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6 Superfoods for Your Dog

6 Superfoods for Your Dog

1. Chia Seeds

This little seed is packed with omega 3 fatty acids, which improve your pet’s skin and coat, reduce inflammation, and boost the immune system. Because chia seeds are so high in omega 3s, they are a great option for dogs who are unable to tolerate fish oils. The combination of high fat and fiber cause chia seeds to be digested more slowly, leading to a sustained release of energy for your active dog. To add these nutrients to your dog’s diet, try sprinkling some chia seeds over wet food, or mix chia seeds with warm water to create a gel that can be added to dry food.

2. Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are rich in beta-carotene, which supports eye health, helps maintain a healthy skin and coat, and acts as an antioxidant to prevent disease.  These tubers are also a source of Vitamin C to support immunity and fiber to promote healthy digestion. Evidence has also shown that sweet potatoes help to remove fatty cells from the liver to help maintain healthy organ function. Try cooking sweet potatoes to add to your pet’s meals, or look for freeze-dried sweet potato treats.

3. Kale

Just like humans, dogs reap great benefits from adding dark, leafy greens to their diet. Kale, which is packed with vitamins and minerals like calcium, vitamin K, and vitamin C, is one of the best options for your pooch. Because kale is a cruciferous vegetable, it contains a compounds called isothiocyanates, which have been shown to help prevent cancer. Kale also contains a number of flavonoids, which can help reduce chronic joint pain and reduce daily wear and tear on the joints. To prepare, slice kale and steam before adding to your dog’s dish. Just be sure to avoid kale if your dog has had bladder stones or kidney disease, because it contains oxalates which can aggravate these conditions.

4. Pumpkin

Pumpkin is rich in fiber, an indigestible carbohydrate that improves digestive health and can be used to treat both constipation and diarrhea. Pumpkin is also rich in carotenoids, which are plant pigments that help to reduce the risk of cancer, boost the immune system, and help prevent cardiovascular and eye diseases. Try adding a spoonful of pumpkin puree to your dog’s food – just be sure to buy pure canned pumpkin rather than pumpkin filling, which contains added sugar and spices.

5. Blueberries

This little berry is packed with polyphenols to help reduce inflammation and oxidative stress, which are help to prevent disease. These antioxidants also help to keep the arteries clean, which reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke.  The anti-inflammation and antioxidant properties of blueberries are also great for your pooch’s brain, as they help prevent dementia and other age-related cognitive decline. Fresh blueberries make a great snack for your dog, or you can add a few to his dish a couple of times a week.

6. Alfalfa

Alfalfa is part of the legume family and has traditionally been used for its health benefits in animals. It’s rich in fiber and has been shown to help improve digestive health. Alfalfa also helps remove uric acid from the kidneys, which can help with arthritis and urinary conditions. Alfalfa also contains chlorophyll, a powerful antioxidant, and phytoestrogens, which have been shown to help prevent cancer. Powdered alfalfa can be added to your dog’s meals, or you can look for alfalfa in dog treats. Bonus: it helps freshen your dog’s breath.

Leesa recommends  choosing only organic for your dog too!

By Janelle Martel

Janelle is a freelance writing living in British Columbia. Follow her blog at  whollyhealthyblog.com.

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  • Wanting Work Life Balance.
  • Needing Stress Relief.
  • Concerned about their health and the environment.
  • Frustrated battling allergies to gluten, foods, dust, chemicals, pollen.
  • Overwhelmed with choosing the best products for their body, home, and office.
  • Unsatisfied with their relationships with the men and women in their life and are ready to transform them into satisfying, happy partnerships.
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Are any of these an issue or problem for you?  Would it make sense for us to spend several minutes together to discuss your needs and how HealthyHighway can meet them? As a Healthy Lifestyle Coach with an emphasis on allergies and wellness, Leesa teaches her clients to make informed choices and enables them to make needed changes for a Happy Healthy Lifestyle. What you eat, what products you use ~ on your body and in your home and office, how you talk to yourself ~ it all matters!

Contact me today and Start today to live a healthier, happier life!  Don’t live in Atlanta?  Not a problem.  We do virtual coaching worldwide!

I look forward to helping YOU Live a Happy Healthy Life!  Remember, Excellent Health is found along your way, not just at your destination.

Live Well!

Leesa A. Wheeler

Leesa A. Wheeler

Healthy Lifestyle Coach, Artisan, Author of two books…
     Melodies from Within ~ Available Now! 
    Available on Amazon, Barnes&Noble, GooglePlay, iTunes! 

Member International Association for Health Coaches 

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Top 3 Health Benefits of Pumpkin for Dogs and Cats

Top 3 Health Benefits of Pumpkin for Dogs and Cats

 

1) Digestive Health: Pumpkin is a fabulous source of fiber for our furry friends, as well as for us. Pureed pumpkin (with no added sugar or spice) can help dogs and cats with both constipation and diarrhea. Adding a tablespoon or two (in proportion to their size) to their regular meal is known to help keep them regular. I have labs, so anything is edible to them, and I’m sure they would eat it right out of the can if I allowed. Most cats are usually a little more finicky. It can also help dogs and cats with indigestion or upset stomachs.

2) Urinary Health: According to Veterinarians Laci and Jed Schaible, co-founders of VetLive.com, pumpkin seeds are high in essential fatty acids and antioxidants (good for overall healthy skin and fur), and the oils in pumpkins’ flesh and seeds are believed to support urinary health. They are also an excellent source of Vitamin A, beta-carotene, potassiumand iron, and may even reduce the likelihood your pet will develop cancer.

3) Weight Loss: I’ve written about the dangers and commonality of pet obesity. Dogs seem to naturally love pumpkin. If you are looking to take a few pounds off of your pooch or kitty, try reducing a portion of their food and replace it with the same portion of canned pumpkin. Their tummy will feel just as full, and they might even thank you for the additional flavor.

Leesa recommends choosing only organic pumpkin.  Also, if choosing canned pumpkin, also make sure the can is BPA free!  

By Lisa Spector

Lisa Spector is a concert pianist, Juilliard graduate, and canine music expert. She is co-founder of Through a Dog’s Ear, the first music clinically demonstrated to calm the canine nervous system. Their new high-tech pet gadget, iCalmDog, is the portable solution to canine anxiety. Lisa shares her home and her heart with her two “career change” Labrador Retrievers from Guide Dogs for the Blind, Sanchez and Gina. Follow Lisa’s blog here.

As co-creator of Through a Dog’s Ear, I am offering my Care2 readers a free download from our latest release, Music to Calm your Canine Companion, Vol. 3. Simply click here and enter your email address and a link to the free download will be delivered to your inbox for you and your canine household to enjoy.

Leesa’s chow, Ava, loves her Through a Dog’s Ear CD collection!  She listens at home and in the car.

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Would feeling fantastic every day make a difference in your life?  

Healthy Highway is a Healthy Lifestyle Company offering Lifestyle Solutions for a Happy Healthy You!   We help people who are…

  • Wanting Work Life Balance.
  • Needing Stress Relief.
  • Concerned about their health and the environment.
  • Frustrated battling allergies to gluten, foods, dust, chemicals, pollen.
  • Overwhelmed with choosing the best products for their body, home, and office.
  • Unsatisfied with their relationships with the men and women in their life and are ready to transform them into satisfying, happy partnerships.
  • Standing at a Career Crossroad.
  • Preparing to start a family and want a healthy baby.
  • Seeking solutions for aging, more energy, and a good night’s sleep!

Are any of these an issue or problem for you?  Would it make sense for us to spend several minutes together to discuss your needs and how HealthyHighway can meet them? As a Healthy Lifestyle Coach with an emphasis on allergies and wellness, Leesa teaches her clients to make informed choices and enables them to make needed changes for a Happy Healthy Lifestyle. What you eat, what products you use ~ on your body and in your home and office, how you talk to yourself ~ it all matters!

Contact me today and Start today to live a healthier, happier life!  Don’t live in Atlanta?  Not a problem.  We do virtual coaching worldwide!

I look forward to helping YOU Live a Happy Healthy Life!  Remember, Excellent Health is found along your way, not just at your destination.

Live Well!

Leesa A. Wheeler

Leesa A. Wheeler

Healthy Lifestyle Coach, Artisan, Author of two books…
    Available on Amazon, Barnes&Noble, GooglePlay, iTunes! 

Member International Association for Health Coaches 

ring ~ 770-393-1284

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5 Secrets to a Happier Pet

5 Secrets to a Happier Pet

Here are some ways you can enrich your pet’s life and help prevent him from acting destructive because he’s bored.

1. Bring on the Food Hunt

Home in on that natural hunter in your dog or cat by placing a portion of his daily kibble in a food puzzle toy or hiding it in a couple of locations in your house for him to sniff and find. You may need to assist your pet the first few times to show him how to play this food game. Call out his name and point to the food. Praise him each time he finds another tasty nugget.

2. Give Common Household Items a New Purpose

A paper bag — with the handles cut off — placed open on the floor can become a neat hiding place for an indoor cat, especially if you sprinkle some organic catnip inside. A small piece of drainage pipe (clean and dry, of course) left over from a plumbing job can convert into an exploratory tunnel for your ferret or pet mouse. A twig from a nonpoisonous tree makes for an ideal chew stick for a rabbit or bird.

3. Rotate Toys

Instead of having all of your pet’s toys scattered throughout the house, purposely stash two-thirds of them in a toy chest or location inaccessible to him. Each week, rotate toys from the chest. Watch your pet’s eyes light up when he gets reacquainted with a favorite toy that “disappeared” a couple of weeks ago.

4. Mix It Up on Daily Walks

Don’t get into a rut when it comes to walking your dog. Vary the time of day, the location and the pace. Bring some treats and reward your dog for acing a variety of cues and tricks during the walk.

5. Think Bigger

Instead of using a small ball that your dog can grab in his mouth during a game of fetch, introduce him to a large ball that he must learn to nose and paw to move.

When providing environmental enrichment, always inspect items for safety. Make sure that the toy or object does not contain any small parts that can be swallowed. And remember to have fun interacting with your pet — it will put both of you in a good mood.

By Liz Palika | vetstreet.com

Vetstreet is an animal healthcare company that celebrates the joy that animals bring to our lives while educating pet owners about the best ways to keep their pets healthy and happy. We deliver advice from veterinarians, trainers and pet experts who are dedicated to giving you the most trusted, authoritative information available. Vetstreet.com’s goal is to help you help your pet live a long, happy and healthy life.

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Would feeling fantastic every day make a difference in your life?  

Healthy Highway is a Healthy Lifestyle Company offering Lifestyle Solutions for a Happy Healthy You!   We help people who are…

  • Wanting Work Life Balance.
  • Needing Stress Relief.
  • Concerned about their health and the environment.
  • Frustrated battling allergies to gluten, foods, dust, chemicals, pollen.
  • Overwhelmed with choosing the best products for their body, home, and office.
  • Unsatisfied with their relationships with the men and women in their life and are ready to transform them into satisfying, happy partnerships.
  • Standing at a Career Crossroad.
  • Preparing to start a family and want a healthy baby.
  • Seeking solutions for aging, more energy, and a good night’s sleep!

Are any of these an issue or problem for you?  Would it make sense for us to spend several minutes together to discuss your needs and how HealthyHighway can meet them? As a Healthy Lifestyle Coach with an emphasis on allergies and wellness, Leesa teaches her clients to make informed choices and enables them to make needed changes for a Happy Healthy Lifestyle. What you eat, what products you use ~ on your body and in your home and office, how you talk to yourself ~ it all matters!

Contact me today and Start today to live a healthier, happier life!  Don’t live in Atlanta?  Not a problem.  We do virtual coaching worldwide!

I look forward to helping YOU Live a Happy Healthy Life!  Remember, Excellent Health is found along your way, not just at your destination.

Live Well!

Leesa A. Wheeler

Leesa A. Wheeler

Healthy Lifestyle Coach, Artisan, Author of two books…
     Melodies from Within ~ Available Now! 

Member International Association for Health Coaches 

ring ~ 770-393-1284

write ~ info@healthyhighway.org

visit ~ www.healthyighway.org

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10 Things Your Pet Won’t Tell You

10 Things Your Pet Won’t Tell You

As a veterinarian, I’m more than aware of some of those communication gaps. It’s not as if I’m perfect in assessing my own pets’ thoughts and feelings (ain’t none of us perfect), but as someone who works on the front lines of animal health care, I can usually spot interpretation mismatches pretty quickly (in others, anyway).

 

What Pets Keep Mum About

With that prelude in mind, here’s my top 10 list of things your pet won’t tell you:

1. I hurt. Pain is probably the No. 1 thing your pet won’t communicate directly. Sure, she may limp, chew funny or shake her head, but whining, crying and carrying on (like we humans would) isn’t her MO. Slowing down, taking the stairs more tentatively, being reluctant to jump and struggling to rise are more than likely signs of true pain — not just “old age.”

2. Im scared. When pets get aggressive, owners often assume their pets are acting out because they’re being dominant, angry or just plain bratty. But the truth is often much simpler: They may be just plain scared. And fear must be dealt with differently — far more carefully — than other kinds of aggression. It calls for the assistance of a certified trainer or veterinary behaviorist.

3. Im pissed off. I know it’s a vulgar thing to say, but there you have it. Cats, especially, are prone to getting PO’ed when things don’t go their way. While there can certainly be an underlying medical condition behind litterbox avoidance, it can also be a sign of pent-up resentments in kitties, especially if they don’t agree with your choice of litter or have a bone to pick with the litterbox cleaning schedule.

4. I resent my housemate. Both dogs and cats can be jealous creatures. And cats are extraordinarily territorial by nature. But the signs that things are amiss between dogs and dogs or cats and cats can be incredibly subtle. So subtle that you’ll easily miss them — until it’s too late, of course, and altercations ensue. It’s another instance where a certified trainer or veterinary behaviorist might be in order.

5. I need to lose weight. If there’s one subject most owners tend to overlook, it’s obesity. In fact, most of my clients are shocked when I tell them their pets are easily 20 to 50 percent overweight.

Now, your pets may not want to eat less, but they certainly don’t want to feel the effects that excess poundage brings.

6. I need more exercise. This is a corollary to No. 5, but it deserves its own line item on this list. That’s because dogs and cats who get regular exercise are not only leaner, they also tend to be happier. Promoting exercise is a key goal of environmental enrichment, after all.

7. Im sick. As with pain, dogs and cats are masters of masquerade when it comes to illness. Cats are especially proficient at this kind of obfuscation. Indeed, unless you’re really, really careful about watching their every move (appetite and litterbox activities, especially), you might not catch a critical issue until it’s well under way.

8. I need to be socialized. It’s not just puppies; cats need to be socialized, too. In fact, poor socialization is the No. 1 reason pets become fearful. (Abuse is a far less common cause for fear aggression, but it’s one many pet owners mistakenly assume is to blame.)

Trouble is, the socialization window for pets is both early and brief. Ask a certified pet trainer or veterinary behaviorist how socialization is best accomplished.

9. I need a professional trainer. Training is not just for puppies! And training is not just for dogs who misbehave. Training is forever. Ideally through a certified trainer who can hook you up with Canine Good Citizen or therapy pet status and other niceties, including training for athletic endeavors, if your pet is so inclined. Not only is it intellectually stimulating, it’s also great for your relationship with your pet.

Now, training your cat? That’s a whole ‘nother story — but it’s possible.

10. I need pet insurance! Pet insurance is a must! Without pet insurance, you might not be able to do what’s best for your pets. Consider my recent bill at the board-certified veterinary dentist: Would you be able to pay $6,000 for two root canals? Most of you wouldn’t. Hate to say it, but some owners might leave their dogs in pain or simply extract teeth that have an important function (for $1,500-$2,000) if they couldn’t afford it. Sad, right?

But if pet health insurance will happily pay 90 percent of that bill, why not take out a policy?

OK, so that’s my list. Have any extra oft-misunderstood pet signals to share?

By Dr. Patty Khuly | vetstreet.com

Vetstreet is an animal healthcare company that celebrates the joy that animals bring to our lives while educating pet owners about the best ways to keep their pets healthy and happy. We deliver advice from veterinarians, trainers and pet experts who are dedicated to giving you the most trusted, authoritative information available. Vetstreet.com’s goal is to help you help your pet live a long, happy and healthy life.

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Would feeling fantastic every day make a difference in your life?  

Healthy Highway is a Healthy Lifestyle Company offering Lifestyle Solutions for a Happy Healthy You!   We help people who are…

  • Wanting Work Life Balance.
  • Needing Stress Relief.
  • Concerned about their health and the environment.
  • Frustrated battling allergies to gluten, foods, dust, chemicals, pollen.
  • Overwhelmed with choosing the best products for their body, home, and office.
  • Unsatisfied with their relationships with the men and women in their life and are ready to transform them into satisfying, happy partnerships.
  • Standing at a Career Crossroad.
  • Preparing to start a family and want a healthy baby.
  • Seeking solutions for aging, more energy, and a good night’s sleep!

Are any of these an issue or problem for you?  Would it make sense for us to spend several minutes together to discuss your needs and how HealthyHighway can meet them? As a Healthy Lifestyle Coach with an emphasis on allergies and wellness, Leesa teaches her clients to make informed choices and enables them to make needed changes for a Happy Healthy Lifestyle. What you eat, what products you use ~ on your body and in your home and office, how you talk to yourself ~ it all matters!

Contact me today and Start today to live a healthier, happier life!  Don’t live in Atlanta?  Not a problem.  We do virtual coaching worldwide!

I look forward to helping YOU Live a Happy Healthy Life!  Remember, Excellent Health is found along your way, not just at your destination.

Live Well!

Leesa A. Wheeler

Leesa A. Wheeler

Healthy Lifestyle Coach, Artisan, Author of two books…
     Melodies from Within ~ Available Now! 

Member International Association for Health Coaches 

ring ~ 770-393-1284

write ~ info@healthyhighway.org

visit ~ www.healthyighway.org

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5 Signs of a Responsible Dog Owner

5 Signs of a Responsible Dog Owner

1. You Give Them Space.

Some dogs are very comfortable around a multitude of dogs and activity, many aren’t and need extra space. Learn to read your dog’s stress signals and make sure you keep her in an environment that is safe, determined by her needs. If you are aware of signs of stress in crowds, then it’s better to leave her home than take her with you to your local wine and art fair this weekend. Some dog-friendly events aren’t always friendly for all dogs.

2. You Pay Attention To Their Sound Environment.

We brings dogs into our human world and we say “adjust.” Some do, many don’t. When dogs can’t orient the source of a sound to determine whether it is safe, they can easily go into sensory overload and develop anxiety behaviors along with health problems. Humans hear sounds between 20-20,000 Hz. Dogs hear at least twice as high, sometimes all the way up to 55,000 Hz. While I think it’s great that more events and public places are dog friendly, so often those environments are created for humans. A fundraising party for dogs and their people that benefits your local shelter, doesn’t benefit your dog when a loud band is playing. Please be careful of your dog’s sound environment.

3. You Treat Dogs Like Dogs, Not Little Humans.

As humans, we tend to anthropomorphize our pets. It’s only natural if we love them. But, when we start to understand life from their point of view, we realize that dogs rarely show affection the way humans do. Most don’t like being pat on the head, especially from a stranger, and most don’t naturally take to hugs.

4. You Prioritize Humane Training.

While it’s our responsibility to train our dogs, it’s also our responsibility to humanely train them with positive reinforcement. Humane training is not only the kind, loving way to train, but it’s scientifically proven and it works and helps to create an emotional bond between you and your dog that is priceless.

5. You Provide Opportunities for Stimulation.

We can read a book or study a subject online when we want to learn, grow, and educate ourselves. But, it’s our responsibility to keep our dog’s minds stimulated. Feed her out of food puzzles instead of a bowl, enjoy a canine sport together, and teach her new tricks that help her keep thinking and making decisions.

Delivering Calm, four paws at a time!

Receive a FREE DOWNLOAD from the Calm your Canine Companion music series when you sign up for the Through a Dog’s Ear newsletter and/or Lisa’s Blog. Simply click here, enter your email address and a link to the free download will be delivered to your inbox for you and your canine household to enjoy!

Leesa highly recommends all Lisa’s music!  Ava, Leesa’s creme chow chow, listens to them at home, while riding in the car, and at her vet office!   We shared several CD’s with our holistic vet so that all pets can enjoy the calming benefits!

By Lisa Spector

Lisa Spector is a concert pianist, Juilliard graduate, and canine music expert. She is co-founder of Through a Dog’s Ear, the first music clinically demonstrated to calm the canine nervous system. Their new high-tech pet gadget, iCalmDog, is the portable solution to canine anxiety. Lisa shares her home and her heart with her two “career change” Labrador Retrievers from Guide Dogs for the Blind, Sanchez and Gina. 

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Would feeling fantastic every day make a difference in your life?  

Healthy Highway is a Healthy Lifestyle Company offering Lifestyle Solutions for a Happy Healthy You!   We help people who are…

  • Wanting Work Life Balance.
  • Needing Stress Relief.
  • Concerned about their health and the environment.
  • Frustrated battling allergies to gluten, foods, dust, chemicals, pollen.
  • Overwhelmed with choosing the best products for their body, home, and office.
  • Unsatisfied with their relationships with the men and women in their life and are ready to transform them into satisfying, happy partnerships.
  • Standing at a Career Crossroad.
  • Preparing to start a family and want a healthy baby.
  • Seeking solutions for aging, more energy, and a good night’s sleep!

Are any of these an issue or problem for you?  Would it make sense for us to spend several minutes together to discuss your needs and how HealthyHighway can meet them? As a Healthy Lifestyle Coach with an emphasis on allergies and wellness, Leesa teaches her clients to make informed choices and enables them to make needed changes for a Happy Healthy Lifestyle. What you eat, what products you use ~ on your body and in your home and office, how you talk to yourself ~ it all matters!

Contact me today and Start today to live a healthier, happier life!  Don’t live in Atlanta?  Not a problem.  We do virtual coaching worldwide!

I look forward to helping YOU Live a Happy Healthy Life!  Remember, Excellent Health is found along your way, not just at your destination.

Live Well!

Leesa A. Wheeler

Leesa A. Wheeler

Healthy Lifestyle Coach, Artisan, Author of two books…
     Melodies from Within ~ Available Now! 

Member Inernational Association for Health Coaches 

ring ~ 770-393-1284

write ~ info@healthyhighway.org

visit ~ www.healthyighway.org

coach, consult, contact ~ www.healthyhighway.org/contact.html

(Don’t live in Atlanta?  Not a problem!  We do virtual coaching worldwide!)

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10 Easy Ways to Make Your Dog’s Life More Holistic

ava in yellow flowers

Meet Ava, Leesa’s creme Chow Chow!

 In honor of National Holistic Pet Day on August 30, here are a few ways that you can help your dog lead a more holistic — where your dog’s soul, body and mind are interconnected — life because a balanced dog is a happy one. (Obviously, before trying any of the tips below, always do your research and consult your trusted veterinarian.)

1. Provide frequent, clean water — Like us, dogs are mostly (roughly 70 percent) made up of water. On average, dogs need “8.5 to 17 ounces of water per 10 pounds (55 to 110 milliliters per kilogram) per day.” There could already be bacteria or other unwelcome things in your dog’s water bowl, so incorporating nice clean water is important. If you make it a point to drink filtered water, make sure the water you give your dogs is also nice and clean.

2. Feed them more raw foods — Dogs are also what they eat. They probably don’t want to eat “food” that’s constantly recalled and pulled from the shelves because other dogs are dying from it. A raw food diet — or even a more raw food diet — that you prepare at home is a sure way to help your dog get the nutrients that he needs. If you’re interested in this, look into what your dog needs for a full, healthy diet, and consult your veterinarian to make sure it’s the right choice for your dog’s health.

3. Practice the art of DogaDoga is yoga that you and your dog (or other pet) can do together. If yoga’s not your style, then good ol’-fashioned exercise will get the tail wagging.

4. Take a mindful walk — This also falls into the exercise category, but walks aren’t just about your dog. Your energy and presence matter, too. Be confident so that your dog wants to follow you; it’ll also help you avoid the less pleasant aspects of walking a dog, e.g. pulling you. The Natural Dog Blog recommends focusing and playing-training for you to truly walk with your dog in a mindful way.

5. Make your dog work — Dogs actually like to work. Give your dog some life purpose by giving her a job. Her breed and natural quirks will help you decide the job for her. A few common examples are making her carry a backpack with your personal items, fetching things for you because you’re too lazy, guarding the house or chasing the cat (just kidding!).

6. Go on a doggy date — Your dog should definitely not be anti-social. There’s nothing like a dog chilling with another dog. Even if you don’t have your own dog pack, training classes, dog parks and dog meet ups are easy ways meet new dogs. Dog socialization isn’t just about making your dog happy and entertaining the humans with their antics. Dog socialization will boost your pooch’s confidence and make them more reliable.

7. Stimulate their mind — Play is the no-brainer way to engage your dog’s mind. You can use it to simulate the thrill of the hunt or stick something tasty in a toy that makes your dog forage for food like his ancestors. You can also get your dog’s mind going by learning a new trick or giving him a new challenge.

A word of caution about dog toys: Part of human holistic living is avoiding toxins and chemicals that are not good for our bodies. Well, they aren’t good for our pets either, but many dog toys are full of them. The Bark notes how many dog toys imported from China are full of carcinogenic and poisonous heavy metals, e.g. cadmium, lead and chromium. Avoid dog toys that reek of chemicals, use bright colors or have fire retardants or stain guards. Never assume that a toy is safe just because it’s made in the United States, either.

8. Unwind with a dog massage — When the fun and excitement is over, it’s important for your dog to unwind. Like us, a good massage can help with that. Holistic Veterinary Healing lists the Tui Na massage as an effective technique to help your dog’s joints and muscles. The technique is used to prevent injury, restore joint and tissue function, improve their performance and endurance and prevent the loss of joint mobility. Another massage technique involves no physical contact. Reiki for dogs works to align all of their chakras from head to tail and remove their pent up negative energy.

Your Holistic Dog has more massage tutorials that will walk you through giving your dog the perfect massage.

9. Relax with some musical therapy — You can also let some music do the relaxing for you. A calming tune offers more benefits than pure relaxation. Pet MD explains that “music causes changes in brain activity, neurohumoral, cardiovascular and immune responses.” While there are many recordings to choose from, studies show that classical music is especially effective.

10. Find a holistic or alternative vet — If you’re loving the idea of holistic medicine for your pet, then there are vets with holistic and alternative trainings. The American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association helps you find an accredited vet where acupuncture, aromatherapy, herbal medicine, dog chakra clearing and homeopathy are the norm. You can also check out International Alliance for Animal Therapy and Healing and International Veterinary Acupuncture Society for more information.

Bonus Tip: Be balanced, be happy — I’m not sure if it’s because they study us every day or there’s some ethereal soul contract at play, but our dogs are truly our mirrors. If you strive to live your best and most holistic life, then you’ll give them permission to do the same. Now that’s a gift.

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5 Surprising Ways To Save Your Dog’s Hearing

5 Surprising Ways To Save Your Dog’s Hearing

May 31 is Save Your Hearing Day. Let’s also make it Save Your Dog’s Hearing Day. It’s extremely common for senior dogs to gradually lose their hearing, often until it’s completely diminished. However, there are many small changes we can make to our environment to help prevent their hearing loss.

Sounds are measured in decibels (dB), and each 10 dB increase represents a tenfold increase in sound energy. 90 dB is ten times noisier than 80 dB, 100 dB is ten times noisier than 90, and so on. Sound researcher Joshua Leeds, co-author of Through a Dog’s Ear, the first book to examine the powerful effect of the human soundscape on dogs, states, “Above 85 dB, you start playing with auditory fire. Inside the inner ear, irreparable cilia cell damage worsens with length of exposure and higher decibel levels. Your dog’s inner ear works in exactly the same way yours does and has an even wider range of frequency.”

Decibels of Common Household and Street Sounds

  • Whisper: 30
  • Normal conversation: 40
  • Dishwasher, microwave, furnace: 60
  • Blow dryer: 70
  • City traffic: 70
  • Garbage disposal, vacuum cleaner: 80

Danger Zone

  • Lawn mower: 90
  • Screaming child: 90
  • Power drill: 110
  • Ambulance: 130
  • Gunshot: 130
  • Fire engine siren: 140
  • Boom cars: 145

Steps You Can Take to Save Your Dog’s Hearing:

1. Take a sonic inventory.

Sound is like air. We rarely notice these two common elements unless the air suddenly becomes polluted or the sound becomes chaotic. The sonic inventory is one way of becoming aware of the noise in your pet’s environment.

2. Don’t expose them to loud bands or loud street fairs.

Humans hear sounds between 20-20,000 Hz. Dogs hear at least twice as high, sometimes all the way up to 55,000 Hz. While I think it’s great that more events and public places are dog friendly, so often those environments are created for humans. A fundraising party for dogs and their people that benefits your local shelter, doesn’t benefit your dog when a loud band is playing. Please be careful of your dog’s sound environment.

See also: What Do Dogs Hear?

3. Provide simple sounds at home that calm the canine nervous system.

Minimize intricate auditory information found in most music. The clinically tested music of Through a Dog’s Ear is intentionally selected, arranged and recorded to provide easeful auditory assimilation. Three primary processes are used to accomplish this effect:

  • Auditory Pattern Identification
  • Orchestral Density
  • Resonance & Entrainment

4. Be aware of your dog’s unresolved sensory input.

When it comes to sound, dogs don’t always understand cause and effect. You know when people are in your home yelling at the TV during a sports game that it’s all in good fun. But, it may not be much fun for your dog, who is still trying to orient whether all of those crazy sounds are safe. Put Fido in a back quiet room, listening to music especially designed for dogs. This can not only safeguard his hearing, but also his behavior.

5. Don’t play two sound sources simultaneously.

Remember that your dog’s hearing is so much finer than yours. One family member may be in the living room blasting the TV, while another is in the kitchen listening to the radio. Your dog is caught in the middle, absorbing both sounds and getting stressed. Try and only have one sound source at a time, playing at a gentle volume.

My senior dog, Sanchez, just turned 11 years old. I have been more cautious about his sound environment than any previous dog. I even play the grand piano with the lid down, as he loves to lay underneath it. I am happy to say that he has shown no signs of any hearing loss. Have your senior or other age dogs lost hearing? Have you learned how to help diminish that hearing loss? Thanks for sharing your experiences in a comment below.

Delivering Calm, Four Paws at a Time!

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By Lisa Spector

 

Lisa Spector is a concert pianist, Juilliard graduate, and canine music expert. She is co-founder of Through a Dog’s Ear, the first music clinically demonstrated to calm the canine nervous system. Their new high-tech pet gadget, iCalmDog, is the portable solution to canine anxiety. Lisa shares her home and her heart with her two “career change” Labrador Retrievers from Guide Dogs for the Blind, Sanchez and Gina. Follow Lisa’s blog here.

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What’s on your Pet’s Bucket List?

What’s On Your Pet’s Bucket List?

 

My Labrador, Sanchez, is 10 years old and I’m frequently reminded that he is in his  golden years and they won’t last forever. I am very aware that every day of life  for Sanchez is a gift, and little things remind me not to take it for granted.  Just as I have my own bucket list for myself, I started contemplating what would  be on his bucket list if her were to make his own. This is what I think he would  say:

  • A day of eating everything I want (preferably more than one day, but Lisa  would never allow it)
  • Take my time sniffing everything I desire during a long, leisurely walk
  • Hump a Golden Retriever (just can’t resist them)
  • A full day alone with Lisa when she’s not working (missing my days being an  only dog)
  • Daily morning naps under the piano while Lisa plays it
  • Work as a therapy dog (note to Lisa: You’ve been saying you’d get me  certified ever since I passed my Canine Good Citizen test earlier this  year.)

Even though Gina is only four year old, it’s never too soon to start a  bucket list. Here’s what I think hers would look like:

  • Hike Squaw Valley
  • Attend another agility camp
  • Swim in a river, lake, and the ocean all in the same day (hint: time to go  back to Florence, Oregon)
  • Sleep in Lisa’s bed with her
  • Earn an agility MACH title (This would make Lisa SO happy!)

What is on your pet’s bucket list? Thanks for sharing in  a comment below.

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(Leesa’s creme chow, Ava, received the entire CD set for Christmas 2012!  She enjoys them in the car and at home! On Ava’s bucket list would be a big back yard with a pool just for her! )

By Lisa Spector

Lisa Spector is a  concert pianist, Juilliard graduate, and canine music  expert. She is Co-founder of Through  a Dog’s Ear,    the first music clinically demonstrated to calm the  canine nervous system. Their new Canine  Noise Phobia series is  a breakthrough treatment and prevention program for  canine noise  sensitivities. Lisa shares her home and her heart with her two  “career  change” Labrador Retrievers from Guide Dogs for the Blind, Sanchez and   Gina. Follow Lisa’s  blog here.

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8 Ways You May be Making it Easy for Your Dog to be Stolen and 8 Ways to Keep Your Dog Safe!

8 Ways to Steal a Dog

 

 

For most people, the holidays are a time of peace and solace, but for Cory  and Sarah Malchow, the holidays became the start of a nightmare. While Sarah was  out walking her dog, she was attacked from behind, and her 4-month-old Pit Bull mix was stolen.

Reports indicate that one assailant grabbed Sarah from behind, held her in  the air, and threw her to the ground. Meantime, another assailant approached  from behind, unclipped the dog from his leash, and took off in a car.

According to Petfinder.com, as many as 2 million pets are stolen every  year. Sadly, only 10 percent are ever reunited with their pet parents. Stolen  dogs meet many ends. Some are sold to research labs, others are used by  unscrupulous breeders in puppy mills, while still others are forced into dog  fighting, among other very disturbing horrific purposes.

To catch a criminal, think like the criminal, right? To prevent a dog from  being stolen, think like the low life. Here are eight things dog thieves want  you to do — followed by ways you can prevent your dog from becoming a  statistic:

1. Leave your dog alone in a car

This is a favored method of pet thieves. Not only are dogs at risk of death  in the warmer months from being left alone in cars, but they also can freeze in  the winter time. I recall a local story about a gentleman who ran into a  shopping mall, leaving his two Samoyed dogs behind for a “short time.” He returned to find  the windows smashed and his dogs stolen. The bottom line: Don’t do it.

2. Tie your dog up outside, alone

A 7-year-old girl was out shopping with her mom for the Christmas holidays  recently and leashed her dog up outside the store. As the duo perused items, a  thief was caught on hidden surveillance unleashing Marley, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. The thief attempted to sell  Marley on the streets, where a teacher bought the dog because she felt something  was wrong. The dog was eventually reunited with his family, but this is rare.  Criminals are waiting for you to leave the leash behind, with the dog attached.  If you wouldn’t leave a baby alone outside, apply the same principle to your  pets. The bottom line: Don’t do it.

3. Cruise dog parks and dog-friendly beaches

Look around the next time you let your dog roam off leash to his heart’s  content. In my many years of covering dog travel, I have discovered that dogs  are stolen from dog-welcoming properties such as dog parks and beaches. Chatting  with friends while your eye roams away from your dog is exactly what criminals  want. The bottom line: Let your dog have fun, but know where he or she is at all  times.

4. Skip the microchip and ID tags

If your stolen, lost, or missing dog happens to luck out and end up at a  shelter, the chances of a reunion with you increase dramatically if that dog is  microchipped. Though collars can be taken off by thieves, identification tags  that remain intact, especially something like a PetHub tag using QR code, increase the chances of reunion.  If you move or change phone numbers, update the microchip contact info. The  bottom line: Keep identification current and get a microchip.

5. Leave dogs home alone without supervision

Please don’t jump on me for this one because I know a large majority of dog  moms and dads reading this work outside the home. A pet sitter, doggie daycare,  or a security system are all viable options to prevent pet theft. Thieves case  homes where pets are left alone, and sadly, homes are cased to wait for the  right moment that dogs are home alone. The bottom line: If you must leave your  dog alone for any significant period of time, ask a neighbor to watch your house  and return the favor with a neighborhood watch. I also never leave my dog alone  in a hotel room when I travel.

6. Let your dog live outside

This hotly contested topic went round and round when I wrote about not allowing a dog to live outside. Reason #864 to never let  a dog live outside as his or her primary “residence?” Theft. Recently a dog in  Cedar Falls, IA, was stolen from his heated dog kennel right near his owner’s  home. KWWL.com reports that thieves in this situation are leaving  notes for the owners letting them know the dog is “safe.” Bottom line: Never let  your dog outside without your watchful eye.

7. Don’t use locks, fences, or alarms

This is a thief’s best friend: The property that is poorly lit, without a  secure lock on a gate, and out of view of passersby. “It happened in broad  daylight” is something that has become all too common as it relates to pet  theft. Use an alarm or bell, and if possible, a security light, so you can hear  and see anyone who comes on your property. The bottom line: Good fences make  good neighbors. They also keep criminals away, and coupled with pet parent  supervision, they keep dogs safe and secure.

8. Be unaware

I tell my pet friends and contacts this all the time: Know your surroundings.  I remember watching an episode of Oprah years ago and learning about  the book, The Gift of Fear, by Gavin de Becker. Considered one of  the nation’s leading experts on violent behavior, de Becker shares how to spot  subtle signs of danger — before it’s too late. Do not walk late at night by  yourself, have a cell phone handy, and be aware of your surroundings. The bottom  line: Know before you go.

As of press time, the Malchows had their dog returned, but this case is very  unusual, and they are very fortunate.

Have you ever known someone who had their dog stolen? Got any tips to keep  dogs safe from danger? Let me know in the comments below, and let’s stay safe  out there.

By Carol Bryant, regular contributor to Dogster Magazine.

Photo: Dog  tied up on street by Shutterstock

9 Tips To Keep Your Pet Safe on July 4th

9 Tips To Keep Your Pet Safe on July 4th

As much as we all enjoy watching the “big lights go boom” in the sky  every Fourth of July, our pets aren’t always thrilled with independence day  activities.

Courtesy of our friends over at the ASPCA, here  are some great products and tips to keep your  pets calm and safe during  the Independence day activities and prevent them from  becoming one of  the thousands of missing “July 4th doggies” that are  traumatized every  year by fireworks and other scary noises (…like Uncle Frank  at the  Karaoke machine, etc.).

1. Never leave alcoholic drinks unattended where pets can  reach them. Alcoholic beverages have the potential to  poison pets. If ingested,  the animal could become very intoxicated and  weak, severely depressed or could  go into a coma. Death from respiratory  failure is also a possibility in severe  cases.

2. Do not apply any sunscreen or insect repellent product to your pet  that is not labeled specifically for use on animals.  Ingestion of  sunscreen products can result in drooling, vomiting,  diarrhea, excessive thirst  and lethargy. The misuse of insect repellent  that contains DEET can lead to  neurological problems.

3. Always keep matches and lighter fluid out of your pets’ reach. Certain types of matches contain chlorates, which could  potentially  damage blood cells and result in difficulty breathing—or even  kidney  disease in severe cases. Lighter fluid can be irritating to skin, and if  ingested can produce gastrointestinal irritation and central nervous  system  depression. If lighter fluid is inhaled, aspiration pneumonia and  breathing  problems could develop.

4. Keep your pets on their normal diet.  Any change, even  for one meal, can give your pets severe indigestion  and diarrhea. This is  particularly true for older animals who have more  delicate digestive systems  and nutritional requirements. And keep in  mind that foods such as onions,  chocolate, coffee, avocado, grapes &  raisins, salt and yeast dough can all  be potentially toxic to companion  animals.

5. Do not put glow jewelry on your pets, or allow them to play with it. While the luminescent substance contained in these products is not highly toxic, excessive drooling and gastrointestinal irritation could still result from ingestions, and intestinal blockage could occur from swallowing large pieces of the plastic containers.

6. Keep citronella candles, insect coils and oil products out of reach. Ingestions can produce stomach irritation and possibly even central nervous system depression. If inhaled, the oils could cause aspiration pneumonia in pets.

7. Never use fireworks around pets! While exposure to lit fireworks can potentially result in severe burns and/or trauma to the face and paws of curious pets, even unused fireworks can pose a danger. Many types contain potentially toxic substances, including potassium nitrate, arsenic and other heavy metals.

8. Loud, crowded fireworks displays are no fun for pets, so please resist the urge to take them to Independence Day festivities. Instead, keep your little guys safe from the noise in a quiet, sheltered and escape-proof area at home.

9. Keep ‘em Calm: Consider calming your pet with a homeopathic calming remedy, available over the counter at most natural pet stores or the new Thundershirt, which features a gentle, constant pressure that has a dramatic calming effect for most dogs if they are anxious, fearful or over-excited. If your pet has severe anxiety with loud noises, you might consider consulting with your veterinarian for other options.

Please pass these tips on to any new pet parents you might know, to make sure they understand how to best prepare their pup or kitten for the holiday weekend and feel free to leave a comment with other tips you have found helpful. Happy Fourth!

 By Janet McCulley, Animal Planet

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