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From colorful fruits and vegetables to mushrooms and seaweed, these amazing cancer-fighting foods are packed full of nutrients. Cancer is an increasingly common health problem in dogs of all ages. The best way to help prevent cancer from affecting your own canine companion is to give him a healthy lifestyle that includes a nutritious whole …

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new year's resolutions for your dog

Top 10 New Year’s resolutions for keeping your dog healthy and happy in the new year and beyond. Another year has gone by, and it’s time to start a new page in your life – and your dog’s. Among the New Year’s resolutions you might make for this year, be sure to include your best friend’s …

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choosing quality pet food for your dog or cat

Making optimal dietary choices for your pet is crucial to his health, happiness and longevity. The key is to look for the best quality you can afford. It can be challenging to determine which pet food is good for your dog or cat, and which isn’t. The first step is to know the difference between …

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skin problems in dogs and cats

Following these 7 nutritional guidelines can significantly reduce your dog or cat’s skin problems. Switching a dog or cat with skin problems to a fresh food diet often brings about an improvement in itchiness. We have seen some skin cases clear up completely thanks to dietary changes. This article will give you some nutritional guidelines …

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understanding pet food labels

Make healthier and more informed pet food choices for your dog or cat by learning how to read and interpret pet food labels.  Trying to decipher pet food labels is more than a little intimidating. How do you make sense of all those fancy names and ingredients, let alone decide whether or not a particular …

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Redbarn Pet Products

This all-natural pet food company helps people make quality nutritional decisions for their dogs and cats. Canadian-born Jeff Baikie and Howard Bloxam became friends when they were 12 years old, and playing on the same hockey team. They took separate paths when they grew up, but their bond remained strong. In the early 1990s, Howard …

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Pet Fooled Documentary

The popular and highly acclaimed documentary Pet Fooled was released on Netflix earlier this year. The film has created a lot of buzz among pet parents and within the pet food industry, which was exactly the creator’s intention. Featuring commentary by respected veterinarians Dr. Karen Becker and Dr. Barbara Royal, Pet Fooled exposes the long-kept …

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pet food recalls

It’s been ten years since the huge pet food recall that sickened thousands of dogs and cats. How has pet food safety improved – or not – since then? Pet food recalls have been a trending topic for decades. Reasons range from salmonella contamination to high sodium levels to traces of mold. Our first reaction …

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spinal health

Did you know that the way your dog eats can affect the health of both his spine and mouth? Here’s what you need to know – and what you can do about it. Gingivitis, tartar, loose teeth – and the spine. Most people have no problem grouping the first three together, but where and how …

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Good dental health is essential for your dog’s overall health and well-being. Some degree of dental disease affects eight out of ten dogs before they’re even three years old, causing bad breath, tartar, gingivitis, and discomfort while eating. Left untreated, full-blown periodontal disease can result, and the infections and abscesses it causes can be very …

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puppy training

If you’re adopting a puppy from your local shelter, one of the first things you need to do is start training him so he’ll grow into a well-behaved dog. Follow these tips to minimize biting, begging and jumping. Adopting a puppy from a shelter or rescue is exciting. A time full of laughter and fun, …

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fermented foods for dogs

From borscht to kefir, fermented foods are packed with nutritional benefits you can share with your dog. Fermented foods are nutritional powerhouses for both people and dogs. Fermentation preserves food and provides a variety of taste sensations. Best of all, fermented foods provide our dogs (and ourselves) with many health benefits. They support the gastrointestinal …

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pet food

From by-products to soy to rendered fats – here are some ingredients to steer clear of when buying pet food for your dog or cat. Educating yourself about healthy nutrition for your dog and cat may seem daunting, but it doesn’t need to be. One of the best ways to begin is learning how to …

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interactive feeders

Puzzle toys and interactive feeders are a great way to mentally stimulate your dog and encourage her to work for her food. But are they okay to use with raw diets? Exercising your dog’s mind is very important. She needs daily doses of mentally challenging exercise to help keep her happy and well-adjusted. Stuffing food …

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superfruits for your dog

From acai berries to wolfberries, these healing superfruits offer as many health benefits to your dog as they do to you. Superfruits are so densely packed with nutrients that they act as medicine as well as food. And they don’t just benefit our own bodies; they can also give a health boost to our dogs. With …

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garlic dogs

The answer is yes! Find out why garlic has received such a bad rap, and how it can actually benefit your pet’s health. Garlic has long been regarded as a beneficial herb. Yet many people believe it’s harmful to dogs and should never be fed. The truth is, it is as safe and healthy for our …

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From dog treats to raw food.

Your choice of premium dog foods just got wider, thanks to a new line of diets from Zuke’s, a well-established company who specialize in healthy treats. When Patrick Meiering founded Zuke’s in 1995, there wasn’t a lot out there in the way of natural, healthy dog treats. Inspired by his chocolate Lab, Zuke, who helped …

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anal gland

“Butt scooting” and bad smells are signs of an anal gland impaction or infection. Here is one dog guardian’s natural approach to solving the issue. I had never wanted to find out firsthand what anal gland issues actually were, but when Wally turned two, I was introduced to them whether I liked it or not. …

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sprouts

Sprouts are mini-powerhouses of nutrition, and they’re just as good for your dog or cat as they are for you. Instead of whole grains for your dog or cat, try sprouts instead. They make a simple addition to his diet, whether mixed into his food, added as a topper, or included in a whole foods …

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smarter

Celebrating 20 years in business, Redbarn Pet Products takes pride in producing premium, all-natural pet food and treats for dogs and cats. As kids, Jeff Baikie and Howard Bloxam were avid hockey players. In fact, they first met and made friends while playing a hockey game in Canada. When the boys grew up, they went …

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catnip

Catnip offers a range of natural health benefits to canines. When I return home from a trip to the pet supply store, my Jack Russell terrier makes a beeline for the bag, anxious to get his paws on his new catnip toy. Yes, catnip. While Bruno’s love for this feline herb may seem unusual, Nepeta cataria …

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dental health enzymes

What you feed him has a profound effect on his dental wellness. These 11 foods can help support strong teeth and gums. Strong teeth reflect a robust immune system and a well-nourished body. Start by feeding your dog a high quality diet made from whole meats and other natural ingredients. Then try adding these other …

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aloe vera plant

Aloe vera is a plant that can offer many benefits to your companion animal but it is very important to know how to safely use it. If you break an aloe vera leaf open you notice two things: the center clear/greenish goo (this is what the gel is made from) and, around the edges, a …

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Feeding your dog from a TCVM perspective

Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) teaches that foods affect the body in multiple ways. Feeding your dog using this approach can enhance his well-being. Food can do one of two things — build health or produce disease. The better the nutrients we put into the body, the better the body will perform. It’s impossible for …

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From chia to hemp to sesame seeds — they’re packed with goodness. Give these healthy recipes a try! Seeds may seem small and nondescript, but they’re packed with goodness. Many varieties have become highly popular thanks to their nutritional benefits. Here’s a look at seven of the best, along with some super-simple recipes you can …

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Added to his food, incorporated into recipes or used topically, rooibos tea offers a range of benefits. Have you ever tried rooibos tea? Also known as African Red Bush or Aspalathus linearis, rooibos is an indigenous plant from South Africa, where an herbal tea made from the leaves has been enjoyed for generations. More recently, rooibos …

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canine supplements

Build a beautiful coat from the inside out by feeding your dog a few nutritional supplements! Take a look at your dog’s coat. Is it thick and shiny, with little shedding? Or is it dull, greasy or thin? The quality and luster of her hair is a measure of her internal health, so creating a …

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Like father, like son…this company’s dedication to safe, quality pet food spans more than 50 years. Back in the 1960s, premium pet foods were largely unheard of. But even then, a few savvy folks were noticing a niche that needed to be filled. Darryl “Tuffy” Nelson was one of them. In 1964, he started Tuffy’s …

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canine diabetes

Getting a handle on diabetes – it’s causes, treatment options and prevention. Your dog is diabetic.” It’s a diagnosis no one wants to hear, but it’s becoming increasingly common. While the equivalent of human juvenile diabetes is rare in dogs – most are born with a fully functional pancreas that produces adequate insulin – middle-aged …

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canine giant breeds

GIANT BREEDS ARE PRONE TO SEVERAL COMMON CONDITIONS. HERE’S HOW TO HELP KEEP YOUR BIG GUY OR GAL WELL AND HAPPY. Giant breeds can have some giant health problems. These issues affect not only purebreds, but also very big dogs of mixed parentage. In my experience, “very big dogs” are those that weigh 95 pounds …

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anxious dog

Helping your anxious dog starts with determining what’s upsetting her in the first place. Dogs get stressed just like we do. The difference is, we can usually pinpoint what it is that makes us tense and anxious, be it family problems, work deadlines, money or health worries. With our dogs however, it’s more difficult. They …

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Tips to correct bad behaviors.

Here are four simple ways you can address your dog’s annoying behaviors. No matter how much we adore our pups, we sometimes get a bit frustrated by their behaviors. But it’s usually simply because we don’t understand it. After all, what’s considered normal in the animal kingdom doesn’t always make sense to us. Here’s what you …

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