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5 Top Home Remedies for Dogs with Diarrhea

As a dog parent, healthy, easy to pick up dog poop is an often-overlooked blessing within our daily lives. Nothing can throw off your day quite like Fido experiencing a bout of diarrhea. If loose stool is the only symptom you’re observing, try our top 5 home remedies for acute diarrhea: 1. Try a short term fast Since dog’s have a relatively short digestive tract[1], limit your dog’s intake of food in order to give their digestive system a break. By forgoing the next meal (or two) you give your dog’s digestive tract the ability to settle and recover from potential irritants. Don’t worry about Fido skipping a meal or two – intermittent fasting is actually beneficial (similar to humans!)...

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Guaranteed Analysis & Ingredients: A Practical Guide How to Read Dog Food Labels

Have you ever looked at a dog food label and thought, ‘well this is a load of jargon!’. You aren’t alone! Reading dog food labels and understanding dog food nutrition in the current state of the industry is frustrating. (Note: If you’re interested in learning more about the current status of dog food regulations and organizations, please read more here.) However, once you grasp the main areas of a dog food label, you can piece them together to make more informed decisions for your dog’s health. Dog food labels don’t say everything and are far from ideal, but are a good starting point and EVERY pet parent should be able to generally understand them for the health of their dog....

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Types of Dog Parasites: Worms in Dogs 101

The word parasite can be scary, especially when put into context of infecting your beloved pup. As a follow up to our brief overview on types of dog parasites, we are now going deep into the world of worms in dogs. There is a reason that your new puppy will go through multiple rounds of deworming upon birth, parasitic intestinal worms in dogs are that common. Hookworm, roundworm, tapeworm, and whipworm infections can be as prevalent as 3.24%, 1.95%, up to 60%, and 0.57%, respectively, in dogs. It’s important to note that a lot of these canine intestinal parasites are zoonotic, meaning that they can also affect humans, though following proper hygiene greatly reduces this risk. FUN FACT: Ringworm is...

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Jess of 101Fosters Shares Her Fostering Experience

What has been the most rewarding? The most rewarding aspect of fostering is definitely watching the dogs move onto their amazing forever families, especially if I am able to stalk them on social media or get updates! Knowing that you were the bridge to help them become more comfortable and confident being part of a family and city life, especially fosters who have health or behavioral issues, is nourishing to my soul. Isn’t it hard saying goodbye? Some are harder to say goodbye to, but I always remember “Goodbye is the Goal” and think of it as a celebration of another life saved! Having to say goodbye is one of the main reasons I started a separate Instagram for our...

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Fostering Puppies Tips: 5 Things You Should Do

Fostering puppies can be extremely rewarding, especially in the form of lots of puppy belly rubs and cuddles. A few tips for fostering puppies include: Select the Right Time - Foster a puppy when you can spare a few hours of sleep. From needing midsleep potty breaks to missing littermates, you should foster a puppy when a great night’s sleep isn’t critical. Puppy Proof - Remove all cords or potentially hazardous things in the area your puppy will be spending time in. Pretend you are babyproofing your home because that is essentially what you are doing when you bring home a foster puppy! Play Pen - Get a playpen or gate in addition to a crate to keep your foster...

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