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Ask an Expert: Why Does My Dog Shed in The Fall?

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Every month our inbox is filled with questions from pet owners about everything from diet and exercise to strange symptoms and behaviors. To help better serve our animal loving community we thought we’d share with you our answers! Have a question of your own? Email us!

Most people tend to think of Spring as prime “shedding season” when, in fact, it is quite common for many breeds to shed just as heavily in the fall. During the Spring months dogs will shed their heavy coats for a lighter, shorter coat to adapt to the weather heating up. The reverse happens during the Fall months; dogs will shed their light coat for a thicker, more protective coat that can withstand winter temperatures. This coat is often referred to as a “double coat”, a combination of a soft, dense undercoat and a stiff protective overcoat.

To combat dust bunnies around the house, implement a grooming routine that includes brushing several times a week. Regular baths (we recommend Dogosuds!) can also help with shedding and will help avoid matted fur.

Shedding is normal as seasons change but heavy shedding could be a sign of something more serious. Skin allergies and poor nutrition can trigger unwanted shedding. We recommend visiting your veterinarian if you view your dog’s shedding as irregular or excessive.  

Celebrate National Dog Day - Sunday, August 26th!

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Mark Your Calendars! National Dog Day is this Sunday! Celebrated every year on August 26, National Dog Day was founded in 2004 to honor dogs, their friendship and their service. This day also was created to spotlight the importance of dog adoption and rescue. To celebrate with your pooch this year, check out a few ideas below: - Buy [...]

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Healthy Dog Treats Straight From Your Kitchen

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Looking for a tasty treat for your pup? Look no further than your own kitchen! There are plenty of safe and healthy foods you can share with your pet that won’t upset their tummies, all of which receive Two Paws Up from our Test Kitchen Pup, Milly!Fruit – Apples (with skin, no seeds) provide vitamins A and C along [...]

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Reducing Your Pet's Carbon Footprint

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As we become educated on reducing our carbon footprint, it’s time to start evaluating the carbon footprint of our pets too. While they may seem small, dogs can emit a carbon footprint just as large, if not larger, than the cars we drive! To help reduce the size, follow these simple tips:Adopt! - Find your next best friend at your [...]

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Road Trip Rules for Your Pup

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Going on a road trip with your pup? Follow these simple rules to make sure you both have a safe and happy trip!Look for a Pet-Friendly Destination – Before putting down that deposit, make sure you are booking something that is pet-friendly. Make sure the hotel/house/campsite where you want to stay is pet friendly to ensure your pup’s time [...]

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Sweet & Simple PupCream! - DIY Ice Cream for Dogs

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Welcome Back to the Test Kitchen! Our second venture will be a cool and delicious treat for a hot summer day – PupCream! Milly is also back again, ready to give us two paws up or down for our rendition of Ice Cream for dogs! Let's get started!Summer is here! The sun is hot, the days are long, [...]

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Curing The Fear Of Thunderstorms

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Summertime is full of excitement. Great vacations, cook-outs and, inevitably, thunderstorms. Many dog owners find that their fun and fearless dog has become a – gasp! – scared-y cat when thunderstorms roll their way. More pets run away during thunderstorms than any other time. Here are a few tricks to help soothe your dog and keep him safe:- Comfort your [...]

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Help Your Pup Beat The Heat!

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Dogs love summer as much as we do! Be sure to protect your dog from the summer rays by following the tips listed below: - Avoid Peak Hours. Choose early morning or evening when taking your dog out for exercise and play. You’ll get more out of your time spent outdoors if you avoid peak hours in the sun. Make [...]

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Does My Dog Have Allergies?

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Just like humans, dogs can experience the discomfort of allergies. While we typically suffer from allergies throughout the Spring, dogs can suffer more from pollen allergies during the Summer months. This is due to the release of pollen from grasses, weeds and ragweed, all low to the ground and in direct contact with your pup daily. Dog allergies can also [...]

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Spring Cleaning Your Pup

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It’s that time of year again! The weather gets warmer, the days get longer, it's time for spring cleaning. We repair the gutters, wipe away the cobwebs, clean the dog… clean the dog? Yes, you read that right. Grooming your pup is very important as we transition into warmer weather. Most dogs have what is known as a double [...]

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