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About the D-word… Diarrhea!

“Why does my dog have diarrhea?” This is a question we are frequently asked. If your dog has diarrhea, don’t panic! There are many reasons why dogs may experience loose stool: Stress Antibiotics Over-heating Too much play Chemical flea & tick preventions Transitioning too quickly to a new food Bacterial or viral infections Unless there is an underlying health issue, you can typically clear up diarrhea naturally. Avoid antibiotics (unless medically necessary) because they only…

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Freshen Doggy Breath Naturally!

Is your dog ready for Valentine’s Day kisses? If not, we’ve got you covered! Here are some of our best tips for freshening bad dog breath: Feed fat-free plain yogurt to your dog. The probiotic cultures help break down hydrogen sulfide, which is the cause of bad breath. Add a pinch of parsley or mint to your dog’s food. You can also blend these herbs with water and pour the juice over their food. We…

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4 New Year’s Resolutions For Your Furry Friend!

As one year ends and another begins, it’s a great time to reflect on our current habits and set goals for the upcoming year. As we set resolutions for ourselves, it is important to think about our furry friends! Here are 4 of our favorite New Year’s Resolution ideas for you and your pup: Daily Walks: Walks are a great way for you and your furry friend to get in some exercise. Plus, exercising is always…

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Give Thanks With Your Four-Legged Friend

Thanksgiving is almost here! Show your four-legged pal how grateful you are by sharing your Thanksgiving meal with them. While your pet would probably love a seat at the dinner table, a traditional Thanksgiving meal isn’t suitable for our furry friends. Instead, try making separate portions for your dog or cat that are free from salt, seasonings, oils, and butter. Healthy Thanksgiving Dinner Ideas For Your Pet: Cooked turkey meat (plain) Steamed veggies: Carrots Broccoli…

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November: Diabetes Awareness Month

Just like in humans, our four-legged family members can be affected by diabetes. Did you know that 1 in 100 dogs and 1 in 50 cats are affected by diabetes? Many different factors can cause the onset of diabetes in pets: Breed or genetics Obesity Diet Autoimmunity Pancreatitis Inflammation Toxins Vaccinations Through a proper diet, the management of diabetes and the prevention of obesity is possible. Complex carbs are chains of simple sugars which, after digestion,…

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Prepare Your Pup for HOWLoween

Halloween night is right around the corner and we know what that means— costumes, candy, and trick-or-treaters! Although Halloween is fun for us humans, it’s not always enjoyable for our furry friends. Many dogs are confused, anxious, or scared of what they see on All Hallows’ Eve. The first step to help keep your dog comfortable on Halloween is to keep them in a safe space— away from windows and the front door, in a…

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Food For Thought: The Importance of Omega 3s & Brain Health

We’ve all heard of the amazing health benefits of Omega 3s for dogs and cats: Lustrous coat Skin integrity Allergy relief Immune boost Heart support But did you know that Omega 3s also support brain health? Specifically, DHA & EPA are among the few dietary nutrients actually found in the brain because the lipid-packed brain uses these fatty acids as building blocks. Researchers are also exploring DHA & EPA’s ability to decelerate brain aging &…

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The Mighty Power of Mushrooms

It’s National Mushroom Month! Did you know that mushrooms possess numerous health benefits for your pup? Functional mushrooms have been reported to have the following health benefits: Immune system support Helps maintain a normal inflammatory response Antioxidant protection Supports liver and kidney function Helps support blood sugar and blood pressure within normal ranges Seasonal allergy relief But before you go feeding your pup all sorts of mushrooms, it’s important to note that not all mushrooms…

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Hurricane Preparedness for Pet Owners

With hurricane season upon us, we all know the importance of having an emergency plan. But do you have a plan in place for your pet? Here are our tips for making a plan and preparing your pet’s go-bag. Make a Plan: Find pet-friendly housing on your evacuation route (hotels, friends, family, or boarding facilities) If you stay, ensure pets are indoors & unable to escape. Identify local pet-friendly emergency shelters. Do not leave your…

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Beat the Heat

It’s heating up outside here in Eastern NC! As summer approaches, it’s important to remember just how much the heat can affect your dog. These are some of our best tips to help keep your pup cool this summer: Always walk early in the morning or later in the evening when the temperature is cooler & avoid overexertion on hot, humid days. Never ever leave your dog in a hot car. Temperatures can rise to…

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