Tuesday, November 26, 2013

How to Help Your Arthritic Dog

Here are a few simple things you can do at home to help your arthritic dog:

  • Invest in an orthopedic bed that your dog can easily get in and out of. This type of bed with help cushion painful joints.
  • Keep your dog in shape. Added weight will only add more pressure to the joints.
  • Trim your dog's nails to keep him walking comfortably.
  • Give your dog a nightly massage to ease his pain and stiffness.
  • If your dog has trouble going up stairs, provide a ramp for him.
  • Use pet steps to help him up on furniture or in the car.
  • Ask your vet for exercises you can do with your dog to build strong muscles.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

A Thanksgiving Meal Fit For Your Dog

As you prepare for Thanksgiving next week, make room for one more at the table.....your dog! After all, your dog is family too.

If you decide to let your dog feast with you next Thursday, decide if you will make him a special meal of his own or share your meal with him. You want to make him something out of the ordinary just as your meal will be that day. If you choose to share your meal, turkey can be given to your dog in small quantities and make sure there are no bones. Limit your use of salt and butter when making mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes and veggies. All good for your furry friend, but again in small amounts.

After you have finished eating, take your dog for a walk. Odds are you both ate a little heavier than usual and a walk will help with digestion. It is also a good time to give your dog a break from your family members and/or small children. You may need a breather from your family and what better way to get out of the house on Thanksgiving Day?

Just remember: Stuff the Turkey....NOT THE DOG!

Here is a link of the Top 10 Thanksgiving Foods that your dog should not eat.


Sunday, November 3, 2013

Cool Christmas Toys for your Dog

LiveLoveAndBark.com loves the soft fleece toys that we carry. Check out our special Christmas edition. 
Santa Dog Toy

Our toys are tuff, durable, soft and easy for a dog to carry around. You will love the way this toy flies across a room or in the air when playing fetch outside. Dogs can even take this toy to the beach or in the pool because it floats. 

Elf Dog ToyWhy LiveLoveAndBark loves these Christmas Dog Toys:

  • It's light weight, interactive and is washable.
  • Great for indoor play or outdoor play.
  • It's cute, soft, and it floats.
    Reindeer Dog Toy
  • The squeakers are encased in pouches and sewn onto the toy for safety.

Your Dog and Winter Weather

It is starting to get colder and colder and the winter weather will be here before we know it. Here are a few tips to keep your dog safe this winter.

  •  Antifreeze is very dangerous to all pets. It tastes sweet to them, but is very poisonous if consumed. Store your antifreeze in a place where your pet will not get into it.
  • If your dog has a water bowl outside check it regularly to make sure it is not frozen.

  • When it falls below 20 degrees Fahrenheit, it's best to keep your pet indoors.
  • If your dog stays inside more when it is cold outside she is getting less exercise and may need less food. 

  • Check paws regularly if you do a lot of walking in the cold or snow. I like to rub my dogs paws with paw cream before each walk.
  • Keep your dog well groomed as matted hair will not protect your dog in the cold. 
  • If you must keep your dog outside make sure he has a dog house that is large enough for him to sit and lay in. You want this house to be raised off the ground and cover the floor with straw or blankets. I would make sure the house faces away from the wind and has a heavy plastic door to keep out the rain and snow. 
Winter is a fun time of year for your dog, but we need to make sure they are protected from the cold just like we are.