CBD Pumpkin Treat Recipe

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Fall is here and that means pumpkins! Pumpkin is great for dogs as it provides fibre and helps with digestive issues. Here is a simple CBD treat recipe you can enjoy this fall with your dog!

Ingredients:

  • CannaCanine 500 MG CBD hemp oil

  • 1 can of pumpkin puree

  • 1 cup of mashed banana

  • 1/3 cup of peanut butter

  • 1 cup of your choice of flour

Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 325 fahrenheit

2. Blend banana, peanut butter, and pumpkin together

3. Pour oil in

4. Add flour and mix together

5. Roll dough to 1/4 inch length

6. Cut treats into desired shape and size

7. Bake for 30 minutes

8. Enjoy!

Chance

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Submitted by Cindy

I've been giving my 12-yr-old bull terrier CanaCanine for the past 1 1/2 years.

I originally started him on it for pain management for the severe arthritis in his back hips.

Chance could barely walk, was getting senior dementia, and had cataracts starting.

His vet prescribed pain management meds that cause kidney and liver failure, to the point he would need a levels check every 3 months.

This seemed way worse than arthritis to me, so I researched your product and reviews and liked what I saw.

Within 2 days of starting him on the 1,000 mg CanaCanine bottle, he was walking fine again.

The bonus was how well and immediately the dementia symptoms ceased for the most part and he can still see over a year later.

He still has occasional bad days as old dogs do, but the CBD oil has given him a much, much better quality of life for his final years.

I ran out a few weeks ago for 3 days and all his symptoms came back. As soon as I got a new bottle he's back to normal again.

I have no doubts about the effectiveness of the product. I don't think I would still have him with me without it.

I have highly recommended this product to everyone with a senior as a supplement even before they develop issues.

Gandalf

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Submitted by Mean Ewing

This is Gandalf and he was rescued from a high kill shelter in California and now resides in Ontario. When he was 5 years old, he started to have seizures. At his worst, he was having a few a week.  After years of trying different medications and diets, nothing was helping him. We decided to give CannaCanine CBD a try and boy are we ever glad we did. He’s going on 7 months of using the CBD oil and has only had 1 seizure in that time and it was the most minor one he’s ever had. We couldn’t be happier to finally have some relief for our little guy. Gandalf is 11 lbs and we give him 1/2 a dropper a day with his dinner and he now comes and sits and let’s us drop it in his mouth but I think it’s because he knows dinner is the reward :) Thanks CannaCanine!

Luna

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Submitted by Elisa Marchese 

We got Luna when she was 4 months old. She weighed under 20 pounds and you could see almost every bone in her body. We were told by her previous owner that she wasn’t eating because she was just a picky eater and to not be concerned about her appearance. We knew as soon as we saw herthat she was sickand that she was being neglected. One day her behaviour changed from being a joyful, jumping, playful, nub-wagging puppy to a completely lethargic, arched back, crying out in pain and very fatigued pup.We later discovered that Luna has renal dysplasia, which is a type of kidney disease that results in one or two failed kidneys and usually goes undetected until the kidneys are down to 25% functioningwhich only thensymptoms will arise. Unfortunately, we noticed through an ultrasound that she had one shriveled kidney and one abnormally large kidney that looked inflamed. She also had puppy vaginitis (which is common for female pups)on top of that and a UTI not long after.Needless to say, Luna wasn’t doing so good overall, she was still very underweight, and she was getting other infections along the way which made her even more weak…we didn’t think she was going to make it at one point. But, with the help of pain killers, a diet change and some antibiotics she was getting back on track. Luna still wasn’t the same though, and we didn’t want to keep her on pain killers forever.Therefore, we started talking to relatives about her condition and luckily, we were referred to CannaCanine for CBD oil to help with inflammation. We started her on a bottle right away and within 2 weeks of her being on the 1000 Mg bottle of CBD oil we noticed a significant change in her behaviour. Luna was more alert, playful, pain freeand had a bigger appetite. Months later, when she was due for a check up our vet was shocked to see that 3 out of 4 of Luna’slevels that were too high went back down to normal (which was incredibly exciting news for us. It was a huge improvement).Luna also progressively gained a healthy amount of weightwhich was great! If it wasn’t for CannaCanine and their CBD oil were not sure how Luna would be today. Now to this day she is doing amazing, she is stable and back to being her happy, goofy, loving, active self and for that we couldn’t be happier! We would defiantly recommend CBD oil to other animals who might be suffering.

Thank you so much CannaCanine!!

Love,

Luna, Andrew & Elisa 

Man's Best Friend...or Wing Man?

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While that unmistakable wet dog scent may not scream romance, did you know having a dog can actually help you get a date? Research shows people with pets (more specifically human’s best friends) are more likely to meet a significant other.

So, in the spirit of the season of love, you may want to treat Fido to something a little extra special this Valentine’s Day.

How a dog can help you score a date

Dogs owners have a dating advantage because when you have a pup, who drags you out of the house daily, you’re more likely to be in positions and places where you can meet people. Whether you take Bingo to a dog park or you go for a walk downtown, literally “getting out there” more often will lead to an increased likelihood in meet cutes with…well, cuties.

More importantly, what’s a better icebreaker than a furry, barking ball of love? Apparently, not many things. It’s been proven that people are more likely to approach you when you’re walking a dog. Why? Because they have an excuse to do so – duh! Instead of an awkward (and totally random), “Hi; how are you?” you’ve already given that cute stranger the perfect puppy excuse to approach you.

And, if you both have dogs, you already have something in common! People who like animals tend to be more adventurous, compassionate and social creatures (pun intended), so if you take a chance (or a walk), you may find your perfect match at the end of a leash.

Regardless of the day, dogs make life a little sweeter

Even if this Valentine’s Day, your furry friend doesn’t secure you the sweetheart of your dreams, you can still enjoy going for a stroll and sharing in some human and doggie treats. Enjoy your day together and don’t forget to go for a walk – you never know who could be just around the collar!

Charlie

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Charlie

Submitted by cnantais

This is Charlie, he was diagnosed with Bone Cancer back in October 2018. He is a 5 year old Shepherd mix. We had no other choice but to amputate his right hind leg when we got the prognosis. After surgery he was of course given many pain killers but nothing could have prepared us for the Phantom pain he started experiencing. He would cry out and was inconsolable. We started given him small doses of the CBD oil and it was the only thing that would relax him in the moment. We did eventually have to get him a prescription muscle relaxer which helped prevent the spasms, but the CBD oil was still the only thing that could calm him instantly! Now that Charlie is healed and back to himself he still enjoys his nightly dose! This had been a true lifesaver! Thank you!

Dog mom essential wear this holiday season

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Submitted by Amberly Lewis of Bones and Bloges

Hello all!

I don’t know about you but now that cooler weather is upon us, I am so looking forward to all the holiday festivities! Between prepping Thanksgiving Dinner, clipping those Black Friday coupons, hanging twinkling lights, or ringing in the New Year with champs and fireworks – the holidays definitely keep me busy! 

That’s why my line of Bones and Blogs Official Dog Mom T-shirts are perfect for all of your errand running this holiday season. 

I have designed 3 shirts with comfort, versatility, affordability, and dog moms in mind! These shirts are perfect athleisure staples or you can dress them up for a cute and casual day-outfit! I am going to break each shirt down and show you different ways to style them, why they would make the perfect Christmas gift for any dog mom in your life, FAQ’s, and how you can give back to pups in need by purchasing one of these shirts! 

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Bones and Blogs Official T-Shirt $10.00

This is your classic cotton white t-shirt with our official *updated* logo. I would say this is perfect for men or women – real men wear pink right? In the summer I like to tie the shirt up over a pair of denim, in the cooler months I like to pair it with a cardigan, beanie, and leggings – which is my weekend uniform! 

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Bones and Blogs Baseball T $15.00

This is perfect for all my girly dog moms! The pink is a true “look-at-me-pink”. We also kept our original logo on this design – the Labrador on the back is my actual dogs face! Yes he is that handsome in real life. I love wearing this as a casual outfit with jeans and flats, it also doubles as THE BEST sleep shirt.

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Fur-Mama Baseball T $15.00

Last but certainly not least, everyone’s favorite! This classic black and white is a perfect staple for basics. It can by styled so many different ways! I find myself wearing this the most on outings with my dogs i.e. hikes, lunches, and dog parks! I usually tie it up, the looser fit keeps me cool, but the knot in the front makes for easy wear! This would also be so cute with leggings, boots, and a big blanket scarf – which is probably what I will be wearing for the next couple of months, haha!

Giving back

I donate 100% off all profits I make to a local shelter in my area. A local animal shelter in my area has an increasingly high kill rate :( this is the only shelter in this town and it absolutely breaks my heart to think that all the stray or abandoned pets in this area will have little to no chance at life. That’s why I donate 100% off all the profits I make to help run a more sustainable shelter. With more food, blankets, pillows, sheets, food, money for vaccinations coming in – it cuts down the amount of euthanizations. To break it down 80% of the profits made from shirts is what is used to pay for the shirts, materials, printing, and embroidery – the remaining 20% profit is ALL donated to the aforementioned shelter. So to clarify, I make $0.00 by making and selling these shirts… I truly do it for my love of dogs and their moms!

FAQ

• All shirts are style “unisex” so nothing fitted/tight/snug – if you want a looser fit order TTS if you want a classic fit I would recommend sizing down

• Sizes range from S, M, L – I plan to expand on these sizes to cater to more woman once demand starts to grow! 

• I am wearing a sixe S in all photos for reference (I am 5’3 and 115lbs) 

• All products are $15 or less

• $5 flat rate shipping on all orders

• Prints and embroideries are by Sister Susie Screen Print and Embroidery 

Shop all shirts here: 

https://www.bonesandblogs.com/shop/

All photos by Yazi Davis Photography: 

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​A Puppy’s Nutrition Requirements

Submitted by Amber Drake

If you’re adopting a new puppy, you are probably looking forward to all the fun, the kisses, and the snuggles. You’re looking forward to watching her grow from an adorable little puppy to a loving, well-rounded, healthy adult dog.

As you know, puppies don’t stay little forever. Puppies grow extremely fast. And part of what’s expected of you is understanding the nutritional requirements for your growing pup.

How often should you feed your puppy? What should you feed her? Let’s find out.

Six to 12-weeks Old Pup

After puppies are taken from their mother to be in a forever home, they need to eat continuously throughout the day. If you think about it, their mother was the food source for their whole life thus far. And, your puppy could eat any time he wanted to. Basically, free-feeding

As a general recommendation, puppies who are six to twelve-weeks-old should eat four meals (the same amount each time) during the day. Try to stick as close to the same time every day, too.

Your puppy should be eating puppy food only. Food specifically designed for puppies are made to fit the nutrition requirements for a growing pup.

If you want to make their meals yourself, you should first discuss the decision with your veterinarian. Your vet can help you design a meal plan that fits your individual puppy’s needs.

Three to Six-Months-Old

Once your pup hits three months old, you can eliminate one feeding period. You will now only have to feed her three times per day instead of four. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Simple, right? And again, it’s recommended she eats the same time each day and each meal is proportional to the other.

Six to Twelve-Months-Old

Your puppy is starting not to look like a puppy anymore at this stage in their life. Once your pup hits six months of age, you can drop another food period. You’ll now be feeding her two times per day instead of three.

When Can I Transition to Adult Food?

This is a hard question to answer because it truly depends on your individual dog. But, as a general guideline, dogs who are small-breed can switch to adult dog food between seven and nine months of age. Dogs who are on the larger side shouldn’t be taken off puppy food until they’re at least one year old.

Once your dog hits one-year-old, you can stay feeding him twice per day at the same time each day.

How Much Food is Too Much?

Here’s another question that’s hard to answer. This also depends on your individual, unique dog. You can start by taking a look at the feeding guidelines on the food package. Remember, this is only a general guideline. It’s your responsibility to make sure she isn’t eating too much or too little.

The best way to determine how much your pup should eat is via observation. If you see she’s getting heavier (and not in a good way), you may want to control her portions a bit more. If she leaves food in the dish, you’ll see how much food she eats at each meal.

To prevent early obesity, consideration should be provided regarding how many treats she eats per day. Treats should never be more than 10% of their total diet. Yes, that includes our food scraps too.

The Bottom Line on Puppy Nutrition

The bottom line here is every puppy is different. As professionals, we can provide a guideline, but you know your dog the best. As you feed her, you’ll learn how much food she needs to be ‘full.’

If you have any questions at all regarding her nutrition, contact your veterinarian and ask for an appointment to discuss her diet.

My Puppy and I Need to Sleep

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Submitted by Amber Drake

You adopted a puppy. Both you and your puppy are so excited it’s hard to contain the happiness you’re feeling. And, you’re so proud to have a new addition to your family.

But, you’re exhausted. Your puppy isn’t sleeping through the night. She’s staying up barking, getting into trouble, and absolutely hates not sleeping right next to you.

Can’t blame her, right? Dogs are social animals and they enjoy the company of others. On top of all the other changes she’s gone through, she has been taken from her mother, too.

There are a few tips to help your pup sleep through the night, so you can once again get that sleep you need so badly.

Play During the Day

If you play with your puppy during the day, he’s much more likely to sleep through the night. They’re tired out. They want to go to sleep just as much as you do.

Even if your pup is too young to go for walks (due to not having all her vaccinations yet), it’s still important to make sure she gets enough mental and physical stimulation.

If you have a fenced-in yard, that makes it so much easier for you. If you don’t have a fenced-in area for your dog, this may be something worth looking into.

Play with toys.

Play fetch.

Chase one another around.

Make the most out of her training.

Walk her around the yard on the leash.

Grab some puzzle toys for mental stimulation.

All of these can help tremendously.

Potty Breaks are Important

Puppies can’t ‘hold it’ for long periods of time. Their little bladders don’t have enough control to prevent an accident if they aren’t taken out regularly.

Your pup could wake you up shortly after you fall asleep because they’re dire to go outside to do their business.

To prevent this from happening, be sure to take her out right before bedtime. By taking this simple step, you have just bought yourself more sleep time.

Get Comfy and Cozy

When bedtime arrives, you should truly make it feel like bedtime.

This might sound like a ‘given’ but you would be surprised at how much we do around the house once we realize its time for bed. If you have kids, you’re probably getting everything ready for school the next day. This also may be the time you sip your cup of tea. Or, have some quiet time to yourself to calm down from your busy day.

To help your dog relax and fall asleep, dim the lights, put on some relaxing music, and give your puppy a nest that smells like you. They may not be directly next to you but will feel closer with your scent near their body.

DAP, or Dog Appeasing Pheromone, can also help tremendously with this process. DAP releases the hormone your dog once ‘smelled’ by their nursing mother.

Try Not to Switch it Up

Before you pick up your new puppy, look around your home for the best place to allow her to sleep. Prepare your puppy’s bed in advance. Make sure she won’t be interrupted by any action in the house if possible.

It’s important to note here, if you let your puppy sleep with you in the beginning, the chances of her wanting to do this every night are extremely high.

There’s nothing wrong with your puppy sleeping with you but make sure it’s a choice you’re comfortable with. This will be hard to change later if it’s not what you want.

Crate Training Could Help

Crate training can be the best choice for your puppy if they’re struggling to hold their bladder. If you don’t want to put your pup in a crate, simply choosing a confinement area may work.

If you’re using a confinement space rather than a crate, place a puppy pad right next to your pup’s bed just in case she feels the need to go potty while you’re sleeping.

If you decide on crate training, your puppy will need a middle-of-the-night potty break. Puppies can’t hold their bladder for more than a few hours. It’s not their fault, their bodies are just not made to hold it yet.

As a general guideline, if you don’t have a toy breed, a pup can hold their bladder for approximately as many hours as they are months old. For example, if you have a four-month-old puppy, she should be able to hold her bladder for up to four hours.

Don’t panic if your puppy doesn’t make it this long. And, don’t think they’re having accidents to spite you. They’re still learning.

Ignore the Whining

Yes, this is near impossible. Not only are we frustrated with the continuous whining and/or barking, but we usually feel terrible for leaving them in their crate as they’re crying.

But, guess what happens if you acknowledge this? Your puppy will learn to get what he wants by crying for it. If they make this connection, you’ll never sleep through the night.

Get Some Beauty Sleep

Overall, there are ways to get more rest. But, you aren’t going to get that ‘full rest’ for a few months as your pup continues to grow. If you have someone helping you take care of your puppy, you can take turns letting her outside to go potty. Then, you’re not thoroughly exhausted every day.

 

Our Dogs Need Dentists Too

Submitted by Amber Drake

As dog lovers, we want to do as much as possible to ensure our dog is happy, healthy, and well-cared for. We want to maintain their health, but we often forget about one facet of health.

Dental health. Don’t beat yourself up if you have never thought about your dog’s dental health. There are many dog lovers who do forget.

Dogs can have similar issues to ours when it comes to their teeth and gums. If we don’t see the dentist in a while, some of us will start to notice our dental health deteriorating. If we don’t brush our teeth, our teeth feel ‘yucky’ and I don’t know about you… but if I forget to brush my teeth I am in a panic and need to rush to find a toothbrush.

Knowing more about your dog’s dental health will help you understand how to better care for your furry best friend. We have compiled just a few facts for you. But, we recommend you dig a little deeper after reading this article to learn more yourself.

GUM DISEASE STINKS!

Gum disease is extremely common in dogs. You wouldn’t think so… but wow. Researchers have found most dogs show signs of gum disease as early as three years old.

Signs of gum disease in dogs include bad breath, yellow or brown buildup in their mouth (tartar), and irritated gums.

Examine your dog’s mouth on a regular basis to check for these signs. When you go to your annual check-up at the veterinarian, you can request they take a look at your dog’s teeth, too.

ROOT CANALS FOR DOGGIES

Have you ever had a root canal? Or, knew someone who had it done? Dogs need root canals sometimes too.

Most people think root canals are only for humans, but this is just not the case. It’s more common than you think for dogs to break teeth.

If your dog needs a root canal, don’t panic about the cost. It usually costs about the same as our own root canals. And, you can investigate payment plans like CareCredit offers.

To help avoid the need for a root canal, be sure to monitor what your dog is chewing on. Hard objects like rocks (yes, many dogs do chew on rocks), wood, and hard toys can be hazardous to your dog’s dental health.

Providing your dog with ‘soft’ objects can help significantly. We don’t mean soft as in toys they can shred apart in two seconds. But, beware of objects you know are just much too rough for their mouth.

PERIODONTAL DISEASE IS REAL

Wait. Periodontal disease in dogs is a thing? Yes, this is relatively common in dogs, too. Smaller breeds are at a higher risk than larger breeds because their teeth are actually a bit too big for their little mouths.

There are signs you can look out for here too.

Yellow teeth. Brown teeth. Loose teeth. Missing teeth. Smelly, yucky breath. Swollen gums. Loss of appetite. Weight loss.

To prevent periodontal disease, you should brush your dog’s teeth regularly. Of course if you have an adult dog who has never had his teeth brushed, this can be quite the process.

Be sure to introduce the toothbrush slow to your dog or puppy. And, be patient.

You should also request dental cleanings from your veterinarian on an annual basis to keep up on your dog’s dental health.

TOOTH INFECTIONS HURT

Tooth infections are horrrrrible. Have you ever had one? If not, you are one of the lucky ones. Tooth infections can cause all sorts of pain for us… headaches, nausea, and just plain out feeling awful.

If your dog’s 4th premolar is infected (this is more commonly infected than the others), you will notice swelling under their eye.

The reason the 4th premolar is a concern is because this tooth is larger than the others. You might also know this tooth as the carnassial tooth.

Our dogs don’t feel well when they have tooth infections either. Keep those teeth clean.

P.S.- Only use the toothbrushes and toothpaste that are specifically designed for our dogs. They can’t use our toothpaste… they need their own.

THE BOTTOM LINE ON DENTAL HEALTH

Just as your dental health is an important aspect of your overall health, your dog’s is too. We want them to feel as good as possible. We want them to live long, healthy lives. Ensuring they have good dental health plays a huge role in their well-being.

Regular checkups and consulting with your veterinarian on recommended toys, treats, and food will keep your furry friend healthy and happy.

Essential Oils for Dogs

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Submitted by Amber Drake

There’s so much talk about essential oils these days. More people are leaning toward the use of essential oils for themselves and their pets. But, do they really work? And, what can they be used for? We’ll discuss this and more in today’s article.

Calming Oils

Roman Chamomile (Anthemis nobilis): This oil helps to provide a calming ‘mood’ for dogs who are feeling anxious or nervous. Roman chamomile can be inhaled, ingested, or applied topically to your dog.

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia): This oil has many uses, but most commonly, lavender can be used to soothe and comfort a dog who is experiencing distress and/or anxiety. This oil can be inhaled, ingested or applied topically on your dog.

Hops (Humulus lupulus): Hops can help calm a dog who is anxious, nervous, or irritable. This oil can be inhaled, ingested, or applied topically on your dog.

Valerian root (Valeriana officinalis): Valerian root is a relaxant and mild sedative. It offers calming and soothing support for your dog when she is experiencing anxiety, panic or some sort of tension.

Nutmeg (Myristica fragrans): Nutmeg can help a dog who is anxious or hyperactive with scattered energy. This oil can be inhaled, ingested or applied topically on your dog.

Oils for Fearful Dogs

Frankincense (Boswellia carterii): On its own, or with the support of other essential oils that help reduce a dog’s fearful emotions, Frankincense can help reduce extreme stress. This oil is used in severe cases of fear to help a dog ‘come back to the ground.’ This oil can be inhaled, ingested or applied topically on your dog.

Violet Leaf (Viola odorata): If a dog is shocked or hesitant toward a situation, violet leaf can be used to reduce feelings of nervousness by providing a feeling of comfort and safety. This oil can be inhaled, ingested or applied topically on your dog.

Linden Blossom (Tilia cordata). Linden blossom can assist in providing a sense of safety and trust. This oil is commonly recommened for dogs who have a history of abuse. This oil can be inhaled, ingested or applied topically on your dog.

Sandalwood (Santalum austrocaledonicum): Sandalwood provides support on a physical and emotional level. Dogs who have emotional imbalances, worry, or uncertainly of situations are among those who can benefit from this oil. It can be very effective on its own, or in combination with other essential oils. And, can be inhaled, ingested or applied topically on your dog.

Oils for Aggression

Rose Otto (Rosa damascena). Rose Otto is recommended for dogs who have a history of neglect, abuse, or suffering of some kind. This oil is also recommended for dogs who are displaying any sort of aggression. It’s important to note that alternative veterinarians have a disclaimer with this oil… a dog may continue to display aggressive behavior in the beginning of the use of Rose Otto but you may see positive results once your dog has been exposed. This oil can be inhaled, ingested or applied topically on your dog.

Vetiver (Chrysopogon zizanioides): Vetiver provides comfort and reassurance for an anxious dog showing aggression. This oil can be inhaled, ingested or applied topically.

Vanilla (Vanilla planifolia): Vanilla has comforting and nurturing qualities for dogs who experience nervous tension, irritability, and/or anger. Dogs who have been known to bite are among those who this oil is recommended to. This oil can be inhaled, ingested or applied topically.

Clary sage (Salvia sclarea): This oil is generally recommended for female dogs but can also be used for male dogs who are experiencing feelings of anger, frustration, and/or mood swings. This oil has been found to have soothing effects. This oil can be inhaled, ingested or applied topically.

Yarrow (Achillea millefolium): Yarrow has not only shown the ability to heal physical imbalances, but emotional imbalances as well. This could be a dog who has experienced trauma, neglect, and/or abuse… or a dog who is over-sensitive. This oil can be inhaled, ingested or applied topically.

Oils for Sadness

Neroli (Citrus aurantium): There are many dogs who do not particularly care for this oil. But, if your dog will accept this oil, it can be used to support a dog who is experiencing depression, grief, or loneliness. This oil can be inhaled, ingested or applied topically on your dog (only if your dog selects its use).

Peppermint (Mentha piperita): Peppermint has been known to have a calming effect on dogs (and humans!). And, can be inhaled, ingested or applied topically on your dog.

There’s More to Learn

This article just brushes the surface of essential oils.

It’s not meant to be a ‘you’re ready to do this’ type of article. You must do your own research before using any essential oil on your dog.

Print this out for reference- and ask a holistic or alternative veterinarian if your individual dog would benefit. Remember, every dog is different. And, depending on the health of your dog, some may be acceptable whereas other aren’t recommended.

And, not all oils should be treated equal… make sure the oil you are purchasing is of high-quality.

You should never place an essential oil on your dog’s skin (or let them inhale/ ingest) without first fully understanding the oil you’re using.

Bottom line… be sure to do further research before implementing essential oils into your dog’s routine.

 

 

Dogs make us healthier

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Contributed by Amber Drake

There’s no surprise here that animals have long been our support when handling medical problems. They’re able to help someone with limited vision make their way through the store safely. They can help reduce the anxiety of someone who suffers from panic attacks. And, they help us, as humans, be more social.

They do it all! They’re part of the key to our happiness in life… don’t you agree? Let’s talk about some of the benefits of having a dog in your life in further detail.

DOGGIES HELP LOWER OUR BLOOD PRESSURE

If you’ve been watching the news, you have probably heard that dogs can help reduce our blood pressure. How can this possibly be true?

The term used at this point has been coined the ‘pet effect.’ There have been several studies conducted; however, a study conducted by the University of Maryland Hospital requested 60 participants. This study found simply by petting a dog, the average person’s blood pressure drops over ten percent!

THEY INCREASE SOCIAL CONNECTION

Dogs can help us feel more comfortable in ‘mingling’ type situations. Most people don’t want to go to the park, to a local BBQ, or anywhere else there will be ‘strangers.’ Dogs help in these types of situations. And, they’re a great way to break the ice.

Most people love dogs. Take your dog for a walk around and you’ll probably have people approaching you asking if they can pet her.

If you have some type of condition like PTSD or social anxiety, this adds to the level of difficulty when approaching an unknown situation. Dogs help people with these conditions feel more secure in public.

Those with PTSD can also rest assured their dog is watching their back. Our dogs have sharper senses than we do. They can hear a noise before we do. They can hear noises we can’t. They can ‘smell danger.’ Having a dog to ensure you’re safe can help tremendously.

THEY PROVIDE COMPANIONSHIP

If you have ever visited a nursing home, or worked in one, you may have noticed there are dogs who come and visit the elderly. The companionship dogs offer, even if just for an hour, is unparalleled.

Dogs offer everyone unconditional love. They love you no matter what. Regardless of what you look like, what you sound like, what condition you have. They love you flaws and all.

They’re also great for those who don’t have human companionship. They’re your best friend.

Dogs give a sense of purpose

Dogs can also provide you with a sense of purpose. And, you provide them with a sense of purpose too.

Many times, people who are suffering from depression, severe anxiety, and/or PTSD may feel as if their life lacks purpose.

Parents who have ‘empty nest’ syndrome can also benefit from a dog’s companionship. A dog can help to feel the void you feel when your kids go off to college. You’ve cared for your child for 18+ years. Now what? A dog can keep your mind busy and you can take care of one another.

THE BOTTOM LINE ON HEALTH AND DOGS

If you’re considering adopting a puppy into your family, understanding all of the health benefits in addition to their pure love, is important to understand and appreciate. Your dog could be one of the best things to ever happen to you.

If you have never had a dog before, you’re in for a real treat. You will find out your dog has a soul unlike any other. He loves you more than life itself. That kind of love is near impossible to find.

And, if you’re experiencing any type of health condition, adopting a dog could be just what the doctor ordered.

 

Homemade Dog Treats: Frozen + Flea Repellant + Versatile

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Contributed by Bones and Blogs

This is probably one of my favorite homemade dog treat recipes, for a few reasons. Mainly because most of the ingredients are common household items, and it repels fleas! Perfect for summer.

Ingredients and their benefits: 

  • Peanut Butter (Protein)
  • 2-3 Bananas (Potassium, vitamin B6, vitamin C)
  • Dried Oats (fiber and protein)
  • Coconut Oil (improves skin, digestion, and energy)
  • Brewer’s Yeast (repels fleas, antioxidants)
  • Treat mold 

 

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Steps

Step 1. Add about 3 cups of peanut butter to a large mixing bowl

Step 2. Add your sliced bananas

Step 3. Add 1 cup of dried oats

Step 4. Add 1 tablespoon of Brewer’s Yeast

Step 5: Add coconut oil (add 1 teaspoon per 10lbs of your dog)

Step 6: Mix well

Step 7: Once you have your mixture – it’s time to fill your molds! If you do not have molds, you can also use ice trays or parchment paper.

Step 8: Freeze for 45 minutes – 1 hr.

Step 9: It’s time for your pup to enjoy this cool, healthy, flea repelling creamy treat!

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Save this recipe for year round delicious-ness and just change up the ingredients! During the fall I like to substitute the banana and instead add pumpkin or sweet potato. In the spring I’ll go another direction and add in some frozen blueberries or strawberries. There is no limit to the amount of possibilities and outcomes you can make with just these basic steps and ingredients! This is an awesome recipe to have handy all year around.

Steps to Prevent Excitement Urination

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Submitted by Amber Drake

Have you ever had a dog who was so ridiculously excited to see you (or someone else) when you walked in the door that she peed? Just walk in the door, look at your dog, and suddenly there’s a pile of pee you must clean up as soon as you get home.

Yeah? Us too.

And, so many other dog lovers have had this experience.

I had several clients who would pee every time their owners would walk in the door. They would just be that excited. They couldn’t wait for their best friend to walk through that door each day.

Don’t panic if your dog is one of those who pees when excited. We’ll talk about why this is and the steps you can take to get this behavior under control.

Excitement Urination: What is it?

Excitement urination (peeing when excited) usually happens during a greeting or playtime of some sort.

If your dog is peeing due to excitement, you won’t see any signs of submissive body language. She shouldn’t be looking at you with the ‘whale eye,’ a hunched back, tail between her legs, or display any other sign of submission.

Instead, your dog will be acting completely normal… other than being thrilled about the situation of course.

She won’t act scared, nervous, or frustrated.

She will just be happy. That’s all. And, while we’re on this subject, it’s nothing you should be scolding her for.

Excitement urination most commonly occurs in young dogs and puppies who don’t quite have control of their bladders. Don’t worry, most dogs get rid of this behavior with time (after one year of age).

In some cases, this behavior continues due to allowing it to be reinforced. For example, if you pet and talk to your dog in an excited manner while she’s excitement peeing, you’ll be letting her know all is well and be somewhat encouraging the behavior.

What Are the Recommendations?

First and foremost, as I always say, it’s important to visit your veterinarian. The behaviorist is step two in the process. It’s important to see your vet first so he or she can rule out any medical reasons for the behavior.

To avoid accidents, greeting or playing outdoors is recommended until the problem has been resolved.

Take walks often. Take long walks. Take short walks. Vary your routine. Make sure that bladder is empty as often as possible.

When your dog pees on walks, don’t forget to give praise and/or treats. Show him he’s doing a good job and you’re proud of him. He loves that. And, you’ll be making him more confident, too.

Keep your greeting on the ‘down-low.’ Don’t get overly excited or talk in an excited voice when you arrive home. You shouldn’t have any high-pitched ‘baby talk,’ hand-clapping, or hugging when you see your dog after you get done running errands. It doesn’t sound quite fair, but it’s important for your dog’s behavioral well-being (and for your sanity so you’re not cleaning up puddles all the time).

Once your dog calms down from the excitement of seeing you home, that’s when you can approach her and show her some love.

The last point, and the most important point, is not to punish your dog. Yes, I know I said this earlier in the article. But, it’s extremely important. And, I want you to know that punishment, even if you believe it works will damage the relationship you share with your dog. Your dog will have less trust in you. Your bond will be broken. And, that’s something you may never get back.

The Bottom Line on Excitement

If you’re feeling overwhelmed with the situation, don’t feel bad for walking away for a few moments to take a breath. Calm down. Then return to the situation and think about what’s best.

Of course, if you’re feeling extremely frustrated, you may want to book a consult with a canine behaviorist.

Be patient. And remember, if your dog is under one year old, this is a behavior that could simply be due to her bladder not being ‘ready’ to hold much urine.

 

Potential Hazardous Household Items

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Submitted by Amberly from Bones and Blogs

Within the past few weeks I have found that I have come across a number of articles/blogs with titles along the lines of “I didn’t know this common household item would be harmful to my dog”. And out of the articles I have read- I didn’t know these items were damaging either, I even personally own some of the things on the list.

With this brought to light, I wondered “what other potential hazards are lying in wait around my home?”

Here are a few of the findings that I didn’t know were potentially harmful to my dogs.

- Essential oils – essentials oils are a new trend in the holistic wellness community. They are known for their variety of benefits as well as the many ways it can be used i.e. absorbed through the skin, water soluble, ingested, diffused into air/water vapor etc. While these are currently some of the most “natural” holistic remedies on the market- some are still harmful to dogs. For example Tea Tree Oil can be absorbed orally or through the skin. While .1% of tea tree oil is tolerated and safe for pets, larger increments can cause visual skin irritation and rashes as well as other ailments or illnesses… and this is one of the most commonly used essential oils in homes today. You can put a few drops of Tea Tree oil in your diffuser every day and be unknowingly poisoning your pet.

- Xylitol – a common substitute for sugar and other sweeteners. Xylitol can cause low blood sugar inducing seizures, liver failure, or even death in dogs. Other miscellaneous items that may contain Xylitol gum, toothpaste, mouth wash, lotions and deodorants. Even foods stating “sugar-free” can still contain Xylitol.

- Tulips – Tomatoes, lilies, tulips and other plants and flowers are considered to be in the Nightshade family, and can be toxic to dogs. Remember this the next time your significant other surprises you with a just because bouquet!

- Heavy Metals – It should probably go without saying that heavy metals aren’t the best chew toy for a dog. But when you break it down to paint chips from an old piece of furniture or pennies forgotten in the couch cushions, it seems much more plausible, right? These metals contain toxic variables such as led.

- Fabric Softener Sheets – Yes we all love that fresh + clean new sheet smell – but certain fragrant chemicals within fabric softeners can be harmful when directly put into contact with your dog. Here are some dog safe laundry brands for those of you who aren’t willing to compromise those sweet smelling sheets!

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Stay safe!

Amberly of Bones and Blogs

Do Dogs Cry?

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Submitted by Amber L. Drake

When dogs get upset, do they cry real tears like we do? Do they even have tear ducts?

Our dog’s language is extremely intriguing. And, although they don’t talk the same language as us, they still have ways to communicate their feelings.

Our dog might come up and nudge us if they need something. Or, some may simply want their own space for a while.

We all know when our dog is happy… but do they cry when they’re upset? Do their feelings get hurt? Are there tears falling during times of upset?

A DOG’S TEAR DUCTS

Yes, dogs do have tear ducts like us. And, anyone who has a Maltese, or a Poodle, can attest to that. They are particularly apparent if your dog is pure white. Dog lovers who have a Maltese or Poodle are continuously wiping off the corner of their dog’s eyes due to their tear staining.

If the tear stains aren’t continuously wiped off, our dog will appear to be extremely unhealthy. And, it’s probably not too comfortable for them either.

Other breeds may also have excessive drainage from their eyes. In technical terms, this phenomenon is known as epiphora.

Tear types and emotions

There are two types of tears humans and dogs share. These tears are known as basal tears and reflexive tears. Basal tears are continuously produced to keep the eye moist. Reflexive tears protect the eyes from allergens or any type of irritant.

Then, there are emotional tears. Dogs don’t share these with us. Emotional tears begin when we (humans) are overwhelmed, frustrated, or generally emotional. A dog’s tear ducts do not allow them to produce emotional tears. But, even though dogs don’t cry ‘tears’ when they’re upset, they still have their own way of letting us know.

Why Does My Dog Look Like She’s Crying?

If your dog looks as if she is crying, this could be due to a medical condition. The causes of ‘dog tears’ include the following:

  • Allergies: Allergies can cause a dog’s eye(s) to water… just like us. If your dog has allergies, your veterinarian should be contacted so you’re able to determine what she or he is allergic to.
  • Blocked Tear Ducts: If your dog’s tear ducts are blocked, you may notice what appears to be tears leaving his eyes.
  • Scratched Cornea: If your dog is active, there’s a possibility she may be ‘crying’ due to a scratched cornea. If your dog has a scratched cornea, she might also be blinking excessively.
  • Irritants: There could be a speck of dirt in your dog’s eye, or some other type of irritant, causing tears.

DO DOGS UNDERSTAND WHEN WE CRY?

Yes, research has found dogs respond to our tears. They know when we’re upset based on our facial expressions and the tone of our voice.

Research has gone so far to say many dogs can understand how we’re feeling without even seeing us in person. They’re able to tell by a picture.

THE BOTTOM LINE

Even though it might look as if your dog is sad, and crying emotional tears, your dog isn’t truly ‘crying’ the way do. If you notice tears coming from your dog’s eyes, make an appointment with your veterinarian to find out the cause.

 

Did You Know Dogs Can Detect Cancer?

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Contributed by Amber L. Drake

Did you know dogs can smell up to 100,000 times more acutely than we can as humans? Dogs have approximately 300 million olfactory receptors compared to our six million. This incredible sense of smell has allowed for amazing discoveries.

Canine research is currently focused on a dog’s ability to detect cancer cells in humans. Why? We, as scientists, have discovered dogs are able to detect cancer at stage zero. Stage zero cancer detection could save many lives. Dogs may be able to detect cancer cells before our modern technology is able.

The Miracle Dogs Can Save Lives

A dog named Lucy has been the leading force in this field. Lucy was originally bred to be a hunting dog, but she was ‘kicked out’ of hunting class because her trainer said she was not able to pay attention.

Lucy was continuously attracted to various sorts of smells. Now, the dog who was kicked out of training class, can sniff out bladder, kidney, and prostate cancer.

What’s her success rate in sniffing out cancer? She has a 95% success rate. That’s impressive.

She’s not the only cancer-sniffing dog. A dog at the Penn Vet Working Dog Center, named McBaine, is also a powerful force in this field. McBaine is one of three cancer-detecting dogs in the center. His most recent accomplishment involves sniffing out ovarian cancer simply from smelling various vials of blood.

Ovarian cancer is an aggressive cancer… often not detected until it has progressed to late stages. And, here’s McBaine, with the ability to tell its cancer just by smelling the blood sample.

How We Train Dogs to Be Scientists

This is a common question. How could we possibly train a dog to work with us in a lab? And, actually enjoy the work he does in the lab?

Positive reinforcement is the key here. The dogs are heavily praised when they answer a question correctly, and provided with a toy, or a treat.

The main method used… keeping it fun! That simple. Dogs love mental stimulation. In their mind, they’re essentially playing games all day long with people they love.

The dogs kept at this center, The Penn Vet Working Dog Center, have a 90% success rate is sniffing out cancer cells.

The Italian Ministry of Defense

Another organization, the Italian Ministry of Defense, trained two German Shepherd dogs to detect prostate cancer.

The organization collected 677 samples of urine; 320 samples from men diagnosed with prostate cancer and 357 from men without cancer.

The German Shepherd dogs were able to identify urine samples with cancerous cells correctly 99% of the time.

A Professor from Harvard Medical School outlined the accuracy as being better than any tests currently available for prostate cancer detection.

Detecting Other Health Conditions

The dog’s abilities don’t stop at cancer detection. They’re able to detect many other serious health problems.

Narcolepsy, for example, is a brain disorder which affects a person’s sleep cycle. A person with narcolepsy could be in the middle of an activity and immediately fall asleep. Dogs are able to pick up a scent prior to a narcoleptic attack. Service dogs are used to assist those with narcolepsy to ensure they do not injure themselves when an attack occurs. Dogs are able to warn the individual up to 5 minutes prior to an attack.

Those who are diabetic may also have a desire for a service dog. Dogs are able to detect when blood sugar is dropping or spiking. There is a particular sugar present in a human’s breath; dogs are sensitive to this smell. When the dog notices a person’s blood sugar is abnormal, they provide him or her with a warning which often gives the person enough time to test their blood sugar and take their insulin.

Although there are several others, the final health condition dogs are helpful with is stress levels. This may not sound as serious as the others; however, stress can lead to serious health conditions if a high level of stress is present over a period of time. Even if we do not appear to be stressed, dogs can smell the hormones released by our bodies during difficult situations. In these situations, dogs are able to alert their owners to take deep breaths. In addition to this, petting a dog actually releases oxytocin (the ‘happy’ hormone) through both his and our bodies. This particularly assists those with PTSD.

A Long Road

We still have a long road ahead of us regarding research but we, as researchers, are learning more and more every day. Dogs have saved many lives and with continuing research have the ability to save many, many more.

Exercise Tips

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Contributed by Amberly Lewis of Bones and Blog

The best type of exercise is when they don’t even realize they’re exercising. I like to mask working-out by doing things I know we’ll all enjoy such as: 

  • Walk on the beach – that soft sand is sure to get everyone’s thighs burning
  • Hike in nature – The fresh air is so rejuvenating, and dodging the fallen limbs and branches is a sure way to you alert and on your toes
  • Spend some extra time at an off-leash dog park – sometimes the mere act of a new doggy friend is exerting
  • Go for a swim – This is a great way to keep cool, and still get some exercise
  • Dog + Yoga = Doga – this will not only strengthen the bond with your dog, but also help decrease stress and anxiety in your dog (great for small dogs)

Much like with humans, there is no “right” way to exercise when it comes to your dog. There are a number of variables to consider like your dogs breed and size (snout and other factors that affect the breathing), weight (you don’t want to over exert), personality (some dogs are just lazy, happens’), and build (leg size/muscle mass). Here are some of the best types of exercises based on some of these factors.

Large breed (in height and girth) | I.e. Great Danes, Bernese, Greyhounds – Brisk Walks for about 20-30 minutes or less a day. Long walks or hikes can be hard on their joints.

Large breed (standard snout)| I.e. Pointers, Ridgebacks – Running will help these dogs stay in shape. These breeds can endure up to 3 miles after their first year.

Large breed (short snout) | I.e. Mastiffs, Boxers, and Chows - Brisk Walks for about 20-30 minutes a day. These quick and untimely walks will help these types of dogs avoid overheating and over-exerting.

Water lovers (med sized dogs who can obtain much of their exercise through water activities) | I.e. Labradors, Golden Retrievers, Springer Spaniels, Poodles – 20-30 minutes a day in a clean body of water (deeper than a bath tub)

Small breed (short legs, long backs) I.e. Basset hounds, Dachshunds – Short brisk walks, try to avoid jumping or playing fetch. 

Small breed (standard snout) | I.e. Chihuahuas, Yorkie’s – These dogs are known sniffing machines! Hide their treat or favorite toy and let them hunt for it.

Small breed (short snout) | I.e. Pugs, Bulldogs, Terriers, Shih Tzus – Create an obstacle course or a small obtainable goal that requires movement. Have them jump over a roll of paper towels to win a treat!

A few things to have on hand while exercising with your dog

  • Water
  • Poop bags
  • Leash/Harness

There are other aspects to be considered when exercising aside from just weight loss/maintenance. Here are a few more reasons why pet-exercise is so important.

  • Removes Toxins – this is powered by muscle movement to the lymphatic regions
  • Brain stimulation – as little as 20 minutes of exercise a day has shown to increase information processing and memory function
  • Slows aging
  • Sensory enhancement – exercise increases circulation to the ears and eyes
  • Strengthens bones and muscles – exercise can decrease the chances for brittle bones in your dog’s upcoming years, this will reduce chances of diagnosis such as osteoporosis
  • Improves behavior – getting that little extra bit of energy and endurance out every day will help tremendously with keeping your dog’s behavior and energy consistent; some may compare this to a runner’s high

Like I mentioned earlier, there is no right way to exercise. Anything from fetch in your own backyard to taking the long way home from dinner can greatly benefit your dog’s physicality and overall health. You just have to look :) 

Plus, summer brings so many more opportunities!


 

CBD Glazed Dog Treat Recipe

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Contributed by @SorshaMorava

For the Cookie: 

— 3 cups whole wheat flour

— 1/3 cup nutritional yeast

— 1 cup + 1 tbsp vegetable broth (low sodium)

 

Cookie ingredients

For the glaze:

— 1 tbsp coconut oil

— 1/4 cup peanut butter

— 2 full droppers of CanneCanine 500 Hemp CBD Oil

Glaze ingredients

Preheat oven 340 degrees fahrenheit.

In a bowl mix together flour and nutritional yeast, then slowly mix in vegetable broth.

You might have to use your hands to get all of the ingredients mixed together.

Once you have everything mixed together, spread some flour out on a flat surface. Then put the ball of dough on that floured surface and start rolling it out. You can roll it out as thick or thin as you’d like, but I suggest the thinner the better! 

Now you can take cookie cutters or even cut the shapes of the cookies out yourself and start cutting into the dough. 

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Then place cookies on a lightly greased (coconut oil works great) cookie sheet. Put cookies in the oven for 20 minutes. Once the time is up, turn off the oven and leave the cookies in their for a few hours until they fully dry out.

In the mean time, mix together all of the glaze ingredients. 

After a few hours, take the cookies out and lightly drizzle the glaze over the cookies. The glaze needs to solidify so pop it in the freeze for a few minutes. 

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Make sure you store the canine cookies in a dry, cool place. And serve to your pup whenever they’re good or whenever they need some extra nutrients! 

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