Dog Emergency Kit Essentials

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May 26, 2020
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Now more than ever, it’s necessary to be prepared and equipped for emergencies. Especially for us dog parents, since our dogs totally rely on us for their care and safety.

Because as we know, emergencies and accidents are naturally, unplanned events. Therefore the best way to prepare for these unforeseeable circumstances is to have a plan in place.  This way, you can be well prepared and even treat a minor cut, or stabilize a major injury until you can get your dog to your vet. 

Also, what if you’re a single dog parent and something were to happen to you? You’ll need to prepare someone else with adequate instructions and supplies until you’re fully recovered and able to resume caring for your dog.

Therefore, in this post, we’ll cover the essential components of a dog emergency kit. We’ll also offer guidance on how to put an emergency plan in place for your dog and where you can go to learn basic pet first aid. Ultimately, positioning yourself to provide your dog with the best care possible.

Incredible Health Benefits of Having a Dog

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May 15, 2020
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Did you know that pet parents fare much better when it comes to health in comparison to non-pet parents? Well, according to research and scientific studies, there are several health benefits of having a dog.  And spoiler alert, these benefits aren’t just limited to dog parents being more physically active.

Nevertheless, there are some significant health differences between the two groups. As you read, hopefully it will shed some light on this phenomenon for our non-dog parents, who may not understand why so many people choose to share their lives with dogs. Especially in the U.S., where approximately 75.8 million Americans have a pet dog, and consider them to be members of their families.

And for you existing dog parents, you’ll gain valuable insight into just how much your beloved dog is helping to improve your health, ultimately causing you to cherish them even more.

So continue reading as we discuss some incredible health benefits of having a dog.

Advantageous Benefits of Fish Oil For Dogs

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May 6, 2020
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With so many supplements on the market today for humans and our furry companions, you may be wondering, is fish oil for dogs necessary or not?

Personally, I’m not a major advocate of adding a variety of supplements to my dog’s diet. Because here at the Dog Care Guide, we stress the importance of providing your dog with optimal nutrition through their diet. And there is very little need to supplement an already optimally balanced diet. 

However, some dogs may require dietary supplementation due to health issues. And in general, there are some essential vitamins and nutrients that cannot be synthesized by your dog’s body. They can only be obtained through their diet. And there are vital components of fish oil that fall into this category. 

So read on as we discuss what’s the most advantageous benefit of providing your dog with fish oil, what to look for when purchasing a fish oil supplement, safety precautions to consider, and how to determine the appropriate dosage for your dog.

7 Sure-Fire Tips to Prevent Coronavirus Cabin Fever

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Mar 29, 2020

COVID-19 and its disastrous effects have taken the world by storm. And while we have to keep our dogs safe during this time, I wanted to focus this post primarily on my dog parents.  I thought it was necessary to shift focus today due to the gravity of the situation, particularly since we’ve all been mandated to self-isolate and quarantine ourselves, which can result in another devasting blow- coronavirus cabin fever.  

While some of you are welcoming a much-needed break from the office or the daily hustle and bustle of your life, living in isolation is no paradise. 

Cabin fever and its insidious effects are real and are sure to creep in if you’re not careful. Too much isolation can lead to restlessness, irritability, or anxiety, and depression in more severe cases. 

Because just like our dogs, we humans are social animals. Even a hermit still requires some sort of social connection because we simply are not designed to live life in complete solitude.

So keep reading as I share some tips to help you, members of my human pack, stay mentally and physically healthy during this challenging time.

14 Dog Friendly Activities To Do With Your Dog

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Mar 9, 2020
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One of the things that I admire about one of my favorite clients is that they’re fun parents. In addition to having fur babies, they also have three small children. And they are fantastic at creating fun experiences for them.  

They’re always on the floor or running around their home, playing some sort of fun or imaginary game with their kids. And I think that’s really cool.

Because when you’re having the time of your life with your favorite people, nothing else compares. Their kids will have fun and joyful memories of their parents that will carry them for many years to come.

And the same rings true if you’re a dog parent. 

When you share fun-filled dog friendly activities with your dog, you create lasting memories that they will never forget.  These experiences will also bring joy and happiness to you as well, forging an unbreakable bond with your dog.

Make a dog happy, you have a friend for life. And dogs have such little time with us, so why not give them the time of their lives whenever possible.

Even if your dog is currently a couch potato, I will encourage you to try some of these fun dog friendly activities that follow. You’d be amazed at how by just mixing things up, you can awaken your dog’s inner spark.  

It’s all about engaging your dog to see what makes them tick. 

And in general, trying some of the tips that follow will help you to see how fun and easy life with a dog can be. So let’s get started!

How Much Exercise Does A Dog Need Everyday?

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Feb 21, 2020
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If you landed on this page, you probably fit into one of three categories. You’re a new dog parent and are confused about how much exercise your dog needs every day. Or, you’re here to compare notes and see if you’re on the right track. Finally, the last group is fully aware that you’re not giving your dog enough exercise. You’re at your wit’s end, especially after finding a pair of your favorite shoes left chewed up in the corner of a room.

Fortunately for you, I have something of value to offer everyone.

There is no cut and dry answer to this question. But the bright side is that it’s not that complicated either. Here at The Dog Care Guide, we want to offer you sustainable tips for providing care for your beloved pups. 

So even if you are the dog parent of a high energy working dog, don’t worry, I won’t suggest that you run five miles a day to meet your dog’s exercise needs.

Because that’s not sustainable unless you’re an athlete, and it’s apart of your daily routine. And running long distances may not be healthy for your dog. Also some dogs have boundless energy so they often require more than just physical exercise

So skip the exercise calculator and breed exercise charts. A computer can’t determine how much exercise your dog needs. But you and your vet can.  

So continue reading as we explore how you can determine how much exercise your dog needs and a simple way to implement a workout into your dog’s daily routine.