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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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