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Why Organic Matters
The term “Organic” has been used for many years, but many people are not aware of what organic really means and why it matters. If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of an organic lifestyle, keep reading this Blog post as we dive into the true meaning of organic.
The Importance of Ear Care
Even though ear care often gets overlooked, it is an extremely important part of your dog’s overall health and wellness.
9 Tips for Healthy Dog Dental Care
A healthy and happy dog includes their dental health.Not having a home dental care routine can put your furry friend’s teeth, gums, and overall health at risk.
Grieving The Loss of A Pet & Learning How To Cope
A pet becomes a cherished member of your family, a best friend, and a constant companion in our lives.
A Quick & Easy Way To Clean A Pet Who Hates Baths
Does your pet dislike bath time or get nervous at the sight of a tub? Bathing your furry friend can be a difficult task if they’re not a fan of the bathroom setting.
Everything You Need to Know About Treating Your Dog’s Hot Spots

As a responsible dog owner, it’s crucial to know how to recognize and treat Hot Spots for your pet’s health. When your furry friend experiences Hot Spots, it’s a very painful and stressful situation for them.

Are You Properly Prepared For Flea & Tick Season? Here’s What You Need To Know…

Ticks are all over the news this year due to a sharp, exponential rise in their population. With this increase, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is predicting that this could be the “worst ever season for tick-borne illnesses.” Experts are calling for pet owners to be on the look-out for fleas & ticks as the weather gets warmer and to protect their pets all year round.

First Aid Essentials Every Dog Parent Needs

As a pet parent, it’s important to always be prepared for potential accidents that will require first aid care. Being equipped and ready to handle an unfortunate situation will prevent it from turning into a crisis.

Brushing Your Dog’s Teeth & Gums Is Important. Here’s Why.

Did you know that dogs can develop dental problems that can lead to other health problems? Without a dental care routine for your furry friend, dogs can experience oral issues like bad breath, tartar, plaque building, or gingivitis. When left untreated, bacteria introduced by the problem can enter your pet’s bloodstream and affect their heart, kidneys or liver.

A New Year & Healthy You, Includes Your Pet

The new year is the perfect time to start or enhance healthy routines for yourself, your family, and your four-legged friend. Having a healthy & happy pet is the ultimate goal we hear from pet parents all across the globe. A simple way to achieve this & kick off the year in a healthy way, is to improve your pet’s at-home grooming routine.

Pura Naturals Pet Holiday Gift Guide 2017

Our four-legged family members love us unconditionally all year long, so why wouldn’t we include them in the festivities this holiday season? If you are looking for ideas to spoil your furry friend this season, we have some ‘paw’fect gift ideas for you!

Give Thanks & Share a Meal with Fido: 5 Awesome Pet Friendly Thanksgiving Recipes

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and we can almost smell the turkey in the air, but we aren’t the only ones that love this delicious holiday... Our 4-legged family members love it just as much as we do! Unfortunately, not everything on the holiday table is good for our furry friends, especially after being seasoned.

November is National Pet Diabetes Awareness Month: Tips to Preventing Diabetes in Your Pet

November is National Pet Diabetes Awareness Month. Diabetes isn’t just a disease that affects people it affects our pets too, and it’s a growing problem for thousands of dogs and cats each year.

Senior Dogs: Caring Tips for Pet Parents

Senior dogs have different care requirements than those of a younger dog. This fact probably doesn’t come as a surprise to anyone. But how do you know when your dog is considered to be a senior?

Our 10 Favorite Dog Costumes of 2017

Halloween is right around the corner and if you haven't picked out a costume for your pup yet, maybe one of these will inspire you!

Tips to Keeping Your Pet Happy & Healthy

All good pet owners love their furry family members and want to keep them healthy and happy! So below are some tips to help you keep your pet on the path to wellness...

10 Reasons to Adopt a Shelter Dog

October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month and there are so many lovable dogs out there who are in need of a forever home. People give up pets for a variety of reasons, including divorce, financial problems and the owner’s illness, none of which have anything to do with the dog’s temperament and health.

Don’t Forget the Flea & Tick Protection This Fall

The "dog days" of summer are behind us, although in some areas it doesn’t feel like it, as Fall brings in the cooler weather many seem to think the flea & tick season is also behind us. In fact, the Fall season, in most areas, are the worst for fleas & ticks, so don’t put away that flea & tick protection just yet.

Karma Rescue Paws for Life 10th Graduation Ceremony – 9/21/17

The alarm went off way too early. The sun was not up and I was already heading out of the driveway in south Orange County to the Lancaster State Prison to experience the Paws for Life graduation as one of Karma Rescues main sponsors with Pura Naturals Pet.

What You Should Know Before You Adopt: Being a Responsible Dog Owner

Have you been thinking about getting a dog? A dog really is man’s (and woman’s) best friend, but owning a dog isn’t a privilege-it’s a responsibility. Owning a dog takes a lot of time, money, and commitment. Making a decision to get a dog shouldn’t be taken lightly. Here are some simple questions you should ask yourself before making your decision.

How To Help Rescues & Shelters Save Animals After Hurricane Harvey & Irma

More than 600,000 animals died during and after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, according to The Atlantic. As a result, awareness about vulnerable animals during disasters is rising, and the Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards Act was a direct result of the tragic aftermath of Katrina.

What is Holistic Pet Care?

Have you been making healthy lifestyle changes lately? Maybe you’ve switched your diet, or started practicing yoga, or reading labels and swapping out products that contain un-needed toxins or chemicals or using herbal remedies as opposed to medications…

How To Clean Your Cat's Ear

If you have been wondering: ‘Do I need to clean my cat’s ears?' The answer is YES. It is true that cats are naturally excellent self groomers, but they still need some help from time to time.

Back to School Tips for Pet Parents

Pumpkin spiced foods are already hitting the shelves at your grocery store signaling the end of summer is near. Many parents are happily looking forward to the little ones heading back to school, but don’t be surprised if Fido isn’t too happy about it. Many pets go through a bit of separation anxiety when the kids go back to school, a once full house is now an empty house.

Pet Wellness: Organic Healing Balm

Our Organic Healing Balm is a ‘Must Have’ wellness item for your dog. Our balm can be used to soothe aches & pains or any stiffness your pet might have, and it is also perfect to have on hand to treat minor cuts, wounds or insect bites.

What is Lavender Oil?

Today, lavender is one of the most popular essential oils in the world. Lavender oil comes from lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), an easy-to-grow, evergreen shrub that produces clumps of beautiful, scented flowers above green or silvery-gray foliage.

Organic Rosemary Oil

What is Rosemary Oil? Related to mint and looking like lavender, rosemary has leaves like flat pine needles touched with silver. It boasts of a woodsy, citrus-like fragrance that has become a feature of many kitchens, gardens, and apothecaries worldwide.

Organic Hemp Seed Oil

What are hemp seeds? Hemp seeds, or hemp hearts, are the seeds of the hemp plant, or Cannabis sativa. Although marijuana comes from the same plant, hemp seeds only contain a trace amount of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, and they will not get you high. In fact, hemp seeds are safe and very healthy to eat.

Pura Naturals Pet is Leaping Bunny Certified

We are so excited to announce that Pura Naturals Pet™ is Leaping Bunny Certified! Our love and compassion doesn’t end with our pets, we love all animals and that is why we pledge to be cruelty-free.

Calendula

Calendula is a plant that has been used for centuries for ornamental purposes, as well as culinary, cosmetic and medicinal reasons. Even if you’re not quite sure what it is, you probably are familiar with marigolds. This plant is in the same species as marigolds and often called by the alternative name pot marigold.

Pura Naturals Pet ‘Must Have’ Summer Essentials

Summer is officially here! As we welcome back the warm weather and sunshine we thought it would be fun to share our favorite ‘Must Have’ Pura Naturals Pet summer picks that will keep your four-legged friend happy and comfortable all season long.

Memorial Day Weekend Safety Tips for Pet Parents

Memorial Day Weekend is the official kick off to summer! If you are like most Americans you probably have a weekend of barbecuing, hanging by the pool, the beach or out on the boat, and perhaps firework viewing planned.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil, or copra oil, is an edible oil extracted from the kernel or meat of mature coconuts harvested from the coconut palm (Cocos nucifera). Coconut oil specifically contains a lot of medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs).

Introducing Our New Feline Line

Our family just keeps on growing! You asked, we answered... All new products for our feline friends are here! This truly is the ‘PUR’-fect addition to Pura Naturals Pet family. We have added 4 new products for the kitties that we know you will just love!

Jojoba Oil

Jojoba oil (pronounced ho-ho-ba) is the liquid that comes from the seed of the Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) plant, which is a shrub native to southern Arizona, southern California and northwestern Mexico. Although it is called an oil, it’s actually a liquid plant wax and has been used in folk medicine for a number of ailments.

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is a plant species of the genus Aloe. It grows wild in tropical climates around the world and is cultivated for agricultural and medicinal uses. Aloe Vera is most well-known for its moisturizing properties and can be found in plenty of skin and hair products. Aloe’s reputation for healing wounds starts as far back as 1935 when it was documented that the whole-leaf extract promoted complete regeneration of the skin. Research suggests that polysaccharides in the gel have anti-itching and anti-inflammatory that help with wound healing.

Hiking With Your Dog: Essential Tips for Pet Owners

If you're a dog parent and love to hike, then we're sure you have plans for you and your four legged friend to be great trail buddies. Before you head out into the wilderness though there are some preparations and safety measures you should review first to ensure you and your pet have a fun and safe time.

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Shea Butter

Shea butter, aka "The Skin's Best Friend', comes from the nut of the karite shea tree that is indigenous to Africa. Raw, unrefined shea butter contains vitamins and minerals such as vitamins A and E, as well as essential fatty acids. It has a creamy color and a very distinct smell. It has been used for centuries for its moisturizing, anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties.

Heartworm Awareness & Prevention: What Pet Parents Need to Know

April is Heartworm Disease Awareness and Prevention Month. In many North American regions April is the time of the year when veterinarians begin to check dogs and cats for exposure to heartworm organisms that may have occurred during the previous mosquito season.

Healthy Pets. Healthy Planet. Happy You!

Pura Naturals Pet™ shares the same passion to protect our planet as we do in creating products that are safe for our pets and our families. We are dedicated to creating a healthier planet by taking steps to recycle and reduce waste, as well as creating products that are safe and non-toxic.

See What’s New at Pura Naturals Pet™

Our family has grown! It was only one year ago Pura Naturals Pet™ first debuted at the Global Pet Expo in Orlando Florida in March 2016, and since then we have been very busy.

Back Again! Meet us at the Global Pet Expo, Booth #2275

Pura Naturals Pet™ is heading back to Orlando Florida this year for the Global Pet Expo on March 22nd-24th at the Orange County Convention Center and we hope to see you there! We had an amazing time last year debuting our line, and this year we are excited to introduce to you some new products for both cats and dogs, as well as our new Equine Line.

Introducing Our Equine Line!

Expo CollageYes it’s true, our amazing line of USDA Certified Organic grooming products are now available for horses too! Over the weekend we debuted our new line with English Riding Supply at the American Equestrian Trade Association Expo in Oaks, Pennsylvania. We had an amazing time, met new friends and got some great feedback. AND, now we would like to share the new line with you!   First let's start with our Shampoos! We have 3 amazing organic options to choose from that are all USDA Certified Organic:   Shampoos Cropped

Lavender & Chamomile

Made with Organic Lavender and Chamomile Oil, this shampoo will leave your horse feeling clean and relaxed. The Lavender Oil promotes a calming feeling that helps to relieve tension. Lavender Oil also helps to  ward off bacteria and acts as a natural mosquito repellent, while the Chamomile Oil soothes the skin and relieves irritation caused by skin conditions such as sweet itch and rain rot providing gentle, comforting relief. *Contains ingredients currently prohibited by USEF

Tea Tree & Peppermint

Made with Tea Tree and Peppermint Oil, this shampoo will leave your horse feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.  Tea Tree Oil helps to treat fungal or bacterial skin infections without drying or stripping away natural skin and hair oils, while the Peppermint Oil helps to relieve sore muscles and joints. *Contains ingredients currently prohibited by USEF

Oatmeal & Aloe (Unscented)

Made with Organic Aloe and Organic Oatmeal Extract, this shampoo will soothe and nourish your horses skin and hair. The Oatmeal Extract contains a high percentage of Vitamin B which helps to deeply penetrate and moisturize the skin while strengthening the hair. The Aloe helps calm sensitive skin and works as an anti-inflammatory to pacify skin irritations and relieve itching.   Horse Conditioning SprayNext we have the perfect follow up to our line of shampoos:

Detangle & Shine

Our USDA Certified Organic Conditioning Spray offers luxurious characteristics that shines, detangles and conditions mane, tail and body, while replenishing natural oils lost in shampooing. Promotes healthy silky shine and eases grooming. *Contains ingredients currently prohibited by USEF   Horse Powder Dry ShampooLooking for a solution to water baths during the cold weather months? We have one:

Certified Organic Powder Dry Shampoo

Don't risk your horse catching a cold in the winter due to a bath, our Certified Organic Powder Dry Shampoo contains Organic Neem to help remove dirt and absorb excess oils while conditioning the coat. This powder dry shampoo will leave your horse's skin and hair smelling fresh and feeling soft.   Hoof Rescue     Next we have a little something for those hooves:

Certified Organic Hoof Rescue

Our Certified Organic Hoof Rescue heals and restores cracked hooves and helps to strengthen walls. The Shea Butter and Vitamin E hydrate and soothe hooves, while protecting from heat, cold and moisture. *Contains ingredients currently prohibited by USEF   Horse Healing BlamOur next addition to our Equine Line is a first aid 'Must Have':

Organic Healing Balm

Our all-natural restorative first aid salve contains Willow Bark for inflammation, stiffness and aches, and Organic Neem to help treat minor cuts, wounds and other ailments. Our healing balm is made with food grade ingredients and safe if accidentally ingested.       AND our last addition to the line will make cleaning your horse's ears a breeze:

Horse Ear Cleansing SystemAll-Natural Ear Cleansing System

An easy, all-natural way to clean your horse’s ears. Our system includes our Ear Cleansing Serum and 4 Reusable Pura-Finger™ Gloves. The Organic Mullein oil in our Ear Cleansing Serum acts as a natural disinfectant and antiseptic to clean and treat minor sores. The Pura-Finger™ Gloves fit easily onto the finger and are made from a bio-based foam that is highly effective at absorbing and removing dirt, oil and grime from the ears.   If you are interested in this new line please check us out at the englishridingsupply.com, or if you have any questions about these products you can always contact us at info@puranaturalspet.com.

Grooming Tips for the Cold Winter Months!

Brrr…. It’s cold outside! Who wants to think about giving a dog a bath when it’s so chilly out? BUT… cold weather along with winter’s snow and ice can wreak havoc on our dog’s skin, coat, paws and nose during their daily walks, even inside, the low humidity of heated indoor air can make your pet’s skin dry and itchy. The winter season is definitely not the time to slack on your pet’s grooming routine, so here are a few tips to help keep your pet healthy all winter long!   Dry them off. If your dog is coming in from playing in the snow or running in the rain, it’s important that you dry them thoroughly. Just like us our pets are susceptible to the chills. Also the excessive dry air created by indoor heaters and a combination of a damp coat can cause your dog’s skin to become dry and itchy.

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Brush them out. Brushing your dog daily or even weekly can significantly reduce the amount of shedding and matting in their coat. Excess hair can cause mats and eventually, the mats become so close to the skin that it can become painful or even dangerous to remove them. Keeping the coat in a breathable condition allows it to insulate your dog as it’s supposed to. Regular brushing also helps distribute the natural oils in your dog’s coat, which helps relieve the dryness that results from winter weather. The last thing you want to do is let a winter coat get so matted that the dog must be shaved down in the middle of winter.   Winter bath time. Contrary to popular opinion, your pet does need bathing throughout the winter months to keep his skin and coat healthy, at least one weekly bath. In fact, done properly, frequent shampoos and conditioning can help to reduce dryness, matting and related skin problems. You should always use pet shampoos formulated to moisturize and condition – human shampoos can dry out your pet’s skin. Ideally you want to look for shampoos made with organic ingredients and essential oils as oppose to shampoos with artificial fragrances and added chemicals that can irritate your pet’s skin. Pura Naturals Pet™ Shampoos and Conditioners are certified to USDA Organic Standards by the Vermont Organic Farmers. If you don’t bath your dog yourself, or you don’t have the space in the winter months to bath your dog inside, but want to keep them clean in between your grooming appointments, try our Certified Organic Powder Dry Shampoo. This organic powder is a perfect option to eliminate oil, dirt and odors and keep pet’s fur feeling soft and bouncy between regular grooming sessions. 26365918 - human hand cutting dog toenails isolated on white backgroundProtect the paws. You should pay special attention to your dog’s paws and nails. Ice and salted sidewalks can be extremely irritating to paw pads and can lead to cracking or sores. Be sure to clip any long hair on the bottom of the paws. This is to prevent any snow or ice from sticking to the hairs and forming painful snow balls. After walks, it is a good idea to rinse your dog’s feet with warm water to remove any ice, salt, or gravel. It is also especially important to keep toenails short. Cold toenails break more easily when running through snow and ice. To help soothe cracked pads or irritation due to the cold, snow and salt use a moisturizer on your dog’s paws. Our Certified Organic Paw Rescue made with organic Shea Butter and Vitamin E hydrates and soothes to promote healing. Learn more about keeping your pet’s paws healthy all winter long here.   Protect the nose. Cold weather is known to dry out the skin, including the skin on your dog’s nose. Dog noses are especially prone to drying out and becoming irritated if your dog is playing outside in the cold or in the snow. To prevent your dog’s nose from drying out or even cracking you need a natural moisturizer that will keep their nose healthy all winter long.  Our Certified Organic Button Nose Balm made with Organic Beeswax and Organic Oils helps to moisturize, soothe and heal cracked noses.

Choose Chemical-Free in 2017

Want to make a resolution this year that will have a positive impact on your health, your family’s health, your pet’s health and the health of our planet? It’s easy start swapping out the everyday products you buy that are packed with chemicals for products that are chemical-free. Here are 3 simple ways you can start creating a chemical-free household:

What’s in the Fridge?

This is an easy place to start. Start slow, take one product that you buy the most - say it’s milk, switch to organic milk (without pesticides and growth hormones). It’s that simple take a product you buy and switch it out for a healthier alternative. Now we understand buying organic food can be pricier, but the benefits are worth it. If you want to save some money shopping organically look for sales and buy a large amount when a product is on sale and freeze it. You can also check out your local farmer markets, I have found great deals on fruits and vegetables there, plus shopping locally is another way to help the environment! Don’t forget about Fido, what are you feeding him? Take a look at the ingredient label, not sure what you are looking for? Check out “How to Read a Dog Food Label on WebMD.com. What your pet eats can have a huge impact on their health and a huge impact on your wallet. A healthy pet means less trips to the Vet, and a healthy diet is key!

Cleaning Your Home or Polluting it With Chemicals?

I had a friend who use to believe her house wasn’t clean unless she could smell the bleach. Although bleach comes from a natural source, the process it undergoes radically changes the substance into something that is quite harmful to us, our pets, and the environment. (Learn more about bleach and why it is so dangerous here.) Bleach is just one of the many harmful chemicals found in every day cleaning products that are toxic to us and our pets. Cleaning products with ingredients such as bleach, ammonia, chlorine, glycol ethers or formaldehyde can put our pets at risk for cancer, anemia, liver and kidney damage. According to the EPA, 50% of all illness can be traced to indoor pollution, which can be directly related to the use of household cleaners. Start purchasing natural cleaning alternatives or make your own, learn how  here.

Do You Know What’s Lurking in Your Grooming Products?

More than 95 percent of the chemicals in artificial fragrances are known toxins which can lead to a compromised immune function, allergic reactions and neurotoxicity – some of which are cited on the EPA’s hazardous waste list. Unfortunately, manufacturers can legally hide hundreds of synthetic chemicals in the one word —”fragrance” without revealing what those ingredients are. This is referred to as a “trade secret” in the industry, a major loophole in the law. Where can you find fragrance lurking? You can find it in personal care products for men and women and our pet’s grooming products. Fragrance isn’t the only harmful chemical you will find in personal care products, check out EWG’s Skin Deep Database for more information on what to avoid and how to make healthier choices. At Pura Naturals Pet™ we are dedicated to delivering the highest quality products using only the best materials the Earth has to offer. Our products are free of chemicals and USDA certified organic meaning it is safe for you, your family, your pets and our planet! Learn why being organic is important to us on our blog.

Pura Naturals Pet's Holiday Gift Ideas

Our pets love us unconditionally and snuggle with us all throughout the year, so of course we want to include them in the festivities when the holiday season comes around. If you are looking for ideas to spoil your pet this season, we have the perfect gifts to show your furry friend how much you love them!

 All-Natural Peppermint Shampoo & Eco-Friendly Drying Glovespeppermint-shampooo-and-fur-gloves

Our Peppermint Shampoo is perfect for the holiday season, not only does it smell fabulous, but it’s USDA Certified Organic, 100% chemical free and no artificial fragrances. Instead our shampoos are made with essential oils and herbs which are safe for your furry friend. After their bath dry them off with our eco-friendly drying gloves, which are more absorbent than towels and cut down on drying time. Your pet will love bath time with this All-Natural Bathing Starter Kit!

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Keep your dog happy and comfortable this holiday season with the Pampered Pet Pouch. This wellness kit has just what you need to pamper your pet this winter season with safe, organic, natural products. This kit includes; Certified Organic Paw Rescue, Certified Organic Button Nose Butter and 30 Reusable Pura-Tips™!

Perfect Pet Pad

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Give the gift of comfort! Whether it’s in your pet’s crate, the car or anywhere they might choose to snooze, make your dog comfortable with the Perfect Pet Pad. This tufted pad is made with bio-based foam and a cooling gel layer. It's extra-cushioned for comfort, as well as antimicrobial and machine washable. This pet pad comes in five sizes and lots of colors!

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Dry Powder Shampoo dry-shampoo

Perfect gift for the pet that hates the bath, especially during the winter season. Our Organic Dry Powder Shampoo is perfect for these colder months. The Organic Powder absorbs excess oil leaving fur feeling soft and bouncing without ever having to get your pet wet, and for that your pet will love you more!

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Snow and ice in the winter can be rough on our pet’s paws, so treat your pet to a paw massage with our Organic Paw Rescue. This balm will soothe, moisturize and protect dry or cracked paws and can even help treat wounds, scratches or sores. The organic ingredients are free of chemicals, paraben and fragrance, with no synthetic dyes or perfumes. Keep your pet's paws happy and healthy all winter long!

Nose Butternose-butter

Another treat for your pet during the cold winter months. Just like your pet’s paws winter can also be harsh on their little noses, so give them something this holiday season that will protect that button nose! Our Organic Nose Butter is perfect, made with organic oils it helps to soothe and heal dry cracked noses.

7 Awesome Pet Friendly Thanksgiving Recipes

Dogs love Thanksgiving, but sharing our meal with them is a big “no no!” People food, especially after being seasoned, isn’t always the best for our four legged friends. To err on the side of caution we made a fun list of pet friendly Thanksgiving recipes so that you can safely include your furry friend in the festivities!

Turkey and Sweet Potato Meatball Dog Treats

The best thing about Thanksgiving is the Turkey! Did you know fresh meat – chicken or turkey, and occasionally beef without added salts and preservatives can actually make a fantastic replacement for your pet’s commercial food? All the more reason to treat your pup to this delicious meal. See the full recipe here. Recipe and picture via Petcouponsavings.com petcouponsavings-com

Turkey Dog Treats

Not a fan, or your dog isn’t a fan of sweet potatoes, try this turkey treat for Thanksgiving. Get full recipe here. Recipe and picture via dogvills.com dogvills-com

Wheat Free Dog Treats with Turkey

Have a dog that is sensitive or allergic to wheat? Here is the perfect Thanksgiving treat for them! Get full recipe here. Recipe and picture via dogtreatkitchen.com dogtreatkitchen-com    

Apple & Cranberry Dog Treats

The taste of fall! Your pup will absolutely love this thanksgiving treat. Get the full recipe here. Recipe and picture via gooddogsco.com gooddogsco-com    

Homemade Grain-free Apple, Cinnamon and Pumpkin Dog Cookie

Here’s a healthy treat, which is grain and gluten free and can actually help improve the condition of your dog’s skin and coat. Get the full recipe here. Recipe and picture via K9instict.com k9instict-com

Homemade Pumpkin Pie Dog Treats

Pumpkin is a fall favorite and apparently it’s also very healthy for our furry friends as well. Pumpkin is a great source of fiber, good for digestion, and high in healthy fatty acids and antioxidants. Get full recipe here. Recipe and picture via crayonsandcollars.com crayonsandcollars-com

Carrot and Banana Dog Cupcakes

Everybody loves cupcakes and there is no reason why your dog can’t enjoy a “pupcake” on Thanksgiving! Get full recipe here. Recipe and picture via petguide.com petguide-com

Pet Paw Care: Wintertime Tips

As the days and nights get a little chillier we are reminded the winter season is just around the corner. When the temperatures drop the surfaces we walk on outside get very cold and, at times, covered with ice and snow making it important for pet owners to protect their dog’s paws. Would you walk barefoot across snow and ice? Probably not, and although our pet's paws are a little bit tougher than our own feet, they are still vulnerable and need to be taken care of. Here are some tips to keeping your dog’s paws happy and healthy this winter:

Prep Your Dog’s Paws

Good grooming is essential for healthy winter feet. Did you know long nails force the paw to splay out and make it more likely that snow and ice will accumulate between the paw pads? That is why it is especially important to clip those nails 26365918 - human hand cutting dog toenails isolated on white backgroundin the winter months. You also want to keep hair around paws trimmed, this will prevent ice balls from forming between and around paw pads which can be painful and result in trauma. Once you have clipped nails and trimmed hair you want to apply a moisturizer on your pet's paws. Exposure to cold weather can cause paws to dry out and this will lead to chapping and cracking, to prevent this you want to moisturize. It's important to never use a lotion meant for humans on your pet's paws, these lotions could soften the pads too much and lead to other issues. Instead, use a pet moisturizer such as our Certified Organic Paw Rescue which is perfect for healing and restoring cracked pads. Our paw rescue is made from food grade Shea Butter and safe for your pet if accidentally licked.

Salt and Ice Melt Can Be Toxic

Salt and ice melt can be toxic to our four legged friends. When you take your dog out for a walk try to keep him/her away from roads and sidewalks that have been heavily treated with salt and chemical de-icers. The salt pieces or pellets will stick to their paws. When the ice begins to melt this heat can cause burning and irritation to the pads of their feet. Dogs can also ingest too much salt because they may eat snow instead of drinking water, or they may drink from puddled water where ice has melted and the salt products are present. Dogs can also ingest salt if it sticks to the hairs of their feet creating ice balls that your dog will later lick and chew off his feet, another reason to keep the hair around paws trimmed. After each walk always wipe down or rinse your pet's paws with warm water to wash away any chemicals they may have picked up. Another alternative is to slather the dog’s paws with Vaseline before a walk, which will keep salt from getting on the pads, but you will still need to wash the paws after their walk to prevent ingesting any salt. Keep in mind there are pet friendly de-icers that you can purchase to treat your own sidewalk and driveway. It wouldn't be a bad idea to share this information with your neighbors in hopes to encourage them to use pet friendly de-icers as well.

Dog Boots

Another good option to protect your dog’s paws is dog boots, that is if you can actually get your dog to wear them. These boots are made by various manufacturers and can be easily found online and in pet stores. They consist of a sock like boot with a Velcro strap to help keep them in place. Some have soles which provide the additional benefit of adding traction. These boots protect the paw by helping them stay dry and preventing exposure to salt and de-icers. Remember dogs are susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia just like us. Be aware of how long you are out for and use common sense, if you see your dog shivering it's too cold! Winter can be rough on our pup's paws but good grooming and protection, with moisturizers or pet booties, will go a long way to keeping your dog's feet healthy.

Safe and Happy Halloween: Tips for Pet Owners

Halloween is packed with fun, costumes, parties, trick-or-treating and spooky decorations... BUT for our pets all that fun could cause stress and some of it could actually be a danger for them. Follow the tips below to keep your pet safe so you both can have a happy Halloween!

Keep The Treats Out Of Reach

Cute little dog dressed in a bee costume for Halloween night, eating some candy of a Jack O'Lantern basket   The candy is for trick-or-treaters, and maybe a few pieces for yourself, but definitely not for our four legged friends. Several popular Halloween treats are toxic to pets. Chocolate in all forms—especially dark or baking chocolate—can be very dangerous for cats and dogs, and sugar-free candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can cause serious problems in pets. If you suspect your pet has ingested something toxic, please call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 immediately.

Watch Your Pets Around Decorations

Halloween is known for the festive carved jack-o-lantern, but they can easily be knocked over by your pet and start a fire. Curious kitties are especially at risk of getting burned or singed by a candle flame. Don't let your pets nibble on the pumpkins or decorative corn, although they are considered relatively nontoxic, it can cause stomach discomfort.

Costumes Are Not For Everyone

lifebuzz-27583881   Just like people, there are those who love dressing up and those who don’t. The ASPCA recommends that you don’t put your dog or cat in a costume unless you know he or she loves it, there is no reason to cause unnecessary stress. If you do dress up your pet for Halloween, make sure the costume does not limit his or her movement, sight or ability to breathe, bark or meow. Check the costume carefully for small, dangling or easily chewed-off pieces that could present a choking hazard.  Watch for costumes with capes or other lose hanging pieces that can get caught or twisted as well.   Be sure to have your pet try on the costume before the big night. If he or she seems distressed or shows abnormal behavior, consider a festive bandana instead.

Keep Your Pets Away From The Door

Keep your pets in another room away from the front door during the trick-or-treating. Aside from door dashing, even the most social pets can get frightened by the strange sights and sounds of trick-or-treaters. A scared, or overly excited, pet could accidentally harm a trick-or-treater.

Keep Your Pet Indoors

Unfortunately animals are often targets of cruel tricks or pranks this time of year, these pranks can cause real harm to your beloved pet. The best way to keep your pets safe from these dangers is to keep them inside. If you have outside cats consider bringing them indoors until the holiday hype has passed.

Be Sure Your Pet Is Wearing Their Identification

dog_cat   Be prepared just in case your pet happens to get outside, be sure they are wearing ID tags. Pets with tags can be reunited with their owner a lot quicker when found.   Hope you found these tips helpful and not too scary. Putting safety first will ensure that you and your pet will have a happy and healthy Halloween!

Creative Pet Costume Ideas

Halloween is right around the corner and it's time to get creative and dress up our pets. To get you inspired we put together some of our favorite costumes, store bought or DIY, found across the web, enjoy!

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The "Real Chia Pet" perfect throwback for all of you 80's kids out there.

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The "Teddy Pup" this is just adorable!

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The "Harry Pupper" for all the Potter fans out there.

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"Bat Cat" vs. "Bat Cat"

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The "Lazy Race Cat" just wants to eat.

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"Skeledog" this one is spooky!

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"Little Link Cat" another throwback to the 80's, we love it!

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"Peppy Le Pup" the little stinker!

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Are you a Star Wars fan? You'll love these two costumes we found at Target!

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And this "Trumps" them all!

screen-shot-2016-09-29-at-12-44-45-pm                     Will you be dressing up your pet for Halloween? We want to see it! Share your pictures on Facebook and Instagram with us by tagging @puranaturalspet and using #petoween2016 and you will be entered into our sweepstakes for a chance to win a basket of goodies from Pura Naturals Pet! Sweepstakes ends October 31, 2016 and the winner will be announced on Facebook on November 1, 2016, good luck!

How Is Fragrance Harmful To My Pet?

Fragrance is an ingredient found in many products on the market today. You find it in laundry detergent, candles, soaps, shampoos and even your pet's shampoo. These artificial fragrances give products their amazing smell, BUT underneath the mask of "fragrance" lie harmful toxins. These toxins are harmful to us and even worse for our four legged friends. Here is why you should just say no to fragrance:

What is in “Fragrance?”

More than 95 percent of the chemicals in artificial fragrances are known toxins which can lead to a compromised immune function, allergic reactions and neurotoxicity – some of which are cited on the EPA’s hazardous wastelist. Unfortunately, manufacturers can legally hide hundreds of synthetic chemicals in the one word—”fragrance” without revealing what those ingredients are. This is referred to as a “trade secret” in the industry, a major loophole in the law.

How Does This Affect My Pet?

Whether theses chemicals are inhaled or absorbed through the skin, they’ll make their way into your pet’s blood, and from there to all the tissues and organs throughout the body. Artificial fragrances have been linked to serious health problems such as cancer.

Why Is Fragrance Worse For My Pet? 

The human body is able to detoxify differently than animals can. There are certain harmful substances that the human body can effectively eliminate, but the same cannot be said for our pets. And you should also keep in mind that our pets’ bodies, which are much smaller than our own, will have a much more difficult time detoxifying the same amount of toxins that our bodies are burdened with. So while we may be able to inhale a bit of artificial fragrance every day without serious harm, our small pet’s liver may be overburdened by the toxicity and find it difficult to remove the toxins effectively. This can lead to both short-term problems, such as skin allergies, and long-term chronic health issues, such as respiratory problems and cancer.

Healthy Alternatives

Thankfully there are safe alternatives out there, so that you can avoid toxic ingredients, but still enjoy great smelling products. Organic options are the safest choice, using natural fragrances as opposed to synthetics. Pura Naturals Pet™ shampoos are made with essential oils that will nourish your pet’s coat, leaving it clean, shiny and smelling great!

Seasonal Allergies: Tips For Pet Owners

It's officially Fall! The days are getting cooler and shorter, the leaves are starting to change colors, and pumpkin spiced everything is everywhere you turn. As we welcome the change in seasons those of us with pets who suffer from seasonal allergies know a change in season can also mean the onset of uncomfortable itching and skin infections for our four-legged family member. Fall doesn't have all the blooms and new growths of spring that irritate many, but what it does have is dying plants, wind, moisture, and cooler temperatures that stir up the irritants, causing discomfort to our pet. Mold spore are also released in Autumn and become more common in the air as decaying leaves and other vegetation fall to the ground. This worsens allergy symptoms because as mold particles counts climb higher they become increasingly irritating to those with allergies.

What are the signs my pet has seasonal allergies?

 Seasonal allergies in pets can cause excessive itching, scratching, and grooming; rashes; sneezing; watery eyes; paw chewing; ear infections and skin inflammation. This condition is known as atopic dermatitis. If your pet does have allergies their skin will become very itchy and you will see them scratching excessively and possibly bite or chew at irritated areas to try and relieve themselves. Other signs include; areas of hair loss, open sores and scabbing. If the itchy persists this can cause your dog to develop hot spots.

How to treat hot spots?

If your dog does develop hot spots you can treat they infected area with our USDA Certified Organic Hot Spot Oil. This all-natural oil is made with organic golden jojoba oil and organic calendula petals. Treating hot spots naturally will prevent causing further irritation or stinging that can be caused by harsh chemicals or alcohol. Jojoba oil has many benefits to your pet’s skin, and healing hot spots is just one of them. Calendula is known among medical herbalists as nature’s miracle skin healer. It is used today among clinical herbalists and naturopathic physicians to treat eczema, boils, skin ulcers and pretty much every skin condition ever suffered. Apply our Hot Spot Oil directly to damaged area. Rub gently and massage in a calming manner to keep pet still and relaxed. Do not rinse. Apply 3-4 times a day until area begins to heal. Reduce usage as area improves. Some hot spots can result in fever and serious underlying skin problems, so if you see the wound growing rather than improving after a couple of days, it’s time to seek veterinary care.

What can I do to help my pet suffering from allergies?

When seasonal allergy triggers are in full bloom there are ways to help relieve your pet and help them cope with their allergy symptoms.

  • For immediate relief give your pet a bath. A bath will wash away the allergens on your pet’s coat and skin. Be sure to use a shampoo that is free of artificial fragrances and other toxins, these will just further irritate your pet’s skin. For a natural alternative try our Hypo-Allergenic Unscented Shampoo and Conditioner which is perfectly formulated for sensitive skin. Made with organic calendula and organic aloe it helps relieve itching and soothe dry skin.
  • Foot Soaks. This is a great way to reduce the amount of allergens your pet brings back into your home. Make sure to wash off or soak your pet’s foot in water every time they come back in from playing outside - It's actually a good idea to give the whole body a quick wipe down. Our individually wrapped Pura Wipes are the perfect solution for quick clean ups!
  • Clean, clean, clean. The cleaner your home the less allergens there will be to irritate your pet. Be sure to vacuum and clean floors, as well as your pet’s bedding and your pet’s stuffed toys frequently with a simple non-toxic cleaning agent. Household cleaners containing harsh chemicals could worsen your pet’s symptoms.

When to contact Vet?

As soon as you suspect your dog may have allergies you should contact your vet immediately to rule out any other possible infections. Your Veterinary can perform allergy testing on your pet to identify specific allergy triggers. Once you know what the specific culprit is you can minimize your pet’s exposure to it, which will reduce your pet’s symptoms. And, if your pet’s allergies are more severe your Veterinarian can discuss other options to help relieve your pet’s symptoms.

How You Can Help Your Local Animal Shelter

I think we can all agree that animal shelters and animal rescues are amazing! With limited resources and staff, they work very hard to improve and save the lives of so many homeless animals. Have you ever found yourself saying, "If I had the money or a bigger home I would adopt more animals!"? Well you're not alone, many people feel that way. Giving an animal a forever home is one of the best ways you can help a shelter, but it’s not always that easy for everyone, even the biggest animal lovers out there. We know owning one dog or cat can be a lot of work and owning multiple pets becomes a lot more work and a lot more money. Adoption isn't the only thing you can do to help out your local shelter or animal rescue though, there are actually a bunch of ways you can contribute and help make a difference in the lives of so many animals! Check out some great ideas below:  

Get to Know Your Local Shelter and Rescue Groups

First thing you should do is find out where your local shelters and rescue groups are located. Learn more about them and what they do. Stop by to introduce yourself personally or give them a call and let them know you are interested in helping them out. The shelter or rescue group may have specific needs and they can let you know where they need the most help.

Spread the Word

Most local shelters have special events, such as adoption day, food drives or fundraisers. Help them out by spreading the word. You can volunteer to hang fliers in local stores or parks around the area, or share these events on social media with all of your friends. The more people that know about the event the better chance it has at being successful.

Volunteer Your Time

Shelters really rely on their volunteers, extra hands are always needed! Here are some examples of  how you can volunteer your time:

  • Have a car? A shelter may need you to help transport animals from the shelter to their vet appointments, or from the shelter to a rescue facility.
  • Are you a dog person? Shelters can always use more help when it comes to socializing and exercising the animals. If you are good with dogs, volunteer an hour or more at your local shelter to play with the dogs or walk them. This kind of engagement really benefits the animals when trying to find a forever home.
  • Are you a cat person? Cats need socialization too. They may not need a walk, but interacting with them by playing and petting will prepare them for a new home.
  • Do you like to clean? Ok probably not, but the shelter can always use help cleaning out cages. It might not be as much fun, but the animals will love you for it!

Donate Supplies

Supplies are always needed whether it's your local shelter or animal rescue. They are usually in need of food, toys, bedding, blankets, litter, crates, first aid or cleaning supplies. Call the local shelter and see what they need or check out their website which may actually have a their wish list of items listed. First check to see if you have any of these requested items around your house you can donate, if not you can always pick something up the next time you are at the store.

 Put Your Special Skills to Good Use

Do you have a talent? If so why not use that to help your local shelter, here are some examples:

  • Are you crafty? If you are the crafty type and love DIYs, your skills could come in handy. You can find tons of ideas on Pinterest!
  • Do they call you the handy man, or woman? Well the shelter could always use a set of good hands for helping to fix or repair things, or possibly build a cat tree.
  • Are you a trainer in training? Many dogs at the shelter could use the training, it will help them in finding a forever home. AND, it's a great way for you to get real experience while being a big help!
  • Are you taking website design classes? Shelters need someone to maintain the look and design of their website. They are consistently updating their websites between the animals coming in and those getting adopted, as well as updating events, contact information, donations, blog updates etc. Your skill could really help them out.
  • Are you a social media guru? Shelters need social media, it is one of the best ways to get the word out to a massive amount people about adoptable pets, lost pets, upcoming events, donations etc. If you are skilled at Facebook, Twitter or Instagram you could really help shelters break through all the social media noise and give their posts a better shot of being seen and shared!
  • Have a hobby for photography? Photos for adoption profiles can make a big difference in how fast a pet gets adopted. Good shots can help with the shelters social media efforts as well, we all know the power of a great photo!

Have a Fundraiser

Putting together a fundraiser is a great way to help your shelter get the funds they need in order to continue to do such amazing work. Here are some easy fundraising ideas:

  • It’s Your Birthday! Why not set up a gofundme.com page and instead of gifts ask for donations to your local shelter.
  • Getting Married? In lieu of party favors for your guests make a donation to your local shelter or rescue group in your guest’s honor.
  • Host a fundraising party. Supply the beverages, food and entertainment and ask your guests to donate a basket. Use these baskets as raffle items to raise money for your local shelter or animal rescue.
  • Start a fundraiser at work. You can speak to HR about raising funds or supplies for a local shelter and have a reward set up for the employees who participate. Maybe it’s a casual day or a pizza Friday, whatever works for your office.
  • Get the kid’s involved. Speak to the PTA about organizing a fundraiser at your child’s school. This will give the kids a chance to get involved with helping the animals too. The local shelter could even bring a few of the adoptable pets to the school to teach the kids about the animals they are helping.

Foster an Animal

This may not be for everyone, but if you can take in an animal temporarily this would help the shelter and benefit the animal. Some animals find the shelter extremely stressful and can’t adapt, this makes it harder for them to find a forever home.

Say Thank You

Shelter workers give their whole hearts to their jobs, and are usually buried under never-ending to-do lists and urgent tasks. They usually are overstressed and under-paid. So little things like someone showing how much they appreciate what they’re doing goes a long, long way in restoring the energy and drive they need to continue to help animals. You can do something simple like sending in a thank you card or maybe stopping by with cupcakes or cookies, or ordering pizza for for the staff one day. A little appreciation will make a big difference. When the staff are encouraged and energized, all the animals in the shelter benefit from that positive energy. We hope you enjoyed this post and if you have some more ideas on how to help your local shelter or animal rescue, please leave them in the comments below.

Spoil Your Dog with a DIY Spa Day

Today is Spoil Your Dog Day and great way to do that is to pamper your pet with an at home DIY spa day. Follow these simple steps below on how to give your dog the royal treatment:

First Things First: Get Them Clean

Nothing is more refreshing than a bath, especially during these hot summer months. We know it’s not always easy to give your dog a bath, but if you make it fun your dog will appreciate being cooled off and scrubbed down! Take bathtime outside, all you need is a hose or a baby pool, Pura Naturals Pet™ Shampoo & Conditioner, and possibly some toys & treats! They will love getting massaged while you soap them up. After they are all soaped up make sure to completely rinse off all the soap and then take cover from the big shake! Once they have shaken out help dry them off a little more with our Fur Drying Gloves. These gloves work better than a towel, which pushes moisture back into their coat, instead the gloves actually extract the water from your dog’s fur. After the drying give your dog a treat!

Up Next Take Care of Any Sores or Cuts

After you have your little (or big) buddy all clean and dry, look for any cuts, wounds or sore spots, now is the perfect time to apply a healing solution to these affected areas. Our Organic Healing Restorative Salve helps to soothe, calm and heal, and is completely safe for your dog if licked. Just apply gently by massaging the balm onto the affected area and follow it up with a treat. Trust us, your dog will love you for this.

Now It’s Time to Pamper Those Paws

Our dog’s paws can really take a beating, and even more so in the summer months when the surfaces they walk on become much hotter. It's important to pay close attention to our pup’s pads, if they become too dry and crack, they can become susceptible to infection. Use our Organic Paw Rescue to help moisturize rough or hardened paws. Just give your dog a good old ‘Paw’ rub and massage the paw rescue gently into their pads to help soften and heal. Once again follow up with a treat.

Now Let’s Powder the Nose

Ok technically were not suggesting you use powder, we don’t want your dog sneezing all day, we just like the saying. Instead, give the nose a touch of love with our Organic Button Nose Balm. This nose balm is perfect for those noses that got a little too much sun this summer, it will help soothe and moisturize a dry snout. AND, it’s the perfect touch to complete your dog’s spa treatment!

Lastly

Spoil your pampered pet with some more delicious treats and lots of hugs and kisses! Remember grooming doesn’t have to be a chore, in fact your pets will thank you for it. Keeping them clean and healthy just shows how much you love them. Let us know how you will be spoiling your furry friend today in the comments below.

How to Impress Your Vet with Routine At-Home Grooming!

Your Veterinarian relies on you too closely monitor your pet for warning signs that something might be wrong with your furry friend.  A dog’s skin, hair, nails, eyes, ears and teeth all provide a glimpse of our pet’s overall health. Keeping up with a regular grooming routine with your pet, not only ensures cleanliness, but frequent at-home grooming is also beneficial to your pet’s health. Developing a regular grooming routine will help you create a stronger bond with your dog, catch potential issues swiftly, and score major brownie points at your next vet visit!

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Changes in your dog’s skin will occur over the years and these changes can be perfectly normal due to aging, but some changes may not. If your dog’s skin is very dry or very greasy, if there is an odor or your pet develops sores or hotspots, you may need to call your vet. Certain symptoms can be caused by allergies, some by parasites, thyroid problems, pigment changes and skin cancers. If you have a regular grooming routine you will know your dog’s skin, and know the difference between when your dog needs a bath or your vet’s attention. Need some bathing tips? Don’t know how to choose the right shampoo? Learn more here.

Check for Lumps and Bumps

According to WebMD cancer is the leading cause of death in dogs over the age of 10, but half of all cancers are curable if caught early, experts say. 82263773662101.BVxPwMSW1SS17K3drPNl_height640Palpating the body from head to toe is part of a thorough vet exam, but it’s easy to miss a tiny lump or bump when the patient is moving around a lot and covered in hair. AND, if your routine examination is once or twice a year and your vet does discover a suspicious lump, it is difficult to know how long it’s been there or whether it has grown or changed in size. Keeping up with brushing and trimming your dog’s hair at home will help you detect a new or developing growth on your pet, and with cancer, early detection makes all the difference.

Fleas and Ticks

Dog on leash As pet owners we all fear these gross little parasites. Fleas have the strength in numbers, when undetected they can become more then just gross, they can become dangerous to your pet’s health. Besides the itchiness and discomfort of a flea infestation, dogs suffering from a flea allergy can develop rashes, lesions and skin infections. Many dogs with fleas end up with tapeworms when they swallow a parasite while chewing at their itchy skin. Outdoor Protection is so important when you and your pet are enjoying the great outdoors. As for ticks, just one tick can transmit Lyme Disease. Tick-borne diseases cause symptoms ranging from swollen, painful joints to neurological symptoms or even death. Rare cases of tick paralysis have also been reported in dogs. Learn more about protecting your pet from Lyme Disease here. The sooner you locate these pesky parasites on your pup, the faster you can eliminate them and protect your dog from serious health issues, but remember prevention is the best protection!

Take Note of Your Dog’s Coat

82263773662093.k6k65rcx6srqu9idxewq_height640 If you notice your dog’s coat seems dull or dry, notice dandruff or even hair loss, these can all be a sign that something is not right. It could be a number of things from inadequate bathing and grooming to nutrient imbalance or a thyroid condition, but dog owners who have a regular grooming routine will know immediately whether a change in their pet’s coat means it’s time to see a vet. When you keep up on regular bathing and grooming you won’t have to second guess if your pet just needs a bath. Don't have a regular grooming routine or need some pet bathing tips? Check out our blog here.

Keeping up With Ear Care

9374183_l When was the last time you cleaned your dog’s ears? If you can’t remember, or the answer is never, you are like many pet owners who tend to forget about the ears when it comes to grooming. Unfortunately, the ears make the perfect breeding ground for various nasties, making pet ear care extremely important. Adding ear care to your pet’s grooming routine is the best way to help ensure healthy ears and keep them safe from infections. Proper ear care will also keep you alert to symptoms that linger, and if you do suspect your dog has an ear infection it’s time to call a vet. Learn more about pet ear care here.

Doggy Dental Care

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Watch Your Dog’s Nose

21820639_l Your dog’s nose can provide hints that can help you understand his/her needs better. Checking your dog’s nose should be a normal part of your at-home wellness exam. Getting acquainted with the look and shape of your pet’s nose when it’s healthy is important, because then you’ll be able to determine when a problem pops up and it becomes unhealthy. Learn more about symptoms to look for and how to help care for your dog’s nose, here.

Making Your Dog Comfortable

This may be the number one reason you will impress your vet. Some dogs are less than cooperative when it comes time to visit the vet, but when you establish regular routine grooming with your pup, he or she becomes comfortable with being touched and examined. Looking in ears and mouths, brushing hair and trimming nails help to desensitize dogs to the treatments they will receive at the vet. This will minimize fear, anxiety and aggression when it comes time for the exam. Making it safer and easier for both your vet and your pet!

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Pura Naturals Pet at Super Zoo: Visit Booth #2089

Viva Las Vegas! That’s right we are heading to Las Vegas. Pura Naturals Pet™ will be exhibiting at Super Zoo, August 2-4, at Mandalay Bay Convention Center and we hope to see you there. This will be our first time at Super Zoo and we can’t wait to meet new people and reveal some awesome new products!

Stop by Booth #2089 and Learn More About Pura Naturals Pet™

Our mission is simple. We are dedicated to delivering the highest quality products using only the best materials the Earth has to offer. That dedication means we deliver USDA certified organic ingredients, plant based foams and plastics, biodegradable elements that have amazing natural properties – like rice hulls – in every product. The best part is, those ingredients not only make the SAFEST product but also the most comfortable. What does comfortable mean? It means shampoos and lotions that won’t irritate the skin, scents and perfumes that don’t trigger allergies, and materials that are relaxing, safe, renewable and earth friendly. AND, we do all of this right here… Every product is sourced and made in America! Stop by our booth for some FREE samples and ask about our FREE SHIPPING promotional offer. Visit us online at puranaturalspet.com to browse our products, BUT we won’t be revealing any new products until we get to the show. Hope to see you there!

July 15th is National Pet Fire Safety Day

Did you know that nearly 500,00 pets are involved in a house fire each year? With about 1,000 of them started by the homeowner’s pets! National Pet Fire Safety Day is a day to spread awareness about how to keep your pet safe during a house fire and how to prevent your pet from potentially starting one.

Prevention is Key: 

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Pets can be curious and will investigate cooking appliances, candles, or even fire in your fireplace. Never leave your pet unattended around an open flame and make sure to put out any open flames before leaving your home. 

Remove or Protect Stove Knobs

Pets accidentally turning on stove knobs is the leading reason for pet started fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Remove or protect stove knobs when you are sleeping or going to be away from your home.

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Consider investing in flameless candles, which contain a light bulb rather than an open flame. This takes the danger out of your pet accidentally knocking a candle over, something that cats are notorious for.

 No Glass Water Bowls on Wooden Decks

Like starting a fire with a magnifying glass, the reflection of light through glass bowls can generate enough heat to ignite a wooden deck. Stainless steel or ceramic water dishes cannot focus light in the same way.

Inspect and Pet Proof

Be alert to loose electrical wires, appliances, and other hazards within your pet’s reach.

 Keeping Your Pets Safe in Case of Fire:

 Pet Rescue Sticker

Screen Shot 2016-07-11 at 2.46.34 PM Affix a pet rescue sticker to a front window of your home. Mark the type of animals inside your home, dog, cat, bird etc. and the number of each, as well as your name and contact information. This will let rescuers know that there are pets inside that need help. Often times owners are not home when a fire starts and this sticker could save your pet’s life.

 Smoke Detectors

Consider smoke detectors which are connected to a monitoring center that will contact emergency responders when you are away from your home. If a fire starts and you’re not home your pet can’t escape or call for help, so you need rescuers to be alerted as quickly as possible. The quicker they arrive at the scene the better chance your pets have of surviving.

Designate a Pet Buddy

Have more than one pet and a few family members inside your home? If so then assign one pet to each person as their responsibility. This will save confusion during a fire when everyone is trying to quickly make their way outside.

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Know where your pet’s hide. During a fire your pets will be frightened and will most likely run to a place they feel safe. During a fire you will not have a lot of time to run around and search for your pet. It is important to locate them quickly so you and your pet can get outside to safety as fast as possible.

Secure Your Pet When Evacuating

Keep leashes and pet carriers near entrances and ready to access. Just like your pets are afraid of fireworks, smoke will have the same effect, They may bolt on you the minute they get out the door, making it hard to find them. Be sure your pets are on a leash or contained in a carrier when exiting your home.

Pet Emergency Kit

Be sure to have a pet emergency kit, you should always keep one in your home as well as one in your car. Learn more about pet emergency kits here.

Create an Open Access

If you must evacuate and you can not find your pet, leave a door open which leads to the outside. Once you are safely outside call your pet’s name, with any luck they will follow your voice and head for the exit. Unfortunately, this doesn’t work as well with cats as it does with dogs. Be sure you and your family have a designated meeting area outside the home, where you can account for everyone including your pets.

Fun DIY Projects for Pet Owners

The days seem so much longer in the summertime, which is why it's the perfect time to take on a DIY project. We found some great DIY for pet owners on Pinterest and we are adding these to our to do list this summer, how about you? Do you have any DIY projects that you will be doing this summer?

PVC Dog Washer

PVC Dog Washer Looking for an easy, hands free way to wash your dog? Check out this DIY self standing dog washer by SpecificLove.com. Learn how to make your own here.

Dog Bed

DIY-Dog-Bed-From-A-Tire-2 Do you love recycled crafts? If so you will love this DIY dog bed made from a recycled tire! Get the tutorial at practicallyfunctional.com.

Food Station with Storage

Food Station and Storage This DIY dog food station with storage prevents your dog from knocking over their food and water dishes and it's built to hold a 10 gallon storage tub! Learn how to build your own at addicted2diy.com.

Dog House with Roof Top Deck

Dog House with roof top deck Everybody loves a roof top deck and so will your dog! We absolutely love this DIY project. Get the instructions to build your own at the homedepot.com.

Puzzle Dog Toy

diy-puzzle-dog-toy-02 Perfect for when you and your furry friend are stuck indoors on a rainy day. This is a real simple DIY from Good Dogs & CO, learn how to make it here.

Hanging Basket Cat Perch

diy-hanging-basket-cat-perch-how-to-pets-animals-repurposing-upcycling We can’t forget about the kitties and this is an absolutely adorable DIY project. We all know cats love to hang out by the windows so why not make it more relaxing for them. Get the complete tutorial at hymnsandverses.com.

Unicorn Costume

Unicorn Costume Ok we had to add this in because it’s super cute and we think it could be made for either a dog or cat. Learn how to make this silly costume at livecolorful.com.

Fourth of July Pet Safety Tips

Many Americans are preparing for a weekend of barbecuing, hanging by the pool, trips to the beach and of course enjoying the fireworks! Unlike people though, pets aren’t the biggest fans of fireworks, some pets are actually terrified of fireworks and often panic when they hear the load booms. It’s important to keep your pet safe this weekend and fireworks aren’t the only thing you should worry about when it comes to their safety. If you plan on having your pet alongside you during the festivities this weekend keep these safety tips in mind:

Keep Your Pet Indoors

This may sound obvious, but even if your pet is used to being outdoors, they may not be used to the loud noises. The American Humane Association reports that July 5th is the busiest day of the year for animal shelters, due to pets that panicked from the noise of firecrackers and fled from their owners or backyards, winding up lost or injured. The best way to avoid this is to keep your pet inside during the noisy evenings. If you are going to have your pet out be sure he/she is on a leash and has an identification collar on or has been microchipped.

Watch What You Put on Your Pet

If you are planning on having your pet enjoy the festivities during the day, you will need to apply sunscreen and bug repellent on your pet. Never use products that are meant for humans on your pet. Many ingredients found in human sunscreen and insect repellent can be toxic for your pet. DEET, which is commonly found in human bug spray is toxic to pets when it is licked or ingested, you can learn more here.

Adult Beverages & Pets Don’t Mix

Whether you plan to bring your pet to a barbecue or you are hosting one of your own, you need to watch them around alcohol. When pets drink alcohol they can become dangerously intoxicated, causing them to go into a coma or, in severe cases, die from respiratory failure. Keep a good eye on your pet, even a beer can be toxic.

Be Prepared with Food & Water

Whenever you plan on being out all day with your pet, you should always bring food and water with you. Water is especially important in the hot summer months when your pet is at risk of heat stroke. If you're going to a barbecue don't assume you can just feed your dog a burger or a hot dog off the grill, any change in a dog’s diet, even for just one day, can give your pet severe indigestion and diarrhea. Keep in mind that foods such as onions, chocolate, coffee, avocado, grapes, raisins, salt and yeast dough can all be potentially toxic to companion animals. Learn more about what foods can be harmful to your pet on ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control page.

Say No to Glow

Everybody loves glow jewelry and you might think it looks adorable on your pet, but did you know that the luminescent substance contained in these products could cause excessive drooling? Gastrointestinal irritation could still result from ingestions, and intestinal blockage could occur from swallowing large pieces of the plastic containers.

Keep It Out of Reach

Fourth of July weekend or not, matches and lighter fluid should always be kept out of reach from your pet. The ASPCA states that certain types of matches contain chlorates, which could potentially damage blood cells and result in difficulty breathing—or even kidney disease in severe cases. Lighter fluid can be irritating to skin, and if ingested can produce gastrointestinal irritation and central nervous system depression. If lighter fluid is inhaled, aspiration pneumonia and breathing problems could develop. You should also be cautious with your pet around citronella candles, insect coils and tiki torch fluid, these can also harm your pet. Dogs have a tendency to eat anything they find, you need to keep a close eye on them, especially if you are bringing your pet to a barbecue, don’t assume others will watch your pet.

Avoid the Crowd

This kind of goes back to keep your pet indoors, but if you are planning to go to an event this weekend, perhaps a firework show, where there will be a large number of people, you should seriously consider leaving your pet at home. Pets can become quickly disoriented with load noises and crowds, it really isn’t as fun for them as it is for you. The best way to keep your pet safe during the festivities is to keep them at home, we know that is not ideal for everyone, but know that your pet will appreciate the safe, quiet spot at home over the loud booms, bright lights and masses of people. And, remember once the festivities come to an end check your yard and clean up any firework debris before you let your pet run around. Have a happy and safe Fourth of July!

Summer Safety Tips: Water Safety for Dog Parents

Taking a dip in the water is a great way to cool off from the summer heat. You and your dog can have a lot of fun together splashing around in your pool or at your local swimming spot, but you need to take precautions. A day of fun can easily take a turn if you are not prepared. To ensure you and Fido have a safe time splashing around in all types of water, take note of these water safety tips below: Learn to Swim Many people think all dogs are natural swimmers, but that is not always the case. The only way to find out how well your dog can swim is by slowly introducing him/her to water. Never just throw your dog in, this can be very traumatizing and you may find out quickly your dog can’t swim at all! It’s also important to realize that not all dogs will actually enjoy the water so if your dog resists don’t push. Follow these steps to introduce your dog to the water: 11836727_10205190758272766_5667783967896916370_n

  • Start at the edge, keeping your dog on a leash, and let them check it out on their own terms. If they are enjoying splash around at the edge go on to the next step.
  • Find a shallow spot in the water and have your dog come out to you.
  • When your dog begins to paddle with their front legs, lift their hind legs to show them how to float.
  • If your dog’s showing skill throw a toy into deeper water for him/her to fetch and bring back.

Remember to never leave your dog alone in the water, always make sure you are with your dog and never lose sight of them while they are playing in the water. Even dogs that swim well can tire very quickly, even faster than you, because they don't understand the concept of resting or treading water – they just swim and swim, until they can't anymore. When swimming with your dog, don't let them swim too far away from you, because they could get into trouble quickly. NEVER let your dog drink the water, whether it’s the pool, ocean or lake, there are things in the water that can make your dog very ill. Be sure to have fresh water with you to keep your dog hydrated. Tips for the Pool Having a pool in your yard is perfect, you don’t have to go far to cool off! Here’s how to keep it safe and pet friendly: swimming chocolate labrador series

  • Get a fence up around your pool and when it’s not time to swim be sure that the entrance is closed and locked, so that your pup doesn’t wonder in when you’re not watching.
  • Do you have a cover for your pool? Make sure it’s sturdy and let’s rain water drain through. Dogs have drowned in puddles on top of pool covers or have collapsed the pool cover entirely and drowned.
  • Teach your dog how to get in and out of your pool. Show them where the steps are or a ramp that can be used for them to climb out of the pool.

You should always check the temperature of the water, not just the pool, wherever you are swimming, because some breeds can’t handle very cold water. So if it’s too cold for you it’s probably too cold for your dog. Tips for a River, Lake or Pond Mother Nature has provided us with some really nice fresh water spots to take a dip on a hot summer day. If you plan on taking your dog for dip at any of these spots keep these safety tips in mind: black labrador retriever swimming and retrieving toy at summer

  • Steer clear of areas with blue-green algae, this could make your dog sick. Learn more about the toxic effects of algae here.
  • Remove your dog’s collar while he is swimming to avoid it snagging on any underwater plants or branches.
  • Always keep your pet away from people fishing. You don’t want him running into a hook or caught in a fishing line.
  • If you are on a river check the current. Make sure you are swimming where it is safe, not where the currents are strong and can cause trouble for you and your dog.

Tips for The Beach If you have a dog friendly beach in your area follow these safety tips below: dog with sunglasses at the beach on summer vacation holidays

  • Be aware of hot sand. If the sand is hot for you it’s too hot for your pooch. You may want to take your trips to the beach in the morning or in the evening when the sand isn’t so hot to avoid your pet's paws getting burned.
  • Watch out for jellyfish. You may find some washed up on the beach, don’t let your dog go and stick his nose in it.
  • Watch out for broken shells as well. Sharp shells can hurt your pet’s paws.
  • Just like the river check the current, if it’s too rough it’s not a good idea to let your dog swim. Keep him/her on the leash and let them splash around close to shore.
  • The beach can get very hot and there is no shade. So once again be sure to bring water with you to keep your dog hydrated, heat stroke is a very real danger. Learn more about heat stroke on our blog ‘Summer Safety Tips for Pet Owners’. 

Tips for a Boat 12659656_10156398986185005_1972802362_n Being on a boat during the summer is a great way to spend the day, but if you plan to bring your dog along you must be prepared to keep them safe.

  • Make sure your dog has a life preserver on at all times. If your dog jumps or falls off the boat this will not only keep him a float, but he will be easier to spot.
  • You should be sure before you venture out on your boat that if your dog were to jump or fall into the water you are capable of pulling him out and back on board. If you have a big dog and you, or anyone on board, can not physically lift your dog from the water it might not be the best idea to bring him, unless you can put him in a confined area where they would be unable to jump or fall in.
  • When boating at night you should always keep your dog in a confined area or close to your side. If they were to fall or jump in at night they will be much harder to locate even with a life preserver.
  • If there will be fishing on the boat keep your dog away from the bait, fishing lines, hooks or other sharp objects, which can all pose a danger to your dog.
  • You should always use a pet sunblock on your dog when you're going to be out in the sun, but especially if you are out on the water all day where the sun’s rays are very strong, your dog will definitely need protection.

After Swimming Tips Always make sure to clean your dog up after a swim.

  • Rinse your dog off with the hose after he has been in any type of water. Seawater minerals, salt, chlorine, algae, and pollution can irritate or damage his skin and fur.
  • Rinse and check your dog’s paws for any damage, this is a great time to apply our Certified Organic Paw Rescue to keep your dog’s paws healthy.
  • Don’t forget the ears! Moisture in a dog's ear can set the ideal stage for an ear infection, so make sure to clean your pooch's ears thoroughly after each romp in the water. Our Pura-Tips™ Ear Cleansing System is an easy, all-natural way to clean your dog’s ears.

We hope you found these tips helpful and if you have any tips of your own please share them with us in the comments below. Be sure to check back on our blog as we post more summertime tips for pet owners!

Fun Ways To Keep Your Pet Cool This Summer

Summertime is the perfect time to get outside and have some fun in the sun! It's the time of year where people and their pets take time to enjoy the great outdoors, but sometimes that summer heat can be brutal. Just as the rising temperatures can be uncomfortable for us, it's also uncomfortable for our pets and can be dangerous to them as well and cause heat stroke. Learn more about preventing heat stroke on our blog Summer Safety Tips for Pet Owners. Don't let the summer heat stop you and your pet from having fun outdoors. We searched the web we found some really fun ideas on how to keep your furry friend cool this summer! Below is a list of our favorites:

Frozen Treats

Who doesn't like a frozen treat on a hot summer day? Your dog will love cooling off with these two frozen treats: The Dogsicle - Recipe via True Blue Me and You Dogsicle Frozen Yogurt Bones - Recipe via Doggy Desert Chef strawberry-blueberry-yogurt2-516x387

DIY Cooling Collar

This is a fantastic way to keep your dog cool when you are out and about this summer, check out the tutorial on how to make your own at arborescence.typepad.com 6a012876481850970c0133f2b65d98970b-500wi

Traveling Water Bottle and Travel Bowl

When you're having fun at the park or the beach your furry friend needs a drink just like you. Now you can get a water bottle for your pet that looks like yours, but designed to help your dog slurp up the water. Check out h2o4k9.com. H2O4K9-Dog-Water-Bottle-+-Travel-Bowl-

Bottle Sprinkler

Ok so this one isn't just for your pet, you can have fun with this too! Follow the directions at instructables.com to make your own. Bottle Sprinkler

Purchase a Baby Pool

If your dog loves splashing around in the water, why not get them their own pool to splash around in on those hot summer days? (Photo via urdogs.com) baby7

Go For A Swim

If your dog is a big fan of the water take a trip to your local dog friendly swimming spot. Both you and your pup can cool off together! luci1   We hope you found these ideas helpful and fun if you have any ideas of your own please share them with us in the comments below. Be sure to check back on our blog as we post more summertime tips for pet owners. Stay cool!

Summer Safety Tips for Pet Owners

Summer sun, fun, and safety! Summer is a great time for us and our pets to get outside and have some fun, but with the rising temperatures there are certain precautions we should take with our pets. Below are some tips to keep your pet safe from the heat and sun:

Pets Need Sunscreen Too!

17355372_lJust like us our pets have delicate skin that need to be protected from the sun. Did you know skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in dogs and second most in cats? The fur on our pets provide some protection, but not enough. You should apply a PET sunblock every 3-4 hours on your dog if you are going to be outside for a long period of time. Never use your own sunblock on your pet. Sunblock made for humans may contain zinc oxide which is toxic for pets. Your pet’s belly, nose and ears are most susceptible to the sun and getting burnt, so be sure you have covered those areas with sun protection.

Soothe Burns Safely

Forgot the sunblock? Usually a sunburn is a 1st degree burn and as long as the skin is not broken, you can treat the burn yourself without calling your vet. You can submerge the area in cold water or apply a cold, wet compress. Never apply ice to your pet’s burn, because it can end up making their pain worse. After you cool your pet’s skin with cold water, there are a few natural products you can use as a natural soothing and healing agent:

  • Vitamin E: One way to heal your pet’s sun burn is to break open a vitamin E capsule, squeeze out the oil, and dab it onto the burnt area once or twice a day. Vitamin E is an antioxidant with healing properties. It can help soothe your pets burn and heal it.
  • Raw Honey: You can use honey to treat your pet’s burn, but be sure to use RAW honey. Raw honey will help draw fluid away from the wound and suppress the growth of microorganisms. Part of what gives raw honey its antibacterial properties is an enzyme called glucose oxidase.Screen Shot 2016-06-01 at 10.44.08 AM
  • Organic Healing Balm Restorative Salve: If your dog gets sunburn, his skin will lose a significant amount of moisture, making it dry and sore. Help to restore his skin's natural moisture balance by applying a natural moisturizer such as our Pura Naturals Pet™ Organic Healing Restorative Salve. This cream contains shea butter to moisturize the skin, as well as healing oils such as organic calendula extract, organic neem oil, organic tea tree oil, organic thyme oil and organic willow bark extract.
  • Certified Organic Nose Rescue: If your pups nose gets a burn our Certified USDA Organic Nose Rescue is the perfect blend of organic, nourishing, healing and moisturizing ingredients. Apply this all-natural balm to your dog’s nose to prevent, or heal, a dry, cracked nose. This amazing balm will soothe and softened your pup’s nose leaving them feeling happy, healthy and loved!

Want some tips on how to keep your pet’s paws safe this summer as well, check out our blog Pet Paw Care - Summer Tips.

Resist The Urge to Cut Your Pets Hair

You may think you are doing your pet a favor to give your pet a hair cut in the summer, but “A dog’s coat is kind of like insulation for your house,” explains Dr. Louise Murray, Vice President of the ASPCA Animal Hospital. “Insulation stops your home from getting too cold in winter, but it also keeps it from overheating in summer—and your dog’s coat does the same thing.” In fact, a dog’s coat has several layers, and these layers are essential to your dog’s comfort in the heat. Robbing your dog of this natural cooling system can lead to discomfort and overheating. So what can you do? It is ok to give your long-haired dog a trim so the hair is more manageable, but it’s best to leave the cutting to a professional groomer. Never shave down to the skin or try to cut the hair yourself with scissors.

Prevent Heat Stroke

Many pet owners don’t even realize when their dog is overheating. Heat stroke is a very real danger for dogs and will cause nausea, loss of consciousness, brain damage, and even death.

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  • Walk your dog in the mornings and at night when it is cooler outside. The hottest times of the day are usually between 1 and 4 PM.
  • If you must go out be sure your pet has access to a shady area where they can cool off and always have fresh water on you to give your pet so they will stay hydrated.
  • NEVER leave your pet in a car, even with the windows cracked the interior temp can rise by 19 degrees in as little as 7 minutes. On a hot day this can be deadly for your pet.
  • Keep your home cool. Many people tend to shut off their AC or raise the temperature up while they are out of their homes for long periods of time, but remember if that temperature is uncomfortable for you it is too hot for your pet as well.

Signs your dog is suffering from heat stroke:

  • Heavy or excessive panting
  • Dry or bright red gums
  • Redness around the eyes
  • Signs of weakness, wobbly legs
  • Irritability
  • Thick drool or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Collapses

You can try to cool him/her down by giving him cool water to drink – not cold water. Cold water may make him/her vomit. Use a cool wet towel to sponge your dog off or soak him/her in a tub of cool water (not ice cold water, your dog could go into shock) and keep a fan on them to help bring down their body temperature. A dog’s normal temperature is between 100°and 103°F, so once he/she hits 104°F they are in dangerous territory (106° or higher can be fatal) If you can’t keep your dog’s temperature from rising or your dog's gums are grayish, tongue is blue, or is unconscious, call your veterinarian immediately. Severe heatstroke is an emergency. We hope you found these tips helpful and if you have any tips of your own please share them with us in the comments below. Be sure to check back on our blog as we post more summertime tips for pet owners!

Pet Paw Care: Summertime Tips

Summer is upon us and the temperatures are starting to rise! As it gets hotter so does the pavement, making it important for pet owners to protect their dog’s paws from getting burnt. Would you walk across hot pavement without any protection on your feet? You might not have thought about it before, but the first time your poor pup gets his paws burnt you will never forget it. Here are some summertime tips for pet owners to help protect your dog’s precious paws.

Avoid Hot Surfaces

19250153_lThe most obvious way to avoid your dog’s paws getting burnt is to avoid walking them on hot surfaces all together. Your dog's pads can easily burn and blister as a result of walking on a hot pavement or through hot sand. Try walking your dog on grassy areas or somewhere that gets a lot of shade. You should aim to walk your dog in the morning or at night. During the coolest parts of the day the pavement will also be much cooler.

Try Dog Booties

If you really can’t avoid the pavement when it’s hot you might want to look into purchasing a pair of dog boots. They are definitely a great way to protect your dog’s paws from the heat and potential injuries, if you can actually get your dog to wear them. Be aware that not all dogs can adjust to wearing shoes and may have a hard time walking in them.

Try Socks

Socks make a great last minute solution if you need to take your dog out onto hot pavement. You can try a pair of your own or baby socks, or you can purchase socks specifically made for dogs. Once again though, this only works if your dog is willing to wear them. If your dog starts chewing at them he/she is probably not going to tolerate it.

Moisturize Your Dog’s Paws

Screen Shot 2016-05-19 at 3.57.32 PMYour dog's pads are naturally rough. They have to be so he/she has traction when they need to turn quickly, sprint off and stop quickly. If the pads become cracked they are prone to collect dirt and debris, which can cause injury or an infection. Moisturizing them daily will help prevent injuries like cuts, cracking, or peeling of the paws. Minor injuries can make your dog's paws more susceptible to burns and other serious problems. Moisturizing your pet’s paws with our Certified Organic Paw Rescue will keep your dog’s paws in healthy condition. The Shea butter we use in our moisturizer is an exceptionally hearty healing agent that has natural regenerative properties and is safe if licked. All you do is apply the paw rescue to calloused, rough or hardened pads and paws, rub into paws and massage gently to soften and heal. Your dog will love you for this!

Wash and Check Paws Carefully

 After walks it’s always a good idea to wash paws off and check for any signs of damage. Symptoms of Paw Injury:

  • Bleeding
  • Blisters
  • limping
  • holding the injured paw off the ground
  • discoloration of the pad (difficult to see if the paws have a very dark pigmentation)
  • excessive licking and/or chewing of the paw.

If your dog is showing any of these symptoms you should call your vet. We hope you found these tips helpful and if you have any tips of your own please share them with us in the comments below. Be sure to check back on our blog as we post more summertime tips for pet owners!

Pet Ear Care: A Guide for Pet Owners

When was the last time you cleaned your dog’s ears? If you can’t remember, or the answer is never, you are like many pet owners who tend to forget about the ears when it comes to grooming. Unfortunately, the ears make the perfect breeding ground for various nasties, making pet ear care extremely important. Adding ear care to your pet’s grooming routine is the best way to help ensure healthy ears and keep them safe from infections.

Cleaning Your Dog’s Ears

Dog’s are not the biggest fan of getting their ears cleaned, but if you have the opportunity to start them when they are a puppy you will make it that much easier on yourself in the future. If not, don’t worry you will just need a little time, patience, lots of treats and our Pura-Tips™ Ear Cleansing System to help make the job that much easier. Ear Cleansing systemOur Pura-Tips™ Ear Cleansing System is an easy, all-natural way to clean your dog’s ears. The system comes with 25 Pura-Tips™ and our USDA Certified Organic Cleansing Serum. Our Pura-Tips™ are eco-friendly, made from a bio-based foam that is amazing at absorbing dirt, oil and grime in your pet’s ears. Our USDA Certified Organic Cleansing Serum is made with Organic Oils such as Organic Mullein Oil which acts as a natural disinfectant. To use just shake well and apply two drops of the serum to the opening of the ear canal. Massage base of ear to evenly distribute solution into ear canal. Spread and remove excess liquid by swabbing outer canal with a Pura-Tip™. The Pura-Tip™ will absorb any dirt and grime in your pet’s ear. Our tips are soft and designed to not damage the inner ear or ear canal, but you should always be extremely careful when using the tips and cleaning your pet’s ears. Never put anything into your dog’s ear canal. Foreign objects in the ear canal run the risk of causing laceration and puncturing the eardrum. The Pura-Tips™ are reusable and should be rinsed with hot water between uses (3-5 uses before disposing). Want to see our Pura-Tips™ Ear Cleansing System in action? See how well this system works on both dogs and cats here.

How Often Should I Clean My Pet’s Ears?

How often you clean your dog’s ears depends on your pet's breed, coat, level of activity, age, and ear wax production. Many breeds grow hair in their ears, which will help to trap debris and cause infections. We recommend that most dogs with normal ears have cleanings at least once a month. Others may need more frequent cleanings, especially dogs that like to swim.

Which Dog Breeds Are More Susceptible to Ear Infections?

Floppy Ears BloodhoundDogs with floppy ears are more prone to ear infections than dogs with shorter ears. Moisture is a necessary ingredient for many infections, and the floppy ears on some breeds prevent proper air circulation. No circulation means no evaporation, meaning the moisture is trapped in the ear providing the perfect breeding ground for yeast and bacteria growth.

How Do I Know If My Dog Has an Ear Infection?

Numerous things can work their way deep into your pup's ears and cause problems, including bacteria, ear mites or tiny seeds and grass bits he/she collects as they run and roll around the yard. Your dog won't be shy about letting on that his/her ears are bothering them. You'll notice them whimpering, scratching and shaking their head in an attempt to alleviate the discomfort.

Symptoms to keep an eye out for:

  • Discharge from ear
  • Odor around the ear
  • Excess scratching, pawing or rubbing at the ears
  • Redness in the ear canal
  • Sensitivity or pain around the ears
  • Ear swelling
  • Masses around the ear area

If you suspect your dog does have an ear infection call your vet right away. You never want to try and resolve an ear infection on your own... Adding pet ear care to your grooming routine is a way to prevent having to make that call to the vet.

Pet Preparedness: A Pet Parent's Guide to Disaster Preparedness

Do you have a plan in place for your pet if a natural disaster strikes? Many of us are prepared and plan for ourselves and our family, but our pets are part of our family too, and leaving them out of the equation can put you and your pet in danger. Planning ahead is the key to keeping yourself and your pet safe. Here are some tips to help you get started.

Make an Evacuation Plan

Pet Carriers and Leashes

10134848_lPurchase a pet carrier for all your pets. This will make it easy to transport your pets during an evacuation. Familiarize your pet/pets with their carrier and take them for car rides before a disaster strikes. For good measure write your pets name, your name and your contact info on the carrier as well. If your pet is too big for a carrier a leash is fine. Be sure to keep the leash and carrier where it is easy to grab when you need to exit your home quickly.

Plan a Pet-Friendly Place to Stay

Search in advance for out-of-area pet-friendly hotels or boarding facilities, or make a housing exchange agreement with an out-of-area friend or relative. Never leave your pet behind if you evacuate! (Local and state health and safety regulations do not permit the Red Cross to allow pets in disaster shelters, only service animals are allowed in Red Cross shelters.) At petswelcome.com you can find a list of pet-friendly hotels in the US.

 Help Emergency Workers

The ASPCA recommends using a rescue sticker alert to let people know that pets are inside your home. Make sure it is visible to rescue workers, and that it includes the types and number of pets in your household and your veterinarian's phone number. If you have already evacuated with your pets (and if time allows) write "EVACUATED" across the stickers so rescue workers don’t waste time looking for them.

Choose a Designated Caregiver

In case you are not home during an evacuation choose a temporary caregiver, consider someone who lives close to your residence. He or she should be someone who is generally home during the day while you are at work or has easy access to your home. A set of keys should be given to this trusted individual. This may work well with neighbors who have pets of their own where you can be there them if they are not around. When selecting a permanent caregiver, you’ll need to consider other criteria. This is a person to whom you are entrusting the care of your pet in the event that something should happen to you. When selecting this “foster parent,” consider people who have met your pet and have successful cared for animals in the past. Be sure to discuss your expectations at length with a permanent caregiver, so he or she understands the responsibility of caring for your pet.

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Microchip Your Pet

This is one of the best ways to ensure that you and your pet are reunited if you get separated when disaster strikes. Be sure to keep the microchip registration up to date, and include at least one emergency number of a relative or friend who lives the closest to you.

Collar and ID Tags

Keeping a collar and ID tag on your pet, will also help you and your pet be reunited in the unfortunate situation you are separated from your pet. Be sure to keep the information updated on your pet’s ID tag.

Prepare an Emergency Supply Kit for Your Pet

  • Pet first-aid kit (learn more about what should be included in a Pet First-Aid Kit)
  • 3-7 days’ worth of canned (pop-top) or dry food (be sure to rotate every two months)
  • At least 7 days worth of water for your pet (store in a cool, dry place and replace every two months)
  • Disposable litter trays (aluminum roasting pans are perfect)
  • Litter or paper toweling
  • Liquid dish soap and disinfectant
  • Disposable garbage bags for clean-up
  • Pet feeding dishes and water bowls
  • Extra collar or harness as well as an extra leash
  • Photocopies and/or USB of medical records and a waterproof container with a two-week supply of any medicine your pet requires (Remember, food and medications need to be rotated out of your emergency kit—otherwise they may go bad or become useless)
  • Flashlight
  • Blanket
  • Recent photos of your pets (in case you are separated and need to make “Lost” posters)
  • Especially for cats: Pillowcase, toys, scoop-able litter
  • Especially for dogs: Extra leash, toys and chew toys, a week’s worth of cage liner

Download the ASPCA App

The ASPCA has a pet safety app for lost pets, disaster prep and emergency alerts. Use this essential tool to keep your pets safe during emergency situations and to store vital pet records for your cat or dog. This free app from the ASPCA shows you exactly how to search for a lost pet and provides information on making life-saving decisions in the event of severe weather or a natural disaster. You will also be able to take weekly actions to help pets in need across the country! Learn more here. AND, don’t forget to comfort your animals. Animals can get very stressed during a disaster or evacuation, just like people, a calm presence and soft voice will help to relax them. Some animals, especially cats, may be too scared to be comforted. Do the best you can to keep them safe and calm, try toys, blankets, or even treats. Our pets are always there for us when we need them and they will appreciate you being there for them when they need you.

How Well Do You Know Your Dog’s Nose?

Do you ever wonder what your dog’s nose is trying to tell you? If you’re like most pet owners you worry when something seems off with your pet. When do you know if your dog’s nose is too wet or too dry, too warm or too cool?

Keep in mind a healthy dog's nose can fluctuate between wet and dry several times over the course of a day. Just like we can experience dry noses with our allergies or changes in temperature or weather, dogs can experience similar dry noses. And there are many reasons your dog can have a dry, warm nose that have nothing to do with their health. Here are things that you should look for:

What Does A Dry Nose Mean?

As we said above a dry nose doesn’t always mean your dog is sick, but it can indicate an underlying issue such as an allergy or irritant. A dry nose is definitely uncomfortable for your pooch and interferes with their ability to smell. When a dry nose is left untreated it could go from bad to worst, drying out and forming crusty scabs that flake off and could create bleeding. BUT there are some things you can do before that happens.

Take note. When is your dog’s nose is dry, is it only during certain times of the day or year? How long have you noticed a dry dog nose? Taking note of the details can help you discover the cause. Many different things can contribute to a dry nose including weather, dehydration, allergies and more. These are a few leading causes:

  • Weather. Either extreme heat or cold can contribute to a dry nose. Exposure to the sun can cause your dog’s nose to get sunburned. During the winter the skin is also prone to drying out, especially if your dog spends a lot of time keeping warm by the heater.
  • Allergies. Your dog could be sensitive to food, plastic water dishes or toys, household cleaning products, personal care products you use on your dog etc.Organic Nose Butter
  • Dehydration. 

If it’s weather causing the issue, there are simple steps you can do to prevent your dog’s nose from drying out. Our Certified Organic Button Nose Butter is perfect for providing relief and soothing your pups nose. Our all-natural ingredients work to sooth and heal dry irritated skin plus our organic nose butter is 100% safe and won’t irritate the skin further or trigger any allergies. If your dooggy’s nose gets sunburnt our organic nose butter will help relieve the pain. In the future to prevent a sun burnt nose look for natural sun protection for dogs to apply before he/she goes out in the sun.

Allergies happen to be a leading cause of dry noses and dog allergies to plastic happens to be the most common. If your dog drinks or eats from a plastic bowl, replace it with a non-plastic option. If your pup plays with plastic toys remove them and see if it makes a difference. Food can also be triggering an allergic reaction. If you make some changes and you don’t see a difference it’s time to call a vet. A vet can help you pin point the underlying cause.

If you suspect your dog is dehydrated, you should take him/her to the vet immediately. Learn more about dog dehydration here.

If your dog's nose is more than just dry and is cracked, has scabs or sores he/she may have a skin disorder. Ask your veterinarian to check him/her out to ensure everything is okay. Keep in mind some dogs are just prone to dry noses and no matter how many times you visit the vet you can’t change that, but you can supply them relief with our Organic Button Nose Butter.

What Does Nasal Discharge Mean?

Clear Discharge

Generally, you don't have to worry about clear nose discharge in dogs unless it lingers or there are other symptoms. If there's a lingering clear nasal discharge from your dog's nose, chances are good it's caused by allergies, by far the most common reason for abnormal nasal secretions in dogs. A dog's allergy symptoms don't stop at a runny nose; they can also include sneezing, coughing, itchiness, nosebleeds, and breathing problems. Best to avoid the allergy trigger. If you don’t know the trigger talk to your vet about an allergy test.

Mucus or Pus

A nose discharge of mucus or pus could indicate your dog has a bacterial, fungal, or viral infection. Additional signs of an infection might include a bad odor, a nosebleed, and coughing or choking resulting from postnasal drip. You should call your vet.

Yellow Discharge

Distemper can cause a sticky, yellow nose discharge in dogs, and while symptoms may vary, distemper can also cause fever, pneumonia, and twitching and convulsions. You should call your vet.

Nosebleeds

Could be a possible sign of a blockage. A discharge from just one of your dog's nostrils is often a sign there's something stuck in that nostril, like a seed or blade of grass. Other signs include sneezing or pawing at the nose.

If you can easily see what's in your dog's nose, carefully remove it with tweezers. If you can't or don't feel comfortable -- the nose can bleed a lot with minor trauma -- call your vet, who may need to sedate your pet to dislodge the blockage, and then prescribe antibiotics to avoid infection.

Blood, pus, or mucus can also be a sign that your dog has nasal polyps (overgrown mucus-producing glands) or nasal tumors. Other signs include noisy breathing or a bulge on one side of the nose. Your pet’s appetite may decrease, as well. If your dog has these symptoms you should call your vet.

Some dogs, just like dry noses, are more prone to nasal discharge than others, including flat-faced breeds and dogs with soft, floppy nose cartilage. Noisy breathing can be another sign of nostril issues. See your vet if your dog sounds like he/she has trouble breathing.

Nose Pigmentation Change

The color of a dog's nose will vary from dog to dog depending on the breed. It can be black, brown, liver, pink, or the same color as its coat. Sometimes a dog's nose can start off one color and change to another as it ages. Puppies are often born with pink noses, which later darken. What does it mean when a dog's nose loses its pigment turning pink or white? Changes in the nose’s tissue can potentially indicate a deeper health issue, but this is not always the case.

Changes in pigment can also be correlated with a dog’s breed, age, environmental exposure, etc.

  • Weather is the most common reason a dog's nose loses its pigment is called winter nose or snow nose. Some dog's noses change colors from a dark color to pink in cold weather; turning dark once again when the weather gets warmer. Usually when the nose changes color due to the weather it only partially changes pink. Snow nose seems to be directly related to the temperature and is harmless to the dog.
  • As your dog gets older he may lose pigment.
  • If a dog experiences some kind of trauma such as a scrape or abrasion, the nose can turn pink as it heals. The pigment will usually return after a while.
  • Bacterial Infection can lighten the color of the nose. You may see other symptoms as well, the nose may appear inflamed, sore or crusty. You definitely want to contact a vet.
  • Allergies could cause color change as well. In this case you might want to do some investigative work, like discussed above with dry nose.

Although changScreen Shot 2016-05-03 at 6.00.09 PMes in color of your dog’s nose may not always be harmful to your pup, you should always address these changes with your vet to exclude any serious issues. Learn more about doggy nose colors here.

Your dog’s nose can provide hints that can help you understand his/her needs better. Checking your dog’s nose should be a normal part of your at-home wellness exam. Getting acquainted with the look and shape of your pet's nose when it's healthy is important, because then you'll be able to determine when a problem pops up and it becomes unhealthy.

Doggy Bathing Tips

Dogs love rolling around in the grass and the dirt, in fact they seem to embrace being dirty, but we can’t let our buddies run around being stinky, that’s why we need to bath them. Bath time though, isn’t always as easy as it sounds so we put together some helpful tips to make bathing your pet a happier experience!

Where to Bath Your Dog 

This really depends on what is available to you. If you have a small dog; a kitchen sink or laundry sink will work just fine. If you have a larger dog; a bath tub or walk-in shower is perfect. Outside bathing with a garden hose is always a popular option, but only if weather is permitting. Only wash your dog outside in warm weather, washing them outside in cold weather is a sure way to get them sick. Whether you bath your dog in a tub, shower or sink, be sure to put some type of mat down to avoid your pet from slipping. If for some reason none of these options are available to you, maybe you are in a small apartment or you don’t have access to an outside area, there are other options. Look into grooming services in your area, or do-it-yourself dog bath facilities that are offered in select cities. Also keep in mind, if the w82263773662101.BVxPwMSW1SS17K3drPNl_height640eather is extremely cold and bathing your dog with water is not convenient, even inside, you can use a dry shampoo on your dog. Our Certified Organic Powder Dry Shampoo is a perfect option to replace water baths during the colder months. Just sprinkle powder on your dog (avoiding ears and eyes) and brush hair through until all the powder is gone. The powder will absorb excess oil leaving your dog with a soft and clean coat.  

Making Your Dog Comfortable

Maverick Few dogs are ever excited to get a bath, and if you didn’t have the opportunity to start them young, bath time could look more like wrestle mania. The goal is to create a positive experience so your dog won’t develop an actual fear of bathing. When you have decided on where you will be bathing your dog, get them comfortable with the area first. Call them over with a treat. Rewards go a long way and help to associate bath time as a positive experience. If you choose the bath tub or sink, let them hang out in there first, and work your way up to adding warm (make sure it’s not hot) water. Use treats or toys to reward them and keep them comfortable. You may have to repeat these actions a few times before actually bathing them to ensure they are truly comfortable.

Protect the Ears, Eyes and Mouth

You need to be careful not to get water inside your pet’s ear during bathtime. Not only is it extremely unpleasant for your dog, but it can actually cause health problems. You also want to avoid getting any soap in the eyes or mouth. The best way to do this is to wash your dog from the neck down and use a damp towel for face and head.

Choose the Right Shampoo

 Some pet shampoos can strip away important oils and dry out the skin, causing your dog to scratch. And, many pet shampoos on the market today contain harsh chemicals that can make your pet sick. That is why it is so important to read labels. Learn more about toxins lurking in pet shampoo here.

Choose a Natural Alternative

Treat Dry Itchy Skin

To relieve dry itchy skin, you want a natural shampoo containing oatmeal and aloe vera. Our Nourishing Oatmeal & Aloe Shampoo helps to soothe itchy skin and moisturize dry skin naturally. This shampoo also includes Rosemary Extract which helps prevent dandruff.

Treat Skin Allergies

Choose a natural shampoo that contains Tea Tree Oil. Tea Tree Oil is a natural anti-bacterial and it also works as a flea repellent. Tea Tree Oil products have been used by veterinarian’s over the years to treat skin diseases in dogs and cats, predominantly hot spots and skin allergies. Our Moisturizing Tea Tree Oil & Peppermint Shampoo is perfect for the job and also includes Oatmeal and Aloe to help soothe the skin as well.

Treat Anxiety

Do you have a dog that suffers from anxiety? Well just like humans Lavender Oil may be used to calm anxious dogs and reduce stress. Treat your dog to our Soothing Chamomile and Lavender Shampoo, which also includes Coconut Olive Extract that acts as an effective moisturizer on all types of skin.

Conditioning

Natural oils, such as Jojoba, naturally condition the dog’s coat, leaving it soft and silky. All of our shampoos contain Jojoba oil. For the best results leave on the coat for up to ten minutes in order to allow the ingredients to penetrate thoroughly.

Drying Your Dog

12657858_10153750992155873_3879899710456461248_oMany people swear by dog blow dryers, but it’s definitely something your pet needs to get adjusted to. The noise and feel of the blow dryer can scare them. Be very careful if you use a blow dryer, as they tend to get very hot, don’t hold it to close to your pet or you may accidently burn their skin. If you’re like the rest of us, a simple towel will do. When you towel dry, make sure to use a highly absorbent towel. You may need more than one, and be prepared for your dog to shake him/herself off (You may be using that second towel on yourself).

How Often Should You Bathe Your Dog

This depends on you and your dog. Some dogs may get dirtier quicker than others or he/she may like to play in the mud. For dogs with normal skin once a month is fine and washing your dog more than once a week, unless there are skin issues and it has been recommended by your vet, could leave your dog’s skin dry. Making bath time pleasant for your dog, by remaining clam, patient and bringing lots of treats, becomes another opportunity to bond with your pet and share affection. Good luck and please share with us any tips or tricks you may use to make bath time a little easier.

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