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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 local animal shelter. By doing so, you are reducing the overpopulation most shelters face and are decreasing the demand on pet stores for new pups. Making sure to spay or neuter your dog will also help reduce overpopulation in the future.

Eat Better! - When selecting your dog’s food, choose something organic. Organic food is eco-friendlier because of its lack of chemicals, making it better for the environment and the health of your dog. Check the ingredients and go for higher protein content over “chicken-by-product”. While costlier, a brand with higher protein will fill your dog faster, requiring less food each meal. Reducing the amount you feed your pet in general is also something to consider. This is especially true considering a large percentage of dogs are viewed as overweight by veterinarians and health experts. Try to choose a brand of food that has recyclable packaging to cut down your pup's footprint in more ways than one.

Clean Up! - Choosing biodegradable bags to help with dog clean up outside is another easy way to reduce your dog’s footprint. Leaving waste behind is not a safe option, it can pass germs to other dogs and people; switching your clean up bag to one that is biodegradable is best. When choosing flea repellents and shampoos, try to stick with all-natural ingredients that will get the job done AND are friendly to the environment. We carry several great options for flea & tick treatments, as well as all-natural, gentle shampoos that are chemical free.

Play Friendlier! - Giving your dog toys made from recycled goods is also an important step to reduce your dog’s carbon footprint. Choose toys that can be easily washed and reused to keep cost (and footprint!) lower. If your pup tends to stick to two or three toys out of his basket of many, wash and donate the rest to a local shelter. They're always looking for donations and this is an easy and eco-friendly way to help out without hurting your wallet.

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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Winter Care for Your Pup's Coat

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The cold winter weather can wreak havoc on our skin. Low humidity contributes to skin that can become dry, cracked and uncomfortable. The same can be said for our pets’ skin as well. Here are a few tips to help ensure that your dog's skin and coat are properly taken care of during the winter months:Brush Often. Dogs [...]

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Taking Care of Your Pup’s Teeth

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You spend a lot of time taking care or your pet – diet, exercise and happiness are the key to a long and healthy life for your dog – but have your thought about their teeth?While dogs aren’t as susceptible to cavities and their mouths are said to be much cleaner than our own, dogs can still develop tartar/plaque [...]

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Simple DIY Sweet Potato Dog Biscuits

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Welcome to the Test Kitchen! For the first time ever we are getting into the kitchen to try out new and fun recipes for pets, incorporating some of our favorite products! This is Milly, she'll be helping us out in the kitchen and will give us two paws up or down for each recipe we [...]

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