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101 Dog Care Tips: Senior Dog Care

Our pets are living longer than ever these days, thanks to advances in veterinary medicine and pet nutrition. As our dogs age, they face a variety of conditions that can negatively affect their health. Some of the conditions that commonly affect senior dogs include diabetes, kidney and liver disease, tumors and cancer, arthritis and other joint pain, obesity and thyroid conditions, as well as dental disorders.

Scheduling regular veterinary examinations is key in keeping your dog healthy. When dogs enter their senior years, regular exams are more important than ever (most recommend twice yearly). Senior care, which starts with regular veterinary exam, is necessary to diagnose or delay the onset of disease; and for the early detection of problems such as organ failure and arthritis.

Veterinarians depend on laboratory results to help them understand your dog’s health. When your dog is healthy, laboratory tests determine baseline” values. When your dog is sick, your vet is able to compare the “baseline” values and the current values.  Changes in these laboratory test results, may be a sign of the presence of an underlying disease (lab tests frequently include: blood count, urinalysis, blood chemistry and parasite evaluation).

It is also necessary to keep your senior pooch active.  Activity is necessary to keep your dog at a healthy weight, while helping to maintain proper muscle tone. In addition, choosing a premium dog food and healthy treats will help by giving your pooch the necessary protein and vitamins that they need to stay healthy.  As we mentioned in previous posts, fish oil is a great way to be preventative, none of us consume enough omega 3’s with our normal diets.  Also, including natural sources of glucosamine and chondroitin in our pooches diet can help with hip and joint health (our beef trachea chews and fish chews are a great natural source of this).

Please let us know if there is a topic you would like to see covered!  As always, we appreciate your continued business and support!

Spotlight on Portuguese Water Dog

Spotlight on Portuguese Water Dog

Weight – 40-60lbs (male); 35-50lbs (female)
Height – 20″-23″ (male); 17″-21″ (female)
Coat – Curly and Wavy types
Color – Black, Black & White, Brown, Silver Tipped, White (most rare)

Closely related to the Standard Poodle, the Portuguese Water Dog is a water dog that is highly intelligent with a usually curly coat and webbed toes for swimming. More robustly built than their Poodle cousins, PWDs can come in a variety of colors and have a single layer coat that doesn’t shed, leading to them being favored by those with dog allergies. Their hair must be groomed regularly, with the favored cuts being the Retriever style and Lion style of trimming the hair. Like humans, some PWDs can go grey later in life, a process sometimes referred to as “blueing.”

Portuguese Water Dogs make excellent companions. They are loving, independent, and intelligent, leading to them being easily trained both in obedience and other skills. They are friendly, and are known to hop or dance when greeting people, a trait that some owners try to train away, but others find endearing and tolerate. They are known for “counter surfing,” a habit of standing upright at counters and tables, especially when food is present. PWDs do require extensive attention and exercise and can become destructive if they become bored, so it is recommended that they have a ready supply of treats, toys, and chews like bully sticks.

Like all purebred dogs, PWDs are vulnerable to certain genetic defects. Some defects can include: hip dysplasia, cataracts, PRA, distichiasis, GM1 Storage Disease, and Juvenile Dilated Cardio-Myopathy. Careful checking of the breeding of the PWD’s parents can help to reduce the presence of these defects in the dog, and given the limited gene pool of the breed (due to the lack of prevalence of the breed), most of these defects are recessive in the breed.

Famous Portuguese Water Dogs and PWD Owners
Senator Ted Kennedy – Sunny and Splash
President Barack Obama – announced that his family has chosen to adopt a PWD, in part because of their hypoallergenic nature and his daughter Malia’s allergy to dogs.

101 Dog Care Tips: Fish Oil For Dogs

shutterstock_107501672-smVets originally used fish oil to treat dogs with allergy problems, but more recently they have found it to benefit many different aspects of our canines’ health.  Since our pooches cannot produce the fats contained in these oils themselves, they rely on their diet to supply the needed fats.

Much like it’s benefits for humans, omega 3 oils (fish oil) support heart, vision, and joint health, along with providing important nutrients for proper immune function, and a healthy skin and coat.   The icing on the cake is that… it’s a natural source of all sorts of other vitamins and minerals.

We have seen two forms of fish oil.  One is in pill form that can be taken in a piece of cheese or some peanut butter and the other is in liquid form.   We have found the liquid form is more calorie friendly (those pieces of cheese and peanut butter can add up) and just plain easier to give (putting over their food has worked well for us).

We do recommend that you consult with your veterinarian about specific doses for your pooch, although there are dosing instructions on most bottles.  Some dogs require more than others based on certain conditions.  Stay tuned to our website… we will be adding some very unique salmon treats and jerky’s to the site really soon!

We carry the Plato Salmon Oil for dogs which can be found by clicking the link, however there are many great oils on the market; and the important thing is to make sure to add it to your pups daily regimen!

What people are saying about our Bully Sticks

What people are saying about our Bully Sticks.

Sometimes a picture is worth a 1000 words, but here are some twitter comments from happy customers.

Thank you all for your support of our Best Bully Sticks

101 Dog Care Tips: Spring Dog Care

shutterstock_105896411We are approaching spring and with that comes walks through the park, maybe a jog, and dangers that you should be aware of.

Heart-worm is caused by mosquitoes and can be fatal for our pooches.  Spring time is a major time for this because of the weather warming up and the mosquitoes becoming more active.  There are many products out on the market that can prevent this.  Check with your vet to find out which one is right for your dog.

As the weather warms up, we also need to monitor our dogs tolerance for heat and the sun.  Some dogs like pugs and bull dogs can not tolerate the heat for very long and can actually become dehydrated and get heat stoke.  Dogs can also get sunburn, like us, so monitor the amount of sun that your pooch gets.

Also be aware that it is also approaching flea and tick season.  There are many holistic flea and tick medicines that your vet can recommend.  Although it is recommended to treat your pet for fleas and ticks all year round, we are approaching the season when this medication is most necessary.

Although we think that fairs and concerts are a great bonding experience for us and our dogs, the noise and commotion can be stressful for your pups.  These are places that should be avoided for long periods of time.

Dogs love spring and summer because it means more outdoor time and more time to release all of that pent up winter energy.  By keeping tabs and following these few tips, you can ensure a safe and happy season for you and your pooch.

Please check out our every growing selection of unique and natural dog chews and dog treats !

Best Bully Sticks Launches Kangaroo Dog Treats and Chews

Best Bully Sticks Launches Kangaroo Dog Treats and Chews

We are proud to announce a new line of dog treats and chews that we know are going to be a big hit… (our dogs told us so)!  These treats are made from kangaroo (one emu variety) and are all natural, containing only kangaroo, in some cases chicken, sea salt, and water (check each item description for exact ingredients).  Kangaroo is a known for it’s hypoallergenic properties, so for those of you who have pooches with allergies, this is a great option.

They come in several varieties, some which are treats and some which are longer lasting chews.  The kangaroo bones and wing dings are slow roasted to ensure that they don’t splinter, and to make sure that they have a perfect flavor.  They also come individually shrink wrapped to ensure freshness.  We recommend that the bones, wings, and tails be used with smaller dogs who are 50 pounds and below.  However, the treats, sausages, and jerky’s are perfect for dogs of any size!

The different kangaroo dog treats come in a re-closeable zip lock bag and are great to use as everyday or training treats for your pups.  They come in several varieties, all which have a slightly different taste and consistency.

Check out our Australian – All Natural Dog Chew section to see the different exciting varieties that we know your dog will love.

101 Dog Care Tips – Best Bully Sticks Tip 7 – Toxic Substances For Dogs

101 Dog Care Tips – Best Bully Sticks Tip 7 – Toxic Substances For Dogs

As we continue our quest to bring you pertinent dog related information we wanted to highlight some common and not so common substances and foods that you should never give your dog.  If you have a suggestion for our 101 Dog Care Tips section please let us know!

There are many household items that you would never think to keep away from your pooch.  We all know about chocolate and its bad affects, but what about all of those other table scraps and snacks that we don’t even think about?  We all know when we see a cute begging face we feel the need to share any and everything.  Below is a list of typical household items that are not good for your pooch.

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Caffeine, including coffee and chocolate
  • Fatty foods, especially drippings and grease from cooking
  • Chicken and turkey bones (Cooked)
  • Grapes and raisins
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Onions and garlic
  • Mushrooms
  • Milk and dairy products
  • Salt and sugar (are included in many dog products or dog treats, but in small amounts and carefully regulated)

**While this certainly is not a complete list we hope that you find it helpful**
In addition, just like babies, keep all household cleaners and chemicals away from pet friendly areas.  Also beware of where cords and wires are located, especially if you have a playful pooch.

If your dog does eat something toxic and is having symptoms, the best thing to do is call Poison Control at 1 (900) 680-0000, or the Animal Poison control center at (888) 426-4435, induce vomiting, and head to your local emergency veterinarian.

Best Bully Sticks New Sampler Packs

Best Bully Sticks New Sampler Packs

After many requests we have decided to launch some new Best Bully Sticks sampler packs.  These sampler packs make a perfect gift, come in two sizes for small and large dogs, and are sure to please any pooch.

The small dog sampler pack has  8- 6″ Bully Sticks, 4- 6″ Braided Bully Sticks, 2- 6″ Trachea, 2- curly bully sticks, and 2- beef tendons.  This is the perfect sampler for dogs under 40 lbs. and is a great way to try Best Bully Sticks for the first time.

The large dog sampler pack includes 6- 12″ Bully Sticks, 2- 12″ Braided Bully Sticks, 2- 12″ Trachea, 1- Thick Curly Bully Stick, and 2- Beef Tendons.  This is great for dogs over 40 lbs., or for people that want small dogs to have super long lasting chews.

Whatever your decision, you can’t go wrong giving these samplers a try!  We assure you that once you try us, you won’t shop anywhere else.

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