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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Downward Dog with a "Dogi" of Yoga!

Yoga WITH YOUR DOG? I needed to do some research on this new form of yoga, called [natch] “doga” before going any further. I immediately called Anne Appleby, Yoga Teacher and Founder of YogaForce (and of course, friend of earthbath), who also happens to be a Doga pioneer, for more information.

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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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Shedding woes, part 1: What does "blowing coat" mean?

In this two-part series over the next two weeks, we describe the seasonal insanity that is “blowing coat” and then, detail the best way to manage this massive shedding! Some dog owners may never come across this dreaded two-word phrase (Looking at you, you single-coated breed owners, you!), but those of us who have the […]

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Grooming Puppies and earthbath Wipes

As a new puppy (actually, puppies) owner (yes, those are my lil’ furbabies), the following items are indispensable to me: 1) Tons of tiny training treats in a variety of flavors and textures (puppies want to learn, are food-motivated, and get bored easily) 2) lots and lots of old rags and towels 3) white vinegar […]

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What are "hot spots" and what are the best ways to treat them?

“Hot Spots,” also known as moist eczema, is often associated with dampness of the undercoat in heavy-coated breeds, as well as general inflamed skin irritations caused by a myriad of things. If your dog has hot-spot trouble, or general itchy, sensitive or irritated skin, try using our natural Tea Tree Oil and Aloe Shampoo and Spritz. Our Tea Tree Oil spritz is the simple solution: it’s blended with soothing melaleuca oil, nature’s finest hot spot ointment. Tea Tree Oil has long been recognized as an effective and beneficial antibacterial and soothing agent for all skin irritations, ranging from acne to insect bites (if you don’t believe us, try it yourself the next time you have a minor breakout or are a meal for mosquitoes yourself!). In addition, Aloe Vera is widely known as one of nature’s finest soothing emollients. The combination of Tea Tree Oil and Aloe Vera soothe and relieve hot spots and itchy, dried or chafed skin caused by flea bites, dandruff or other dermatitis.

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To protect your health, avoid these four ingredients in your cosmetics!

As a company that is passionate about making safe, natural products for you, your pets, and the environment, we thought we’d share some information on the “Campaign for Safe Cosmetics” – a great effort launched in 2004 to secure regulatory and legislative reforms to eliminate dangerous chemicals from cosmetics and personal care products. We tend to forget about what we put ON our bodies as much as we obsess about what we put IN them. But in the same way that our bodies absorb and process nutrients ingested internally, our skin cells are also a conduit to (and from) our internal organs. Here are four key (and sometimes sneaky) ingredients lurking in your bath and beauty products which you would do well to keep an eye out for, and avoid.

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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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Safety Tips for the Dog Days of Summer

Summer is the season most of us look forward to for outdoor activities, but dogs don’t do as well in hot weather as people do. Sometimes it’s kinder to your dog, not to mention safer, to keep your dog at home (and even at home, there are summer safety tips to keep in mind)! But whatever you do and wherever you go, we’ve compiled the best tips to keep your dogs safe and happy this summer!

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Natural, safe remedies for flea prevention and control

With the onset of warmer temperatures and the accompanying outdoor pleasures, also comes the aggravation of flea and tick season. We recently asked our fans to share their favorite natural flea remedies with us on our Facebook page and as a result, we received so many great home remedies that we thought: let’s research them a bit more and share them in a blog post! It’s great to know that there are many safe and effective natural options that will help prevent a flea infestation as well as rid your home of the unwelcome pests if they have already made themselves at home.

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