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Dog Care 101 #221: Pet Fire Safety Awareness Day

Today is Pet Fire Safety Awareness Day and we at BestBullySticks thought this would be a great opportunity to bring extra attention to a very important pet-related day. Did you know there are over 1,000 house fires caused by pets each year? A surprising statistic! Many of these accidents can be prevented by taking simple precautions around the house. There are many responsibilities that come with being a pet owner — this is especially true when it comes to safety.

Developing an emergency plan that includes your pets is a great way to reduce the risk of fires in your home. Luckily, putting togeth
er an emergency plan isn’t too tough. To make things even easier, we’ve gone ahead and assembled a few quick tips to get you started. Let’s look at a few pet-centric strategies to keep your family safe.

Foolproof Fireproofing

There are a few key areas around the home that require special attention when it comes to fire safety.

The number one cause of pet-related house fires are tied to the stove. Curious dogs and and cats will snoop around counter tops for tasty morsels of food. While scavenging for goodies, your furry friend runs the risk of bumping those ever-so-easy to turn stove knobs.

Some owners opt to remove the knobs altogether, others invest in knob covers to prevent them from being accidentally turned on. Whichever route you take, both options can eliminate the chance of your pet turning on the stove. read more…

BBS Training Tip #8: Fourth of July Safety


BestBullySticks
wishes everybody — and their dogs! — a safe and happy Fourth of July! Independence Day is usually packed with great outdoor activities like barbeques and fireworks. For many, cooking out is the cornerstone of any summer holiday. Summer holidays are also a great to way to celebrate with your dog.

Hosting a party with pets does come with a few extra responsibilities, though. But don’t sweat it! BestBullySticks has put together a quick and easy guide to help you pet proof your party!

One Man’s Trash is Another Dog’s Treasure

With so much food and so many people, it can be hard to completely dog-proof your cookout. People are bound to toss dogs food during most any party. Politely ask your guests to refrain. Many folks simply don’t know there are foods dogs shouldn’t eat.

Everything from plastic wrap to food scraps are hazardous to your dog. While most dogs don’t particularly enjoy eating plastic wrap or tin foil — when these items are covered with residue from food it’s a different story altogether.

Fourth of July Dog Safety Tips from BestBullySticks!Plastic wrap and tin foil can cause nasty digestive issues and inedible food scraps also pose serious choking hazards. Cooked bones crack and splinter with ease increasing the chance of scratching or puncturing the esophagus and intestines and indigestible items like corn cobs are choking hazards for dogs. If swallowed, these items may cause serious internal injuries possibly requiring a trip to the emergency room.

Consider securing your garbage bins with a sealable or weighted lid. Also, you may want place a few bins around your yard. Not only will you have less cleanup, it will minimize the risk of your dog eating anything unsavory. read more…

Dog Care 101 #217: Top 5 Dog-Friendly People Foods

 

BestBullySticks is committed to providing our customers’ dogs with healthy, nutritious chews and treats. However, our interest in providing all-natural, healthy dog treats extends beyond the occasional snack and all the way to food! Maintaining a healthy diet is the biggest factor in maintaining long term health, staving off disease and enhancing general well-being.

Many store bought dog foods are nutritionally poor and contain scarce amounts of beneficial nutrients. Others are healthy and do provide complete nutrition. Either way, there’s always room to supplement. As the saying goes, you are what you eat!

All Food Isn’t Created Equal

Many pet owners get up in arms if you tell them you feed your dog food from the table. But the fact of the matter is many of the healthy whole foods we eat for dinner, are pretty good for Fido too! Of course, there are some exceptions. But on the whole, we’ve got a lot in common with our canine companions when it comes to food. For today’s post we’ve selected five dog-friendly people foods — great for both people and dogs — that stand out among the rest.

5 Super Foods for Dogs

1. Fish – Oily fish like salmon, trout and tuna pack the highest nutritional punch for your dog. These fatty fish have higher levels of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids — two nutrients proven to reduce the risk of heart related illnesses. Additionally, fish is a rich source of healthy low-calorie protein and it’s also easy to digest! Making fish part of your dog’s diet twice a week is a great way to offer them some long term health benefits. read more…

Dog Care 101 Tip #216: Animal Rights Awareness Week

If you hadn’t already heard, this week is Animal Rights Awareness Week! BestBullySticks, being all about everything dog-related, is using the opportunity to spread the word about animal rights. In honor of this important week, we’ve put together a brief history of animal rights as well as some valuable information about how you can become involved in your community.

Animal rights as we know them today are a far cry from centuries past. Luckily, modern times have brought about a progressive shift towards recognizing animal rights and welfare. Things began to change in the 19th century —  during these times there was a dramatic and sudden interest in animal protection. A movement which got it’s start in the United Kingdom would eventually spread worldwide and become law in many countries.

Baby Steps

Until the early 1800’s, people were only punished for animal cruelty because it was seen as a destruction of the owner’s property! However, thanks to some caring minds of the era, the animal rights movement slowly gained momentum. Initially, many activists focused their attention on “baiting” — a practice of setting game dogs against a captured or chained animal with the intent of incapacitating or killing it. The first major accomplishment in the protection of animals was made in the fight against baiting and led to the practice becoming illegal.

The first animal rights bill in history, named Martin’s Act, was introduced into Irish law in 1822. This groundbreaking set of laws sought to protect beasts of burden from abuse. People outside the United Kingdom were taking notes, too. Soon thereafter, other countries followed suit and by the 1850’s many Western nations had passed comprehensive laws with severe penalties for animal abusers. read more…

Dog Care 101 Tip #214: Caring for Senior Dogs

As we near the end of “Adopt a Senior Dog Month,” we at BestBullySticks wanted to set aside some time for a very special group of dogs — seniors. For aging canines, there are special considerations that need to be kept in mind. Keeping a keen eye on behavior and general health in addition to some fine tuning in diet is all that’s needed to maintain healthy living into the senior years. Old age comes at different times for different breeds, though. That’s why we’ve put together a guide to not only identify aging, but also how to properly care for your dog as a senior.

Expectations

Knowing what to look out for is half the battle. If you’re able to spot signs of health complications early, there’s a good chance the damage can be minimized. Here are some common health issues to watch out for:

Graying: Of course, there’s nothing dangerous about going gray, but it is a good indicator of middle-age and early seniority. It should be noted, some dogs go gray early despite still being quite young.

Vision & Hearing: Inevitably, vision and hearing deteriorate with old age. For vision, some signs to watch out for are increased clumsiness and cloudy eyes. Cloudy eyes, which are often harmless and a normal process of aging, are the product of lenticular sclerosis. This is sometimes confused with cataracts — a clouding of the lens inside the eye — which is very detrimental to sight. If a clouding of the eyes occurs, make sure you promptly pay a visit to the vet. read more…

Dog Care 101 Tip #212: Holistic Flea and Tick Prevention

Holistic Pet MedicineMany pet owners gravitate towards name-brand flea and tick treatments and we don’t blame them! While effective and endorsed by many veterinarians, there are comparable alternatives without the nasty chemicals commonly found in these spot-treatments. BestBullySticks encourages owners to go the holistic route and use all-natural flea and tick prevention products to deter fleas and ticks this coming season.

Dangers of Chemical-Based Treatments

Spot treatment “medications” contain a wide variety of pesticides — including but not limited to pyriproxyfen, methoprene, permethrin, fipronil and imidacloprid — and are directly linked to serious health effects in laboratory tests. In 2008 there were over 44,000 reported cases of adverse reactions to these types of treatments.

Since these are pesticides, their distribution and use is controlled by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In a study conducted by the EPA, it was determined current guidelines and regulations used to determine toxicity for these medications were inadequate. Besides the toxic “active” ingredients listed, manufacturers are not required to disclose “inactive” ingredients leaving us in the dark about what we’re actually giving to our pets.

Because of the adverse reactions and questionable content of these treatments, BestBullySticks chooses to endorse holistic pet-care products. There are many ways pet owners can achieve the same results without having to turn to harsh unhealthy treatments. Let’s take a quick peek at these common pests and how we can prevent them! read more…

Dog Care 101 Tip #211: Grooming Tips for Flea and Tick Prevention

Springtime Dog Grooming!Spring is now in full swing and BestBullySticks wants to make sure you and your dog get the most from the sunny months ahead. We’re discussing Springtime Dog Grooming Tips because a well groomed dog doesn’t just turn heads, it helps keep them healthy too!

Reasons to Groom

Grooming is an activity pets regularly conduct by themselves. They still need your help, though! There are a few reasons why grooming should be high on your list of dog-related priorities this spring. Regular grooming habits will not only decrease your pets chance of developing epidermal and oral health problems, it’s also a great way to create a strong bond, monitor your dog’s health and even help to prevent disease.

Lyme Disease

The first step to protecting your pet from Lyme disease is making sure they’re on the correct preventative medications. BestBullySticks suggests all-natural flea and tick medications as an alternative to the toxic ingredients found in many common medications. Spot treatments are filled with chemicals and have been proven to pose a threat to both pets and owners.

Caused by a bacteria from the genus Borrelia, the chance of contracting Lyme disease is much higher between May and August — the height of tick season. Here are a few early warning symptoms: read more…

BBS Recognizes “Earth Day”

BBS Recognizes With Earth Day rapidly approaching — April 22nd to be exact — we at BestBullySticks thought this would be a great opportunity to share ideas about making the most of this important holiday. After all, a clean and healthy environment will benefit both humans and their pets across the globe. First things first, though. Let’s take a step back take a look at the origins of this great holiday.

Earth Day

Originally conceived by John McConnell, an advocate of peace, religion, science and the common good, the idea of Earth Day was first presented in 1969 at a UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) summit in San Francisco.

What was to follow was entirely grassroots in nature. Earth Day began as a peaceful cross-country demonstration celebrated by over twenty million Americans on April 22nd, 1970. With such widespread support, lawmakers were quick to take notice of just how interested people were in environmental awareness, and more importantly, reform.

Following the events of April 22nd, 1970, momentum for the movement steadily grew and by 1990 the initiative was taken internationally. Now organized by the Earth Day Network, Earth Day is celebrated in 141 nations across the globe! read more…

Dog Care 101 Tip #209: Outdoor Hazards and Spring Safety

Spring Fun!With spring here and loads of outdoor excitement ahead, we at BestBullySticks want to make sure you and your pet enjoy the sunny days ahead to the fullest. While there are some outdoor activities that can pose health risks to your pooch, rest assured— we’re here to make sure you can nip them in the bud! Here are three outdoor hazards to watch out for this season:

Lyme Disease

The first step to protecting your dog from Lyme disease is to ensure they’re on the appropriate preventative medications. We strongly suggest an all-natural flea and tick alternative to the toxic ingredients found in many medications. Common spot treatments are chock full of chemicals and have been reported to pose a threat to both pets and their human owners.

Caused by bacteria from the genus Borrelia, Lyme disease is primarily transmitted by deer ticks during the height of tick season (May through August). Borrelia-carrying ticks generally need to be attached for 18 hours to transmit infection. Should you suspect your loved one may have come down with Lyme disease take them to the vet immediately— here are a few early warning symptoms to look out for:

• Lameness accompanied by joint inflammation and stiff walking

• Fever, difficulty breathing and lack of appetite

• Swelling of the lymph nodes close to the tick bite

BestBullySticks.com has a whole host of all-natural flea and tick control products available through our online store. Don’t give Lyme disease the chance to affect your dog’s health this coming season. read more…

Dog Care 101 Tip #208: The Truth About Garlic for Dogs

There are many debates among dog owners—how to train, what to feed, health and medical care—but one controversy hangs around one particular herb: Garlic. Is it safe for your dog? Why are some dog owners adamantly against it while others tout the power of garlic for dogs? BestBullySticks will lay down the facts!

About Garlic

Garlic is an herb, grown in cloves and is a part of the Allium family. This family also includes onions and shallots, which are well known to be highly toxic to dogs. This is why concerned doggy moms and dads are wary of using garlic. Garlic has also been used as a natural remedy for years in both dogs and humans and appears as an ingredient in many dog foods. So what’s the deal? Use Garlic or No?

Against Garlic

Garlic contains compounds called propyldisulfide and thiosulphate, which taken in large doses can cause red blood cells to burst, which is called hemolytic anemia. Signs of too much garlic ingested include shortness of breath, lethargy, elevated heart rate, diarrhea, vomiting and other gastrointestinal problems. Yes, garlic can be toxic, but is it always?

For Garlic

Garlic has been used for its medicinal qualities for thousands of years. It has antifungal and antibacterial qualities as well as boosts the immune system and cardiovascular health. This is why many food manufacturers and treat makers use garlic in their formulas for your dog.

A highly popular reason to give dogs garlic is for pest control, including fleas, ticks and mosquitoes. There are two reasons this is thought to work. One is that garlic changes pH levels in your dog’s blood making it undesirable to any unwanted pest. It’s also suspected that when garlic metabolizes, it moves through a dog’s skin, which also might deter an insect. There is no conclusive evidence that this does work, but many dog owners swear by this method. read more…

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