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8 Easy Steps to Groom Your Dog Like a Pro

Have you ever picked up your pooch from the dog grooming salon and wished you could create those same kinds of results yourself at home?

Well, you can!

With the right approach, the correct tools for the job and a little practice, you can pamper your pooch like pro.

And you can do it to, in 8 simple steps:

Step 1: Create Your Pooch Pampering Tool Box

You’re going to need the following tools and you’ll need them in easy reach;

Depending on your dog’s breed and coat type you might also need;

  • A de-shedding tool like FURminators are excellent for smooth coated dogs like Dalmatians, and a
  • Dematting tool or a detangling brush used for picking out mats and tangles on dogs with long coats or double coats.

lovely pet. yorkshire terrier is calmly resting on folded bath towel among various cosmetics.

Step 2: Decide Where You’re Going to Groom Your Dog

You may need to think about this and decide which is going to be the best place to bathe and groom your dog.

The bathtub? Shower? Sink? Choose a place that is comfortable for your dog but also comfortable for you to work in. For example, a Chihuahua doesn’t need to be bathed in a big bath tub when a sink will do. You’ll also save your back from aching as you’ll be able to stand instead of bending over. A hand-held shower head does come in useful!

You’ll also need a non-slip surface to put your dog on while drying and grooming her. Again, a bath mat on a table might work for small dogs. But if your dog is a larger breed, choose a spot that gives you plenty of room to work.

adorable cute young puppies outside in the yard taking a bath covered in soapy bubbles

Step 3: Prepare Your Dog For a Bath

The first thing you’ll need to do is give your dog a good brush to get rid of any excess dirt, tangles, or knots. If your dog is double coated, make sure you brush out her undercoat too. If you find any mats in the fur, remove them with a dematting tool. You’ll often find mats under your dog’s armpits. When the brush is passing easily through her coat, it’s time for a bath.

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Step 4: Bathtime

The next step is to bathe your dog. A hand held shower head make this job so much easier but if you don’t have one, a cup or a jug will do.

Set the water to a comfortable temperature for your dog – lukewarm is good. With the shower head or jug, completely saturate her coat with water making sure that she’s soaked to the skin.

Next, apply the shampoo. There are hundreds of different types on the market but we suggest you use shampoo that’s made of natural products, not something that’s full of perfume and additives. Apply the shampoo as per the manufacturer’s guidelines and massage it into your dog’s fur and skin. Take care around her head and be careful not to get it in her eyes, ears nose or mouth. Start on her back, then round to her underbelly and chest, down each leg and her tail before going up her neck to the back of her head. Work the shampoo into her coat really well.

Now it’s time to give her a good rinse. This time start at the head, being careful not to get any shampoo in her eyes, ears, nose or mouth. Go down her neck, back, underbelly, each leg and tail. Keep rinsing until the water runs clear.

Once you have rinsed her well, apply the conditioner. Some conditioners need to be rinsed out, some need to be left in so make sure your read the manufacturer’s guidelines. Apply it and rinse it off in the same order you did the shampoo.

dog in bathtub while owner washing.

Step 5: Dry Your Dog

Your dog will most probably help you here by having a good shake! Using the towels, rub her down really well to remove all of the excess water from her coat. If she’s double coated, make sure you get underneath the topcoat and dry that out too. Then, take your hair dryer on a cool/medium heat and dry her coat. Use a brush to move the fur so you can dry it from the base of the coat. Start a her head, moving down her neck and chest, then down her back and underbelly before moving on to her legs and tail. Pay close attention to the armpits – fur that hasn’t been dried properly can quickly get matted in these areas.

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Step 6: Clipping and Scissoring

If you’re feeling adventurous, you can try styling your dog yourself. Don’t expect her to look like she’s come from the grooming parlor on your first attempt though. Styling takes a bit of practice!

It’s a good idea to read about how to groom your specific breed of dog before attempting it. There are many dog grooming and breed specific books that will tell you exactly how to clip and scissor your dog to get the desired look.

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Step 7: Nail Clipping

Once your dog is groomed you can clip her nails. Clip nails after a dog has been bathed and styled, for two reasons;

  1. Because the water from the bath softens the nails, making them easier to cut
  2. It’s easier to see the nail once the excess fur has been removed from the foot

Take your nail clippers and snip away the end of the nail. Be careful not to cut off too much as you might cut the quick (the soft inner part of the nail that contains nerve endings and blood vessels) and cause her to bleed. This is easier on dogs with light nails as you can normally see the quick.

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Step 8: Applying the Finishing Touches

All that’s left to do now is apply the finishing touches. Run a comb through your dog’s fur one last time to make sure there are no tangles, knots and to make sure her fur falls correctly. If you want, give her a spray with some doggie perfume and you’re all done!

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In Conclusion

Grooming your dog at home doesn’t have to be difficult. In fact, it’s easier than many people think! Just take your time, and make the process an enjoyable one for your dog. Take regular break if needed and give her plenty of treat and praise along the way. And with a little practice, you’ll be grooming your dog like a pro!

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4 Ways a Rescue Dog Will Improve Your Confidence

Adopting a rescue dog isn’t just good for them, it’s good for you too. In fact, the companionship with a new pooch can motivate you to live a healthier and happier life. Of the 64% of Australians who own a pet, 40% of them are proud dog owners. From boosting your mood and confidence to helping you find meaning in old age, let’s take a look at the benefits of dog ownership.

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1. The positive impact dogs have on mental health

Whether you’re struggling with depression, anxiety, stress or loneliness, pets are known to help alleviate the symptoms of mental health.

For starters, simple companionship can help you feel less isolated. Trained properly, a dog will offer you consistent affection and loyalty, helping you deal with feelings of loneliness. And if you’re feeling stressed, even just patting a pooch can reduce your blood pressure and satisfy that basic human need to touch. Scientifically speaking, you’ll actually release a powerful neurochemical called oxytocin just by looking at your little companion, which brings on feelings of joy.

On the other hand, owning a dog gives you opportunities to meet other pet owners, particularly if you attend pet-friendly events, beaches and parks. This shared interest can be the spark needed to form a new friendship.

As dogs rely on their owners to feed, clean and look after them, this routine can give you a sense of purpose and motivation. In turn, this can boost your self-esteem and well-being. Dogs also love being out and about, and need regular exercise to maintain their health and happiness. This works both ways, as walking your dog improves your own fitness and mental health.

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2. Improving your physical fitness and confidence

A dog is your perfect walking buddy. Simply by needing the exercise, they’ll get you out of the house and strolling around your local park. This increased level of exercise will improve your physical fitness, reduce your risk of heart disease, and help you manage your weight. Finding motivation to exercise can be hard to muster so having a four-legged friend as your workout partner is perfect for making sure you strap on your runners.

Importantly, exercise is also great for your mental health. Being outdoors helps you develop mindfulness and puts you into contact with new people and social situations. Overall, these changes can really improve your confidence and well-being – and it’s all thanks to our furry little friends.

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3. Boosting your mood at work and in social situations

The fact is, dogs make us happy, and the impact this has trickles into all areas of our lives – including work. Interacting with dogs will actually boost your serotonin and dopamine levels, helping you to calm down and relax. And when you’re happier at home, you’re happier at work. Plus, the commitment of having a dog also forces us to be more attentive and productive. As they rely on us to look after them, you naturally become more accustomed to getting things done.

Here’s another fact – people love dogs. They’re cuddly, cute, and fun. And if trained properly, they’re amazing with strangers. For this reason, dogs can be perfect icebreakers in social situations. The happiness your dog creates in your life can also increase your resilience, helping you rebound quickly from negative social interactions.  

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4. Dogs can help you find meaning later in life

As you age, you’ll naturally lose the things that usually occupied your time. You might retire from your career or your children will move away and start their own families. Caring for a dog can help fill these voids, bringing your life pleasure, optimism, and a renewed sense of purpose. Choosing to adopt a rescue dog can particularly add to this sense of meaning.  

New friends can be hard to come by when you’re old, but having a dog helps you stay connected to people. This could be as simple as striking up a conversation while you’re out walking, or even joining a pet club. The exercise benefits of owning a pooch can also combat the physical challenges of ageing, which in turn will help you stay happier and motivated.

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About the Author:

Liz Walden has a passion for all things cat and dog, and was one of the first in Australia to bring Petsecure Pet Insurance (www.petsecure.com.au) to Australian pet lovers. She is committed to promoting and supporting the amazing work done by by those who work to provide a better life for all animals. Liz is also passionate about education that supports responsible pet ownership, and strongly believes that all pets deserve the very best care.

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5 Ways to Clean Your Dog’s Mouth Without Brushing

If you thought going to the dentist was a painful experience, wait until the day you tried brushing your dog’s teeth! Of course, it’s for the dog’s own good. But, by golly, does that dog put up a fight! Fortunately, there are ways to clean your dog’s mouth without having to use a toothbrush. And we all breathe a collective sigh of relief…

Here are five ways you can clean your dog’s mouth without brushing.

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1. All-natural dental spray

These dental sprays are designed to attack the bacteria in your dog’s mouth without brushing. Dental sprays like Ora-Fresh Dental Care Spray contain all-natural ingredients that act as antimicrobial and antibacterial agents. Just be sure to choose a dental spray that does not contain alcohol or sodium benzoate as these ingredients can be very harmful to your dog.

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2. Water additives

Water additives work much in the same way as dental sprays, and they also work well together. Dental water additives contain some of the same ingredients that are used in dental sprays, but the water additives are more concentrated. All you have to do is add the product to your dog’s water bowl and let him lap up the plaque-fighting ingredients.

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3. Dental chews

Dental chews offer a great way to freshen your dog’s breath while scraping the plaque from some of her teeth. Chews are an effective way to help clean your dog’s teeth, but they shouldn’t be the only method you use. When your dog chews on one of these, or anything else, she isn’t using every tooth for the action. So, you aren’t cleaning every tooth.

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4. Dental gels

Dog dental gels are very similar to dental sprays, but they contain ingredients to thicken the formula so it will stay on your dog’s teeth for some time. Look for an all-natural dental gel that is alcohol and sodium benzoate free. They are a bit more difficult to apply than the dental spray, but they can be more effective – if your dog lets you get the gel on every tooth.

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5. High-quality dog food

When your dog is in good overall health, his body is better equipped to fight off bacteria and you’ll have an easier time keeping his mouth healthy. No dog food will replace good oral hygiene entirely, but it can help you get more out of your efforts. Look for a dry dog food with all-natural ingredients. Avoid fillers like corn, wheat and flour. Also steer clear of foods with artificial ingredients like food coloring.

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No one will ever tell you that it’s a bad idea to brush your dog’s teeth. Well, there may be one exception. Your dog will probably try to convince you that tooth brushing is a terrible idea.

However, if brushing seems difficult or impossible, there are some good alternatives. Choose an all-natural dental spray or gel and add dental chews, water additives and high-quality dog food to your dog’s routine. With good oral health, you may avoid costly cleanings and extractions, and your dog can live a happier, healthier life.

About the Author:

Christina Dillon is a freelance copywriter and dog health enthusiast. To read more about what she has to say about natural dog care products, visit Cheerful Canine.

The Clock is Ticking: What Happens to Your Dog When Locked Inside a Hot Car

It’s a beautiful sunny Saturday and you’re off to run some errands.

You decide to take Buster along with you.

After all, he loves nothing more than tagging along and going for a road trip with his head hanging out of the window to catch the wind on his face.

And you love taking him with you because, well, he’s your most faithful friend!

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You get to the store, park up in the shade, crack the windows open a few inches and open the sunroof slightly.

“I only need a few bits and pieces so I’ll be in and out in no time”, you say to yourself.

But the store is busier than normal and you see a friend you haven’t spoken to in a while so spend some time catching up.

30 minutes go by and you return to the car to find Buster motionless on the back seat…

Your Car Can Become an Oven at Frightening Speed

On a typical 85 degree day, the internal temperature of your car can rise to more than 120 degrees in a matter of minutes.

Even when you’ve cracked the windows.

This is as hot as it gets in the Sahara Desert!

But instead of wearing a lightweight, breathable cotton shirt, your dog it wearing a thick fur coat.

So what does all this heat do to a dog?

This infographic from PetCheckers.co.uk explains exactly what happens to a dog when left inside a hot car. You can read the full article titled Dog’s Die in Hot Cars on their website.

What happens to your dog when locked in a hot car

Author Bio

This article was written by Ben Doyle, owner of UK pet care company, Pet Checkers.

When he’s not walking, grooming or photographing people’s pets, he writing about everything pet care related.

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5 Effective Pet Products for Flea or Tick Control

Fleas and ticks are not just gross, they can make pets itch! Aside from their bites, these pests often carry diseases such as Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, or even tapeworms. Help keep your pet happy and healthy by upgrading your defenses to counter sneaky fleas or ticks! These products contain effective ingredients to help control unwanted guests on your furry friends.

1. Advantage® II Flea Control Large Cat (for Cats over 9 lbs.)

This easy to apply, topical flea treatment is specially formulated for felines to help keep them protected from biting fleas for up to 30 days with a single application. The two key ingredients, imidacloprid and pyriproxyfen, work together to provide multi-stage flea control by killing adults, larvae, and eggs. This is important because fleas on your cat can lay up to 50 eggs in a day! Kills fleas through contact, fleas don’t have to bite your cat to die.

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2. K9 Advantix® II TEAL for Medium Dogs (11-20 lbs)

Ever wished for a pest control product that kills AND repels parasites? K9 Advantix® II is a topical treatment for dogs that offers broad spectrum protection against fleas, ticks and mosquitoes. This convenient treatment provides flea, tick, and mosquito protection to your furry canine friend for a month with a single, easy application. It also treats all of the flea life stages, to effectively prevent reinfections on your dog. Even better, it works by killing fleas, ticks and mosquitoes through contact, no biting required.

Do not use K9 Advantix® II on cats.

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3. Seresto® Flea & Tick Collar for Large Dogs

Tired of reapplying topicals each month? Seresto® has you covered. This innovative collar provides effective protection from fleas and ticks for 8 continuous months! Not only is the collar simple and easy to use, but it is also odorless, non-greasy, and works to effectively kill and repel fleas and ticks for your dog. Kills and repels fleas and ticks through contact. No biting required.

Seresto flea and tick collar for large dogs repels and kills pests

 

4. Advantage® Treatment Shampoo for Dogs

This shampoo treats dogs and puppies that are infested with unwanted fleas and ticks.  These pests will quickly be killed on contact to help provide relief to your canine buddy.  The treatment uses pyrethrins to kill both fleas and ticks on contact and can be used for dogs and puppies that are over 12 weeks of age.

Advantage treatment shampoo for dogs to kill flea and tick infestations

 

5. Advantage® Household Fogger

This effective household fogger reaches fleas, ticks, and other listed insects in places you can’t see such as hidden in carpets, rugs, drapes, upholstery, pet bedding, floor cracks and open cabinets. Kills adult and preadult fleas, including flea eggs for 7 months! Kills hatching fleas before they grow up to bite!

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Dasuquin Side Effects

Joint problems can be a huge burden to a pet and are actually an extremely common occurrence in dogs. Arthritiship dysplasia, and other joint disorders often plague our pets and can detrimentally affect their quality of life. These problems can be addressed and even negated completely with proper nutritional supplementation and exercise.

Though there are a wide variety of supplements available to cats and dogs- one of the leading supplements available is Dasuquin. Dasuquin is available in a formula for cats and a formula for dogs to ensure that all pets receive the ideal concentration of ingredients for them. Dasuquin includes ingredients like chondroitin and glucosamine which are used as components in the body’s natural processes for reconstructing and reinforcing joint cartilage and ligaments.

Dasuquin is considered to be an extremely effective supplement for promoting joint health in pets. The combination of ingredients works synergistically to support joints in a way that has been clinically proven. Additionally, Dasuquin is known to be safe for both cats and dogs and currently has no known side effects.

The Possibility of Adverse Effects

Every pet is different and their differences can cause different reactions to the same ingredients. Although Dasuquin is approved for use with cats or dogs, adverse effects might result from improper use, unknown allergies, or other atypical circumstances. According to their website, Nutramax Laboratories has received “infrequent reports” of gastrointestinal problems that occur within the first week of using Dasuquin.

A new user of Dasuquin might believe that these symptoms are tied to the ingredient of avocado/soybean unsaponifiables, a concentrate extracted from avocados and soybeans. This ingredient aids in the inhibition of agents that cause joint deterioration. Avocados are known to cause issues in pets when eaten; however, this effect has been determined to be null in the case of ASU ingestion.

When experiencing undesired effects or gastrointestinal upset while on a regimen of Dasaquin, it’s possible that there are unforeseen or unrelated issues with your pet’s digestive tract. Though the problem might be resolved after a cessation of the administration of Dasuquin, when experiencing these effects, it’s important to consult a veterinarian to find the true source of the problem.

If Dasuquin is Not for You…

Though it’s highly unlikely that your pet will have a problem directly caused by Dasuquin, Nutramax can be contacted during regular business hours for more information. To report a problem with the supplement and receive more information that might help your veterinarian treat your pet, call 1-800-925-5187 between the hours of 8:30 AM and 5:00 PM EST Monday through Friday.

Additionally, whether you own a cat or dog, there are a wide variety of alternative solutions to your pet’s joint problems available. Aside from other supplements like Joint MAX, there are also treats and pet food formulas that provide similar nutritional benefits. These formulas can also be combined with light exercise and weight control strategies that reduce impact on the joints.

We hope that this article helps you find the right joint supplement! We want to know whether or not you use Dasuquin for your pet- so let us know what joint supplement keeps your pet healthy in the comments!

 

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How Does Panacur C Work?

Has your dog been acting lethargic lately? Has he been suffering from diarrhea and other signs of gastrointestinal distress? Is his coat dull or brittle? These all may be signs that your pet is infested with parasitic worms. It can be difficult to identify parasites as the culprit behind your dog’s health problems but, once diagnosed, it can be easy to treat them and the problems they cause.

There are many treatments available for the different parasites that may afflict your dog, but each offers different protections. One over-the-counter solution that treats some of the most common types of worms is Panacur C Canine Dewormer. Panacur C works to treat hookworms, roundworms, tapeworms, whipworms, and more with easy-to-administer granules.

To treat your pup, simply mix the proper dose of granules in with your pet’s food for three consecutive days. Though the dog food and granule mixture may require added moistening to ensure that your pet consumes the full dose, three doses administered over three days is all your pet needs! To help you better understand how this product works, we’ve outlined the way Panacur C eliminates parasites below.

What is Fenbendazole?

Fenbendazole, the active ingredient in Panacur C, is an organic compound that is used to treat a wide variety of gastrointestinal parasites. Due to the unique composition of fenbendazole, it’s more prone to interaction with the cells found in parasites than those of your dog.1 The compound binds to tubulin, a structural protein commonly used by intestinal parasites used to absorb glucose. This disruption inhibits the parasite’s ability to produce energy, paralyzing the parasite until it dies or is expelled from your pet.2

Due to this method of action and its limited interaction with your pet’s system, fenbendazole is typically very safe for pets and is lauded as an extremely effective treatment for many intestinal parasites. Furthermore, fenbendazole quickly exits your pet’s system, preventing complications; this benefit, however, also requires pet owners to administer multiple doses to ensure that any infestation is completely eradicated.

Among those parasites that are most readily treated by fenbendazole are roundworms, hookworms, tapeworms, whipworms, and giardia. Because of its versatility, Panacur C is recommended in a wide variety of cases and can be used both to treat puppies as young as 6 weeks of age and to treat dogs that are pregnant.

Fenbendazole is also well-known for being a cost-effective solution to deworming needs. In addition to its relatively low cost, it also has a shelf-life of up to 3 years. This shelf-life is useful to most dogs, as most veterinarians recommend deworming adult dogs as often as two times each year for their entire lives. Though side effects are rare with Panacur C and other fenbendazole products, they do occur in approximately 1% of dogs. For more information on Panacur C side effects, check out the article below.

 

1Vetinfo (2012) Treating Canine Parasites with Fenbendazole for Dogs. Retrieved from http://www.vetinfo.com/treating-canine-parasites-fenbendazole-dogs.html#b

2Junquera, P. (November 10, 2014) FENBENDAZOLE, anthelmintic for veterinary use on CATTLE, SHEEP, GOATS, PIG POULTRY, DOGS and CATS against roundworms and tapeworms. Retrieved from http://www.petmd.com/pet-medication/fenbendazole

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5 Health Supplements for Senior Cats and Dogs

Even when our pets grow old and weary, they definitely don’t have to feel that way. It is necessary for us to take extra steps to care for their health and ensure that they are living happy lives. That is why top quality health supplements are essential to help your senior pets stay healthy and feel young again! VetriScience® Laboratories is a trusted brand that brings the best supplements for your dogs and cats to keep them strong in their later years.

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1. Joint Support

Joint issues are one of the most common symptoms observed in senior pets. Similarly to humans, our pets experience joint pain and stiffness as they grow older. This is because cartilage breaks down over time due to continuous use. GlycoFlex® Plus is a joint health supplement includes key ingredients such as Glucosamine HCl, Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), and more to create the most complete joint formula with the necessary factors to help restore joints and maintain maximum comfort.

What makes GlycoFlex® so special? All GlycoFlex® products contain Perna canaliculus, which is an edible green-lipped mussel from New Zealand. This organism provides many substances necessary for maintaining healthy connective tissue including amino acids, polypeptides, fatty acids, and more, making GlycoFlex® the best joint support for your pets!

2. Antioxidants

Antioxidants can help cells resist and inhibit damage caused by oxidation. Harmful toxins are everywhere in our modern environment which causes damage to our cells; pets are no exception to this damage. The older our furry friends get, the longer they are exposed to these toxins, creating a need for antioxidant support to help maintain good health.

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3. Probiotics

Probiotics are commonly known as the “good bacteria”. Keeping the right balance of beneficial bacteria is vital to maintaining good digestive health in both humans and animals. Emotional and physical stress can negatively affect your pet’s digestive health. Probiotics can help promote a healthy balance of microflora in your pet’s intestinal tract to enhance digestive functions and help strengthen the immune system. This is especially essential to help senior pets maintain their muscle mass and a healthy weight.

4. Multivitamins

Multivitamins are great broad-spectrum supplements for your senior dogs and cats. Pets often experience nutritional deficiencies due to many reasons, especially as they age. As time passes, it often becomes more difficult for the body to absorb essential nutrients. Multivitamins are the best way to ensure that the body gets the vitamins and minerals it needs to be in the best shape possible.

VetriScience® Laboratories has formulated a multivitamin supplement specifically for geriatric dogs and cats. This formula helps support the cardiovascular, liver, cognitive, eye, joint, and digestive functions of your aging pet to keep them healthy both physically and mentally. The effective supplements come in tasty bite-sized chews or chewable tablets to best suit your pet’s preferences.

5. Gastrointestinal Health

Senior animals typically face many health challenges including poor digestion, urinary problems, and more. The Acetylator™ helps support gut, bowel, and urinary tract health in cats and dogs–it’s a 3 in 1 health supplement! By using a combination of N-acetyl glucosamine, beneficial bacteria, and digestive enzymes, this supplement effectively supports the healthy function of your pet’s gastrointestinal system to help keep them as healthy as they can be.

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5 Ways Joint Supplements Can Help Your Cat

You may be familiar with aching joints and stiffness as you get older. Cats experience this as well. Joint issues in cats can develop from injuries, dislocation, or infection in their joints as well as with cartilage deterioration as the cat gets older. If you notice limping, stiffness, or reluctance to jump, your kitty may be experiencing painful joints which are hindering their movements. Taking action early is the best way to ensure that your feline is pouncing happily even in old age.

One of the best joint health supplements for your cat is Cosequin® for Cats. Cosequin® is the #1 veterinarian recommended brand for joint health supplements so you know you are in good hands. This superior supplement is formulated with an exclusive combination of quality ingredients such as glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate to keep those joints healthy!

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1. Obviously, Joint Support!

Joint issues develop in cats for many reasons, but it can be difficult to diagnose due to the natural instinct of felines to hide any signs of pain. Joint issues, although common, are especially severe in older cats. If you notice your kitty getting slower and less active than usual, you may be seeing signs of joint pain.

Glucosamine is an essential supplement, especially for older cats. This substance is produced naturally by the body and can be found in healthy cartilage; as your cat gets older, less glucosamine is produced which leads to the gradual breakdown of joints. Giving your feline a daily dose of glucosamine will help them pounce about as if they were kittens again!

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2. Helps Reduce Cartilage Degeneration

As glucosamine is a key nutrient in helping cartilage cells stay healthy, it works closely with chondroitin sulfate, another nutrient found in Cosequin® for Cats that blocks the enzymes that break down cartilage, helping to prevent further damage to your kitty’s joints. When cartilage degeneration is reduced with the help of these nutrients, your cat can be active and feel young again for much longer in their lives.

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3. May Support Bladder Health

Did you know that the layer that protects the inner lining of the bladder wall contains some of the same compounds found in cartilage? Glucosamine can help keep the lining of the urinary tract healthy and strong to keep it protected from crystals and debris in the urine. If your kitty is also suffering from poor bladder health, Cosequin® for Cats may be able to help maintain bladder health in addition to supporting their joints!

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4. Unparalleled Safety

Cosequin® for Cats is known to be a safe and effective nutritional supplement for cats. This joint health supplement brand has shown to be effective, safe, and bioavailable in published, controlled U.S. studies. Cosequin® may also be safely used in combination with NSAIDs or other drugs; you can mix them daily into your kitty’s food with the sprinkle capsules, or feed them as a tasty treat with the all new Cosequin® for Cats Soft Chews.

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5. Omega 3’s

The new Cosequin® for Cats Soft Chews include Omega-3’s for additional benefits! Omega-3’s are known for their various beneficial properties to our health as well as our pet’s health. The fatty acids in this product have been shown to help with inflammation due to allergies and help with inflammatory conditions in the body such as the heart, kidneys, skin, and joints. Omega-3’s also help promote a healthy and shiny coat for your pet, reducing shedding in the process which, in turn, reduces hairballs for cats!

 

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10 Ways That Dogs Make Our Lives Better

Keeping a dog is perhaps one of the best experiences we humans will ever have. In all of the ways that us people have messed up or made stupid mistakes, a dog will never judge or shun you and will love you unconditionally. This thought somehow makes you think that despite everything, we humans were deserving enough to have the opportunity to have a dog, to have a companion, to have a best friend.

However, some people who haven’t owned a dog or any kind of pet in general may not understand this concept. They may be wondering what makes having a dog so special? Well, let me give you at least ten ways on how keeping a dog just makes your life a tad bit more colorful and fun.

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1. A dog helps you stay fit.

What? How does this even make sense? It’s basic fact that our bodies work in an interdependent manner. Meaning what we do in one facet affects the whole and this is true with our general health and well-being. When we exercise, this does wonders to our bodies.

So how does a dog fit into the equation? As part of being a responsible owner, your dog also needs as much exercise as you to stay fit and live long. What better way to work out if not with a companion? There are numerous ways to exercise and have fun with you pooch through engaging in dog activities such as playing catch, Frisbee, running, and many others.

Stock up on funny colorful fetch balls, flexible bite-resistant plates, and Frisbees for sports training and endless fun. A frisbee is one of the great must-haves when you play with your dog.

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2. Get your healthy dose of vitamin D.

When you engage in dog activities, you are bound to go outside and play under the sun but there’s more to it than just having your daily Vitamin D. studies have shown that going on early morning walks when the sun has just risen can drastically reduce the risks of cardiovascular diseases, depression and cancer. Being surrounded with nature like on a park with trees or just your neighborhood, just helps you be in touch with your surroundings, away from the hustle and bustle of the daily life in the city and to simply take it all in.

(As a side note, there are numerous types of dog collars and dog harnesses that will suit your needs.)

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3. Boosts your body’s immunity.

It is no surprise that dogs are ridden with bacteria on their fur. It may seem icky, I know, but so are humans. Despite that, this is actually a good thing. Numerous research has proven time and time again that exposure to bacteria benefits the human body through strengthening immunity. Children that grew up with pets have also shown that they are less likely to get sick, develop allergies and have asthma, consequentially lessening absences in school due to health reasons.

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4. Petting your dog reduces stress.

The rhythmic task of petting your dog or even grooming your dog such as brushing their fur helps clear your mind. More often than not, you have been put in a circumstance where you get home all pooped from work or you have negative thoughts that have been plaguing your mind. Simply petting your dog gives you a break and just be in the moment. And when you’re done, you would feel drastically refreshed or even just a little bit lighter.

Dogs are extremely intuitive and they somehow just know that you just need them to be there for you.

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5. Having a dog teaches kids responsibility.

When a child is given tasks such as making sure that the water bowl is filled, the dog is fed and so on, this teaches the child the value of accountability. This cascades down to their adulthood and research has backed it up that children who grew up and took care of their dogs were significantly well adjusted and develop healthy relationships as they became parents themselves.

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6. They help build self-esteem.

Along with leaning the importance of responsibility and doing the easy tasks, allows the child to take initiative and this in turn helps build self-esteem. These little things help the child in being confident in taking initiative and this has been proven by studies as well. Moreover, this also helps them socially. Dogs also teach children little social cues in one way or another.

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7. Gives a family an opportunity to bond.

According to Gail F Melson, PhD, a professor of developmental studies at Purdue University that when kids were interviewed and asked if their respective dogs were part of the family, the answer was unanimous saying, “Of course they are!”.

Having a family dog creates a common understanding among households that the pet is everybody’s responsibility in the house. In most cases, the dog becomes the center of activity such as grooming, feeding, taking the dog out for a walk, playing and etc. This also gives parents a break of the hectic life of providing for the family and just have fun with their children.

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8. Dogs teaches us some of the most important things in life.

Dogs teach us some of the most important things in life but also the hardest ones. If you grew up with a dog, the first experience on mortality is more likely the death of a family dog. As children or even as adults, we are reminded that death is a natural process. Although this is indeed a sad experience, it teaches us how to cope with grief and loss.

Dogs also teach us unconditional love. When you are at your lowest such as getting laid off at work, acted on something that you have regretted, or any circumstance that has put you in this certain situation, your dog will always come and comfort you. This somehow teaches us that, as humans, we are inherently flawed and it just takes one act of affection and comfort that makes things better and you know you’ll get through it. Bottom line, dogs love you for being you and that’s all that matters.

a german shepherd mix breed dog is kissing his baby girl on the cheek as the relax outside at the golden hour on a fall evening.

9. A dog gives you purpose.

When you decide to get a dog, this is not something that you decide on a whim. You are now responsible for a life other than your own and that in itself is enough that gives you purpose. After a long day and the very moment you step inside your house, you hear your dog running to your direction welcoming you and you get to realize that at the end of the day, you go through all the hectic life and these snippets of relief just makes it all worth it.

a silhouette of a happy young woman is sitting outside at sunset lovingly kissing her large german shepherd mix breed dog.

10. They make you smile.

You might as well forget all the nine reasons and this alone would simply be enough to get yourself a dog. There is never a dull moment when you have a dog. With all the quirks, frustrations and a whole lot of love, dogs can (and will) make you laugh, cry and so much more.

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If all these reasons combined are not enough to justify how a dog makes our lives way better, I don’t know what is. It is fascinating that in exchange for a fraction of your time, dogs are willing to give you their lifetime of unconditional love and companionship. For us humans, they may just be a dog but for them we are their whole world.

About the Author:

Christy of www.Doglifestore.com likes to write about whatever tickles her fancy and loves to document the adventures of her fur baby when she’s not busy going gaga over their crazy antics.