Winter weather pet prep!

Your pets need some extra-special attention to ensure they are comfortable and safe throughout the harsh winter ahead! Check out our quick-and-dirty winter weather pet preparation tips below!

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Give thanks for (and to!) your pet with our top 3 Thanksgiving treats!

This Thanksgiving, as you gather round the table with loved ones, friends, and family, we know you won’t forget to give thanks for your furry family members! After all, who loves you unconditionally, doesn’t ever talk back, is always happy to see you, and can be counted on to cheer you up no matter how dark your mood? Even though your perfect Thanksgiving may consist of gorging yourself to the gills before collapsing in front of the TV, don’t make the mistake of indulging your dog or cat in the same way. Remember, your pet might know something special is going on, with the increase in company and holiday hubbub in your house, but he doesn’t need excess food, especially not the rich holiday treats or sweets that are toxic to his sensitive stomach, irrespective of season. However, there are some great pet-safe Thanksgiving treats that are guaranteed to make your furry family member feel extra-thankful for such a loving pet parent. Here are our three favorites (with corresponding DON’Ts)!

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Can you Speak "Dog?" – The meaning of barks

If you are one of the fortunate humans that share our life with a dog (or a few), you would probably say you know just what your dog wants, needs, or is thinking, by what he “says;” that is, the tone, pitch, volume, and emotional valence of his bark. A recent documentary on the PBS program Nova explored the unique bond between humans and dogs and detailed the research that is proving what dog lovers have suspected all along: Dogs have an uncanny ability to read and respond to human emotions. They are smarter than we ever imagined.

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Six Steps to Prep a "Pet Emergency" Kit Today, for Peace of Mind Tomorrow!

We’ve all heard the sad stories of pets left behind in the wake of natural disasters, and the thought of being separated from our pets strikes fear into the heart of any loving pet parent. Emergencies come in many forms, and they may require anything from a brief absence from your home to a longer term absence or even permanent evacuation. The likelihood that you and your animals will survive an emergency such as a fire, earthquake, flood, tornado, or terrorist attack depends largely on the emergency planning you do today. The best thing you can do for yourself and your pets in the unlikely event of an emergency is to be prepared, so if and when that time ever comes, you don’t have to think, you can simply act on the plans you prepared long beforehand. We include six easy steps to follow today, so that if and when an emergency ever happens, you (and your pets) will be prepared!

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Tips On The First Few Days with Your New Dog (In Honor of Adopt-A-Shelter-Pet Month)

Because October is “Adopt-a-Shelter-Pet” month, we thought we’d share some tips on making the first few days and weeks after you bring your new dog or puppy home smooth for everyone. The first few days in your home are vital to your new pet’s adjustment. Your new dog will be confused about where he is, who you are, who the other pets are around him, and what to expect from the whole situation. First impressions are lasting ones, even for young puppies, and habits start to develop from day one. Because it is much harder to break a bad habit than to teach a good habit, try to instill good manners and habits from the first day your new puppy or dog comes home.

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How often should I bathe my dog?

how often you bathe your dog depends on so many individual factors such as what breed of dog you have, any specific skin sensitivities and allergies, coat type, your lifestyle and the climate you live in (humid, hot, dry, windy and cold), what season it is, your dog’s activity level (which may variable based on many of these previous attributes), and of course, the kind of shampoo you use!

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Advice on Flying the Pet-Friendly Skies

Two million animals travel on airplanes each year in the US, but a bit of forethought and prior planning goes a long way to ensure the trip is smooth sailing and not a horror story in the making. To make sure your airline trip with your pet(s) is hassle-free, and most importantly, safe for all of you, follow the advice below, and your air travel will hopefully be free of turbulence (though we make no guarantees about the air-related kind).

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Our latest contest winner inspires with pet fostering and therapy dog training

Recently we at earthbath sponsored a fun contest on our Facebook page, where we asked our fans to submit pictures of their animal “kids” during or post-earthbath for a chance to win our “Spring Cleaning Pics for Products” contest, worth $100. We interviewed the owner of GusGus, the photogenic puppy of the winning entry, about her generous and inspiring work with fostering animals and training GusGus to become a therapy dog, and got very inspired to become a foster family too! Read on… maybe you will too!

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Keeping Your Water-Loving Dog Smelling Fresh as a Daisy: How to Bathe Your Dog

If you’re looking forward to spending the summer at a lake or at the beach, your four-legged companion will undoubtedly join you happily. Most dogs love to swim, though others have no interest in messing up their fur with a jump in the lake! There are a few breeds that are known for being expert swimmers, and actually, need regular exercise in the water to keep them happy and well behaved. Though these dogs may relish any opportunity to jump in any body of water, you may not feel the same way (particularly about the after-effects!). Read on for some tips on the best ways to care for and groom your water-loving dogs, as well as a few interesting facts on some of the more popular breeds!

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