Why is my dog itching? — Identifying and Preventing Pet Allergies

Your dog is scratching constantly, rolling around in the dirt more than usual, licking its paws, and/or sitting abruptly and turning to bite itself. It’s clear he’s uncomfortable and itchy, but why? It’s probably dog allergies. But is it due to pollen, food, dust mites … or your other pets? There are nearly endless possibilities. We help you narrow it down to the likeliest ones. Once you know what’s causing your dog to itch, you can take action to provide your dog with some much-needed relief. Also: have you noticed an increase in allergies this summer? How do you deal with them? Share your tips with us! If you leave a comment below and post it to Facebook, you may receive a little earthbath surprise from us!

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Preventing Doggy Swimmer's Ear!

Summertime brings with it longer days, sun-drenched vacations, and necessary escapes to the nearest body of water to cool down. For dogs who like to hit the lake, beach, or pool with you, this increased time in the water also increases the risk of painful ear infections. When water enters the ear canal, the perfect environment – dark and wet – is created for bacterial and yeast to grow in. Read on for more tips on preventing ear infections in your summertime swimmers!

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Pet Travel Essentials

If you’re going to be road-tripping (or even heading out for a fun day in the sun) with your pet this summer, don’t forget your dog-specific travel supplies! We’ve compiled a list of the 8 most important items to ensure you both make the most of your day(s) off without any hassles or health trip-ups!

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Pet Tips for the Fourth of July

The Fourth of July is one of the most dreaded holidays, striking fear and terror into little hearts everywhere… and sometimes sending the bravest of them all scurrying to hide under the bed or into a closet. We are, of course, talking about how this holiday affects your pets. Though you (and especially your kids) love the festivity of fireworks, their deafening noises can scare the daylights out of your dog or cat. Check out our list of safety tips, so that you and your pets can enjoy a happy and safe Fourth of July!

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Top six (preventable!) pet health problems

The importance of this is confirmed in the 2011 “State of Pet Health” Report, a 40 page comprehensive summary of research conducted by Banfield Pet Hospital, a nationwide network of veterinary hospitals. Compiled from medical data from more than 2.1 million dogs and 450,000 cats, the report lists the most common diagnoses in dogs and cats, and details six specific and preventable health conditions that are increasingly affecting our pets:

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Shiny coats = happy, healthy dogs

Hair matters. Remember that old shampoo commercial: “Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful?” as the model swung her luscious, full, shiny mane of hair in slow motion towards the camera? Even as styles and even ideal weights and body sizes have varied throughout cultures and different eras, shiny, full, bouncy hair has always been desirable, and a sign of youth, health, and attractiveness. The dog with a pretty, shiny coat and the sparkly eyes will always be adopted first, over the dog with a scruffy, patchy coat with bald spots and dull eyes.
…Oh, did you think I was talking about women?

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Four legs to fitness!

Got a dog? If you’re reading this, the answer is probably yes, or else it’s “I’m planning on getting one soon.” Great! Grab the leash and get ready to hit the trail, sidewalks, or parks for a path to fitness! What better weekend to start a new fitness routine than Memorial Day weekend? Results of a recent study revealed that people who have dogs and regularly walk them are 34% more likely than those that don’t have dogs to meet government-mandated physical-activity guidelines, which equates to 30 minutes of “moderate” exercise each day, at least 5 days a week.

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What makes a quality dog shampoo?

Over the years, we’ve gotten a lot of questions about what exactly makes earthbath a high-quality shampoo and what differentiates earthbath from the other brands on the market. When we started, we were asking these questions too, because we wanted to ensure we created the best product possible. A high-quality pet shampoo and conditioner must always have a few vitally important components. Read on to find out the four key things to look for in a top-quality pet shampoo.

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How to prevent dog bites! (in honor of Dog Bite Prevention Week)

In honor of National Dog Bite Prevention Week 2011, (May 15 to 21), we thought we’d dedicate some time to dog bite awareness and highlight the top signs that a dog is feeling anxious and uncomfortable, and the best ways to help ensure your dog won’t ever bite. Do not assume that the dog will not bite because he hasn’t yet… As dogs get older they can become less tolerant. Read on for tips on how to recognize signs of anxiety in a dog, the top 4 things to teach kids about interacting with dogs (they are most at risk for bites), and top training tips to ensure your dog won’t bite!

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Keep yourself – and your pet – sharp & fit with a daily walk!

[walkme] The benefit to our bodies from physical exercise is a fact we are all aware of, yet most of us still choose to relax on the couch than to get out for a run. Yet, regular moderate exercise has been found to be healthy not just for our hearts, but also for our heads. And the same goes for our dogs. For those of us that share our lives with one or more dogs, and walk them daily, chances are we are doing wonders for our brains, and our canine friends’ brains, without thinking too much about it.

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A DIY How-To Guide on Doggy Bathtime

A dog groomer may just be your (and your clean bathroom’s) best friend, but if you’re more inclined to suds-up yourself, either to save money, to bond with your dog, or because entrusting your furbaby to a stranger simply seems to be more stress than you (or he) can bear, we’ll walk you through the steps guaranteed to ensure the experience is as painless (and maybe even fun!) as possible!

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Shedding Woes, Part 2: Tips on Managing Blowing Coats

Last week we explained the finer points of shedding, and more specifically, the huge annual or bi-annual event termed “blowing coat” experienced by double-coated dog breeds. Whether or not you have a dog that blows out his undercoat this spring, if you have a dog, you have dog hair issues. So, to make your life a little less hairy, the following tips will help you keep the flying fur under control. Brush, Wash, Brush, Repeat.

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