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How To Make Dog Treats

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

How To Make Dog Treats

Making your own dog treats can be as satisfying for you as they are for your favorite furry friend. Dogs love receiving treats after doing something that pleases you, and they should be rewarded for good behavior, it will teach them to continue these behaviors and behave. On top of that you can enjoy the fun of making some creative baked goods for your dog, that are made of some of the most tasty ingredients for them like bacon, peanut butter, and other ingredients that make some great cookies and biscuits for them.

Here is a great recipe for you to make so you can know how to make dog treats at home instead of spending money monthly on the store brand treats.

Peanut Butter and Banana Dog Biscuits

These are a great combination of two of the tastiest treats that your dog will love. If your dog is like just about any other in this world, they love peanut butter—no matter how funny they may look when they eat it. Combining some banana into these biscuits will give them a great blend of flavor that they won’t be able to get enough of.

Ingredients

 Honey—1 Tablespoon
 Whole Wheat Flour—1 Cup
 Wheat Germ—1/2 Cup
 Egg White Beaten For Brushing—1 Egg
 Peanut Butter—1 Cup
 Mashed Bananas—1/2 Cup

How To Prep

Estimated Preparation Time: 25-30 minutes

1. Preheat your oven to about 300 degrees Fahrenheit and grease the pan you are going to use lightly so that your biscuits won’t stick to it while baking.

2. Add your egg, peanut butter, mashed bananas, and honey all into one bowl together and blend them vigorously.

3. Stir in the flour and wheat germ to the mixture.

4. Once you have created dough you can roll it onto a floured board or counter space and make it about ¼ of an inch thin.

5. Grab your cookie cutter and cut out as many shapes as you can with your rolls out dough.

6. Place your cut cookies onto the greased pan and brush the top of them with the eggs whites that you have lightly beaten.

How To Bake

Estimated Baking Time: About 30 minutes

Place your pan into your preheated oven and let them bake for about 30 minutes or until they have become dry and have a golden brown color to them. This can vary on the size and thickness that you cut your biscuits in. Once you have reached your desired baked quality and time, you an remove them from the oven to allow them to cool down.

Once they have cooled down enough to not burn your dogs mouth, you can give your buddy one of these incredible treats, and enjoy the satisfaction of making your dog their treat with your own hands and baking skills. There are a variety of different types of treats that you can make your dog, and if you can make a basic recipe such as this—you will have no problem making ones with their favorite foods.

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Easy Dog Treat Recipes

Saturday, January 30th, 2016

Easy Dog Treat Recipes

Homemade dog treats can be a very for filling activity for you and your family, to hand make treats your family dog. Dogs love treats, and they will especially love treats that are made by the people they love most with the ingredients that they love most.

What makes this a great idea too is how easy dog treats actually are to make. Most dog owners are more than willing to make their dog some home made treats, but they may be intimidated by how they can be possibly difficult to make or they may not have any recipes for these treats.

If this is you, then you are in luck as there are many easy dog treat recipes to choose from, and here are a few greats ones for you to easily make in no time.

Bacon Biscuits

Your dog won’t be able to stop eating these incredibly easy dog treats, giving you the perfect reward for them.

Ingredients

 2—Eggs
 1 Cup—Milk
 ½ Cup—Water
 10 Tablespoons—Melted Bacon Fat
 5 Cups—Whole Wheat Flour

Directions

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and spray a non-stick grease like PAM onto the cooking sheet.

2. In one medium sized bowl stir together your ingredients until they are all properly mixed.

3. Add the flour to the mixture and slowly stir it together to create your dough.

4. Roll 2-inch dough balls and place them onto your baking sheet.

5. Bake them for about 40 minutes or until they have flatten and are golden brown.

6. Remove them from the oven to cool off—and then serve!

Peanut Butter Treats

These easy to make dog treats are a healthy and very tasty snack for your dog that are packed full of crunch—and peanut butter.

Ingredients

 1 Cup—Whole Wheat Flour
 1 Cup—Rolled Oats [quick cooking]
 2 Tablespoons—Flax Seeds
 1 ¼ Cup—Warm Water
 1/3 Cup—All Natural Peanut Butter

Directions

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and grease your baking sheet.

2. Mix together your ingredients all together until the flour, oats, and flax seeds are blended together.

3. Add in your peanut butter and warm water to stir into blended mix.

4. Roll your dough onto a floured surface on a cutting board or counter space.

5. Add flour as needed to get rid of the sticky texture of the dough.

6. Lay out the dough flat with a roller at about ¼” thick.

7. Cut out your cookies with your chosen cookie cutters some fun designs like a bone or a fire hydrant are great options.

8. Bake your biscuits for about 20 minutes or until they have become crispy and golden.

9. Turn off your oven and leave your biscuits inside to sit and cool off with the oven—this will give them that extra crunchy texture for your dogs to enjoy.

These are just a couple of great examples of some easy dog treat recipes that are great for your dogs, and easy to make for you!

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Dog Skin Diseases

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

Dog Skin Diseases

Dogs can be infected with various sicknesses an diseases just like we can, and it is important as a dog owner that you are aware of the possible skin diseases that your dog can suffer from. By knowing what they may be prone to, what the symptoms may be, and what should be done to treat them you can be a more prepared dog owner.

Here are some of the more common skin conditions that dogs can get and what you need to do if your dog is showing symptoms.

Yeast Infections

Yeast infections happen to your dogs usually during the hot months of the year. This fungus can grow and spread in areas that are both warm and moist that will cause some very uncomfortable itching by your dog. These infections will typically give off a very distinct and pungent odor, and is most commonly found in your dog’s ears and paws.

Areas that yeast infections commonly occur:

• Paws
• Ear Canal
• Armpits
• Jowls
• Rectum Area
• Skin Folds

The best way to treat this condition like most other skin conditions is to bathe your dog regularly with a shampoo that is labeled as an anti-fungal. Make sure that when you bathe your dog that you are washing their entire body and not just the infected area. Be aware of allergies and other reactions that your dogs skin may have with the shampoo you choose.

Hot Spots

Hot Spots in dogs can be extremely painful for your dog, and are identified as hairless sores that are inflamed and are very sensitive to your dog’s pain threshold. These sores will also look infected as pus and a nasty smell will come from them, which as unpleasant as this is for your dog and for you makes hot spots easy to identify.

These sores are reported as starting and becoming worse just in a night. Dogs will lick and scratch at places on their body that are painful and itchy, causing more and more irritation.

The first step in treating this skin disease is to get rid of the itching symptoms that your dog is experiencing so that they will stop irritating it. There are various anti-itch sprays that you can purchase, which should to be sprayed at the infected area and work to eliminate the bacteria that is causing the itching.

Next you want to start to bathe your dog with a shampoo that is labeled as an antibacterial or antifungal shampoo that works to treat your dog for hot spots specifically.

The final step you want to apply to the area is a topical cream, that will work to heal the sore for you dog directly and can be the most effective way to treat your dog’s hot spots. These types of topical creams can be found at any of your local grocery stores or you can find some great brands online.

These are just a couple of common skin diseases that your dog may become infected with, but by being a more educated dog owner and knowing what to look for you can know exactly how to care for pooch.

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Dog Lyme Disease

Monday, January 25th, 2016

Dog Lyme Disease

Most commonly transferred from dog to dog by ticks, Lyme disease will show symptoms in about 5-10% of the dogs it has affected. Though this disease has been shown to most prevalent in breeds like Labradors, Retrievers, Sheepdogs, and Bernese Mountain Dogs you always need to be aware and cautious of the potential of this disease being transmitted to your dog.

This disease can cause some serious damage to the dogs kidneys, but also at times can become a hazard to both their heart and nervous system, making this a disease that needs to be taken seriously.

Symptoms To Watch For

Dogs who become infected with Lyme disease have been known to show the following symptoms.

• Joint Inflammation
• Stiffness
• Joint Pain
• Joint warm to the touch
• Breathing Issues
• Fever/Lack Of Appetite
• Appears Depressed

It has been shown that younger dogs have become more prone to this disease, so precautions must be taken if you have a puppy that is showing some of these symptoms.

What Causes Lyme Disease

The bacterium that creates these symptoms of Lyme diseaseis known as “BorreliaBurgdorferi”. Ticks that are typically found on deer’s transmit these bacteria. These ticks slowly feed on their host, and can stay attached to your dogs for about 2-3 days.

Diagnosis of Dog Lyme Disease

Your dogs veterinarian can benefit greatly form a full history of your dog’s health, so it will be helpful to go in prepared with that every time you go. Typically the veterinarian will run the following diagnostics to conclude as to whether or not your dog has been infected with the disease.

• Blood Chemistry Test
• Blood Cell Count
• Urinalysis
• Fecal Examinations
• X-rays

If your dog’s joints have become very swollen, the vet may want to extract some of the fluid that is in it for testing. This can tell them what kind of an infection may be in their knee joints that is causing so much pain and swelling. This also will allow them to determine whether the symptoms shown are from possible arthritis or Lyme disease.

Treatment For Your Dog

If it is diagnosed as Lyme disease your veterinarian will treat your dog in an outpatient treatment plan. Unless they are showing signs of severe damage and their life is threatened, you will be able to treat your dog’s illness at home. Though antibiotics are not always the answer to completely eliminate the bacteria, you will most commonly be given the antibiotic “Doxycycline”, but there are other medications that are effective and available that you may be given too. The average time it takes for your dog to regain their health after being on the antibiotic treatment is anywhere from 3 to 5 days.

If your dog is still not improving after this time you must bring them back in to be evaluated again so the proper steps an be taken with an alternative plan.

Preventing Infection

Always be aware of where your dog is going to be and avoid areas that have potential of being infested with ticks. Check your dog’s coat when you can for ticks, they are usually visible and can be removed by your own hand. Another great way to help prevent your dog from being infected is to routinely bathe them in anti flea and tick shampoo.

You can ask your veterinarian about a possible Lyme vaccination shot for your dog but those have not been commonly used and have been up for debate among the dog health community.

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Dog Kidney Stones

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

Dog Kidney Stones

Kidney disease, or in medical terms “renal disease” can be common in dogs. They can get both an acute, and chronic condition with an acute disease happening very quickly and suddenly while the chronic kidney disease will begin to show symptoms slowly over time. These conditions whether they are acute or chronic, can become serious and need to be treated with caution and attention.

Causes Of Kidney Disease

• Parasites
• Auto-immune diseases
• Viral, Fungal, or Bacterial Infections
• Old Age
• Inherited Disorders
• Inflammation

Symptoms To Be Aware Of

If your dog has kidney diseases then they are going to show a lot of various signs and symptoms that are physical and very uncomfortable for them. You need to be able to identify these symptoms and get your dog to medical attention as soon as you can, it could be the difference between life and death.

If you notice that your dog is drinking an unusual amount of water and urinating frequently at a high volume, or even the opposite of both it is always a cause for concern. Kidneys play a primary role in your dog’s excretion process just like we do as humans. Look for the color of the urine a make sure that there is no blood in it. If you do notice that your dog is urinating blood, you must bring them to the veterinarian as soon as possible.
Other signs that may be caused by kidney disease to be aware of are your dog’s appetite decreasing, along with vomiting, weight loss, and diarrhea. All these symptoms can be caused by other conditions that your dog may be prone to as well. Your dog needs medical attention if any of these are shown.

What Can Be Tested

When you bring your dog into the veterinarian they are going to run a blood test on your dog to check for the level of different proteins, vitamins, and other substances that are important to the kidney functioning properly.

• Blood Urea Nitrogen will be checked to make sure that your dog doesn’t have high levels of it. This is the type of substance that is a product of their excretion process, and is supposed to be disposed of when its functioning correctly.

• Creatinine levels will also be checked to make sure that it also isn’t building up in your dogs system. This substance is supposed to be excreted as well and if it is in a high level it is a sign that their kidney function has decreased and may be impaired.

Other tests that may be performed are a urinalysis to check the protein levels in your dogs system, and other sediments that are typically passed through the kidneys.

They also may perform some imaging techniques such as an x-ray that can help them determine the size of their kidneys, if they are smaller then normal it is another sign of possible kidney disease. If it isn’t suggested, bring this to the attention of your dog’s medical staff so that you can be certain on the diagnosis.

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Dog Allergy Symptoms

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

Dog Allergy Symptoms

Allergies can be a very uncomfortable that happen suddenly to various substances and environmental elements that you may not even know you had. Dog’s can suffer from these as well, and it an be severe at times affecting their skin, digestive, and respiratory system where symptoms will appear. Its more common that we look at allergies with dog’s as being something that we as humans are allergic too but dogs can have allergies to things just like us.

Common Dog Allergy Symptoms

Dogs can have similar allergy symptoms that we can experience as well, so if you ever see your dog having any of these then they may be having an allergic reaction.

• Red Irritated Skin
• Frequent Scratching and Itching
• Red Puffy and Watery Eyes
• Constant Sneezing
• Vomiting
• Inflamed Throat Snoring
• Swollen Paws
• Licking Irritated Areas

What Can Cause Allergic Reactions

Allergies can start at any point in a dog’s life and can be caused by a large variety of common substances and materials. Here are some of the most common ones that will help you identify what may be causing your dogs allergies before you take them in to see a medial professional.

 Mold
 Dust Particles
 Different Foods like Chicken, Beef, Fish, Corn, or Wheat
 Aromas
 Cleaning Substances
 Various Types of Fabrics
 Pollen
 Grass or Hay
 Tobacco Smoke

Ways To Prevent Reactions

Besides removing any of these substances or materials from being exposed to your dog there are other routine ways that you can help prevent your dog from having a allergic reaction that can cause some miserable symptoms for them.

If dust is causing your dog to have constant allergic reactions then you are going to want to clean your home more frequently, and vacuum their bed or common areas that they lay or sleep. A routine cleaning of your home can help your dog avoid these allergic reactions, and will be healthier for the rest of the family too.

Giving your dog a bath weekly can help relieve of them of itching symptoms and skin irritations. Talk with your veterinarian about different shampoos to use, and make sure that your dog doesn’t have even worse allergic reactions from them. Shampoos with oatmeal ingredients are good for dogs with sensitive skin and can give them a healthier coat of fur.

Another allergen that is a very common source to your dog’s reactions is fleas. Fleas can cause severe skin irritation, itching, scratching, and sores to your dog. There are some great flea control products that are available to give to your dog such as shampoos that must be applied and allowed to stay on your dog to actually work its way down to the skin. Flea collars are another more widely known method that has been proven to be effective.

If your dog is showing any of these symptoms and they are causing some concern for both you and your animal, bring them in to see a veterinarian so that they may run the proper tests that will show you what your dog is allergic to, and also will provide you with the best treatment options.

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Diabetic Dog Treats

Saturday, January 16th, 2016

Diabetic Dog Treats

Just like humans, dogs can be diagnosed with diabetes and as heartbreaking as this might be for a dog owner rest easy. Diabetic dogs need the same attention and care we as humans, who suffer from this condition but it can be managed. Your dog can live a healthy life but you must monitor what they eat to maintain this health, and that includes giving them diabetic dog treats.

Insulin is a hormone that our bodies and dog bodies create to balance out our blood sugar levels. This process help make our food turn into fuel for our body to function, diabetics are not able to produce this insulin, and your dog won’t be able to either. If your dog is overweight—allowing them to lose some of those extra pounds will help them produce more natural insulin.

You main objective when you are feeding your dog food and treats is to make sure that you are not going to affect their blood sugar level too severely. Giving them treats that will not affect their diabetes will allow them to feel healthier and avoid various diabetic symptoms that they may experience.

Bringing your dog into the veterinarian is the first step you must take when you are trying to plan out your dogs diet. They will give you a daily calorie count for your dog that they will base off of their daily activity level and weight. You will need to keep a close eye on what they eat, especially when you are giving them treats.

Some tips to remember when you are choosing diabetic dog treats are to find ones that are high in fiber and include a low fat formula. Fiber will help your dog’s body slow down the entrance of glucose in their blood stream, which will help them have a feeling of being full, so that they will eat much less. Low fat foods contain less calories which as we stated above, are going to need to be controlled daily to ensure your dogs daily health and quality of life.

Also look for low sugar levels in the treats nutritional facts as well as low levels of carbohydrates. You should avoid snacks that have any of the following ingredients listed on their label.

• Syrup
• Molasses
• Fructose
• Dextrose
• Maltose

Some better options to give to your dog from your own home are some nutritional and tasty food items that are slightly altered from the regular form that they are usually eaten in, these home-made diabetic dog treats should be utilized by any diabetic dog owner—dehydrate the following.

• Meat
• Carrots
• Snap Peas
• Canned Pumpkins

On top of some these diabetic dog treats give them a consistent feeding schedule of about 2-3 meals a day. Make giving your dog exercise daily, whether its letting them run freely in your backyard or going on a walk with you, exercising will help them maintain their blood sugar levels and begin their journey to much healthier life style.

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Alpha Dog Training

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

Alpha Dog Training

When you are raising your dog in your home and with your family you need to make sure that they are obedient to you and your commands. Without obedience dogs will run rabid, with aggression, and will not listen to anything that you say to them. This can be extremely frustrating for dog owners, but with proper Alpha Dog Training programs, your dog will obey your commands and will behave the way you want them to.

When you are giving your dog training on your own you may find it difficult to get them to listen to you, and do what you want them to do. This is because we don’t know how to do this properly, but luckily there are plenty of schools and programs you can enroll your dog into that will enable them to be a happy and well trained dog for you.

Some of the best alpha dog training programs focuses on the following areas with your dog.

• On and Off Leash Behavior
• In House Civilization
• Respect To Owners
• Understanding Commands
o Sitting
o Staying
o Laying
o Rolling Over
o Coming To You
• Playing Games Like Fetch or Tug-Of-War

Different dogs with various nervous systems are identified and given specific methods of training to help train them into a more obedient lifestyle. Here are some of the different types of dogs and their behavior.

Choleric Dogs

These types of dogs have a nervous system that is always elevated making them very hard to calm down so that they can understand and listen. These dogs can also be very aggressive towards you and others and in order to solve this problem you will need your dog to be obedient.

Sanguinic Dogs

These types of dogs will be able to make the adjustment from hyper to calm more quickly and they are the easiest dogs to train according to most alpha dog trainers. The programs for this type are shorter then others and even if your dog may not listen to you now, they still may be this type down the road.

Phlegmatic Dogs

This kind of dog will have an odd disinterest in playing with you and it may seem that sometimes they lack the overall motivation or energy to want to go on walks with you. This type of dog will typically be given a more nurturing and gentle approach to training and it may take longer then other types.

Melancholic Dogs

This type of dog may have a hard time wanting to be active at all. These dogs may come off as lazy to you, and will take a long time to train typically, but don’t be discouraged with patience and the proper techniques and methods this dog will be trained as great as any of the others.

Giving your dog alpha dog training is to some of us a requirement. Though there are some dogs that can be trained without professional help, the majorities of dogs need the guidance, and help from a pro trainer, and there is noting wrong with that. Just make sure that your dog is identified and trained properly to meet its specific needs.

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Water Toys For Dogs

Sunday, January 10th, 2016

5 Water Toys For Dogs

Dogs love to play in the water. It is the most refreshing and enjoyable addition to their hot summer days spent with you. Whether you are at the local lake tossing a stick, or in the backyard throwing their toy into the pool, dogs love to get themselves wet, and having an incredible toy that is specially designed for this activity would take these fun summer days to a whole new level for you and your best friend.

Here are the top five best dog water toys that you are going to find.

5. Doggie Pool

Some of you may use your toddler’s old plastic pool for your dog’s pool. Those can work just fine, but you are designating that pool as only a dog pool when you do that. Those pools are made thin and can wear down over time, so you want to look for an actual doggie pool. You can find a wide range of these for your pooch that will fit their size properly, and will be made with durable material to withstand all the wear and play that your dog is going to give it, jumping in and out of it.

4. Dog Fountain

When your dog is playing out in that hot summer sun, and is enjoying all the freedom and play time that they are getting can make them dehydrated. A dog water fountain dispenses up a spout of water continually for your dog to drink from, all they have to do is walk up to the fountain, and step onto the paw print design and they will learn that when they do that, the water is dispensed. It’s a great water toy for the dog owner who wants their dog to have access to water without having to worry about refilling the water bowl.

3. Aqua Retriever Dog Toy

This is one has been around for quite some time, and there is a reason for that. Give your dog the workout they have needed with this retrieve toy made by the top dog toy manufacturer, Kong. The toy will float on the water so you can throw it into the water and your dog with be able to chase and swim after it, giving them the cool off swim they need, while enjoying all the fun of catching this toy.

2. Chuckit! Amphibious Toy

Is your dog one of those that loves to chase the birds? If so, this is the perfect water toy for your pooch. You can throw this toy into the water where it will bob up and down on the water making your dog feel as though it is a real bird for them to chase after.

1. Kurgo Floating Skipping Stones

If you love to walk along the shore side of the lake, river, or the ocean with your dog, and want a toy that is going to be enjoyable for both you and your dog. Then this is the best toy you can find. Skip them just like you would a rock, with the catch being that unlike a normal rock, these will float over the water giving your dog a chance of actually getting to them.

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Symptoms Of Parvo Virus In Dogs

Saturday, January 9th, 2016

Symptoms Of Parvo Virus In Dogs

The parvovirus is a highly contagious virus that is typically found in dogs, and is spread from in-direct and direct contact of feces between other dogs and can cause severe illness. There are two different forms of this virus that is found in either the dog’s intestines or less commonly in a puppies heart muscles that can lead to possible death.

Is your dog having any of the following symptoms?

 Vomiting
 Diarrhea [bloody]
 Abnormal Weight Loss
 Lethargic
 Lack of Appetite
 Fever

When the parvovirus infects the intestinal system of your dog it is an infection that will affect their bodies ability to break down their food, and absorb the nutrients in it. Without getting the vitamins, proteins, and fluids that they need, their health will begin to decline. This is what will lead your dog to symptoms of vomiting, losing their overall appetite, and without these crucial nutrients their weight will begin to decrease quickly as well. If your dog is experiencing any of these types of symptoms it is important that you bring them to your veterinary immediately.

Check for either a high fever or even a low body temperature, as this virus can cause both a very low body temperature as well as a high fever. This virus will deplete the hydration of your dog as well and you might see their eyes red and their heart beating rapidly. These are serious symptoms and will require professional veterinarian help as soon as possible.

It is important that you keep your dog safe from contracting this infectious virus, by keeping it out of contact of dogs that are identified as being infected with the virus. This is information you may not always know so it is important to check that other dogs that you bring yours around have the vaccination. Ask close friends about it, before your dogs play together to avoid possibly spreading this virus.

Though this virus can be highly contagious and also possibly deadly, medical advancements have made it so that your dog can avoid being infected. It is important that when you buy a new puppy that you get the paperwork that shows that if they are the right age that they were giving the parvovirus shot vaccination. If they are too young to get this vaccination when you purchase your new puppy then you need to make sure that you schedule an appointment for your new dog to get the shot.

Once they have received the vaccine their body will have produced the proper antibodies used to fight off the infection, and they will be safe from being contaminated with this illness.

Unknown to clinical research and studies, the following breeds of dogs have been known to be more prone to this infection.

 Rottweiler’s
 Doberman Pinschers
 Pit-bulls
 Golden Retrievers
 German Shepards
 English Springer Spaniels
 Alaskan Sled Dogs

Keep in mind the possible symptoms that your dog may be showing, and ensure that they receive the proper vaccination as soon as you can if they haven’t had it. Following these precautions will help keep your dog safe, and free of seriously illness.

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