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Top 10 Paw Care Tips For Dogs

Top 10 Paw Care Tips For DogsYour dog’s feet sure are made for walking, but did you know they are also made for protecting? Pads provide extra cushioning to help protect bones and joints from shock, provide insulation against extreme weather, aid walking on rough ground and help protect tissue deep within the paw. With all that work to do, it’s no wonder your pooch’s paws often take a bit of a beating. Keep a spring in your pet’s step with the ASPCA’s top 10 paw care tips:

1. Pamper With Pedicures: Your dog’s nails should just about touch the ground when she walks. If her nails are clicking or getting snagged on the floor, it’s time for a pedicure. Ask your veterinarian or a groomer for advice about what types of nail trimmers are best for your dog and how to use them properly.

2. Snip and Trim: Trim paw hair regularly to avoid painful matting. Simply comb hair out, especially from between the toes, and trim even with the pads.

3. Clean In Between: Foreign objects can become lodged in your dog’s pads. Check regularly between toes for foxtails, pebbles, small bits of broken glass and other debris. These pesky items can usually be removed with a pair of tweezers.

4. Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize: A dog’s pads can become cracked and dry. Ask your veterinarian for a good pad moisturizer and use as directed. Avoid human hand moisturizer, as this can soften the pads and lead to injury.

5. Deep Paw Massage: Similar to giving a human hand massage, a paw massage will relax your dog and promote better circulation. Start by rubbing between the pads on the bottom of the paw, and then rub between each toe. Your dog will be forever grateful for the extra TLC!

6. Slow and Steady: If you’re about to begin a new exercise program with your dog, start off slow. Paws may become sensitive, chaffed or cracked, particularly when starting your dog out on hikes and runs.

7. Apply First Aid: It’s not unusual for dogs to suffer cuts or other wounds from accidentally stepping on glass, debris or other objects. Wounds that are smaller than a half inch in diameter can be cleaned with an antibacterial wash and wrapped with a light bandage. For deeper paw cuts, see the vet for treatment.

8. Summertime Sores: Imagine stepping barefoot onto hot pavement. Ouch! It is important to remember your dog’s paws feel heat extremes, too. To prevent burns and blisters, avoid walking your dog on hot pavement or sand. Signs include blisters, loose flaps of skin and red, ulcerated patches. For minor burns, apply antibacterial wash and cover the paw with a loose bandage. For serious burns, visit your vet immediately.

9. Wintertime Blues: Winter is hard on everyone’s skin, even your dog’s! Bitter cold can cause chapping and cracking. Rock salt and chemical ice melters can cause sores, infection and blistering. Toxic chemicals can also be ingested by your dog when he licks his paws. After outdoor walks, wash your dog’s paws in warm water to rinse away salt and chemicals. You may wish to apply Vaseline, a great salt barrier, to the foot pads before each walk—or make sure your dog wears doggie booties.

10. Practice Prevention: To reduce the risk of injury, keep your home and yard clear of pointy bits and pieces. Be conscious to avoid hazards such as broken glass and other debris when walking your dog. And keep this simple tip in mind—if you wouldn’t like to walk on it barefoot, neither will your dog!

Start today by helping your beloved dog put his/her best paw forward!

 

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How To Hire a Dog Walker: 101 Dog Care Tips

How To Hire a Dog WalkerAn active dog is a healthy and happy dog! Whether you take your dog for a brisk walk around the neighborhood, on a jog or adventure hike. Proper exercise ensures your dog stays healthy. However, with the hectic pace of life today, as much as we love our pets, sometimes even the little tasks, like walking the dog, seem difficult to accomplish. It’s okay to ask for help and call in reinforcements to carry some of the pet care load. Thank goodness for great dog walkers who come to the rescue!

1. Plan your schedule. Determine how often you can and cannot walk your dog. Once you know how often you’ll need extra help you’ll be able to find a dog walker available to fill in whenever you won’t be around.

2. Word of Mouth. Don’t just hire a random person to act as your dog walker. You’ll want to invest the time and effort into finding the very best reputable dog walker you can afford. Get recommendations from other dog owners. Ask at your local dog park or speak to all your friends and family about dog walkers they’ve used in the area.

3. Arrange Meeting. Call dog walkers in your area and arrange to have meetings with those you are interested in hiring. Be sure to give yourself at least three options in case you have reservations about some that you’ve spoken with.

4. Interview potential dog walkers via phone. Ask a lot of questions of the dog walkers you call. For instance, you’ll want to ask how much experience they have, what qualifications they have and how they handle disciplining the dogs. Also, you’ll want to know how many dogs they walk at once.

5. Set up meet and greet. Introduce your dog to the dog walkers. This gives you a chance to see your dog’s temperament around the dog walkers. As well as allows the dog walkers a chance to determine whether or not they would feel comfortable with your dog.

Ultimately you and your dog both need to feel comfortable with your choice. It is important that you are able to trust your dog walker with spending time with your beloved furry family member. If something doesn’t seem right, listen to your gut instinct. But when you do find the right dog walker make sure to show them appreciation.

 

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9 Tips for Potty Training a Stubborn Dog

How To Potty Train Stubborn DogIf you are new pet owner then potty training your dog should be at the top of your to do list. Especially if you don’t want your entire house smelling like a porta potty. Cleaning up your dog’s #1 and #2 business is a fact of life. But what if your adorable pup is also stubborn and refuses to take it outside? Well, we have a few tips from our friends at ehow just for you! With love and patience your dog will soon be doing his business outdoors instead of on your newly polished wood floors or soiling your carpet.

1. Limit Dog’s Home Access. Prepare an area where your dog has limited access in your home. This might involve putting up a toddler gate across a doorway or keeping him a kitchen or a laundry room. His area should have only solid surface flooring, no carpeting. Put his crate in the area. Your dog’s crate must be big enough that he can comfortably stand, turn around and stretch out when lying down

2. Potty Training Pads are Lifesavers! Place newspapers on a large part of the floor in her area and place a potty training pad in the middle. These pads are treated with pheromones that tell your dog to “go here.” Make a separate feeding area, preferably outside for now, although you must provide fresh water for your dog at least once per hour.

3. Devise a feeding and napping schedule. Stubborn dogs are often used to eating and napping on their own schedule, which leads to them assuming they can do whatever they like, whenever they choose. Puppies need to eat at least three times a day; older dogs should have two mealtimes. Until your dog is housebroken, his napping and overnight sleep times must be carefully controlled, as well.

4. Potty Break Immediately After Nap & Meal time. Take your dog to the newspaper or outside (preferably) to eliminate immediately after she wakes up from a nap or as soon as she finishes eating. The younger your dog is, the more important it is to move her quickly after these two activities to her elimination spot. This is where patience and consistency come in. Stay with your dog, either in the yard or while on leash and tell him, “Go potty.” Allow her to sniff the ground and walk about until she goes.

5. Reward With Tasty Treat. Keep treats in your pocket and reward your dog with one as soon as he goes in the right spot. Lavish praise upon him, saying, “Good potty, good potty” so he understands the relationship between his potty and your praise.

6. Crate your dog until she learns to go in the correct spot. Crating is not inhumane if done correctly. In fact, dogs come to love their crates and often go there of their own accord to get away from people and other animals. However, you must keep your dog in her crate no longer than a couple of hours at a time during the day and no more than six hours overnight. Each time you let her out; take her immediately to his potty spot.

7. Stay consistent. Stubborn dogs need strict adherence to schedules and limitations. You dog wants to please you but you have to teach him how. Older dogs need not be difficult to train if you are consistent in your methods.

Tips:

1. Clean up potty accidents immediately. Dogs use their noses as indicators of where to go potty and when they smell residual urine odors, they naturally think that is the place to go. Take a potty accident to his potty pad or outdoors and leave it there. Some dog breeds are notorious for being stubborn when housebreaking. If you have trouble with a terrier, a pointer, a setter or a Chihuahua, you must be extra consistent with the dog’s sleeping, eating and potty walking schedule. Just one slip-up can set you back to square one.

2. Practice Patience & Kind Words. Avoid using harsh words or smacking a dog that has a potty mistake, they learn better when they are not screamed at or hit. A dog who was potty trained but suddenly begins having accidents may have a medical condition. See your veterinarian to rule out any physical problems.
 

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4 Ways to Energize a Lazy Dog

How to Energize a Lazy DogDogs are naturally social and playful creatures. But then there are those who are sluggish and have made a career of napping all day. If you have a lazy dog that loves being a couch potato then its time to get outdoors. Dogs need daily exercise to stay fit and release pent up energy. There are few ways you can energize your lazy dog.

1. Make sure your dogs laziness is not related to sickness. Anemia, induced by a range of factors from fleas to a lack of iron in the diet, as well as gastrointestinal infection, general sickness and nutrition deficiency, can result in a dog becoming lazy. If your dog is usually peppy or playful and it suddenly becomes lethargic and lazy, take it to the vet for an exam.

2. Get your dog excited. Bringing out a favorite toy, dangling a treat in front of their snout or using an excited voice will often get your dog excited to play. Dogs tend to mimic, so if you are excited then your dog will be as well.

3. Escort your dog to designated play area. Taking your dog in the backyard or to a local dog park will get any dog wagging with joy. Often time organizing a doggy play date can help unleash their inner playful side.

4. Play a game with your dog. Jogging with your dog, a game a fetch, agility obstacle courses or running around to burn off excess energy will help. Playing a game with your dog not only engages  them but helps build camaraderie and communication between the two of you.

With a long fun filled day of play under your belt you and your dog are deserving of a cat nap!

 

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Cleaning Your Dogs Ears : 101 Dog Care Tips- Tip 107

Listen up! Thorough and regular ear cleaning and maintenance can help your dog avoid ear problems and infections. Also it will help you familiarize yourself with your dog’s ears so you can recognize abnormalities. But many dogs dread getting their ears cleaned, making it difficult for you. Here are a few tips to make the ear cleaning experience a positive one for you both!

1. Trim or gently pluck hair inside dog’s ears. Some dog breeds have a great deal of hair inside their ears. Begin by plucking or trimming the hair inside the dog’s ears to improve air flow and visibility while cleaning the dog’s ears. It is generally not painful to pluck a dog’s ear hair, but pluck small bunches of hair at a time to avoid discomfort.

2. Apply ear cleaning solution to a cotton ball or Q-tip. To make the actual ear cleaning process quicker, begin by moistening several cotton balls/cotton pads and several Q-tips.

3. Wipe away ear wax and build up. Using the damp cotton pad or cotton ball, gently wipe away the dog’s ear build-up and ear wax. This will remove large portions of  ear gunk.

4. Clean the nooks and crannies of your dog ear gently with a Q-tip. To get in all those little nooks and crannies of the dog’s ear, use the damp Q-tips to clean away any remaining visible ear wax and ear build-up. Only clean the parts of the ear that are visible –  DO NOT stick the Q-tip down the dogs ear canal, which can damage your dog’s ear and hearing.

shutterstock_942890685. Give the dog a treat! Reward your dog with a treat for good behavior during and at the end of the ear cleaning process. Positive reinforcement with treats and a kind, encouraging voice will make for a positive experience for your pup.

6. REPEAT ear cleaning once a week. Regular ear cleanings are vital to prevent ear infections in dogs. This also enables pet owners to spot an infection and act quickly if the dog does develop an ear infection.

**If your dog has floppy ears then you will need to clean them more often due to poor air circulation, which can serve as the breeding grounds for ear infections.

***Ease your dog into ear cleaning by gently massaging their ears and rewarding with treat. Then once they are used to their ears being touched, attempt an ear cleaning.

What are signs your dog needs a to see a vet? If your dog is scratching ears constantly, ears are smelly & odorous, red or inflamed,  or if your dog is constantly shaking his head, seek vet assistance to rule our existing ear infection or other ear problem.

 

Facts About Dog Sunburn: 101 Dog Care Tips

Dogs are not immune to getting sunburn, in fact can just as easily become a burnt hot dog. Just like humans dogs are at high risk of suffering from skin damage and skin cancer caused by over exposure to the sun’s UV rays. Too much sun can leave a dog sunburned and miserable. So before your dog hits the beach, nap in their sunny spot, frolic along hiking trails and enjoy the great outdoors it is important to know the facts about sunburn. Most importantly don’t forget to lather Fido with doggy sunscreen. Here are few things all pet owners must know about recognizing, preventing and treating sunburn.

Which dogs are susceptible to sunburn?

  • Any dog that consistently spends time in the sun during the hottest parts of the day;
  • Dogs that have white or light colored hair;
  • Dogs that have very short hair, or no hair at all; and
  • Dogs that have suffered a loss of fur through allergies, hot spots or medical treatment.

What are the signs of sunburn?

  • Red skin; and/or
  • Hair loss; and/or
  • Sores;

What areas of the body are prone to sunburn?

Those parts where there is little hair covering and/or where the skin pigmentation is low; specifically:

  • Nose;
  • Ends of the ears;
  • Around the mouth;
  • Eyelids
  • Your dog’s underside – belly, groin and inside the legs; these areas are particularly at risk where your dog is on a reflective surface, such as walking on a concrete path.

What’s the best way to prevent dog sunburn?

  • Keep your dog inside in a cool room, or if he’s outside, in adequate shelter during the hottest parts of the day;
  • Use a sunscreen on those parts of his body susceptible to sunburn. Use a pet sunscreen because those produced for human use contain ingredients that are toxic to your dog. Remember to regularly reapply the sunscreen as it will wear, or be licked, off relatively quickly;
  • You can buy bodysuits for your dog that protect them from UV rays – if your dog is continually out in the sun, this may be the best option, and your vet should be able to provide you with more information on these products; and
  • If you regularly have your dog clipped in the summer, think about leaving his coat a bit longer so the hair offers some protection. Talk to your dog’s groomer about clipping your dog – some dog breed’s hair is designed to insulate the dog from the sun’s heat and if you clip it off, you may be doing more harm than good to your dog.

How do you soothe a sunburned dog?

  • Use aloe vera, nature’s ointment. The juice from the aloe vera plant will help reduce infection and scarring and speed the healing process. If you have a plant available, break off the tip of a leaf and squeeze out some gel. Apply it directly to the affected area. If a fresh plant is unavailable, a cream with aloe vera works well.
  • Speed healing with vitamin E. Puncture a Vitamin E capsule and squeeze out the oil, applying to the affected area to reduce scarring and speed healing.
  • Replace lost moisture on the skin. Applying a moisturizer can restore the moisture balance to the skin. Those products which contain coconut or jojoba oil are best. Apply three times per day.
  • Use witch hazel, it has a cooling property as it evaporates from the skin but doesn’t sting. Apply with a cotton ball three to four times per day.

 

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How to Train Your Dog To Use Doggie Door: 101 Dog Care Tips

Have you ever been right in the middle of a game and your dog wants to go out to play? Have you been awaken at night by your dog needing to go out and potty? Well, we have been there, and we have a solution for you!  Install a doggy door so your dog has quick access to the backyard when nature calls or when you dog has the urge to frolic in the backyard.  Although training your dog to use the doggie door takes patience their is much reward. Here are a few tips to help get your dog on the road to independence and pull you off the road of sleep deprivation so you can get back to catching some Zzzzz’s.

1. Follow the Leader. The fastest, easiest way to train a dog to go through a doggie door is to bring another dog who already knows how to use a doggie door, and let your dog watch him. You may need to still help a little by lifting the flap, and being outside with a treat, but most dogs will quickly follow another dog’s lead. In the event you don’t have another dog that already is trained to go thru a doggie door, follow the rest of the instructions.

2. Get Familiar with the Unfamiliar. Take the dog to the doggie door and just let him sniff it and investigate. Push the flap and show the dog how it moves and how it sounds when it moves, and let the dog see the outside thru the flap.

3. Bribe with treat & make sure to praise! Give the dog a very tasty, enticing and special treat that he or she can’t resist. And then go outside, leaving your dog inside to investigate the door, and push the flap from outside and call your dog. Show the dog a treat, and give it to him or her only if he or she comes out through the doggie door. Don’t expect your dog to run right through the doggie door on the first try, but most dogs will try it pretty quickly for a yummy treat. Make sure to reward the dog with the tasty treat and lots of praise and petting when going through the doggie door for the first few times.

 


 

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Hippity Hop Easter Pet Safety and Hidden Dangers: 101 Dog Care Tips- Tip 97

Easter is just a bunny hop away but so are hidden dangers. As you and your family prepare for Easter festivities here are some Easter Pet Safety tips. Happy Easter egg hunting!

1. Easter grass is a decorative must for Easter baskets but can signal danger for your pet if ingested. If eaten, it can cause a plethora of health problems, even death. Easter grass can wrap around your pet’s intestines and cut off circulation. It can also cause vomiting, choking, constipation, painful defecation and abdominal pain. Instead opt for a safer alternative, tissue paper or real grass.

2. No Chocolate Bunnies or Eggs. Dogs can’t resist something sweet to gobble on, including the infamous chocolate bunny. With such a keen sense of smell your dog can find your chocolate stash. Chocolate contains a highly toxic ingredient known as theobromine, making even small amounts of chocolate extremely hazardous to your pets health. Theobromine, can cause vomiting, diarrhea, hyperactivity, seizures and an abnormally elevated heart rate. Although your dog should avoid all types of chocolate, dark chocolate contains the highest concentrations of theobromine making it the most toxic. Early symptoms of chocolate toxicity are vomiting, diarrhea and trembling. If your dog exhibits these symptoms, please seek vet help immediately.

3. Avoid Sugar Substitutes: Xylitol, an artificial sweetener used in many candies, chewing gums and baked goods, is potentially very toxic to dogs and cats. If ingested, it can cause a rapid drop in blood sugar and can lead to seizures & liver failure.

4. Poisonous Easter Bouquets & Plants. Lilies, amaryllis, and kalanchoe are just a few popular flowers used in Easter floral arrangements. While they make for beautiful centerpieces on your Easter table, certain plants and flowers can be deadly for pets. The beautiful Easter Lily is a plant commonly found in bouquets this time of year but highly toxic to cats if ingested. If eaten this flower can cause vomiting and lethargy, and if untreated, may progress to kidney (renal) failure and death. Please call your veterinarian immediately if you suspect that your cat has eaten any part of a lily plant. Other potentially poisonous flowers to avoid include tulips, calla lilies, daisies, chrysanthemums and baby’s breath.

5. Real or fake plastic eggs can be dangerous. This is the case of mistaken identity. Fido or Felix may confuse a shiny plastic eggs for their next chew toy or tasty treat. If chew and swallow the plastic can cause intestinal damage which may require surgery. While hard-boiled have a tendency to be misplaced or not found during those Easter egg hunts and can easily spoil. If the egg is discovered days later and eaten by your hungry dog can cause quite an upset stomach. Make sure you keep track of the number of eggs hidden and their whereabouts so you can easily inventory at the end of the hunt.

6. Cute Easter toys are not meant to be eaten: Festive bunnies and chick toys make cute Easter basket stuffers for the kiddies, but may be viewed as a mid afternoon snack for your pet. Small toys are a choking hazard and should be kept away from cats and dogs. Keep baskets off the ground or better yet keep your pet in an Easter free zone out of potential harms way.

 

How to Make a First Aid Kit for Pets: 101 Dog Care Tips

Although emergencies and accidents are unforeseen, one should  always be prepared for worst case scenario. That is why all pet owners should know canine first aid and have a pet first aid kit within paws reach. Preparedness, knowing what to do in an emergency, and acting swiftly could mean the difference between life or death and your pet sustaining additional injuries. Being prepared gives your pet a fighting chance of survival and most often a quicker recovery.

Making a basic DIY Pet First Aid Kit or purchasing a pre-made kit at your local pet store is a must. Pet First Aid Kit is great to have on hand for everyday use or in the event of a natural disaster resulting in minor or major injuries.  It is recommended that you have one for your home and your car for easy accessibility. If you prefer making your own first aid kit here are a list of essentials that should be include. Make sure your first aid preparedness disaster kit is well stocked and medical materials are stored in a durable, water proof container.

  • Sterile gauze pads (3″ x 3″ and 2″ X 2″) and gauze bandage rolls (1″ and 2″)
  • First-aid adhesive tape, 1″ roll
  • Masking tape
  • Cotton swabs (Q-tips®)
  • Tweezers
  • Scissors
  • Forceps
  • Plastic freezer/sandwich bags
  • Small bottle of 3% hydrogen peroxide
  • Styptic pencil or cornstarch (stems blood flow from minor cuts)
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Antibacterial ointment
  • Antiseptic cleansing wipes
  • Kaopectate® or Pepto-Bismol®
  • Flash light
  • Stethoscope
  • Saline Solution (clean out wounds and flush the eyes)
  • Muzzle (to help restrain your animal if it becomes aggressive due to shock and pain)
  • A current pet first-aid book
  • Eyewash
  • Eyedropper (dispensing liquid medication or for cleaning superficial wounds)
  • Mineral oil (a lubricant and laxative when given by mouth)
  • Ipecac syrup ( to induce vomiting in the event your pet is poisoned, consult your veterinarian before inducing vomiting)
  • Digital or rectal thermometer in a plastic case
  • Leather work gloves (to protect you from being bitten)
  • Latex gloves
  • Leash
  • Thin rope
  • Splint materials (tongue depressor, 12-inch wooden ruler or thick magazine)
  • Activated charcoal (good for poisoning or diarrhea and controls flatulence resulting from any stomach or intestinal upset)
  • Blankets
  • Phone numbers (your pet’s regular veterinarian and of a nearby emergency veterinary hospital)
  • Instant cold pack
  • Rags/rubber tubing for tourniquet
  • Emergency Heat Blanket (used if an animal’s temperature is decreasing due to shock or exposure. Always take the pet’s temperature first before using)
  • Thermometer & Vaseline
** Seek your veterinarian’s approval before using some of the medications.
***As you build your pet first aid kit, familiarize yourself with materials and methods that may be needed to help your pet in a minor or major emergency.

 

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6 Tips for Making an Oatmeal Bath for your Dog

Is your dog itching for some relief? Well we have just the thing, a nice, soothing and comfy oatmeal bath. Oatmeal nourishes, moisturizes and soothes the skin. An oatmeal bath leaves an invisible protective oatmeal coating on the skin, protecting it from further itching. Hey this is even great for us humans! Just cue the soothing music and light the aromatherapy candles and you have yourself a spa day. Here’s the simple instructions on making an oatmeal bath for your dog.

1. Blend one cup of plain uncooked oatmeal in a blender until it is a fine powder. Powdering the oatmeal makes the oatmeal dissolve in the water easily. Any type of oatmeal is suitable, as long as it is plain oatmeal. Do not use oatmeal that contains flavorings or sugar.

2. Fill up a bathtub with lukewarm water to a level that will reach the middle of your dog’s chest. Test the temperature of the water on the inside of your wrist. The water should feel comfortably warm. If the water feels cold or hot, adjust the temperature accordingly.

3. Add the cup of powdered oatmeal to the bath water. Use your hand to swish the oatmeal powder around in the water to dissolve the powder. Make sure to mix the oatmeal powder thoroughly so that it does not clump at the bottom of the bathtub. The bath water will turn a milky white color as the oatmeal dissolves.

4. Recheck the temperature of the bath water with the inside of your wrist to make sure that it is still at a comfortable temperature for your dog and adjust it if necessary.

5. Place your dog in the bath water to soak. With your hands, gently scoop some of the oatmeal bath water onto to your dog’s back. Continue to do this every few minutes. Allow your dog to soak in the oatmeal bath for 10 to 15 minutes. Talk to your dog, scoop water on its back and pet it while it soaks.

6. Remove your dog from the oatmeal bath without rinsing the mixture off and gently pat it dry with a clean towel. The oatmeal mixture will leave an invisible protective and nourishing coating on your dog’s skin that will help stop further itching.

You can give your dog an oatmeal bath once a day for up to three days. And once a month thereafter. More frequent baths can irritate your dog’s skin.

Talk to your vet if the itching is not relieved after a few days, chronic itch could be a sign of something more serious or a food allergy. Make sure to rule out flea’s as the cause of your dog’s skin irritation and itchiness.

 

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Give the gift of a good chew. Delicious & all natural, the way nature intended!

Please make sure to check out our growing selection of dog treats & chews, and of course our bully sticks. Try our odor free bully sticks!

Take The Guessing Out Of Gift Giving With A Best Bully Stick Gift Certificate!

But what do you do for the pampered pup or feline that has everything? Hmmm..For the pet that has everything give a Best Bully’s Gift Certificate and take the guessing out of gift giving! This is a great way for you to give that furry special someone in your life or loving pet owner a special gift by allowing them to select the exact products their furry companion are looking for.

A picture is worth a thousand words, or shall we say free bully sticks!

Our photo gallery is growing constantly, please submit a photo of your dog enjoying any of our products to enter our twice monthly contest! Each month we will have a drawing on those customers who submitted pictures to the gallery and a winner will be chosen and posted on the site. The winner will win more bully sticks!

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