Winter Paw Care: How To Protect Your Dog's Feet

Dog Paws Winter Care

Results from a recently released study conducted by Japanese scientists at Tokyo’s Yamazaki Gakuen University suggest that dogs have special blood vessels in their feet that actually help protect them from the effects of snow and ice. Even though systems like this are seen in other animals, including penguins and foxes, many earthbath fans vehemently disagree with the thought that all dogs are cold-weather proof, and we too, have seen many dogs unhappily affected by the cold. Which brings us to our main point: take care of those little puppy paws in the winter months! We’ve got some easy tips for you to ensure that everyone is comfortable, even when the snow is blowing and the wind chill is dropping.

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The importance of winter grooming: follow our four tips!

a happy winter dog is a healthy groomed winter dog

There’s a common misconception that dogs don’t need to be groomed, or only groomed minimally, over the winter months. The (erroneous) belief is that a dog’s winter coat comes in and should be allowed to grow long to protect and warm the dog. In addition, because dogs, like humans, often follow a more sedentary and inside routine in the winter, many people feel that their dogs aren’t getting dirty enough to warrant bathing. But this is simply not true. In fact, in many ways, grooming over the winter months becomes even more important to the health of your dog than at any other time of the year. Long, wet, matted hair easily makes a cold, wet, and infection-susceptible dog. Simply follow these four grooming rituals through the winter to combat these winter pitfalls, and ensure that your dog stays comfortable, dry, and healthy!

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Gift ideas for a pampered pet this holiday season

dog gets christmas gift

As Andy Rooney famously said, “There’s no doubt about it. Dogs are nicer than people.” This means that the dogs (and cats) in your life should have a place firmly on Santa’s “nice” list. And what does this mean for you, dear pet parent? Well, it means this is the time of year for showing your pets your love and gratitude for their unconditional companionship and love. If you’re considering shopping for your pets this holiday season, then you’d be in the more than 80% of pet owners who are planning to buy their pets a little something special this holiday season.

You might be thinking along the lines of a new toy, a yummy chewie, or special holiday-themed pet sweater but if you’re the type to really go over the top with spoiling your pets this holiday season, we’ve pulled together this selection of the most stylish, beautiful, and, frankly, outrageous we’ve seen (among some feasible and fun items too):

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Tips on keeping pets safe during the holidays

dangers to pets over the holidays

With the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it’s easy to overlook your pets and how they might react to all of the new holiday decorations, food, and foliage. When it comes to the increased activity and tantalizing new decorations around the house, think like your pet. Some pets are unfazed by anything, or act about as curious as a bored teenager. If your pet is one of these, you probably don’t have much to worry about. On the other hand, if you’ve got a playful puppy or curious dog, or, let’s face it, any kind of a cat (they earned the name “curious cat” for a reason), read on. From overly-curious cats to rambunctious dogs, consider these five tips to keep your furry kids out of trouble during the holidays.

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Four reasons why puppies make bad presents

puppies make bad presents

Considering a warm bundle of joy waiting under the tree this Christmas? Reconsider, fast. When envisioning winter puppies, we all think of adorable scenes including puppies entranced by the sight of snow, frolicking in powder and chasing snowflakes, but the reality is more like struggling into the winter coat and boots yet another time, trudging outside, and huddling against the driving wind and sleet while waiting for your little bundle of joy to do her business.

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Follow our guide to keep your pets safe and warm this winter!

Winter Pet Preparation Tips

Old Man Winter is knocking on the door, or in some parts of the country, blowing it down!, and that means taking extra precautions to keep you and your family safe, dry, and warm – inside and out, driving and at home. Along with weather-proofing your pipes, cleaning your gutters, and firing up your home fires, your pets also need some extra-special attention to ensure they are comfortable and safe throughout the harsh winter ahead. To be sure that your pets will ride out the winter warmly and safely, follow the winter weather pet prep tips we’ve compiled below!

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Don't let Halloween be a SCARY time for pets!

Halloween dog costume

Halloween is full of frightful sugar-induced fun for kids and adults alike, but when it comes to pets, the same treats that we enjoy can cause severe illness, or worse. If you have kids, make sure that they understand that their candy is NOT to be shared with the family dog(s)! (It’s just more for them anyway). Stress the importance of keeping their Halloween haul safe, and in a high place or closed cupboard that nosy wet noses can’t sniff out. Dogs may love chocolate as much as we do, but they don’t know how bad it is for them: if they make off with too many treats, the effects can be downright lethal.For more tips on how to avoid the biggest health hazards to pets at Halloween, read on…

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5 Eco-Friendly Ways to "Green" Up Your Pets

green and eco-friendly pets

For a while now, “green” has been the new “black” for style and environmentally-conscious people. If you want to ensure that your pets are living an environmentally-friendly life, (we’re all responsible, earth-loving pet parents, right?), here are five easy ways to ensure your dogs are leaving a minimal carbon paw-print (plus one can’t-miss tip for the cats)!

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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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