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Pet Dental Disease: 101 Dog Care Tips

Did you know that dental disease is one of the most common health issues in dogs and cats? Not only can dental disease be excruciating but also costly. Great news, dental disease can be reduced and prevented with some TLC. Like any health issue, prevention is key and knowledge is power. That is why it is so important to provide your pet with proper pet oral care both professionally and at home. As dogs age it is even more crucial to maintain that healthy smile. If you are a new pup or kitty parent it is important that you get your new fury bundle of joy use to having his teeth brush by starting their dental care at a young age. For those who have never brushed your pets teeth it is never to late to get your dog or cat on the road to a great smile. First step is a setting up an appointment for a  proper vet dental check-up and then having your vet speak to you about a regular at home oral care regime. There is no time like the present as we celebrate Feb. Pet Dental Month. Remember that if dental disease is left untreated it could lead to tooth loss, infection and much worse.  Here are a few dental diseases that you should be aware of.

Plaque: Dogs rarely get cavities, but are prone to gum disease and excess tartar build-up on the teeth. Food particles and bacteria collect along the gumline forming plaque. Routine home care 2-3x’s per week can remove this plaque.

Tartar: If plaque is not removed, minerals in the saliva combine with the plaque and form tartar (or calculus) which adheres strongly to the teeth. Plaque starts to mineralize 3-5 days after it forms. The tartar is irritating to the gums and causes an  inflammation known as gingivitis. This can be seen as reddening of the gums adjacent to the teeth. It also causes bad breath. At this point it is necessary to make an appointment with your vet in order to remove the tartar with special instruments called scalers, and then polish the teeth.

Periodontal Disease: If the tartar is not removed, it builds up under the gums. It separates the gums from the teeth to form “pockets” and encourages even more bacterial growth. At this point the damage is irreversible, and called “periodontal” disease. It can be very painful and can lead to loose teeth, abscesses, and bone loss or infection. As bacterial growth continues to increase, the bacteria may enter the bloodstream. This can cause infection of the heart valves (endocarditis),liver, and kidneys. If treated by your veterinarian with special instruments and procedures, periodontal disease can be slowed or stopped.

So paw pals let get brushin’!

 

How To Brush Your Dog’s Teeth: 101 Dog Care Tips- Tip 88

Animals teeth need love, too! Give your dog something to smile about by celebrating National Pet Dental Health Month all year round. Dental health is an important part of your canine’s overall health and well-being that oftentimes goes neglected until serious health issues arise. Dog’s teeth are much like a human’s, and just like you and me, they can develop bad breath, tarter and plaque buildup which can lead to gum disease. It is important that you brush your dogs teeth at least 2-3 times a week to maintain those pearly whites. Here is a short “How To” videos on brushing your dog’s teeth.

 

How to brush your dog’s teeth

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We brush them, bathe them and buy them tons of toys. But often we overlook one of the most important things about our dogs: their teeth. Celebrate February Pet Dental Month with us and get brushing!

Here are just a few of our pet dental products that will make cleaning your dogs teeth a breeze!

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You may choose thinner or thicker bully sticks or other chews depending on your dog’s size and level of chewing.

How To Brush Your Dogs Teeth: 101 Dog Care Tips

Love is in the air this Valentine’s Day, but so is bad breath. So, pups, if you are thinking about puckering up at the kissing booth, think again, it’s time to press the Pause button for a second. Don’t forget to brush those pearly whites. Canines beware of the bad breath police hounds on patrol, you don’t want to get an embarrassing citation for poor dental hygiene!

Make sure your breath is fresh and clean by brushing 2-3 times per week. Not only will this be a good hit with the ladies & gentlemen, but your overall health will improve as well. Here are some tips to make teeth brushing a breeze. The first step is to purchase doggy-specific toothpaste (comes in many dog-licious flavors) and a toothbrush at your local pet store.

1. Start  with small puppy steps by placing a small amount of toothpaste on your finger and allowing your dog to lick it off. This is the part your dog will love.

2. Next, apply another small dab of toothpaste to your finger. Sit beside your dog or straddle him from behind. Cup the top of his muzzle in your hand and gently pull back on the lips. Making sure you praise his or her good behavior.

3. Place your finger on the surface of one of your dog’s front teeth and gums. Massage gently in a circular motion. Your dog will probably be licking at your finger as you do this but that’s okay; he’s getting used to having his tooth & gums massaged.

4. Introduce him to the toothbrush. Allow him to sniff or lick at the brush (sorry, pups, this is not a chew toy). Place some toothpaste on the brush and allow him to lick it off. Be patient and take as much time as your dog needs to become familiar with the brush.

5. Position the brush against his tooth (whichever tooth is easier to reach and he’s most comfortable with) and move it gently in a circular motion.

6. Repeat the above steps for several days, until your dog is completely comfortable with the ritual.

7. Wet the toothbrush and apply a small amount of toothpaste to it. Sit beside or straddle your dog and gently pull back the lips. Begin by brushing the outside tooth surfaces (closest to the lip) of the fangs. Brush gently, in a circular motion, concentrating on the gum line. Spend at least five seconds on each tooth.

bobby lamb pizzle tongue8. Move on to the first large teeth in the back of the mouth on each side. Brush gently, in a circular motion, as you did with the fangs. Once you and your dog are comfortable with brushing the fangs and back teeth, you can expand your efforts to include the outer surfaces of the other teeth.

9. Reward your dog with a bully stick or other natural dog treat!

 

We hope that these steps make brushing your dog’s teeth a fun activity and not a chore for either one of you! Dental hygiene is important, so keep on brushing!

 

20 Pet Friendly People Foods Safe for Dogs : 101 Dog Care Tips

Being a responsible dog owner means knowing what to feed and not to feed your pooch since not all foods are good for your dog. Our friends at Moderndog Magazine has come out with a helpful list of 20 nutritious people foods that are safe for you to share with your dog. These pet friendly foods are sure to spice up your dogs meal and get that tails wagging. Remember a balanced diet & excercise is the key to good health. Chow hounds bone appetit!

1. Yogurt is a good source of available calcium and protein. When choosing yogurt, pick one that has live active bacteria and no sugars or artificial sweeteners. The active bacteria may act as probiotics. If your pooch is pudgy, make sure that you pick fat-free yogurt but not one that contains fat substitutes (e.g., Simplesse or Olestra). Frozen yogurt is a nice summer treat for dogs.

2. Flax seed (ground or oil) is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential fatty acids that are good for skin and coat. Whole flax seeds are best if ground right before feeding as this type of fat can go rancid quickly. Flax seed can also be added to your dog’s diet as a source of fibre. Flax oil is a more concentrated form of omega- 3 fatty acids without the fibre. Make sure that you store the oil or seeds in the fridge in an air tight dark container.

3. Salmon is a fatty fish which is also a good source of omega- 3 fatty acids. These fats support the immune system and can be beneficial for skin and coat health. There has also been some indication that they may benefit dogs with allergies. You can feed salmon or salmon oil. If feeding salmon, make sure it’s cooked before serving, as raw salmon can carry a parasite that can make your dog sick.

4. Pumpkin is a good source of fibre and beta carotene (a source of vitamin A). Dogs need fibre in their diet. The current trend is towards highly digestible diets that lower stool volume and this is not necessarily a good thing. Keeping the GI tract moving helps keep the cells lining the gut healthy.

5. Sweet potatoes are another source of dietary fibre and contain vitamin B6, vitamin C, beta carotene, and manganese. Sweet potatoes are great sliced and dehydrated as a chewy treat for your dog. There are so many dog treats on the market that we often overlook the simple, healthy, and reasonably priced treats available at our grocery store.

6. Green beans are a good source of plant fibre, vitamin K, vitamin C, and manganese. If your dog has a tendency to put on weight, then replacing some of her regular food with green beans is a great low calorie way to fill her up and help her maintain a healthy weight. Many dogs enjoy green beans frozen.

7. Eggs are a great source of very digestible protein, riboflavin, and selenium. For some dogs that are prone to digestive upset, eggs can give them a little protein boost. Adding eggs to your dog’s food is a healthy treat. Make sure to use cooked whole egg, as raw egg whites can cause biotin deficiency. If you do a lot of training with your dog, consider taking cooked eggs to your next class as training treats.

8. Brewer’s yeast is the yeast that’s left over from making alcohol. Dogs seem to really enjoy the tangy taste of brewer’s yeast. It’s full of B vitamins which are good for skin, coat, and carbohydrate metabolism. Make sure you’re using brewer’s yeast (available at health food stores), not baking yeast which will make your dog sick. Brewer’s yeast can spice up your dog’s appetite. Just sprinkle a little on the food of a picky eater and watch her dive into her food.

9. Apples are wonderful crunchy treats for your dog. Apples with the skin on are full of plant chemicals (phytonutrients) that are thought to be protective against some types of cancer in humans. They are a source of vitamins A and C and fibre. Apple seeds, however, contain cyanide so your dog should not be allowed to eat the core. Though the effects of a few apple seeds will likely not harm your dog, the deleterious effects can accumulate over time if allowed to eat apple seeds regularly.

10. Oatmeal is a good source of soluble fibre. This can be beneficial for some older dogs that may have trouble maintaining bowel regularity. Oatmeal is also an alternative source of grain for dogs that are allergic to wheat. It can be fed in conjunction with probiotics to enhance their function. Keep in mind oatmeal should always be fed cooked and plain with no sugar or flavouring. As always, check with your veterinarian before making any major changes to your dog’s diet, especially if they are on any medications. Upsetting the vitamin and mineral balances in your dog’s diet can have negative effects on your dog’s health and some medications interact badly with some nutrients. The aim of most dog owners is to give their dogs the best diet possible. Good nutrition coupled with a health care program may result in extending your dog’s life by as much as 15 percent. The suggestions above are not meant to replace your dog’s normal, balanced diet. Rather, they are ideas for alternative treats or for adding a little variety to your dog’s meals.

11. Rice is good to feed when your dog has an upset tummy and needs a bland meal. There are a variety of different types of rice. Brown rice is a little higher in protein and a little lower in fat when compared to white rice. White or instant rice is an easily digestible carbohydrate which makes it a good source of energy when your dog has an upset tummy or if you are feeding an older dog.

12. Squash, like pumpkin, can be added to bulk up his stool and is a good source of betacarotene (provitamin A). Hint: remove the seeds and then slice and freeze the squash to make it a fun, crunchy snack for your dog.

13. Popcorn that has been air popped with no butter or salt is a great lowcalorie treat for your dog. Popcorn contains potassium as well as the bone-building minerals phosphorous, magnesium, and calcium. So snuggle up and share that popcorn with your furry friend next time you watch a movie.

14. Lean meat (chicken, beef, or pork) with no visible fat and no added sauces or seasonings can be a great training treat or can add a bit of good-quality extra protein to your dog’s diet. Lean meat is an excellent, balanced source of amino acids, the building blocks of muscle in your dog’s body. Meat is also a great source of B vitamins (Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Pantothenic acid, Pyridoxine, and Cobalamine). These vitamins are involved in energy metabolism in the body.

15. Liver is available freeze-dried in most pet stores and it is a great training treat. You can also buy it fresh in the grocery store to feed at home. Fresh liver can be cooked and then baked to make your own liver treats. Liver is an excellent source of B vitamins (Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Pantothenic acid, and Folic acid), Vitamin A, and Vitamin K. It is also a great source of iron. Warning: Too much liver may be toxic to dogs because of its high vitamin A content. Therefore, it is best to limit the amount of liver fed to your dog to not more than 1 g of fresh liver/Kg body weight per day.

16. Pineapple can be a special treat for your dog. Pineapple contains mostly sugar but it also contains calcium and potassium. Frozen pineapple can be a fun summer treat for your dog.

17. Cottage cheese is high in protein and calcium and it’s fairly bland, so it can be a good way to add some extra protein to your dog’s diet. Cottage cheese is a dairy product and some dogs don’t do well with dairy, so make sure you start with just a small amount.

18. Parsley has long been thought to improve doggie breath, so next time you are baking treats for your dog, try adding a few tablespoons of chopped parsley for added flavour and colour. Parsley can also be a good source of calcium, potassium, and beta-carotene.

19. Peanut butter is a healthy, high-protein treat for dogs. Try smearing some inside or on one of your dog’s toys, or let him lick out the container when it’s almost finished.

20. Peas can be added right to your dog’s food, frozen or thawed. Peas are a good source of the B vitamin Thiamin, phosphorous, and potassium.

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How To Treat a Finicky Dog : 101 Dog Care Tips

Some dogs live to eat, while others stick their snouts up at the days fare. Do you live with a picky eater? Perhaps your once hearty eater has lost interest in the food they love and has turned into a food snob. But maybe there is underlining health issue that needs addressed. Here are some reasons why your dog may have become picky and tips to remedy the situation.

1. Keep the food fresh because no one likes expired kibble. If your dog’s food is not properly sealed, it can go stale or even spoil so seal in a tight container for freshness.  Also, make sure the food in your dog’s bowl is a fresh batch, do not recycle if your dog refuses to eat.

2. Don’t overfeed your dog. Make sure to feed your dog according to the serving size recommended on the bag of dog food. The food should satisfy his hunger, but not leave him  stuffed. The amount of food your dog will need to consume will depend on his size, activity and energy level.

3. Feed your dog on a fixed schedule. Dog’s thrive on routine so feed on time, this will make your dog realize that food is available at certain times of the day. Don’t spoil your dogs appetite with lots of treats.
4. Try feeding your dog in a different type of bowl or dish. Certain materials can impart an unpleasant taste to your dog’s food that may cause your dog to be a picky eater.

5. A brisk walk does the body good. Often times a good, brisk walk or run can work up a dogs appetite.
6. Consistency is key. Don’t give your dog kibble 100 percent of the time, then introduce a bit of human food. Introducing human food on and off will only make them crave the taste more. If your dog is use to getting your leftover table scraps (a big no no) then he is likely to turn his snout up at plain old kibble. Would you? So do yourself a favor, stick to feeding your dog kibble so your pet does not become a food snob.
7.  Observe the weather. If it’s really hot out your dog may just not have much of an appetite.

8. Cut back on serving size. Cutting the amount of dog food you serve may prompt a finicky dog to eat.

9. Mix canned food and kibble. Spicing up your dogs kibble with new taste and flavors may be what the doctor ordered. You can add a bit of water or beef stock to the food and see if that helps. Another tip is to warm the canned food up to about body temperature and see if that makes it more palatable. Often times the smell of warmed canned food can perch up a dogs appetite.

10. Monitor your dogs weight & appearance. Examine your dog to see if his weight and general appearance has changed. Make sure to be aware if your dog is drinking a lot more water, urinating more often, and eating less, this could be a sign of illness. Also, give your dog an at home dental check up, perhaps your dogs teeth & gum’s are affecting their eating habits. If you suspect illness make sure you seek vet help ASAP!

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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!

How To Break a Dogs Bad Habit : 101 Dog Care Tips

Does your dog have poor habits that need broken? We will be the first to agree that pet ownership is rewarding, however, a dogs bad habits can be stressful at times. Well good news for you, with proper basic training and consistency you can teach an old dog new tricks. Here are some tips from our friends at ehow.

1. Begging. Reason for begging? Instinct, boredom or attention.

New Trick: If you want your dog to stop begging for food make sure to maintain your dog on a consistent and regular feeding schedule. Never feed your dog table scrapes from the dinner table. If your dog continues to beg for a bite ignore the begging and continue eating.

2. Biting. Reason for biting?  Teething, feel threatened, injured, abused, in heat.
 
New Trick: Provide dog with a healthy chewing outlet such as chew toys and dog chews. If a puppy nips or bites, use a can or bottle filled with coins or rocks as a shaker, and shake it at them while saying “no” firmly. The shake can will startle them. Dogs that are injured should be muzzled until they’ve healed to prevent biting.

3.  Chasing cars. Reason for chasing cars? Protecting its territory or dislikes cars.
 
New Trick: Keep your dog in a secure yard where the street isn’t accessible. Make sure to walk your dog on leash and correct your dog with a firm leash yank if he starts to chase after a car. Don’t forget to praise your dog when he resist the urge to chase a car. It important to exercise the dog regularly to rid it of pent-up energy.
 
4. Chewing. Reason for chewing? Teething, boredom, separation anxiety, undernourishment, lack of exercise and thunderstorms.
 
New Trick: Give dogs & puppies chew toys & dog chews. Make sure to keep your dog entertained with a variety of toys to choose so they are not easily bored. Spray bitter apple (available at pet stores) on items the dog likes to chew. Home remedies include hot pepper sauce, vinegar and hot mustard.  Say “no” and use the shake can if you catch the dog in the act. Exercise the dog daily. Consult a vet if there is a diet problem or if the dog has a problem during thunderstorms.


5.  Trash Raider. Reason for raiding the trash?  Hunger, boredom or a strong odor.
 
New Trick: Store the trash can in an inaccessible area and use a sealed lid. Spray bitter apple on the trash can or try some of the aforementioned home remedies. Once the dog knows that the shake can means “no,” you can place it on top of the trash as a warning sign.

6. Digging Holes. Reasons for digging holes in the yard? Natural sheltering instinct, to escape,  boredom, separation anxiety, critters and vermin or a desire to cool off in hot weather.
 
New Trick: Discourage this behavior at a young age since it’s one of the tougher habits to break, especially in terriers. Provide toys in your absence. If it’s hot, put a kiddie pool in the yard. Exercise the dog daily. If it can’t be stopped, confine the dog to an area of the lawn where digging is acceptable.
 
7. Eating stool. Reason for eating poop? Undernourishment, stress, boredom or poor hygienic conditions.
 
New Trick: Clean up the stool as soon as the dog has eliminated it. Feed the dog special food, available through vets, that makes feces undesirable. Exercise and play with the dog daily to relieve stress and boredom. Keep the dog on a leash during walks, and use your shake can.

8. Quiet excessive barking. Reason for excessive barking? Territorial aggression and frustration.
 
New Trick: Exercise the dog plenty. Train your dog to know the boundaries of the yard and narrow the area she feels territorial about.

9. Fighting with other dogs. Reason for fighting? Territorial or not properly socialized.

New Trick: Enroll your dog in obedience courses. Keep your dog on a leash during walk and say “No” firmly when your dog starts growling at another dog. Never try to break up dog fight with your hands instead hose them down or try to distract them with loud noise.


10. Jumping on people.
Reason for jumping on people? Excitement
 
New Trick: Consistently discourage the practice at early age with firm “no.” Ignore the dog and avoid eye contact when she jumps on you to discourage such behavior. Tell the dog to “sit” and reward her with affection and treats when she obeys. Exercise the dog daily to reduce excess energy.
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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, dog 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!

Choosing a Veterinarian: 101 Dog Care Tips

puppy_getting_check_upAlthough  you may be your dogs best friend, a veterinarian is your pets second best friend. The first step toward caring for your dogs health and well being is by finding the right vet. Here are few things for you and Fido to consider during your vet search.

1. Location of the practice
2. Cleanliness and organization
3. Number of veterinarians and their history ans specialties
4. Friendliness, competency, and professionalism of the staff
5. Fees and whether they fit in the budget
6. Location and accessibility of the practice
7. Availability of emergency services
8. Whether x-rays, ultrasounds, bloodwork, and other common diagnostics are done on-site or referred elsewhere



 

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Teaching Your Dog Basic Commands: 101 Dog Care Tips

dogcommandsThe key to good doggy behavior is starting with the basics, basic dog commands. The most important ingredient in getting your dog to obey verbal commands is positive reinforcement.  Here are a few basic commands all dog owners must know and dogs should learn.

Teaching “Sit”

1. Hold a treat in front of your dogs nose and just beyond his reach.
2. Slowly raise the treat above his head so that as his eyes follow the treat, his backside naturally sits.
3. As soon as he begins the sitting motion, say “sit”.
4. Once his bottom is firmly placed on the floor, give him the treat and praise him with “good sit!”

*If your dog is jumping for the treat, you may be holding the treat too high above him. If your dog backs up instead of sitting, try training him next to a wall that can limit his movement backwards.

Teaching “Down”

1. Sit your dog in front of you.
2. Hold the treat against the floor and close to your dog’s body.
3. Slowly move the treat away from your dog so that a laying down motion enable him to follow the treat.
4. As soon as your dog begins the laying motion, say “down”.
5. Once the dog is down, reward him with a treat and praise him.

*If your dog stands up instead of laying down, try again. Like we always say practice makes perfect!

Teaching ” Stand”

1. Start with your dog in a sitting in front of you.
2. Slowly move the treat close to your body and take a step backwards. Your dog should stand in order to follow the treat.
3. Once dog begins standing motion, say “stand” or “up”.
4. Once your dog is standing, reward with treat and lots of praise.

Teaching “Sit” from  “Down”

1. Begin with dog in the down position.
2. Hold the treat in front of your dog’s nose and move it slowly above his head.
3. Just in the normal sit command,  your dog should naturally sit up while he follows the treat.
4. As dog begins the sitting motion, say “sit”.
5. Once sitting, reward with treat and praise.

Remember these essential basic dog commands takes practice, time and patience on your part. Training should be fun for the both of you!


 

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Participate in our Best Bully Sticks $1 Donation Program by shopping on www.bestbullysticks.com and clicking to donate a $1 at checkout. For every $1 you donate at checkout we will donate a $1 with a 100% of the proceeds going to rescues and shelters in need across the country. The money raised will help with out reach, basic animal necessities and rescue programs. Donations raised monthly by you will be given to 3 lucky rescues during our ongoing monthly Best Bully Sticks Rescue Shelter Giveaway.

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Our dog chews & dog bones are all natural, and from either Brazilian or US meat sources. If you have a highly aggressive chewers then you came to the right place. Your dogs will fall in love with our grrreat selection, while you go gaga over our amazing prices! We are constantly adding new dog bones & chews, so make sure to check back often. Better yet sign up for our newsletter and receive the inside scoop on new products, special saving & discounts & stay up to date on Best Bully Sticks happenings for 2010. We have some wonderful things in store worth barking about, so sniff around our site daily!

Offering you more of the best of the best-with your input!

Since you are our most valuable resource and we want Best Bully Sticks to be your go-to source for great pooch stuff, we need your help! Please let us know what you think we should offer, and how you think we can improve our website, for your best possible shopping experience with us. We will carefully consider all ideas.

Give the gift of  a good chew by shopping www.bestbullysticks.com.  Delicious & all natural, the way nature intended! Please make sure to check out our growing selection of dog treats, dog chews, and of course our chew-licious bully sticks and much more. Try our NEW All Natural Free Range Odor free bully sticks!

Smile and Say 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!

Also, don’t forget to sign up for our newsletter for Best Bully Stick News, New Products & Discounts!! For daily updates follow us on twitter @bestbullysticks

Become a fan of our facebook page for exclusive coupons and giveaways. http://www.facebook.com/BestBullySticks

20 Common Household Hazards & Toxins Your Dog Should Avoid

poisonous-foodsThere are a few common foods and household items that can be dangerous & poisonous to your dog. These items should not be consumed, avoided at all times and safely stored away out of paws reach.

Here is a list of common everyday household hazards your dog should not ingest:

1. Alcohol
2. Chocolate
3. Chicken and Turkey Bones
4. Onions
5. Salt and Sugar
6. Caffeine
7. Fatty foods
8. Grapes and Raisins
9. Macadamia nuts
10. Yeast Dough
11. All medications
12. Rodent poison
13. Car care products
14. Household cleaners
15. Insecticides
16. Antifreeze
17. Batteries
18. Fertilizers
19. Nicotine products
20. Xylitol (artificial sweetener found in sugarless candy and gum)

Poison Symptoms:

  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Dilated pupils
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Pale gums
  • Swollen abdomen
  • Muscle tremors
  • Bloody/painful urination or defecation
  • Bleeding from any orifice
If you suspect your pet has eaten something toxic, never wait for the symptoms to develop. it is crucial you get your pet to the vet immediately or contact the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 1-888-426-4435.
 

How Can You Give Back To Barkworthy Rescues and Shelters Across the Globe? Click to Give a $1 at Checkout!

Well, we we tell you how you can help Best Bully Sticks support them. With your help we can save lives one $1 at a time and no animal needs to suffer.

Participate in our Best Bully Sticks $1 Donation Program by shopping on www.bestbullysticks.com and clicking to donate a $1 at checkout. For every $1 you donate at checkout we will donate a $1 with a 100% of the proceeds going to rescues and shelters in need across the country. The money raised will help with out reach, basic animal necessities and rescue programs. Donations raised monthly by you will be given to 3 lucky rescues during our ongoing monthly Best Bully Sticks Rescue Shelter Giveaway.

Do you have a bone to pick with us?

Our dog chews & dog bones are all natural, and from either Brazilian or US meat sources. If you have a highly aggressive chewers then you came to the right place. Your dogs will fall in love with our grrreat selection, while you go gaga over our amazing prices! We are constantly adding new dog bones & chews, so make sure to check back often. Better yet sign up for our newsletter and receive the inside scoop on new products, special saving & discounts & stay up to date on Best Bully Sticks happenings for 2010. We have some wonderful things in store worth barking about, so sniff around our site daily!

Offering you more of the best of the best-with your input!

Since you are our most valuable resource and we want Best Bully Sticks to be your go-to source for great pooch stuff, we need your help! Please let us know what you think we should offer, and how you think we can improve our website, for your best possible shopping experience with us. We will carefully consider all ideas.

Give the gift of  a good chew by shopping www.bestbullysticks.com .  Delicious & all natural, the way nature intended! Please make sure to check out our growing selection ofdog treats, dog chews, and of course our chew-licious  bully sticks and much more. Try our NEW All Natural Free Range Odor free bully sticks!

Smile and Say 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!

Also, don’t forget to sign up for our newsletter for Best Bully Stick News, New Products & Discounts!! For daily updates follow us on twitter @bestbullysticks

Become a fan of our facebook page for exclusive coupons and giveaways. http://www.facebook.com/BestBullySticks

Doggy Day Care Checklist : 101 Dog Care Tips

doggydaycareWhat makes a doggy day care a good match for your dog? How do you choose the right doggy day are for your best friend? Well we have a few key tips and questions for you to heed and ponder to ensure that your dog is well cared for, safe and in good hands.

1. Visit before enrolling your dog. Prior to dropping your dog off make sure you go in for a tour. You will want to make an appointment to schedule a tour. Make sure you go alone on your first visit and leave your dog at home to avoid distractions so you are better able to pinpoint any red flags. It is important that you are focused and get a detailed sneak peek into a day and the life of this doggy care.. Watch carefully how dogs interact with each other and with the staff. Notice how the dogs are treated (shade, rest & water)  and if the staff behaves in a highly professional manner.

2. Look, listen and sniff. The day care facility should be clean, doggy odor free from urine and fecal matter and filled with happy dog talk, not whines and aggressive growls.

3. Check the climate. Make sure the day care is properly ventilated and air conditioned. Also, check to see if your dog will have a safe place to get out door exercise and fresh air.

4. Look at the layout. Are big dogs separated from the tiny dogs? Are their safe toys within each designated doggy zone? Does your dog have a nice & comfy place to retreat, nap and flop?

5.  Ask about pack introductions. How is a new dog introduced to the pack of regular pups? Often times some facilities will have a staff member shadow the new dog for a day or two to ease the transition and acceptance by other dogs. Make sure that the doggy day care does temperament test and properly separate highly submissive or fearful dogs from over confident, dominate dogs. Often times day cares will provide the owner with written rules to keep all dogs safe, including the right to expel dogs who exhibit very aggressive behavior tendencies.

6. Consider the staff. Make sure the day care is equipped with enough staff to handle even the most rowdy furry bunch. Does the staff include professional dog trainers & care takers? Does the staff rely on positive reinforcement rather than physical punishment? Is the staff equipped to handle emergency situations and trained in canine CPR & first aid? How are  dogs transported to the vet in the event of an emergency?

7. Do a health check. Reputable doggy day cares require every owner to show proof of updated vaccinations, regular flea and tick treatments, are not aggressive and parasite free. You also want to make sure your dog is spayed or neutered.

8. Gauge the personal level of attention. Are your dog’s personal supplies (food, medications, leashes) kept in a separate container? Does the staff greet dogs by name and recognize dietary needs and personality traits?

9. Scout the facility for safety. Are there double locked doors preventing dogs from escaping or fleeing into the streets? Are medications and cleaning supplies stored out of paws reach? Is there a safe confined & fenced outdoor area for dogs? Do handlers make sure dogs are walked on leash? Does the staff insist that all dogs were their ID tags at all time?

10. Do a trial run. Schedule your dog to spend a day or few hours at the day care. When you pick up your dog at the end of the day observe your dogs behaviour & demeanor. Does your dog seem happy & relaxed or anxious & tense? Watch carefully to see if your dog goes happily up to the staff or cower back.

 

Give the gift of  a good chew by shopping www.bestbullysticks.com .  Delicious & all natural, the way nature intended! Please make sure to check out our growing selection ofdog treats, dog chews, and of course our chew-licious  bully sticks and much more. Try our NEW All Natural Free Range Odor free bully sticks!

Smile and Say 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!

Also, don’t forget to sign up for our newsletter for Best Bully Stick News, New Products & Discounts!! For daily updates follow us on twitter @bestbullysticks

Become a fan of our facebook page for exclusive coupons and giveaways. http://www.facebook.com/BestBullySticks

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