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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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How To Help Your Dog Avoid 7 Common Immune Stressors

How To Help Your Dog Avoid 7 Common Immune Stressors

Your dog’s health depends on his immune system. Which means you need to do what you can to keep it in top shape. But every day he’s exposed to toxins and other immune system stressors. And this means his body isn’t at its best. So today, I will talk about some of the things that attack your dog’s immune system … and easy steps you can take to reduce their effect. How To Boost Your Dog’s Immune System Did you know that each day the US produces 74 billion pounds of chemicals? That’s a lot of toxins for you and...

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How To Give Your Dog The Trace Minerals He Needs

How To Give Your Dog The Trace Minerals He Needs

Feeding your dog a balanced diet can be difficult. Especially when it comes to giving him the vitamins and minerals he needs. Today I want to talk about a group of important minerals. One that he may not get enough of … And that's trace minerals. There are lots of whole foods with trace minerals. And I'll share some of the best options with you … … but first let’s talk about what trace minerals are and why your dog needs them. What Are Trace Minerals? Trace minerals are an important part of your dog’s health. But he only needs...

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5 Symptoms Of Dog Allergies

5 Symptoms Of Dog Allergies

Is your dog suffering from itchy skin, goopy eyes, or stinky ears? If yes, then your dog may have an allergy to something in his food or environment. The good news is, there are tons of great solutions available ... … without giving your dog dangerous over the counter medications that often do more harm than good. But before I get to that, let’s determine whether those symptoms are really an allergic reaction. 1. Dogs With Ear Infections Ear infections can be uncomfortable and painful for our dogs. But there are many reasons they could be happening ... Yeast infections...

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Arthritis In Dogs: Manage Pain Naturally

Arthritis In Dogs: Manage Pain Naturally

Arthritis is one of the more common health issues dogs face today. Arthritis can occur in any joint, from the neck to the toes, although it’s commonly found in the hips, elbows and back. Knowing how you can help manage arthritis in your dog is really important. But having the right tools and knowledge can have a profound impact on your dog’s quality of life. I'm sure you want your dog to live a long and healthy life. For most dogs, adventures and playtime are the spice of life. As common as arthritis may be, there's also many ways you can...

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4 Ways Quercetin Helps Dogs Stay Healthy

4 Ways Quercetin Helps Dogs Stay Healthy

Experts constantly talk about the powers of fruits and vegetables when it comes to staying healthy. But what is it about fruits and vegetables that makes them such a great addition to your diet? The answer is simple … flavonoids! Flavonoids – like quercetin – are in almost every fruit and vegetable. It’s what makes them so vibrant! But they also offer many health benefits. Just look at quercetin … It acts as an: Antioxidant Antihistamine Anti-inflammatory So how do you safely add it to your dog’s diet? I will get to that, but first let’s take a look at...

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Why Do Dogs Eat Grass?

Why Do Dogs Eat Grass?

Dogs are unique individuals. They have their own personalities, habits and particular tastes. But the one odd thing that most dog owners have undoubtedly witnessed at some time or another is ...   ... their dog eating grass. You've likely seen your own dog do this too and wondered, "Why do dogs eat grass?" We humans may find this behavior odd or even a cause for concern. Probably because we don’t tend stop and randomly start grazing while outside.  Is it a sign of illness? Is your dog bored? Is he missing something in his diet? The truth is, it could be any or all of these things....

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There’s No Fleas On My Dogs!

There’s No Fleas On My Dogs!

  At times, I get a little tired of repeating the following adage: “Healthy dogs aren’t good hosts for parasites.” Every day, I get questions like these from our readers: “What should I give my dog to avoid heartworm?” “What can I give my dog so he doesn’t get worms?” “What do you do to prevent fleas on your dogs?”  Every day, my answer to all of the above is, you guessed it,  “Healthy dogs aren’t good hosts for parasites.” Before we go into the specifics of why that might be true, I’m going to share a story with you....

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How To Remove Ticks Safely From Your Dog

How To Remove Ticks Safely From Your Dog

So I know nobody wants to find a tick on their dog ... but let's face it, ticks happen. And don't be fooled into thinking your dog is safe because you use prevention. Nothing ... not even the prescription drugs ... is 100% tick proof. OK, take a moment to prep for the ick factor. Now you can mentally prepare to get ready to learn how to keep your dog safe if he does pick up a tick. First, let's review how these sneaky pests become attached to your dog. Yikes, Is That A Tick!? Ticks stick to your dog by firmly attaching...

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How Safe Are Essential Oils For Dogs?

How Safe Are Essential Oils For Dogs?

  Essential oils offers you a simple, respectful way to keep your dog happy and healthy ... ... But they can be deadly if used incorrectly.   Aromatherapy offers a number of health benefits for both us and our dogs. The challenge can be learning which oils you can safely share with your dog and which you should keep far far away.  Essential oils for dogs can ... Boost your dog’s immune system Soothe itchy skin Ease separation anxiety Soothe digestive upset Increase the level of trust and understanding between you and your dog But these same powerful oils can...

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Feed Bentonite Clay To Detox Your Dog

Feed Bentonite Clay To Detox Your Dog

  Is your dog getting enough protection from the toxins in his world? Let's face it, we live in a pretty toxic world and even when we feed our dogs well they are still exposed to many toxins. By helping his body detox more efficiently you'll reduce and prevent disease. The good news is that there are a few great ways you can detox your dog. And today I want to share one simple way you can boost his meals for detox support.   And no, you don't need to have Fido drink three green smoothies each morning. I'm talking...

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Is Apoquel Really A Miracle Drug?

Is Apoquel Really A Miracle Drug?

  Does your dog have allergies? Has your conventional veterinarian offered you a popular allergy drug called Apoquel ®? It’s touted as “a fast-acting and safe treatment for the control of acute and chronic canine pruritus.” Pruritus means itching. When your dog is itchy, you get desperate to make him feel more comfortable. Nobody wants to be itchy and constantly scratching.  Apoquel can ease your dog’s itching in as little as 4 to 24 hours. And dog owners do say it relieves their dogs’ itching fast. Sounds like something you might want to try, right? Well, not so fast … Before you...

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Can Dogs Eat Mushrooms? Yes! Here's Why

Can Dogs Eat Mushrooms? Yes! Here's Why

  Here’s a sad fact: most dogs suffer from immune-related health issues. Dog allergies, cancer, organ disease, digestive upset, joint issues are all common problems. These health issues are all due to a mistuned immune system. That’s the bad news … The good news is, mushrooms are arguably the best immune balancing substances around. In fact, scientists are looking into their health-boosting properties right now. So if your dog suffers from any immune-related health problem, you’ll want to read on. Because mushrooms can be your dog’s best friend! Let’s take a look at the mushrooms with the most research behind...

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Garlic For Dogs: Friend Or Foe?

Garlic For Dogs: Friend Or Foe?

  Garlic’s (Allium sativum) medicinal purposes have been valued for thousands of years. Five thousand-year-old Sanskrit and Chinese medical texts describe the benefits of garlic. Today, garlic for humans (and garlic for dogs) is grown all over the world. And it’s making a strong comeback as a potent, effective, natural remedy. Garlic is a member of the lily family, like the onion. It’s been used for thousands of years as a medicinal herb. In fact, Hippocrates used garlic for infections, cancer, and digestive disorders. And the great Roman naturalist, Pliny the Elder, also used garlic for a variety of ailments. Pliny had success...

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Are Eggs Safe For Dogs Or Not?

Are Eggs Safe For Dogs Or Not?

  Eggs are an excellent source of protein! I bet you’ve heard that more than once. But are eggs safe for dogs? How many times have you seen someone on TV cracking an egg or two into a cup and chugging it down before a jog? All – The – Time!! So if raw eggs are so good for humans, aren't they just as good for our dogs? Are Eggs Safe For Dogs? There are plenty of skeptics and naysayers who argue against feeding eggs to dogs. They say eggs are too high in cholesterol, can cause allergies, carry the risk...

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The Truth About Fish Oil Omega-3s For Dogs

The Truth About Fish Oil Omega-3s For Dogs

  Dogs need two types of essential fatty acids for healthy development and maintenance of their cardiovascular and nervous systems: Omega-3 and Omega-6. Fish oil omega-3s are commonly what you may think of as a source. But are they the best source? While Omega-6 fatty acids are plentiful in a dog’s diet, regardless of what they eat, Omega-3s are not. Because the Omega-3s are fragile and break down quickly in the presence of heat, air or light, they are lacking in both the commercial and fresh foods that we tend to feed our dogs. While pet food labels may state that Omega-3 and Omega-6...

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Top 5 Health Benefits Of Colostrum For Dogs

Top 5 Health Benefits Of Colostrum For Dogs

  When mammals are born, their mothers produce a special milk that contains colostrum. Colostrum jumpstarts the newborn’s immune system and provides vital nutrients …and this is why colostrum for dogs is being reached for often now. Because researchers are finding that these immune-boosting properties are some of the greatest benefits of colostrum for your dog. There are well over 1,000 clinical studies on the benefits of colostrum. It’s been shown to be safe and effective in treating many common disorders.  In fact, bovine (or cow) colostrum was commonly used to treat infections and other issues before sulfa drugs and antibiotics were discovered. And...

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