Why Is My Dog’s Nose Dry? 4 Things You Should Do If Your Dog Has A Dry Nose

When you touch your dog’s nose, is it smooth and moist, or rough and dry? A dry nose doesn’t always mean your dog is sick, but left untreated it can lead to crusty scabs that flake off and bleed. Dogs also can’t smell as well without a wet snout. Difficulty smelling can cause them to become agitated, and possibly even nervous.

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Your dog’s dry nose needs immediate treatment to reduce discomfort and improve their sense of smell.

If you notice your dog’s nose is frequently dry, here are four steps you can take to help make the right diagnosis and care for your furry friend.

Step 1: Keep Track Of When Your Dog’s Nose Is Dry And Wet

There are many different reasons your dog might have a dry or crusty nose, and most of them aren’t an immediate cause for concern. The first thing you should do is start taking detailed notes whenever you notice your furry pal’s snout feels a bit parched.

Is it only during certain times of the day or year? How often does it happen? How long does the dryness last? As you investigate, consider the most common reasons for a dry dog nose to help you pinpoint the cause and improve your pet’s health.  

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Your dog might be a beach babe but his or her nose is not immune from sun damage! A sunburn can cause a dry, flaky and red dog nose.

Common reason’s your dog’s nose is dry

  • Exposure to the elements or dry air. When it’s hot and sunny, it’s possible for a dog’s nose to get sunburned. During the cold winter months, it’s easy for their skin (and nose) to dry out — especially if your dog spends time in front of a heater or source of warm, blowing air.
  • Your dog has allergies. Like humans, dogs can develop allergies to all sorts of things, including specific types of food, plastic water dishes or toys, and household cleaning products.
  • Your dog has trouble licking its nose. Brachycephalic breeds like Pugs and Bulldogs have difficulty licking their noses because their snouts are so short. Other breeds, like Poodles and Lhasa Apsos, are prone to blocked tears ducts, which can also dry the nose out.
  • Your dog just woke up. Dog’s don’t lick their noses while they’re asleep. Without any other symptoms, a dry nose after waking up from a cat nap (yep, we said it) is nothing to worry about.
  • Your dog is dehydrated. Dehydration is often the result of strenuous exercise — especially when it’s hot outside. Keep fresh water available at all times. Remember: dogs should drink approximately one ounce of water per pound every day

Your Dog’s Gums Are A Great Place To Check For Dehydration

Paying attention to your dog’s gums is an important habit to make — especially if you and your pup lead a particularly active lifestyle. Whenever you observe a dry nose, also check the gums. If they’re shrimp-colored pink and moist to the touch, it’s a sign of proper hydration. If they’re dry, tacky, and pale, your dog is likely dehydrated.

Gums can also be an indication of other serious medical conditions, including low blood pressure, anemia, and cyanosis. Consult with your veterinarian if your dog’s gums turn dark purple or beet red.

Step 2: Remove Potential Allergens

The tricky thing about allergies is different dogs have very different sensitivities. There are a few key contributors you can remove to see if it makes a difference. Plastic is a typical dog allergy that can cause a dry, crusty dog nose. If your dog has a plastic dish for food or water, switch it out for a stainless steel bowl.

Certain dog treats and household products can also spark your dog’s allergies. Try and pinpoint any changes to the environment around the time your dog’s nose dried out and became chapped.

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Sophie once suffered from a very dry nose. Here she is pictured before (left) and after (right) using Snout Soother.

Step 3: Soothe Your Dog’s Nose With A Balm

Whether your dog needs temporary relief or a regular regimen of balm (we’re looking at you, Pugs), a balm like Snout Soother® can help moisten your dog’s snout — and keep it that way.

A sensitive dog is more prone to a dry nose, which is precisely why we carefully source every last ingredient that goes into our vegan, all-natural dog products. You can rest assured that no matter how sensitive your sweet canine, our products are 100% safe. Try snout Soother® risk-free today!

Step 4: Watch Out For Other Symptoms  

Most of the time, all it takes to fix a dry nose is a few good habits and some Snout Soother® balm. But if you don’t begin to see any improvement after making a few changes, consult with your veterinarian to explore allergy testing and get a checkup.

Take note of other symptoms like fever, dry eye, lethargy, vomiting or diarrhea, or changes in appetite. In combination with a prolonged dry nose, symptoms like those could be a sign of more serious medical conditions, such as autoimmune conditions like discoid lupus erythematosus or pemphigus.

Dry Dog Nose FAQs

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Remember that dry nose from the beginning of the article? Well it’s not dry anymore – thanks to Snout Soother!

Can I put Neosporin on my dog’s nose?

The short answer is no. You should avoid putting Neosporin anywhere your dog can easily reach with its tongue — like its nose — and use a dog-specific balm instead.

Dr. Danel Grimmett, a veterinarian with Sunset Veterinary Clinic in Oklahoma, told the AKC that while “small amounts of Neosporin are not harmful,” the main concern is the potential to impact healthy gut bacteria, which can result in vomiting and diarrhea. Grimmett also explained that “a second potential cause of GI upset would be the lubricant base, which could also give them diarrhea, etc.”

Is baby oil safe for dogs?

Baby oil is safe to use on fur, but it should be applied conservatively. Because it often contains chemicals and fragrances that aren’t digestible, you should keep it away from the mouth or areas of frequent licking. As always, consult your vet about home remedies ahead of time.

Is coconut oil safe for dogs?

The benefits of coconut oil can be just as helpful for dogs as they are for humans. Organic coconut oil (a key ingredient in many of our products) offers powerful moisturizing qualities for your dog’s skin and hair. But if you’ve just decided to introduce coconut oil to your pet, do so slowly and sparingly at first to find the right balance — it can be a bit messy.

Why is a dog nose dry?

There are many reasons a dog’s nose can be dry, like dry air or sunburn, but most are easily treatable with nose balm and good habits. However, prolonged dryness, along with other symptoms, can indicate a more serious health issue.

 

8 Everyday Products That Are Toxic For Your Dog

Dog owners know better than anyone how their furry little four-legged children can get into anything and everything. As a result, smart puppy parents will dog-proof their home early and often to prevent curious, wet little noses getting into places they’re not supposed to. However, even the most diligent dog owner might not know just how many everyday household products are actually toxic to their pets. Here’s a list of eight of the most common products that you absolutely need to keep out of reach of your furry little friend.

What Household Products Are Toxic To Dogs?

1. Pesticides

Whether it’s ants in your kitchen, mice in your basement, or hornets in your attic, you’re likely to need to hit your home with some pesticide from now and again, but the majority of pesticides can be highly toxic to dogs or any other pets who decide to investigate them. Use care, and try to stick to organic or all-natural options when it comes to pest control. The safest option may be to not keep them around your house if you’re not actively using them.

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2. Chemical Cleansers

Bleach is bad news when it comes to pets. Cleansers similar to bleach – the types of bottles you keep underneath your bathroom sink to help keep your place clean – contain the types of chemicals that can give both you and your dog a really bad day. Keep them up out of reach if you can – or switch to organic, non-toxic cleansing agents instead.

3. Antifreeze

Antifreeze is incredibly dangerous. It doesn’t take much to cause the kind of kidney damage in your dog that can lead to lifelong problems; at the same time, any more than that can easily lead to fatal poisoning. It’s recommended to switch to a mixture that’s made with propylene glycol. While it’s not non-toxic, it’s much safer than antifreeze mixes made with ethylene glycol; changing your antifreeze brand could spell the difference between life and death for your pet.

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Your dog may be snooping around in the garden when you’re not looking!

4. Fertilizers

Fertilizers and plant food can be a huge help when you’re trying to grow a nice crop of heirloom tomatoes for the summer or even just encourage those azaleas to grow. However, as much as you love getting your own paws dirty out in your backyard, if you have a dog you need to be very careful. Also, when it comes to treating your lawn with weed killers or fertilizers, make sure you keep your dog away for a while to minimize his or her exposure to any toxic chemicals. Instructions should be included to tell you how long it will take to be safe, if necessary.

5. Plants

Of course, dog lovers would never plant azaleas in your backyard anyway – they’re incredibly toxic for your dog. The same goes for many other common plants like mistletoe. Do your research to ensure you’re not going to be planting trees and other plant species that could potentially poison your pet if he or she eats them. Many plants are pretty and not dangerous to us humans, but make sure to keep your furry friend in mind when gardening!

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Definitely not candy…

6. Medications

Most people just tend to think about how they can keep their children out of the medicine cabinet, but you need to make sure that you don’t have any medications in places where your dog could get into them either. Any sort of medication can have a deleterious effect on a dog, whether it’s a simple aspirin or if it’s your grandmother’s heart medication, so keep those pills off the floor and out of reach. Small dogs, like small children, are especially susceptible to medications because they won’t be able to handle as much.

7. Vaseline

While it’s not strictly a medication and it’s certainly not a food item, Vaseline is something that some pet owners think might be good for their pups even though it’s absolutely not. It’s gratifying to know that you want to help your dog’s skin issues by applying Vaseline to their cuts, scrapes, and wounds, but it’s a completely synthetic material, and it’s no good for them. Considering how most dogs will immediately try to lick off any petroleum jelly placed on their skin, all you’re doing is succeeding in giving your dog diarrhea. Instead, choose an organic, all-natural topical Skin Soother if your pup needs it.

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Foods that seem harmless to us can have a very different effect on our pets.

8. Food

Finally, it’s time to talk about food. Yes, it’s adorable how your pup will beg for table scraps, but you could be making life harder for your dog depending on what you give them. Food items like grapes (and raisins), onions and chocolate are highly poisonous to dogs, as are substances high in alcohol and salt. Also, any foods high in calories may not be immediately toxic, but their effects can add up over time on dogs smaller bodies!

 

 

 

 

Sources: http://huskydogblog.com/seven-common-household-items-that-are-poisonous-to-dogs/

http://dogskintreatments.com/five-good-reasons-why-vaseline-does-not-work-for-demodectic-mange-on-dogs/

 

Pink Dog Nose? Snow Nose is Not Just A Winter Condition

Why Is My Dog’s Nose Turning Pink?

Is your dog’s nose turning pink? Pink dog nose occurs when a dog’s normally dark nose loses pigment and becomes noticeably lighter in color. A dark dog nose can become brown or pink. Sometimes lighter dog noses may still have a darker stripe across the nose. The outer edges of the nose, however, will remain dark.

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Not so true to its name, Snow Nose seems like a solely winter condition. In reality it can actually change your dog’s nose year-round.

Does your dog have a pink nose at times? Or does her dark nose become lighter in winter and fade to brown? These are common signs that your dog has a condition called “snow nose.”

What Is Dog Snow Nose?

Snow nose affects white dogs and lighter colored dogs most often, but other dogs may also lose nose pigment. It occurs most often during winter months, causing some people to theorize that the condition is related to sunlight. Because snow nose often occurs in winter time, it is sometimes called “winter nose.”

The effects of the condition are temporary. If your dog’s nose becomes paler in the winter then it will usually become dark again in the summer months, though as they get older some dogs will keep their lighter colored noses year-round.

It has also been suggested that changes in nose pigment may be related to a dog’s thyroid levels.

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Even when your dog is freezing he can still get a sunburn, use Snout Soother for its SPF.  Thanks to our friends at Pugs and Kisses for this adorable photo!

Some dogs naturally have lighter colored noses from birth. If your dog is brown or liver-colored, then his nose may be fur colored at all times. This is not the same as a snow nose. His brown nose is genetic and not related to sunlight or other changes in his environment.

Some dogs can lose nose pigment as a reaction to eating from plastic bowls. Luckily it’s easy enough to test this theory! If you suspect that your dog is losing nose pigment because of eating from a plastic dish just switch him to a metal or ceramic dog bowl.

How To Treat Pink Dog Nose

Snow nose does not cause any health problems for dogs. Because there is little risk no definite treatments are available or really needed. However, if your dog does have snow nose you will need to protect his nose from sunburn until normal pigment returns.

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No need to worry about your dog licking at this soothing balm, Snout Soother is an all natural dog product made with responsibly sourced ingredients.

Natural Dog Snout Soother provides a natural sunscreen for use on a dog’s nose and can prevent sunburn if your dog has snow nose. Snout Soother contains Kukui Nut Oil, Shea Butter, and Natural Vitamin E. It has an estimated SPF of 9.

Even if your dog tries to lick off Snout Soother, the ingredients are 100 percent natural and will not harm your dog. As long as you continue to apply the product, it will keep your puppy protected! Snout Soother also helps dry, chapped and cracked noses, prevents windburn, heals rashes and skin irritations, and helps with many other nose conditions.

So if your dog’s dark colored nose suddenly starts fading to a pink dog nose, rest assured he’s not turning into Rudolph, and trust us, he’ll be just fine. All your old pal needs is an all natural soothing dog balm to cure his snow nose– Snout Soother to the rescue! Our mission is simple: Soothe, Heal, Wag.

Bulldog Tail Infections: How To Treat & Prevent

Help! My bulldog’s tail pocket is infected!

Bulldog tail infections are classified by itchy, red or stinky skin, as well as any other signs of irritation. Bulldogs have adorable little screw tails covered in wrinkles. As cute as their wrinkly tails may be, these creases and folds open up their little back doors to a number of potential infections. If your dog’s tail blocks his or her anus in any way the infection can be made worse by anal sac fluids and feces—which can create a terrible (and thankfully curable) stench. Some dogs develop a yeast infection in their tail pocket, which then causes them to lick and chew at their behinds with no shame. Yeast infections tend to come with a pretty icky stench as well.

How To Treat Bulldog Tail Infections

bulldog tail infectionClip the fur surrounding the infected area. Fur is a breeding ground for infectious materials. Your best bet is to get rid of it so that it doesn’t increase the risk for further infection. This will also make it easier to treat the infection.

Wash the area with an antiseptic soap and blot dry.

If the wound is already open use a clean napkin or gauze to gently press out any pus, which will be absorbed by the gauze. This should only be done if the wound is already open and draining pus.

Soak a washcloth in warm water and apply it over the area. Warmth draws out blood antibodies and white blood cells that help fight off infection. Apply the hot washcloth to your dog’s skin for 5 minutes on and 5 minutes off until the cloth cools. Repeat this process 2-5 times a day until you notice it healing. This can also help soften and remove scabs as they form, helping to reduce the risk of abscess formation.

If your bulldog’s tail infection is bad enough to warrant serious concern don’t hesitate to take your dog to the vet. He or she might need an antibiotic.

How To Heal A Bulldog Tail Infection Faster

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In order to help relieve discomfort and promote faster healing, apply all natural Skin Soother or Wrinkle Balm to the area.

Wrinkle Balm is specially formulated to help treat and soothe a number of skin infections, including tail infections. Wrinkle Balm is made with all natural, organic and vegan ingredients that are 100% safe—even if your dog happens to consume an entire tube.

Wrinkle Balm is proven to treat and prevent skin fold dermatitis, yeast and bacterial infections, red, chaffed and inflamed skin, crusty buildups, foul odors, hair loss, baldness, scabbing, sores and pimples. Wrinkle Balm is gentle enough to use on your dog’s face, but effective enough to be used on their tail as well. Learn more about Wrinkle Balm.

Need Something Stronger For Severe Bulldog Tail Infections?

For more intense infections you’ll want to apply Skin Soother to the affected areas. Skin Soother is also made from carefully sourced all natural, organic and vegan ingredients but it is a little stronger than Wrinkle Balm. Skin Soother is packed with healing herbs that naturally fight off bacteria, fungus, yeast and inflammation. Learn more about Skin Soother.

How To Prevent Future Bulldog Tail Infections

Wrinkles provide a dark and moist space where bacteria, yeast and other infections thrive. Daily cleaning is key to preventing infections. Always make sure the area is completely dry when you are finished cleaning. You should be able to keep your puppy’s tail healthy all the time!

Wrinkle Balm is an effective treatment method as well as preventative measure. You’ll want to continue applying Wrinkle Balm even after the area improves. Daily cleaning followed by application of Wrinkle Balm will help prevent future infections from forming. Giving your bulldog the greatest chance at a healthy and happy life full of endless tail wags.

Save money with the Skin Soother & Wrinkle Balm bundle

 

How To Naturally Treat Dog Hyperkeratosis: Why Do Dogs Get Dry, Crusty Noses?

To naturally treat dog hyperkeratosis you need an understanding of your dog’s condition and what’s causing it to occur in the first place! Hyperkeratosis sounds scary but it’s simply a condition that causes your dog’s nose or paws to thicken and become excessively hard.

When your pet produces too much keratin, the fibrous proteins that make up the outer layer of skin, it causes excessive skin growth. As a result, you’ll start seeing a build-up of hard, thick, dry and calloused skin. If left untreated this brittle skin can crack, bleed, and even become infected.

Dog Nasal Hyperkeratosis Vs. Dog Foot Pad Hyperkeratosis

Hyperkeratosis is broken down into it’s two most common types: nasal hyperkeratosis and foot pad hyperkeratosis.

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Example of Nasal Hyperkeratosis in Dogs

Nasal hyperkeratosis impacts your dog’s nose and muzzle area, while foot pad hyperkeratosis impacts your dog’s feet.

Both types of hyperkeratosis can be incredibly uncomfortable and even painful. Nasal hyperkeratosis prevents your dog from fully using their most valuable sense, their super powered snout. Dogs can smell with far greater capacity than humans, which is why they rely on their sense of smell to investigate the world and stay safe. Yet, in order for the magic to occur their snout must be wet. If your dog’s nose is dry and crusty it no longer functions the same way.

Foot pad hyperkeratosis causes its own sets of issues. Your dog walks around all day on his or her paws, and when paws are tender and sore it makes life more difficult. Dogs often spend a lot of time outdoors in dirt and other unclean surfaces, so dry, cracked paws could easily become infected. Some dogs even develop a limp as a result.

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An example of foot pad hyperkeratosis

What Causes Dog Hyperkeratosis?

Most dogs could develop hyperkeratosis at any point. Certain dog breeds have a genetic predisposition to developing it more often, including Golden Retrievers, Irish and Bedlington Terriers, Labradors, and Dogues de Bordeaux. In most cases, if your dog’s genes caused the formation of hyperkeratosis it’ll show up within the first year of his or her life.

Idiopathic hyperkeratosis develops for unknown reasons and more commonly affects older dogs.

Dog Hyperkeratosis can also occur as a symptom of one of the following underlying issues:

  • Canine Distemper: A rare virus that can be avoided with proper puppy immunizations. Dogs with distemper develop a variety of symptoms, including nasal hyperkeratosis.
  • Leishmaniasis: A parasite-induced illness often related to sandflies that can cause hyperkeratosis. There are medications available to treat this illness.
  • Pemphigus Foliaceus: This is one of the most common autoimmune skin diseases in both cats and dogs. It causes hyperkeratosis to form on paw pads and is diagnosed with a biopsy.
  • Zinc Responsive Dermatosis: If your dog does not properly absorb Zinc they may develop zinc responsive dermatosis, and as a result hyperkeratosis. Zinc supplements are often prescribed as treatment.

How To Naturally Treat Dog Hyperkeratosis

There is no exact treatment regimen for hyperkeratosis, which leaves many devoted dog owners feeling rather helpless. Before you throw your paws up in defeat, there are 2 breakthrough products proven to soothe, heal and prevent the formation of hyperkeratosis.

How To Naturally Treat Nasal Hyperkeratosis

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The hyperkeratosis “spikes” fell off to reveal a healthy, moist nose underneath

Snout Soother is specially formulated to effectively treat dog hyperkeratosis of the snout. No matter how dry, cracked, bloody or damaged your dog’s nose may be, Snout Soother is your dog’s superhero.

The moment you apply the dog-approved balm to your pup’s nose, they should feel a sense of relief. Sort of like when you have really dry lips and you apply Chapstick, it just feels so much better.

As your dog experiences relief, Snout Soother goes to work treating and healing the skin. Regular use of Snout Soother can help prevent reformation of nasal hyperkeratosis.

Learn how every last ingredient in Snout Soother works to soothe, treat & prevent a crusty dog nose.

How To Naturally Treat Dog Foot Pad Hyperkeratosis

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Treat foot pad hyperkeratosis naturally with organic Paw Soother

Paw Soother is specially formulated to effectively treat dog hyperkeratosis of the paw pads. The 100% all-natural balm soothes and heals thanks to a perfect blend of herbal-based plant oils and butters. Every last ingredient plays an important role. For instance, organic coconut oil provides intense moisturizing as well as anti-inflammatory properties, while Vitamin E grants the skin a much-needed boost of collagen production and cell regeneration.

Learn more about Paw Soother’s pawesomely powerful ingredients.

Why Natural Treatments Are So Important For Your Dog

Dogs that develop hyperkeratosis tend to be more sensitive, which is why we are adamant about using the most gentle, all-natural and carefully sourced ingredients. Our products are so safe that even if your dog ingests the entire tube you have nothing to worry about.

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Healing hyperkeratosis results with all-natural Snout Soother

Dog Paws Rough and Cracked?

Help! Why are my dog’s paws rough and cracked?

We hear this question throughout the year. It’s common for dog paws to become dry, rough, or even cracked for a variety of reasons. And that can leave your canine friend compulsively nibbling and licking its paws for relief — often making the problem worse.

If you notice your dog has rough or dry paw pads, the best thing you can do is provide natural, moisturizing relief. All-natural ingredients are vital because dogs often lick their paws. If your dog ingests toxic ingredients, he or she could become agitated or sick.

Meet Paw Soother®: An all-natural remedy for rough paw pads

Your dog’s paw pads play an essential role in their everyday life. They’re made specifically to protect canine paws against the elements. But that doesn’t mean they can stand up to everything.

That’s why we developed Paw Soother®: a specially formulated, herbal-based treatment meant to soothe, moisturize, heal, and protect your dog’s paws from the elements. Try Paw Soother® risk-free!

Take a look at the all-natural ingredients found in Paw Soother:
Organic Cocoa Butter, Organic Shea Nut Butter, Grape Seed Oil, Organic Hempseed Oil, Candelilla Wax, Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Sunflower Oil, Organic Sweet Almond Oil, Tea Tree Oil, Natural Vitamin E, Rosemary Extract.

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Dogs depend on their paws to get everywhere, what do your dog’s paws feel like?

What Causes Dry Paw Pads?

Most of the time, dry dog pads can be traced back to four environmental causes: hot pavement, wintery conditions, exposure to chemicals, and allergies.  

Hot weather (and pavement)

During the summertime, the heat of the concrete can damage the skin on the bottom of your dog’s paws. To avoid blistered paws, walk your dog before the sun has a chance to heat the concrete, or after the sun has cooled down. If your dog loves running on the beach, sand and salt water are two other elements that can damage paw pads.

Cold weather and dry air

The cold air and low moisture that often results from heating our homes can dry out your dog’s paws. According to Cesar Milan’s blog, “Winter can be tough on our dog’s feet, but good grooming and protecting the paws by using a balm or booties will go a long way to keeping your dog’s feet healthy.”

Exposure to irritating chemicals

In winter, roads and sidewalks may be covered with de-icing salts. In summer, gardens abound with fertilizers. Even household cleaners can contain questionable ingredients. Not only are some of those chemicals toxic to your dog’s skin; they’re also ingested when your dog licks its paws. Remember: Make sure to wipe off your dog’s paws after a walk to remove potentially harmful chemicals.

Allergies

Just like humans, many dogs suffer from environmental and food allergies. These allergies can make their paws itch. And then the scratching and nibbling starts, which can cause cracks, open wounds, and sometimes infections.

A Dog’s Pads Are An Important Indicator Of Overall Health

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Mr. Diesel says, “Look at my smooth paw pads!” Follow on Insta @ _MrDiesel_

Veterinarian Dr. Donna Raditic told PetMD says that a dog’s paw pads can also be an important indication of your dog’s overall health.

“The cells in a dog’s paw pads have a high turnover rate. They require a lot of nutrition and a lot of blood supply. If something isn’t perfect in the body it can show up there first. But we tend not to think that way. It can take something drastic before we notice there’s something wrong with our dog’s health.” — Dr. Donna Raditic, DVM, DACVN, CVA

If you regularly moisturize your dog’s paws without seeing any improvement, it’s time to call your vet. Certain types of liver disease, dermatologic issues, and metabolic issues could be at play.

Dry paws can be a symptom of hyperkeratosis

Cracked paws can be the result of a condition called hyperkeratosis. Hyperkeratosis occurs when the skin produces too much keratin. That makes the skin on the paw pads, as well as other parts of the body, thick and callous-like.

Dry Paw FAQs

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All breeds of dogs are prone to rough, cracked paw pads. Thankfully, Paw Soother is here to help!

Are dog pads supposed to be rough?

It’s entirely normal for a dog to develop rough paws, but they shouldn’t stay that way. Instead, a healthy paw pad should be smooth to the touch and free of all abrasions.

Over time, dog paws build up a tolerance and become stronger. But once paw pads are rough and dry it’s hard for them to heal if they are routinely exposed to the same irritant.

Can I put Neosporin on my dog’s paw?

Neosporin is technically safe for pets, but we don’t recommend using it anywhere your dog is likely to lick, including the paws. Ingesting small amounts of Neosporin won’t do any permanent damage, but it can kill healthy gut bacteria. The result: Your dog might vomit or have diarrhea. Use a natural moisturizer instead, like Paw Soother®.

“A second potential cause of GI upset would be the lubricant base,” says Dr. Danel Grimmett, a veterinarian with Sunset Veterinary Clinic in Oklahoma. Ingesting that “could also give them diarrhea, etc.”

How do I treat a yeast infection on my dog’s paws?

For serious infections, veterinarians usually prescribe oral and topical antifungal medications. But in many cases, natural treatment is a great place to start.

Is it normal for dogs paw pads to peel?

A little bit of peeling is nothing to worry about — it’s part of a paw’s normal wear. Paw moisturizers are great for this type of scenario. But if your dog doesn’t want to put weight on the paw, or licks it obsessively, take a closer look for lacerations, burns, or signs of infection (redness and swelling). Those types of injuries may require cleaning and antibacterial treatment from your vet.

How To Heal Skin Dermatitis In Dogs

Is your dog constantly itching and scratching? Have you noticed any redness, flaky skin, or scabs while brushing? If so, he or she could be suffering from a skin disease called atopic dermatitis.

Atopic dermatitis is the most common cause of itching in dogs. Without treatment, it can be incredibly stressful for both you and your pet. The good news is that there are simple ways to relieve your pet’s symptoms and stress. Regular care can even help prevent crusty scabs or sores from forming.

What Causes Atopic Dermatitis In Dogs?

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Canine atopic dermatitis is an inflammatory skin disease. In simple terms, it causes your dog’s immune system to overreact to allergens. (Even normally harmless allergens like dust, house mites, and grass can cause problems.) Because atopic dermatitis is a chronic disease, it won’t ever disappear, and symptoms flare up periodically.

Here are a few breeds that are genetically predisposed to atopic dermatitis:

Labradors, English bulldogs, French bulldogs, Golden Retrievers, Westies, Jack Russels, Beaucerons, Shar-peïs, Yorkshires.

What Allergens Are Most Commonly To Blame?

A number of allergens can negatively impact your dog. Some of them persist all year long, like mold, dust mites, and house dust. Others are more potent at certain times of the year, such as pollen.

The skin works as an outer layer of protection against allergens. But when your dog experiences dermatitis, the skin breaks down. Excessive scratching and skin injuries can trigger more severe reactions. Sadly, the body’s natural immune response makes things even worse.

Symptoms of Atopic Dermatitis In Dogs

Symptoms generally start between one and five years of age. In some cases, symptoms may start off mild and remain unnoticed. Remember: Dogs will not “grow out” out of allergies. The only way to stop the discomfort is through treatment.

Here are a few of the most common signs your dog may be suffering from atopic dermatitis:

  • Constantly itching, scratching, biting
  • Skin appears red or inflamed
  • Frequent ear infections
  • Frequent skin infections
  • Runny-nose or eyes (less common symptoms but do appear sometimes)

Checking For Signs Of Skin Dermatitis

The most common areas a dog shows signs of atopic dermatitis include:

  • Ears
  • Ankles
  • Muzzle
  • Wrists
  • Underarms
  • Groin
  • Face (especially around the eyes)
  • On paws & in between toes

Dermatitis Solutions

How To Remedy Your Dog’s Dermatitis

There are all sorts of treatments for atopic dermatitis: Colloidal oatmeal baths, antibacterial and antifungal medications, essential oils, medicated shampoos, anti-inflammatory drugs — some dogs even undergo immunotherapy.

We hear from people again and again that have tried everything with no lasting results or relief for their dog — until they try our all-natural products, that is. Wrinkle Balm© and Skin Soother© are both specially formulated with unique proprieties to treat dogs suffering from atopic dermatitis, as well as many other skin conditions.

Wrinkle Balm© is designed to be gentle enough to use on the face and other sensitive areas, while Skin Soother© is a much stronger formula to combat tougher issues in less sensitive regions.

So, how do you know which remedy to use on your dog?

Skin Soother© VS. Wrinkle Balm©: It’s Time For A Doggone Showdown!

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Skin Soother©: Best for open cuts and infections

Skin Soother© is a one-of-a-kind organic healing balm used to treat everything from rashes and burns to itchy, irritated skin. The magic is all thanks to the anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-fungal properties packed inside. These carefully sourced ingredients work together to treat the underlying cause and promote a faster recovery with reduced visibility of scarring. Plus, the balm creates a layer of protection that helps keep out allergens.

Skin Soother© treats countless bacterial issues, including hot spots, atopic dermatitis, impetigo, allergic dermatitis, acral lick dermatitis or granuloma.

Skin Soother© Is Best For Treating:

  • Wounds, cuts, scrapes, and burns
  • Rashes and other skin irritations
  • Post-surgery treatment
  • Yeast or fungal infections
  • Bacterial infections

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Wrinkle Balm©: Best for redness, inflammation, and chaffing

Wrinkle Balm© is a gentler formula used to treat skin irritations impacting your dog’s most sensitive areas, including his or her face. While incredibly soothing and gentle, Wrinkle Balm© is still strong enough to combat yeast, bacteria, and crusty buildup.

Since dogs with wrinkly skin are prone to developing skin conditions between wrinkles, this is an especially beneficial product. Dogs with wrinkly faces often develop “stinky face,” which is really a build up of icky bacteria that creates a foul odor.

Thanks to the gentle strength of this product, it can be applied to your dog’s face to soothe and treat issues without creating further irritation.

Wrinkle Balm© Is Best For Treating:

  • Skin fold dermatitis
  • Yeast and bacterial infections
  • Redness and inflammation of the skin
  • Chaffing
  • Crusty building
  • Sores, scabbing, pimples
  • Itchy, flaky skin that leads to hair loss
  • Stinky face, or unpleasant odors on skin

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Stinky Face Dermatitis

Is Your Dog Licking Paws Uncontrollably? Here’s What You Can Do About It

Dogs groom themselves multiple times throughout the day. So while paw licking can be annoying, it’s generally nothing to worry about. However, if your dog’s licking paws until the skin is red and inflamed, it’s probably a sign that something else is wrong.

So, what makes a dog lick paws until they’re raw? And what can you do to stop it?

Why Is My Dog Licking Its Paws?

Here are the four most common reasons that dogs lick their paws more than usual:

Dry Skin or Allergies

Hyperkeratosis is a common skin condition in dogs that results in thickened skin on dog paws. (It usually comes on in the first few years of your dog’s life.) All the excess keratin makes the paw pads extremely thick and dry to the point that even walking can be painful.

Weather and the elements can also put a beating on your dog’s paws. Without treatment, burnt or dry paw pads can crack or bleed over time. And when your dog licks itself, the injury could become infected.

When it comes to allergies, most anything is fair game. Food, chemicals in the yard, mold, pollen, certain types of carpet — you name it. When exposed, a dog’s skin can become red and extremely itchy. (According to BMC Veterinary Research, beef is the number-one allergen for dogs.)

And don’t forget fleas and ticks. Both can cause extremely itchy sores, especially if your dog is allergic.  

Yeast Infections

Yeast dermatitis is a common skin condition in dogs that causes the skin to overproduce oil and become extremely itchy. Then, when your dog scratches and starts licking paws, the yeast spreads. It’s a vicious cycle that often requires antifungal medication to control.

Besides itchiness and inflammation, one of the key symptoms of a yeast infection is rancid, rotten-smelling skin. (It smells really bad.) Dogs with a lot of skin folds, like Bulldogs and Pugs, are predisposed for this type of infection.

Pain and Arthritis

Dogs have a strong instinct to lick and clean their wounds. Even if the pain is somewhere other than their paws, they may lick them as a comforting mechanism. If you notice your dog is also reluctant to play, losing weight, or generally more grumpy than normal, take a trip to the vet.

Anxiety

If your dog is anxious or stressed, it might lick itself similar to the way humans bite nails when they’re nervous; it gives them relief. Take note if your pup starts licking at its paws around the same time every single day, like right before a nap or going to bed. That’s a big sign that the licking is behavioral. As long as there are no signs of injury (redness, swelling, hair loss, etc.), anxious licking isn’t a major cause for concern.

Consider your own stress level too — you might be the problem. A study from 2019 confirmed what most dog owners always knew to be true: Dogs can read non-verbal cues and empathize with owners’ anxiety.

 

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How to Stop Your Dog From Constantly Licking Its Paws

Before you can truly help your dog, it’s important to figure out what’s causing all the licking. Here are a few steps that will help you identify the underlying problem and determine if you should consult with your vet.

 

Check for injuries, debris, and bites

The first thing you should do is to inspect your dog’s paws. Do you see any glass or debris? Is a burr stuck between its toes? If the paw pad is cut or bleeding, then your dog is probably licking to clean the wound. If the paw pad is cracked or inflamed, it’s likely your pup is suffering from either dry skin, allergies, or a flea bite.

 

Treat symptoms with an all-natural balm or soaking bath

Chewing on irritated paws can make the problem worse, so it’s important to help your dog manage the symptoms while you investigate the root issue.

A soothing balm is one of the best ways to reduce itchiness and start the healing process. Once applied, try brushing or distracting your pup for about five to 10 minutes so that most of the balm soaks into the skin. Remember: Make sure to choose an all-natural balm that’s safe to consume when your dog’s licking paws.

A 15-minute soaking bath is another great option. Here are three all-natural recipes to try:

  1. Colloidal oatmeal. Yep, the same thing you bathed in as a kid with chicken pox works well for dogs too. We recommend using an oatmeal shampoo that’s hypoallergenic or labeled for dogs with sensitive skin. Very few shampoos are all natural, but those usually have the least amount of lower quality ingredients, like formaldehyde.
  2. Epsom salt. Salts can raise your dog’s natural pH level, which can help to kill bacteria that causes inflammation. Follow the directions on the product to determine the appropriate amount of salt and soaking time.
  3. Baking soda. Like salt, baking soda can impact skin pH and acts as an anti-inflammatory to soothe the skin. Plus, it’ll help freshen your dog’s coat as well!
 

Consult your veterinarian

If the paw licking hasn’t improved after a week or so, consult with your veterinarian. Some conditions, like allergies or hyperkeratosis, can be easily managed with good habits, soothing balms, and a limited ingredient. But others, like arthritis or GI diseases, require more intensive care and can be far more uncomfortable for your canine friend.

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How To Heal Paw Pad Hyperkeratosis, And What Causes “Hairy Dog Feet” In The First Place

Hyperkeratosis is a skin condition that makes your dog’s paw pads thick and crusty. It’s often referred to as “hairy dog feet” because it causes your dog’s paws to look like they are growing an abnormal layer of hair. (The same thing can occur to your dog’s nose but is known as nasal hyperkeratosis.)

As silly as that sounds, canine hyperkeratosis can be very painful for your dog and requires immediate attention.

There is no known cure for hyperkeratosis, but there are things you can do to make your pup’s life much more comfortable. For instance, Paw Soother® and PawTection provide your dog with all natural relief while reducing or eliminating the side effects.

What Causes Paw Pad Hyperkeratosis?

Hyperkeratosis is a condition (usually genetic) that makes a dog’s body produce too much keratin. It usually develops within the first year of a dog’s life, and it’s often the symptom of a more serious medical issue. Here are a few of the most common causes of paw pad hyperkeratosis:

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Paw Pad Hyperkeratosis

  • Leishmaniasis: This disease, usually spread by sandflies and other parasites, can affect a dog’s skin, abdominal organs, and fur. It can be treated by special medication that’s available from the CDC.
  • Pemphigus Foliaceus: A common autoimmune disease that often causes scab-like blisters. It can be diagnosed with a biopsy and treated with immunosuppressive drugs.
  • Zinc Responsive Dermatosis: Dogs with this disease can’t properly absorb zinc. This condition is treated with regular zinc supplements.
  • Canine Distemper: This virus is incredibly serious, and the survival rate is less than fifty percent. Fortunately, canine distemper is rare because most puppies receive vaccinations.

Here are a few breeds that are genetically predisposed to canine hyperkeratosis:

Golden Retrievers, Labradors, Dogues de Bordeaux, Bedlington Terriers, and Irish Terriers.

How To Treat Paw Pad Hyperkeratosis

There is no known cure for canine hyperkeratosis but there are simple steps you can take to help reduce symptoms and make your dog comfortable.

Step 1: Consult with your veterinarian

Canine hyperkeratosis is often the symptom of a more serious medical condition, like a nutritional deficiency or infection. If think your dog is suffering from hyperkeratosis, schedule an appointment with your veterinarian to investigate.

Hyperkeratosis is usually a secondary condition to another which may include infections (like distemper), nutritional deficiencies, inflammatory disease, and genetics, among other causes. Softening the paw pads with a lubricant and bandaging may help; however, you should visit your Veterinarian to see if there is a root cause which may be found to help with treatment. — Dr. Callum Turner, DVM

Excess keratin can be removed by professionals

In some cases, your vet will decide to cut away the excess keratin every few months or so. Without that layer of crust, walking is easier and your dog is much more comfortable.

Remember: It’s best to leave hyperkeratosis removal to the professionals.

Step 2: Reduce paw pad hyperkeratosis symptoms with a balm

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Paw Soother & Pawtection

Your next step is to reduce symptoms as much as possible so that your dog can walk comfortably. Paw Soother® is an all-natural balm that provides soothing relief right after you apply it on your dog’s paw pads. The rich and powerful ingredients go to work healing and moisturizing your dog’s skin, reducing symptoms of paw pad hyperkeratosis.

Once the symptoms are under control, we recommend PawTection: It’s a gentler formula used to maintain smooth and healthy paws. PawTection can be used as a first resort for more sensitive dogs or for less serious cases of paw pad hyperkeratosis.

See for yourself how the powers of Paw Soother® & PawTection go to work on your dog’s hyperkeratosis!

 

Is Your Dog Suffering from Stinky Lip Fold Dermatitis? Here’s Why & What You Can Do!

A serious case of lip fold dermatitis is often distinguishable by smell alone—it can smell terrible! It’s not uncommon for dog owners to mistake the stench for bad breath. If “bad breath” persists even when your dog’s mouth is closed, and/or you take good care of your dog’s oral health, lip fold dermatitis might be the issue. Not only can inflamed and irritated skin folds around the mouth start to smell bad, but also, this condition can be painful to your dog. Without treatment, the issue will likely get worse and turn into a more serious condition such as pyoderma, which is a bacterial infection and skin disease.

Skin fold dermatitis can show up on several parts of your dog’s body. Lip Fold Dermatitis shows up around the mouth in between folds, wrinkles and saggy skin. Be on the lookout for:

  • Persistent moisture or discharge
  • Red, inflamed or otherwise irritated skin
  • A foul or musty odor

Does Your Dog Have Saggy Lips, a Droopy Muzzle, or a Wrinkly Face?

lip fold dermatitisShar Pei, Basset Hound, Bulldog—just about any dog breed with an adorably smushed-up face is prone to lip fold dermatitis. While saggy skin or a droopy muzzle make your dog’s face uniquely adorable, they also put your dog at a predisposition to lip fold dermatitis.

The deeper the creases and saggier the lips, the more likely dirt, debris, water, and food are to get caught in folds. These dark moist places are ideal for bacteria to thrive, especially when you add food and debris to the mix—did someone say there’s a feast on the side of Fido’s mouth?

Just imagine all the things your dog’s mouth encounters each day. From food, to dirt, to his own drool, so much stuff can get caught in lip folds. Regular cleaning can help keep debris out of skin folds, thus reducing the risk of infection, irritation, and foul odors.

But even top-notch cleaning practices can fail to solve all potential issues. This is especially true for extra deep creases, when the upper tooth sits directly on the lower lip, and for dogs that drool a lot. In some cases, hygiene has nothing to do with the issue. Instead, the stinky trouble can result from an allergy to a certain food or a plastic dish—just to name two potential culprits.

So, What Can You Do About It? Lip Fold Dermatitis Treatment

Regularly cleaning out your dog’s lip folds and other facial wrinkles is key to preventing an accumulation of materials that are irritating and serve as food for bacteria. The problem can become painful, causing your dog to shy away from you when you try to clean the area. If the problem is severe, it’s important to visit your veterinarian because an antibiotic may be necessary to combat the underlying infection.

  • Shave the area around your dog’s mouth so it’s easier to clean, medicate, and keep track of progress.
  • Apply a gentle dog-friendly ointment such as Wrinkle Balm to the area on a regular basis.

Learn more about how to naturally treat lip fold dermatitis and pyoderma

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What is Lip Fold Surgery?

If nothing works and the inflammation, irritation, and stink persist, your veterinarian may suggest lip fold surgery.

Lip fold surgery is an option when nothing else works and you simply can’t manage the issue on your own. The goal of the surgery is to eradicate lip folds altogether. It can also be used to prevent drooling for cosmetic purposes, but that’s a story for another day.

The procedure entails snipping and removing a part of the lip fold and then stitching it back up. After all is said and done, it should form a normal lip with no folds. While this may sound terribly painful, it’s not as bad as you might be imagining. Dogs can typically eat food the day after surgery. Still, they can’t chew on anything for around a month and must resist rough-play for several weeks.

Wrinkle Balm Treats Lip Fold Dermatitis in Dogs

Wrinkle Balm helps keep dirt, grime, and muck out of lip folds so that your smush-face pup can get close to you all the time without you hollering: “EWW, what’s that smell!?” As mentioned before, lip fold dermatitis can be rather painful, so treating the issue also helps provide relief to your dog.

Wrinkle Balm is specially formulated to reduce irritation and infection of wrinkles—including the folds around your dog’s mouth. It is made from 100% all-natural and safe ingredients so you don’t have to worry about your dog licking it or ingesting some.

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How to Know if Your Dog Has a Tail Pocket

We’ve written extensively about tail pocket infections and how to naturally clean tail pockets, but today we are going to explain how to tell if your dog has a tail pocket. After all, the first step to keeping tail pockets clean and free of infection is knowing that your dog has one. Dogs who appear to have no tail, a very small stub of a tail, or a corkscrew tail, may have a tail pocket hiding back there. English Bulldogs, American bulldogs, French bulldogs, and some pugs are the most common breeds with tail pockets. Yet, not all bulldogs have one so you’ll have to check for it.

What is a Tail Pocket?

tail pocketBulldogs, pugs and other wrinkly dog breeds have sweet little folds from their nose to their paws. While facial wrinkles are incredibly noticeable, the tail pocket can be a more discreet wrinkle. In fact, many owners don’t realize their dog even has a tail pocket until it develops a stinky infection or the dog shows signs of irritation. This does not make you a bad dog owner—that little tail pocket is great at hiding out!

A tail pocket is a dimple or indentation located beneath (or on top of) your dog’s tail. This well-hidden wrinkle collects all kinds of dirt and debris as your dog goes about his day rolling in the dirt, climbing under dusty furniture (whose furniture is dusty?! Not mine!), and so forth. By overlooking this area, dirt and debris mix with moisture and next thing you know the tail pocket is irritated, inflamed, and infected. It can even develop a terrible smell, easily blamed on your dog’s nearby butthole—but it’s really the tail pocket to blame.

How to Find Your Dog’s Tail Pocket

Puppies may not develop a tail pocket until they reach 6 months or older, around the time they start to fill out. That’s why it’s important to re-check for a tail pocket after your dog is fully grown.

To find it, gently stick your finger beneath your dog’s little tail/stub and you’ll know right away if there’s a pocket for your fingers to fit inside. Most dogs find it rather ticklish and will get a little squirmy on you. If you rub your finger around in there you’ll notice some hair and other debris will come off. That means it’s time for a good cleaning! We recommend reading our blog about how to clean your dog’s tail pocket.

What’s That Brown Stuff?

Do you notice stinky brown stuff coming off your dog’s behind, perhaps even leaving stains on your furniture and floors? This may indicate a minor infection of the tail pocket so you want to act quickly to resolve the issue. There is a chance it is anal gland fluids, but you should know after you locate the tail pocket and put your fingers inside (oh the joys of being a dog parent!).

The first step is to clean out the tail pocket, but simply giving your dog a bath won’t do the trick. The tail pocket requires special attention, daily cleanings, and some type of soothing anti-bacterial balm or medicated wipes.

What About Surgery to Remove the Tail?

tail pocketIn some cases, the tail pocket is so tight that no matter what owners do they can’t keep the tail pocket truly clean and free of infection. If this is the case, your vet may recommend surgery to remove the tail. I have heard some success stories from doing this, and it’s a rather common practice in the bulldog world. It won’t get you out of regularly cleaning your dog’s bum, but the persistent infections typically come to a halt without a deep and tight space for debris and bacteria to congregate.

Who doesn’t want to avoid surgery if they can? So, before putting your dog under the knife, give Wrinkle Balm a try….

Wrinkle Balm to the Rescue!

Wrinkle Balm is gentle, effective, and made from all natural ingredients with anti-fungal properties that work against bacteria, crusty buildup, and yeast. It is specially formulated for sensitive areas like your dog’s tail pocket. After you clean your dog’s tail pocket, apply a generous layer of the balm into the crevice to keep your pup feeling (and smelling) fresh and clean.

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What is the Best Dog Paw Moisturizer for Sensitive Pups?

Hands down, the best dog paw moisturizer for sensitive pups is Paw Soother. For one, it’s made from 100% all-natural and organic ingredients. This is helpful when dealing with a sensitive dog who will most certainly lick his/her paws after you apply any type of dog paw balm. Plus, it has been proven to soothe and heal more serious cases of dry dog paws, like hyperkeratosis.

More on that later. First, what causes dry dog paws in the first place?

The Most Common Causes of Dry Dog Foot Pads

Cracked or dry paw pads are incredibly common. So common that people often ignore rough paw pads and assume it’s normal—or a sign of ‘tough’ paws. In truth, dry pads are more susceptible to irritation, soreness and abrasions. Plus, dogs love to lick at irritated or dry paws (kind of like you want to lick your lips when they’re dry)—which can lead to a host of secondary issues.

Some common reasons your dog’s foot pads are dry and rough:

  • Allergies

If your dog is allergic to something in their environment it can result in dry paws. Allergies may relate to something seemingly innocent, like your dog’s food, or the products you use to clean your floors. Or, they could relate to something more serious, such as contact with harsh chemicals.

  • Hyperkeratosis

Hyperkeratosis is a condition in which the paw pad produces too much keratin, causing paws to become dry and cracked.

  • Natural Wear

Dog paws are tough but they aren’t invincible, and they certainly aren’t designed for manmade surfaces, like hot concrete or asphalt. From running on sand, to walking through the snow, there are countless surfaces that can naturally wear away at your dog’s paw pads.

  • Zinc Deficiency

If your dog is not getting enough zinc in his diet, it can lead to dry and cracked paws. Some breeds that are more susceptible to zinc deficiencies include Great Danes, Beagles, German Shepherds, Poodles, and Huskies.

  • Paw Chewing

If your dog chews at his paws on a regular basis, it’s only a matter of time before paws become dry and damaged.

  • Sensitive Paws

Some dogs have overly sensitive paws that are prone to drying out, cracking, etc.

What Happens if You Ignore Dry Paw Pads?

You might be ignoring the issue, but is your dog? If your dog is constantly licking and chewing at his dry paws, he’s most certainly not ignoring it. Instead, he’s busy making things worse.

Even if your dog isn’t a chronic paw chewer, dry paw pads are more susceptible to injury. Plus, cracks can become so bad that they peel and form crusty or bloody sores. This can cause your dog quite a bit of discomfort, and even lead to infection.

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Paw Soother can be used to treat:

  • Dry, chapped, rough paws
  • Peeling or cracked paws
  • Hyperkeratosis of the paw
  • Allergies
  • Wear & tear from extreme weather conditions
  • Shiny show dog paws
  • + More!

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How to Protect Healthy Paws

Once your dog’s four paws are healthy and whole, you’ll want to keep them that way. That’s where PawTection comes into play. While similar to Paw Soother, PawTection is specially formulated to provide a thicker barrier between your dog’s paws and ground surfaces. As opposed to soothing and healing, PawTection is focused on protecting paws. It also locks in moisture to help support all-around paw health.

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5 Signs Your Pup Should See a Dog Dermatologist

How do you know when it’s time to take your pet to a dog dermatologist? Some veterinarians will openly recommend visiting a specialist if they feel stumped about your dog’s condition. In other cases, you may have to make the decision on your own.

I like to think that my regular veterinarian can handle everything related to my dog’s health, but the truth is that sometimes you need to see a specialist. There are countless skin infections and issues that a regular vet cannot diagnose. In which case, your dog may require the specialized eye of a veterinary dermatologist.

What is a Dog Dermatologist?

A Dog Dermatologist, more specifically known as a Veterinary Dermatologist, is a veterinarian with specialty training and expertise in diagnosing and treating skin, ear, nail, hoof, and mouth ailments.  Not all veterinary offices have a dog dermatologist on staff. You may need to visit a specialty pet hospital to make an appointment. Ask your veterinarian if he or she has any good recommendations.

Veterinary dermatologists can perform allergy tests on dogs to uncover exactly what your dog is allergic to. A dog dermatologist is also trained to diagnose underlying infections and rare conditions. Which leads us to the first sign your dog should visit a vet who specializes in dermatology…

1. Your Regular Vet Doesn’t Have the Answers

Have you tried everything your veterinarian has recommended without any sign of improvement? Is your vet still unsure what the underlying cause of the issue relates to? If you answer ‘yes’ to either question, you might want to consider visiting a dog dermatologist.

2. Your Dog’s Condition is Not Improving

If your pet’s skin condition is not getting better or appears to be getting worse, it might be time to visit a dog dermatologist. Keep in mind, skin irritations and infections can cause discomfort, which leads to itching, breaks in the skin, and a greater likelihood of secondary infection. In other words, the longer you wait, the worse the problem could become.

3. The Problem is Reoccurring or Chronic

If ear, skin, or paw problems reoccur again and again, or have been diagnosed as a chronic condition, it might be worth investing in a visit with a dog dermatologist. They may have new insight, solutions, and treatment methods that could help.

4. Your Dog Has Been Diagnosed with A Rare Disease

If your regular veterinarian has limited experience working with your dog’s condition, it might be worth visiting a specialist to learn more about how you can better your pup’s situation.

5. Your Dog Has Allergies But You Don’t Know What They Are Allergic To

Veterinary dermatologists have the tools to test for specific allergies in dogs. While there is some controversy over the consistent accuracy of these results, testing for allergies can still offer valuable insight.

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Avoid These Dog Shampoo Ingredients for a Happy Pup with Healthy Skin

When it’s time for Fido’s next bath, be sure to avoid the following dog shampoo ingredients or else you could negatively impact your pup’s health.

The last time I took my dog to a fancy groomer, he came home looking (and smelling) pawsitively fabulous… for about 10 minutes. As soon as I let him outside his whole $45 bath went out the window. And that’s why most of my dog’s baths occur right here in the home. Which means I need a good dog shampoo that nourishes the coat and skin, while leaving my dog smelling and looking like a million bucks—without spending it!

There are certain dog shampoo ingredients I’ve learned to steer clear of to avoid adverse health effects like irritation, itching, and so forth.

Avoid Using Human Shampoos on Your Dog

First and foremost, don’t use your human shampoo on your dog. Shampoos are formulated for average pH levels and using the wrong balance can throw off skin health. Dogs and humans have different natural pH levels of the skin. Each species’ respective shampoo should therefore contain a unique combination of ingredients.

It’s not just human-grade shampoos you need to watch out for. Some shampoos made for dogs contain controversial ingredients like

1. Fragrance

If scents come from natural sources chances are it will say so on the packaging. After all, it’s a good selling point. So, if you see “fragrance” listed under dog shampoo ingredients, it’s good to get suspicious. Fragrance can signify hundreds of thousands of unnatural ingredients you don’t want to put on your dog.

2. Methylchloroisothiazolinone

Say what? A rule of thumb is to avoid dog shampoo ingredients you can’t pronounce, and methylchloroisothiazolinone makes a perfect example of that. It may already be banned in Japan and Canada, but it’s not extinct in the dog shampoo industry just yet. Methylchloroisothiazolinone is added as an anti-fungal and a preservative… but it’s a carcinogen that’s associated with organ poisoning. Yikes!

3. Artificial Colors

That bright blue dog shampoo might look cool but it could contain potentially harmful and unnatural dyes.

4. MEA/Cocomide DEA

Yes, this product derives from coconut. And yes, coconut offers AMAZING healing properties for your dog (and you). But to make Cocomide DEA, coconut must be chemically altered to the point it becomes a “moderate cancer causing” agent. It has been associated with disruption of the hormone and thyroid, and is considered an organ toxin.

5. Mineral Oil

Mineral oil is a by-product of “distilled gasoline made from crude oil.” It coats anything it touches with a thick impenetrable layer that doesn’t allow for the skin to naturally eliminate its own oils and toxins. Essentially, it traps everything inside.

Other dog shampoo ingredients to avoid:

  • Propylene glycol
  • Sodium laureth sulfate (or any sulfates for that matter)
  • Phthalates
  • Parabens
  • Methylparaben
  • Formaldehyde
  • Cocamidopropyl Betaine
  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • Isopropyl (SD-40)

Quick Tip: Always check what kind of shampoo your groomer uses. No shame in your game if you ask to see the ingredients—more power to ya dogmom/dad of the year!

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Each carefully selected ingredient offers unique healing benefits. In fact, this shampoo can help treat wounds, cuts, burns, dry or flaky skin; hot spots, yeast infections + so much more. Experience the difference offered by a truly all natural dog shampoo. Your dog is sure to thank you!

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5 Tricks for Treating Dog Allergies

Dog allergies are incredibly common but the ways and reasons they pop up may vary. Allergies can impact your dog’s eyes, skin, ears, and even daily habits… like scratching. In fact, incessant itching and scratching is one of the leading signs of dog allergies.

What are Dog Allergies?

Dog allergies come in all shapes, sizes, and forms—there are skin allergies, food allergies and environmental allergies. No matter what, an allergy is an overreaction of the body’s immune system to a foreign substance. It might be your dog’s food, the plastic bowl they eat out of, or a certain chemical they encounter on daily walks. Heck, even the products you use to clean your floors can spark dog allergies; as can perfumes, cigarette smoke, dust mites, mold, and the list goes on.

Here are some tips and tricks for getting to the bottom of dog allergies and successfully finding relief for your four-legged pal.

1. Allergy Relief for Dogs Starts with Finding the Underlying Cause

Dog allergy treatment begins with identifying the cause of the outbreak. This may involve visiting your veterinarian to cross out any serious issues. Next, you’ll need to conduct a process of elimination to determine what your dog is allergic to.

Allergic dermatitis, or allergies of the skin, are the most common type of dog allergies. They are typically caused by one of three things: allergies to food, allergies to environment, or flea allergy dermatitis (an allergic reaction to fleas).

Some things you can do to identify the cause of dog allergies include:

  • Check for fleas, tics and other bugs and resolve/treat if necessary
  • Try switching up your dog’s food. It might take several weeks to notice any changes so give it time. Pay close attention to the main ingredients on the label of any food you give to your pet.
  • Switch your dog’s food bowl to glass or stainless steel. Some dogs are allergic to plastic food bowls. 

2. Soothe Irritated Skin with All-Natural Ingredients 

While you’re trying to identify the cause of dog allergies, Natural Dog offers several all-natural skin balms that make the best home remedies for dog allergies. Certain plant-based ingredients and oils have the power to reduce inflammation and combat yeast and bacteria, all while soothing and healing irritated skin.

Furthermore, dog balms, such as Skin Soother by Natural Dog, provide a layer of protection against potential contaminants to help reduce the severity of future outbreaks.

If dog allergies surface on the belly, face, ears, or other parts of their skin, Skin Soother offers the powerful yet gentle solution necessary. Plus, it includes yeast and bacteria-fighting properties to help ease secondary skin infections caused by an irritating allergic reaction.

Does your wrinkly pup have irritated, raw, stinky, or otherwise abnormal skin in between wrinkle folds? For wrinkly pups try Wrinkle Balm!

3. Don’t Forget About Your Dog’s Paws

Don’t forget to check your pup’s paws for signs of dog allergies. Allergies can cause your dog’s paws to become irritated and itchy, leading to constant licking and chewing; as well as inflammation, redness, and the possibility for secondary infections. Paw allergies may relate to food or environmental factors, as well as seasonal issues like toxic salts poured on streets and sidewalks during winter.

Treat Irritated Dog Paws with All-natural Paw Soother

Paw Soother

4. Give Your Dog Regular Baths

Grooming is an important step to resolve and reduce dog allergies. Regular baths can help remove potential contaminants from the skin and leave your dog feeling so fresh and so clean.

The shampoo you use on your dog matters. In fact, using human-grade shampoos and conditioners can lead to more harm than good. It’s important to use a specially formulated dog shampoo to reduce the risk of further dog allergies.

Spruce Up Pup Shampoo Bar is formulated especially for irritated and itchy skin, as well as your dog’s specific pH levels. Plus, it’s 100% all natural and contains gentle yet powerful organic essential oils. For best results, use in combination with Skin Soother or Wrinkle Balm.

5. Watch Out for Secondary Skin Infections

When your dog’s skin is irritated he/she may lick and scratch to no end, causing sores and open wounds to pop up. As a result, your dog is more susceptible to infection from bacteria, yeast and so forth. Keep a close eye on hot spots and treat as necessary. The great thing about Natural Dog’s skin products is that most are packed with all-natural anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.

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Can You Use Coconut Oil on Dog Nose? The Benefits of Snout Soother

Q: Can you put coconut oil on dog nose or are there health risks?

A: You can put coconut oil on your dog’s nose, but it’s more beneficial to use a product like Snout Soother that is specially formulated to soothe and heal everything from dry dog noses to hyperkeratosis of the nose.

It’s normal to get a little worried about putting something on your dog’s nose. For one, dog noses are sensitive; and two, anything you put on your dog’s nose will unquestionably end up in their mouth. Coconut oil has soothing, healing and moisturizing properties; plus, it’s all natural and poses little to no health risk to dogs if they eat it. In fact, many pet nutritionists recommend adding coconut oil to your dog’s diet.

Coconut oil offers a lot of benefits. It’s super moisturizing, a proven analgesic, and contains anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties. Hence why coconut oil is one of the first ingredients in Snout Soother, a leading all-natural dog nose balm.

Coconut Oil Vs. Snout Soother

You can use coconut oil on dog nose, but Snout Soother is by far the better option. For one, it’s made especially for your dog’s nose right here in the USA. Secondly, it contains the perfect combination of organic ingredients to work alongside coconut oil and enhance healing. For instance, Organic Shea Nut Butter offers a natural sunscreen to help protect your dog’s nose against future damage.

The #1 Reason Coconut Oil on Dog Nose = Ineffective

By nature, coconut oil is oily and tends to rub off quickly, as soon as your dog licks his nose or rubs against you for kisses. For coconut oil to work it needs to sit on your dog’s nose for more than 10 minutes, which can be rather difficult to make happen.

Snout Soother is specially formulated to help reduce this issue. It includes several key ingredients that help penetrate skin faster and stay on longer, such as Kukui Nut Oil, which acts as a carrier oil to penetrate skin, and fast-penetrating Organic Grapeseed Oil.


crusty dog nose

Snout Soother can be used to treat:

  • Dry, chapped dog nose
  • Crusty, cracked noses
  • Hyperkeratosis of the nose
  • Dry skin on or around the face, lips, ears
  • Discoid Lupus

Additionally, Snout Soother offers protection against:

  • Windburn
  • Sunburn
  • Extreme weather conditions

Coconut Oil alone cannot compare to the power of Snout Soother. See firstpaw what all the bark is about!

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Tips and Tricks for Healing Hot Spots on Dogs

Hot spots on dogs, also referred to as acute moist dermatitis, typically affect dogs’ heads, hips or chest area but there are really no boundaries. Hot spots can grow fast, going from bad to worse quicker than you can say—“Should I call the vet?”

The reason hot spots on dogs often go from a 2 to a 10 overnight is because of your dog’s unquenchable desire to scratch and bite at irritated skin. A small irritant can turn into a hot spot due to non-stop scratching.

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What Causes Hot Spots on Dogs?

Some of the most common reasons for hot spots include:

  • Allergies or anything your dog encounters that irritates the skin and results in nonstop itching and chewing
  • Insect, mite, or flea bites
  • An underlying infection
  • Stress and boredom, which can lead to chronic chewing and licking
  • Poor grooming habits

Other things that can lead to hot spots are anal sac disease, hip dysplasia or anything that creates discomfort or pain and provokes licking/chewing.

3 Tips to Heal Hot Spots on Dogs

#1. Shave Affected Area

Shave your dog’s hair around the affected area. This allows the skin to breathe and makes it easier to apply medication. It also makes it easier for you to monitor the situation.

#2. Cleanse the Area

Use a non-irritating solution to clean the hot spot, like Spruce Up Pup Shampoo made with all natural soothing ingredients.

#3. Apply Skin Soother Several Times a Day

severe hot spots healed with Skin Soother

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Skin Soother is the ultimate all-natural solution to hot spots on dogs. Each carefully sourced ingredient offers unique benefits that when used in combination offer superior soothing and healing qualities. Plus, Skin Soother is 100% non-toxic because, as us dog lovers most certainly know, dogs are sure to lick it more than once.

Skin Soother can be used on wounds, cuts, scrapes and burns, as well as hot spots and yeast infections. It can also be used on interdigital cysts, irritated bug bites, post-surgical wounds, acne, rashes, and bacteria + fungal infections too!

So, what are you waiting for? Watch your dog experience faster recovery from hot spots with reduced symptoms thanks to Skin Soother’s soothing and healing properties.

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#4. Add Essential Fatty Acids to Your Dog’s Diet

Essential fatty acids, like krill or fish oil supplements, improve skin and coat health. Additionally, the omega 3’s DHA and EPA offer documented benefits to your dog’s brain, organs, joints, and eyes.

If your dog’s hot spots are caused by a more serious underlying condition you may also need to treat hot spots with:

  • Antibiotics and painkillers
  • Medications to eliminate parasites
  • If allergies are related to diet you may need to change your dog to a hypoallergenic food

What if Hot Spots on Dogs Are Not Getting Better?

If your dog’s hot spots are not getting better or appear to be getting worse, it’s important to visit your veterinarian. A skin swab or biopsy may be necessary to identify persistent bacteria. In some cases, an antibiotic is necessary to heal hot spots on dogs.

Common Causes of Dog Skin Infections and How to Give Your Dog Relief

From allergies to infections, there are a variety of reasons dog skin infections rear their ugly, and terribly itchy, head. One of the leading causes of skin infections are allergens in your dog’s diet or environment. Oftentimes, it’s not the allergy itself that causes the infection. Instead, it’s the fact that your dog can’t stop itching and biting the affected area, resulting in teeth and nail trauma that leads to secondary infections.

Other common causes of skin infections in dogs:

  • Fleas or mites
  • Chronic dermatitis
  • Fungal or yeast infection
  • Wound
  • Inadequate grooming
  • Genetic predisposition
  • Underlying disease such as Cushing’s (hyperadrenocorticism)

How to Diagnose Dog Skin Infections

From your dog’s ears down to the tip of his tail, a skin infection can impact just about any part of the body. Furthermore, so many different factors could be the culprit… so, how do you get to the bottom of the doggone mystery? You’ll need to pay a visit to your veterinarian.

Before your scheduled appointment, make note of any changes to your dog’s environment or diet that may have caused the onset of itching, irritated or infected skin. Keep in mind, it is possible for your dog to develop an allergy to something that previously appeared to cause no harm.

A vet will provide a full physical exam in which he/she looks for any noteworthy signs and goes over your dog’s medical history. Blood and urine tests can help pinpoint the underlying cause. Additionally, cell cultures may be obtained from the skin to observe under a microscope and identify what type of bacteria you’re looking at.

Itchy Dog Skin Infections

Nearly half of all people who visited the vet because of a dog skin infection listed their primary complaint as nonstop itching. Unfortunately, all that itching leads to open wounds, secondary skin infections, and hair loss. Act fast when you notice your dog itching at an irritated area to help prevent worsening of the problem.

What Can You Do About It?

Skin Soother starts soothing the moment it’s applied to your dog’s irritated skin. The powerful yet gentle all-natural balm contains antioxidant, antiseptic, disinfectant, antifungal, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, + so much more. Not only does it soothe irritated skin, it goes to work healing right away. Plus, it’s 100% safe to ingest. Because we know it can be a full-time job preventing your dog from licking.

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Stinky or Irritated Dog Skin Infections Between Wrinkles

Wrinkly dogs melt our dang hearts, but those adorable creases are a breeding ground for bacteria. Bulldogs and other wrinkly breeds commonly suffer from yeast or bacterial infections between wrinkles.  That’s because the dark, moist, and often ignored crevice wrinkles create offer sanctuary for all kinds of icky germs to populate.  Is your dog’s face stinky as all hell? Even more reason to suspect an underlying skin infection.

What Can You Do About It?

Wrinkle Balm is specially formulated to soothe irritated and infected dog wrinkles. Each all natural ingredient plays a role in offering a variety of anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antifungal, antimicrobial and antibacterial properties, plus more!

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Before and After Snout Soother Reviews (with pictures)

Customer pictures and reviews show what happens after Snout Soother is applied to dry crusty dog noses

Did you know that around 10,000 people search for “Snout Soother” each month? There’s a lot of buzz surrounding this all natural dog nose balm. For one, it can soothe and treat everything from dry and cracked noses, to more severe dog nose conditions such as hyperkeratosis. Plus, it’s vegan, all natural and made from carefully sourced ingredients. We can say it works great all day long, but don’t just take our word for it. Take a look at some recent Snout Soother reviews.

“Just after 3 days of using Snout Soother I noticed a significant change in my dog’s dry, crusty nose.”-Andrea from Windsor, Canada

Before and After Snout Soother Review #1: Meet Tandrea

Andrea’s dog Tandrea is feeling sharper than ever with her smooth, moist and healthy nose. Now that her nose is no longer cracked and dry, she can thoroughly enjoy all the smells of life. “I’m very happy with the product, especially because it is natural and vegan,” writes Andrea. “I will definitely be recommending it to all my friends and family.”

Tandrea’s nose before & after Snout SootherExcellent Product - Snout Soother

Tara’s Nose is No Longer Dry & Crusty

Pre-Snout Soother, Tara was a skittish rescue dog with a crusty build up plaguing her nose. Luckily, her new life isn’t so scary, in fact it’s full of love, and she has a healed nose! Tara’s humom Victoria writes, “We got Tara from a rescue in January. She had this crusty stuff on her nose which appeared to be starting to occupy her left nostril.”

After taking Tara to the vet, Victoria was told that it wasn’t that severe. But Victoria didn’t believe that for one minute, “for us it was extremely concerning at that point.”

So, she did what any devoted dog mommy would… she went on the hunt for a solution via Google.com. That’s where she stumbled upon Natural Dog Company and Snout Soother.

“I knew I didn’t want anything that could potentially make her [Tara] sick because of ingesting it. That’s why I chose to try, Snout Soother. It’s only been 2 weeks of daily use and her dry nose is almost completely healed! So happy Snout Soother worked so well for my dog’s dry and crusty nose!”

Tara’s nose before & after Snout Soothercrusty stuff

Bulldogs are Some of Snout Soother’s Biggest Fans

Bulldogs and other brachycephalic dog breeds are more prone to nose and skin ailments due to their short snouts and adorable wrinkles. Meet Bailey, an English bulldog from Conshohocken, Pennsylvania who used to suffer from a dry crusty nose that bothered her to the point she didn’t want anyone touching it.

“Our bully constantly has a dry nose throughout the winter months. It is obvious that it irritates her as it is very sensitive to the touch. We got our order on a Friday, and we applied the Snout Soother once to her nose. We applied Snout Soother once again on Saturday and already saw a difference by Sunday morning! Her nose is silky to the touch and does not bother her anymore.”

Bailey’s nose before and after Snout Soother

Winter Nose

Bailey

Where to Buy Snout Soother?

You can buy Snout Soother directly through Natural Dog Company, here.

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How to Maintain Healthy Dog Paws This Winter

Healthy dog paws are smooth to the touch and free of abrasions. Unfortunately, harsh winter weather can create a storm of issues for your dog’s paws. By using the right dog paw wax and a few simple precautions, you can protect your dog’s paws against cold surfaces, deicers and more of winter’s harshest side effects.

But first…

Why is Winter So Hard on Your Dog’s Paws?

From the cold weather to deicers, here are the most common reasons your dog’s paws suffer during winter.

Cold Weather = Dry Skin

Winter’s cold and dry air dries out your dog’s skin just like it does yours. A lack of moisture leaves your dog more susceptible to rough or damaged paw pads.

Frost Bite + Hypothermia

Dogs can suffer from frost bite and hypothermia.

Ice Balls

Walking around outside, especially with long nails, can cause ice, snow and debris to painfully clump up between your dog’s toes.

Salts & Deicers are Toxic

Most salt and deicers used on roadways are toxic to dogs. If your dog goes out for a walk he might end up with toxic deicers on his paws, which can cause burning or irritation. Dogs then lick and chew at their paws, ingesting the harmful chemicals.

Pre-Winter Prep to Maintain Healthy Dog Paws

Before the first winter storm ever arrives, do these three things:

  1. Trim back your dog’s hair all around his or her paws to prevent ice balls from building up and causing painful damage.
  2. Trim your dog’s nails; this is an important activity all year round, but even more-so in the winter. Long nails cause your dog’s paws to splay out, making it easier for snow, ice and debris to build up in the paw.
  3. Invest in a good dog paw wax (more on that later).

After winter arrives, do these three things to maintain healthy dog paws:  

  1. Take more frequent shorter walks, as opposed to 1-2 long walks a day. This helps limit the risk of frost bite and hypothermia. Signs of hypothermia include shivering, as well as acting lethargic or anxious.
  2. Always clean your dog’s paws with a warm moist towel after walking outside. This removes any deicers or other chemicals that may be attached to your dog’s paws and prevents further irritation while keeping your dog from licking toxins. It also allows you to remove ice balls that may have formed between your dog’s toes.
  3. Protect your dog’s paws against harsh winter elements by applying an all-natural dog paw wax before you go on a walk. To restore moisture, apply a moisturizing dog paw balm after you return and clean paws.

What can I put on my dog’s paws to protect them in the winter?

We can all agree dog boots are great for a funny Instagram video, but dogs don’t usually love wearing shoes as much as we do. Plus, they are annoying to get on and off and often end up forgotten about in a drawer while your dog’s paws remain unprotected. Dog paw wax offers a barrier protection against harsh winter elements, like dog shoes but without all the doggone fuss.

Nothing beats Natural Dog’s unique organic and all-natural dog paw products. To make it even more pawesome, we have two options:

One to Soothe & Heal: Paw Soother

Paw Soother is specially formulated to soothe and heal dry, irritated, red, peeling, crusty or rough paw pads.

& Another To Protect: PawTection

PawTection is specially formulated to protect paws against future damage while locking in moisture to keep paws smooth and hydrated.

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Before & After PawSoother Reviews Show Pawsome Results For Dry Paws

Does PawSoother really work to heal dry and damaged paw pads?

Millions of dog owners around the world are facing the same predicament—why are my dog’s paws rough, dry, or crusty? And how do I fix it?  You do some research or get a recommendation from a friend to check out PawSoother by Natural Dog Company, but how do you know if it really works before you spend $17.95 on a stick of it?

Before we go any further, you really have nothing to lose because Natural Dog offers a money back guarantee if you’re not 100% satisfied with their products. Still not sold? Meet Bently.

Before & After PawSoother Review: Bentley

Bentley, a beautiful golden retriever from Brick, New Jersey, had paws that “were rougher than sand paper,” to quote his humom. I have two golden retrievers myself and so I know firsthand how much these active pups tend to wear out their paws, and Bentley was no exception.

“This is the before and after photos of my golden retriever Bentley’s paws after using PawSoother for 7 days.”

Before and after photos: 

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no more sand paper paws!

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Why PawSoother?

  • PawSoother is made from all natural, vegan and organic ingredients that are carefully sourced.
  • Contains natural but powerful antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, disinfectants, and anti-bacterial properties to help heal a variety of conditions related to dry dog paws.
  • Provides a layer of protection against the elements while paws heal
  • It’s perfectly safe to eat—because , as we all know, dogs love to lick their paws
  • Helps heal and reduce Paw Allergy Symptoms
  • Treats paw pad hyperkeratosis “hairy paw”

Before & After PawSoother Review: Knalla

Knalla is a 5-year-old lab mix who used to live with dry rough paws that became especially bad during winter. “Wisconsin winter, salt, and ice have dried out her poor feet,” writes Knalla’s humom. “I’m worried about them cracking and can’t imagine that it is very comfortable for her. Thanks to Natural Dog Company we are repairing YEARS of damage.”

Before and after photos: 

Repairing years of paw damage

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Repairing years of paw damage

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Are Dry Paw Pads Really That Bad?

Dry or cracked dog paws are often a source of irritation, leading to licking, chewing and an increased risk of bacterial infections. If your dog is constantly licking and chewing at his paws it’s likely a secondary infection could develop. Additionally, small cuts that form on dry paw pads can lead to pain, limping and reduced activity levels.

Before & After PawSoother Review: Maci-Grace

“My dog Maci-Grace had the roughest paws, and they feel as though they’re ready to crack at any minute,” writes Kassidy about her beloved pup. Kassidy and Maci-Grace officially kissed their paw worries goodbye after discovering PawSoother.

“I’m a sold customer for good because it was every bit worth it! I only apply it 2-3 times a week to my dogs paws and it took about 2 weeks to see a difference. Not to mention, it soothes her all the way to a nap when I apply it. Love the product!”

Before and after photos:

roughest paws healed with Paw Soother

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roughest paws healed with Paw Soother

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Give Your Pup Some Pawsome Relief

Before and after PawSoother reviews and pictures can only show so much. The real magic sparks when you watch and feel your dog’s rough and damaged paws transforming.

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4 Ways to Naturally Soothe & Treat Dog Allergy Symptoms

Dog allergy symptoms can surface as hot spots, hair loss, or irritated paw pads. The causes of dog allergies are just as varied as the symptoms. Depending on where your dog’s allergies surface, there are different all natural solutions you can try.  The first step to naturally treating dog allergy symptoms is to identify the cause. Have you changed your dog’s diet recently? Are allergies seasonal; do they coincide with high pollen levels or some other change in environment? Reducing your dog’s exposure to allergens is the best way to decrease the chance outbreaks persist or return.

The area your dog’s allergies appear can also help reveal the cause of the problem. For instance, allergic reactions on the face, ears or mouth-area, often relate to food or the bowls your dog eats/drinks out of. Along with identifying the cause, it’s important to treat irritated skin to reduce inflammation, infections, or other issues commonly resulting from dog allergies. The following all-natural products offer the perfect way to reduce your dog’s discomfort and heal damaged, stinky, flaky, dry or overall irritated skin. Bye-bye dog allergy symptoms, hello relief!

1. Paw SootherDog Allergy Symptoms

Best Used to Treat: Allergies that surface through your dog’s paws, resulting in sore, dry, crusty, flaky, rough, discolored or damaged paw pads.

Dog allergy symptoms can show through your dog’s paws. Paws should not be rough, dry, peeling or discolored. Walking over a variety of contaminants or allergens, including deicers or household chemicals, can dry out and irritate your dog’s paws. If your dog is constantly licking and chewing at his paws, or her paws look and feel worn out, Paw Soother offers rich moisturizing, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and antibacterial, as well as collagen and cell boosting properties. It also provides a layer of protection to help limit reoccurring exposure.

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Dog Allergy Symptoms2. Skin Soother

Best Used to Treat: Hot spots, hair loss, and other skin conditions spread across your dog’s body.

Dry, itchy, irritated skin is no match for the healing power of Skin Soother. The combination of healing herbs packed inside provide anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. The balm also provides a layer of protection against future irritation. It is used to soothe and treat hot spots, irritated bug bites, allergic dermatitis, and so much more.

Give your dog all-natural relief, try Skin Soother today!

3. Wrinkle Balm

Best Used to Treat: Ultra-sensitive pups, and allergies that impact your dog’s wrinkles, from facial wrinkles to tail pockets.

Wrinkle Balm is ideal for wrinkly dogs, especially because they tend to be some of the most sensitive breeds and this is a gentle yet effective product. Voted a 2016 Fave Find by ModernDogMagazine!, Wrinkle Balm is highly recommended for sensitive dogs and dogs with adorable wrinkles. You should clean your dog’s wrinkles 2-3 times a day, leaving no moisture behind. Adding Wrinkle Balm post-cleaning can combat and prevent skin fold dermatitis, yeast and bacterial infections, sores and scabs, itchy and irritated skin, as well as unpleasant odors.

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4. Spruce Up Pup Shampoo BarDog Allergy Symptoms

Best Used to Treat: Most skin conditions; a great way to safely and effectively clean your dog before using the products mentioned above.

You shouldn’t use any old soap on your dog. The wrong soap/shampoo can make your dog’s skin more irritated or cause an allergic reaction. That’s why it’s so important to use all natural soap made especially for sensitive pups. Natural Dog’s Spruce Up Pup Shampoo Bar is the all-natural solution to bathing your dog. When paired with Skin Soother or Wrinkle Balm, it helps reduce allergies and improve your pet’s coat. Plus, it helps take away that wet dog smell!

“We are now on 3 months using this bar… I previously spent hundreds on products, vet visits, medications and recommendations none have compared to what this has done for my pup. He is a happy boy with relief to his very dry skin, his fur has maintained its beautiful self. I am happy using this product because I know I am not using any chemicals on him, I myself have sensitive skin so using some of those other harsh products even affected my skin by contact so it bothered me to even try it on him. I continue to stand by this product it has truly changed our lives!” —Roxanne 

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Yeast Infections in Dogs – How to Naturally Treat & Give Your Pup Some Relief

Is your dog’s skin itchy, irritated, red or inflamed? Yeast infections in dogs are rather common, especially for wrinkly pups. The Malassezia species of yeast is the responsible culprit. This type of yeast is normally found on the skin and ears of your dog, but when yeast populations bloom out of control it leads to irritation, infection and yeast dermatitis. So, while yeast is harmless in small quantities, overproduction of yeast causes irritation and inflammation of the skin. It’s not always clear why yeast overproduces but suppressed or imbalanced immune systems are often to blame.

Other common causes or contributing factors for yeast infections in dogs include:

  • Living in a hot or humid environment, conditions that help spur the overproduction of yeast.
  • Immunosuppressive drugs
  • Allergies to fleas
  • Exposure to contact allergens, including food, chemicals in the air, etc.
  • Prolonged usage of steroids or antibiotics
  • Hormonal imbalances related to disorders such as hypothyroidism or Cushing’s Disease
  • External parasites

Yeast Infections in Dogs with Skin Folds

Dogs with wrinkles and skin folds (hello all you adorable brachycephalic breeds!) are more likely to develop yeast infections. These skin folds provide the perfect environment for yeast to develop, especially if folds are not regularly cleaned and wiped dry.

Are Yeast Infections Contagious Amongst Dogs?

Simply put, no. Your dog cannot spread his infection to another dog and he didn’t develop it due to exposure to his four-legged friend next door. Instead, canine yeast infections of the skin are caused by an underlying allergy or skin condition.

When One Thing Leads to Another

Reoccurring bacterial skin infections put your dog at an increased risk for developing a yeast infection. The production of yeast can lead to increased oil production, causing dogs to itch and bite at the area, thus creating secondary sores that give yeast an even better shot at survival. So, while yeast infections in dogs are not contagious, they are sure to get worse without treatment.

How to Naturally Treat Yeast Infections in Dogs

There are two excellent all-natural solutions for treating yeast infections in dogs, one of which is made specifically for wrinkly pups—in fact, bullys all over the Internet are swooning over it!

Wrinkle Balm

Dogs with wrinkles are more likely to develop yeast infections. That’s because those adorable wrinkles are dark, moist, and likely under-cleaned; creating the ideal environment for bacteria and yeast to flourish. Wrinkle Balm gets to the root of the issue, because it is packed with all natural ingredients that contain anti-fungal properties proven capable of eradicating yeast. Plus, added vitamins and antioxidants improve skin fold condition and reduces risk for future infections.

Try Wrinkle Balm, risk-free! If you’re not 100% satisfied, we offer a money-back guarantee.

Skin Soother

Skin Soother is a natural antibiotic topical treatment that can be used to treat and soothe a variety of skin conditions, including yeast dermatosis. It’s filled with herbs that contain antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties. Skin Soother is the pawesome solution to yeast infections of the ears, tummies and other skin surfaces.

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Dog Breeds More Likely to Develop Yeast Infections

It’s believed that Certain dog breeds are more genetically prone to the development of yeast infections, including:

  • Australian terrier
  • Maltese terrier
  • West Highland white terrier
  • Silky terrier
  • Lhasa apso
  • Dachshund
  • Shetland sheepdog
  • Poodle
  • Chihuahua
  • Cocker spaniel
  • Basset hound

The PawTection Challenge Continues: Learn How To Protect Dog Paws

Want to pawtect your pup’s paws?

PawTection is the all natural way to protect dog paws!

The PawTection Challenge Continues with three more pawesome Instagrammers, @lifeofscout_, @bellethenewfie, and @eddthepug! Our mission is simple: Help protect as many dog paws as pawsible. Our all natural, vegan and organic PawTection does just that, providing a protective barrier against the elements and your dog’s paws.

Go ahead, call your dog over and take hold of his or her paw. Is it smooth to the touch or rough and cracked—like your heels after you miss a few months of pedicures? Your dog’s paws are tough but they are not tough enough to stand up to hot pavement on a summer’s day, or long runs on sandy beaches. Hence why your dog’s paws are rough and damaged. If you don’t protect dog paws, rough paws can become painful, cracked and infected.

While dog shoes are great for a hilarious Instagram video, they’re not exactly practical nor do dogs tend to like wearing them. No shoes necessary, PawTection provides seamless protection against:

  • Hot surfaces
  • Harsh elements (salts, ice, snow, rough terrain, etc.)
  • Contact allergens (mold, pollen, grass, etc.)

As part of our PawTection Challenge, we sent PawTection to some of the doggone biggest Instagram stars out there. Here’s what happened when these 3 cutie-pies gave PawTection a try!

Edd of @eddthepug

With over 100,000 Instagram followers and a little French bulldog brother (@archie_thefrenchbulldog) to look after, Edd the Pug lives a rather busy life. This popular pug spends a lot of time at the beach, and as we’ve said so many times before… sand is ruff on paws. It’s important to protect dog paws or else they are sure to get cracked and “scaly,” just like Edd’s.

Edd’s humom Andrea writes, “PawTection is amazing, we walk mainly on the beach where there is a lot of shingle, sand, salt and stones that are rough on a dogs paws, but pawTection is soothing and moisturizing. We have been using it before our walk and as you can see the difference it’s made in a few short weeks. The feel of the paw has changed too, it’s not dry or cracking and doesn’t feel scaly now. We will be using it to pawtect our paws from now on!”

Edd’s “scaly” paws before and after:

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Scout of @lifeofscout_

Scout is a future therapy dog and beloved golden retriever with 27,000 followers to paw! Golden retrievers are ACTIVE and Scout’s paws showed clear signs of her nonstop activity. In fact, Scout’s rough paws led her humom Korrin to reach out to us.

“We originally reached out to The Natural Dog Company hoping to find a product that would help the roughness of Scout’s paws. Every time she pawed at us it felt like sand paper. I fell in love with the natural ingredients and the amazing reviews about the company. A cruelty free, veterinarian recommend, all natural and organic product… sign us up! It smells amazing and we didn’t have any issues getting it on her paws. A very thin layer is all you need. We loved the consistency because she wasn’t able to lick it off like a cream and it settled extremely fast unlike a liquid. After the first day we noticed how much healthier her paws looked and how much it protected her paws while we were outside. Having something that is preventative is so important with all of the adventures we go on. Thank you Natural Dog Company for helping our little girl have healthy paws again!” —Korrin, Scout’s humom

Scout’s rough paws before and after:

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Belle of @bellethenewfie

Belle is an up and coming Instagram superstar and we can’t get enough of this massive Newfoundland—she’s so dang cute! Prior to using PawTection, Belle’s young paws were already starting to wear out. They become so irritated Belle was constantly licking and chewing at her paws.

“Her paws have always been dry and rough due to always going from in and out of water to dry land… I would always watch her bite her paws and I never understood why she did that. Ever since applying the product [PawTection] I haven’t seen her bite at her paws once! I would not hesitate in recommending these products to our friends and followers.” -Angel Saucedo 

Belle’s rough paws before and after:

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How To Get Rid Of Dog Acne The Natural Way

No one wants to be covered in pimples, not even your dog. At the first sign of dog acne, it’s so important to take the right steps to clear it up. Dog acne, chin pyoderma, puppy dermatitis, muzzle folliculitis, no matter what you call it, it’s all the same thing—pup pimples!

Outbreaks are most commonly found on dog chins, muzzles, and lips, but can also show up around private parts too.  Mild acne outbreaks in dogs are not usually painful, but more serious cases can cause a great deal of discomfort and agitation.

What causes dog acne?

Causes of dog acne include genetic predispositions, hormones, as well as trauma/stress. Bulldogs and other breeds with wrinkly skin are more prone to acne because bacteria become trapped between skin folds, the perfect environment for pimples to bloom.

What researchers and veterinarians know about dog acne is that it is fairly similar to the zits on teenage faces around the world. It even impacts most dogs at the same stage of life; in dog years that’s around 5 to 8 months old. Acne typically clears up after dogs turn 1.

Generally, pimples originate as blackheads or raised areas on hair follicles that become infected with multiplying bacteria and result in pus-filled white heads. Dog acne doesn’t always look like your classic pimple outbreak, so how do you know if that’s what you see on your dog?

Symptoms of dog acne include:

  • Blackheads
  • Red bumps
  • Pus-filled pimples
  • Redness, inflammation,
  • Irritation/pain
  • Your dog is rubbing on carpet, itching or scratching

You want to treat your dog’s acne as soon as possible, especially if they react with pain when you touch the area, or have scars from previous outbreaks.

How to get rid of your dog’s acne for good

From creams to laser-beaming zit-killing machines, humans have manufactured a wide range of products to get rid of acne. Thankfully, it’s a lot simpler when it comes to getting rid of your dog’s skin condition. Wrinkle Balm is like nothing else out there. It originated to help prevent and treat stinky, irritated or infected dog wrinkles, but it’s equally powerful on pimples!

Despite all the power packed into each tube, every ingredient is all natural, vegan and organic. It’s super safe for dogs—even if they decide to eat it, because as we know, dogs will be dogs.

Along with pimples, Wrinkle Balm is used to treat:

  • Skin fold dermatitis
  • Yeast and bacterial infections
  • Redness, chaffing, inflammation, sores, crusty or scabby skin
  • Itchy, flaky skin, hair loss
  • Bad odors/stinky face

Ignoring dog acne puts your dog at risk for irritation and infection. Wrinkle Balm offers an affordable, all natural solution with no-mess easy application. If it doesn’t treat your dog’s acne, we offer a money-back guarantee. Try Wrinkle Balm risk free today!

What To Pack When Traveling With Your Pup

Traveling with your pup—yahoo, how exciting! But first, what do you need to pack for your four-legged travel companion? He doesn’t need sunglasses or numerous pairs of panties. Dogs are simple compared to us, with our overloaded carry-ons and barely-zipped luggage. That’s not to say your dog needs nothing. Here are 10 essential items you don’t want to forget when traveling with your pup.

1. A Leash

Some regions have leash laws, so even if your dog doesn’t usually go on a leash you should still bring one. Plus, it’s always best to play it safe in an unfamiliar location.

traveling with your pup2. Pet Identification

Secure an ID tag on your dog’s collar to be worn at all times. On the off chance your dog gets lost in a foreign location, this tag could change the outcome and reunite you both.  Tags should be marked with a number you can be reached at while traveling.

3. Doggy Sunscreen

If you’re going somewhere sunny you remember to pack your sunscreen; don’t forget to pack something to protect your pup’s skin too! All natural Skin Soother provides natural SPF, as well as windburn prevention, and protection against extreme weather conditions. Sometimes, your pup’s skin will act different in an unknown climate. Skin Soother doubles as a soothing ointment for dry, chapped, cracked or irritated skin. With one compact tin of Skin Soother, you can protect your pup in numerous ways.

Skin Soother comes in travel size! 

4. Travel Carrier

If you’re traveling with your dog by air, it is mandatory that they go inside of a carrier. You might need a carrier for other reasons while traveling, so it’s best to bring one with you. Don’t forget little food and water dishes that’ll fit inside of the carrier. Make your dog’s carrier cozier by adding blankets, towels, your pet’s favorite toys, etc.

5. Paw Protection

Traveling to new places sometimes means walking across unexpected surfaces, like ultra-hot asphalt, sandy beaches, or icy pavement. If you bring some form of paw protection, your pup remains safe no matter what. PawTection is the perfect thing to pack when traveling with your pup.  It easily glides over paws and provides a barrier against hot and abrasive surfaces. It also protects paws from harsh elements, like deicers, and reduces the effects of contact allergens, like mold, pollen, etc.traveling with your pup

PawTection comes in travel size! 

6. Health Certificates & Proof of Rabies Vaccination

If you are traveling across national borders, you may need a health certificate or proof of rabies vaccination. Check with your destination’s health department to uncover everything you need ahead of time.

Some states impose breed restrictions, check ahead of time to ensure your dog is welcome.

7. Comforts From Home

A beloved chew toy or your dog’s favorite blanket can go a long way to making your dog feel more at home.

8. Poop Bags

The pooping doesn’t end on vacation!

9. Flash Light

Speaking of poop, your dog might have to go potty in the middle of the night. At which point, you’ll be glad you brought a flashlight.

10. Medications

Bring any medications or supplements your dog gets on a regular basis. Even if it’s medication you only use sometimes, bring it in case your dog needs it.

Additional Tips For Traveling With Your Pup:

  • If you are traveling by plane, feed your dog 4-6 hours before takeoff.
  • If you are traveling by car, feed your pet a light meal 2-3 hours before you leave.
  • If your dog hasn’t spent much time in a carrier, start practicing with positive reinforcement before you leave.
  • Make an appointment with your veterinarian at least 1 month before you are scheduled to leave. That should give you enough time to schedule any vaccinations your dog needs regarding the area you are traveling to.

Hot Dogs & Hot Paws! These Summer Essentials Can Protect Your Dog’s Paws

Hot dogs get hot paws, luckily there are some things you can do to protect your dog’s paws from the heat this summer. Did you know that even if the temperature is under 100 degrees F, asphalt surfaces can still reach well over 100 degrees F? It’s true, and it hurts your dog’s paws to walk across scorching hot surfaces. Your dog’s paws are naturally tough, but they are not designed to walk across man-made surfaces that heat up way faster than natural surfaces.

Can Dog Shoes Protect Hot Paws?

Dog shoes are one option to protect hot paws, but most dogs aren’t the biggest fans of shoes. It’s not uncommon to use dog shoes a few times, get a few chuckles out of them, and then forget about using them altogether. For one, it takes a lot of work to strap on 4 shoes every time you go outside with your dog. Secondly, most dogs don’t like wearing shoes.  If your dog is one of the few that enjoys prancing around in new kicks—by all means, go for it! But, if your dog prefers to go all natural, there’s a way easier option…

Hot Paws Need PawTection

Instead of strapping on bulky and expensive dog shoes, PawTection offers a less invasive way to protect your dog’s paws from hot surfaces. The all-natural organic and vegan balm glides over the bottom of your dog’s paws, providing protection made from a blend of herbal-based butters and special plant oils.

Each carefully selected ingredient plays a crucial role in nourishing your pup’s paws while guarding them against the elements. Your dog won’t even know he is wearing anything, and yet his paws will feel so pawesome.

PawTection is proven to protect your dog’s paws against:

  • Hot surfaces like sidewalks, asphalt, gravel, rocks, sand, concrete, stone, decks, and so forth
  • Cold surfaces like ice or snow
  • The effects of contact allergens like pollen, grass, or even mold
  • Harsh elements like deicers—which can cause serious complications without the proper precautions. If there are deicers on the streets, always clean your dog’s paws immediately after contact and before you both go inside. This helps prevent deicers from doing as much damage to paws. It also prevents your dog from licking toxic salts off their paws and getting sick.

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Signs Your Dog’s Paws Are Damaged from Hot Surfaces

Dog paws should not be rough or dry to the touch. Dry or rough dog paws are the first sign of paw pad damage, often caused by walking on hot surfaces. A healthy paw pad is soft and sponge-like, allowing dogs to run around and maintain good grip.

Some other signs of paw damage you shouldn’t ignore:

  • Hot paws, if your dog’s paws are abnormally warm to the touch they might be irritated
  • Your dog is constantly licking or chewing at his paws—a common act for dog’s with damaged, irritated or burned paw pads
  • Your dog’s paws appear discolored
  • Paw pads are peeling or showing any other sign of surface damage

Damaged Paws Need Paw Soother

PawTection protects your dog’s paws against hot surfaces. Plus, the soothing all natural ingredients help heal pre-existing damages. Paw Soother, PawTection’s sister product, includes additional healing properties to further restore damaged paws.

Paw Soother is made from carefully selected ingredients intended to restore moisture, flexibility and grip. Paw Soother is gentle enough for your dog to eat without worry, but it’s still tough enough to combat a wide range of issues including heat damaged paws, hyperkeratosis of the paw, peeling and cracked paws, allergy-impacted paws, and more.

See firsthand the dramatic difference Paw Soother and PawTection can make, your pup is sure to thank you with some pawesome high-fives!

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Can Your Dog’s Nose Get A Sunburn?

Q: My dog’s nose is pinkish-red, dry and sore to the touch—could it be a dog nose sunburn?

A: Yes! A sunburn on your dog’s nose is not only possible but rather common.

Your dog’s nose is extremely susceptible to sunburn, all it takes is spending too much time out in the sun for UV rays to impact the sensitive moist skin covering your dog’s sniffer. The nose is one of the worst places for your dog to experience a sunburn, simply because they depend on it to smell and assess their environment. When your dog’s nose is sore, cracked or dry, they may not be able to smell with the same vigor they are used to.

Applying an all-natural and soothing balm, like Snout Soother, can help reduce discomfort and promote healing. Additionally, it adds moisture back into the skin, helping your dog smell better while they heal.

How Do I Know If My Dog’s Nose has a Sunburn?

dogs nose sunburnA dog nose sunburn can be pink or red, just like a human sunburn. It may also appear dry, flaky or crusty. Your dog may be resistant to touch because their nose is sore. Additionally, your dog may continually lick at his or her nose when it is burnt, dry or irritated.

Other things besides the sun can burn your dog’s nose, such as cleaning chemicals, deicers, or sticking their nose on a hot stovetop. So, if your dog has not been out in the sun and their nose appears to be burnt, you should take them to the vet to ensure they are not having a serious reaction to something, especially if the burn seems to be getting worse instead of better.

How to Tell if Your Dog’s Nose Sunburn is Serious

There are three different levels of dog nose sunburns. The least severe is a Superficial Partial Thickness burn, which causes redness but no blisters. Next, a Deep Partial Thickness Burn goes beneath the first layer of skin covering your dog’s nose, impacting deeper layers. This is comparable to a third-degree burn in humans. With the right at-home care and sun protection, your dog should recover from mild to moderate burns without issue.

A Full Thickness Burn is the most severe type of sunburn, indicating all layers of your dog’s nose are burned, and possibly even tissues beneath the bottom layer. This level of burn causes a lot of pain and discomfort and requires veterinary attention.

How to Protect Your Dog’s Nose From the Sun

Thankfully, there are a few things you can do to help prevent your dog’s delicate nose from getting scorched by the sun.

Apply Snout Soother to your dog’s nose.

dogs nose sunburnNot only can Snout Soother help relieve sore or sunburned dog noses, but also, it provides all natural sunscreen thanks to the fact it is packed with Kukui Nut Oil and Organic Shea Nut Butter. Your dog’s nose is incredibly sensitive, so you don’t want to apply just any old sunscreen to it—especially not human grade sunscreen. Snout Soother is specially formulated for dogs. It is made from carefully sourced ingredients that are safe enough for your dog to eat, not that we recommend making a meal of it, but you can rest assured if your dog licks their nose after you apply it.

Make sure your pup doesn’t spend too much time in the sun.

Avoid leaving your dog in direct sunlight for prolonged periods of time. Make sure your dog has access to shade when they are outside.

Don’t Put Your Dog Outside During the Hottest Parts of the Day

Some dogs just love napping in direct sunlight, in which case you’ll need to apply Snout Soother to your dog’s nose before they go outside. You can further reduce the risk of sunburn by not letting your dog out during the hottest parts of the day when the sun is most intense.

Try Snout Soother risk free today and give your pal the doggone relief they deserve!

How To Naturally Soothe Irritated Bug Bites On Dogs

Your dog’s irritated bug bites are uncomfortable, itchy and annoying. If you’ve ever been bitten by a mosquito or stung by a bee you know how irritating the feeling can be. Dogs spend a lot of time outdoors, they love to chase after bees and they’ll roll on the ground without checking for blood-hungry bugs first, hence how they often become victims of bug bites.

It’s difficult to know what bit your dog unless you see it take place. Thankfully, most dogs can tolerate even the worst spider bites, including black widow and brown recluse bites. Even if your dog doesn’t display serious signs of distress, an irritated bug bite can cause issues of its own. Dogs will lick, chew and scratch at bug bites to reduce irritation, but as a result, this can cause more irritation and even infection.

Bug Bites on Dogs

“We believe this is a bite of some kind and didn’t want to take her to the vet because they always want your money. We have had terrible experiences, so the vet is our last resort. I applied Skin Soother for a few days and it cleared right up! Annie has a lot of skin problems and we are fighting one by one until they all are gone. She had two of these exact “bites” of some sort on her back, this picture is from the same place.”

Signs of Irritated Bug Bites on Dogs

  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Hives
  • Itching, scratching or licking

Signs Your Dog’s Bug Bite Requires Extra Special Attention  

The most common bug bites on dogs are caused by bees, hornets, wasps, spiders, mosquitos, ants, or flies. for the most part, these bites will heal and clear up on their own. If you notice your dog acting odd, lame, or showing systemic symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea, unsteadiness, or collapsing, your dog could be displaying a serious allergic reaction to a bug bite. Take them to the vet ASAP!

The following bug bites require more attention and care to prevent additional issues.

Fleas

Fleas are often the first thing pet owners check for when they notice bite marks on their dog. If fleas are to blame, you’ll likely find the little black culprits scampering around near the irritated skin. Fleas can cause hair loss, severe irritation, swelling, crusting and oozing. Your dog will require veterinary care to successfully remove fleas.

Ticks

Before you can treat a tick bite, you’ll have to remove the tick. Simply pulling on the bug can cause the head to detach from the body and remain inside of your dog, leading to a potential infection. Try covering the tick with petroleum jelly to prompt the tick to release its grasp before you carefully remove them using tweezers.

Mites

Mites are microscopic insects that burrow into your dog’s skin where they live and feed, causing a lot of damage, inflammation, hair loss, and so forth. Your dog will require veterinary care to successfully remove mites.

How to Relieve Your Dog’s Irritated Bug Bites

All it takes is one mosquito bite to send your dog into an itching frenzy. Your dog’s inflammatory response to a bug bite may cause him/her to itch for a few minutes or hours on end. What if we told you there’s a way to provide your dog with much-needed relief?

Bug Bites on DogsThe all-natural answer is Skin Soother! Skin Soother contains carefully sourced vegan and all natural ingredients proven to provide relief and treat a variety of skin conditions, including inflamed bug bites, dry and itchy skin, hot spots, fungal infections, yeast infections, rashes, and more!

Even the most serious bug bites on dogs, for instance tick bites and flea infestations, are soothed by this powerful skin balm.

When you have Skin Soother on hand, you have a permanent way to soothe irritated bug bites all summer long. Your dog is sure to thank you!

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Bulldog Essentials: 5 Things Bulldogs Need For a Pawesome Life

These bulldog essentials can help solve some some of the most common problems experienced by this loveable breed.

Bulldogs are sweet, adorable, and so much fun, but they tend to be more sensitive than other dog breeds and require extra special care to maintain optimum health. Bulldogs are a brachycephalic (or short-nosed) breed, which puts them at a greater risk for health issues. Certain bulldog essentials can help combat common issues and help your pup live the healthiest and happiest life pawssible.

Some of the most common health issues bulldogs face include:

  • Allergies
  • Skin infections, rashes and hot spots
  • Dry nose
  • Heatstroke
  • Dry, rough, red, or inflamed paw pads
  • Knee and joint issues
  • Tight tails or pocket tails

Many of the issues listed above link right back to number one—an increased sensitivity to certain allergens. Allergies can be sparked by food or something in your dog’s environment.

#1. Dry, Rough, Crusty, Red, or Damaged Dog Nose

Bulldog Essential Solution: Snout Soother

bulldog essentialsShort-nosed breeds are more prone to issues with breathing and their nose. Also, allergies can show up on your dog’s nose as well, say for instance they are allergic to their food or even the bowls they are fed out of. A dry or cracked dog nose is uncomfortable and prohibits your dog from utilizing their strongest sense, their smeller.

Bulldogs are extra sensitive, so you want to avoid applying just anything to their delicate noses. Snout Soother is safe, all-natural, and highly effective when it comes to soothing and healing dry, cracked or otherwise damaged dog noses.

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#2. Skin Infections or Rashes

Bulldog Essential Solution: Skin Soother & Wrinkle Balm

Bulldogs are covered in adorable wrinkles. As cute as they may be, wrinkles are the perfect place for bacteria to grow and flourish. This is especially bulldog essentialstrue with facial wrinkles, where food and moisture often settle in the folds of your dog’s skin. Daily cleanings are essential to keep your bulldog’s wrinkles clean, dry and free of irritants and infections.

Wrinkle Balm is specially formulated to treat irritated and infected wrinkles. The all-natural and vegan balm is made from carefully sourced ingredients and can be used all around your dog’s face. After all, it’s safe enough to eat—because we know how much dogs love to lick!

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Bulldogs are also prone to hot spots and skin irritations, often related to allergies. Skin Soother can calm and soothe inflamed skin, while simultaneously treating the underlying issue.

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#3. Tight Tail Pocket

Bulldog Essential Solution: Wrinkle Balm

Similar to your bulldog’s wrinkled face and body, they may have tight creases in their tail, especially if they have a tight tail pocket. Tight tails require regular cleaning to prevent infection. The tighter your dog’s tail, the greater the risk of infection because air circulation is prohibited.

After regular cleanings, apply Wrinkle Balm to your dog’s tail pocket to help prevent infections. The soothing all-natural balm can even help heal current infections thanks to its anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties.

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#4. Rough, Dry, or Peeling Paw Pads

Bulldog Essential Solution: Paw Soother & Pawtection

bulldog essentialsHot asphalt, sand, snow, rough concrete; there are so many different surfaces that can cause severe wear and tear on your bulldog’s paw pads.  Additionally, allergies can cause your dog’s paws to become irritated. If your dog’s paws feel rough to the touch, are peeling, flaking, or irritated, he/she needs relief—and fast! Flaking and damaged paw pads can be very painful. If left untreated the issue will only get progressively worse as your dog licks, chews, and further irritates the paw and surrounding tissues.

Paw Soother can help reduce discomfort while providing much-needed moisture thanks to a special blend of vegan, organic and 100% natural herbal-based butters and plant oils. It is effective at treating dry, chapped or rough paws caused by extreme weather conditions, allergies, or hyperkeratosis.

PawTection is the sister product to Paw Soother, it is more wax-based to provide additional protection to paw pads. Sort of like slipping on a pair of socks, PawTection provides a barrier between your bulldog’s paws and ground surfaces.bulldog essentials

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We know how much dogs love licking their paws! Thankfully, Paw Soother and PawTection are made with 100% natural ingredients that should not cause any health issues if your dog ingests them.

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Lipoid Pneumonia & Dogs: Why You Should Never Use Vaseline On Your Dog’s Dry Nose

Lipoid Pneumonia can be caused by applying Vaseline / petroleum jelly to your dog’s nose, especially after regular use. Dry dog noses or cracked paw pads are often lathered up in Vaseline, after all, most people have the common household product sitting around.

Wait! Before you apply petroleum jelly, be warned that it is not good for your dog. There are documented cases of Vaseline leading to lipoid pneumonia in dogs and humans. It’s relatively rare, but it is possible to develop lung problems after inhaling fat-based substances (lipoids), like petroleum jelly, over long periods of time.

What is Lipoid Pneumonia?

Lipoid pneumonia can impact humans and dogs. It is a particular form of lung inflammation (pneumonia) that is caused by lipids entering the bronchial tree.

What are the Symptoms of Lipoid Pneumonia in Dogs?

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Persistent cough
  • Discharge from nasal passages
  • Weakness, fatigue
  • Rapid breathing
  • Increased heartrate

Since this condition is rare in dogs, it might be difficult to find the correct diagnoses. Make sure to tell your veterinarian if your dog has come in contact with petroleum jelly.

Why You Should Never Use Vaseline On Your Dog’s Dry Nose

#1. Vaseline can cause lipoid pneumonia after long term use.

Fat-based substances (lipoids), like petroleum jelly, can cause lung problems if they are inhaled over a long period of time.

#2. Your dog is guaranteed to eat it and it’s not safe for consumption.

If you lather your dog’s dry nose or rough paw pads with Vaseline, there are sure to eat it via licking.

#3. Vaseline does not provide additional moisture.

Vaseline does not provide any additional moisture, instead it simply provides a barrier that traps in moisture that’s already there. Dry dog noses, paw pads, and other canine skin conditions respond much better to products specially designed for dogs with added moisturizers.

#4. It can cause yeast and fungal growth.

Vaseline can clog skin pores, locking in oils and dirt in a moist and warm environment perfect for yeast and fungal growth.

#5.  It’s not approved for internal use.

Not only does this mean it shouldn’t be consumed, but also, it means it shouldn’t be placed inside of your dog’s ears, nose, etc.

#6. Vaseline does not cure most canine skin conditions.

In other words, you’re taking a risk that isn’t worth taking.

#7. There are different grades of petroleum jelly.

While the Vaseline brand claims to be free of carcinogenic contaminants, many other brands are loaded with toxins. That doesn’t mean you should use Vaseline on your dog, but it is better than other, more potentially dangerous, brands.

#8. Large quantities of Vaseline act as a laxative.

If your dog licks large quantities of petroleum jelly, watch out because it can cause diarrhea.

Avoid Lipoid Pneumonia: How to Safely Treat Your Dog’s Dry Nose

Snout Soother is safe, effective, and specially formulated to soothe and heal dry dog noses. It is made from all natural ingredients and includes moisturizing, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. Plus, it’s 100% safe to eat, because we know how much dogs love to lick! You can apply as much Snout Soother as you like without fear of your dog developing a life-threatening condition like lipoid pneumonia.

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How to naturally protect your pet from mosquito bites

Mosquito bites are extremely aggravating, itchy and can even cause different infections and allergic reactions. Mozzies bite our skin in order to obtain our blood which is crucial for mosquitoes to breed. But, we, humans, are not the only ones suffering from these irritating insects. Pets and other animals are also often surrounded by huge mosquito swarms because their blood is just as good as human blood in the eyes of mosquitoes. And often it is simpler for them to bite an animal than a human. Hence, during the summer season, we should not only concentrate on protecting ourselves against mosquitoes but also think about how we can prevent mosquitoes from biting our pets. Unfortunately, many mosquito repellents aimed at animals contain chemicals which can cause health problems to our beloved pets, therefore, let’s look at some effective and natural ways, how we can control mosquitoes and stop them from attacking our furry friends.

mosquito bitesThere are numerous natural mosquito repellents that can be used on fur and skin of animals, which are quite similar to those containing chemicals in terms of efficiency. The only difference between natural bug sprays and artificial ones is the lasting power of the mosquito repellent. Natural insect repellents tend not to last as long as DEET, Permethrin or Permethrin-based sprays do, however, as long as we remember to re-apply the repellent no matter if we use it on ourselves or our pets,  the bug spray will work just as good. Add that to the fact that by using a natural repellent we won’t be exposing our pets to harmful toxins and there are more reasons to use a natural product than one that contains chemicals. But bug spray isn’t the only way to ensure that our pets aren’t bothered by mosquitoes.

Another great way to ensure mosquito-free time for our pets as well as ourselves is to use natural insecticides in our backyards or in the areas where our pets spend the most time. We can either opt for a natural ready-made mosquito spray, or use a green insecticide with an insect fogger, because both of these methods will make sure that our outdoors areas are ready for our pets to be enjoyed without getting bothered by annoying insects. And if you worry about these natural yard sprays being harmful or dangerous to your animals in any way then don’t. They don’t leave any scent or residue on the grass or plants, just rid our outdoors space of insects.

Although, using natural mosquito repellents and yard sprays is a great and effective choice, there are many other ways how we can ensure that mosquitoes won’t be bothering us and our pets. Planting mosquito repellent plants in our gardens is another green alternative. On top of that it also is a very decorative way on how we can minimize the number of mosquitoes living in our backyards. There are numerous mosquito repellent plants to choose from. For example citronella, marigolds, catnip, peppermint, basil and lavender are the most common choices, which means that these plants will not only deter mosquitoes but they can even be used as medicine and in culinary, providing fresh greens for our meals and natural remedies for various illnesses. So, having mosquito repellent plants in our backyards has several amazing benefits.

Lastly, if you want decrease the overall number of mosquitoes in your backyard, which will minimize the chances of our pets getting bit, there also are several mostquito bitesnatural options on how we can do that. Firstly, we should keep our gardens clean. We should pick up any old grass and keep our compost under a lid because mosquitoes like to hide in these types of environment. Secondly, since mosquitoes breed in standing water, we should dump and drain our rain gutters, buckets and any other container which might collect rain water. In addition, keeping your grass closely cut in the summer season will also minimize the number of mosquitoes in our backyards because, mosquitoes also like to live in the grass, which protects them from wind, rain and other elements. Finally, adding a misting systems is also an effective way on how to keep our grass and plants hydrated and decrease the number of mosquitoes in our space. Mosquitoes cannot fly in rain, and since misting systems create artificial rain, the mosquitoes naturally won’t come into the area and won’t bother us.

Overall, the best way to protect our pets against mosquitoes is by taking good care of our backyards. On top of that we can also use one of the many different insect repelling products to even further ensure that mosquitoes don’t bother our animals and ourselves. And you don’t even have to chose products that are filled with chemical components, because there are plenty of natural mosquito deterring products that will be just as effective at keeping the mosquitoes away.

 

Author: Karen Thompson | InsectCop.com

Infected Bulldog Tail Pocket? Here’s How to Clean Your Dog’s Tail Pocket the Natural Way

A bulldog tail pocket require extra special attention to prevent uncomfortable infections from developing. Not all bulldogs have a tail pocket, or rather a little pocket that their tail comes out of. It can be difficult to tell if a puppy has a tail pocket. You might need to wait until your pup grows a little to know for sure. It is not uncommon for even the most devoted dog lovers to not notice their dog’s tail pocket until after it becomes infected and uncomfortable.

Think about how nasty a belly button smells if it’s never cleaned. Now imagine if your belly button was located near your bum and you didn’t wear any clothes to cover it… one can only imagine how dirty it would get! The same goes for your bulldog’s tail pocket, this tiny space is a welcoming pit stop for dirt, grime, and sweat. When left uncleaned, build up results in inflammation, irritation, and infection.

You can prevent painful inflammation, yeast, and bacterial infections by simply remaining proactive and cleaning your dog’s tail pocket on a regular basis.  Here are three tips for success:

Bulldog Tail Pocket Cleaning Tip #1: Clean the area, carefully remove all dirt and debris

Use a moist clean rag or paper towel to gently clean the area, removing dirt until the area is clean. Bulldog tail pockets are sensitive so proceed with extreme caution and a gentle touch. Clean your dog’s tail pocket daily until the infection heals. Thereafter, you can clean your dog’s healthy tail pocket a few times each week to prevent future infections.

Bulldog Tail Pocket Cleaning Tip #2: Thoroughly dry your dog’s tail pocket

After you clean the tail pocket, use a dry cloth to pat dry any moisture that is left behind. If your dog’s tail pocket is wet or even slightly damp, it’s the perfect recipe for bacterial growth and infection. That’s why it’s so important to keep your dog’s tail pocket clean and dry.

Bulldog Tail Pocket Cleaning Tip #3: Apply Wrinkle Balm to prevent future irritations and infections

Bulldog tail pockets are easily infected, that’s why we recommend adding a protective all natural balm to your dog’s tail pocket every day after you clean and dry the area. Wrinkle Balm is the perfect all natural product for the job. It contains antioxidants along with anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and anti-fungal properties.

An infected bulldog tail pocket can cause a great deal of discomfort for your dog. Thankfully, Wrinkle Balm not only helps combat existing and future infections, but also it provides soothing relief the moment it is applied.

Each all-natural and vegan ingredient packed inside of Wrinkle Balm is hand-selected with sensitive bulldogs in mind.  Try Wrinkle Balm risk free today!

 

Dry Cracked Dog Paws Were A Serious Issue For Our Dog Until We Discovered This

Do dry cracked dog paws have your pup singing the doggone blues? There’s an all-natural solution you must try!

When 10-year-old Zoe started limping, her human parents instantly checked her paws to see what was wrong. They discovered Zoe’s paws were so dry she had developed cracks that ran deep into her paw pads. Zoe’s dad Hunter writes, “We knew they were rough, but we had no idea how dry they had gotten!”

dry cracked dog paws

Zoe with paw cracks

The adorable German Shorthaired Pointer from Denville, NJ enjoys roaming free over 17 acres every day, but as a result of running and playing over such vast terrain, she developed dry cracked dog paws so severe she was limping from the pain. Zoe’s parents knew they needed to find something to help her as quickly as possible.

dry cracked dog paws

Before

“We saw so many incredible reviews about Paw Soother and PawTection that it was a no-brainer. After only a few applications we were able to see a MAJOR improvement in her paws. Her cracks are almost gone and she is well on her way to being completely healed. You’ve got customers for life – thank you so much!!”

dry cracked dog paws

After

Just Like Zoe, Maddie The Golden Retriever Used To Have Dry, Cracked Dog Paws

Meet Maddie, a golden retriever that lives in Princeton, Texas, where she loves going on long walks and playing outside. As happy-go-lucky as Maddie’s life may be, her dry cracked dog paws needed some serious help—and fast!

Maddie’s mom Tara Thompson writes, “For some reason her pads are not tough enough for it. She always ends up with pieces of her pads ripping off, which leads to her licking and biting at them making it more irritated than before.”

instant results

Tara was at a loss what to do for her sweet Maddie. “When I found the Natural Dog Company on Instagram and saw their products, I thought I have to get this for Maddie.”

As soon as it arrived in the mail, Tara applied the soothing balm to Maddie’s dry cracked dog paws. “I absolutely love the instant results and can’t wait to see the long term affects,” she said.

dry cracked dog paws

How Does Paw Soother and Pawtection Heal Dry Cracked Paw Pads?

What Is Paw Soother?

Paw Soother is an all-natural balm specially formulated to soothe and treat dry, cracked, and damaged paw pads. It is made from a blend of herbal-based butters and special plant oils. Paw Soother contains a lot of moisturizing properties, which is so important when it comes to rehydrating dry and cracked paw pads.  That’s not all though, it also contains anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, disinfectant, and antibacterial properties—plus more! 

What Is PawTection?

PawTection, the sister product to Paw Soother, is made from an all-natural blend of waxes and oils. Every ingredient was handpicked to maintain smooth and healthy paw pads.  Paw Soother creates super smooth dog paws, and PawTection helps keep them that way by providing a barrier between your dog’s paws and the elements, all the while providing healing and moisturizing benefits.

Does Your Dog Need Paw Soother Or PawTection?

Paw Soother is ideal for treating:

  • Dry, chapped, rough paws
  • Peeling or cracked paws
  • Hyperkeratosis of the paw
  • Paw Allergy Symptoms
  • Shiny Show Dog Paws
  • Dry Elbows

Furthermore, Paw Soother helps protect your dog against extreme weather and can reduce the appearance of scars.

PawTection is ideal for:

  • Protecting your dog’s feet against hot asphalt, rough gravel, and other unforgiving surfaces.
  • Protecting your dog’s paws against harsh elements such as deicing salts or other chemicals they may encounter.
  • Helps reduce contact with allergies such as pollen, grass, mold, etc.

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Still Not Sold On The Healing Powers Of Paw Soother & PawTection?

Lucky the loveable Pitbull from Colorado Springs, Colorado is yet another success story we are excited to share. Lucky’s paws were dry and rough to the touch when his mom made the decision to give Paw Soother and PawTection a try.

dry cracked dog paws

And pup oh pup, is she doggone glad she did! Lucky’s mom Holly Moon writes: “Just rubbed it in once a night. 3 weeks later his paws are soooo nice!” She adds, “My dog actually enjoyed it. It smells great. I would definitely recommend this to anyone.”

dry cracked dog paws

Give your dog the gift of soft healthy paw pads. Try Paw Soother & PawTection risk free today!

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Dry Dog Lips: The Causes Of Dry Lips In Dogs & How To Naturally Heal The Problem

Dry dog lips need to be naturally treated as soon as possible to prevent worsening of the problem, such as crusting and cracking dog lips. Even if your dog’s dry lips have already progressed to this stage, there’s no need to worry. Snout Soother is one of the best all natural remedies for dry dog lips, and it can be applied one-week into the issue, or years after your dog first developed dry or cracked lips. Each organic, vegan and all natural ingredient packed inside plays a unique role, including moisturizing, healing, and anti-inflammatory properties.

When your lips get really chapped you need something to soothe the immediate discomfort and help the healing process move forward, hence the need for lip balm. Snout Soother is similar to applying an all-natural lip balm but perfectly pet safe!

By applying an all-natural balm to your dog’s lips, you help seal in good moisture and keep out moisture from your dog’s tongue. This is essential to the healing process because dogs love to lick and chew, especially at something that’s bothering them.

What Causes Dry Dog Lips?

There are a wide variety of reasons dogs develop dry lips, including (but not limited to): 

  • Certain health conditions can make your dog more prone to chapped lips, such as periodontal disease or canine atopy.
  • Low relative humidity can contribute to cracking and drying of your dog’s skin, just as it can your skin.
  • Certain allergies or irritants in your dog’s immediate environment can provoke dry lips; this is more likely to be the case if the sores, chapped or dry skin impact your dog’s nose.
  • Toys made of jute are thought to be plausible contributors to dry dog lips.
  • Vitamin deficiencies can cause the inner lips, especially near the corners of the mouth, to crack.
  • Dehydration, is your dog drinking enough water to remain hydrated on the inside and outside?

The only way to know what is causing your dog’s dry lips is to visit your veterinarian. It might take some trial and error to uncover the actual issue. Finding out why your dog’s lips are dry is key to preventing the problem from reoccurring.

Add Oil To Your Dog’s Food

Add 1 teaspoon coconut oil, krill oil, fish oil, or flaxseed oil to your pet’s food. This provides a healthy dose of essential fatty acids that can help moisturize and replenish dry skin. Talk with your vet to uncover any other types of supplements that might help naturally heal your dog’s dry lips.

Can You Use Vaseline On Dry Dog Lips?

We’ve heard people recommend applying vaseline to your dog’s lips, but don’t do it – not ever.  Your dog is going to end up ingesting it, and while vaseline is considered non-toxic to dogs, eating it is known to provoke diarrhea and vomiting. In fact, the ASPCA recommends keeping vaseline away from dogs.

Without fail, we all know dogs are going to lick and subsequently eat anything applied to their lips. You can rest assured, Snout Soother is 100% safe on every inch of your dog’s body, inside and out.

Try Snout Soother risk free today! Your pup is sure to thank you with plenty of soft-lipped kisses.

Dog Post-Surgery Wound Care: The Essential How-To Guide For Treating Your Dog After Surgery

Dog post-surgery wound care is so important if you want your pup to quickly bounce back after surgery of any kind, from standard neutering to something more complex, such as tumor removal. Here are 6 important post-surgery wound care tips to keep in mind for a pawesome recovery!

Dog Post Surgery Wound Care Tip #1: Keep Your Dog Isolated From Kids & Other Animals

Even the nicest dogs can get snappy post-surgery. It’s not worth taking any risks and it’s for the best. Keeping your dog isolated from other animals and small children can prevent him or her from getting injured. Young ones and hyper dogs may encourage your pup to move too quickly before they have healed, they could also lick or paw at your dog’s post-surgical wounds.

Dog Post Surgery Wound Care Tip #2: Go For Lots Of Bathroom Breaks The Day Of & The Day After Surgery

Take your dog out to use the restroom more often than you normally would the day of and the day after surgery. The IV fluids your dog received during surgery have to come out somehow! Dogs may urinate as often as every hour or every few hours; some dogs even pee in their sleep!

Dog Post Surgery Wound Care Tip #3: Provide Water By Hand

Your dog might not feel thirsty, but don’t let that fool either of you. Your dog needs fluids more than ever right now, so make sure to offer them water on a regular basis. Don’t leave them unattended with a water bowl though. It is possible for a groggy dog to pass out and drown in it.

Dog Post Surgery Wound Care Tip #4: Keep Wounds Dry

Avoid baths, swimming in the pool or any other contact with water following surgery. You should even take extra precautions before going for a walk in the rain. Talk to your vet to find out when exactly your dog’s post-surgical wounds can get wet again.

Dog Post Surgery Wound Care Tip #5: Don’t Let Your Dog Lick & Chew

If your dog licks and chews at their post-surgical wound they will open up stitches and create nasty infections. Unfortunately, just about every dog on the planet can’t resist licking and chewing their wounds. That’s why the dreaded post-surgical pet cone was invented! Make sure your dog wears it for as long as your vet recommends – don’t even think about giving into those big sad eyes.

Dog Post Surgery Wound Care Tip #6: Keep Wound Clean & Moisturized To Promote Healing

Dog Post Surgery Wound CareYour vet should provide dog post-surgery wound care instructions that detail how to clean the wound, drain it (if necessary), bandage it or whatever the case may be. Always talk to your vet first before applying any products to your dog’s post-surgical wounds. In most cases, vets tend to agree that applying Skin Soother to post-surgical dog wounds can help soothe, moisturize and heal post-surgery wounds.

Every carefully sourced all-natural and vegan ingredient inside of Skin Soother packs a powerful purpose. For instance, Vetiver offers anti-inflammatory properties, and Niaouli is a natural analgesic, bactericidal and antiseptic that helps relieve pain and kill bacteria. Learn about all of Skin Soother’s ingredients here.

Try Skin Soother risk free today. Your pup is sure to thank you for it!

How To Heal Dry & Cracked Dog Noses: Before & After Reviews Of Snout Soother

A dry dog nose can be a big problem, especially if the dryness progresses to the point that your dog’s nose begins to crack, fall off in chunks, bleed, become discolored or show any other signs of irritation. Your dog relies on his nose to smell everything around, in fact your dog’s sense of smell is his greatest sense of all. If your eyesight suddenly started to go bad and you couldn’t process the world in the same ways you did before, how would you feel? This is how your dog starts to feel when their nose isn’t working right. That’s why it’s so important to heal a dry or crusty dog nose as it can actually lead to behavioral issues and additional stress for your dog.   

While a moist dog nose is so important to your dog’s overall health and wellbeing, there are many causes of dry dog noses, such as:

  • Overexposure to the sun – yes, your dog’s nose CAN get sunburned.
  • Allergies to anything from the plastic food bowl they eat out of to pesticides in the dirt they dig in.
  • Sleeping or lounging near a heater can dry out your dog’s nose.
  • Short-nosed dogs (Brachycephalic Breeds) are more prone to dry noses due to the natural shape of their facial structure.

If your dog’s nose is irritated for any reason at all, they are more likely to scratch and lick at it, causing further irritation. That’s why it’s so important to heal and address the issue as soon as possible. 

How To Heal Dry Dog Noses

Snout Soother is an easy, affordable and all natural way to treat cracked, crusty and dry dog noses. It is also used to treat hyperkeratosis, canine dry eye and discoid lupus. While it goes to work soothing irritated dry dog noses, the healing balm provides natural sunscreen, windburn protection as well as protection against extreme weather conditions.

Natural Dog Company originated with one single product: Snout Soother. Despite how much we have grown over the last few years, our goal with this all-natural vegan product remains the same to this day. We want to help heal as many dry, crusty, discolored and overall unhealthy snouts as possible. We’d love to introduce you to a few of our clients that walk on four legs and have seen great results from Snout Soother!  

Meet Jerry The Bulldog, He No Longer Has A Dry Dog Nose!

Jerry high-profile

Jerry is a high-profile bulldog that needs to look his best at all times, and a dog with a dry or crusty nose is certainly not camera-ready! Jerry is the Campus Ambassador at Arkansas Tech University. Jerry’s owner, Heather S., writes: “It is very important for Jerry to always look his best and Snout Soother has helped his dry, cracked bulldog nose. We love the product and have recommended it to numerous people!”

Here’s what Jerry’s nose looked like before Snout Soother:

Heal dry dog noses naturally with Snout Soother

Here’s what Jerry’s nose looks like after using Snout Soother: 

Tyler Durden The American Cocker Spaniel No Longer Has A Dry Nose!

Tyler Durden is a celebrity American Cocker Spaniel with quite the Instagram following. When you’re constantly in the public eye, people start to question why your nose looks so dry and crusty. Tyler’s loving parents, Paul and Tyler, decided to give Snout Soother a try.

Heal dry dog noses naturally with Snout Soother

Tyler’s parents write: “We have been using the product on Tyler’s nose for the past week and have begun seeing some great results. Putting Snout Soother on is one of Tyler’s favorite parts of the day. He thinks it’s a treat and always tries to lick the extra off my fingers. it’s a good thing it is all natural! Tyler said he recommends this product to all his animal friends because when you heal noses you get happy noses. Also, he said the ladies love a nice healed nose, and Tyler is all about the ladies.”

Jersey The Golden Has A Smooth And Healthy Dog Nose Now!

Jersey is a beautiful 8-year-old golden retriever from Spotswood, NJ. Jersey takes special medications to help with seizures, but the medicines enlisted to help her started drying out her nose even worse than it was before.

Annie, Jersey’s mom, writes: “My dog has had a dry, chapped nose for a few years now. No one could explain why. Then about a year ago my dog started having problems falling down and having seizures. She started taking medications that dried her out.  Her nose got worse, so bad in fact it was thick, dry, cracked, almost down to her nostrils.  I didn’t know what to do to help her heal…until I saw your website!”

Jersey’s dry dog nose before Snout Soother:

Heal dry dog noses naturally with Snout Soother

After trying Snout Soother for just one weekend, from Friday to Sunday, Annie started to notice a big difference.

Heal dry dog noses naturally with Snout Soother

Jersey’s healthy nose after using Snout Soother:

Heal dry dog noses naturally with Snout Soother

“I highly recommend Snout Soother for anyone with a dog. I opened the package on a Friday after work, and put the balm on her nose a few times a day. By Sunday evening at dinner the last of the dry skin just fell off! That’s it! Not even three days. Completely better – and you know I’m going to rub it in her nose to keep it from coming back!”

Annie adds, “Thank you so much for your wonderful product! My eight-year-old golden retriever, Jersey, is going to be much more comfortable from now on.  She once again has a warm, wet snout!”

Heal dry dog noses naturally with Snout SootherHelping Heal Dry Dog Noses One Snout At A Time!

Our pawesome testimonials routinely make our days brighter around here! We love seeing all of the dogs we are able to help with our full line of all natural dog care products. We’d love to help your dog receive the same healing relief as the dogs pictured above. Learn more about Snout Soother and try it risk free! Your dog is sure to thank you.

Dog Pad Moisturizer: How To Mend Scratchy Dog Paws & What Causes Them In The First Place?

Is your furry pal in need of dog pad moisturizer? The answer is more than likely yes if your dog’s paw pads feel scratchy or rough to the touch. Think about your feet, when your soles get rough and start catching on the sheets – you apply lotion. Your dog’s rough paws may be more cause for concern; common causes of dry dog paws are different than dry human feet. Dry and rough paw pads are often caused by exposures to certain toxins and underlying allergies, not just lack of moisture.

Causes Of Rough & Scratchy Dog Paws

  • Irritation from certain chemicals or toxins
    • Anything from garden sprays to carpet cleaners and deicers could be the culprit. Since dogs tend to chew on irritated paws they end up ingesting whatever chemicals they come into contact with, which is pretty scary if you think about it.
  • Allergies, dog allergies commonly cause itching of the skin, ears and paw pads.
  • Hyperkeratosis, especially in older dogs
  • Regular exercise or play on rough surfaces, hot asphalt, ice, sand, etc.

Treatment For Rough Scratchy Paws: The All Natural Dog Pad Moisturizer

Dog pad moisturizer can be used to help heal scratchy paws, but only if it’s packed with the right ingredients. After all, dry dog pads tend to be caused by more pressing things than just a lack of moisture. Paw Soother is an all natural yet effective way to treat and heal all types of rough, dry paw pads while providing an essential dog pad moisturizer. 

Paw Soother naturally soothes and treats:

  • Dry, chapped, rough dog paw pads
  • Peeling or cracking paws
  • Hyperkeratosis of the paw
  • Allergies

The best treatment measures used in conjunction with Paw Soother vary based upon the cause of scratchy paw pads. For instance, if you use any chemicals in your yard or when cleaning your interior floors, consider switching to less harsh eco-friendly products for at least a couple months. Through trial and error you can uncover what irritates your dog’s paws.

When your dog’s paws are dry and irritated they just can’t help themselves… they MUST lick, and lick they will. Even some of the smartest dogs will lick until they create infected wounds. In order to help treat even the most severely irritated dog paws, we added natural ingredients with antibacterial and antifungal properties. We also carefully source every last ingredient in order to ensure it is safe for your dog to ingest. For more severe wounds, including fungal and yeast infections, we strongly recommend our all-natural Skin Soother.

paw pad moisturizer

Paw Soother is great for healing existing damage, but how can you prevent it? PawTection, an organic balm made from natural waxes and oils, helps protect against extreme weather conditions and harsh ground surfaces. The ingredients help form a nourishing barrier on your dog’s paw pad to guard against damage caused by the elements. This barrier also helps to prevent drying by locking in moisture.

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Relief From Dog Skin Allergies: Before & After Reviews Of Skin Soother Show Shocking Results

It is possible to find relief from dog skin allergies, just take a look at these before and after pictures for proof. The dogs described below were all suffering from some form of skin allergen that created itchy dog skin, rashes, open sores and a number of other negative side effects. Unsure what to do in order to help their pal find relief from dog skin allergies, these owners decided to put their trust in the all-natural healing powers of Skin Soother. We are so doggone glad they did! See the results for yourself below.

Rambo

Irritation and dog Skin Allergies healed with Skin Soother

Rambo is a white pitbull from El Cajon, California. The sweet pup suffered endlessly from skin allergies. His owner Carlee writes, “We had recently bought a new harness for him, which unfortunately caused a serious irritation to his armpits, chest and belly.”

Carlee turned to Skin Soother for help, and within 2 weeks she was so glad she did. Within just a couple of weeks, all evidence of Rambo’s red bumps and rash were almost completely gone.

Rambo’s mom writes, “You can really tell his skin is so much more at ease!”

Zeus

dog skin allergies

Adorable Zeus suffered from an irritating rash that just wouldn’t go away for around 2 months. His mom Stephanie writes: “I was browsing around trying to find something to help his rash. I landed on NaturalDogCompany’s Instagram and did some further investigation and heard that other pets have had amazing results.”

Still, Stephanie wasn’t positive Skin Soother would work on Zeus’ rash, but nonetheless she gave it a try. The results superseded all of her expectations. “I was amazed as to how quickly Skin Soother worked on my dog.” She adds, “It took no more than two days to see noticeable results. Just TWO days, his rash was almost completely healed up in a week.”

Kody

dog skin allergies

Kody is an active rescue pitbull mix from Lompoc, California that enjoys spending his time in the dirt, water, sand and grass–all of which lead to dog skin allergies and itchy rashes. Marie D. didn’t want to take away Kody’s favorite pleasures, but she also didn’t want to see him suffering from dog skin allergies.

BEFORE:

dog skin allergies

Kody’s dog skin allergies before using Skin Soother

Marie writes, “Now we have an awesome treatment for his skin ailments thanks to Natural Dog products… I bought the small travel size Skin Soother to test out on my pup’s irritated belly/groin and I am amazed at what a difference 3 days of using it has made!!!”

Prior to receiving Skin Soother, Marie had her doubts about how Kody would react to having any type of balm applied to his skin. Marie shares, “Usually he hates any sort of creams, ointments or sprays even near him!” Thankfully, “With this product he rolled right over and let me lather it on!”


AFTER:

dog skin allergies“Thank you, thank you, thank you,” writes Marie.

You are so welcome, Marie and Kody!

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Help Your Dog Find Relief From Skin Allergies

We are always honored to help dogs experience relief from irritating dog skin allergies. Our mission since day has always been to help as many dogs as possible from all around the world. In fact, if your dog is suffering from irritating skin allergies we’d love to help him/her find relief with our all-natural soothing Skin Soother.

Skin Soother can treat and heal:

  • Dry, itchy or flaky skin
  • Acne, rashes and skin irritations
  • Bacterial infections
  • Yeast or fungal infections
  • Hot spots
  • Inflamed bug bites
  • Post-surgical wounds
  • Cuts, scrapes and burns

Skin Soother is packed with carefully sourced ingredients, like organic coconut oil and natural vitamin E. Each ingredient plays a vital role in soothing, healing and maintaining healthy skin. Learn more about every last ingredient in Skin Soother. Plus, you can try Skin Soother risk free – if you are not completely satisfied with the results, simply send it back for a refund.

Stinky Dog Face Remedy: Two Things You Should Be Doing If Your Dog’s Face Stinks

A stinky dog is more than just smells. The cause of a stinky dog face is typically related to trapped moisture, bacteria, an infection or health disorder. With daily care and maintenance from Wrinkle Balm, your dog’s stinky face problems can become a thing of the past.

What Is Wrinkle Balm?

All-natural and organic Wrinkle Balm is safe on even the most sensitive dogs, while slaying bacteria, yeast and other skin issues that create foul odors. When paired with daily care and proper cleaning of your dog’s face, Wrinkle Balm actively destroys the source of bad odors. That means you can go back to smothering your dog’s face in kisses without gagging.

What Causes Your Dog’s Face To Stink In The First Place?

There are numerous causes of stinky dog faces, including…

wrinkleYour Dog Has A Lot Of Facial Wrinkles

Wrinkles allow moisture to build up between the delicate skin folds. These dark and moist places become an ideal breeding ground for all sorts of bacteria or yeast infections—hence the smell.

Your Dog Experiences Excessive Tearing

If your dog has excessive tearing (epiphora) and drainage of the eyes, all of this moisture builds up on hair and skin and creates a nasty odor – indicative of bacteria. Dogs that commonly experience this issue include the Shih Tzu, Maltese, Poodle, and brachycephalic breeds (breeds with short noses) like Pugs and Bulldogs. Short nosed dogs are especially prone to this problem because moisture becomes trapped in their wrinkles, where it can really become infected and stinky.

Bacteria cause odors that bother dog owners, but they can also create a persistent itch that bothers your dog. If your dog is constantly scratching at his/her face, it only introduces more bacteria to the surface. Plus, excessive scratching can lead to your dog cutting and damaging the sensitive skin on his/her face or eye surfaces.

Your Dog Has A Secondary Skin Infection Caused By Allergies

If dogs are allergic to something in their environment, it can cause the skin on their face to become more sensitive to developing a secondary skin infection. The risk for this is even higher if your dog is constantly scratching at his/her face. Secondary skin infections often have a unique odor, sort of sweet but still repugnant, caused by bacteria. Along with a foul odor you may notice thinning hair, flaking skin, itchiness and/or redness.

Some skin infections require veterinary care in order to isolate and address the primary cause of your dog’s allergies. Often, inflamed, itchy and infected ears also plague dogs with allergic skin disease.

The 2 Most Beneficial Stinky Dog Face Remedies

No matter why the skin, hair or wrinkles on your dog’s face smell, there are two things you can do to clear up the issue:x

#1. Clean Between Wrinkles On A Regular Basis To Reduce Stinky Dog Faces

Dogs with wrinkly faces are more prone to developing foul-smelling skin infections. That’s why it’s so important to clean between your dog’s wrinkles multiple times throughout the day. Start by using a moist cloth to remove any dirt, debris, or food. Then use a soft dry cloth to remove any moisture left behind. By removing food, debris and moisture you make it much harder for bacteria and yeast to survive.

Even if your dog doesn’t have wrinkles, wipe their face clean throughout the day to help eliminate the source of the stink.

#2. Apply Wrinkle Balm Daily

After cleaning your dog’s face, apply Wrinkle Balm all over. You never have to worry about your dog licking at it, or even eating the entire container. That’s because every last ingredient lovingly packed inside is 100% safe for your dog—no matter if it’s applied to his/her face or orally ingested.

Wrinkle Balm is used to treat a wide variety of canine skin conditions, including:

  • Yeast and bacterial infections
  • Skin fold dermatitis
  • Redness, chaffing
  • Inflammation of the skin
  • Pimples or sores
  • Scabbing
  • Crusty build up
  • Hair loss/baldness
  • Itchy skin
  • Flaky skin
  • And of course, foul odors

You go to give your dog a big kiss on the face only to cringe with disgust—what’s that smell? Stinky face or not, you still love your dog, but a stinky face can be hard to kiss, cuddle and love on. Wrinkle Balm makes it easy to love on your dog again, while providing soothing relief to your best four-legged pal.

Try Wrinkle Balm risk-free today. If you are not completely satisfied with the results, simply send it back for a full refund. You have nothing to lose and a fresh-smelling dog to gain!

 

 

Help, My Dog Is Slipping On Floors! How To Provide Your Dog With Anti-Slip Traction

If your dog is slipping on floors on a regular basis, it can start to stress both you and your pup out. Forget the dog shoes and booties; there are easier ways to provide anti-slip traction for your dog. While the occasional slip might not cause much concern, and can even be a little comical, if your dog is slipping on a regular basis it presents the risk for serious injury.

It might sound crazy, but it’s not uncommon for dogs to require major surgery following an injury caused by simply slipping on slick floors. Even if your dog avoids major injury, enough slipping and sliding can make them fearful of walking on certain surfaces.

Is Your Dog Slipping On Floors? Here Are 4 Easy-Fix Solutions!


#1. Check For Dry Paw Pads If Your Dog Is Slipping On Floors

Dry paw pads are the most common cause for dogs having traction and slipping issues. When the skin is overly dry, it lacks the capability to grip and causes paws to slide across smooth surfaces. Think about when people are trying to count money or sift through papers…they will often lick their finger to get a better grip! Same concept, only dogs need a better long time solution.

Weathered paws healed with Paw Soother

Dry, chapped paws are a very common and largely ignored problem. Unprotected contact with pavement, snow, sand and many other surfaces can lead to the development of dry and cracked paws. Not only can this be uncomfortable for your dog, but also it causes your dog to lose grip and slip more easily.

Healthy paws are meant to be moisturized, flexible and almost spongy. This allows for their paws to get better and more secure contact with the surfaces they walk on. Paw Soother is the perfect, all-natural solution for moisturizing and healing paw pads. Within just a few applications you will notice a difference in the look and feel of your dog’s paws. As a result of healthier paws, your dog will enjoy better traction and grip, which ultimately means less slips. That’s why Paw Soother is the leading all-natural product specially formulated to treat some of the worst dry dog paws.

#2. All Natural PawTection Helps Prevent Dogs Slipping On Floors

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Protecting the health of your dogs paws when heading out in in-climate weather or long walks is important. Direct and prolonged contact with harsh surfaces can really take a toll on the paw pads, causing them to dry out and crack. PawTection is an easy to apply organic, all natural and vegan balm that smoothly glides over dog paws to guard against damage and lock in moisture. Unlike cumbersome dog shoes and booties, dogs don’t even know they have anything on their feet.

PawTection is often utilized by professional dog trainers to aid in traction when using agility courses and training. The added moisture to the paws helps to provide an anti-slip barrier between your dog’s paws and flooring. Great for use around the house as well to allow your dog to gain better traction while cruising around. Licking of the product won’t be a worry with PawTection, as each ingredient is carefully selected for their effectiveness and safety.

#3. Clip Your Dog’s Nails and Toe Fur for Added Anti-Slip Traction

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No surprise if these paws struggle with slipping!

Overgrown nails and/or toe fur can also contribute to a dog’s difficulty maintaining good contact with smooth surfaces and increased likelihood of slipping. You can help your dog gain more traction by simply trimming nails and fur around the feet.

#4. Keep Your Dog In Good Physical Shape and a Healthy Weight

If your dog is in good shape physically they are less likely to slip, fall and become injured. Make sure your dog gets regular exercise so that they have the mobility needed to stand up to slick floors. A physically fit dog goes hand-in-hand with weight management. Older dogs and overweight dogs are at a greater risk of slipping and suffering an injury.

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If you have lots of dogs and/or older dogs, it might be worth investing in non-slip floor options. Instead of ripping out your current flooring, you could simply add large surface area rugs where your dog hangs out or plays the most. Be sure to secure rugs properly to avoid an entirely new form of slipping—yikes!

Save money by purchasing Paw Soother & PawTection in one pawesome set!

 

Does A Dry Dog Nose Mean My Dog Is Sick?

A dry dog nose can indicate that your dog is sick, but it doesn’t always mean that. A dry dog nose can signal sunburn, allergies or dehydration, as well as a number of other things.

The popular belief is that a moist nose signifies a healthy dog and a dry nose signifies a sick dog, but that’s not always the case. The temperature and moist qualities of your dog’s nose can vary throughout a given day. Drastic and persistent changes in your dog’s nose and overall demeanor may signal a more serious illness.

A dog with a nasal disease can still have a moist nose, so just because your dog’s nose isn’t dry doesn’t mean they are necessarily healthy. There are so many other important indicators of your dog’s overall health. But if your dog’s nose is always dry there’s an issue that needs to be addressed.

If left ignored, constant dryness will lead to additional issues, such as a crusting, scabbing, bleeding and pain. Plus, your dog uses the moisture on his or her nose to pick up smells. Sense of smell is one of the greatest superpowers your dog has, and if your dog can’t smell as well as he or she should it can lead to stress, depression and behavioral issues.

What Causes Dry Dog Nose?

While some canine illnesses cause dry dog nose, there are a number of other reasons your dog’s nose is dry.

#1. Your Dog Just Woke Up From A Nap

It’s perfectly normal for your dog’s nose to be on the dry side after waking up from a slumber. Your dog’s nose should become moist again around 10 minutes after waking up.

#2. Your Dog Is Spending Too Much Time Near A Heat Source

Dogs that like to snooze next to heating vents or other sources of heat often experience dry noses. The constant flow of warm air over a dog’s face causes the nose to dry out. It can become so dry that it cracks.

#3. Your Dog Has Allergies

Just like humans, dogs can develop allergies to anything in their environment. Allergies can be sparked by certain foods, plastic water bowls or scented sprays used around the house. Perhaps your dog is getting into something outside that they are allergic to. Many allergens cause the same result: a dry dog nose.

#4. Your Dog Is Dehydrated

Dehydration can lead to drying out of your dog’s nose. It can also cause kidneys and other body systems to malfunction or shut down completely. Make sure your dog has access to water at all times of the day. Take your dog to the vet if he or she isn’t drinking enough water.

#5. Your Dog’s Nose Is Sunburn

Dogs can get sunburn on their nose just as easily as you and I. If your dog is in the sun a lot they may need sunscreen to protect them against the elements.

Only use all-natural sunblock made specifically for dogs, like Snout Soother. For one, your dog is going to lick at it and end up eating it. Secondly, your dog’s nose is incredibly sensitive and can be damaged by a number of human products.

How To Soothe & Heal A Dry Dog Nose

Snout Soother is the fastest and safest way to heal your dog’s nose FAST. It is lovingly made from a specially formulated blend of all-natural oils and butters. Thousands of satisfied customers, both on two legs and four, are barking mad over this incredible product. After all, within just a few applications it has the power to transform and heal dry, crusty and badly damaged noses.

Check out just one of our many happy customer’s reviews after using on Snout Soother on her dog’s dry nose:

This is Bear. He is a 2.5 year old Pitbull / Lab mix. We live in the Central Valley in California. Since the beginning of this very dry, hot summer Bear’s nose has been also very dry and was starting to crack. I have tried several other natural creams and nothing was working. After about 6 months of having this problem I finally came across the Natural Dog Company’s Instagram. I was instantly sold on the fact that there were all natural ingredients. I applied the Snout Soother 2-3 times a day for 5 days and the results are amazing. I am so happy to have found such a great product!

– Angelica L. | Reedley, California

Each ingredient is picked for a very specific purpose. For instance, organic coconut oil is packed with moisturizing, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties. While Natural Vitamin E provides a boost to collagen production and cell regeneration, helping your dog’s dry nose heal faster.

Learn about every ingredient in Snout Soother and the purposes they serve.

Snout Soother can be used to soothe, heal and treat:

  • Dry dog nose
  • Crusty or cracked nose
  • Hyperkeratosis
  • Dry skin around your dog’s lips, ears or face
  • Canine dry eye
  • Discoid lupus

Snout Soother can be used as a protective measure against:

  • Windburn
  • Sunburn
  • Extreme weather conditions

 

Clean Wrinkles & Skin Folds: How To Keep Your Dog’s Wrinkles Infection-Free

Bulldogs, pugs and other wrinkly-faced pups need extra special care and attention when it comes to maintaining clean wrinkles and keeping skin folds free of infection. Those wrinkles and skin folds are so dang cute, but they provide the perfect spot for bacteria, yeast and other infections to develop. If your dog’s skin appears irritated, red or stinky, chances are his or her wrinkles are already infected.

Infections are uncomfortable and can even impact your dog’s mood and overall wellbeing. They won’t get better on their own. Without proper treatment and continual care the problem will only get worse. The following tips will keep your dog’s wrinkles clean, healthy and free of infection.

#1. Clean Wrinkles & Take Care Of Skin Fold Infections ASAP

If your dog’s skin is infected, cleaning wrinkles alone won’t get rid of the infection. You’ll need to invest in a 100% natural anti-fungal or anti-bacterial balm to combat the infection. You don’t want to use any over the counter human products or anything too harsh as you risk making the problem worse and exposing your dog to unnecessary chemicals.

The Proven Power Of All-Natural Wrinkle Balm

Wrinkle Balm is the perfect all natural solution for even the most sensitive dogs. Each carefully sourced ingredient packed inside is specifically chosen for its gentle, soothing and healing properties. Wrinkle Balm is proven to treat and prevent skin fold dermatitis, yeast and bacterial infections, crusty buildup, itchy and flaky skin, stinky skin and so much more. It is a fantastic preventative that can be applied daily to keep skin folds healthy.

Use Skin Soother As A Long-Term Preventative Measure Against Wrinkle Infections

Skin Soother is another popular option, though is a much stronger formula designed for the toughest cases. Skin Soother heals your dog’s skin from fungus, bacteria, inflammation, bug bites, hot spots, dry skin and more. It is less mild than Wrinkle Balm, so it isn’t recommend for daily application around sensitive areas unless Wrinkle Balm hasn’t been able to completely treat the problem.

Save money by purchasing Wrinkle Balm & Skin Soother as a set!

#2. Clean Wrinkles Every Day

Use a soft damp cloth to wipe between your dog’s wrinkles as much as several times per day. This removes any lingering food particles or other debris that’ll find their way between your dog’s skin folds. Aim to do this after mealtime and/or after your dog plays outside.

#3. Keep Wrinkles As Dry As Possible

After you wash your dog’s wrinkles with a damp clean cloth, it’s so important to dry the area thoroughly. Any moisture left behind will lead to the development of fungus, bacteria and other icky issues. This is the perfect time to apply Wrinkle Balm to folds, keeping them clean and protected from buildup.

How Often Should I Clean Wrinkles?

Wrinkles should be cleaned and dried at least once a day, but some dogs need their wrinkles cleaned as much as several times a day. Frequency is dependent upon your particular dog. Try different things and keep a written record of your dog’s condition to see what works best.

Signs Of Wrinkle Infections

Example of irritated and infected skin folds

Some signs your dog’s wrinkles or skin folds are infected include:

  • A foul odor
  • Red, inflamed or irritated skin
  • Discharge from skin folds

Visit your vet if at-home treatments don’t work relatively quickly to clear up any signs of irritation or infection.

 

 

“Winter Is Coming…” Facing Real-Life Paw Problems with Pets

The overwhelming popularity of the HBO series, “Game of Thrones,” comes with an ominous warning, “Winter is coming…” This describes the onset of much harsher times approaching this fantasy land full of dragons and warlords. But here in the real world, there’s more of a clear and present danger when it comes to protecting our pets during these colder months.

Let’s face it, cold is cold! When it comes to frigid, winter months, we should take extra precautions with where our pets will be walking. Whether it be through paths of ice and snow commonly found in country setting or salty sidewalks of the cities, all of these situations present possible problems and health risks. Although socks, boots or other foot-related accoutrements are a possible solution, if you’ve seen some of the pet-friendly videos available on the internet, watching a cat or dog walk around in mittens or socks, is comical at best.

While not all animals react negatively to wearing “clothes,” some still do and even putting a protective layer of fabric on an animal’s feet may cause further problems. For example, depending upon the type of material these “shoes” are made from, they could soak up moisture and cause other issues from mildew and moisture. A well-soaked shoe could also freeze and this could lead to even bigger problems with frostbite.

Take A More Defensive Approach

For a much better approach, think about trying Pawtection, an all-natural, organic mix of waxes and oils specifically designed to create a barrier to protect their delicate paws from the elements. Not just ice and snow, but the chemicals that some cities, counties and other government agencies use to deter the buildup of ice on streets and sidewalks.

Aftermath Application

Even when we’re utilizing extra caution and care with our animals, sometimes winter can leave our pet’s paws dry, chapped, cracked and aching from exposure to the frigid elements. If your animal’s tender feet are needing some extra TLC, apply Paw Soother to ease these woes.

Similar to the protection available from Pawtection, Paw Soother is made with only 100% natural ingredients and perfectly formulated to help with issues associated with their paws. You might be thinking they’ll simply lick it off and this could pose even more threats to our pet’s health, but these organic solutions are also vegan and chemical free.

About The Author: Sloan McKinney is a journalist based in Southern California. After writing about pop culture for a number of years, she has recently begun writing for a new audience. Inspired by DeAnthony, her cat, as well as her dog Max, Sloan now hopes to help other pet owners guarantee their animal companions happy and healthy lives.

Merry Christmas From Natural Dog Company

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We hope your howli-days are full of love, belly rubs, and long lists for Santa Paws. After all, we treasure our customers and all of their furry friends.

From one pet lover to another…

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a dog-gon great New Year!

Lip Fold Pyoderma Treatment: How To Naturally Banish Infected Lip Wrinkles

Lip fold pyoderma treatment options are out there! This inflammatory skin disorder often develops between the folds of dogs’ lips, but can also form anywhere else with wrinkles, such as the face, groin or armpit area. Certain breeds are more prone to the development of lip fold pyoderma, also referred to as skin fold dermatitis, including: Spaniels, Pekingese, Pugs, Bulldogs, Shar Pei and any other breed with loose skin and wrinkles.

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How Do I Know If My Dog Has Lip Fold Pyoderma?

You will be able to see, and maybe even smell, lip fold pyoderma. Look between your pup’s wrinkles, do you notice:

  • Moisture
  • Discharge
  • Redness or irritation
  • A foul or musty odor

If you answer ‘yes’ to one or more of these things, your dog likely has skin fold pyoderma.

Is Lip Fold Pyoderma Uncomfortable?

When this condition impacts a dog’s lips it can be incredibly uncomfortable. Imagine when you have something wrong with your lip, it’s bothersome when you eat and drink and sometimes even when you’re doing nothing at all. It’s the same for your dog. We know how much you love your dog, and the last thing you want is for him or her to be uncomfortable. Luckily, there are ways to treat and prevent this nasty bacterial infection.

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What Is Lip Fold Pyoderma & Why Does It Develop?

Pyoderma is caused by the formation of bacteria, which thrive in the tight, dark and moist spaces between dog wrinkles. Skin folds create a warm, humid environment. When your dog sweats or drinks water, moisture enters the picture, causing bacteria to flourish wildly and create an infection between wrinkles.

How To Treat Skin Fold Pyoderma With All-Natural Products

In order to treat skin fold pyoderma you must keep the area as clean and dry as possible. Any excess hair should be clipped away. Many products used to treat bacterial infections are harsh, which creates a double-edged sword for sensitive pups. Skin Soother and Wrinkle Balm are the most gentle products out there proven to effectively treat, soothe, cure and even prevent skin fold pyoderma and other forms of dog dermatitis. These all-natural products are made from organic, vegan and carefully sourced ingredients that present no risk to your dog.

For more serious cases, steroids are often recommended for treatment, but steroids are harsh and full of risks. Skin Soother and Wrinkle Balm offer a much less risky treatment option. Both products are strong enough to combat bacterial and yeast infections as well as fungus, all remaining completely safe for your dog, even if your pup eats it right off his or her face. Plus, it is scent-free, which dogs greatly appreciate.

Skin Soother is the stronger of the two all-natural solutions, which is why we recommend trying it first to combat active cases of pyoderma.

Wrinkle Balm treats less severe cases, and works as a great preventative measure after skin fold pyoderma heals.

In rare cases dogs do not respond to traditional treatment measures, in which surgical removal of skin folds may be advised. Before taking to such drastic measures, we highly recommend trying Skin Soother. We have met so many dogs plagued by pyoderma and unable to find relief from anything until trying Skin Soother and/or Wrinkle Balm. Each product is less than $20 and comes with a money back guarantee, so you truly have nothing to lose.

Will Lip Fold Pyoderma Come Back?

A dog that gets any type of skin fold dermatitis once is prone to getting it again. That’s why preventative measures are so important after the condition heals.

How To Prevent Lip Fold Dermatitis

Wrinkle Balm and Skin Soother have similar properties, but Wrinkle Balm is the gentler formula of the two, making it the perfect preventative measure against skin fold dermatitis. To keep your dog’s skin as healthy as possible you should also:

  • Make sure their food and water bowls are cleaned on a daily basis.
  • Use a clean dry rag to rub away moisture from wrinkles 2-3 times per day.
  • Apply Wrinkle Balm as often as every day; it’s 100% safe, natural and effective.

Learn more about Skin Soother / Wrinkle Balm and read every ingredient we loving pack inside. Bundle up for big savings—buy Skin Soother & Wrinkle Balm in one affordable package deal.

>> Want to see Skin Soother and Wrinkle Balm in action? Check out some of our BEFORE AND AFTER testimonials!

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

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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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Next time lets go with the large Himalayan Gnawer…

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, 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!

Shop our full line of all-natural products!

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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Before

“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!

 

How To Help Your Dog Naturally Find Relief From Itchy Bug Bites

Bugs, bites, scratches—oh my! Itchy bug bites and stings can make your dog scratch to no end, all the while making the condition of their skin worse and worse. We offer two products that help heal and relieve itching and discomfort from bug bites.

Skin Soother and Wrinkle Balm are all-natural products with anti-inflammatory properties that provide soothing and healing relief for bites irritation. Both products have similar qualities, but Wrinkle Balm is made with gentler properties for sensitive areas, such as around the face and eyes. Skin Soother is a stronger formula that will take care of even the most severe cases.

The carefully selected organic and vegan ingredients packed into each solution are sure to heal and soothe your pup in no time! Plus, the antibacterial properties help prevent the risk of infection. Thanks to the instant soothing effect, your pup’s itching will decrease, allowing the bites to heal more efficiently.

Common Itchy Bug Bites On Dogs

There are a number of bugs that commonly bite dogs, all of which can lead to an allergic reaction. Even without an allergy or infection dogs are likely to lick and chew at bites.

The most common areas dogs get bit include:

  • The head
  • Neck
  • Groin area
  • Anus
  • Base of the tail

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Common bugs to blame include:

  • Fleas can cause serious allergic reactions, inducing redness, swelling, hair loss and crusty, oozing skin.
  • Ticks attach to the fur of animals when they brush up against grass, trees or wherever else they may be hiding.
  • Mites are tiny little microscopic insects that chew deep into the layers of your dog’s skin causing inflammation and the potential for secondary infections.
  • Mosquitos create discomfort as soon as they bite so you may notice your dog instantly licking, chewing or scratching at the bite. Mosquito bites can lead to heartworm disease if your dog is not on heartworm medication.
  • Bees, hornets and wasps can all cause significant localized swelling, redness, hives, vomiting and even collapse.
  • Ants may cause localized pain and swelling as well as redness, itching and even lameness.

Skin Soother or Wrinkle Balm can instantly soothe the area, but if your dog’s condition appears to be getting worse you should take them to the vet for treatment. If there are multiple bites or a large swatch of impacted skin, it could be mites, fleas or something else that requires a prescription to get rid of.

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“We believe this is a bite of some kind and didn’t want to take her to the vet because they always want your money. We have had terrible experiences, so the vet is our last resort. I applied Skin Soother for a few days and it cleared right up! Annie has a lot of skin problems and we are fighting one by one until they all are gone. She had two of these exact “bites” of some sort on her back, this picture is from the same place.”

Preventing Heartworm Disease

You love your dog with all your heart so make sure to protect him or her against heartworm disease with preventative heartworm treatment. Heartworm is a serious condition caused by a worm called Dirofilaria immitis. This worm makes a home in your dog’s blood vessels and heart. If a mosquito bites an infected dog, that mosquito can then transmit the disease to the next dog it bites.

Symptoms of heartworm include:

  • Unnaturally tired
  • Coughing
  • Vomiting
  • Struggling to breathe
  • Passing out
  • Resistance to exercise

As the disease progresses it causes damage to the lungs, heart and arteries.

Limit Your Dog’s Risk For Itchy Bug Bites

Here’s how you can help your dog avoid irritating, painful and itchy big bites:

  • Remove any stagnate water around your home. Mosquitos breed in standing water.
  • Change out water bowls daily.
  • Use well fit screens on windows and doors to prevent bugs from getting inside of your home.
  • Keep pets inside most of the day unless you are watching them, especially in the early morning and evening.
  • Avoid walking your dog in swampy places where mosquitos congregate, and tall brush or grass where ticks lurk.
  • Regularly take your dog to the vet to prevent and treat things like heartworm and mites.
  • Groom your dog regularly to check for any suspicious marks or swelling.
  • Carefully look over your dog after walking in brush or high grass to remove ticks before they have a chance to bite.

 

SOURCES:

http://www.hartz.com/Dogs/Health/Parasite_Protection/mosquito_bites_and_your_dog.aspx

http://www.petmd.com/dog/slideshows/parasites/common-bug-bites-on-dogs-cats#

 

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.

Stinky, irritated or inflamed wrinkles driving you and your bullmastiff to puppy tears? Click here to try Wrinkle Balm risk free.

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.

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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.

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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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