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Don’t Use Metronidazole for Dogs! Use These Natural Solutions Instead

Don’t Use Metronidazole for Dogs! Use These Natural Solutions Instead

When your dog isn’t well it’s stressful on both of you. To heal his upset tummy and diarrhea there are lots of options. The most common prescription from your vet is for Metronidazole. So before you consider it, you’ll want to know what the FDA isn’t telling you. And even what the manufacturer has to say about this drug.  But first, here’s what else you need to know about Metronidazole for dogs. This includes how the medication works as well as how it can hurt your dog. And then you’ll learn about natural remedies you can use to heal your...

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Turkey Adult Dog Food Recipe

Turkey Adult Dog Food Recipe

This delicious combination of ground turkey, chicken hearts and livers is formulated to meet AAFCO minimum requirements for adult dogs. Cook it or feed it raw. No grains, no synthetic vitamins and minerals. NOTE: This food is for adult dogs only.  Ingredients Makes 5 pounds of raw food. This is roughly a 5 day supply for a 50 pound dog. You may need to adjust the daily amount based on your dog's breed and activity level. 2.5 pounds 85% lean ground turkey 1 pound turkey or chicken hearts 1/2 pound turkey or chicken livers 6 pasture-raised eggs without shells 3...

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Beef Adult Dog Food Recipe

Beef Adult Dog Food Recipe

This delicious combination of ground beef, hearts and liver is formulated to meet AAFCO minimum requirements for adult dogs. Cook it or feed it raw. No grains, no synthetic vitamins and minerals. NOTE: This food is for adult dogs only.  Ingredients Makes 5.2 pounds of raw food. This is roughly a 5 day supply for a 50 pound dog. You may need to adjust the daily amount based on your dog's breed and activity level. 2.5 pounds 90% lean ground beef 6 pasture-raised eggs without shells 1/2 pound beef liver 1/2 pound beef heart 4 ounces spinach 4 ounces kale...

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Pork Adult Dog Food Recipe

Pork Adult Dog Food Recipe

This delicious combination of ground pork, chicken hearts and beef liver is formulated to meet AAFCO minimum requirements for adult dogs. Cook it or feed it raw. No grains, no synthetic vitamins and minerals. NOTE: This food is for adult dogs only.  Ingredients Makes 5.5 pounds of raw food. This is roughly a 5 day supply for a 50 pound dog. You may need to adjust the daily amount based on your dog's breed and activity level. 2 pounds 85% lean ground pork 1 pound pork, beef, turkey or chicken hearts 1/2 pound beef liver 6 ounces spinach 2 pasture-raised...

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Chicken Adult Dog Food Recipe

Chicken Adult Dog Food Recipe

This delicious combination of ground chicken, hearts and liver is formulated to meet AAFCO minimum requirements for adult dogs. Cook it or feed it raw. No grains, no synthetic vitamins and minerals. NOTE: This food is for adult dogs only.  Ingredients Makes 4.7 pounds of raw food. This is roughly a 4-5 day supply for a 50 pound dog. You may need to adjust the daily amount based on your dog's breed and activity level. 2 pounds lean ground chicken 1 pound chicken hearts 5 pasture-raised eggs without shells 1/2 pound chicken livers 4 ounces spinach 1/4 cup bone meal...

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How to Balance Calcium In Your Dog’s Diet

How to Balance Calcium In Your Dog’s Diet

How much calcium do you think is in a 75 lb dog’s body? One pound! That makes it a pretty important mineral. And it’s very easy to get the calcium balance wrong in your dog’s diet. If you’re making your own dog food you’ll want to know how to avoid this mistake and get the right amount of calcium in your dog’s diet.   It’s complicated. So let’s break it down so you can balance the calcium, and other minerals too.  The Importance of Calcium For Dogs About 99% of your dog’s calcium is in his bones. Phosphorus and calcium are...

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Why Dogs Should Eat Pancreas

Why Dogs Should Eat Pancreas

Can you name the best thing to feed a dog with a damaged organ? The raw organ in his bowl! So here’s how giving your dog a bit of pancreas every day can help heal these 5 life-threatening disorders. Healthy organs have the unique benefit of being able to strengthen and repair your dog’s own organs. When you feed your dog pancreas, it can support his pancreas in 5 powerful ways. First let’s take a closer look at the the role of the pancreas. Pancreas: An Organ With 2 Functions Organs are a natural source of vitamins and minerals and...

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What To Do If You Have To Give Your Dog Antibiotics

What To Do If You Have To Give Your Dog Antibiotics

Vets are constantly prescribing antibiotics to dogs. The problem is antibiotics can harm your dog’s microbiome and increase the risk of chronic disease. The good news is you can resolve many problems like diarrhea or ear infections without antibiotics. But sometimes there’s no other option and your dog needs antibiotics.  If you have to give your dog antibiotics there are things you can do to prevent damage and further problems ... 3 Things You Shouldn’t Do  If you must give your dog antibiotics you don’t want to do these three things ... 1. Give Lactobacillus Probiotics  Your dog’s microbiome is...

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Organ Meat For Dogs: Tips For Success

Organ Meat For Dogs: Tips For Success

Are you making a major mistake in your dog’s raw diet? You could be getting the organ meats wrong. If you are, your dog is missing out on some important nutrients and health benefits.  So let’s take a closer look at organ meats, what kind you should feed and how much you should be adding to your dog’s raw diet.  The main questions dog owners have about feeding organs are: Which organs should dogs eat? How much of these organs should dogs get? So let’s start with the amount of organ meat to include in your dog’s raw diet …...

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Leaky Gut: The Key To Your Dog’s Allergy Treatment

Leaky Gut: The Key To Your Dog’s Allergy Treatment

There’s an epidemic of itching, oozing, scratching, uncomfortable, suffering, allergic dogs. Is your dog one of them? Then you’ll want to know what’s going wrong and how to make it right. Allergies are one of the most commonly diagnosed diseases in dogs today. And if your dog has this problem, you know how hard it is to treat.  That’s because conventional medicine only treats  the symptoms, not the cause. Your dog’s distressed eyes, ears, feet and belly are not the disease. They are the symptoms.  Researchers are finding out why conventional allergy treatments don’t work. That’s because they’re learning more...

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Which Probiotics Are Best For Dog

Which Probiotics Are Best For Dog

Every day there’s more and more learned about probiotics and the microbiome. And that means there are more things you need to know about including probiotics in the long-term healthcare of your dog.  Let’s zero in on why probiotics are so important to your dog … starting with the microbiome. What Is The Microbiome? Your dog’s gut is full of bacteria … good and bad. All these bacteria, along with yeasts, fungi and viruses are part of the microbiome. The good bacteria are probiotics. These are live microorganisms that live in the colon and provide lots of health benefits for...

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5 Signs Your Dog’s Liver Needs A Detox

5 Signs Your Dog’s Liver Needs A Detox

The liver is a vital organ. That means your dog can’t live without it. Yet a staggering number of dogs suffer from liver disease, affecting not just their overall wellbeing, but their survival. When your dog’s liver is working well, you don’t really think about it. But you should be thinking about the health of your dog’s liver … otherwise it can affect his entire body.  Here’s why liver health is important … What Your Dog’s Liver Does  The liver has at least 500 different functions in the body, so it’s so critical to good health. The liver: Converts food...

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How To Get Rid Of Worms In Dogs Naturally

How To Get Rid Of Worms In Dogs Naturally

You don't have to resort to harsh chemicals to deworm your dog. Here are some natural and safe ways to get rid of worms in dogs ...

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5 Important Antioxidants Your Dog Needs

5 Important Antioxidants Your Dog Needs

Can you name the single most important disease-fighting element of your dog’s diet? The ingredient you should be feeding your dog to fight cancer, diabetes and heart disease?  The answer is … antioxidants! And they’re available in dozens of common everyday foods. Antioxidants are an important nutrient to fight oxidative stress. You might not be able to see oxidative stress in your dog, but it’s there. It takes hold when there are too many free radicals in your dog’s body. It’s far too common. And it’s one of the reasons 50% of dogs get cancer. What Are Free Radicals? Free...

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Best Vitamins And Supplements For Your Dog’s Joints

Best Vitamins And Supplements For Your Dog’s Joints

Both large and small breed dogs are at risk for joint pain at some point in their lives. He may tear his cruciate ligament, sprain his ankle or get degenerative joint disease. But no matter the problem, proper nutrition can help to support his joint health. Herbs and homeopathic remedies can be very effective. They can reduce pain and inflammation, strengthen connective tissue and promote tissue repair. But nutritional supplements can also help in much the same way. The goals of nutritional support are to: Promote healthy and functional connective tissue Provide building blocks for collagen synthesis Control inflammation and...

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Lyme Disease In Dogs: It’s Not As Scary As You Think

Lyme Disease In Dogs: It’s Not As Scary As You Think

“Help! My dog tested positive for Lyme disease! The vet says he needs antibiotics for four to six weeks … What should I do?” This is a common scenario these days. My first questions are always, “How’s your dog doing? What symptoms are you seeing?” And the response is usually, “Oh, he seems just fine … happy and healthy, no symptoms at all!” My answer … your dog probably doesn’t have Lyme disease! Let me explain. What A Positive Lyme Disease Test Really Means A positive Lyme test only indicates that your dog has antibodies to Borrelia burgdorferii (Bb). This...

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3 Ways Cordyceps Mushrooms Can Help Your Dog

3 Ways Cordyceps Mushrooms Can Help Your Dog

Cordyceps are a type of mushroom that grows on the bodies of caterpillars and other insects. And while that may seem a little bizarre and maybe even off-putting ... these mushrooms are something you should know about.  Chinese medicine has used cordyceps for thousands of years. They slow aging, relieve allergies and can even prevent cancer. And they aren’t just for humans … cordyceps are a powerful and safe natural remedy for dogs.  So let’s look at some of the many benefits …  3 Ways Cordyceps Can Help Your Dog  Cordyceps mushrooms can help your dog in many ways. They...

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Yeast Infections In Dogs: 5 Steps To Stop The Itch

Yeast Infections In Dogs: 5 Steps To Stop The Itch

One of the biggest challenges many pet owners face is an itchy dog. When you see your dog itch, one of two possible causes probably come to mind … allergies or fleas.  But there’s another common reason why your dog may be scratching and chewing. And that’s a yeast infection.  Yeast is a sneaky itch-inducer because it actually exists naturally in and on your dog’s body. Normally it lives in harmony with your dog. But when it gets out of control, it can become a big problem.  So let’s take a better look at yeast infections and what to do...

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Beef & Turkey Raw Dog Food Recipe For Adults

Beef & Turkey Raw Dog Food Recipe For Adults

Feeding a balanced raw diet may seem difficult ... but it doesn't have to. This recipe is easy to make and uses tasty ingredients that are great for your dog.  There are no grains or synthetic vitamins. And it meets the minimum AAFCO requirements.  This recipe is for adult dogs only.  Ingredients  3 pounds turkey or chicken necks with skin removed (be sure to weigh your necks but this is about 3 to 6 turkey necks or 33 chicken necks) 2 pounds beef heart with fat trimmed  1 pound beef liver  3 pounds 90% lean ground beef 8 pasture-raised eggs without shells 8 ounces...

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Pumpkin Seeds: A Home Remedy For Worms In Dogs

Pumpkin Seeds: A Home Remedy For Worms In Dogs

Spring is arriving for another year and it's time once again for the bugs and nasties to start coming back out. Spring is a time when pet owners might start seeing the signs of worms in their dogs. These signs can include squiggly worms or “rice bodies” in his stool, scooting and licking his rear, vomiting and diarrhea. If your dog shows any of these signs, you might want to take a look in your cupboards before reaching for the toxic dewormers. There might be something in there that could rid your dog of worms. And it can do it...

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Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Bloat In Dogs

Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Bloat In Dogs

Bloat can be deadly for dogs. That’s why it’s so important for you to recognize the signs of bloat. And know what to do if your dog gets bloated. More importantly, you need to know how to prevent it, especially if your dog may be more prone to bloating. What Is Bloat In Dogs?  Bloat in dogs is also called gastric dilatation and volvulus (GDV). The first stage (dilatation) happens when your dog’s stomach fills up with too much gas, fluid and food. Pressure builds and your dog’s stomach begins to expand.  This can put pressure on your dog’s diaphragm,...

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7 Tips For Potty Training Your Puppy

7 Tips For Potty Training Your Puppy

Bad news: a mess in the house is a reality with a new puppy. Good news: potty training a puppy is really straightforward. After all, what goes in must come out. And it’s good for things to come out because that means everything is working just right! But the hope is to teach your puppy that eliminating outside is far more desirable than inside your home. It makes life just that much easier and cleaner for everyone. So, to help, I’ve gathered up some tips to help you house train your puppy. But first, a bit of background on your...

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Are These 12 Popular Foods Safe For Your Dog To Eat?

Are These 12 Popular Foods Safe For Your Dog To Eat?

Have you ever asked yourself what human foods your dog can eat?  The truth is, there’s no such thing as "human" food for dogs. Food is just food. Our dogs eat food. And like us, some foods are better for our dogs than others …  But that's not the answer you want, is it? You want to know which foods are safe and which ones you should stay away from. And that’s a great question! Because even though dogs can eat many of the same foods we do, some aren’t good for them.  So here is a list of common...

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Xylitol For Dogs: Where This Toxic Additive Is Hiding

Xylitol For Dogs: Where This Toxic Additive Is Hiding

As a dog owner, you know that there are certain foods that are fine for us but harmful for our dogs. Did you know that xylitol is on that list? Xylitol isn't so much a food as a food additive and it’s found in all kinds of products … … and it can be deadly for your dog.  So how do you protect your dog from xylitol ... whatever that is exactly? What Is Xylitol? Xylitol is a natural alcohol found in most plant material, including many fruits and vegetables that we love to eat. In our food, it's used...

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5 Ways To Improve Your Dog’s Health

5 Ways To Improve Your Dog’s Health

We’re always getting questions about the #1 thing dog owners can do to boost their dog’s health. The problem is, there isn’t just one thing. So instead, I’ve gathered a list of 5 things that can help make your dog healthier.  5 Ways To Boost Your Dog’s Health In no particular order, here's our top advice to get your dog on the path to good health. 1. Heal Leaky Gut Syndrome Leaky gut is becoming a common condition in dogs. It’s well-named because, with Leaky Gut syndrome, the gut lining lets toxins “leak” into the bloodstream. Here’s what happens. Sometimes...

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Natural Alternatives To Surgery For Dog Lipomas

Natural Alternatives To Surgery For Dog Lipomas

A lipoma is a growth of fat cells contained in a thin capsule, usually found just below the skin. They’re often referred to as fatty tumors.  Lipomas are most often found on the torso, neck, upper legs and armpits, but they can occur almost anywhere. Lipomas are the most common noncancerous soft tissue growth, especially in older dogs.  I’ve been observing lipomas on dogs for 40 years and I’ve made some observations I’d like to share with you. Lipomas And The Immune System First of all, I want to make it clear that these growths are a sign of chronic...

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Digestive Enzymes For Dogs: Why They’re Important

Digestive Enzymes For Dogs: Why They’re Important

Like Fred and Ginger or salt and pepper, enzymes and health go hand in hand. But the foods your dog eats, as well as his age and health, can create a void in the enzyme department. And this can cause nutritional deficiencies that can affect his health. But what exactly are digestive enzymes and what can you do when your dog is running low on them?  What Are Digestive Enzymes? Enzymes are special proteins that are responsible for thousands of important functions in the body. One of their most important jobs is to break down and absorb nutrients from food....

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Hot Spots On Dogs: DIY Remedies That Work

Hot Spots On Dogs: DIY Remedies That Work

You may think of hot spots as a condition on their own. But most of the time they’re a symptom of a more serious condition ... like chronic stress, food sensitivities, energy stagnation or liver imbalances. Known as acute moist dermatitis or pyoderma, the dreaded hot spot should be called the "red, gooey, inflamed, hairless spot varying in symptoms, size and severity" spot. So what really causes hot spots on dogs and how can you treat them naturally? What Causes Hot Spots On Dogs? Hot spots happen for a reason. Some of the most common causes of hot spots are: ...

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Dog Food With Glucosamine ... Does It Support Your Dog’s Joints?

Dog Food With Glucosamine ... Does It Support Your Dog’s Joints?

“What can I give to my dog for stiffness, achy joints and terrible mobility?” If I asked you this simple question, what’s the first thing you’d think about? Chances are the word glucosamine popped into your cloud of really good ideas. And that’s because glucosamine has earned its reputation as a joint care supplement! It’s why so many joint support dog foods advertise their glucosamine content.  But is specialty kibble enough to help support your dog’s joints? To find out, my team at Planet Paws took a look at the glucosamine content of some popular joint support brands. But before...

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Natural Remedies For Dog Seizures

Natural Remedies For Dog Seizures

Let’s face it … epilepsy and seizures are becoming an epidemic in dogs. Genetics, blood sugar, electrolyte levels, liver and kidney disease, tumors … these are all reasons your dog could have a seizure.  And those aren’t the only causes. Part of your dog’s routine health care could also lead to seizures including ... Vaccines Flea, tick and heartworm preventatives Other pharmaceutical meds If your dog suffers from seizures, conventional vets will probably give him medication. While these may help control the seizures, they can be extremely harmful to your dog. And they don’t always work.  The good news is,...

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DIY Solutions For Thyroid Problems In Dogs

DIY Solutions For Thyroid Problems In Dogs

How much do you actually know about thyroid problems in dogs? The main reasons I set out to share information on the subject are:  Skin disease  Neurological disorders  Behavior issues  If you're relatively new to the topic of thyroids, you're probably not aware of the connection between these common issues. Or that you should address the thyroid as a component of managing them.  In fact, I believe we should look at the thyroid for ALL chronic inflammatory conditions. And that’s why I want to talk about how to improve thyroid function. That way you can help prevent and resolve thyroid...

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How To Stop Dog Car Sickness Naturally

How To Stop Dog Car Sickness Naturally

Car sickness can be a common issue in many dogs, much to the dismay of owners who want to take them for rides! Usually, dogs stop getting car sick as they age and become used to traveling.  If your dog suffers from motion sickness, start with short, frequent rides around the block. You should notice his discomfort start to resolve. Better yet, drive him to the park and toss a few balls for him. This will let him know that car rides are a precursor to fun instead of just a trip to the vet's or groomer's. But some dogs...

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3 Reasons To Feed Your Dog Raspberries

3 Reasons To Feed Your Dog Raspberries

The fruity tartness of raspberries are not only delicious but very nutritious. The berries contain antioxidants and lots of nutrients. They’re full of nutrients like vitamin A, B1, B2, B3, C and E. Not to mention minerals like calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese and selenium.   But when it comes to our dogs, raspberries and their leaves can also be effective for more specific health issues … 1. Raspberries Can Help Regulate Bowel Movements Anyone who has ever had a dog knows that sometimes diarrhea just happens. And it turns out raspberries can help.  Raspberries are full of fiber that can help...

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5 Things All Dog Owners Should Know About Lectins

5 Things All Dog Owners Should Know About Lectins

You’ve probably heard about gluten … it’s that pesky little protein found in grains, like wheat and barley. For dogs (and people) with sensitivities, it can wreak havoc on their system.  But there’s another family of proteins found in virtually all food that may be even more sinister. One that is relatively ignored … and that is lectins.  What Are Lectins?  Lectins are proteins that bind to sugar. In small amounts they’re okay for your dog but too much can cause a lot of trouble. This includes reducing your dog’s ability to absorb nutrients.  Gluten is a lectin, which accounts...

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5 DIY Ear Solutions For Dog Ear Infections

5 DIY Ear Solutions For Dog Ear Infections

Many dogs suffer from painful and unpleasant ear conditions for years on end. That’s because owners struggle to find a long-term solution.  In fact, ear infections are one of the top reasons why dogs visit the vet. But taking a holistic approach to the problem could help stop the problems sooner. It considers your dog’s environment, food and lifestyle. Ear problems often go hand in hand with allergies and sensitivities. In fact, dogs who are prone to itchy skin and hot spots frequently have ear issues as well. As with most skin conditions, ear problems are often a sign of...

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5 Ways Chlorella Keeps Your Dog Healthy

5 Ways Chlorella Keeps Your Dog Healthy

Chlorella is a single-celled, freshwater green microalga that is getting a whole lot of attention from researchers. And that’s because chlorella has been linked to a variety of potential health benefits. Chlorella is an immune booster, detoxifier, gastrointestinal aid and more.  So, today I want to talk to you about how chlorella can help your dog stay healthy … and how to add it to your dog’s diet. 1. Helps Your Dog Detoxify Toxins Chlorella is a potent detoxifier that binds to toxins and removes them from your dog’s body. Every day your dog is exposed to toxins, including …...

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5 Ways Slippery Elm Can Help Your Dog Feel Better

5 Ways Slippery Elm Can Help Your Dog Feel Better

Slippery elm is a herb that has been used for centuries as a healing salve by Native Americans (and later American soldiers). It was also a common remedy for digestive upset, coughs and more.  There are limited studies on the benefits of slippery elm but it’s presence throughout history has made it a popular remedy for people. And it turns out you can use it for your dog as well.  Today I’ll tell you why slippery elm should be in your dog’s first aid kit and how to give it. 1. Digestive Issues  Slippery elm is a demulcent … it...

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3 Ways Sulforaphane Helps Keep Your Dog Healthy

3 Ways Sulforaphane Helps Keep Your Dog Healthy

Research shows that dogs who eat their veggies at least three times a week have a 90% decrease in cancer risk. But when it comes to cancer, some vegetables stand out from the rest, especially cruciferous vegetables. That’s because cruciferous vegetables contain a special phytonutrient that has researchers excited ... A potent anti-inflammatory compound called sulforaphane. So today, I’ll tell you about some of the major benefits of sulforaphane and the best way to add it to your dog’s dish. What Is Sulforaphane? You’ve probably heard that cruciferous vegetables can help reduce the risk of cancer. That’s because they’re rich...

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Is Aloe Safe Or Toxic For Dogs? Here's What You Need To Know

Is Aloe Safe Or Toxic For Dogs? Here's What You Need To Know

You might have heard that your dog can’t eat aloe. That is only partly true, which I’ll explain later on.  In fact, if you're not considering aloe for your dog, you may be missing out. Aloe can help with many health problems … from constipation and leaky gut to joint pain and cancer.  So today I want to talk about how aloe can help your dog. And how to give it to him safely (it’s much easier than you might think).  What Makes Aloe So Good For Dogs Aloe is full of important vitamins and minerals. But it’s the beneficial...

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11 Ways Marshmallow Root Can Help Your Dog

11 Ways Marshmallow Root Can Help Your Dog

When you think about marshmallows, the first thing that likely comes to mind is the fluffy treat. And that wouldn’t be a bad place to start. It’s believed Egyptians made the first marshmallows from the marshmallow plant. And that’s what I want to talk about today.  Healers have used the marshmallow plant as medicine for thousands of years. It’s also one of the safest and most versatile herbs for dogs.  You can use marshmallow as a topical solution to heal wounds. Or internally to soothe gut, respiratory and urinary tract problems.  So today I want to talk about all the...

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What Is Leaky Gut And How To Fix It In Dogs

What Is Leaky Gut And How To Fix It In Dogs

Leaky gut … you may have heard of it. And it’s linked to many health issues. Digestive issues, allergies, autoimmune disorders, arthritis … it's even linked to multiple sclerosis.  And it isn’t only humans who have to deal with leaky gut. It can make your dog sick as well. Maybe it already has and that’s why you're here.  So today I want to share 5 natural solutions you can use to prevent and help resolve leaky gut.  But first, let’s look at what leaky gut is.  What Is Leaky Gut Syndrome?  Your dog’s gut has a semipermeable lining called the...

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Why Your Dog Needs Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Why Your Dog Needs Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Like you, your dog needs a healthy balance of the right kinds of fats.  Otherwise, your dog may have to deal with a lifetime of chronic illness and disease. But what your dog needs is different from what you need. And that’s what I want to talk about today …  Why your dog needs fat in his diet, Why he needs more omega 3s, and  Healthy sources of omega-3 fatty acids. How Fat Helps Your Dog Every day, your dog burns energy in the form of calories. There are three main sources of energy for your dog … Proteins Fat ...

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How To Stop Your Dog's Diarrhea Naturally

How To Stop Your Dog's Diarrhea Naturally

Doggy diarrhea – it’s no fun for you or your dog. Your dog’s digestive system is pretty tough.   But every once in awhile, it gets overwhelmed. Whether it’s a virus or bacteria, something foreign your dog ate, or a chronic disease … the outcome is almost always the same. Diarrhea.   And once it starts, you’ll want to stop it fast. Otherwise, you will be dealing with a sick and dehydrated dog. Not to mention a ruined rug. So today I’m going to talk about the different types of diarrhea (that’s right, there’s more than one). And I’ll give you some...

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When Your Dog Needs Probiotics, Prebiotics and Postbiotics

When Your Dog Needs Probiotics, Prebiotics and Postbiotics

As you learn to care for your dog naturally … you’ll discover more and more options to support his health holistically. But sometimes it can get confusing! One topic that can leave dog owners a bit mystified is the difference between all the “-biotics” … probiotics, prebiotics, synbiotics and postbiotics. You probably know that probiotics are important to health. But what are all the others … and do you need to give your dog those too? To help clarify, let’s break everything down … Probiotics Your dog’s gut is full of bacteria … good and bad. And this community of...

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4 Ways Turmeric Can Help Your Dog Feel Better

4 Ways Turmeric Can Help Your Dog Feel Better

There’s a spice that you may already have in your cupboard that could help improve your dog’s health … and even increase his lifespan. Sounds like a hoax, doesn’t it? But it isn’t … The spice I’m referring to is turmeric … and it can do some pretty incredible things. But before I get into the ways turmeric can help your dog, you need to understand inflammation … What Is Inflammation? Inflammation can be a good thing … it’s your dog’s body responding to injury, irritation or infection. When your dog’s hurt or exposed to viruses and bacteria ... inflammation...

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How Long Is Dog Food Good For?

How Long Is Dog Food Good For?

Have you ever taken a look at kibble after it sits for a long time? It probably looks like it did when you opened the bag. But appearances can be deceiving … Once opened, kibble has a shelf life of 2 weeks at most. After that, it begins to lose nutritional value and can even make your dog sick. You may not believe me. And I get it … the best before date on the kibble is at least a year, after all. And that’s true … but like many of the products you use yourself, that’s how long it’s...

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9 Reasons Your Dog Should Eat Blueberries

9 Reasons Your Dog Should Eat Blueberries

Have you ever wondered if your dog can eat blueberries? The short answer is yes ... blueberries are safe for dogs. In fact, there are lots of good reasons you should give your dog blueberries. These powerhouse berries may be small … but they're full of health benefits for your dog. So let’s jump into the reasons why you should add blueberries to your dog’s diet. Why Your Dog Needs Blueberries Do you take vitamins? If you do, it’s likely because you want to make sure that ... whatever you eat ... you get enough vitamins every day. Well, blueberries...

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3 Natural Ways To Boost Your Dog’s Immune System

3 Natural Ways To Boost Your Dog’s Immune System

Your dog’s health and ability to fight disease depends on his immune system. But his immune system is constantly bombarded … with vaccines, antibiotics, medication, flea and tick preventatives, the food he eats. And while many of these stressors can be avoided … others aren’t so easy to remove from his environment. Things like air pollution, or chemicals and pesticides on the surfaces he plays on … those can be especially hard to avoid. And a stressed immune system can lead to many health problems … Allergies Organ disease Digestive problems Immune disease Cancer Luckily there are ways to strengthen...

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3 Reasons Your Dog Needs More Organ Meat In His Diet

3 Reasons Your Dog Needs More Organ Meat In His Diet

The meat and bones you feed your dog help to keep him strong. But a diet of only muscle meat and bones could be lacking important nutrients. That’s where organs and glands come in. The problem is many raw feeders don’t feed their dogs enough organs. And if your dog eats kibble, he may be missing out on the benefits of organs entirely. So today I want to talk about why organs are important and how much your dog should be getting. 1. Organ Meat Is Full Of Nutrients Organs and glands are some of the most nutrient-dense foods you...

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6 Ways Astaxanthin Keeps Your Dog Healthy

6 Ways Astaxanthin Keeps Your Dog Healthy

Nature is full of health-boosting ingredients that help your dog to feel his best. But there’s one super ingredient that can help your dog with all sorts of issues from joint pain to cancer. And that’s astaxanthin. I may surprise you with some of the many ways astaxanthin can help your dog. And I’ll share some common ones with you today. But before we jump into how astaxanthin can help your dog, let’s talk about what astaxanthin is … What Is Astaxanthin? Astaxanthin is a carotenoid (or an organic pigment). It occurs in algae and turns it a reddish color....

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8 Reasons Your Dog Needs Turkey Tail Mushrooms

8 Reasons Your Dog Needs Turkey Tail Mushrooms

What if I told you there’s a fungus that provides a ton of health benefits to your dog? One that can even fight cancer. You might think I’m a little crazy … But it really does exist! It’s a mushroom called turkey tail. It also goes by the name of Trametes versicolor or Coriolus versicolor. Today, I’ll tell you how this pretty fungus helps fight cancer. But first, let’s cover some of the other reasons turkey tail mushrooms are good for your dog. Health Benefits Of Turkey Tail Mushrooms Turkey tail mushrooms (and other mushrooms) get a lot of attention...

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