Sweet and Tasty Treats that are healthy for your dog!

Who knew that you could feed your dog human fruits and vegetables? Well you most certainly can! Some fruits and veggies can boost important nutrients in your dog’s daily diet. Who doesn’t want to feed their puppy something they will love and that’s good for them in the process? Let’s take a look at these Sweet and Tasty treats that are healthy for your dog.

Cantaloupe

Believe it or not cantaloupe can help your canine’s eyesight, plus they are loaded with Beta Carotene, Vitamin A, B-6 and C, fiber, folate, niacin and potassium. Nevertheless, I would avoid feeding your dog the rind as it may, and can, cause intestinal damage.

Green Beans

Let’s face it getting your dog to eat Green Beans is probably easier than getting your kids to eat them. Green beans can be an essential source of your dog’s daily diet. Giving your dog that omega- 3 fatty acids and vitamins A, C, and K can give them that extra superpower they need to play all day. It’s also a wonderful source of fiber, folic acid, calcium, manganese and copper.

Spinach

What helps your dog reduce cardiovascular issues, along with cancer? You got it, Spinach! Spinach is very helpful in your pup’s diet, although you don’t want to go overboard with Spinach as it does contain double the iron. So, adding a simple dog treat that contains Spinach will be just as helpful. Such as Smiling Dog Chicken, Apples & Spinach.

Pumpkin

What is loaded with fiber, vitamin A, and antioxidants? That’s right, Pumpkin! This tasty ingredient in any supplement or treat can help with diarrhea and constipation and it’s a taste your doggies will love.

Tasty Treats You Should Avoid Feeding Your Dog

Although your canine may want to try a bite of these tasty treats they can be fatal to them:

These treats can make your dog very ill with even the smallest amount. They can potentially cause kidney failure, vomiting, destruction of red blood cells, and anemia. So nonetheless, do your research on these delicious treats before feeding them to your 4-legged friend.

This article was written by Ashely Foglesong and Teresa Campbell, professional breeders.
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Is your 4-legged companion’s hot nose a sign of illness?

Old wives tale:

Is your 4-legged companions hot nose a sign of Illness? The answer might surprise you. The old wives’ tale indicated that if your dog’s nose is dry and warm, they are getting sick. Nevertheless, that IS NOT correct! A healthy dog may have a warm, dry nose if they are just getting up from an afternoon nap. The nose is NOT a good indicator of your pet’s health.

Here are a couple common and acceptable reasons your dog has a dry nose:

Why is my dog’s nose wet?

Your dog’s tears are constantly producing lubricate for movement of the eyes; therefore, the dog’s body produces more tears than are actually needed causing excess tears go down into the nasal duct causing “Nose-Tears” which do indeed come out their nose. Nevertheless, your furry-friend then licks their nose to wipe the excess tears spreading it over the nose consequently making their nose wet. Makes perfect sense right?

What if my dog is actually sick?

First of all, if your dog is showing other signs of illness you definitely don’t want to ignore them just because their nose may be cool and wet.  If you do happen to notice that your dog’s nose is hotter than normal, you should check their temperature to make sure.

As mentioned above there are indeed reasons your dog’s nose can be dry. Dogs can develop allergies to specific types of food, plastic water dishes or even toys. Sunburn can potentially cause dryness and cracking on the nose. In the winter time when your dog is cold and wants to find a warm heater to lay next to it may also cause dry and cracking in their nose. Your dog may become slightly dehydrated which can cause dry nose. So make sure to keep fresh water available at all times.

Bottom line is if your dog’s nose is dry it doesn’t necessarily indicate illness unless accompanied by other serious symptoms. We recommend asking your veterinarian for more information any questions you have.

This article was written by Ashely Foglesong and Teresa Campbell, professional breeders.

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How to clean & reduce tear stain visibility on our dog

 

Tear stains dog

Tired of seeing those dark stains under your puppy’s eyes?

If you have a dog with light colored coat mostly likely you will see those dreadful tear stains, although they don’t go completely away, we can however we can give you some tips and tricks on how to minimize their appearance. So how to clean and reduce tear stain visibility on your dog? Here are some things to think about when it comes to tear stains.

Tear Stains: Accessing the Issues

If you believe your puppy suffers from tear stains you may want to seek Veterinarian advice. First of all, there are multiple reasons puppies can get tear stains and you will need to figure out what the underlying cause of tears stains in your puppy.

Causes of Tear Stains:

 

Finally, how to clean & reduce tear stain visibility on your dog?

Preventing and Help Treating Tear Stains:

There may be other treatment options depending on the underlying reason of tear stains in your puppy, and we recommend asking your Veterinarian for more information when needed.

 

 This article was written by Ashely Foglesong and Teresa Campbell, professional breeders.

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Does your dog suffer from Separation Anxiety?

 

Separation Anxiety

Understanding Separation Anxiety

First of all, you need to understand Separation Anxiety in order to help overcome or prevent it. Separation Anxiety in a dog happens when a puppy or dog becomes emotional distressed or develops behavior problems when it comes time for their owner to leave.  The most important key to successful separation anxiety prevention is to set your dog up for complete success.

 

Knowing the Signs of Separation Anxiety

Knowing the Signs of Separations Anxiety can be a key in helping your furry-friend overcome it.  Some signs your dog might show are:

 

So, does your dog suffer from separation anxiety? 

At times it can be tough to distinguish the difference between puppy behaviors and signs of distress. You may also seek a Veterinarian help for diagnosing Separation Anxiety if you are uncertain.

 

Tips to help ease or prevent Separation Anxiety

First of all, you would want to prepare a quiet place where your dog feels safe and secure such as a laundry room, playpen, doggy crate, Etc.. Secondly, you will want to put him in that safe place a couple times a day when you aren’t going to leave so they do associate their safe place not only when you are going to leave. You can even stay in the room with them. If he/she starts to fuss, ignore them. When they become quiet and settle down, go to them calmly for a few minutes and then step out of the room next time. Do this a few times a day for about an hour or so at a time. 

Your final goal is to get your dog comfortable with you being away from them for a short amount of time. Gradually you will soon be able to be gone for 4-5 hours with no problem. When you arrive, home don’t make a big deal out of arriving home or even departing. You don’t want to greet your dog until at least 5-10 mins after coming home. Just gently walk past them as if they were a ghost. You can even go as far as giving your dog a treat or favorite toy before leaving to help distract them from the initial leaving. 

 

Overview of dogs with Separation Anxiety

Know that your dog’s behavior isn’t intentional and that punishing them is ineffective and will only make the Anxiety and behavior worse.

So, make sure you understand Separation Anxiety and recognize the behavioral symptoms your dog may show if suffering from Separation Anxiety. Learn how to help ease or prevent Separation Anxiety. You need to assess your dog’s behavior to see if it might have a cause other than separation anxiety. We recommend asking your Veterinarian for more information when needed.

 

 This article was written by Ashely Foglesong and Teresa Campbell, professional breeders.

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