if they are already present. Skin Soother is also an ideal treatment for burns, rashes, abrasions, cuts, and dry skin. It is a stronger formula, so it is not ideal for sensitive areas but will get the job done on more stubborn cases, such as paws and tail folds.

Don’t Neglect the Snout!

You love that cold, wet snout, so make sure to take care of it as well. You may have noticed that your brachycephalic dog seems to have a runny nose a lot of the time – more so than his longer-snouted friends. Paradoxically, a very wet snout can be more prone to dryness, and that can mean cracking and bleeding if left untreated. Snout Soother from Natural Dog Company contains vegan, organic moisturizing compounds to treat dryness and cracking and leave your best friend’s nose feeling better in mere days.

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There is nothing better than the love of a good dog. It has often been said that your dog is the only living creature who will love you better than he loves himself. That kind of devotion should be treasured, and that is why we have a duty to look after the health of our beloved dogs. So if you have a brachycephalic dog, or are thinking of getting one, make sure that you are well aware of the health issues that go hand-in-hand with the breed type, and take appropriate measures to keep him or her healthy and happy.

Sources:

http://www.theveterinaryexpert.com/nose-and-throat/brachycephalic-dog/

http://www.aboutsmalldogbreeds.com/brachycephalic-dog-breeds.html

Introducing: Wrinkle Balm!

You know you love them…the sweet, funny faced breeds that are resplendent with wrinkles. What’s cuter than a baby French or English Bulldog with droopy eyes and a button nose? Or a Shar Pei pshutterstock_177101492_webuppyface enveloped in ample soft, fluffy skin? Those beautiful folds make our furbabies very appealing…but they come with a cost. Most people are unaware that these beautiful skin folds can cause a myriad of painful, potentially dangerous conditions for our dogs! Worse than that, the products that have been available to treat and prevent skin fold conditions are made with harsh, dangerous chemicals that are unsafe to use on our pets, and potentially fatal if ingested.

Skin fold dermatitis is the most common skin malady seen in wrinkled breed dogs. The symptoms of skin fold dermatitis include loss of hair in the area, general redness and inflammation, and malodor. If not treated soon, skin fold dermatitis will escalate to a much more painful infection called Pyoderma, which literally means “pus in the skin.” Dogs with Pyoderma suffer from all the skin fold dermatitis symptoms, but also have pus filled papules that form on the surface of the skin. Pyoderma is often characterized by scaling on the skin in a rounded pattern as well.

DogNoseRopeThe compact facial structure of most bulldogs, Shar Peis, Pugs and many other “short snouted” breeds causes excess skin to be present around the face. In addition, many of these breeds suffer from abnormal tail bone growth resulting in excess folds around the tail, and short stubby legs and feet lead to folds around the toes. When the dog moves, the skin folds rub against one another causing chafing, irritation and inflammation. Due to moisture retention and lack of aeration, these areas are prime for the growth of yeast, fungus and bacteria. What started out as a mild irritation can quickly become a real medical problem if not treated quickly and properly.

Enter Wrinkle Balm…Natural Dog Company’s latest patent pending product that treats and prevents skin fold problems – 100% naturally!

Wrinkle Balm is specially formulated to treat and prevent skin problems that are common in wrinkled breeds. Organic and all-natural, Wrinkle Balm is jam packed with carefully selected, gentle yet powerful, botanical extracts that will eradicate yeast, bacteria and smelly crusty buildup. Customers have literally exclaimed “no more stinky face!” with extreme gratitude.  Because it was formulated with facial application in mind, Wrinkle Balm is gentle enough to use around the nose and eyes, and completely fragrance free.

Dogs should not be living with painful skin issues – especially maladies that can be treated easily without an expensive trip to the vet! When used as directed, Wrinkle Balm will heal your dog’s discomfort and prevent any future infections…and as a bonus for you…eliminate the smell!

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Basic Contents of Dog First Aid Kits

Sharing a home with a dog isn’t limited to mere companionship alone. It also involves taking responsibility for everything concerning a dog’s well-being. Part of this is protecting them from ailments, such as allergies and infections and also treating them when they are hurt. This task is made easier if you have a dog first aid kit prepared. Find out what it needs to contain to be sure you are fully prepared.

Basic First Aid

  • firstaidkitThermometer and coconut oil – pet’s that are not feeling well need to have their temperatures taken. This is to verify that the pet doesn’t suffer from hyperthermia or hypothermia. Coconut oil will need to be applied to the thermometer to ensure easy inserted into the rectum for temperature checking.
  • Bandaging materials like square gauge.non-stick pads. Include as well first-aid tape and band-aids and bandages
  • Leash and muzzle for controlling the dog to prevent mishaps in case they act out due to pain or uneasiness. Your dog may typically be tame, but stress, pain and fear can cause them to act out in an uncharacteristic manner.
  • Scissors, tweezers and nail clippers
  • Cotton balls and swabs
  • Clean towels and hand gloves
  • Syringes for administering medicine
  • Small flashlight for checking the mouth and throat areas of the dog

Medicine
Having medicine on hand helps prevent any adverse effects from interaction with parasites, accidental ingestions, infectious wounds, upset stomachs and the like. Here are some of the basic things you should have:

  • Natural antibiotic ointment, Skin Soother
  • Plastic eye dropper coupled with eye wash solutions
  • Antidiarrhea medicine

Skin Soother
Screen Shot 2016-01-16 at 9.27.22 PMIt is beneficial to have an all-natural topical balm for emergency purposes. Skin Soother is a very effective and efficient one as it soothes and heals contaminated portions of the dog’s body. Aside from that, it adds a protective layer to their skin, thus improving their overall resistance to contamination. This product works wonders on damaged skin because it is organic and has anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Wounds heal faster and with less scarring.

Important Emergency Numbers and Documentation
It’s advised to have the number and location map of the closest veterinary clinic and emergency clinic in your area. Be sure to include the contact numbers of on-call veterinarians and poison control centers.aidkit

You should also have copies of your pet’s papers and documents in a sealed and waterproof container inside the first aid kit. This should include all their medical records, vaccination statuses, and a recent photo of your pet.

Nutritional Support
There are times when your dog becomes frail and will need additional nourishment or hydration. That’s why the following should also be in the kit:

  • Liquid filled with electrolytes like Pedialyte and Gatorade
  • Karo Syrup as a counter for hypoglycemia or low blood sugar. This is usually rubbed on the dog’s gums to increase blood sugar levels.

Having a dog first aid kit prepared is really convenient for both parties. The dog will appreciate the immediate action. At the same time, the owner also benefits from reduced costs in hopes that the problem doesn’t escalate.

 

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authorAuthor: Jordan Walker

Jordan is the lead content curator for Coops and Cages as well as other pet-related blogs. His passion for animals is matched with his love for “attempting” to play the guitar. If you would like to catch more of him, you can visit his Google+ or Twitter accounts.

Why Do Dogs Tilt Their Head When You Speak To Them

Most of the times, you have seen your dog cocks his/her head from side to side while as you interact with them. This behavior is quite adorable and could melt the heart of even the most hardened cat person. Most individuals are fond of their dogs titling its head slightly to the side but they don’t really know what compels a dog to do it. Maybe your dog already knows your weakness and he/she is trying to exploit you for affection by cocking his/her head from side to side. While not all dogs are known to tilt their heads, most of them normally do especially when you speak to them. If you have ever wondered why your dog cocks their head from side to side then read on. Here are some of the reasons why dogs tilt their head to the side:

Better Hearing

shutterstock_143892184In most cases, dogs tilt their heads to the side while you speak to them as a way of trying to hear you more clearly. Although dogs have brilliant hearing abilities, their ears don’t adjust automatically like human ears do thus they have to tilt their heads to catch what you are saying to them. Dogs’ ears are designed such that when dogs tilt their heads, they are more exposed to hearing sounds. If a dog doesn’t tilt its head then it could only hear fuzzy and static sounds, thus unable to hear what you are saying. You may have noticed that a dog only tilts its head to the side if you are standing in front of them and doesn’t tilt its head if you are to the side. In simpler terms, a dog will always tilt its head to direct its ear to your direction and hear a word here and there.

Learned Behavior

Dogs are good learners and smart. When it comes to getting shutterstock_170648336positive attention from their owners, they can learn fast. They know they look adorable when they tilt their heads and will often do this to earn your affection whenever necessary. If a treat is at steak then your dog will often tilt their head to get it. This doesn’t mean that it is a bad behavior. Depending on how you see it, titling its head can tell you that your dog loves and appreciates you.

Means of Communication

Most people often think that dogs communicate by listening alone. Well, dogs are visual communicator and may tilt their heads to show you they are listening to you. Dogs usually read your body language to understand what you are saying and talk back by cocking their head from side to side.

Poor Balance

In rare cases, your dog may be titling your head often to stay level. They may be suffering from poor balance and tilt their heads to compensate. It is advisable to take your dog to the vet right away if you notice that their balance is compromised.

Are Paws Supposed to be Rough?

After ‘SIT’, ‘PAW’ may be the oldest trick in the book…but how many people actually check their dog’s paws? You might have felt the scratchiness against your skin but assumed it to be normal. Unless your dog is limping, what is there to think about?

They’re supposed to be rough – right?
Some people may argue that dog’s paws are naturally supposed to be rough for protection. This simply is not the case. Dog paws were designed to walk through nature – not on pavement and salted sidewalks. Coming in contact with harsh surface conditions wears and dries the skin, causing paws to become rough, scratchy, and chapped.

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It is up to us to help our dogs stay in their healthiest condition. If paws are left untreated and dry, it can be very uncomfortable and painful for dogs. Although their pads are thick, they are still sensitive. Many dogs will incessantly lick and chew their paws when they are in discomfort, thus causing more irritation and a perpetual cycle.

All-natural is the way to go
As always, you should always use natural products on your pets, especially on areas they can easily reach and lick. That’s why we recommend Natural Dog Company as the perfect remedy for dry, rough dog paws. There are two important steps necessary to help your dog’s paws – protect and heal. To protect paws, Natural Dog Company created organic PawTection, a blend of natural waxes that guard the skin against the harsh elements like hot pavement, sand, ice, and salt. PawTection is applied to paws before going outdoors and acts as a nourishing barrier that locks in moisture to prevent damage.

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To heal dry paws, Natural Dog Company has organic Paw Soother that is a perfect blend of 100% natural butters and oils. Paw Soother deeply heals, smoothes, and softens paw pads. Many people can see a difference after just one use! Once paws are soft and smooth, you’ll realize this is how nature intended them to be. A healthy, moisturized, paw gives the dog extra grip and agility. Many people will use Paw Soother to aid in agility training, allowing dogs get better contact with tricks, climbing and running.

Perfect all year ’round
With every season comes a new set of damaging elements, which is why it is important to have PawTection available for whatever weather or climate comes your way. Keeping paws hydrated and smooth with Paw Soother is best to get optimal performance for paws and comfort for dogs. Your dog will thank you!

Dog Allergies – What Causes them and What are the Symptoms?

Just like us, dogs can suffer from allergies. An allergy is when the immune system reacts to something (the allergen) as if it is a threat, and produces antibodies. This causes chemicals to be released in the body and leads to what we term an allergic response or reaction. An allergen can be something which is quite harmless to other animals, but causes your dog’s immune system to react whenever he comes into contact with it. This occurs when he inhales it, ingests it, or it comes into contact with his skin.

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Any dog can develop an allergy at any time and at any age. As well as the more obvious allergens such as pollen, dust, mold spores and dander, dogs can be allergic to fleas and products used to treat fleas, cigarette smoke, prescription drugs, perfume, cleaning products and feathers. They can even be allergic to certain fabrics, rubber and plastic materials, and certain ingredients in food.

Symptoms
Symptoms of allergies in dogs can include constant licking; scratching, itchy back, or itching around the base of the tail; itchy and runny eyes; itchy ears and infections; sneezing; vomiting and/or diarrhea; swollen paws or paw chewing; snoring (due to an inflamed throat); and itchy skin which can become red, moist or scabbed. Secondary bacterial infections, or yeast skin infections, can also cause scabs or crusts on your dog’s skin, and you may notice some hair loss in the area.

What to do if you think Your Dog Has an Allergy
If you think your dog has an allergy, you should first of all consult a veterinarian. Your dog will be examined and your vet can recommend any further tests or advise you on a special elimination diet if you both think that your dog is allergic to something in his food. You might be advised to take your dog for an intradermal skin test, a similar method to that which is used to establish to what a human is allergic.

Depending on the cause of the allergies, you might be able to help your pet by removing the allergen if at all possible. Treat all of your pets for fleas regularly (whether or not he is allergic to them), clean their bedding and vacuum to remove allergens, and consider a weekly bath with a suitable product to remove allergens and pollens from his skin.

@desmondthegolden_SKSSkin Soother Can Help
Skin Soother from The Natural Dog Company is an organic healing balm that you can apply yourself to the affected area of your dog’s skin to sooth discomfort and aid healing. The balm creates a barrier to protect the affected skin from becoming infected, and the natural antibiotic ingredients help to speed recovery and reduce any scarring. Dog allergies symptoms can be treated with Skin Soother. Often, a yeast infection or dermatitis is mistaken for an allergy. Skin Soother is suitable for these ailments as long as the symptoms do not affect your dog’s entire body.

 

Vegan Ingredients – Why Use Them?

When buying products nowadays, many people aren’t aware of which ingredients are contained, and how they affect their body. Some ingredients are harmful, and the way that they are manufactured or processed also causes harm. Let’s take a closer look at cosmetic products, and why it is beneficial to opt for vegan alternatives.

Common Ingredients Found in Non-Vegan Products
Would you want to spread dead insect extracts on your skin, or the skin of your pets? I know I wouldn’t, but you may be doing just that with conventional care products. What are the animal ingredients commonly found in cosmetic and beauty products for humans and animals? See the following list:

  • Carmine- This provides color and is made from the legs and body of cochineal insects.
  • Collagen- This is a protein found in animals which is extracted from the cartilage of dead animals. It is used in lotions and creams for firming effects.
  • Keratin- This is a protein which is extracted from the horns, nails and hair of animals and is used in hair products.
  • Lanolin- This is a fat which is extracted from the hair of sheep and is then used in lotions.
  • Squalene- This is the oil from the liver of a shark which is extracted and used as a moisturizer.

If you would like to avoid ingredients like these in your products, vegan cosmetics are the way to go. When you choose a vegan product, you can rest assured that you will be avoiding all animal by-products.

Non-Irratating
Without the animal-based ingredients, many people find beauty products to be friendlier to sensitive skin, not causing irritation. Where do vegan ingredients come from? Well most will come from plant or mineral-based sources which contain beneficial properties used to heal and soothe the body. In fact, minerals and plants have been used for hundreds of years to help treat the skin. So not only will you be removing irritating elements, but you will replace them with helpful, rich substances.

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Candelilla Wax – a vegan alternative to beeswax

Animal-Friendly
If you have a dog, chances are, you understand how aware and sensitive they can be. If you would like to avoid supporting any kind of harm to other animals which occurs in the production or testing of products, vegan products give you that peace of mind.

Transparent
Lastly, true vegan companies offer transparency in their products. You will be able to see exactly what is in the product you are buying. Being that all products are full of beneficial ingredients, they are proud to show you what you are getting. This is unlike non-vegan products which use many chemicals, such as the mysterious “fragrances”, and ingredients the company hopes consumers won’t be aware of. Enjoy knowing exactly what you are getting.

Vegan Natural Dog Company
The Natural Dog Company is a brand you can trust for products made with organic, all-natural, vegan ingredients that are cruelty-free. They conduct thorough research on each of their products to ensure safety, without the use of animals. Additionally, they take sincere care in choosing ingredients free of chemicals, fertilizers, or pesticides. This effort and commitment to quality products, results in nourishing and safe products for your furry friends.

German Shepherd – All About the Breed

German Shepherds are probably best known for their strong jaws and their protective nature, making them excellent guard dogs and police dogs. They are loyal, highly intelligent dogs, blessed with senses that make them perfect for search and rescue. The fact that they are highly agile and trainable contributes towards making them one of the 10 most popular dog breeds in the U.S.

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Overview

Originally bred to be a herding dog by Captain Max Stephanitz in Germany in 1899, German Shepherd dogs excel in herding utility dog trials. However, Von Stephanitz recognized that the dog had skills that could be used by the police and military, and convinced the German government to use them during World War I. The dog’s bravery and intelligence was noted by allied servicemen, who even took some of the dogs home with them. Anything at this time associated with Germany was taboo, and so The American Kennel Club changed their name to Shepherd Dog; in England, the breed was called Alsatian after the German-French border area of Alsace-Lorraine.

German Shepherds have earned the nickname ‘German Shedder’ as they shed their dense coat all year round, and twice a year they molt very heavily. You will need to brush his coat several times a week. Only bathe him when necessary because bathing a dog too often strips away the natural oils from the coat. Trim nails once a month and clean his ears once a week with a cotton ball and a gentle, PH-balanced ear cleaner. You can brush his teeth with a toothbrush and dog toothpaste, but a dental chew will help
to prevent a build-up of tartar.

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Nowadays, German Shepherd Dogs are highly valued as working dogs. They are used by the military and for detecting illegal substances. They are also used to assist the handicapped, the deaf, and those who are visually impaired – they were used as guide dogs for the blind before Golden Retrievers and Labradors. If you are considering getting a German Shepherd dog, remember that he will need lots of exercise and stimulation, or he will become bored and will bark or chew and destroy things.

Natural Aids and Remedies

Dogs in the service industry are vulnerable to stress and injury, particularly their paws from running on hot pavements, gravel and rough or sharp surfaces. PawTector can be applied to create a nourishing barrier to protect paw pads against the elements. Skin Soother can be used to treat any minor cuts or scrapes they might suffer; apply the antibiotic balm to bumps, scratches, and dry, itchy or irritated skin. This creates a barrier to prevent infection and the natural ingredients will help the healing process.

@gsdpageGerman Shepherds are very loyal, but they are not a breed of dog that is guaranteed to be everyone’s best friend; for this reason, early socialization is extremely important. To ensure you have a healthy happy dog, try not to let him play on hard surfaces for at least the first two years of his life, as his joints are not fully formed. Also, be aware that German Shepherds do not like to be left alone and can, in fact, suffer from separation anxiety if they are suddenly left.

Tips for Trail Running with Your Dog

Trail running is running off-road. It could be running over hills, hiking trails, or cross-country, but it is usually long-distance and is often in mountainous terrain. Your dog can be great company along you run. He is a source of motivation, provides a sense of security, will love the challenge and the new terrain, and it is, of course, great exercise for you both! Here are some tips to keep in mind when trail running with your furry friend.

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This guy isn’t going anywhere fast.

Fitnesslevel
You must take responsibility for your dog’s capabilities as he will want to keep up with you and he won’t know his own limits. Do not expect too much too soon – especially if he has led a sedentary lifestyle up to now. Ask your vet if you are unsure of his fitness, and build up gradually towards longer distances.

Terrain
Remember that hot weather will make the ground scalding and a dog has no protection against burning, sharp, rough, or uneven surfaces. Be considerate; dog booties or a protective balm like PawTector may be required. Carry food and water for your dog if need be.

Weather
Hot weather will make the ground hot and could cause discomfort or injury to your dog’s paws. If the weather is hot or humid, consider leaving your dog at home – heat stroke is very dangerous for dogs. You will also need added protection when going out on snow and ice. Applying a skin guard, like PawTector, will help lock in moisture and prevent damage from salt. Though, you might need to wash his paws when you get home in case he has salt or other chemicals on them – it could be toxic to him if he licks himself.shutterstock_171636500 (1)

Paw Protection
You can protect your dog’s paws from the elements with PawTector. The

natural blend of waxes and oils creates a barrier, preventing them from becoming dry, rough, sore or cracked. Any minor injuries or dry, irritated patches can be soothed naturally afterwards with Paw Soother. The natural blend of butters and plant oils helps to heal, smooth and moisturize

Leash
If you are running in a wildlife protected area, keep your dog on the leash. He could disturb ground-nesting birds, upset grazing animals or cattle, trample crops or vegetation, or generally disturb or chase wildlife. Keeping him on the leash is also important for his safety if you are running in mountainous terrain.

Materials
A responsible dog owner should always clean up after his dog, wherever you both are, out of consideration to other people. When trail running with your dog, you have to consider whether your dog’s mess could contaminate the area or water, as well as the wildlife. Don’t forget those doggy bags!

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Remember that not everyone loves dogs and wants to be approached by your dog (or they may not want your dog to approach their dog), and you should respect that. If your dog is not good with recall, or he is protective of you, keep him on the leash. If you want to take your canine best friend trail running with you, be considerate of his needs as well as yours. Take precautionary measures to avoid getting into an unpleasant or even dangerous situation, and you will have years of safe, happy trail running ahead of you both.

Why Are my Dog’s Paws Itchy?

Talk to anyone who shares their home with a dog and they’ll tell you that they don’t consider themselves so much as a dog owner but the parent of a furry, four-legged child; thanks to the joy and companionship they can provide every day, dogs are often considered cherished members of the family than a pet. This makes it an incredibly stressful and emotionally painful experience when your dog is injured or is suffering in some way.

One of the more common problems that dogs can develop is itchy, irritated or painful paws. Here’s some crucial information as to why your dog’s paws might be itchy and what you can do to soothe those poor paws while protecting them from further damage or injury.

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You’ve seen the signs: your dog has been constantly licking or chewing at their feet, especially after they’ve been outside for any significant period of time. Taking a look reveals that the pads of their paws are calloused, inflamed, and possibly even dry, cracked and bleeding; not a pretty sight.

The truth is that irritated, itchy paws are quite common. Unlike humans, dogs don’t put on shoes before they go outside; this means that their feet are exposed to the elements. Any number of things can cause itchy and inflamed paw pads such as seasonal allergies, rough terrain, or even temperature extremes in the winter and the summer. Other sources can be exposure to pesticides, chemicals, or excess salt used to melt icy sidewalks and driveways.

Providing Some Relief
Whatever the core reason behind your poor dog’s itchy, irritated feet, it’s actually not as important as what you can do to stop them from constantly chewing or licking their paws as this can make an already bad situation that much worse. Your first task in dealing with itchy paws is to make sure you provide your suffering pet some relief, and that means finding a way to reduce the pain and inflammation.

Many veterinarians recommend gently cleansing the feet of a dog with itchy paws by providing a foot bath. A simple solution of cool water with a few drops of iodine is usually a good idea, as the water will help wash away any irritants left in the dog’s fur or stuck to their paw pads. The iodine acts as a safe and natural – not to mention non-abrasive and non-stinging – disinfectant for abused puppy paws. You can also soak some clean gauze or cloth in a water-iodine solution and wrap the paws for a few minutes at a time if your dog will let you, though this depends on the temperament of your pet. After you’ve cleansed your dog’s feet, be sure to pat them dry gently but thoroughly – and then consider ways to protect their feet from further injury.

Keeping Hurt Paws Safe
There@dog_days_of_owen_PS PT are many ways to keep sore paws clean and protected so they can heal. One such method is to get some booties for your pet for them to wear when going on extreme hikes and adventures. Though, if you’ve seen the youtube videos, most dog won’t tolerate those little booties – but don’t lose hope: there are excellent all-natural ointments out there that can help protect your pet’s feet while also encouraging them to heal. PawTector by Natural Dog Company is a blend of natural waxes that provide a nourishing barrier to guard the skin against drying and damage. Applying this before heading out will help reduce the damage caused by allergies and harsh elements. Their sister product, Paw Soother is the perfect natural healing solution for dry, damaged, and irritated paw pads. Paw Soother is a blend of all natural butters that deeply moisturize and soften scratchy paws. All their ingredients are sourced from non-toxic plants, making them safe for your dog if they decide to lick their feet clean – a major advantage over synthetic salves and ointments that use toxic ingredients like petroleum jelly.

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All About: Boston Terriers

A little dog with a big personality makes the Boston terrier is a popular breed. Diminutive – usually between 15 to 17 inches high and 10 to 25 pounds in weight – but enthusiastic, well-mannered and alert while being gentle all at the same time. Boston terriers are known for being highly intelligent and eager to learn, making them a joy to train and a fantastic companion dog.

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Playful and friendly – the perfect combo!

A True Family Pet
Boston terriers make some of the best family pets around, thanks to the playful and affectionate nature of the breed. Not exactly the best watch dog since they happen to be very accommodating to strangers. Boston terriers nevertheless are excellent with elderly people and are reliable and gentle pets when it comes to children – even the kinds of children that can be a bit more “hands on” for their own good. Boston terriers are often so even-tempered that they’re good with other family pets, cats (gasp)!

Of course, Boston terriers do need strong leadership from their human family. All dogs are pack animals, but Boston terriers thrive in a family dynamic where they know their place. Without being trained early on to show them where their rank is in the family “pack,” they can develop behavioral problems including attempts to establish dominance over the human members of the household. Remember, though: a Boston terrier will only do this when there’s a lack of solid leadership for it to get behind.

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Too much fun in severe climates can really dry out the short snout of a Boston terrier.

Health Considerations
While smaller dogs often benefit by having increased life expectancies (a well cared-for Boston terrier can easily live to 15 years of age), there are some common health considerations to watch out for. Boston terriers are prone to both eye and breathing problems because they’re so short faced, much in the way other breeds like pugs, or English bulldogs with similar characteristics can also suffer.
Eye problems such as dry eyes, cherry eye, corneal ulcers, corneal dystrophy, glaucoma, entropion, distichiasis and late-onset or juvenile cataracts can occur. Meanwhile, Boston terriers who play a bit too hard in extremely hot or cold weather can find it hard to breathe, and can overheat quite easily if they overexert themselves. Snoring or drooling problems from their short faces are also common.

In many circumstances, Boston terriers can suffer from dry skin on their noses as well, especially in arid climates. This can lead to cracked and even bleeding skin, something that many pet owners may attempt to treat with petroleum jelly. However, this substance is toxic to dogs! The only products that should ever be used on your pet should be organic, all-natural, and non-toxic. Snout Soother from the Natural Dog Company is specially formulated to heal dry, crusty, cracked, and bleeding noses. It has been made with dogs in mind, so it is completely safe, natural, scent-free, and is an ideal choice for Boston terriers who habitually suffer from a dry nose.

Grooming, Exercise and Other Considerations
Boston terriers are great dogs for nearly any environment, as they’re compact enough to do well in an apartment in the city while they’re robust enough to have a good time out in the country – or even just in a well-fenced in backyard. However, Boston terriers do poorly in regions where there are extremes in the weather; if you do live in such an area, it is best to keep your pet inside most of the time except when going for a long walk at least once a day. If you do keep them inside for the majority of the time, make sure to provide them some structured play to keep their spirits up and get them the modicum of exercise they need to stay healthy and happy.

Overall, Boston terriers aren’t much in the way of high-maintenance dogs. Their short-haired and smooth coat is easily groomed with a firm bristle brush; Boston terriers don’t necessarily need regular bathing. An exception to this is to make sure their faces are clean at least once a day; use a damp cloth to ensure their eyes are clear and their nose isn’t dry, apply some Snout Soother if you do see some dry skin, and occasionally clip their nails to ensure your Boston terrier will be a very happy dog indeed.

Sources: http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/bostonterrier.htm
https://naturaldogcompany.com/articles/reviews/bosco/
https://naturaldogcompany.com/product/snout-soother-regular/

Heal your Dog’s Skin Problems with Organic Skin Soother!

If there’s one thing dog owners can agree on, it’s that nothing is too good for our canine companions. These amazing animals bring us so much joy and happiness that we’re always willing to pamper that pup in any way we can, and that’s why the canine care market is such a big one. Whether it’s chew toys, dog biscuits, grooming brushes, custom-knit sweaters, or even just rhinestone-encrusted collars, we make sure our dogs have everything they could ever need or want – or do we?

It’s Not Pampering When It’s Needed

Like no other animal, dogs are always getting into trouble – sometimes way over their head. Even the most sheltered urban apartment pooch can end up getting into mischief and end up with mystery scratches and rashes all over their skin. It’s just their nature – they play rough and they don’t really think ahead when it comes to whether they’re going to injure themselves. It’s why any dog owner knows that they need to keep a puppy first-aid kit at hand for whatever kind of situation their dog ends up in.

This is exactly why we’ve developed our brand-new Skin Soother product. Made from our exclusive blend of safe, edible, organic, all-natural and vegan ingredients, Skin Soother is a natural antibiotic topical treatment – like the kind of bacitracin ointment you would keep in your own medicine cabinet, but without all the chemicals. Made in the USA, our Skin Soother is brimming with antifungal, antibacterial, and healing herbs that help to seal the skin to prevent further contamination and have anti-inflammatory properties to promote fast healing.

Skin Soother Uses

Skin Soother is perfect for helping to heal the kinds of simple cuts and scrapes that any pugnacious pup can end up suffering just from running around the house or back yard. However, the power of our topical ointment goes far beyond that; Skin Soother can help burns, abrasions, or serious wounds – heal faster and cleaner. Our product is also ideal for healing rashes caused by dry skin or irritation, combating yeast and fungal infections, and even any number of bacterial issues, including but not limited to:

  • Hot spots
  • Bacterial folliculitis
  • Atopic Dermatitis
  • Impetigo
  • Acral lick dermatitis (granuloma)
  • Allergic dermatitis
  • Seborrhea
  • Alopecia
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The Benefits of Skin Soother

Skin Soother is about more than just providing topical relief for our best friends while they’re healing from a scrape or a cut. While our exclusive formula of organic and all-natural, cruelty-free ingredients can indeed soothe uncomfortable or painful skin conditions, applying Skin Soother to your treasured pet’s wounds has many other benefits, including a reduction in scarring and speeding recovery time. In fact, Skin Soother can not only help to heal existing skin infections but can prevent them in the first place.

Reversing infections before they progress or stopping them right before they even happen doesn’t just keep your precious pooch from having to deal with needless pain and suffering; it also keeps you out of the vet’s office. It’s not cheap to see to your dog’s health – and while most dog owners will spare no expense when it comes to their pet, spending a fraction of the price on Skin Soother means more money to spend on fun stuff for your dog, like treats, toys and spa days down at the local groomer – things your dog will enjoy much more than getting poked and prodded by the vet!

Keep Your Pet Safe and Happy

We know how important the health of your favorite pet is to both you and the rest of your family. That playful pup deserves only the best, especially considering how he or she is the very center of your family, and our Skin Soother provides only the best when it comes to safe and all-natural skin care for that loving, devoted dog of yours that shares your home and your heart; keep your cherished pet safe for years to come by keeping his or her skin healthy with Skin Soother ointment.

 

Sources: https://naturaldogcompany.com/ingredient-lists/

Natural Dog Wishes You A Pawsome Father’s Day!

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How many dads do you know and love? Dogs included, of course!

It’s Father’s Day, a day to celebrate all of the wonderful things dads do for their children. If you’re as dog crazy as we are, you might be thinking about your male dog on this day as well, especially if they have helped bring a litter of puppies into the world. Before you buy your dog more gifts than your dad, let it be known that your dad probably makes a better parent than any male dog.

Wolves remain one of the best animal dads on the planet, dogs—well not so much. Male wolves have incredible paternal instincts, providing pups with love, support, food, and a family for life. Wolves are monogamous and create packs that include a mom, dad, and babies, in which both parents play a role in raising their offspring. Dogs and wolves are a part of the same species but you can’t expect the same tender, love and care from a male dog to his pups.

If your dog has had a litter of puppies, you may have realized male dogs take little to no interest raising their kids. It might even seem like your male dog doesn’t know the little cuties belong to him. Since puppies are born blind, deaf and completely helpless, it’s a good thing for mom! In the first days of life, puppies need all of the assistance they can get. Once baby puppies are big enough to play, dad dogs may show a little more interest in their offspring and play alongside them, although not usually much different than they would play with any other dog.

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Just like your dad, your dog is always looking out to protect you.

This might take you back by surprise, how could this be? Dogs are so loving and supportive—truly the best of friends, how could they not make the most amazing fathers? Some researchers believe this has something to do with dogs being domesticated for so many years now. Domesticated male dogs are not really needed, or necessarily even present, when their puppies are born, therefore the natural instinct towards parenting may have faded into the past. Since wolves still live out in the wild, their natural paternal instincts are necessary and remain intact.

So while dogs are the best creatures on the planet, I suppose we can all be thankful for the dad’s out there that parent nothing like dogs, but instead take after the wolf when it comes to raising great kids.

In some ways though, dad is like your family dog. Why does your dog keep you up all night barking at the new neighbors? Because he or she is trying to protect you, dogs are loyal creatures that want to keep their family safe—just like great dads.

 

 

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Have you seen my daddy on this golden Father’s Day?

Happy Father’s Day to all of the special dads out there, today is your day. From all of us at Natural Dog, we wish you a pawsome day full of family, love, and wet dog kisses!

Even if your male dog would fail to nurture his own litter of puppies, say Happy Father’s Day anyway with one of our organic, natural dog products. Such as soothing Snout Soother, which will turn any dry, rough, or flaking dog nose into a smooth, healthy snout–which your dog can use to smoother dad with even more kisses!

 

 

Uncover Your Dog’s Diamond In The ‘Ruff’ With Snout Shine! A New Ultra Healing Gloss for Your Pup’s Dry Nose.

Dog Owners Everywhere: Your dog’s nose is highly sensitive and can quickly cause pain to your pooch if the tissue is left dry, chapped, or cracked. Natural Dog Company’s Snout Shine is an organic, all-natural and vegan gloss fortified to quickly heal unhealthy noses and transform them into smooth, shiny sniffers that they’ll be proud to lead the pack with!

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Ruff, how did your nose get so pretty and shinny?! Snout Shine, of course!

Snout Shine is an organic high-performance oil supercharged with essential nutrients and antioxidants and perfected to heal your furry friend’s damaged nose while adding healthy vibrancy and shine. Snout Shine provides an easy and effective solution to dry, damaged, or dull noses and is the perfect addition to your pup’s daily beauty regime. Whether they are competing in show, or simply strutting their fluff down the street, your pup will be leading the way with dazzlin’ shine.

There are several key factors when considering dog nose health. Allergies, genetic diseases, skin irritations, weather conditions, and a weak immune system can all cause your dog’s nose tissue to become dry and uncomfortable. In extreme cases, dog noses will crack or even appear to form extra growth. Thankfully, Natural Dog Company has created this holistic healing formula that provides critical nourishing benefits, and leaves noses with a healthy shine!

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It’s time to get nosey with your dog! A smooth, moist snout makes for a happy, healthy canine.

Since Natural Dog released their first product, Snout Soother ®, the company has rapidly grown in popularity. Natural Dog started out as a small dog-loving brand from Texas, and has now ballooned into a global company that ships to over 40 countries—and growing.

It’s not just what Snout Shine® does that sets it apart, but also how the product is made. Founder of Natural Dog Company, Elice Davis, says, “My goal from day one has always been to provide the safest and most beneficial products to dogs big and small, all over the world.”

With every last ingredient carefully sourced, owners can feel confident when they use Snout Shine®. After all, it is safe enough for humans, but made just for dogs—all the way down to the smell.

The ingredients that make Snout Shine® so incredible include: Organic Castor Oil, Organic Coconut Oil, Shea Nut Oil, Organic Sweet Almond Oil, Rose Hip Oil, Wheat Germ Oil, and Natural Vitamin E.

Snout Shine® is organic, all natural and 100% vegan! To learn more visit the official Natural Dog website.

Protect Your Dog Against Dry, Rough Paw Pads With PawTection!

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Hot concrete, warm sand, and ice-cold snow can all contribute to rough, dry paw pads.

Take a moment to feel the bottom of your dog’s paws. Are they smooth, or rough and cracked? Wherever your dog goes they rely on their paws to take them there, and while paw pads are incredibly sturdy they are surely not invincible.

Long walks, sandy trails, hot concrete, and snow are just a few of the common causes of rough, scratchy paw pads. Many dog owners chalk it up as normal, but if your dog does not have smooth paw pads they could be experiencing discomfort. You want to ensure your dog’s rough, dry paw pads are given the proper moisture as well as protection. That’s where PawTection comes into the picture.

The latest addition to our line of all-natural dog products, PawTection is here to help sooth dry paws, as well as provide an all-natural barrier against further damage. It’s the wax base used in the balm that locks in moisture and provides a layer of protection against the elements.

So does it really work? According to customer reviews PawTection has made a host of humans, and most importantly canines, incredibly happy. One of these happy customers comes all the way from Tavagnacco, UD Italy; Bicciato Maurizio writes to Natural Dog, “Great! The pads are very soft.”

And all the way across the globe in Edmonton, AB Canada, Nichole F writes about PawTection, “My bulldog mix has dry paw pads. I have just started using it and can already see a difference. I am hoping it will keep his paws soft and protect them thru the long snowy winter ahead! I am using this along with the Paw Soother product. Defintily will be re-buying once I run out!”

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Your dog may love playing in the snow but it can cause a lot of wear and tear on their paw pads.

Many of our customers are waiting to use PawTection during the winter when paws, and skin of all types, are most prone to drying out. Think about your own epidermis during the coldest months of the year, your hands get rough and your skin needs ample amounts of lotion. A few different reasons contribute to dry paw pads, for instance you don’t walk around on bare hands and feet all day, but the same premise occurs to dog paws when the weather turns icy.

You can’t just apply any lotion to your dog’s paws, dogs are sensitive and deserve extra special care. Dogs lick their entire bodies, paws included, which is why non-organic ingredients can cause many internal issues for your precious pup. PawTection is made with carefully sourced ingredients that are just as good for your dog’s insides and outsides.

Chesley Glassco, from Winchester, Tennessee, writes about PawTection, “I have only used the PawTector a few times, because I am saving it more for our winter months when my gsd will need it the most! But works wonderful as expected.”

Chesley isn’t the only one stocking up on PawTection for the harsh winter months; plenty of other pups around the world will enjoy a winter with smooth, strong paw pads, sans the discomfort associated with rough, dry skin.

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Your dog is a true warrior, give them protection where they need it most!

 

Colette Stoddard from Farmingville New York was hesitant about trying PawTection at first, and so she only ordered the sample size to try on her dog. After applying the product to her dog’s rough paw pads she is now a believer. Stoddard says, “This product is well worth the money.”

We can’t help but agree! After all, we work hard to provide a product that is carefully sourced, all natural, 100% effective, and always affordable.

PawTection is on a mission: Protect. Prevent. Heal!

Try PawTection risk free! If you and your dog are not completely satisfied with our all-natural product we guarantee to return your money in full.

 

Do Dogs Love? Nose Kisses and Other Ways Dogs Express Affection

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Your dog makes you smile when they give you endless kisses, but are they really saying, “I love you!”?

You love your dog unconditionally, looking into those big sweet eyes it’s hard not to fall paws over tail. But have you ever found yourself wondering if your dog loves you in the same way you love them?

According to doghealth.com, wolves operate under a family-type structure known as a pack. Wolves are monogamous and mate for life. Subordinate wolves show their respect for more dominant wolves by licking their face, approaching with a lowered stance, and wagging their tail. Wolves that are equals in a pack tend to roughhouse a bit more when they greet or play with one another, barking, and jumping around in a rowdy fashion.

Perhaps the sweetest thing about dogs and wolves is that all members of a pack care for and look after one another. Young pups are tended to by the entire pack, and when one dog becomes injured all dogs do their part to help. Bringing food back to the den, and licking at any wounds.

While your family dog is by no means a wild wolf, the two are genetically linked. Many wolf characteristics remain a part of your dog’s inborn natural instincts. This is clear in how dogs operate with their human families, treating people like pack members and displaying key signs of affection used by packs of wild dogs.

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A good lick to the face means, “I love you!”

Ways Dogs Show Love

There are a number of ways your dog loves on you, showing you that you are their pack member now and forever. Including:

-Tail wagging

Your dog’s tail can tell you if your dog is excited, nervous, or anticipating an attack. If your dog is simply wagging their tail back and forth this is a sign of sheer happiness.

-Following you around the house

Your dog is a social creature and he or she enjoys being by your side pretty much at all times.

-Wet nose kisses

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Furrever friends!

When your dog licks you it can signal a number of things, including adoration. Dogs have a number of natural inborn reasons why they lick, one is in order to be fed, another is to show they are submissive and not a threat, and they also use licking to groom you and show their affection.

-Jumping on you

Many dogs are taught not to jump on people, although it’s a tricky behavior to stop considering it’s a natural way for dogs to show they are excited to see someone they like. As a puppy, dogs lick their mother’s face and eyes, and they must jump up to do so. When they get older and you become their mommy, they still keep the same habit in tact.

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Man’s best friend truly is his dog.

-Sleeping curled up beside you

Wild dogs sleep snuggled up close to their pack members. When you become their pack they like to sleep right next to you too.

-Leaning on you

If you notice your dog leaning up against you they are giving you some attention in hopes you will return the favor.

-Smiling

It’s true dogs really do smile. In fact, research has uncovered that dogs have a wide variety of facial expressions that they use to communicate their emotions.

 

But Is Puppy Love Real?

While dogs sure act like they know how to love, are they actually displaying signs of affection?

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Kisses for canines!

There are a number of different theories about the whole thing. Some animal behaviorists believe that dogs learn how to love because we teach them to. Others think that dogs are not acting on any emotions, but instead just instinctively doing what they are programed to do in order to receive the best outcome.

In other words, dogs are taught to lick your face, cuddle up against you, bark when you return home and make silly faces, all because these ‘cute’ behaviors earn them favorable treatment and rewards. Steven Budiansky, the author of The Truth About Dogs writes, “Dogs probably don’t feel love in the typical way humans do. Dogs make investments in human beings because it works for them…”

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There is nothing like good ol’ puppy love

It’s easy to dispute this if you have ever owned a puppy. Your puppy might not be trained at all, peeing all throughout the house and chewing up anything they can sink their growing teeth into, but they still give plenty of wet kisses and burrow deep into your bones for a good snuggle. Not because they have been taught to act this way, but because they naturally want to.

Other professionals specializing in dog behavior and health see things in a more loving manner. New York veterinarian, Dr. Ann Marcario, says her dog, “…seems to know when I am feeling down and gives me more attention at those times. She lets me know when she doesn’t like something and when she’s having a great time or if she doesn’t feel good.” That being said, you can’t deny there is something more to dogs’ ultra affectionate behavior than simply trying to get ahead.

According to celebrity dog trainer Cesar Milan, “Love is one of the greatest gifts we can share with our dogs. Dogs are affectionate animals. Touch means a lot to them, both in their natural world and when they live with us.” At Natural Dog, we most definitely agree! There is no denying the special bond you form with your four-legged friends; dogs provide a love more pure and loyal than some humans are capable of.

What do you think; does your dog know what love is?

Show Your Dog How Much You Love Them With All-Natural Snout Soother!

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Snout Soother is an all-natural dog balm made especially to treat dry, sensitive dog noses.

Your dog is there for you no matter what. So what do you do if your dog is suffering from a dry dog nose? If your dog’s nose is rough, dry, scabby or falling off in chunks they might not be feeling their very best. Dogs use their noses to recognize everything around them, and without a smooth moist noise their naturally powerful sniffer decreases in effectiveness. Plus, a dry, crusty dog nose can cause your canine serious discomfort. Show your dog the same love and affection they give to you by trying all-natural Snout Soother risk free! We guarantee your dog’s nose will heal within only a few applications. Although we warn you ahead of time you are sure to get many wet kisses in thanks.

 

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Thank You Working Dogs! A Labor Day Message For ALL Canines

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Don’t forget to grant working dogs the appreciation they deserve this Labor Day!

Labor Day is celebrated on the first Monday of every September in honor of all working people. Not just people have jobs though. At Natural Dog, we would like to extend our appreciation to all of the working dogs out there.

Working dogs don’t spend their mornings lounging on the sofa, or their afternoons playing a lazy game of fetch, instead they go to work and give it their all. While all types of dogs can be working dogs, certain breeds are specifically referred to as working dog breeds. The Akita, Alaskan Malamute, Bullmastiff, and Great Dane are a few dogs well known for their hard working spirit and ability to stay on task under tiring or distracting conditions.

You might be wondering, what sorts of jobs do dogs really have? Canines keep all sorts of jobs, you never know, one day a working dog might help you.

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Working dogs hold all sorts of positions, from military dogs to therapy dogs.

The police use K-9 dogs to help catch criminals and keep the public safe. Hospitals and rehabilitation centers hire dogs as therapy workers. Dogs help farmers herd livestock, all in order to fill the shelves at your local grocery store. Search and rescue dogs save lives all of the time, they also help find closure for grieving families. Thousands of dogs work alongside the military, even in dangerous regions such as the Middle East. Those that have a dog or two working alongside them don’t know what they would do without them, after all no human has the same capabilities as a canine—you know anyone that walks on two legs and can smell a bomb? I sure don’t!

Dogs do all kinds of jobs, but most incredibly perhaps, they don’t do it for money or notoriety but because they are a true friend. Dogs are incredibly loyal and caring, give them food, water, shelter, and a few kisses and they are happy to be your best friend, doing whatever you ask of them.

Some working dogs go on to live a wonderful retirement, full of all the love and pampering they deserve. Other working dogs are not so lucky; some end up in bad homes while others lose their lives before they have a chance to retire, just trying to do what they are told, complete a job well done. In light of all of these dogs, we give thanks and tribute.

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If you own a dog you are guaranteed more giggles, love and happiness!

Even if your dog doesn’t work and instead lives a pampered life as the family pet, they are still working hard. It’s a proven fact that dog owners live longer than non-dog owners.

Other benefits of owning a dog, for all ages of people, include:

-Healthier weight

-Lower blood pressure

-Improved cardiovascular and fitness

-Higher self-esteem

According to statistics provided by The Atlantic, German and Australian dog owners visit the doctor 12-15% less often than their pet-less neighbors. They also use up fewer sick days from work .

All of these figures mean that with or without a job, your dog is working. In fact, your dog does more for you than most employees could ever do for their boss—no matter how many overtime hours are worked.

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Reward your hard working dog for all of the love and friendship they give you this Labor Day.

People fought hard to make Labor Day an official holiday in 1885, when the first movements to legalize the holiday were put into motion. Since it remains unknown who exactly came up with the idea for Labor Day, it’s fair game to guess a dog helped inspire the idea.After all, dogs are incredibly hard working, and happily so!

While paying tribute to all of the working people this Labor Day, don’t forget to pay tribute to all of the service dogs out there, working hard everyday to keep the world safe and full of smiles.

Don’t forget to thank your own canine either, after all they work hard to keep you healthy and happy everyday of the year.

All of us at Natural Dog would like to wish an extra special Labor Day to all of the dogs out there, we thank you for all of your pawsome work!

Does your dog have a dry or crusty nose? If so, your dog can’t smell properly and might also be in pain. Snout Soother provides all-natural soothing relief for dry dog noses, and only takes days to show noticeable results. This Labor Day, give your dog the gift of Snout Soother as an extra special thank you.

Buy Snout Soother here, risk free.

Skin Products For Your Dog: What Ingredients To Look For And Avoid

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Is your dog constantly itching, licking and scratching? Photo Credit: drsfostersmith.com

The appearance of your dog’s skin is an indication of his or her overall health and wellbeing. Dog skin problems can be a result of certain irritants or a larger underlying issue. If your dog has skin problems you may notice they lick, chew and scratch at the affected area(s), a habit that tends to make the problem worse.

It’s so important to use the right skin products for dogs with skin-related issues because they are sensitive. Using the wrong dog skin products can cause problems to worsen, or spark new issues. All dog breeds are susceptible to irritating skin problems, meaning you should always carefully look over the listed ingredients before using a product.

You might be surprised to find out many popular skin products for dogs actually contain toxic, and potentially harmful ingredients. Not only does this threaten your dog’s skin, but it can also harm their sensitive insides. Your dog is likely to lick at an area immediately after you apply a skin product, therefore ingredients should be all natural and safe for your dog to consume.


Dog Skin Product Ingredients To Avoid

Skin products made for humans are usually unsafe for dogs, but just because a product is listed for dogs doesn’t mean it is safe either. Reading the label is helpful, but only if you know what you are looking for. Trueclean.com compiled a list of the most toxic ingredients often found in dog skin products so that you know what to look for when reading labels.

Common Toxic Chemicals Used In Dog Skin Products:

Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS) or Sodium Lauryl Ether Sulfate (SLES)

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The ASPCA lists these factors as the most common causes of dog skin problems

SLS and SLES are commonly found in both dog and human shampoos, as they act as a cheap foaming agent. These fillers are completely unnecessary and have been proven to cause irritation of eyes and skin for both dogs and humans.

Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA)

The National Institutes of Health as well as the U.S. National Toxicology Program have identified BHA as “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen.” BHA is added to dog skin products in order to extend the shelf life of the product, but it’s not good for you or your dog.

Synthetic Fragrances

Synthetic fragrances are added to so many products for both humans and pets. While you and I enjoy the faux scent of roses, your dog doesn’t appreciate it. According to a 1986 report by the National Academy of Sciences, 95% of chemicals used to formulate synthetic fragrances are petroleum based and include benzene derivatives, aldehydes, as well as a number of other known toxins related to cancer, central nervous system disorders, allergic reactions and birth defects.

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Always read the ingredients to avoid using toxic substances on your precious pup!

Other Common Toxic Ingredients To Avoid In Skin Products For Dogs:

・Dioxins
・Diaminobenzene
・Methylisothiazolinone
・Diethanolamine
・Methicone
・Artificial colors
・Benzalkonium Chloride
・Benzethonium Chloride
・Triethanolamine
・Propylene Glycol
・Petrolatum
・Mineral Oil
・Sodium Hydroxide

Ingredients To Seek Out In Dog Skin Products

shutterstock_74304163When searching for a non-toxic dog skin product you want to seek out natural ingredients you are familiar with. Less is more, and a never-ending list of ingredients that are unfamiliar and difficult to pronounce usually points towards toxic. A great tip is to Google all of the listed ingredients in order to learn more about each individual ingredient.

Organic, natural and vegan dog products are all buzz words to seek out, but you should always read the ingredients to ensure a product is really what it claims to be. Coconut oil, sweet almond oil, natural vitamin E, and other plant-based materials are ideal. These types of ingredients are safe for your dog’s skin, and also A-Okay for your dog to lick. Plus, they are proven to soothe, moisturize and improve the overall appearance of your dog’s skin.

Natural Dog Skin Products You Can Count On

Natural Dog creates the leading all-natural dog skin care products for dry noses and paw pads. Our vegan ingredients are carefully sourced, and 100% safe for your dog, both inside and out!

4 Common Household Products That Are Toxic To Your Dog

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Are everyday household products making your dog sick?

Dogs are sensitive creatures, and many of the everyday household products bring these sensitivities to light. If your dog is allergic to certain household products you may notice that they develop a skin rash, dry dog nose, rough paw pads, and a number of other side effects. In this blog we identify 4 common household products that are toxic to your dog.

1. Lawn and Garden Chemicals

Your dog loves to play outside, but is your backyard really a safe-haven for your four-legged buddy? Fertilizers, weed repellents, and pesticides are commonly sprayed in yards, but the chemicals used in these products can be highly toxic to your dog.

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Keep your dog protected from lawn and garden chemicals so that they can fully enjoy playing outdoors.

Some pesticide companies claim to use ‘natural’ ingredients, but do your research before you trust any labels. One ingredient to look out for is permethrin, which has been identified as a potential carcinogen if ingested. We mention this particular ingredient because some pesticide companies claim permethrin is ‘all natural’ and safe for pets because permethrin imitates natural extracts from the chrysanthemum flower. Permethrin is also used in some tick and flea medications for dogs, which has caused a great deal of recent controversy.

Permethrin isn’t the only chemical to look out for, that’s why it’s so important to do your research before using any lawn and garden chemicals. If your yard is regularly sprayed with pesticides your dog is likely to consume these chemicals. Just think, all it takes is a ball rolling into a recently sprayed corner. When your dog puts this toy in their mouth they consume a potentially toxic substance that could spark the development of canine cancer or other serious health problems.

2. Toxic Cleaning Products

Natural cleaning products are the way to go. If you take a peek at the labels on the cleaning products in your cabinets you might be surprised to read labels that warn, “hazardous to humans and domestic animals.” Manufacturers admit the average popular household cleaner contains 62 toxic chemicals. In small amounts there is little risk, but a build up of these chemicals can lead to serious harm.

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“My mom used toxic cleaners again.. and I don’t like the way my paws taste or feel today.”

If you clean on a regular basis you and your furry friends are being exposed to these toxins over and over. This is even worse news for your dog as they walk across and sleep on freshly cleaned surfaces, allowing the chemicals to make direct contact with their paws and coat.

Since dogs constantly lick themselves they eventually ingest these toxins. Many canine cancer researchers agree this could be one reason why canine cancer rates are so high. Vinegar and water can deep clean a space just as good as toxic cleaners loaded with ingredients that are hard, if not impossible, to pronounce.

3. Deicing Salts

Deicers are something to look out for if you live in a snowy climate. De-icing salts attach to your dog’s paws while they are out for a walk, creating irritation. As a result, when your dog gets home the first thing they want to do is lick at their paws, thus causing internal irritation as well. As soon as you get back from a walk through the snow make sure to carefully wash your dog’s paws before they have a chance to lick.

Using PawTector as an all-natural, non-invasive barrier cream will also help protect your dog from outdoor elements, including deicing salts.

4. Scented Lotions

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A smooth, moist dog nose is a must, but avoid using lotions made for humans to treat dry dog noses.

Many of our clients have used lotion in the past to treat dry, crusty dog noses only to find out this makes their dog’s nose even worse. Reading the ingredients on the back of your rose-scented lotion will prove just how many different substances are used to create one bottle of lotion. Scented lotions and perfumes can actually burn your dog’s sensitive skin, and worsen any issues they are already experiencing.

If your dog has a dry nose don’t use human products to try and relieve their discomfort. Instead, stick to all-natural products made to heal and protect dog noses.

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The ‘Olfactic Dog Nose’ Allows You To Borrow Your Dog’s Sense Of Smell And Enjoy Food Even More… Seriously!

You are likely thinking: how in the world could you borrow your dog’s nose?! Thanks to a strange new gadget called the Olfactic Dog Nose you can get a taste for what it is like to smell with the super powers of your dog’s moist snout.

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The Olfactic Dog Nose may change the way you enjoy food, or perhaps even inspire you to become a clown!

British food creator Charlie Harry Francis is the man behind this odd invention that resembles a round black clown nose. Here’s how it works: you soak the ‘dog nose’ in water for 10 minutes prior to enjoying a meal, then simply strap it on and get ready to experience food in a whole new way.

The Olfactic Dog Nose ‘moistens your nasal cavity’ and improves your ability to pick up every last scent and flavor in your meal. One of the reasons your dog is capable of smelling every last thing in their immediate surroundings and beyond is because they have a moist snout. The Olfactic Dog Nose works the same way, by bringing moisture to your nose.

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Just like your dog, if your nose is dry you cannot taste or smell things with the same clarity. Francis told the Daily Meal, “Without this, a strawberry just tastes sweet, it doesn’t taste of strawberry. In the same way as our eyes don’t work well in the dark, our nose doesn’t work well if it’s dry. The Olfactic Dog Nose works by introducing a warm moist buffer between your nasal cavity and the outside air, which moistens the mucous membranes in your nose allowing them dislodge any irritants and making them better able to dissolve odorants into your mucus lining so they can be detected by your olfactory receptors.”

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Not to burst your bubble or anything, but your dog’s nose still smells supreme even if you are wearing the Olfactic Dog Nose!

Does that mean you will be able to smell with the same clarity as your dog? Not so fast, even while wearing the Olfactic Dog Nose your dog will still beat you at any smelling or tasting competition. That’s because dogs have far more olfactory receptors to begin with, so while a moist nose will help you smell better it won’t help your brain develop the receptors necessary to smell as many scents as your dog is capable of detecting.

Charlie Francis is a well known for his wild inventions, including an ice cream made with jellyfish protein and a price tag topping $200 per scoop. He is also the inventor of an edible mist machine that produces flavorful mists for many favorite foods, all of which contain zero calories. You can rent or purchase the machine, which sells for $8,400 in the UK.

Francis’ Olfactic Dog Nose is a part of his larger Human Cookbook movement, which is focused on teaching people how to enjoy food even more using a variety of exercisers such as, sensory deprivation, eating after a strenuous work out and wearing a dog nose.

snoutset_1Is your dog’s nose moist? If your dog’s nose is dry, crusty or otherwise damaged they can’t smell as good as they should. This would be like running around without your glasses or contacts; the world is confusing when you are lacking your number one sense of detection. Natural Dog Company is here for you! Give your dog the gift of superior scent with one of our all-natural, organic products made to heal, soothe and moisten even the driest dog noses on the planet.

Check out our best selling dog nose products Snout Soother and Snout Shine. Ordering is risk free; if you’re not 100% satisfied with the results simply send it back for a full refund!

Are you still unsure if Snout Soother will heal your dog’s dry nose? Check out our before and after page to see numerous testimonials from dogs all around the world.

Amazing Things Dogs Do With Noses: Hunting Dogs

Does your dog have a smooth, moist snout? If so your dog counts smelling among his greatest talents. Plus, all dogs naturally love to hunt. Dogs with a dry or crusty nose might not be as inclined to hunt, if your dog’s nose is lacking moisture their sense of smell (and possibly even well being) is off. Snout Soother can give your dog the organic relief they need to get a smooth nose back, and start learning how to hunt!

Some dogs use their sight, other dogs use their snout, and still others use both eyes and nose to hunt. Dogs can be used to hunt birds, fish, and ground animals such as rabbits. The most common breeds still used as traditional hunt dogs include hounds, gun dogs, feists, terriers and curs. Other dogs also make great hunt dogs. Labradors, for instance, are great at catching pheasants, and they will spot, capture, and deliver prey. The Chessies, which are only breed in the US, were even used in market-hunting days to retrieve waterfowl shot down into the ice-cold waters of the Chesapeake Bay. Beagles make great rabbit-hunting dogs because they are incredibly fast and agile. Plus, the Beagle has one of the best dog noses in the canine community, coming in just behind scent hounds.

Dog noses are so wild, if a hunt dog is actively searching for something, almost nothing can distract him or her. It’s truly incredible to witness, and something ALL dogs have a chance to learn and enjoy. You don’t have to be an avid hunter, or even agree with hunting, to teach your dog how to hunt for things. Dogs enjoy the act of searching for a scent and then capturing it no matter what it is, meaning you don’t even need live animals in order to teach your dog how to hunt.

The National Association of Canine Scent Work has identified Nose Work as a new sport for dog owners to recreationally participate in with their pups. Don’t think of Nose Work as training, because a dog should already have basic training before starting nose work. Instead, Nose Work is more of a fun activity you can do with your dog. Of course, some teaching is involved, as you are showing your dog that by following their nose to certain scents, and delivering it to you, an award will be waiting.

This means your dog will naturally want to go along because they are being rewarded for having fun and using their most powerful sense—their sense of smell. Dogs also love to hunt; no matter if it’s for a toy, some food, or a fluttering birdy, dogs love to chase things. When they capture their hunt they feel good inside, and their confidence increases. Since dogs are our children with four-legs, these are all things we crave for them. Plus, your dog will have you to thank for learning how to sniff out rewards, strengthening your bond even further.

For all of the hyper dogs out there that enjoy jumping around just a little too much, hunting tasks will tire them out and put their energy to good use. But your dog doesn’t have to be in the best shape to start participating in K9 Nose Work, in fact it’s good for retired dogs, and dogs that are recouping from an injury to learn how to hunt out objects. It gives them a purpose and helps them stay entertained and distracted.

The first step before training a dog to hunt is to make sure they have good yard skills. They come when called, recognize their name, and are obedient in all (or at least most) situations. you can start small by introducing certain smells to them and then asking them to find it. Have it hidden with a treat of some type, maybe their favorite toy or food to positively reward them for seeking out the scent.

The more fun things you can do with your dog, the better. Using their natural talents to come up with fun activities you can enjoy together is a great way to keep your dog happy. Dogs love to hunt for things, teaching your dog how to hunt down a bone, or find a rabbit in a field of bushes provides an engaging way to use up some of their energy.

If your dog has a rough, chapped, or dry dog nose, hunting may not come naturally—after all, they can’t smell so good. Snout Soother is here to help packed with a number of high quality, organic ingredients picked especially for their soothing and healing qualities. Within days of application, your dog’s nose will look better and smell better—allowing you to start teaching your dog how to hunt for just about anything, even that pesky (and always missing) remote control!

 

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The Barker’s Dozen

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According to your dog, he or she can eat it all! But what foods should you and should you NOT let your dog eat?

Who can resist sharing a little of this and that when your pet stares at you with those longing eyes?

Did you know that there are some foods that should never be fed to your friend? Some of those foods would be chocolate, grapes, raisins, onions, garlic, bread dough, and avocados.

What foods can be safely fed to your little beggar you ask? The answer can be found in the barker’s dozen.

  • Looking for a colorful, fiber filled digestive aid? Why not give pumpkin a try?
  • Perhaps sweet potatoes perk up your pet’s pallet. They are high in vitamins B6 & C along with beta carotene.
  • Feeling lean? Grab a green bean for they make great, low calorie
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    “Quack-quack, just please don’t eat me!!!”

    treats.

  • An apple day keeps the veterinarian away; well, not necessarily but they do make crunchy treats full of vitamins A & C minus the core and seeds.
  • Spinach! It’s Popeye’s favorite and it just may be your pet’s favorite too!
  • Your pooch will go crazy for carrots once they taste this crunchy, low calorie treat.
  • Peanut butter is a great treat and highly useful when you wish to keep your pup busy by stuffing it into a hollow treat.
  • How about yogurt? Plain yogurt is high in calcium and protein plus you can even let your pup lick the spoon!
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    Even the smartest dogs will eagerly eat all the wrong foods for their sensitive digestive track. It’s up to you to keep them healthy and safe!

    Bountiful blueberries create quite the splash fed either frozen or fresh.

  • Tempt the taste buds by mixing or topping your dog’s dinner with unseasoned skinless, boneless, cooked chicken breast– a taste that never goes out of season. Yum!
  • Strawberries are just delicious, enough said.
  • Puppy playtime with peas, oh so fun to fetch! The only time when it’s ok to play with your food.
  • Finally a fun, frosty treat for Fido can be a tasty frozen banana on a hot summer day!

Always consult with your veterinarian if you are unsure as to what to feed your furry friend.

Meet The Pups Behind The Most Popular Dog Breed: Labrador Retrievers

The Labrador retriever, also known simply as a lab, is one of several types of retriever dogs. The American Kennel Club (AKC) officially recognized the Labrador retriever as a dog breed in 1917. This beautiful, hyperactive medium-sized dog originated in Canada, and has since become the number one most popular dog breed.

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Owning a lab is like getting roses every singly day… pure bliss! Photo Credit: hdwallpapers

Labradors generally come in one of three colors and do not have markings. They have a gorgeous build with strong muscling and athletic, proportionate confirmation, which allows labs to be active and remain largely free of injuries. Labs are very well rounded and make excellent working dogs, show dogs and family dogs, basically you can’t go wrong with a lab.

Labrador Retriever Personality

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Labrador retrievers are very active and high-energy, and so much fun! Photo Credit: gottalovealab

If you are thinking about getting a Labrador retriever it’s important to know just how much energy these dogs have. With a very friendly and outgoing personality, labs require a good deal of time and attention, as well as frequent outings to release built up energy coursing through their superstar veins.

Playing fetch or any other game with a lab is a lot of fun because they are highly intelligent. Plus they are good listeners with a great temperament. You can enjoy taking your Labrador retriever to dog park, the beach or out for a walk in the woods with confidence.

Caring For Labrador Retrievers

Labrador retrievers are known as a healthy dog breed with few health issues. That doesn’t mean owning a lab is work-free, there are a few things all labs need from you, such as plenty of exercise, a nutritious diet, regular grooming and lots of love.

Your lab will require good nutrition to keep up with their high levels of energy and subsequent activities. Labs do best with energetic, outgoing owners who can keep up with the activity demands of this breed. Labs have a double-coat that sheds seasonally, and so regular grooming is another must in order to keep their coat looking and functioning at its best.

Famous Labrador Retrievers

This awesome dog breed is hardworking, loyal and extremely intelligent. Due to all of their fine qualities there have been more than a few famous Labradors throughout history.

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One of these precious pups is Endal, a multi-awarded yellow lab who served as a service dog for ex-Royal Navy Chief Petty Officer, Allen Parton. After a car accident, Allen was injured and bound to a wheelchair. Before he met Endal he was starting to lose hope, but the angelic lab changed all of that, and is even credited with saving Allen’s life.

In 2011, Allen was hit by a car and knocked out of his wheelchair, but thankfully Endal was there to pull him to safety. Endal then placed a blanket over him to keep him warm and ran off barking, seeking help at a local hotel—now that’s a serious service dog!

Lucky and Flo are twin black Labrador retrievers with a knack for detecting counterfeit products. In 2007, the two discovered 2 million pirated DVDs and were featured on NBC’s Today Show for their awesome work.

Jake is another famous Labrador retriever awarded for tirelessly sifting through debris after 9/11 in search of survivors. Jack was also on the search and rescue team after Hurricane Katrina.

Labrador Retriever For Sale: How To Find A Good Lab

There are plenty of labs available for adoption at your local shelter, all of which need a home. Visiting local shelters just might turn up the lab of your dreams. This is ideal because you get a new best friend and you provide a homeless dog with a furever home to call his or her own.

Remember, not all dogs end up at shelters because they have done something bad. On the contrary, most dogs at animal shelters make excellent pets and have ended up at a shelter for reasons far beyond their control, such as their previous owner had to move, had a baby, or could no longer afford a dog.

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There are many awesome labradors available for adoption, all you have to do is look. Photo Credit: Petguide.com

If you can’t seem to find the dog you are looking for through local adoption and rescue facilities your next stop might be Labrador retriever breeders. Not all breeders are as good as they claim; there are certain dog breeders you want to avoid. Dogs from non-reputable breeders are more prone to behavioral and health issues down the line.

In order to find a reputable breeder the Human Society recommends the following:

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-Always visit the place the dogs are born and raised. It is a red flag if a breeder is hesitant to let you visit and tries to meet elsewhere. When you go to the property ask yourself: does the property look clean? Are the dogs well taken care of and not too crowded? If the dogs’ living conditions are a cause for concern, for instance if they are messy, smelly, or overcrowded, this is not a good sign for the reputable nature of the breeder.

-Do some research and find out how the dogs from this breeder do post adoption. Talk to your vet, friends, and conduct an online search of the breeder before making any decisions.

-Check out the PupQuest website to see if there are any warnings about a particular breeder posted by the licensed veterinarians that manage the site.

Once you find the Labrador retriever that completes your family, check out our full line of all-natural organic dog products made safe enough for humans but especially for dogs!

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Stray Dog Gets Nose Implant To Restore His Sense Of Smell After Being Caught In A Snare

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Parys the dog is proof that even when life gets really hard there’s always hope. Not too long ago, Parys was a stray dog living on the streets of Bialystok, Poland when his face became trapped in a snare, literally disfiguring his nose. The injury caused Parys to lose his sense of smell, a dog’s strongest and most reliable sense.

Parys bad luck has since run out. Magdalena Smosarska adopted him, and that’s not the only good news; Parys has also been given the chance to regain his sense of smell. Last week, Parys underwent a new wave surgery to reconstruct his sniffer thanks to Dr. Marcin Elgal.

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Dog nose implant inserted into Parys’ nose. Photo Credit: DailyMail

After Dr. Elgal heard about Parys condition he knew he wanted to help. The Polish company Ledo constructed the specially designed dog nose implant, which was invented by Dr. Elgal who works with the Individual Medical Implants Technopark. The implant, inserted during surgery, is tube shaped and built specifically from Parys’ CT scans.

Parys underwent surgery to have the dog nose implant inserted this month and is currently recovering with his loving owner. If all goes well, the implant will restore the physical appearance and functionality of Parys’ nose.

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No longer a stray dog Parys is pictured with his new loving owner Magdalena Smosarska. Photo Credit: DailyMail

Dr. Elgal and his team were so motivated to help Parys due to how important a dog’s sense of smell truly is. A dog’s brain is dominated by the olfactory cortex, which includes millions of smell receptors that help dogs analyze their surroundings and survive.

The visual cortex dominates the human brain, leaving humans unable to smell nearly as well as a dog. The average dog has 125 to 220 million smell receptors in comparison with the 5 or 6 million smell receptors humans have. In other words, if Parys is able to regain his sense of smell the former stray dog’s life will be forever changed.

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A dog’s wet nose serves a serious purpose, helping them capture even more surrounding smells. If you notice your dog’s nose is dry, crusty or scabbing they can’t smell to the very best of their ability. Natural Dog Company is here to help with our vegan organic dog nose balm Snout Soother.

Dog Allergy Symptoms: How To Know If Your Dog Is Suffering From Allergies

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Is your dog suffering from allergies?

 

Can your dog develop allergies? It’s a common question and the answer is most certainly, yes. If you notice your dog has a dry, irritated nose, or they are constantly licking at their paws, they might be suffering from allergies. Just like humans, dogs can be allergic to many different things within their environment. Some dogs are more sensitive than others, meaning you might have 3 dogs, and only one is allergic to the plastic food bowls.

Once your dog develops sensitivity to an everyday substance their immune system kicks into overdrive trying to remove the toxin. An allergic reaction can be sparked through ingesting, inhaling, or direct contact. As a result, a whole host of possible side effects can impact your dog’s skin, digestion or respiratory system.

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Allergies may be to blame if your dog has a dry, crusty nose

What Are Common Allergy Symptoms In Dogs?

-Itchy skin

-Red, scabbed skin

-Dry, crusty dog nose

-You notice your dog chewing and licking at paw pads

-Swollen paw pads

-Ear infections, or in less serious cases itchy ears

-Sneezing

-Diarrhea and/or vomiting

-Inflamed throat, which may cause abnormal snoring

Common Things Dogs Are Allergic To

According to the ASPCA, some of the most common household and backyard substances that cause allergic reactions in dogs include:

-Mold spores and dust

-Trees and grass

-Weed pollens

-Dander

-Feathers

-Cigarette smoke

-Certain prescription drugs

-Fleas and flea-control products

-Perfumes and lotions

-Certain food ingredients

-Fabrics or dyes

-Deicers in snow

-Harsh cleaning products

-Rubber and plastic materials—often used on dog dishes, toys, and other products your dog comes into contact with on a regular basis.

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Your dog might love to roll around in the grass, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t allergic to it.

How To Know What Your Dog Is Allergic To

With such an extensive list of possible culprits it’s often difficult to determine what is causing your dog’s allergic reaction. Your veterinarian can perform a physical examination as well as a skin or blood test to determine what your dog is allergic to. If food is a suspect, your dog may be placed on a special elimination diet for 12 weeks to determine which ingredients are to blame.

How To Treat Dogs With Allergies Naturally

There are a number of natural ways you can help your dog find relief from their allergy symptoms. First and foremost, you must identify the irritant in order to remove it from the environment completely. Even after removing the allergen, it can take as much as 12 weeks for the side effects of the allergies to go away.

If your dog has dry, itchy, red skin, a chapped nose, or swollen paw pads there are a number of natural remedies available to help them feel better right away.

Dry, chapped dog noses are often caused by certain allergies, although other factors can cause this condition as well. A dry, crusty nose creates a lot of discomfort for your dog, and reduces their ability to smell. All natural Snout Soother can be applied to mild, moderate or severe dry dog noses for soothing relief and noticeable improvements within days.

This is Benson, pictured below, he suffered from severe allergies that dried out his nose to the point it would crack and bleed. Thanks to Snout Soother, Benson has a smooth, moist nose for the first time in his entire life.

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Benson before and after using Snout Soother to cure his chronic dry, scabby dog nose caused by allergies

Swollen, dry or red paw pads are often caused by the surfaces your dog walks on. While paw pads are tough they are not invincible. Snow, sand, hot asphalt, or rocky terrain can quickly irritate and damage paw pads. Paw Soother is easy to apply to the bottom of your dog’s paws and helps protect against irritants while also healing previous damage.

Natural Dog Company has a number of all natural dog products for sensitive canines. Check out our complete line of vegan, all-natural products made with love from our family of dog lovers to yours!

10 Incredible Facts About Dog Noses and More!

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How much do you know about what is going on in your dog’s head? These 10 facts might give you a better clue!

Scientists all over the world study dogs in order to try and better understand how their incredible minds work. From this research we have gained so much new knowledge about canines. Turns out dogs are smarter, cooler, and funnier than we ever even realized. These 10 incredible dog facts are sure to make you laugh, smile, and fall even more in love with your own precious pooch!

1. Dogs Get Jealous

Researchers in California studied 36 dogs belonging to 14 different breeds and uncovered that most remained uncaring if their owner ignored them until they saw their owner giving attention to a stuffed dog. Yes, not even a real dog, but a stuffed dog. Many of the dogs became visably upset at the sight of their owner petting a stuffed dog, growling, barking, and snapping. Try loudly cuddling a stuffed animal or pillow near your own pup to see how jealous they naturally are.

2. Dogs Do Not Only See in Black & White

It is a popular misconception that dogs are blind to all color and only interpret the world in black and white. Dogs cannot see colors with the same brightness humans do, but they can still see color. Dog eyes have two cones, and human eyes have three, meaning dogs can only distinguish colors that fall on the blue or yellow scale. Red and green all look the same to a dog because they do not have a third cone.

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Dogs have to be intelligent, otherwise how would they communicate with us so well?

3. Dogs Have Good Night Vision

Your dog can see better at night than you can, remember this fact the next time you go for a late night walk!

4. Dogs Are Very Smart

Dogs are undeniably intelligent. Perhaps our favorite proof comes from Moscow where an overabundance of dogs live free out on the streets. Many of these smart canines have figured out how to use the public transit system in order to move to areas with more food.

5. Dogs Have A Nose Chakra

A few years back dog chakras were looked out as ‘wacky’ talk, but today the focus on holistic and natural dog care has made this term more mainstream. Every living creature has chakras located throughout the body, which help govern how they react to their surrounding environment. There are 7 chakras universal to all living beings, but dog’s have a number of extra chakras, including the ear, paw, tail, and nose chakra.

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“Excuse me, I have a few questions to ask… can you stand up so I can I smell your butt?”

6. Dog Butts Tell A Detailed Story

Ever caught your dog sniffing the butt of another dog? Dogs have a whole lot of reasons for sniffing stinky behinds. Apparently the butt holds a world of smells your dog can use to decipher a number of facts about another canine. Including, if the dog is a boy or a girl, if they have met before, what the dog eats, and how friendly they are.

7. Your Dog Has More Brain Power Than You

The olfactory brain hub (responsible for smelling and analyzing) is 40 times larger in a dog than it is in a human.

8. Dogs Sneeze When They Get Excited

Dogs often sneeze when they are playing because they are excited. Some dogs sneeze the moment their owner returns home from work because they can’t wait to play and hang out. You can make your best imitation of your dog’s sneeze and see how they react; many dogs get very excited and start jumping around ready to play.

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Dogs lend us a paw in so many ways.

9. Wet Dog Noses Serve a Purpose

The mucus on your dog’s nose helps capture scents. Microscopic particles wafting through the air are naturally attracted to this moisture, bringing the surrounding scents closer to your dog. If your dog has a dry nose they may lick at it often in order to try and restore this natural effect, very much how it is tempting to lick your lips when they become dry. Read our guide to learn how you can treat your dog’s dry nose.

10. Dogs Can Smell Disease

Dogs have such an incredible sense of smell they are often able to smell disease. Sometimes dogs begin to act strangely because they know something in their owner’s body is not working correctly. Research has found dogs are able to smell a world of organic compounds within the human body. It is largely believed that one day in the near future dogs will be used to help detect cancer, diabetes, and other diseases.

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Snout Soother is an all-natural soothing dog balm proven to relieve dry, crusty dog noses in days!

 

Your dog is incredible on so many different levels—from their nose down to their pawsome toes. In order for your dog’s nose to work at peak efficiency, they need a moist, smooth snout. If your dog has a dry or crusty dog nose, the power of all-natural Snout Soother is proven to relieve even the roughest, and driest of dog noses. At Natural Dog our mission is simple, soothe, heal, wag!

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CLIPPING CLAWS, THE SHORT OF IT

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I think it’s time for me to have a doggy manicure, please!

Nail trimming plays an important role in your pet’s overall care and comfort. Allowing your pet’s nails to grow too long can cause several problems.

Nails that grow too long can get caught in things and the nail can easily tear as your pet tries to free its paw. A torn toenail is a bloody, painful experience for a pet. Nails that are too long may grow in a circular pattern and curl up into the paw pad. Embedded toenails cause tremendous pain which potentially can lead to infection. Both torn and curled nails often require a trip to see the vet. Lengthy nails can also cause your pet to walk awkwardly thus placing abnormal strain on muscles, tendons, and bones.

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Trimming your dog’s nails can also help prevent the furniture from getting torn up.

Since it has been determined that your pet’s nails are too long, it is now time to shorten them up. You grab your pet and the nail trimmers, position the trimmers carefully, you proceed to make your cut when suddenly an eruption occurs and blood gushes everywhere!
Don’t panic!

Quickly grab a styptic pencil to stop the bleeding. Don’t have one of those handy? Use clotting powder, don’t have that either? Grab some cornstarch or baking flour and apply it directly to the toenail. You may need to apply pressure to the bleeding nail to stop the flow quickly.

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Is nail trimming not for you? You may prefer using a grinding tool such as a Dremel. This tool performs like a spinning emory board which sands away excessive toenail leaving them smooth and void of sharp edges.

Still not comfortable trimming toenails? Seek professional help from a groomer or your veterinarian.

Treating Hyperkeratosis in Dogs

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Chase’s nose started showing immediate improvements once Snout Soother was applied to his sore, flaky dog nose.

Does your dog’s nose continually become rough before cracking? If so, it’s a possibility that your dog has hyperkeratosis, a disorder that can impact a dog’s nose and also their paw pads. Rough to the touch, this disorder can also cause your dog a lot of discomfort. Some dogs are born with it, while others develop it with age; it’s not uncommon for older dogs to suddenly develop hyperkeratosis. Think of your own feet when they have calluses, some calluses can even become very painful, and they never clear up if they are simply ignored. The same goes for dry dog noses, which thicken until they crack, and without proper nourishing treatment bigger problems will result. Such as, a dog’s nose breaking off and bleeding, leaving open wounds, which can easily become infected. Thankfully, even though canine hyperkeratosis is toted as a life-long disorder, there is a way to treat the symptoms and allow your dog to live a long life with a moist nose and smooth paw pads.

The Troubles Hyperkeratosis Can Cause 

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The top photo shows a dog with hyperkeratosis, the bottom picture shows the same dog after using Snout Soother.

We understand how much suffering pet owners go through as they try to diagnose and then treat hyperkeratosis.  Once identified, many veterinarians remain unable to provide any real relief to your dog, who is potentially in a lot of pain. Many dogs experience the majority of lesions on the top ridge of their nose; if these sores become large enough, some vets will routinely cut them off each time the chunks of skin build back up. Some admit to visiting the vet two times a week to have this procedure replicated; not only is this expensive, but it’s not doing anything to improve your dog’s nose health, it’s simply an aesthetic procedure. Dogs that suffer from hyperkeratosis of their paw pads can experience an equal amount of pain. In fact, if the lesions on their paws become bad enough, dogs will develop a limp.

Yet if you think about in simple terms, it seems the solution is not to cut away the dry and damaged skin, but to instead nourish and moisturize this cracked, peeling, and sensitive skin back to life. Using a special blend of all-natural ingredients, Snout Soother is created to do just that. We are proud to help dogs everywhere that suffer from hyperkeratosis, along with other nose-drying allergens and disorders.

Chase’s Testimonial

Chase the boxer knows what it is like to be afflicted by hyperkeratosis, in fact his entire family felt sympathy pains when they looked at Chase’s dry, cracking nose. When his nasal hyperkeratosis just wouldn’t clear up, they knew something had to be done. Thankfully, Cheyenne found her way to Snout Soother, and today Chase is looking and feeling his very best.

We recently received this testimonial from Chase and his family:

Chase is our third boxer and we have never experienced one with such a dry nose before! His poor nose was cracking so badly that fluff from blankets were catching on it and getting stuck. I came across the Snout Soother on Instagram and kept looking at all the before and after photos and knew I had to try it. I especially loved that it is all organic and natural. Ordered it online and it was delivered to my home within the same week. Applied it 2-3 times a day and couldn’t believe how quickly we saw results. On about day 2-3 little pieces were flaking off of the dry nose. By day five his nose was back to normal!! So happy!!! Thank you!!

– Cheyenne Ashdown

Chase Found Relief, Your Dog Can Too

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Dozer’s dog nose was practically coming off in shreds before all-natural Snout Soother provided the necessary treatment and relief.

Our mission is simple: Sooth, Heal, Wag. We know Chase is full of happy tail wags today, and we are so pleased to hear another success story. Every dog that we are able to help is another blessing, another reason to keep going at it everyday. At Natural Dog Company, we are dedicated to helping every dog live a happy, healthy life, Snout Soother can make a world of difference for dogs that are suffering from hyperkeratosis. After all, our goal is to save the world, one snout at a time!

If your dog is suffering due to hyperkeratosis we want to help, after all our mission is simple: soothe, heal, wag. Still not 100% convinced Snout Soother can change the look and feel of your dog’s crusty, chapped, and painful nose? Click here to view more testimonials and amazing before and after photos.  

Tooth Care – The Real Chew

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Is it time to clean your dog’s teeth?

Go ahead, take a good whiff of your pet’s breath. Does it smell like a bed of roses or the manure used to grow them?

Contrary to popular belief, bad breath is never normal in pets. Properly caring for your dog or cat’s teeth will go a long way in their overall health.

You need to be brushing and examining your pet’s teeth daily. What? You don’t examine your own teeth daily? We are talking about your pet’s teeth, not necessarily your own but…did you know that your pet’s teeth, aside from shape, are the same as yours? Pets suffer from dental disease just as people do.

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Don’t let bad doggy breath get between you and your best friend!

Begin by lifting up your pet’s lips exposing the gums and teeth. The gums should be pink, show no signs of swelling, be tumor free, and holding the teeth securely in place. The teeth should be clean and free from any brownish colored tartar.

Next, brush those teeth! Get yourself a pet toothbrush or fingerbrush as well as pet approved toothpaste. Accustom your pet to daily brushings by massaging the lips and exposing the teeth with your finger for a few seconds at a time while using a circular motion. Tell your pet just how awesome they are, this is very important.

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Your dog’s diet will impact the health of their teeth

Once your pet is comfortable with this, apply the technique to the teeth. Using the fingerbrush or toothbrush, apply a small amount of pet toothpaste to the desired tool of the trade and brush gently. Be sure not to jab the brush into your pet’s mouth and expect absolute tolerance. Your pet will eventually go with the flow with gentle, consistent brushing. You are focusing on the outer surfaces of the teeth as the tongue will help clean the inner surfaces, so there is no need to open up the mouth when trying to brush.

Chew on this; chew toys and dental chews can massage the gums and help keep teeth clean and, as a bonus, relieve boredom. Chews and toys are not a substitute for daily brushing.

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Time to show off those pearly white dog teeth!

Dry food is another great way to help keep your pet’s teeth clean. Canned food and table scraps increase tartar buildup and fast! Tartar control food like Hill’s t/d are like edible toothbrushes, cleaning your pet’s teeth while they chew! They are also a great alternative for pets that simply won’t allow toothbrushing.

Most importantly, take your pet to the vet! Regular dental check-ups and periodic dental cleanings is paramount to your pet’s oral health. Your veterinarian is your pet’s other best friend who will help you every step of the way and assist in keeping those chompers chomping for many years to come.

Now you know the real chew.

The Fight Against Canine Cancer: Know The Signs Of Cancer In Pets

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You love your dog and will do anything to protect him, but do you know the common signs of canine cancer?

Cancer is caused by an uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells located on the outside or inside of the body. Once cancer forms in one area it is likely to spread to other regions of the body if left untreated.

In the last decade cancer rates have steadily been on the rise and cancer is now considered a common disease in pets. Around 50% of deaths in dogs that are 10 years or older relate directly to cancer.

Certain breeds are more prone to cancer than others, for instance around 60% of all golden retrievers are diagnosed with cancer. Other dog breeds with high cancer rates include the Boxer, Cocker Spaniel, Doberman Pinscher, Rottweiler, Giant Schnauzer, Great Dane, and the Standard Poodle. Just because your dog’s breed isn’t listed doesn’t mean they are not at risk for canine cancer.

Common Signs Of Canine Cancer To Look Out For

Many veterinarians suggest checking your dog’s lymph nodes every night before bed to make sure they are not swollen. Canine lymphoma is a common form of cancer (especially in golden retrievers), and can kill its host within weeks without treatment. One of the first signs of lymphoma cancer is swollen lymph nodes.

There are many other types of canine cancers with different warning signs. Other signs of cancer in dogs include:

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Take your dog to the vet right away if you notice a lack of appetite, fatigue, or anything else abnormal.

-Abnormal pockets of swelling that don’t get better or continue to grow

-Sores that won’t heal

-Weight loss and/or loss of appetite

-Foul odor

-Opening in body exhibiting bleeding or discharge

-Not wanting to exercise, lethargic or abnormally tired

-Stiff or persistently lame

-Difficulty breathing

-Difficulty going to the bathroom

Signs of cancer can also indicate less serious problems. Taking your dog to the vet the moment you suspect something is wrong can save your dog’s life.

Causes Of Canine Cancer

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Do your research and read up canine cancer. Knowledge and prevention is key to winning the battle against this common disease.

The scary thing about cancer is it has no single known cause. Instead, it is known as a “multifactorial” disease, meaning it can be caused by many different hereditary and environmental factors. Certain exposures are suspected to play a role in the formation of canine cancer. For instance, pesticides have been identified as a potential contributing factor for some dogs. The likelihood of your dog getting cancer is dependent on their genetics, meaning certain dogs have a natural predisposition to cancer.

You never know for sure if your dog is prone to cancer or not, so it’s best to use preventative measures. Such as, you can reduce the amount of toxins your dog comes in contact with by reading the ingredients on everything, including dog food, dog shampoo, and all other household products your dog comes into contact with.

Canine Cancer Treatment Options

Canine cancer can be treated using a number of different methods, from homeopathic approaches to radiation and chemotherapy. The sooner you catch cancer the greater your dog’s chances for remission.

shutterstock_103149680 (1)You can help save your dog from becoming another cancer statistic by regularly checking your dog for abnormalities. You should also have a reputable vet with knowledge of canine cancer that you can call at the first sign of disease.

With so many other exposures to worry about out in the world, you shouldn’t have to worry about the products advertised for your dog. Unfortunately, not all dog products are made equally, hence why reading ingredients and knowing where a product comes from is so important.

Natural Dog Company formed out of a desire to help dogs all over the world live a better, healthier life. We carefully source all of our ingredients, using all natural vegan goods to create every last dog product we proudly produce.

Check out our growing line of soothing organic dog products proven to cure everything from dry dog noses, to rough paw pads. After all, our mission is naturally simple: Soothe, Heal, Wag!

Dry, Cracked Paw Pads? Introducing Organic Paw Soother To The Rescue!

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Don’t forget to protect your dog from rough, dry, or cracking paw pads with organic Paw Soother

When your dog jumps up to greet you, or hands you a paw to shake, what do their paw pads feel like? A healthy paw pad should be smooth to the touch. If your dog’s paw pads are rough, cracked, or damaged in any way it’s important to treat the problem before it gets worse. When you go outside you slip on your shoes before hitting the hot asphalt or running over gravel rocks. Your dog, on the other hand, likely doesn’t have any shoes to wear on his or her feet. It’s all up to their squishy paw pads to do the protecting, a job that is often too much even for your dog’s pawesomely powerful feet.

Dry, Cracking Dog Paw Pads

Paw pads have natural cushioning to help absorb shock and pressure and protect your dog’s bones and joints. Although certain terrain and weather conditions can break down paw pads and damage them. Rough or cracking paw pads may not be able to properly protect your dog and can also cause your dog a great deal of discomfort. Some even notice their dogs limping if cracked paw pads persist. Just like any skin, paw pads can dry out very easily, especially when they are exposed to the elements without any added protection.

How Dog Paws Become Damaged

It’s important to protect your dog’s feet throughout all four seasons. Have you ever noticed how dry your own skin gets in the winter time? The same is true for dogs, the cold harsh air can easily dry out their skin—including paw pads. Especially because paws are exposed directly to the ground surface, if it is snowing the extreme cold can work against your dog’s paw pads. Also, snow often calls for de-icers which are used to cover the sidewalks where your dog walks. De-icers can be full of toxic chemicals and salts that can make your dog’s feet sore and can even make your dog sick. As soon as the sun comes out, melts the snow, and calls upon the flowers, the dangers are not clear. Your dog’s paw pads can be damaged by extreme heat—such as hot concrete baking under the sun. Also, summer activities like going to the beach can provoke similar problems, as sand can be an irritant to your dog’s paws. When out cruising the elements your dog’s paw pads are always at risk for: -Toxic chemicals -Chemical burns -Drying -Cracking -Frostbite -Trauma

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Even in perfect weather conditions your dog’s paw pads can become dry, cracked, or otherwise damaged.

How To Protect Your Dog’s Feet All Year Long With Paw Soother

Paw Soother provides natural relief to sore, chapped, or dry paws, while also offering an organic protective barrier against further damage. Before applying Paw Soother, make sure your dog’s feet are trimmed, their hair should not grow down between their toes. Untrimmed hair on your dog’s feet can lead to a build up of snow, salt, or other chemicals that can further irritate your dog. Plus, when a build up occurs your dog is prone to licking at it, which can be toxic for their insides. You can help by rinsing off your dog’s feet after a walk to prevent any chemicals or other toxins from being licked off instead. As durable and care free as your dog seems, dogs are still sensitive, especially when it comes to their paw pads. After all, they walk around all day on their feet, over all types of surfaces, temperatures, and conditions. If your dog spends a lot of time exploring outdoors, their paw pads likely show it. With the power of Paw Soother you can restore your dog’s paws so that they feel smooth to the touch.

How Does Paw Soother Work?

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Summer, winter, spring, and fall, Paw Soother provides organic healing protection your dog’s paw pads need against the elements.

Organic Paw Soother is made with all-natural oil and herbal-based blends, specifically designed to quickly heal rough, chapped paw pads. Simply apply Paw Soother over chapped, rough, or cracked paw pads using the easy to use, glide-on application stick. Within minutes Paw Soother’s all-natural ingredients begin to work, penetrating the skin with moisture and relief. After only a few applications, the differences will be noticeable to the touch, and your dog will notice the differences too! Some pet owners try dog shoes to help better protect dog paws. In some instances dog shoes can work great, although we know a number of dogs that just don’t like to play while wearing shoes. Plus, once dry or cracking paw pads persist, you’ll need to do more than protect your dog from future harm. First, you must restore moisture to your dog’s paws. The easiest way to do so is with Paw Soother. No matter how healthy your dog’s paw pads are, dogs still love to lick at their toes. This is why making Paw Soother safe for your dog to ingest is of utmost importance. Made for dogs, but safe enough for humans, all of our Natural Dog products contain carefully sourced ingredients that are 100% natural and vegan. At Natural Dog we love dogs, all the way from their snouts to their paws. Paw Soother was created as an organic way to heal dry, chapped paw pads for an ultimately happier, healthier canine. Our mission is simple . . . soothe, heal , wag!

Make your dog’s day more pawsome, try Paw Soother risk free today!

Top Cold Winter Weather Safety Tips For Dogs

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Don’t let your dog out in the cold without the proper safety precautions!

Dog safety in cold weather is an incredibly important topic all dog owners should be up to date on. How do you plan to keep your dog safe from the cold this winter?

Some dogs are able to withstand much colder temperatures than others, sled dogs for instance are breed with ultra thick coats to fight off the chill, but short-haired dogs are far more susceptible to freezing in the same temperatures. Still, even if your dog has a warm, thick coat they are not 100% immune to cold weather. In this Natural Dog blog we explain how you can protect your dog this winter.

How Much Cold Weather Can Your Canine Handle?

Your pet’s tolerance to winter weather will differ from other dogs, depending on their body fat, coat type, activity level, and overall health.

Certain health conditions can cause your dog to be more susceptible to the cold, such as diabetes, heart disease, hormonal imbalances, or kidney disease. Puppies as well as old dogs are also not as efficient at regulating their body temperatures. Dog safety in cold weather must be personalized to your four-legged friend and their specific needs, as well as the temperatures in your part of the world.

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Many dogs enjoy playing in the snow, especially when their nose, paws, and bodies are properly protected.

 

Safety Tips For Walking Your Dog In The Cold

During the coldest months of the year your dog should ideally be kept inside. Still, dogs require a good amount of exercise, and need to go outside to go potty. When walking dogs in the cold there are things you can do to help protect their most sensitive parts.

How To Protect Your Dog’s Paws In Cold Weather

Your dog’s paws are the first point of contact with the cold, snowy ground, and all 4 of their puffy paw pads get no breaks from the harsh chill. While dog paws are durable, they are not invincible. It’s not just the cold snow that can cause rough, dry paw pads. Ice melting chemicals are routinely poured on snow in many locations, and contain a number of different salts that can cause serious damage to your dog’s paws.

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Dog paws require extra special care during the winter months.

Chrystal LeMaster from All Pets Animal Hospital explains, “Chemicals can really irritate your pet’s paws if they remain for a long period of time. Additionally, if your pet licks the salt off the paws, it can cause oral ulcers in severe cases.”

If your dog’s paws are already rough and dry, PawSoother is an all-natural balm you can easily apply. Within days the organic healing power of each carefully sourced ingredient goes to work moisturizing, and rebuilding your dog’s paws so that they are as strong and smooth as can be.

All-natural PawTector is very similar, in that it works to moisturize and soothe paws, but it also provides a barrier protection against the cold, as well as the chemicals found in deicers. Unlike doggy boots, your dog will not even notice they are wearing PawTector, but their paws will have an added layer of protection.

Dogs can lick at PawTector and PawSoother all day long without any adverse effects, but it’s still highly recommended that you clean off their paws after taking your dog for a walk in the cold. This will help prevent the chance they do ingest harmful chemicals found in ice-melting products.

How To Protect Your Dog’s Nose In Cold Weather

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A smooth dog nose makes for a happy dog!

Your dog’s nose is their most favorite body part; in fact they use it for just about everything. A dog’s sense of smell is their strongest sense of all. Have you ever noticed how dogs generally have a very wet snout? That’s because this moisture actually helps them pick up more surrounding scents with added clarity. A dry dog nose is not capable of picking up smells the same way, and can actually cause serious discomfort for your dog.

Cold weather is known to dry out your skin, as well as your dog’s skin, including the skin on their nose. Dog noses are especially prone to drying out and becoming irritated if your dog is out playing in the snow. So what should concerned dog owners do to keep their dog’s sensitive nose healthy throughout the winter? The answer is simple: apply all-natural Snout Soother.

Snout Soother is proven to heal dry dog noses within only a few applications of the soothing balm. Snout Soother also provides an extra layer of protection against the elements, meaning it serves a double purpose: healing dry dog noses, as well as protecting noses so they remain smooth and healthy.

Should You Get Clothing For Dogs To Help Them Keep Warm?

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Dog clothes are not just for fun and games. Certain doggy outfits help keep out the cold.

Some dogs do not mind wearing sweaters and dog booties, but other dogs would much rather cruise the streets in their birthday suit. If your dog doesn’t mind clothing, sweaters can provide awesome added protection against cold weather.

Some may laugh at dressing up a dog, but when it’s cold outside a comfy, warm jacket can actually benefit your dog’s overall comfort, especially dogs with short hair coats. If your pup is not made for cold weather, a dog jacket is just as helpful to them as you and I. Some dogs are even reluctant to go outside and use the bathroom in the cold, but by applying a warm sweater they might be more willing to step outside.

 

3 All-Natural Products To Keep Your Dog Safe All Winter

You know your dog better than anyone, depending on genetic makeup and overall health dogs require unique care in order to remain happy, healthy and comfortable all winter long. No matter how healthy your dog is or how thick their fur coat, Natural Dog’s uniquely blended, all-natural products will help your dog enjoy life to the fullest, something dogs truly do best!

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Snout Soother heals dry, crusty dog noses, keeping them smooth, healthy and ultra powerful. Try Snout Soother risk free now!

PawSoother heals and restores dry, rough paw pads. Try PawSoother risk free now!

PawTector moisturizes and protects dog paws from the cold, as well as the heat, sand, and many other elements their paws come in contact with. Try PawTector risk free now!

Or, try all 3 products (PawSoother, PawTector, and Snout Soother) for one special price.

At Natural Dog we are dog gone crazy for canines, which is why we only use the best, all-natural ingredients. After all, our mission is simple: Soothe, Heal, Wag!

 

 

 

5 Fun Ways To Keep Your Dog Active This Winter

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How do you keep your dog active during the coldest months of winter?

Your dog requires fresh air and daily exercise in order to burn calories, socialize, and retain his or her sanity. Even in the dead of winter you need a plan to keep your dog active. When your dog is feeling crazy, you are likely feeling just as crazy trying to deal with them. Keeping your dog physically and mentally challenged even during the coldest months of the year will benefit you, your dog, and the things in your home—as a bored dog quickly turns into a mischievous dog.

When the wind is howling and the snow is tumbling down, how do you manage to get in the necessary exercise for your dog? Here are 5 fun ways to keep your dog active this winter.

1. Give Your Dog A Smelly Challenge

Dogs have the most powerful noses on the planet; in fact they can smell just about anything with that moist little snout. If your dog is cooped up all day due to bad weather try creating exercises that require your dog to put his nose to work. Cesar Millan recommends using this tactic at dinner time by setting up an obstacle course your dog must get through in order to reach their food. Other fun ways to make your dog work out for some grub is to hide food in a box, a King Wobbler or a Buster Ball.

2. Take Your Dog On Adventures With You

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Take your buddy on adventures with you to keep your dog active during winter.

There are a number of locations that allow dogs inside, find out which stores in your area are dog friendly and bring your pup along. For instance, you could take your dog to the pet store to get more food and a new toy. No matter how cold it is outside this offers a fun way to get your pet active and out of the house.

If you have friends with dogs, you can arrange a play date and bring your dog over for some indoor playtime fun. Many coffee shops and other establishments also keep their doors open for dogs, even offering treats to four-legged customers.

3. Sign Your Dog Up For An Indoor Agility Class

There are a number of classes you can enroll your dog in, such as agility, flyball or swimming. In places with cold weather many of these classes are held indoors. These organized activities keep you and your dog out of the cold while still providing plenty of room to exercise, as well as socialize.

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An online search should turn up a couple of agility classes offered for dogs in your area.

Agility classes for dogs also teach new skills, boosting mental and physical capabilities. After returning home you can be sure your dog will be plenty worn out, and happily so.

4. Play Fetch Indoors

Playing fetch inside can undeniably get a little bit dangerous, as photo frames and glass vases teeter on the edge of their footing, while dogs and balls fly left and right. Find or create a safe space in your house where you can have some fun tossing around an assortment of soft toys.

If you have stairs in your house try tossing a toy up the steps to increase your dog’s cardiovascular workout. For more controlled play, attach a toy to the end of a string and allow your dog to chase after it. For larger dogs you can use the basement or the garage to let them run around and play fetch.

5. Get Out In The Snow And Play With Your Dog

Don’t let the cold scare you! Many dogs love to play in the snow and you can both enjoy some fresh air and a good workout plowing through it. Spending 30 to 40 minutes playing in the snow will give your dog the workout they need to tire out and keep muscles toned. Just make sure to wash off your dog’s paws when they return inside in order to remove any harmful salt.

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You might not want to run around in the cold snow, but your dog likely does.

Winter dogs love wearing all-natural PawTector while playing out in the snow. Natural Dog’s non-invasive, easy to apply balm is made especially to protect the bottom of your dog’s precious paws from many different elements, including icy snow and salt.

Learn more, and try all-natural PawTector risk free today!

 

4 New Year’s Resolutions That Benefit You and Your Dog

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Happy New Year From All Of Us At Natural Dog!!

With the New Year only a few barks away it’s time to decide on your New Year’s resolutions. The majority of people resolve to shed some weight, eat healthier, join a gym, or save more money, but what about your dog, what is his or her New Year’s resolution?

The best type of resolution is one that benefits you and your dog, thus pushing you to achieve your goals and not give up, if only for the benefit of your dog’s health.

It’s hard enough to come up with your own changes to aim for in the New Year, let alone come up with two-sided resolutions that are good for you and your dog. Rest assured, we’ve got you covered with 4 ideas for New Year’s resolutions you and your pet can achieve as a team in the coming year.

New Year’s Resolution #1: Help Your Dog Shed Excess Pounds

It’s not just humans that are overweight. According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention there are an estimated 37 million overweight pets in the US alone. Sadly, if your dog is overweight they are not going to live as long as their fit peers. By trimming some pounds off your overweight dog you could increase their life expectancy by 15%!

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Overweight dogs are also more likely to experience arthritis, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, cancer and more. Plus, losing weight simply feels good; your dog will feel more active, capable, and less bloated.

A common New Year’s resolution is to spend less money, and by cutting back your dog’s diet you will simultaneously save money. Collectively, owners of overweight dogs spend an estimated $8 billion dollars a year on excess food, vet bills, and medicines related to issues concerning obesity.

New Year’s Resolution #2: Take Your Dog On More Walks

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Get active with your dog to improve their health, as well as your own.

Dogs that get plenty of exercise are less likely to cause troubles in the house and pick up bad habits, like raiding the garbage or digging up your new roses. Frequent walks also increase physical fitness, improve your pet’s overall health, extend their life, and help improve obedience. Plus, by taking your dog for more walks you are actively improving your own health and trimming weight from your waistline.

Making a New Year’s resolution to take your dog for more walks is fun and beneficial for you and your four-legged friend. The best part is, your dog will push you to keep up with your new walking regime. Once they get into the habit of going for walks at certain times they will be sure to remind you with leash between teeth, a grin, and a persistently wagging tail.

New Year’s Resolution #3: Get Social With Your Canine

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Dogs are natural pack animals with social personalities.

Looking to make new friends in the New Year? Social interactions are good for the soul, for both people and canines. Chances are, your dog would love some new companions. For the most part, dogs are naturally social creatures that enjoy the company of other animals. Take your dog to the local dog park, dog beach, or seek groups in your local community that meet up regularly with their dogs.

When you first interact with other dog owners you immediately have something in common to chat about. This commonality helps spark easy friendships, giving you and your dog new friends to call up and interact with, which is good for you both on many different levels. New friendships lead to new experiences, which will ultimately add so much to your life in the coming year.

New Year’s Resolution #4: Quit Smoking For You And Your Dog

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The healthier your are, the healthier your dog will be.

Despite the fact 5 million people die every year due to tobacco-related illness, more than 1 billion people around the world smoke cigarettes. Humans are not the only ones harmed by tobacco, dogs are also victims. Quitting smoking isn’t easy and requires a lot of hard work and dedication, but it’s easier to quit if you do it for your dog’s health.

Dogs that are exposed to tobacco have an increased risk for nasal and lung cancer. By quitting smoking you will improve your own health, save money, and extend the life of your dog.

A Great New Year For You And Your Dog

In order for your dog to be their very healthiest, they should have a smooth nose and smooth paw pads. If not, your dog may be silently suffering. At Natural Dog we take pride in promoting healthy, happy dogs all around the world. We offer all-natural vegan products that soothe even the driest dog noses and chapped paw pads. Enhance your dog’s health and quality of life by purchasing our 100% safe and effective organic products for dogs.

PrintNatural Dog wishes you and your family a blessed New Year full of love, happiness, and plenty of dog-gone fun! We look forward to another year serving dogs all around the world, after all our number one mission remains: Heal, Soothe, Wag!

We are so confident in our natural line of products that we offer a risk-free, money back guarantee.

 

Check out our all-natural, organic dog products here!

 

Happy Howl-idays From Natural Dog Company!

At Natural Dog Company we love the howl-idays! Although it’s the busiest, and often most stressful time of the year, it’ the perfect time to say your blessings and cuddle close to your loved ones (furry friends included), all while enjoying the warmth of the fireplace.

A Natural Dog Christmas: The Barking Best Gifts For Heroic Dogs

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What are you gifting your dog for Christmas?

Dogs are a big barking part of the holidays. Dogs are featured on personalized greeting cards, their names signed just like one of the humans. Dogs have presents wrapped and waiting beneath the tree, and stockings adorned with paw prints hung over the mantel. Dogs are a true part of Christmas, and every other holiday, after all dogs are one of the most treasured gifts in life.

According to a survey conducted by VetIQ, which polled over 750 pet-owners, 96% would rather spend their holidays alone with their pet than leave their
pet at home in order to visit in-laws. Perhaps that has something to do with the fact 85% of pet-owners say their pet was nice this year, while only 15% say
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Dogs have rightfully earned their place as MVP (Most Valuable Pet), dogs are warm-hearted creatures, the actual vision of love; in other words, they represent the heart and soul of Christmas spirit.

Dogs are heroes in so many ways. Here are a few famous dogs that prove just how special your dog is on Christmas, and every other day of the year.

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Argos is a famous dog in Greek literature and mythology. Argos belonged to Odysseus when he was a puppy. Unfortunately, Odysseus left to fight in a war, leaving his beloved dog behind for some 20-years. When Odysseus returned dressed disguised as a beggar no one recognized him, not even his wife or sons. His loyal dog Argos knew exactly who he was though. As the story goes, when the two reunited Argos gave a great big wag of his tail, released a final whimper and passed in peace knowing his old friend came back for him.

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Famous recreation of Argos and Odysseus in their final moments together.

 

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The Military relies on dogs in so many ways. Target was one of three dogs stationed with troops in Afghanistan. Not only do dogs like Target provide love and companionship, but they have also saved many soldiers’ lives. One day Target and her 2 four-legged colleagues attacked an intruding suicide bomber, causing the bomber to explode before he had a chance to enter the tent. Target received a hero’s welcome upon returning to the States and was even featured on Oprah.

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The media goes wild for these four-legged war heroes as they enter back into the States.

 

BARRY
Barry is a legendary St. Bernard that was trained by local Monks to help save people lost in the Alps. It is said that he saved over 40 people from death. Perhaps his most famous rescue includes a small child he kept warm by licking him. Barry barked and barked, waiting for one of the Monks to come to the small child’s rescue, but no one was coming. So Barry did what any brave, smart dog would, he swooped the child up and carried him to safety.

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Recreation of Barry carrying a child to safety.

Dogs are inspirational, amazing furry creatures that we can learn from in so many ways. Clearly, it is their fierce loyalty and lovable personalities that have made them such an important part of your family, especially during the holidays.

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How do you plan to spend Christmas with your dog this year? Chances are you already have some neat doggy toys tucked beneath your tree, but if you’re looking to spoil your sweet pup some more, here are some questions to find the perfect gift for your dog.

1. Does your dog have a dry, rough nose?

If so, your doggy’s nose is in pain and can’t smell as well as it should. No need to bark and whimper, just get Snout Soother! Our all-natural, 100% vegan, organic dog product is available in a soothing balm that is easy to apply and quickly works to heal dry dog noses. Within days, you and your dog will notice a big difference.

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2. Does your dog have dry, rough paw pads?

If yes, all-natural PawSoother will have your dog’s paws smooth and pretty in no time! Running around outside on hot pavement, salty snow, or sandy beaches can cause dog pads to dry out and tear up. Rough, torn dog paws can quickly lead to pain and limping, since your dog makes you happy 365-days of the year, be sure and give them happy paws!

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3. Are your dog’s paws routinely exposed to rough, hot, ice cold, or sandy surfaces?

By applying all-natural PawTector to your dog’s paws you can be sure they have an extra layer of protection against the elements.

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At Natural Dog, we have something special for every pup in your life. Plus, since we are dog gone crazy for canines we specially source every ingredient and only use the finest, all-natural materials to create our products. You can trust Natural Dog to help your dog’s paws and nose feel better for the holidays, and every day of the year!

The best part is you can use the holiday discount code SANTAPAWS now through December 31st and score 30% of all Natural Dog products.

From our family to yours, we wish you a very Merry Christmas full of dog kisses and love.

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Homemade Organic Dog Treat Recipes, Plus Holiday Coupon Code For All Natural Dog Products!

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Dog’s Holiday Wish List: Organic dog treats and all-natural Snout Soother, please!

It’s that special time of year again and we are doggone giddy about it! The holidays simply smell exciting, and are full of so much love and joy. Unsure what to get your dog this year for the holidays?

We’ve got you covered with organic dog treat recipes AND 30% off Natural Dog products. Meaning you can enjoy big savings while your dog enjoys homemade treats, a super smooth nose, and soft, healthy paws—now that’s a PAWSOME holiday!

There are few things dogs love more than food, meaning homemade organic dog treats make the perfect present for dogs big and small. But when buying dog treats at the store, how do you know if they are actually good for your best furry friend?

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What’s really in your dog’s food?

Many commercial dog treats, even the ones that say they are healthy, are loaded with meat byproducts, fillers, and other unsuitable ingredients that can make your dog feel less than their best.

Carefully reading ingredients can help filter out the worst of the worst, but it’s not easy to find food for pets that actually contain no fillers or nasty byproducts. Not to mention, the best, all-natural treats made in safe factories with carefully sourced ingredients are often too pricey to fathom purchasing. Making your own dog treats at home is a great way to ensure your dog gets delicious, healthy treats made with love.

Show your dog how much you love them this holiday season. Here are 2 great organic dog treat recipes, one sweat and one meaty!

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Pup’s Favorite Peanut Butter Cookies are woof-woof delicious!

Pup’s Favorite Peanut Butter Cookies

Ingredients you will need:

2 cups flour (you will want to purchase white flour if your dog is allergic to wheat.)

1 cup rolled oats

1/3 cup peanut butter (smooth and organic, many commercial brands include hydrogenated oils and other unhealthy additives that are not good for you or your dog)

1 tbsp. honey

½ tbsp. fish oil

1 ½ cups water

Baking Instructions:

  1. Set the oven to heat at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Use a large mixing bowl to combine the flour and rolled oats.
  3. Add one-cup water to flour and oats, blend until smooth.
  4. Next, add the honey, peanut butter, and fish oil to the mixing bowl and stir until all ingredients are mixed well.
  5. Add the remaining ½-cup of water and mix until batter has a doughy consistency.
  6. Roll out dough onto a floured surface until it is ¼ inch thick.
  7. Use a cookie cutter to make whatever fun shapes you desire!
  8. Place cookies onto a baking sheet and allow the cookies to bake for 40 minutes.
  9. Cool all the way before feeding.

Beef and Vegetable Bark Balls

For all dogs out there that prefer meaty treats as opposed to sweet treats, these beef and vegetable balls will really hit the spot.

Ingredients you will need:

-6-ounce jar of organic beef (x2)

-Vegetable baby food

-1 cup whole-wheat flour

-2 cups dry milk

-1 cup water

Baking Instructions:

  1. Set the over to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Mix organic beef, vegetable baby food, 2 cups dry milk, and 1 cup water in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Spoon out the mixture into large balls and place onto a baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 12-15 minutes.
  5. Allow treats to completely cool before feeding to your dog.

You can store these treats in your fridge for up to 5-days. If you only have one dog you may want to cut this recipe in half.

Looking to get your dog a little something more for the Holidays?

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If your dog has dry, rough paw pads or a crusty, dry nose, they need help ASAP! Our all-natural dog products restore dog paws and dog noses so they are smooth and healthy in as little as a few days. Now is the time to buy, as we are offering 30% of all Natural Dog products now through December 31st. Simply use the discount code SANTAPAWS at checkout.

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Life On The Run: All About Sled Dogs and How They Maintain Smooth Paw Pads

shutterstock_174099701Did you know sled dogs help keep warm by sleeping with their tail covering their nose? Sled dogs are unique, gorgeous creatures that plow through the snow with such excitement and grace. While it’s quite a thrill to be pulled by a team of strong snow dogs, it is nearly as wondrous to simply see the dogs at work. Not only are sled dogs incredibly strong, but also they are very durable. After all, sled dogs have a lot of environmental factors working against them. For one it’s incredibly cold outside, simultaneously chilling dog bodies and paw pads, which are constantly traveling across the cold snow.

In fact sled dogs have a lot working against their paws, and must be checked on regularly to ensure they are healthy enough to move forward. It’s not just during the race that paw pads are exposed to the harsh winter elements. When practicing for a race, dogs may travel some 2,000-3,000 miles just obtaining the endurance to compete.

How Do Sled Dogs Maintain Smooth Paw Pads?

If your dog simply spends a lot of time playing out in the snow, you may notice that their paws get rough and dry. Now imagine if your dog was running thousands of miles through the snow for many months of the year. Clearly, sled dogs take a lot of wear and tear to their paw pads, but if their paws are not up to the challenge it won’t be long before they are no longer able to keep up with the team. As a result many racers use dog boots, and/or our latest all natural PawTector, to help keep dog paws free of abrasions and excess wear.

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Dog boots can get in the way of mushing. PawTector provides a seamless protective barrier.

The History Of Sled Dogs

Sled dogs have been used for many years, the earliest records date back long before 1000 B.C. Throughout this time sled dogs have been used for many different purposes, from work to sport. In the late 1800s they were used to patrol gold mines, as well as travel on Arctic and Antarctic journeys. Sled dogs were known as a reliable and common source of transportation until around the 1920s, at which time more efficient modes of transportation were being invented.

It wasn’t until 1908 that dog sled racing became an official sport.

Mushers, or dog drivers, love the sport just as much as the dogs. For some people it is a way of a life, and a competition to train for and look forward to all year. There are countless dog sled races that take place around the coldest regions of the world. And while dogs must be well trained and ready for the task, it has a lot to do with breeding and genetics that allows certain dogs to do well pulling a sled, despite the very harsh conditions they face. First and foremost, they are working in incredibly cold weather, the type of cold that bites at your skin even beneath your warmest jacket.

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Best Breeds For Sled Dogs

The most commonly used breeds for pulling sleds include: the Siberan husky, Samoyed, and malamute. Sled dogs can be a mixed breed as well, often known as Alaska husky or Eskimo dogs. The best dogs for pulling sleds have thick coats, and feet that are wide and flat. The Alaskan malamute is a common sled dog, and is a perfect example of an awesome canine for the job. The Alaskan malamute was breed some 2-3,000 years ago as a sled dog used for transportation. As a result, breeders sought to create an incredibly sturdy dog capable of pulling heavy weight, running long distances, and enduring the harsh weather of Alaska.

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Not just any dog is up to the challenging and demanding sport of mushing.

Can You Train Your Dog To Mush?

Mushing, or dog sled racing, is a sport that anyone interested can get involved in. Not just any dog is cut out for the task, we wouldn’t recommend trying to teach your Chihuahua, for example, how to pull a sled—unless it’s a Barbie sled! It takes an extra special dog to compete in dog sled racing. Looking into programs that will teach you more about dog sled racing are beneficial before getting a sled dog of your own.

 

Keep Your Dog’s Paws Smooth All Year Long

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Natural Dog offers a number of vegan, organic dog products made specially for your best four-legged friend!

No matter if you and your dog love mushing, or if your dog’s only time in the snow is out in the backyard, PawTector provides endless benefits to keep dog paws naturally protected against the elements–from salty snow, sandy beaches, and hot concrete!

Plus, since it is made of 100% natural, carefully sourced ingredients, your dog can lick at his or her paws all day and never have adverse side effects. PawTector is just as good for your dog’s insides as their paw pads.

 

At Natural Dog our mission remains the same, Soothe, Heal, Wag!

Try PawTector risk free today, your dog is sure to thank you.

5 Reasons We Are Thankful For Dogs This Thanksgiving

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Why are you thankful for dogs in your life?

Naturally, dogs are able to cheer you up, and bring a smile to your face. Even on the worst days, the best dogs find a way to bury a moist snout just so, causing your heart to melt right alongside your worries.

Have you ever taken a moment to consider: what would the world be like without dogs? A painful question really, and an impossible and horrible scenario to even imagine. After all, dogs teach us how to love, play, and eat with a heart full of happiness and not one ounce of doubt. Dogs are the best at following their heart and loving fully, lessons all humans can learn a thing or two about.

Since this month is November, which brings along the delicious feast of Thanksgiving, we decided to recap 5 reasons why we are SO thankful for the dogs that bless our life with joy each and every day!

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1. No Matter What You Feed Your Dog, They LOVE It!

Cooking is a lot of work, you’ve got to buy food, prepare it, and then wait for it to bake. Have you ever gone through all of the trouble to make a nice meal, only to hear complaints from your family or significant other? “Ugh, lasagna again?” Now let’s rephrase that question, has your dog ever turned up their nose to anything you fed them? Likely not. Dog food can be organic and homemade or bought in a bag from the store, and your canine is going to be ecstatic to eat it. Dogs are rarely picky about what they eat. Every meal you provide your precious pup is the best meal ever, and isn’t it a good feeling to be appreciated?

 

2. Dogs Teach Us How To Have Fun Without Spending Any Money

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Feeling bored? Coveting the latest iPhone or iPad to keep you entertained? If you own a dog, you know good and well it doesn’t take anything fancy to get your pup up and playing. Dogs naturally know how to turn anything into a toy. An old scarf equals the perfect tool for a game of tug-of-war. And a new pair of shoes makes for the perfect chew toy. Sure, it’s never fun to spend $100 on a pair of leather loafers only to find your dog has eaten them un-wearable, but you’ve got to see the humor in it, and don’t forget to take notes. Humans want this and want that, but really, we’ve got everything we need to have a good time, just ask your canine friends!

3. Dogs Take The Best Selfies

Everyone takes a selfie now and again, some people far more than others. But for many people, taking a selfie can feel a bit desperate at best. Want to take a picture without feeling self-obsessed? All you have to do is call your dog on over and you’ve got a selfie that appears more pawsome than vain.

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4. Dogs Never Ignore You For Technology

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How do humans do this all day?!

Your dog may be happy to pose for a selfie, but that doesn’t mean he or she is obsessed with cell phones and computers like most people. These days hanging out with anyone human can be full of distractions; cell phones buzzing alerts for text messages, phone calls, emails, and social media alerts. Sometimes you are with a friend and still feel like you are solo mission, simply because most of their attention is diverted to their cell phone. Thankfully, you can still hang out with your dog and get 100% of their attention—that is unless a squirrel comes around…

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You: “Let’s go home and eat gas-inducing cheese all night.” Your Dog: “Bark, bark! I can’t wait!”

 

5. Dogs Never Judge

Feeling gassy? You might not want to hit the town with your pals, but your dog sure won’t mind! No matter how bad you smell your dog remains your non-judgmental pal. Lost your job, got ditched for a date, or just had a long week in general? Your dog will cheer you up, even if you just feel like pigging out in your ugliest pajamas. And no need to worry, your dog will never count how many Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups you devour in one hour. Your dog doesn’t have a thought in the world about what you are doing and why, he’s just happy to hang out with you.

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Show your dog just how thankful you are to have them in your life this Thanksgiving with an extra special present.

Winter weather causes dry, rough paw pads, which can cause your dog serious discomfort. Give them the soft, smooth paws they deserve with all-natural PawSoother, and our sister product PawTector. Buy PawTector and PawSoother risk free!

Does your dog have a dry, crusty nose? Give all-natural Snout Soother a try, risk free!

Your dog looks after you everyday of the year, pay them the thanks they deserve with extra special organic dog products made with one mission in mind: heal, soothe, wag!

Fiercely Friendly: All About Catahoula Bulldogs

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Because the Catahoula bulldog can be different percentages of Catahoula and American bulldog, each dog has unique look, each one more striking than the next!

The Catahoula bulldog is a mix between a Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog and an American Bulldog. The name Catahoula comes from an Indian word for “clear water.” Near where the Catahoula dog was breed, sits the Catahoula Lake. Although the breed’s name could have more significance than location, Catahoula bulldogs are incredibly clear-headed creatures breed for their awesome demeanors.

If you have a Catahoula bulldog you know just how expressive they can be, especially with their ears, which can be button, cropped or rose-type ears. Catahoula bulldogs are gorgeous, with their short glossy coats. Unless a Catahoula bulldog lives in a cold climate, they do not develop an undercoat. While tight skin is a standard trait of this breed, they come in a variety of different colors. Their coats can either be dark, pure white, and anything in between. Their eyes range from brown, clear blue, gold, and bright green. On average the Catahoula bulldog weighs between 75-100 pounds.

 

History of the Catahoula Bulldog

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You can trust the Catahoula bulldog to be a hard working farm hand and a loyal pack member.

For over 100 years mankind has loved this breed. But before the Catahoula bulldog came into existence, ranchers and hog-hunters kept good Catahoula leopard dogs on hand because of their intelligence and work ethic, for many years they helped herd cattle and catch hogs. The only problem was when it came time to carry the catch home the Catahoula was too small and weak to do the trick. This meant a catch-dog had to be brought along on every hunting mission. Also, the Catahoula lacked the certain aggression necessary to hunt aggressive prey, such as a bear. The American bulldog on the other hand was bulkier, more aggressive, and stronger. So while the Catahoula was almost perfect, ideas started going around. If Catahoula dogs were breed with bulldogs, would a truly flawless work and family dog be born? The answer is apparent after getting to know an awesome Catahoula bulldog.

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The Catahoula Bulldog is known to be protective of their family, incredibly loyal, calm unless necessary, and impossibly strong. It’s the combination of strengths gained from the American bulldog and the Catahoula Leopard dog that sets this breed apart. From each breed these dogs retain a different set of awesome traits. The American Bulldog gives these dogs their strong jaw, chill demeanor, and a uniquely wide skull. While the Catahoula leopard dog grants this breed fierce strength, intelligence, endurance, and an unsurpassed ability to hunt and herd. Together this makes for a really sweet dog that has the passion and skills to do great work, while also being a four-legged friend you can count on.

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How cute am I?! Catahoula bulldogs are a pawsome breed

With any mixed-breed, a dog can be a different percentage of each breed; therefore all of the characteristics of both breeds must be taken into consideration. You never know which natural traits a dog will or will not be born with.

The Catahoula bulldog is very attentive; they don’t give in easy to distractions. These dogs make great family members; they get along with kids, other pets, and pretty much anything that will love them back. With good training and a loving home, your Catahoula bulldog will quickly become your favorite friend.

Just don’t expect these cute canines to be complete angels, without proper training they are smart enough to become quite a handful.

Catahoula Bulldog With Dry Dog Nose?

Just like all bulldogs, the Catahoula bulldog can be prone to a number of sensitivities, including a rough, dry, flaking, or damaged dog nose. The best thing for sensitive canines is to use all-natural, organic dog products whenever possible. This can help keep future irritations from sparking up. If your Catahoula bulldog has a dry, rough, or crusty nose give your furry friend the healing power of Snout Soother. Not only will our all-natural dog product, packed with healing organic ingredients, make your dog’s nose look better, but it will also make your dog feel better! Remember, dogs need a moist, healthy snout to properly smell the world around them! Not to mention, a rough or otherwise damaged dog nose can cause serious pain and can even make the sweetest pups get temperamental.

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If your Catahoula Bulldog has a dry, flaky, rough dog nose, Snout Soother offers the all-nautral healing power your dog deserves.

 

At Natural Dog our mission is simple: saving the world one snout at a time. Help save your own dog from the irritations of a dry dog nose, Snout Soother to the rescue!

 

Check out these unbeleivable before and after Snout Soother photos!

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Fighting Dry, Crusty Dog Noses: How Samson Got His Nose Back

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Does your dog’s nose look dry and crusty like this?

When dogs have a chapped, dry or crusty nose they might appear to be fine, while actually in a world of hurt.

Dogs are the best medicine on the planet. They make us smile when skies are gray, and they always have a positive attitude, no matter what life throws their way. I wish I could be as happy-go-lucky as my dog, living in the moment instead of thinking endlessly about the past and future. But just because your dog wears a happy smile doesn’t mean they aren’t hurting. If your dog has a nose that is rough to the touch they need some relief, and fast! But how do you find an organic solution worthy of your perfect pooch?

Natural Dog Company originated out of a desire to help dogs everywhere find relief from nose conditions caused by anything from the weather to allergies. It’s hard to point out one single reason for crust to form on the dog’s nose. Some dog breeds experience these problems more than other breeds. For instance, we see so many bulldogs, pugs, and other short-nosed dog breeds that suffer from dry noses. Discoid Lupus in dogs causes the same crust on the nose. Collies, German Shepherds and Brittany’s are breeds that are most commonly affected by this disease. But that doesn’t mean every other breed of dog doesn’t come along with a dry nose here and there, because they most certainly do!

We are honored to have been able to help so many dogs win the battle against their dry snout. Each week we are THRILLED to continually receive amazing testimonials and photos, each one proving we are truly onto something, our product really does work!

Take Samson for example, he is not a short-nosed breed but he knows what it feels like to have a cracked, painful dog nose. According to his mom, the Omaha native enjoys using his nose as a garden shovel, which provides Samson with plenty of fun… but a very dry dog nose.

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Samson’s nose before and after Snout Soother

While Samson continued to dig at the dirt with his dry nose, his mom could tell by simply looking at the cracks and flaking skin that her sweet pup was in pain. Samson’s human mom, Amy Bailey admits to trying everything to heal her dog’s nose before finding Snout Soother. She says, “I was constantly applying petroleum oil, lotion, etc. in an effort to heal and banish the painful looking cracks in my dog’s nose. Nothing worked!”

Then, after only one application of Snout Soother Samson’s nose was on the woof to recovery. Within 8 applications his nose was 100% healed, and organically so! Amy was amazed, and Samson rather pleased.

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With his crusty, dry nose cured, Samson is happier than ever!

Amy and Samson are not alone we hear similar stories ALL OF THE TIME! While Samson’s tale took a happy turn, trying an array of random products on your dog’s nose can do more harm than good. Human lotions, for instance, contain fragrances and unnatural ingredients that can further irritate and burn the sensitive skin lining your dog’s nose.

Dogs may appear ruff and tough, but they are extremely sensitive to their environment and the products we use on them. In fact, dogs are more sensitive to toxic chemicals than humans—but still, many products made for dogs contain loads of potentially harmful toxins. This is why so many folks are turning to natural products for dogs. But even if a product is listed as ‘natural’ you must carefully read the ingredients to make sure that it actually is.

Understandably, when your canine is in need all you want to do is find a solution to help. Especially since your dog’s nose is such an important part of their everyday life. It allows them to investigate the world around them, using their super-sonic powers to pick up scents the human nose would fail to recognize any day. For this reason, people will try just about anything to make their dog’s crusty nose turn smooth and moist again. Thankfully, the solution for dry dog noses is SO simple it’s Snout Soother!

Samson is one of thousands of dogs that now happily enjoy life with a soft and smooth snout. While he still enjoys digging up the garden with his nose, Snout Soother protects Samson’s skin, keeping it healthy and moist no matter how much dirt he gets into.

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Dogs of all shapes, sizes, breeds, and dispositions benefit from the healing, all-natural powers of Snout Soother.

If your four-legged friend is suffering from a dry, crusty dog nose we want to help. After all, our mission at Natural Dog has always been the same… Soothe, Heal, Wag!

Snout Soother is an all-natural product that is safe, effective, and proven to work, time and time again. Snout Soother is the go-to organic solution for dry dog nose relief. If you are not 100% satisfied with your results send it back to us for a full refund—guaranteed!

See more before and after photos of dogs like Samson! or read our guide to learn more about how to treat your dog’s dry nose.

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How To Naturally Heal Your Dog’s Dry, Crusty Nose

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Does your dog’s dry nose look like either of these cute canines?

If your dog’s nose is dry they need soothing relief right away. If it’s also starting to crack and break off, this can cause great worry and concern, plus it’s likely just as uncomfortable as it looks.

We hear it time and time again, concerned pet owners try everything, but nothing seems to work on dry dog noses. That is until they try Snout Soother.

We can tell you over and over that our product really works, but pictures tend to speak louder than words. Especially when it comes to the magical changes Snout Soother provides dry canine noses all over the planet.

At Natural Dog Company, we put a lot into the formulation of Snout Soother; every last ingredient has to be natural, carefully sourced, and organic where it counts. As a result, we have created a 100% natural dog product so that your dog’s nose can heal without any negative drawbacks due to chemicals and other toxins commonly used in popular pet products.

You don’t have to just take our word for it. Every day we receive some truly awesome testimonials, all from the most honest creatures on the planet–four-legged canines! Because really, what dog can lie?

Meet 3 Cute Canines Naturally Healed Of Their Dry Dog Nose

Riley, Axel, and Titan are different breeds that live in various regions, but they do have one thing in common: they all used to suffer from a dry, crusty, dog nose. Now, these three happy pups finally have their moist noses back! With a healthy snout, they can smell the world better, and feel more comfortable.

Their before and after pictures tell a story without any words.

Happy Dog #1: Riley

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Riley before (left) and after (right) Snout Soother

Meet Riley, this cute Cocker Spaniel was once plagued by a dry, crusty dog nose, which you can see in the image above. After only 5 applications of Snout Soother, Riley’s nose became smooth and moist, ready to smell anything and everything!

Happy Dog #2: Titan

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Titan before (left) and after (right) Snout Soother

Titan is yet another success story we are so happy to share. You can see small mounds had formed along the ridges of Titan’s nose, but after only 4 applications of Snout Soother they were completely gone.

Happy Dog #3: Axel

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Axel before (left) and after (right) applying Snout Soother for a few days.

Bulldogs are especially prone to dry, crusty noses. Axel was no different. After all, bulldogs are a rather sensitive breed—although worth the extra care and worry because they are so darn cute! Snout Soother is especially beneficial for short-nosed breeds and bulldogs.

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We love our pawsome Snout Soother fans–seriously, could you ask for cuter patrons?!

How Long Should It Take To Heal Your Dog’s Dry Nose?

While these transformations look extreme, it’s important to keep in mind these results are typical after only a few days. Because it contains no harmful ingredients, you can apply Snout Soother as often as necessary. Immediately after the first application your dog will experience soothing relief, and within less than one week the physical appearance of their nose will be noticeably improved.

We are so happy to know dogs all over the world are now enjoying a happier, healthier life with their newly moist and smooth nose, thanks to the healing powers of all-natural Snout Soother. After all, our mission has always been: saving the world, one snout at a time!

See more before and after testimonials here or read our guide to learn more about how to treat your dog’s dry nose.

Buy Snout Soother today, risk-free!

 

Party Animals: Top 10 Halloween Costume Ideas For Dogs!

515HUViELGL._SY355_It’s almost Halloween, time for the witches, goblins, werewolves and endless bowls of candy to make an appearance. Your dog likes to get into the festivities too, after all what dog doesn’t love a night full of treats?! So how do you plan to show your HOWL-oween spirit?

Dogs are naturally cute, but while wearing a costume they are even cuter. It’s little wonder that according to the National Retail Federation, 22 million people plan to dress their pets up for Halloween, spending a total of $330 million on pet costumes. Trick-Or-Treaters love to see a doggy all dressed up at the door, and nothing makes for a cuter photo than a puppy in costume.

Wondering what you will dress your dog up as this year? Now is the time to start shopping for the perfect pet costume! You want to have plenty of time to make sure the costume fits comfortably before the big night.

One major issue with pet costumes is getting your pet to keep the costume on throughout the evening. Uncomfortable costumes, or flimsy accessories may end up all throughout the house while your dog runs around in his or her birthday suit.

While not all of these costumes are guaranteed to make it through the night, we have found some of the funniest, and downright adorable dog costumes sure to put a grin on your face.

1. Lion Dog Costume

An easy way to dress up your big or small dog is to throw on this mane hair wig. If you have little kids you can dress them up as a lion tamer and you have a great pair.

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This ‘fierce’ costume is listed for $10 on Amazon.com

2. Hot Dog Halloween costume

The perfect costume for wiener dogs everywhere!

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Dress your dog up in this delicious get-up for $14 on Amazon.com

3. Starbucks Dog

Pinterest offers endless costume ideas for dogs. If you are crafty enough to make your own costumes from home you can dress your dog up as just about anything, including a cup of coffee!

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4. Cat in The Hat

This homemade creation is another winner that allows you to incorporate more than one pet, and yourself!

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This entire get-up is HOME MADE!

5. A Bunch of Grapes

This dog featured on RealSimple.com is very tolerant of this bulky bunch of grapes.

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6. Cha-cha-CHIA Pet

Why not turn your dog into a living Chia Pet this Halloween? This adorable Boston Terrier rocks the look well!

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7. Spider Pug

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8. Superman Dog

Since your dog really is a superhero, what a fitting costume idea!

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Dress your dog up as a superhero for $6 on Amazon.com.

9. Princess of The Pups

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Purchase for $14 on Amazon.com

10. Butterfly Dog

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Tips For Dog Halloween Costume Safety–How To Make Sure Your Dog Loves Their Costume As Much As You!

While costumes are fun you must always consider your dog’s overall comfort and safety. Here are some helpful tips to keep your dog happy, cute, and safe this Halloween:

-Avoid costumes that cover your dog’s eyes, ears, nose, or mouth. You want to be sure that your pup can breathe, bark, see, hear, and smell sufficiently, even if a part of their costume gets shifted out of place when you are not looking.

-Once your dog allows you put the costume on, make sure you have treats or some sort of positive reward waiting and ready.

-If your dog does not typically wear costumes, make sure to try it on before the big night so that your dog gets a feel for it, as well as to make sure it properly fits.

-Find a costume that your dog can properly move in, the costume won’t be as cute if your dog doesn’t act natural while wearing it.

-Check the costume for any small attachable pieces that could easily be chewed off, swallowed, or choked on.

halloween_logoWith the right costume for your canine, you are ready to enjoy a dog-gone great Halloween!

At Natural Dog, the health and safety of dogs is one of our top priorities. Aside from a safe, and comfortable costume, your dog also needs a nice pair of smooth paws to cruise the streets this Halloween.

If your dog has rough paw pads it might be uncomfortable for them walk long distances without further irritating their paws. Paw Soother provides instant relief, soothing and smoothing paw pads in a matter of days.

Try all-natural Paw Soother today, risk free!

Dog Distractions: Creative Ways to Apply Snout Soother to your Dog’s Nose

So, you purchased Snout Soother and can’t wait for your precious pooch to experience the amazing benefits of this balm for dry cracked noses. But, what about your dog?  No amount of sweet-talking or trickery can fool my dog when it comes to applying any sort of “treatment” (this includes baths) to any part of his/her body – especially the nose! The resulting duel often involves wrangling, wiggling, squirming, tangling and twisting ourselves into exhaustion and/or submission.

Thankfully, Snout Soother’s natural ingredients and omission of fragrance won’t annoy your dog’s highly sensitive smell. Though application of this moisturizing nose balm, or any product, may cause your dog to initially resist and react. This resistance is completely natural.  After all, your dog’s nose is covered in sensitive nerve endings and is especially sensitive when dry, chapped, cracked, crusty or even bleeding.

So, what does a loving, well-intentioned dog owner do when attempting to apply Snout Soother? DISTRACT, DISTRACT, DISTRACT! This is absolutely essential if you want to achieve optimal healing results for your dog’s painful nose. Snout Soother contains carrier oils that will do their job of penetrating the skin with nourishing and healing ingredients in only a few minutes. Just a few minutes will do the trick!

Check out our favorite distraction techniques below!

DISTRACTION TECHNIQUE 1: TRICK OR TREAT

Treat your dog’s taste buds and nose at the same time! What dog doesn’t eagerly hyper focus as they happily await a treat? Take advantage of the positive mental association and hyper focus (a.k.a. distraction) when applying Snout Soother.

Prepare by placing the appropriate amount of Snout Soother on finger of one hand. Hold a treat(s) in the other hand. After a moment or two of smelling, yearning and coveting the impending deliciousness, feed treat while quickly swiping Snout Soother to your dog’s dry nose. Typically, I like to quickly follow up with another treat to limit attempts to lick off the treatment.

DISTRACTION TECHNIQUE 2: PLAYING FOR KEEPS

Toy loving dogs will easily fall for this Snout Soother distraction! Once again, prepare by placing needed amount of Snout Soother on finger of one hand, then hold a beloved or new tug toy, chew toy, or (my dog’s personal favorite) squeaking plush toy in other hand. Begin by actively playing with dog. Really get your dog to engage whether this requires a good game of tug or moving toy around. Once engaged, quickly sweep balm across pet’s nose. Your dog will be joyful unaware of the product application as they gleefully tug, chew and squeak their current object of attention.

DISTRACTION TECHNIQUE 3: RUB A DUB DUB

The holy grail of all doggie affection is the BELLY RUB. At some point (or many points) in a dog’s life, they will coyly roll over, legs up, belly exposed, beckoning, pleading for someone – anyone – to rub that soft furry doggie tummy. Only a belly rub can lull your pup into calm, hypnotic contentment. Which makes it the perfect time to apply Snout Soother to your dog’s nose! Begin, by simply rubbing your pup’s belly.  As your dog becomes more and more relaxed, apply Snout Soother directly to your dog’s nose with one hand while other hand continues with the hallowed belly rub. BUT, the belly rub doesn’t cease once our amazing nose balm is applied! Give your sweet pup another few minutes of prime belly rubbing time. They deserve it (and so do their painful noses).

Distractions not only promote dog’s positive association with Snout Soother but they also give you a great excuse to take time with your best dog friend. Experiment and play with what works best for you and your dog!

Snout Soother is the perfect all natural balm for dogs noses that offers the perfect blend of organic, natural vegan and cruelty free ingredients. No more discoid lupus in dogs, hyperkeratosis, crusty nose, dry dog nose, just to mention a few. Healthy pups are happy pups… your dog will thank you!

Our mission is to save the world one snout at a time, so how are you saving your precious snouts? We would love to hear your favorite Snout Soother application tips and tricks!  Please share your ideas with us!

Super-Sonic Dog Noses Save Homeowners From Dry Rot

Dogs have the most incredible noses on the planet, just look at Meg and Jess, two awesome working dogs from the UK using their powerful canine noses to fight for the good of all homeowners.

Mark Doggett couldn’t possibly have a more fitting last name for his new occupation, which includes working with his two beloved dogs (Meg and Jess), a Border collie and English springer spaniel. Mark has trained his two smart dogs to sniff out dry rot in older homes where the destructive fungus tends to hide unnoticed.

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Talented working dogs Meg and Jess pose with Mark Doggett

Mr. Doggett spent 10 years in the construction industry, during which time he saw plenty of homeowners get burned by dry rot lurking beneath carpets, skirting boards and even concrete. That’s when the entrepreneur had an excellent idea: he would train his dogs to sniff out dry rot and prevent potential homeowners from encountering a rotten mess after it was already too late.

Dogs are not just one-million times better at picking up smells than humans, they are also incredibly smart and hard working. It only took six months of training to get Meg, a four-year-old Border collie, and Jess, a 22-month-old English springer spaniel, ready for the job as a working dog.

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Four-year-old Meg hard at work detecting destructive fungus

The dogs are trained to search all over a building for infected areas; if they catch a whiff of dry rot they know just what to do. They stop, stare at the spot and point at it with their super-sonic dog nose, remaining just like this until Mr. Doggett gives them the special signal that their task has been accomplished.

What Is Dry Rot?

2740240C00000578-0-On_the_case_Four_year_old_Border_collie_Meg_gets_down_to_work_sn-m-45_1428108321498The fungus Serpula lacrymans, which thrives off of wood to gain strength, causes dry rot. Dry rot starts off as a microscopic spore but expands from there into a fruiting body that releases new spores. Once the spores go airborne all parts of a property can become damaged, including brickwork, and concrete floors. Without intervention the entire structure will eventually become compromised. Dry rot can go unnoticed for years during which time serious damage has a chance to form unnoticed.

Working Dogs To The Rescue!

30-year-old Mark Doggett from Wolverhampton calls his company Enviro-dogs, which is unique in that they offer dry rot detection services using dogs. The dogs are capable of going to all types of locations, and there is no other form of detection quite as reliable as a dog’s nose. Plus, the dogs love the work, making Enviro-dogs a win-win for all.

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Mr. Dogget said, “It’s not really work for the dogs – they see it as the best game in the world and they enjoy it because it’s working on their natural instincts. The dogs are so effective because they can detect dry rot at much earlier stages. In hidden places dry rot can grow for years without anyone noticing it. It can be hard to find but the dogs can detect it through carpet and wall paneling.”

It takes the dogs only a couple of minutes to sniff out each room. The team have encountered a couple of skeptics, but no one doubts the dogs’ work after seeing them in action.

The dog-gone cool service costs around $297 (£200), an incredibly reasonable price considering how expensive dry rot can be if it goes unnoticed. In proof, Mr. Doggett and his dogs have had huge success and plan to expand by training the dogs how to sniff out bed bugs in hospitals and hotels.

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Your dog’s nose is just as powerful, but only if they have a smooth, moist snout. If your dog’s nose is dry or crusty they can’t smell to their full ability. Natural Dog is here to help with our all-natural; vegan line of soothing products made especially for sensitive dogs, but safe enough for humans.

Check out our full line of soothing organic dog balms for dog noses and paw pads here. Enjoy all of our products risk free—your dog is sure to thank you with plenty of moist kisses! After all, our mission is simple: Soothe, Heal, Wag!

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How To Heal White Crust On Dog’s Nose: Charlotte’s Story

Charlotte is a sweet and cuddly canine from California. Recently Charlotte started to grow mysterious white crusty chunks over the top of her nose. At a loss for what to do or how to help, Charlotte’s human-mom tried just about everything, until finally she found the all-natural solution to her beloved dog’s crusty nose problem.

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That’s me before the white crusty stuff on my dog nose was cured.

Woof, Woof, Nice to meet you! My name is Charlotte and I’m a sweet canine from California. One day I noticed my mommy do a double take of me before bending down to take a closer look at my nose. “What is going on here?” She asked, inspecting my suddenly white crusty dog nose.

“I don’t know…” I thought, helplessly looking back up at her. I knew exactly what she was scrunching her own nose up about. I could feel something different about my own nose, but all that I knew was that I needed a solution.

The white chunks growing atop my nose were uncomfortable. Not to mention, my mom looked worried every time she caught a glimpse of me it seemed. And then the experiments started. My mom sprayed me with me with something salty, rubbed this terrible smelling stuffed called ‘Neosporin’ on my nose, and the list goes on and on. I put up with it of course, I’m a good dog and I trust her. I knew that eventually she would find a solution to the white crust forming like unwanted crystals on the top of my nose.

One day a pretty blue packaged titled Snout Soother arrived. But I have to admit, when I saw it coming for me I thought with dread—“Oh-ruff, not again…” I couldn’t help but doubt it, nothing else had worked, why would this be any different? I just hoped this stuff didn’t smell bad or make my face burn.

The moment my mom spread the cooling balm over my nose I instantly felt better. I had no idea how quickly things were about to change. Within practically no time, those dry chunks on my nose were falling off. I could have pranced for joy all day. I remember the moment my mom noticed the difference I had been feeling, her eyes changed a bit and a big smile spread across her face—the biggest smile I had seen in a while! At that moment we both did a little victory dance.

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Here is a photo of my nose AFTER Snout Soother. The differences are unreal, no more dry crusty dog nose for me!

She couldn’t believe her eyes, and I couldn’t believe my nose! I forgot how great it was to smell everything with heightened clarity, to rub up against someone without feeling any discomfort.

From that moment on I held perfectly still for Snout Soother, allowing mom to spread the soothing balm on my nose whenever she wanted. And I’m so glad I did! Within one week my nose could smell better, it felt better, and it looked like every other smooth dog nose down the block. I was healed, cured, and normal again!

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Charlotte’s dog nose before and after Snout Soother. Talk about a nose job!

My mom and I can’t say enough thanks to Snout Soother, in fact I’ll let her explain in her own words how much she loves the stuff!

Thank you for your cream . . . truly a miracle cream!! My dog’s nose was suffering from some kind of infection for about a month. I live in the desert and thought maybe she had been bit by something or the intense heat was affecting her nose. I had tried applying Neosporin, a natural dog spray, and salt water . . . but with no good results. After one application of your cream, the crusty white stuff fell off Charlotte’s nose and it began healing. After one week, her nose looked almost completely healed.

Thank you!!

Helen Boek

Borrego Springs California

 

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Thank you Helen for updating us on Charlotte! We love receiving letters from our pawsome customers, and are honored to help canines all over the world find relief from dry crusty dog noses.

After all our mission at Natural Dog has always been the same: saving the world, one snout at a time!

Want to give your dog’s dry nose all-natural relief? Try Snout Soother risk free today!

See more before and after Snout Soother transformations.

 

Related read: 4 Things You Should Do If Your Dog Has A Dry Nose

Deaf Pet Awareness Week: Apple’s Story

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Apple is a perfect role model for all deaf dogs!


Everyone loves an underdog, right? But I’m not talking about the aging athlete or miracle hockey team or grass root politico.  No, let’s talk about real underdogs. Specifically, my own little underdog, Apple.

Apple is a sweet, year and a half old, red heeler mix puppy.  What makes her an underdog, you ask?  Apple is deaf.

This sweet little pup was only a few weeks old when I saw her picture on the Gonzales Shelter website. I immediately contacted the Austin Dog Rescue for the opportunity to foster her.    I am no stranger to the Austin Dog Rescue. Throughout the years, I fostered over 50 dogs and was eager to add Apple to the pack.

After joining our pack, I immediately realized Apple was different.  She wouldn’t come when called and ignored all commands.  Attempts to chalk this up to standard puppy disobedience were squashed when she didn’t gleefully wag greetings at the door or when I found myself shaking her awake from afternoon slumbers (and all slumbers in between).

After joining our pack, I immediately realized Apple was different.  She wouldn’t come when called and ignored all commands.  Attempts to chalk this up to standard puppy disobedience were squashed when she didn’t gleefully wag greetings at the door or when I found myself shaking her awake from afternoon slumbers (and all slumbers in between).

So, what was wrong with Apple?  Research suggested we start by making loud noises behind her. For days, we crashed through the house, banging walls and thumping doors. Apple was unfazed by our initial attempts so I resorted to trailing behind her banging metal spoons against kitchen pans.  Now, one cannot ignore this type of racket – just ask our neighbors. But Apple was oblivious to the cacophony of noise and happily continued sniffing the world around her.

So, off to the vet we went.  The vet’s evaluation confirmed that Apple was indeed deaf.  Worry set in. Now what? I never owned or fostered a deaf dog before. How would I train her?  How do you communicate with a deaf dog? And on and on.

My worry dissolved after talking with Joyce Martin.  Joyce, the amazing director of the Austin Dog Rescue, lined up a fabulous trainer AND (yes, it gets better) the rescue was going to pay for Apple’s training. How great is that!?  I honestly can’t explain the relief I felt after talking to Joyce. She has that effect on people.

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Proudly posing with Training Certificate of Completion. Deafness didn’t hold this dog back!

Like many shelter dogs, the cruel beginnings of Apple’s life were visible in her skinny frame and broken tail.  But do you think this pitiful looking pup felt like an underdog?  Nope. Her spirit was a spitfire! She was survivor – defiant to misuse of the past.  This puppy was going to make it. She was my little fireball and Apple, as we had come to call her, flourished into a happy and playful pup.  Clearly a bossy alpha, I could almost hear her barking, “Watch out world! Here I come!”

Surprisingly, training a deaf dog isn’t much different than training any other dog because most trainers recommend teaching hand commands first and then reinforcing with verbal commands.  We would need to capture Apple’s attention before we could teach hand signals and the go to commands for redirecting a puppy wouldn’t work.  Shouting no, clapping our hands or rattling a can of coins would be futile. Instead, we captured her attention by waving our arms or simply touching her.

Next, we learned hand signals from Tara from Training by Tara, our wonderful trainer from the Differently Abled Obedience Classes. Tara provided amazing training tools and support. More importantly, she gave us the patience to see Apple for who she truly is – an amazing dog. She became the star of the class by learning more than 20 commands in just a few weeks!

The hardest part of being a foster mom is saying goodbye to the puppy you love.  But Apple completed her training. She was flourishing and it was time.  So, I dutifully found a nice worthy family to adopt to her.

The day arrived for me to deliver to Apple to her home.  After giving her new family all the information and instructions they needed, I said goodbye and began walking to the door.  Apple tried to follow me and cried for a bit. I cried too.

I cried all the way home – as I always do. Seeing one of my dogs adopted is a bittersweet feeling that can’t be explained. I think you have to live it in order to fully understand. But, I didn’t miss Apple for long. She was returned to us in only a few short days.  It wasn’t that they didn’t love the silly little pup; it was simply that they weren’t ready to deal with it.

After Apple was returned, I went through several applications before declaring her a foster failure.  After becoming increasingly protective of her, I realized a hard fact. No one was good enough for Apple.  She already found her forever home and I couldn’t imagine life without her.

Apple is not really different from other dogs.  She plays.  She eats. She sleeps.  She longs for attention and seeks me out when I am not there.  She loves running in the park and swimming and belly rubs. She is a fetch champion. She barks with enjoyment. She grumbles with contempt. She cuddles and she kisses.

Sounds just like a hearing dog, right? The myths that abound about deaf dogs aren’t true; they won’t turn mean, they don’t startle attack, they can be socialized and they can be wonderful companions for children

Apple’s deafness may be considered a flaw to some but she is perfect to me. I wouldn’t want her any other way. Anyone privileged enough to be loved by a deaf dog knows that life wouldn’t be full without their wonderful and sometimes challenging pet.   Her world may be silent but she surely hears the love behind every belly rub, smile or morning walk.

And that is why, for us, every week is deaf pet awareness week.

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“Take that JACK!” Apple plays just like hearing dogs!

If you have your own stories to share about your deaf pet, please email me or post it in the comments section.  Apple would love to get to know you and your pet and so would I.

Pamela Rodriguez Villegas – Marketing Coordinator – Pamela@NaturalDogCompany.com

How To Properly Clean Your Dog’s Ears

shutterstock_92988712Routine ear cleaning is an important step in your pet’s care. You can reduce excessive wax buildup and detect potential ear infections before they turn into major problems.

The first step to take in order to properly clean your dog’s ears is to gently wipe away any excess dirt around the ear canal and the ear flap.

Next, lift up the ear flap and instill the appropriate ear cleansing solution. Fill up the ear canal till it’s overflowing and gently massage the base of the ear. You will hear a squishing sound as you work the cleaner into the ear. Add more wash as needed. Do this for about 30 seconds and once this step is complete, stand back! Your pet will shake its head wildly, sending any debris airborn all around, so you may want to clean the ears outdoors.

shutterstock_74673952The next step is to take a cottonball or cottonpad and wipe away any debris present from the ear canal. You may use a cottonswab to clean out the crevices of the ear provided that your pet is still enough to allow you to do this.

If unsure how to clean your pet’s ears, your veterinarian may be able to demonstrate the procedure for you. Also, if you notice any redness, odor, discharge, excessive shaking of your dog’s head, or excessive scratching at their ears, have them examined by their vet.

How often should you clean your pet’s ears? That depends on several factors such as age, breed, activity level, and how much ear wax is produced. Your veterinarian may also recommend an ear cleaning schedule for you to adhere to.

Now you know how to clean your pet’s ears. What are you waiting for? Get cleaning!

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Happy dogs have clean ears! Just ask this fantastic four-legged cutie with squeaky clean dog ears.

 

How Dogs Detect Bed Bugs With Their Nose

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I smell 3 bed bugs to be exact—and what is that I smell? Did someone just put bacon on the grill downstairs?

A dog with a dry, crusty nose can’t smell much. On the other hand, a dog can detect itty-bitty bed bugs if they have a moist, smooth snout. That’s a pretty powerful fact considering bed bugs average between 2.5 mm and 4.5mm long, and yet dogs can still smell them.

Bugs can hide anywhere, making it so hard for us humans to find them all. Dogs are smaller, more agile, and have an incredible sense of smell that allows them to identify something as small as one bed bug. They can also use their nose to determine the difference between live bed bugs with active eggs and dead bed bugs.

Training dogs to detect bed bugs has become a popular method for natural pest detection. Dogs can smell out bed bugs in locations humans would never even think to look, let alone locate them. Bed bugs can hide in some tight crevices, like the outlet switch, a pair of stuffed animals, in the carpet, or between the bedsprings. Once dogs detect the presence of bugs in a certain location, a trained exterminator can test these areas for bed bugs and act accordingly.

 

How Can Dogs Detect Bed Bugs?

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Trained and ready bed bug detecting dog!

Dogs have the most incredible noses on the planet and can sniff out just about anything. You and I have 5 million cells that help us smell, your dog has 220 million. Plus, the part of your dog’s brain dedicated to analyzing scents is far larger than yours. This is why dogs are not only great at smelling things, but they are also superb at deciphering what each scent represents.

Ever wonder why dogs have moist noises? The particles throughout the air attach to this moisture and help dogs smell even better. A bed bug detection dog can’t perform with a dry or crusty nose because their ability to smell is limited. Keeping your dog’s nose smooth and moist is so important in order for them to utilize one of their most powerful gifts.

Since dogs are naturally born with an amazing sense of smell, detection dogs are taught to seek out certain scents and alert their handler whenever it is present. This is how dogs are able to hunt, help solve crimes, and detect bombs—they can smell things the human nose would never be able to.

The only facility in the U.S with accreditations for training scent dogs is the National Entomology Scent Detection Canine Association (NESDCA). Here, both dogs and their human handlers are trained side-by-side to produce the best working team.

What are bed bugs?

Bed bugs are tiny little pests, barley visible to the human eye, that love to live in bedrooms. Here, they can come out at night and feast on your blood. Bed bugs require blood to stay alive, and so those infested with bed bugs wake up with new bite marks all over their body each morning. It is so hard to kill bed bugs because there are rather hardy. Plus, adult bed bugs can go up to five months without a blood meal. Normally, bed bugs feed every three to seven days. Yet, population sizes can grow so large it feels like you’re waking up with new bites every morning.

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Bed bugs are icky looking things ready to suck your blood while you sleep. Thankfully, bed bug sniffing dogs are here to save the day!

Are bed bugs easy to transmit?

Bed bugs can spread from one place to another, but they don’t typically attach themselves to you or your clothing because you move around too much to be considered a good hiding spot. Instead, bed bugs are typically transmitted from one place to another via luggage, briefcases, mattresses or used furniture. Luggage is one of the most common ways bed bugs hitch a ride home with you from a hotel.

Bed bugs live all around the world, causing many people nightmares in their very own beds. In 2009, the problem became so large that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency held a summit in the name of bed bugs. Around this time, whole city blocks in San Francisco were battling bed bug infestations, along with hotels around world—from 2-star to 5-star resorts.

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Thank you to all of the hardworking, pawsome canines out there saving the world from bed bugs!

 

Does Your Dog Have A Dry, Crusty Nose? You Can Restore Their Ability To Smell Again!

Your dog can learn how to smell out just about anything as long as they don’t have a dry, crusty nose. If your dog’s nose is rough to the touch or dry, he or she needs help in order to be 100% comfortable and smell to the best of their ability. Snout Soother is the all-natural dog balm solution, healing even the driest snouts in as little as 2 or 3 applications.

Our mission is simple: saving the world one snout at a time!

Give Snout Soother a try today, risk free!

See before and after photos of dogs that use Snout Soother.