Category Archives: Dog

Cold Weather Safety Tips for Dogs

Mar_2014_1The cold winds of Old Man Winter are blowing in and you aren’t the only one who will feel the chill. Just because your dog is covered in fur doesn’t mean he won’t get cold as well.

Keep your pooch warm, cozy and safe this winter with these helpful tips for cold weather safety.
Keep him inside
Though your dog may enjoy spending time outdoors, limit his time outside when the weather turns frightful. The longer he’s exposed to cold temperatures, ice and snow, the greater the chance he will suffer from the effects of the cold.

Adjust his diet
Offer him a premium pet food diet, that is high in protein and consider a supplement with essential fatty acids. This will help thicken his coat and keep him warmer when the temperatures drop.

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Holiday Doggy Dinner Dangers

Mar_2014_1As you enjoy your holiday meal with family and friends, it may be natural to want to share the holiday feast with your furry family.

While your pets certainly wouldn’t mind some extra holiday treats, there are a few foods that can pose a danger to your pets.

Holiday dangers:

Fatty food can lead to stomach upset and even pancreatitis in dogs. Don’t overindulge Fido with turkey skin, ham fat or other fatty foods, which could cause problems.

Beware of offering your dog meat bones. Turkey bones can puncture intestines and should be avoided.

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Why You Should Get Your Dog a Bed

Mar_2014_1Whether your pooch loves curling up on the furniture or in your bed, you should consider getting him his own place to rest.

It may seem like your dog is getting the royal treatment by sleeping in your bed, but the truth is, he may not be getting everything he needs from this sleeping spot. A bed made for dogs is a much better idea. Here’s why:
Protection
Your bed signifies comfort and security to you, but your pup may actually feel a bit vulnerable in it. A human bed is big and dogs feel most secure when they’re in close quarters.

A dog bed that is just the right size for your pup will make him feel more secure. Plus, he won’t have to contend with you accidentally kicking him in the night and you won’t have to deal with him stealing the covers.

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Common Issues for Aging Dogs

Mar_2014_1Aging can take its toll on dogs, just as it does with humans. As dogs age, they can start to exhibit a number of issues, both physical and behavioral.

Don’t get frustrated when your senior dog starts acting out of sorts or doing things he doesn’t normally do. These behaviors are natural and this is the time when he will need your help most.
Here are a few common issues for senior dogs:

Accidents at Home
As your dog gets older, he might not hold his bladder as well. This could lead to incontinence, and as a result, may cause him to have accidents before he can let you know he has to go. To help prevent this, monitor your dog’s drinking. Only put down water at certain times of the day and take him out soon after he drinks. Also, consider products such as Senior Bladder Support or dog diapers.

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Healthy Pet Tips for 2015

Mar_2014_1Is health and exercise one of your priorities for 2015? Don’t forget your pet! He can also benefit from some new healthy habits.

Here are a few tips to keep Fido in top form this year.

  • A pup-healthy diet

Fido needs a nutritious diet with protein, carbohydrates, healthy fatty acids, vitamins and minerals. A premium pet food will offer the nutrition he needs. Certain foods can also cater to any allergies or special dietary needs he may have.
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Back-to-School Blues: Your Dog and Separation Anxiety

Mar_2014_1Though summer is in full swing, the start of a new school year is just around the corner. While you’re getting ready for the start of a new year, there is some other important business to attend to: your dog.

The start of a new school year often means the start of separation anxiety for dogs. Dogs are pack animals and don’t adjust well to being alone after spending an entire summer palling around with their best friends.

How do you know if Fido is suffering from separation anxiety? If he’s leaving “presents” around the house (urine or poop), if he’s tearing things up or if he’s barking and whining uncontrollably, you can be pretty sure he’s having anxiety about the absence of his best friends.
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Turn Those Dog Winter Blues Around

Dec_2014_1When it’s cold outside, it’s time to help your pet to fight the winter blues. Help him avoid canine boredom and you’ll avoid the behavior that usually comes with it, including chewing, digging and barking. Keep your dog active and mentally stimulated instead with these tips.

Play indoor games

  • Hide and seek: Your dog may enjoy a game of hide-and-seek, as long as he’s always “it” and has to find you. This would be a good time to teach him to “stay” while you hide around the house, then call him to search for you. You can also play with a family member and take turns holding the dog while the other person hides.
  • Scavenger hunt: Play hide and seek with a favorite toy or treat instead. If your dog isn’t used Continue reading

Garmon Hip Flex

Marchl_2012_1Hip Flex soft, chewable dog treats are formulated for maintaining joint health and flexibility for aging dogs. Hip Flex treats are made from a proprietary tart cherry and berry bio-active formulation that also contains glucosamine and flax seed oil, to help reduce inflammation and promote healthy knee and hip joints.

Hip Flex is available at your local Pet Supermarket store!

Know Your Dog’s Body Language

Dec_2014_1When you think of a happy dog, you might imagine one with his tail wagging. But a wagging tail isn’t always a sign of canine happiness. It could also be a sign of nervousness or aggression.

Your dog’s body language offers various clues as to whether or not he’s comfortable with a situation. By learning some of these often subtle signs, you can react when your dog is feeling fearful or aggressive.

Signs of a happy dog

These are the signs of a dog that is happy and relaxed:

  • His eyes have their normal shape and look soft, with no whites showing.
  • His body is loose with a wagging tail or he’s wiggling all over.
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Digestive Enzymes with Prebiotics & Probiotics

March_2012_1Did you know up to 70% of the natural enzymes in dog food are lost during the cooking process? This formula with prebiotics and probiotics helps restore lost enzymes. It does double duty in supporting your dog’s immune system and boosting the nutritional benefits of your dog’s diet. It may also help improve stools and consistency, improve your dog’s skin and coat and has been known to prevent stool eating in dogs (coprophagia). We recommend using it with every meal.

Enzymes & Probiotics available at your Pet Supermarket.