Valentine’s Day Gifts for Dogs

Valentine's Day Gifts for Dogs

Valentine’s Day gifts for dogs are hot right now. Did you buy a few Valentine’s Day gifts for your dog? I hope so! If not, there’s no time like the present! No pun intended.  I mean why not? After all, Valentine’s Day IS the day of love and most people love their dog more than most people, right? So, where do you start? We have some ideas guaranteed to knock your dog’s socks off, figuratively speaking that is!

Valentine’s Day Apparel for Dogs

One way to show your dog you love him is to keep him dressed to nines.  You know how your dog loves the attention he gets when he has cute holiday apparel.  He especially loves the attention he receives from you when you whip your phone out and demand a selfie. This red, pink and white pet sweater from amazon is guaranteed to up your dog’s wow factor garnering some attention.  He’ll appreciate the elastic sleeves making ease of movement a piece of cake. If a sweater is too cumbersome, try the Top Paw Pet Tee from PetSmart.  Great for a boy or girl, this cute tee speaks the truth with “I woke up this cute” adorned across the back.

Valentine’s Day Treats for Dogs

Who doesn’t love something sweet on Valentine’s Day, or any day for that matter? Well, I can guarantee you that your dog is no exception.  Why not try these some adorable all-natural conversation hearts from Posh Puppy Boutique? Your dog probably can’t read, but if he could he’d love the messages across the treats.  Who can resist “Kiss Me”, “Fur Ever” or “Be mine”? Made with peanut butter and cinnamon, they’re guaranteed to leave your dog beggin’ for more.  If your dog is a fan of the treat bar at PetCo, try these heart shaped treats. These chicken flavored treats taste amazing, but also serve to provide joint support. Now that’s a gift to last a lifetime. No matter what treat you decide on, your dog is sure to love you for it.

Valentine’s Day Toys for Dogs

Every dog loves the excitement of a new toy.  It’s possible your dog hasn’t had a new toy thrown at him since Christmas so now’s a good a time as ever.  The “Puppy Express Letters” from Bark Shop is so sweet. Made with durable canvas covering a big squeaker, your dog will be tossing this toy around in no time. If you love your dog so much, you wish you could send him a bouquet of roses, now is your chance. Rover’s Roses Bouquet Toy is not only cute, but it’s incredibly safe.  Each crinkly bouquet comes complete with a squeaker inside each and every rose.  It’s double stitched to ensure durability, but also filled with 100% post-consumer certified safe recycled plastic bottles.

So, what are you waiting for? Go grab some fine apparel, treats and toys for your dog this Valentine’s Day.  He shows his love and devotion for you every day so why not repay him a little or a lot. Who am I kidding – I’m sure you show your love right back each and every single day.  If not, get started now.

The Best Shampoo for Dogs

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The best shampoo for dogs is out there, you just have to look for it. It’s such an overwhelming process, isn’t it? There are so many options on the market nowadays, it’s hard to know which one is best!  We’ve narrowed down some of our favorites to help you start your search for the best shampoo for your dog.

Earthbath All Natural Pet Shampoo

Earthbath products include shampoo for dogs! They are a favorite of ours and a favorite of many other pet parents as well.  No matter what your dog’s needs are, you could literally address all of them with this product line

One of our favorites in the line is the oatmeal & aloe shampoo.  It’s great for itchy, dry skin providing relief with oatmeal and aloe.  We love the ingredient in this line as well as the ingredients they leave out.  The oatmeal & aloe formula contains water, plant derived cleansers, organic vitamins, glycerin, as well as vanilla and almond, all natural botanical fragrance.  Your dog’s skin will be moisturized and feeling soft, silky and of course, clean. There are no soaps, glutens, phthalates, sulfates, dyes, or parabens.  Even better, they are a cruelty free company and offer a full guarantee of their products. All products are also made in the USA and tested on humans, particularly the CEO!

4 Legger Dog Shampoo

Another shampoo for dogs that we love is the 4 Legger Dog Shampoo.  We love that this company is USDA Certified Organic.  All natural ingredients are the best for dogs and their sensitive skin.  With a blend of ingredients like olive, jojoba, rosemary, aloe vera, and coconut oil, your dog’s coat and skin will be left feeling amazing.  You can depend on never washing your dog with any harsh ingredients either.  They leave out sulfates, detergents and anything that is synthetic or artificial.  They are also proponents of the environment so they use locally sourced, biodegradable ingredients made right here in the USA. 

One thing that really intrigued us about this company is how it all started.  Melissa Boland lost her dog to cancer on the same day that she was diagnosed with cancer.  She came to realize that pet grooming products were not regulated! This meant that companies could claim all natural and not really be.  It’s amazing how she used her own journey with cancer to develop a product that pet parents could safely use on their pets.  Her products are always tested through the USDA Organics program, truly ensuring that her company is putting the best products on the shelves.

Can I use human shampoo on my pets?

Shampoo for humans is not the same as shampoo for dogs. Many people think that if a product is safe enough for them, it’s safe enough for their dogs.  That’s simply not true.  The pH of a dog’s skin is much different than the pH in your skin.  Human shampoo is much too acidic for dogs and will upset the pH in their skin. Bathing your dog with human shampoo will strip the skin, thereby exposing it.  In addition, unexposed skin is essentially open to being bombarded by many microorganisms. The result is irritated skin.  Rash, bumps, hot spots, peeling skin and more can be very problematic in dogs.  It’s always better to delay a bath and find a product properly suited for your pet.

Before you ever choose a shampoo for your dogs, do your research! Doing so will help you find the best shampoo for your dog, not the cheapest or the most easily accessible.  The skin is the largest organ for both humans and dogs.  Bathing your dog with products you don’t understand can put them in a position of lifelong skin and overall health issues.

Pumpkin is a Miracle Food for Dogs

Pumpkin is a miracle food for dogs.  Did you know that? Well, Tis the season for pumpkins and lots of them.  From Benefits of Pumpkin for dogs. the pumpkin spice latte, pumpkin pie and bread, pumpkin cupcakes, and even pumpkin cereal, there’s no shortage for ideas to use this festive gourd this time of year.  In addition to just tasting really good to people and their dogs, Pumpkin also has many health benefits for your dog. 

Weight Loss

Is your dog’s healthy appetite causing him to gain a little extra poundage? Many dogs will only eat when they’re hungry and are perfectly ok at self-regulating the amount of food they eat, while others not so much.  Some dogs will eat until the cows come home, so to speak.  While it’s not clear why some dogs eat more than others, it’s up to you to put in place a plan to keep your dog full and of course, feed him the right kind of food in the right amounts.  It’s not easy to say no to a dog that’s telling you he’s hungry.  That’s where the pumpkin comes in.  By adding a tablespoon of canned pumpkin to your dog’s meals each day, you can help him feel fuller for longer.  Canned pumpkin is rich in fiber so that’s where the magic comes.  Well, that combined with the fact that canned pumpkin also helps to slow the digestive process and so your pup will feel fuller for longer than usual.

Curb Digestive Issues

Canned pumpkin can be used for multiple digestive issues. Whether your dog has constipation or diarrhea, canned pumpkin may be the cure.  Due to the simple fact that pumpkin slows down digestion, and helps to absorb water it can prevent or at least minimize the incident when your dog has diarrhea. On the other hand, if your dog is straining to go potty, a little pumpkin can encourage movement in the bowels.

Nutrient Boost

Canned pumpkin also helps supplement your dog’s diet with much need vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.  Vitamins A, C, E and potassium are much needed to promoted good health in your dog. Vitamin C promotes a strong immune systems while all of those vitamins together can prevent cancer.  Antioxidants attack oxidants in your pet’s body.  How cool is that? Potassium aids the whole metabolic process, keeps blood pressure under control and at acceptable levels and also helps overall muscle health.  Vitamin A helps prevent night blindness and other degenerations of the eyes. 

Hydration

Some dogs are not too keen on drinking a lot of water.  Dehydration can lead to many health issues and in extreme cases can even result in death. Getting more water in your dog’s diet can be tricky, especially if you feed your dog a dry kibble diet.  Adding a little pumpkin, increases your dog’s water intake without him even knowing it.  Keeping your dog hydrated will also keep his coat soft and shiny, and flaky skin will be a thing of the past.

It’s so yummy! 

All health benefits aside, dogs love the taste of pumpkin! Added to many meal or treat recipes, your dog will be begging you for more.  

As with almost everything else, too much of anything is bad for you.  In some cases, toxic!  Pumpkin is one of those things for dogs.  Feeding your dog more than a few teaspoons a day can result in toxicity.  Canned pumpkin has many amazing, even miraculous benefits for dogs.  Why not give your dog some this year?

 

Protect your Dog against Mosquitoes

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When and where does the consultation meeting take place?

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Summer may be over, but heartworm and flea prevention is just as important as ever. It seems that mosquito’s linger longer and longer each year. It’s November and I just got bit twice today! So, whether you are hitting trails with your dog or just letting your pets outside potty breaks and exercise, they need to be protected all year long

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Sometimes there is nothing better than getting out and hitting the trails on a sunny day. Now that the temperatures is finally starting to cool down, the weather is perfect for it. What’s even better is bringing your dog along to enjoy nature with you. We’ve complied a list of some great hiking and walking trails near Katy that you should definitely check out this fall. [Read more…]

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