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The Essential Dog Weight Loss Guide & 8-Step Plan
The Essential Dog Weight Loss Guide & 8-Step Plan
The Honest Kitchen

As a dog owner, of course you want what's best for your best friend at all times. Unfortunately, if your dog is carrying around excess weight, your pup's health and...

5 Home Remedies for Dog Skin Allergies & Itching
5 Home Remedies for Dog Skin Allergies & Itching
Lucy Postins

Chronic itchy skin, hot-spots, dandruff and a smelly, oily coat are the bane of a worrying number of dogs. It can become chronic problems that cause years of pain and discomfort...

Understanding Probiotics for Pets + 3 Natural Probiotics for Dogs
Understanding Probiotics for Pets + 3 Natural Probiotics for Dogs
Charlotte Austin

“The gut is the largest immune organ in the body,” says Susan G. Wynn, DVM, a veterinary nutritionist in Atlanta, Georgia. When you consider that more than 70% of immune...

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Tips for Maintaining Urinary Tract Health in Dogs
Lucy Postins

A healthy dog is a happy dog, but urinary tract infections and similar health problems can arise and become serious for many breeds. According to the American Kennel Club (AKC),...

Helping an Obese Cat Lose Weight [+ 10 Diet and Exercise Tips]
Helping an Obese Cat Lose Weight [+ 10 Diet and Exercise Tips]
Ben Kerns

The Association of Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) found that 25.7% of cats were overweight and a further 33.8% of cats were obese in 2018. That means nearly three in five...

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Cat Have Bad Breath? Here Are Common Causes and Helpful Remedies
Ben Kerns

Bad breath is a common complaint among cat owners. Many attribute their cat's breath to their diet, blaming stinky food for their stinky breath. Yet, though diet can be a...

How To Clean Your Cat’s Teeth (and Keep Them Clean!)
How To Clean Your Cat’s Teeth (and Keep Them Clean!)
Ben Kerns

Does your cat's bad breath send people running? If your kitty’s mouth smells like a fish market or garbage truck whenever they’re near, chances are they have a problem with...

How to Clean Your Dog’s Teeth [+ 7 Tips to Naturally Keep Them Healthy]
How to Clean Your Dog’s Teeth [+ 7 Tips to Naturally Keep Them Healthy]
Liz Palika

Do you want to keep your dog’s teeth healthy? Maybe you are concerned, because you have noticed your dog’s teeth getting a little yellow and you want to make sure...

Puppy Nutrition Guide: How Much, How Often, What Food To Feed Them
Puppy Nutrition Guide: How Much, How Often, What Food To Feed Them
Dr. Patrick Mahaney

No matter how much experience as a dog parent you have, welcoming a puppy into your family always feels like the first time. Undeniably, this is a moment full of...

Dogs and Gas Prevention: 5 Tips To Stop Flatulence
Dogs and Gas Prevention: 5 Tips To Stop Flatulence
Diana Bocco

Gas in dogs is a relatively common problem, which most owners will experience. Common Causes of Gas in Dogs and Puppies There are many possible causes of dog gas. The...

Reasons Your Dog Is Gaining Weight [+ Weight Loss Tips]
Reasons Your Dog Is Gaining Weight [+ Weight Loss Tips]
Diana Bocco

If your dog is gaining weight, and you’re not sure why, it’s natural to be worried and anxious. There are several reasons why dogs put on weight, which we’ll explore...

Puppy Parasites: What You Need To Know
Puppy Parasites: What You Need To Know
Liz Palika

Puppyhood is an extremely important part of the life of your dog. This period is filled with new experiences, lessons, and emotions as your puppy learns how to behave in...

Natural Dog Breath Remedies
Natural Dog Breath Remedies
Kate Walker

Bad dog breath - also known as canine halitosis - is a much more common condition than you would expect. At first, your dog’s bad breath can seem like a...

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Natural Remedies: Treating Colitis, IBD and Other GI Issues In Dogs
Brandy Vachal

What is Colitis in Dogs? Colitis is a condition, which causes inflammation of the colon, also known as the large intestine or the large bowel. In dogs, colitis is a...

Dog Car Sickness: Tips and Prevention Recommendations For Your Pups Motion Sickness
Dog Car Sickness: Tips and Prevention Recommendations For Your Pups Motion Sickness
Liz Palika

Having a dog that experiences car sickness is stressful for both the pup and the owner. No one enjoys seeing their pet in discomfort, and the thought of causing your...

The Side Effects of Steroids [Like Prednisone] on Dogs
The Side Effects of Steroids [Like Prednisone] on Dogs
Liz Palika

What are Steroids or Corticosteroids? Corticosteroids are a class of medications related to cortisone, a naturally occurring hormone. Corticosteroids are a class of medications related to cortisone, a naturally occurring...

How To Properly Clean Your Dog’s Food Bowl (Steps, Tools, and FAQs)
How To Properly Clean Your Dog’s Food Bowl (Steps, Tools, and FAQs)
Amy Tokic

When was the last time you washed your dog’s food and water bowls? Yesterday? Last week? Last month? When you bought them? Even the most caring, diligent pet owners forget...

7 Healthy Tips to Help Your Dog Gain Weight
7 Healthy Tips to Help Your Dog Gain Weight
Liz Palika

Many pet owners have to battle with the scales from time to time. While obese and overweight dogs are far too common, what if your dog has the opposite problem...

elevated dog bowl
DIY Elevated Dog Bowl
Thomas Mulcahy

Elevated dog bowls can be a great idea for some dogs. Other dogs might not need them. Most dogs simply don't care. If you're wanting to get an elevated dog...

chronic illness dog
Caring For a Dog With a Chronic or Debilitating Illness
Diana Bocco

Taking care of a dog with a long-term illness or disease can be overwhelming—and pet owners often don't know how to deal with it. From getting organized to learning how...

How Daylight Saving Time Affects Your Pet
How Daylight Saving Time Affects Your Pet
Diana Bocco

Pets actually do notice time changes, especially when daylight savings hits in the fall. Most pets do notice when the time changes, especially in the fall, when everything is now...

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Easy Ways to Remove a Tick without Special Tools
Diana Bocco

When your dog has a tick on him and you don't have any fancy tools to remove it, don't worry: there are a few easy ways to remove a tick....

What is Pythiosis in Dogs?
What is Pythiosis in Dogs?
Amy Tokic

Did you know standing water is a breeding ground for a fungal infection that’s dangerous to canines? Water and dogs seem to go together. While most bodies of water are...

Alopecia
What Causes Hair Loss and What to Do About It
Diana Bocco

Unless it’s spring and Fido is shedding, it can be disconcerting to see that your dog is losing lots of hair. In dogs, alopecia usually indicates something’s wrong—whether that means...

Cushing's Disease in Dogs
Q&A with Dr. Leilani Alvarez on Cushing’s Disease in Dogs
Diana Bocco

Cushing's disease appears when the body overproduces certain hormones, especially cortisol. This leads to increased appetite and thirst, lethargy, and a pot-bellied appearance. Because some of the underlying causes of...

dog butt
Impacted Anal Glands: Signs and Solutions
Ben Kerns

Few things in a dog owner's life are as foul-smelling and potentially nausea-inducing as a dog’s anal glands. These smelly sacs are the cause behind many a vet visit and...

dog paw care
When Your Dog Hurts his Paw
Liz Palika

My six-year-old English Shepherd, Bones, is a hardcore athlete. He plays hard, runs hard, and works hard. I don't make him do these things; it's just his nature. He's happiest...

pet first aid
What You Need to Know About Pet First Aid Classes
Liz Palika

I took my first pet first aid course when I was doing search and rescue work with my dogs. I wanted to make sure that if we were on a...

dog diabetes
Recognizing and Caring For Diabetic Dogs
Pam Hair

People love their dogs. We do our best to provide adequate care, proper nutrition, exercise, toys, and companionship to our furry friends. But despite their humans' best efforts, dogs sometimes...

Dog hiding behind chair
6 All-Natural Ways to Soothe an Anxious Dog
Jo Ostgarden

Dogs that develop anxiety usually do so around the onset of social maturity. This happens somewhere around 12 to 36 months of age. Anxiety also seems to accompany normal declines...

cat tick lyme disease
Lyme Disease in Cats: Symptoms & Prevention
Ben Kerns

Lyme disease is one of the most common tick-transmitted diseases on Earth. Fortunately, it’s very uncommon to find in cats. That doesn’t mean it’s impossible. Lyme disease in cats doesn’t...

dog heartworm
Heartworm Prevention is the Best Option
Pam Hair

Many pet lovers and their animals enjoy spring and summer. They enjoy more time outdoors with the longer days and warmer temperatures. But the pleasant weather also signals the return...

dog tick lyme disease
The Importance of Protecting Your Pup from Lyme Disease
Ben Kerns

Trips to the veterinarian are often full of tough choices. When it comes to vaccines, there seems to be a growing list of them that your pup’s doctor might be...

dog tick lyme disease
Q&A with Dr. Leilani Alvarez, DVM on Lyme Disease in Dogs
Diana Bocco

Lyme disease is one of the most common tick-transmitted diseases. Unfortunately, many dogs who are infected never develop any symptoms. Because it can take several months for symptoms to show...

dog raft
Water Dogs: Rafting and Floating Safety
Zach Lazzari

Headed out on a whitewater rafting trip? Perhaps a multi-day float and you don’t want to leave your best friend behind? Rafting and floating with dogs is an absolute delight...

Dog Home Checkup
Performing a DIY Physical Exam on Your Dog
Amy Tokic

Take a hands-on approach when it comes to your dog’s health in between regular vet appointments. We wish that our dogs could speak up and tell us what’s wrong when...

senior dog
Q&A with Dr. Leilani Alvarez, DVM on the Best Foods and Supplements for Senior Dogs
Diana Bocco

If your dog is getting older and starting to slow down, it might be time to take a look at his diet. A well-balanced diet (and sometimes some added supplements)...

Calm Dog
Using Melatonin to Calm Your Dog (Naturally)
Emalie Cockrell

Many dogs suffer from anxiety, whether from separation, fireworks, or other cues. Most dog owners try non-chemical solutions like positive reinforcements or anxiety vests, but some situations call for administering...

Cats with the Flu
Can Your Cat Get the Flu?
Michael Ryan

Yes, cats can get the flu, just like dogs. So what are the symptoms, and how do we help our feline friends feel better? How do cats catch the flu?...

Seizure
What Do I Do If My Dog Has a Seizure?
Pam Hair

One of the things people love about dogs is how much they have in common with humans. There are dogs who love to exercise and dogs that are couch potatoes—just...

Canine Keratosis: Causes and Treatments
Canine Keratosis: Causes and Treatments
Ben Kerns

When was the last time you had a good look at your pup’s paw pads? Did you notice they were looking a little hairy? If so, your dog might be...

Ear Mites: What Are They, and How Do I Get Rid of Them?
Ear Mites: What Are They, and How Do I Get Rid of Them?
Ben Kerns

Ear mites, technically known as Otodectes cynotis, are a common and mild parasitic infection that can occur in cats and dogs. In laymen's terms, they’re basically microscopic spiders that take...

Dog Eating Grass
Why Do Dogs Eat Grass?
Pam Hair

Does your dog eat grass? Many dog owners report that their dogs participate in this puzzling behavior. Grass eating seems to fall into one of two scenarios: Scenario 1: Your...

dog relaxing
How Stress Impacts Your Pet's Health
Diana Bocco

Just like it does in people, stress can cause a lot of trouble for pets. If you don’t address it quickly and properly, it can lead to major issues down...

dog sunburn
Does Your Dog Need Sunscreen?
Diana Bocco

Humans aren’t the only ones at risk for sunburn and all the health issues that come with it. “If there is a situation where a person might get sunburned, it...

Dog Coats
Dog Coat Types and How to Care for Them
Liz Palika

Dogs come in many shapes, sizes, and coats. My English Shepherds, Bones and Hero, have a medium length double coat that is quite water and dirt resistant, as well as...

dog flu
Can Your Dog Get the Flu and What Can You Do About It?
Michael Ryan

Yes, your dog can come down with the flu; and it is surprisingly similar to ours. It’s bad enough on my caring wife when she has to take care of...

puppy
6 Tips to Keep Your Puppy Safe
Liz Palika

One look in a puppy's eyes, one sniff of puppy breath, one hug of that soft, fuzzy, wiggling body—and we're smitten. Unfortunately, though, if you have a new puppy in...

dog dentist
What is Non-Anesthetic Dental Cleaning?
Holly Zynda

Non-anesthetic dental cleaning, also known as Non-Professional Dental Scaling (NPDS), has been gaining popularity amongst the natural pet care community recently. The method, as its name suggests, is a process...