​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.

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.

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.

 

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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Tips Before your Dog Beach Trip

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Contributed by Amberly from Bones and Blogs

Warm weather is upon and that means lots of outdoor activities. With the temperature rising it only makes sense to look for activities to keep you and your dog cool. Being a local to Jacksonville, FL – one of our favorite past times is attending summer beach trips. So I thought I would share a few things I keep in mind when taking my dogs to the beach!

1. Always check for dog friendly beaches. Every beach has their own set of rules when it comes to pets. Some do not allow pets at all, some do not allow pets between certain hours, and some are specifically there for your pet! It’s good to check out some reviews before planning your beach day.

2. Find a spot near the shade. With all that fur your pet can easily get over heated. So when arriving at the beach be sure to find a spot under a big tree or umbrella. While yes, the cool ocean waves will help to cool down their internal temp – it’s good for them to have a place to escape the sun. And keep in mind how hot that sand can be on their paws!

3. Water, water, and more water! Keep your pet hydrated. I would recommend making sure your pet has access to fresh drinking water 100% of the time while at the beach. Keep the water covered under your cool shaded spot so your pet can hydrate at their convenience. I usually do this by packing a gallon of fresh water and portable drinking bowls.

4. Keep your pet entertained. Pack a Frisbee, a big chew bone, or their favorite squeaky toy! I’ve come to find that when my dogs have their favorite items around they are much less likely to get into trouble by wandering over to the sand dunes, private property, or to other beach goers. With that being said – pack a leash!

5. Since you will be in a public space – be sure that your pet is current on all their vaccinations.

6. Stay close to your dog at all times. Unfortunately when going to the beach there is more to fear than the obvious, sharks. Also keep an eye out for stingrays and jelly fish… We have encountered many a jelly fish simply washed up onto shore.

7. Dog sunscreen. This is a product I wasn’t even aware of until my experience as a dog mom called for it. Naturally my Labrador retriever loves the water and the outdoors. I began to notice that the skin right above his nose, where the fur is very thin, would become bright pink after these outings. Then one day it hit me, a doggy sunburn! I felt awful that I hadn’t noticed or even considered this notion before. Ever since then I have been prepared – my favorite go to brand for dog sunscreen is Burt’s Bees. If I cannot find sunscreen specific for my dogs – I will go for the baby safe brands.

8. In the event your dog does return with a sunburn, here are a few remedies that may help. CBD dog oil, which has been known to decrease pain and ease skin irritations. Luke-arm oatmeal bath, this will help soothe the skin. 100% all natural aloe. 

9. If you have a smaller pup, your pet isn’t a strong swimmer, or your pet is timid of water – it wouldn’t hurt to put them in a doggy swim vest. This will increase visibility, and better ensure the safety of your pet. With this being said, do not force your pet into the water. If anything maybe try taking the lead and see if your pet follows.

10. Time management. While we all love the relaxation a beach day can bring, I cannot deny that it’s often equally as draining. The sun takes a lot out of you, as does the loading and unloading of all your beach necessities! Keep this in mind when you have your pet at the beach with you and do not let your trip exceed more than a few hours. Take note of how your dog is acting. Some signs of heat stroke include: rapid panting, bright red tongue, thick saliva, weakness, vomiting, and diarrhea.

I hope these tips were helpful! Wishing you high tides, good vibes, and wagging tails!

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How Could CBD Help My Dog's Arthritis?

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Contributed by Amber Drake

Watching your dog go through a debilitating illness is devastating. It becomes even more devastating as the systems progress. Does your dog suffer from chronic pain day in and day out from their arthritis? Does she have trouble being comfortable? Trouble relaxing? If so, CBD oil could be the answer for you.

What’s Arthritis?

Arthritis is a condition not even dogs can escape. Generally, arthritis is most common in older dogs, but younger dogs could experience arthritis, too.

One in five dogs develop arthritis. That’s a significant number of dogs when you think about it. 1/5 of all dogs are either in pain or soon will be as the arthritis progresses.

Unfortunately, dogs tend to hide their pain as a survival instinct, so we often don’t notice the signs of arthritis until they’re already in the later stages of the condition.

As dogs age, their cartilage (cartilage is like a shock absorber that helps the joints move freely) on the surface of their joints starts to thin out. The death of cells in that area causes inflammation of the joints and excessive fluid in the joints.

As the cartilage becomes thinner, the space between their joints shortens. Then, the bone underneath the cartilage starts to deteriorate. Without the cartilage there, it’s basically bone against bone as they walk. They don’t have any cushion there anymore (or at least not much) to take the hit on the joints as they move.

If you’re not sure if your dog has developed arthritis, several of the symptoms you would notice include limping, trouble standing up or laying down, abnormal sleeping habits, stiffness, and/or excessive panting.

How Does CBD Help Canine Arthritis?

Traditional veterinarians may not be pro-CBD for arthritis. But, if you talk to a holistic veterinarian CBD oil is what many of them are recommending.

We don’t want to sway you in only one direction. We want you to make sure you do your research and talk to a veterinarian experienced in holistic medicine to ensure CBD oil is best for your specific dog. Every dog is unique, and a veterinarian experienced with CBD oil should let you know if CBD oil could be helpful in your dog’s case.

Veterinarians generally treat arthritis with steroids or NSAID’s. But, these medications usually stop working after a period of time, and then the arthritis pain could come back worse than ever. And, although the prescription medications temporarily relieve the pain, they’re known to cause further breakdown of the joints. NSAID’s could also carry heavy side effects like stomach bleeding, ulcers, liver problems, and/or kidney disease.

Humans Use CBD Oil for Arthritis, Too

As you know from our website, dogs have an endocannabinoid system similar to ours. That’s why you’ll hear of humans using CBD oil for their arthritis, too. The endocannabinoid system is the system that affects inflammation in the body… so CBD oil has been shown to be so helpful in treating arthritis by reducing the inflammation.

There hasn’t been an extensive amount of research conducted on CBD and arthritis, but the research that has been conducted suggests that CBD may be tolerated much better than prescription medications.

One of the studies was conducted on rats over a 4-day period using different strengths of CBD. The results of the study indicated that CBD helped reduce swelling in the joints and reduced inflammation. The study also showed there was a reduction in pain from arthritis when CBD oil was used.

How Fast Does CBD Oil Work?

As with many natural remedies, it’s not likely you’ll notice the effects immediately upon intake. You may not notice a difference in inflammation, for example, for at least a few days. But, unlike prescription medication, high-quality CBD oil is less likely to carry those heavy side effects prescription medication does (and very rarely has any side effects at all when taken correctly).

What Dosage is Necessary for My Dog?

Providing the correct dose to your dog with arthritis is important. The exact dose for your unique dog will depend on their size, their breed, and the severity of their condition.

What Do the Testimonials Say?

As you know, we provide testimonials from our customers so you’re able to get a better sense of how well CBD works for various ailments. Below you will find several testimonials regarding how CBD has helped our customers’ dogs.

“Pluto had some aches and pains evident by the limping he showed. I put some CannaCanine CBD oil in his food to help with his joint pain. About 30 minutes later, he ran right to his squeek ball! He was playful and energetic after a single dose. We will definitely use again when Pluto is feeling achey! Thank you!” -Pluto

“Our lovely senior sister Meeks, suffers from arthritis. She's a puppy mill rescue dog so hasn't really ever had the strongest back end to begin with (do to poor breeding) but with age (she's 15) she has gotten more stiff and painful. She's been on CBD oil daily since October, and we are so thrilled that our gal is not only generally walking better but she's been up from her bed more often which is a good sign that she isn't feeling stiff and pain. It has been a long time since she felt strong/good enough to be up from bed and just walk, sit & mingle with company. Thank you for making our gal feel good!” -Meeks

“Our 7-year old Momo had an accident while we were on vacation out of the country.  He had a life-threatening spinal injury, was suffering from immense pain and subsequently being traumatized by the whole ordeal of having to go through surgery, needles, various form of tests and being tied up or confined in a strange place without his owners. Although Momo was not a socialized dog to begin with, he had never been really in an attack mode until he was left in the hospital for quite some time after the surgery.  His anxiety and painful experience had turned him into a different dog. Momo soon started using CBD oil as we believe that CBD could significantly reduce chronic inflammation and pain.   We actually noticed that Momo was not suffering from pain and so far he does not have chronic inflammation at all. We also noticed that CBD oil does reduce Momo's post-traumatic anxiety behaviors.  He is much calmer and does not exhibit any hostile or aggressive behavior. We will continue to use CBD oil on Momo and we hope this will help him on his road to recovery!” -Momo

“Over the past year we have been noticing that our senior Dogo Argentino, Dahlia, has been showing signs of pain in her knees and hips due to arthritis and aging. Dahlia had TPLO surgery at 1.5 yrs old and a second surgery on the same knee to remove the plates, screws and some scar tissue at 3.5 yrs old. It started  with some shaking when she would try to get out of bed in the morning and before we knew it she couldn’t jump up on our bed and just wasn’t running and playing as much as she used to. Dahlia is given glucosamine and turmeric paste regularly and we tried cartrophen injections for a while, as well. Nothing was making a big improvement on her quality of life and we were determined to do just that!! After researching CBD oil we thought it would be worth a try. Luckily, through social media, I found CannaCanine and their wonderful products made just for dogs. In the beginning, we didn’t notice much of a change. After about a week on her CBD oil, we started to notice her having more spunk and energy. She has now been taking the CBD oil for 2.5 weeks and it has changed her. She is still a bit stiff in the mornings but, we took her out to the forest yesterday evening and she ran more than she has in years. She was jumping over logs and climbing rocky hills, she was bouncing and prancing all over the place. It was a very joyous moment to see her acting young again! Thank you CannaCanine for a wonderful product!” -Dahlia

Help Your Dog’s Arthritis Now with CBD for Dogs

If your dog is experiencing problems with arthritis, you should consider implementing CBD oil into his daily routine. Should you decide to give it a try, CannaCanine is offering you 30% off of your store purchase. Start shopping now and use code YEAR before the deal ends!

 

Benefits of Feeding Raw

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Contributed by Alina

Everyone’s heard of “raw” by now. That may be all someone’s heard about it. The truth is this --
all raw is not created equal. However, the philosophy is simple -- feed your carnivore a species
appropriate diet. In a perfect world, your dog would be living with you as a companion,
symbiotically with nature. Hunting prey, grazing on vegetation and spending the majority of daysoutdoors and working. The reason being, their ancestors the wolf did so - minus the humancompanions. As such, their DNA predisposed them to this. But we do not live in a perfect world.

Many of our domesticated dogs in Canada today live as house companions. They spend the
majority of days indoors, waiting for their family to come home from their various life activities. If they’re lucky they get a walk, a scoop of kibble and a “good boy” or two. This new lifestyle has caused man to have much angst and guilt about the way their furry companion spends its days. So, the four legged family member is inundated with toys, baked goods and treats in hopes of resurrecting some happiness. Grim, I know. But realistic.

The raw feeding movement began as an idealistic movement to return dogs to the glory days of health. What it has turned into, is an express of love to negate the guilt. All of a sudden, the best part of your pet’s day is meal time. A fresh, whole food diet of raw meat (all important parts) and added vegetables/fruits simply cannot compare to a highly processed bag of irradiated carbohydrates. The excitement (sometimes overly) of preparing it’s meal brings joy to both the pooch and their human. The beauty of it all, is that this love and joy has translated into better health for our pets. Why? It’s simple. Carnivores have different bodies than humans - so feeding them a diet like ours - filled with processed junk food, heavy on starches/carbs, sugars and cooked food is simply not what their bodies were designed for. For decades now, it has been believed that feeding your dog dry pellets from a bag was somehow more appropriate for them because companies like Hill’s or Spratt’s many decades ago, decided so (see here for the history of kibble). If you think about it from a human perspective, if you went to a doctor and he encouraged you to eat less fresh foods, you’d probably accuse him of incompetency.

So what do dogs need to eat? The reason not all raw is created equal is because this mealtime
can be an expression of love - and not all love is expressed the same. So opinions flare on best
methods of this and best ratios of that. The commonly followed commercial raw food diet is
based on the premise of hunted prey. If your dog was to hunt prey, it would likely consume parts like various organs, muscle meat, tissues, and the stomach contents of it’s herbivore prey. But all is not as it seems. The raw feeding movement today is changing by the day. Those different beliefs in ratios of animal parts to consume, different beliefs on what proteins are appropriate for which dogs, how much they need and how often they need it start heated debates. So where do you start?

If you’re venturing on the path of finding more about raw, we highly recommend you visit a local independent raw feeding store in your area, one with nutrition experts who can provide you with guidance on your pet. One that does what they do because with every ounce of their being, they are dedicated to the health of pets and not the dollar behind it. Because the reality is this -- the one-size fits all raw can only take one so far.

Every animal, like every human, differs. Our genetics play an important role to disease and immune health. One size does not fit all -- and guidance from someone knowledgeable enough to explain that a Yorkie has a predisposition to dental disease or that puppies need to have calcium and phosphorus balanced can also help you understand where to start and most importantly explain why. Of course, there’s alwaysGoogle or Facebook groups... But those sources can not only confuse but also ostracizes someone new to raw feeding. They are also made up of the general population who may only have real experience with their own pets, not yours. There’s a million opinions on the internet on every topic. Only you can be your own compass on receiving proper information. And remember this: 100% of the time - you decide what your pet eats. Not them. So give them a head start in having a good quality of life and feed them fresh balanced raw food.

For more information on raw feeding, feel free to visit www.thehungrypooch.com/faq or visit TheHungry Pooch’s locations in Windsor, Ontario. Find us on Facebook and Instagram @thehungrypooch or email info@thehungrypooch.com.

Alina Sherman
Top Dog
The Hungry Pooch (Pet Health Food Store)

Sweet Potato Chew Dog Treat Recipe

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We have a simple ingredient dog treat recipe that only requires 1 ingredient…yes only 1! This means less time spent in the kitchen, and more time playing with your pup. Both of you will be thankful!

The source of this magical time-saving recipe is the sweet potato! Many people enjoy sweet potato fries and now your dogs can do! Sweet potatoes provide many health benefits such as:

- High in fibre

- Low fat

- Contain vitamin B6, C and manganese

- Full of antioxidant beta-carotene

The antioxidant beta-carotene is helpful because it helps to convert Vitamin A. Vitamin A is an important part to help your dog’s growth, sight, and muscle strength. Loss of Vitamin A can lead to poor vision quality, lower hair and skin quality. Sweet potato treats are a fantastic way to keep your dog healthy…and they will love the sweet taste!

You can also add our hemp CBD oil to the treat before baking! This is a fantastic way to combine your dog’s CBD dose with a healthy and delicious snack! Enjoy!

Ingredients:

- 3 raw sweet potatoes

- 1 500 or 1000 mg CannaCanine hemp CBD oil (optional)

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 250°F.

2. Wash the sweet potato thoroughly.

3. Cut down the middle lengthwise.

4. Then cut long lengthwise slices about 1/3 of an inch wide.

5. Lay flat down on a cooking sheet.

6. Add your dog’s dose of CBD to each treat (optional)

7. Bake in the oven at 250 F for 3 hours.

8. Let cool and store in sealable containers.

For crunchier treats, you can leave the sweet potatoes in the oven longer.

We will be sharing more fantastic recipes that save you time while providing health benefits for your pup!

CBD Oil and Seizures: Does it Really Help?

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Contributed by Amber Drake

It has been found that one to five percent of dogs have a seizure disorder. Watching your dog have a seizure is a frightening experience, especially when it’s the first time. You feel out of control. And, you’re not exactly sure how to help your dog. If this should happen, you should try to be calm and observe his surroundings to make sure he is away from anything that could harm him. You must also remember they could accidentally bite you if your hands get too close to their mouth during a seizure.

When we adopt our dogs, serious conditions like seizures aren’t usually our main concern. But, learning about everything that could affect our dogs is important.

If you’re unsure of what a seizure looks like, you’ll generally notice the following symptoms:

  • Collapsing

  • Stiffening of the muscles

  • Jerking

  • Loss of consciousness

  • Foaming at the mouth

  • Dazed/confused gaze

After a dog has a seizure, she might have difficulty walking. She may be disoriented. Or, stare off into space. You might also notice her bumping into things she usually knows are there.

CBD has become popular in the dog world. And, it comes as no surprise once you find out it’s not only been found to help with seizures, but with pain, sleep, anxiety, skin problems, cancer, and digestive issues, too.

There are 2 Types of Seizures

There are two types of seizures; symptomatic or idiopathic.

Symptomatic seizures are caused from an abnormality inside or outside of the brain (lead poisoning, encephalitis, head trauma).

Idiopathic epilepsy doesn’t have a cause, though. And, it’s thought to be genetic. Dog breeds who are commonly diagnosed with idiopathic epilepsy include English Springer Spaniels, Viszlas, Collies, Beagles, and Dachshunds.

What’s the Best Way to Treat Seizures?

The medication that is prescribed to dogs with seizures can carry heavy side effects including lethargy, long-term liver damage, and/or confusion.

One of the methods dog lovers are turning to is Cannabidiol, or CBD. CBD oil is a non-toxic, natural, and effective form of treatment (of course, make sure you talk to your vet).

When you’re researching CBD and seizures in dogs, there are hundreds of positive testimonials. But, it comes as no surprise that CBD is met with controversy.

CBD Dosage for Dogs

When you choose to use CBD oil for your dog with seizures, it’s important to start at the lowest dose possible. You can then increase the dosage if necessary.

The dosage of the CBD oil is also a discussion you could have with your veterinarian.

Side Effects of CBD Oil

When you’re looking for a new medication for your dog, natural or pharmaceutical, you want to know the side effects.

CBD has no known side effects when administered on its own. However, CBD can have interactions with certain prescribed medication by inhibiting a family of liver enzymes, called cytochrome P450. This enzyme metabolizes more than 60% marketed medications we consume.

Read more about CBD drug interactions here. Click here for a full list of Medications Metabolized by Cytochrome P450 3A4

CBD, Not THC

Dogs are extremely sensitive to THC. THC is the primary psychoactive component of a marijuana plant. Cannabidoil (CBD) is one of 113 compounds found in cannabis plants. The compounds, known as Cannabinoids, are natural and don’t contain any psychoactive properties or effects.

CBD with extremely low doses of THC may help dogs with seizures significantly, though. And, it has been found to be particularly helpful to dogs who are experiencing pain from cancer and/or seizures.

Dr. Stephanie McGrath is a veterinarian who specializes in neurology at Colorado State University. She is an advocate for CBD in veterinary medicine and is currently leading a clinical study on the treatment of epilepsy (which causes seizures).

Testimonials Say it All

Here at CannaCanine, we share testimonials so you’re able to hear real-world experiences about dogs who have used our products. Below, you will read a testimonial about Blaise, a dog who was experiencing seizures. His owner no longer wanted him to take phenobarbital… so she considered CBD oil. The CBD oil worked wonders on Blaise.

“Blaise started to experience seizures when he was just a year old. The seizures started to be mild and were few at the start. I thought nothing of it at first because they were so infrequent. When Blaise was around two and a half he started having partial seizures. These affected half of his body and he would suddenly tumble to the ground.  This was absolutely horrifying to watch as they came often without warning. 

To help combat his seizures I was recommended to give him phenobarbital. Phenobarbital is a common medicine given to dogs to help treat seizures. Several people told me to hold off on the phenobarbital treatments due to the ill side effects on dogs. I decided to wait before starting treatment to see if the seizures would return. By Blaise's third birthday he finally had a full seizure. My worst fears had finally manifested!

Our vet immediately put Blaise on a high dose of phenobarbital for every 12 hours. Blaise became so drugged up that he would lose his balance and fall over. The worst of it was when he fell down twelve flight of stairs! I hated seeing him like this. His perky and fun personality was gone, replaced by lethargy and sadness. Blaise became a shell of the fun dog he once was. 

A a nurse I had read articles on the beneficial effects of CBD oil on seizures. I started to research natural and alternative medicine for canines to learn more about CBD oil. At first I was cautious but decided to try it on Blaise. It was the best decision I could make! I was glad I ordered the CBD treatment. Despite the process of weaning him off of phenobarbital, the first dose of CBD oil made him more alert. Little by little, I got him off the phenobarbital.  

Today, Blaise is seizure free and no longer taking phenobarbital. All thanks to CBD oil!”

Chat with Your Vet

Before implementing CBD oil in your dog’s routine, you should talk to your vet first. If your dog is struggling with a medical condition, you want to make sure you have the dosage right. And, you also want to ensure your dog is a suitable candidate for CBD use.

If your veterinarian isn’t familiar with alternative medicine, you might consider contacting a veterinarian who specializes in it. You can find an alternative veterinarian by searching the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association’s website.

Try it Today!

CannaCanine is 100% organic and non-GMO, two qualities you should search for in any CBD oil to ensure maximum quality. CBD that isn’t organic could contain pesticides and herbicides, which could result in more harm than good for your dog.

CannaCanine only contains two ingredients- organic MCT Coconut Oil and Organic CBD Hemp Oil. This is another factor you should consider when searching for CBD oil for your dog. Generally, the more ingredients there are in the oil, the lower the quality of the oil.

Why is coconut oil included? Coconut oil increases the absorbency of the CBD oil. And, it can work wonders for our dogs. Coconut oil can help with itchy skin, eczema, cuts, scrapes, wounds, and hot spots. And, on top of all of that, it’s a powerful anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-viral.

I couldn’t wait to try CBD oil for my dogs after learning all the benefits. And, for a limited time, CannaCanine is offering a special promotion.

This year is the Year of the Dog, and to celebrate, CannaCanine is offering you 30% off of your store purchase. Start shopping now and use code YEAR before the deal ends!

The Healthy Way to Support your Dog's Chewing Addiction

Fact: dogs love to chew anything...no matter the size! 

Fact: dogs love to chew anything...no matter the size! 

Contributed by Lara

Dogs love to chew anything from your old college slippers to your expensive shoes (dogs do not discern between a $5 pair of slippers to a $1000 pair of pumps). If an item meets the dog's chewing standard, it is fair game! The number of items are destroyed due to their chewing addiction can deprive your house of shoes and other prized items. 

Chewing is something that comes naturally to dogs and we don't want to suppress that instinct from them. You want them to chew...just not your stuff! Dogs need to chew as it keeps them occupied both in body and mind! Have you ever seen a dog chew? Once they latch onto something they like and chew... they are in the zone!

There are many benefits of chewing for dogs such as mental stimulation, oral health, and stress release. Dogs need to be physically and mentally stimulated as well. Although long brisk walks and fun play dates at the dog park provide great exercise, chewing helps them to concentrate and provides mental stimulation in doing so. Chewing also helps with oral health by keeping their teeth clean, removing the plaque and tarter. Teething puppies get relief by helping to sooth the discomfort of those new chompers coming in. It helps to exercise their jaw muscles too! 

Chewing is an excellent way to keep your dog’s oral health in top shape. The act itself exercises the jaw muscles, scrapes plaque and tartar off of the teeth and soothes the discomfort of a teething puppy. Further, raw bones provide enzymes that help break down the tartar in your dog’s teeth, leaving them cleaner and their breath fresher. Chewing also smooths the teeth and makes it more difficult for periodontal disease to move in. Tooth and gum disease is an ever-growing problem in our dogs today, so keeping their teeth clean and healthy is important.

No mom...I didn't chew your heels...it was the cat! 

No mom...I didn't chew your heels...it was the cat! 


The problem is that many chew toys on the market contain harmful toxins that can seriously harm dogs. Have you ever walked down the aisle shopping for a toy and noticed all of the colourful bright options? These toys are filled with dyes that have known chemicals that can cause cancer and other serious health issues. Reports conducted show that even pet tennis balls contain absurd amounts of lead

CannaCanine offers two great natural products to help those natural chewing craves your dogs get!

The first option is the CBD Elk Antler Chew. Elk antler is amazing simply because it is all natural chew for dogs plus the CBD helps to naturally calm. There are other benefits for the elk antler alone such as:

  • Odour-free so they don't smell or leave a mess behind
  • Full of nutrients like calcium, zinc and potassium
  • Nothing artificial or synthetic
  • Toxin-free
  • Great natural way to help clean teeth
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CBD Elk Antler chew


The second option is the Raw Hemp Rope Tug toy. Hemp is a great natural and renewable resource used for food, clothing, manufacturing...and dog toys! Raw hemp rope is the perfect toy for dogs because :

  • Made from 100% organically grown hemp
  • 100% biodegradable and environmentally friendly 
  • Herbicide and pesticide free
  • No additives, preservatives, processing chemicals, dyes or bleaching
  • Odour free 
  • Resistant to bacteria, microbes and mildew
  • Safe for consumption 

 

Raw hemp rope dog tug

Raw hemp rope dog tug

 

These are some amazing and natural options to help your pup quell their chewing urges. Instead of chewing on harmful toxic chew toys, the CBD Elk Antler Chew and Raw Hemp Rope Tug are a safe and natural alternative. Avoid rawhide chews made in China which can be full of toxins and other deadly chemicals. Your favourite pair of heels will be saved and won't be ruined for date night because your dog thought your shoes was their date for chew night!

These products can be purchased at the CannaCanine store.