Category Archives: Dog

Richard’s Organics Grooming Products


Richard’s Organics offer natural solutions for better pet health. From their Incredible Skin Spray to natural shampoos and moisturizing conditioners, all products feature 100% naturally gentle formulas. They nourish pet skin with rich emollients and antioxidants. They also protect against environmental damage with ingredients like shea oil and green tea extract. Care for your pet with the naturally effective formulas of Richard’s Organics.

Featured products:

  • Naturally Gentle Tea Tree & Neem Oil Anti-Bacterial Shampoo
  • Incredible Skin Spray for Dogs
  • 100% Natural Deodorizing Shampoo
  • Moisturizing Shampoo
  • Nourishing Conditioner

Flea & Tick Myths

Dec_2014_1You may have heard a lot of advice about fleas and ticks. But there are surprisingly many untruths or myths about them that are still circulating today.

MYTH: Fleas and ticks are a warm-weather problem

In certain areas, they’re a year-round problem. Even in states with cold winters, fleas can survive in microclimates. These areas (under decks, in sheds or elsewhere) are warm enough to keep a population of fleas or ticks alive during the winter.

MYTH: Indoor pets don’t need protection

Think your indoor puppy or cat is safe from fleas and ticks? Think again. These pests can hitch a ride indoors on other visitors, both human and animal.

MYTH: Fleas live best in carpeted spaces

Believe it or not, wood and tile floors can also harbor fleas. In fact, it may be harder to treat these areas as flea larvae and eggs can survive in small crevices, along baseboards and under furniture. Continue reading

Pet Safety Tips for Happy Vacation Trips

Dec_2014_1If you’re preparing to hit the road or take to the skies this summer, there are a few things you should keep in mind if Fido is traveling along.

While we now have many pet-friendly options available, attention to a few details will ensure happy tails on your happy trails.

On the road:

  • Make sure you have a sturdy pet crate or carrier for safety in the car, hotel or both. It should be large enough for your pet to stand, lie down and turn around.
  • Feed Fido a light meal 3 or 4 hours before hitting the road.
  • Never leave your pet alone in a parked car, even with the windows open!
  • Does your dog have a travel kit? Create one with his food/water bowls, leash, bags for waste, Continue reading

Kyjen Invincibles Flappy Friends™


If your dog loves to play with socks, he’ll love Kyjen® Invincible® Flappy Friends™! Modeled after socks, these plush buddies can provide serious playtime with rip-resistant material and fun squeakers.

Your dog’s new Flappy Friends offer …

  • A nubby texture and tough material
  • Two squeakers that squeak even when punctured
  • Simple construction and embroidered facial features that can’t be chewed off
  • The flap-ability dogs love with the durability you will love
  • Designed for supervised play only, not for aggressive chewers

Swimming Safety for Pooches in Pools


Does your pooch love to swim? Whether he jumps in the water with glee or dips his toe in nervously, there are things you can do to ensure he’s safe.

Follow these safety precautions while at the pool, beach or lake this summer:

  • Never let your dog swim without supervision – Always keep a watchful eye on Fido, especially as he’s entering or leaving the water. He’s most vulnerable at these moments.
  • Buy your dog a life jacket – Just as humans can get exhausted, be overwhelmed by waves or get muscle cramps, so can dogs. A life jacket such as the Fido Float will help him stay afloat. Continue reading

Do You Know the Symptoms of Heatstroke?


Heatstroke. It’s one of the hazards of playing outdoors in the summer–for dogs and humans alike.

But since dogs don’t sweat the way humans do, they rely on panting and sweating through the pads of their feet. This isn’t a very efficient process, especially for short-nosed breeds, like pugs, bulldogs, boxers and Pekinese.

When outdoors, keep an eye on your dog’s behavior. If it’s hot and your dog is acting strangely, it may be your first sign of a problem. Here are others:

The signs of heatstroke

  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Heavy panting
  • Bright red tongue
  • Red or pale gums
  • Thick, tacky saliva Continue reading

Stop Food Gulping with the Gobble Stopper


Does your dog gobble his food too quickly? The Gobble Stopper slows down feeding and helps prevent bloating (the #2 health risk for dogs), gas, choking, and vomiting.

The unique design forces dogs to slow down and eat around it. It also turns ANY bowl into a slow feeder. Simply attach it with the suction-cup bottom and remove it with the easy-lift tab. It’s available in three sizes, is top-rack dishwasher safe and is phthalate and BPA free.

House Guests with Less Pet Stress


Does Fido accept house guests easily? Holiday events and house guests will be here before you know it, so it’s a good time to prepare.

Here are a few tips to help Fido accept guests with less stress:

  • Provide a safe area: Your dog should have a quiet area he can escape to if he’s overwhelmed by noise and foot traffic. In a separate room, set up an area with his food, water bowl, toys and cozy dog bed.
  • Stick to the schedule: Holidays can be hectic, but your dog will be less stressed if you stick to his regular schedule for feeding, playtime, etc.
  • Offer guests dog treats: We’re not suggesting you add dog treats to the holiday menu, but a few extra treats for Fido wouldn’t hurt. Let a few guests offer him treats (under your supervision). It won’t lead to instant friendship, but may break the ice.
  • Mind those door manners: Does your dog follow “sit” and “stay” commands? Treat him when he sits and stays calmly at the door before you open it to visitors.
  • Pay attention to the little ones: If child visitors want to pet and play with Fido, show them how your dog likes to be pet and which toys or treats to use. Also, make sure they’re supervised at all times. Continue reading

New Product Focus: Burt’s Bees Grooming Products


You may know Burt’s Bees® for its natural health and beauty care products. Its Natural Pet Care line now brings nature’s solutions to our beloved pets as well.

These products are made in the USA with no parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals, synthetic fragrances or sulfates. They use natural ingredients instead, like buttermilk, chamomile, lavender, and honey. Look for these natural, earth-friendly items:

  • Puppy Shampoo with buttermilk
  • Tearless 2-in-1 Shampoo with buttermilk and linseed oil
  • Oatmeal Shampoo with oatmeal and honey
  • Deodorizing Shampoo with apple and eucalyptus extracts
  • Itch-Soothing Shampoo with honeysuckle
  • Hot Spot Shampoo with apple cider vinegar and aloe vera

5 Ways to Help Your Dog Age Gracefully


Just as people slow down with age, so do dogs. If your dog is entering his senior years, there are a few things you can do to maintain his quality of life. Here are some tips…

Provide the nutrition he needs
Most senior dogs will need fewer calories to avoid weight gain as they slow down. For this reason, most premium dog foods for seniors offer less calories, less fat and more fiber.

Keep him fit and fabulous
He may move more slowly, but that’s no reason to skip the exercise. Extra weight puts more stress on your dog’s joints and body, so take him for frequent walks, but make them shorter and less strenuous. Continue reading