5 Benefits CBD Oil May Provide to Senior Dogs

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All dogs need love, but senior dogs definitely deserve a little extra TLC.

Senior dogs have dedicated their lives to being loyal, loving companions. And as they age and start to experience new struggles, like arthritis, it’s our job to do the best we can to give them a comfortable and happy life.

To do this, many dog owners are turning to CBD oil. CBD oil is a natural derivative of the Hemp plant. Most CBD available today is TCH-free (the stuff that creates the ‘buzz’), so it’s 100% safe, and as a supplement it provides many incredible benefits to our canine companions.

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So how can CBD oil possibly help your senior dog? Keep reading to find out!

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#1 – CBD Oil for Dogs Helps with Aches and Pains

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CBD oil is great for natural pain relief.

In fact, dogs have 5x times as many CBD receptors than humans…which is why it’s no surprise they seem to benefit so much from it!

The oil safely interacts with proteins in the body and central nervous system (including the endocannabinoid system). It also affects CB1 receptors that are located in the brain and central nervous system as well as CB2 cannabinoid receptors that are in the spleen and a dog’s immune system.

This interaction prevents inflammation which can cause pain and also keeps pain receptors from firing and causing discomfort.

If you have a senior dog with achy joints, arthritis, or pain from an injury, CBD oil may help!

More important, if you have a dog with an injury that needs to rest, CBD oil will naturally help calm your dog so they can rest and take it easy, not putting unnecessary stress on their body.

Learn more about the calming effects of my Angel Oil (CBD oil) product here!

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#2 – CBD Oil for Dogs Relieves Anxiety

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As we just discussed, CBD oil affects the CB1 and CB2 cannabinoid receptors. These receptors are most commonly found in the nervous system.

When the CB1 and CB2 receptors are impacted by CBD oil, serotonin—a chemical that naturally relaxes the body and improves mood—increases.

It works the same way for humans as it does for dogs. Therefore, a daily dose of CBD oil can quickly help your dog relax and feel calmer and happier. Adding CBD oil dog chews to your everyday routine is an easy way to make this fun and they work perfectly as a training aid too.

Of course, training is still incredibly important for anxiety relief and I would ALWAYS start with ensuring that you have a solid foundational program in place. This ensures that you are not creating the anxiety in your dog with how you’re interacting with them. If you’re in need of a safe, gentle training program, check out The Dog Calming Code.

Using both a solid training program and one of my CBD oil products hand-in-hand is a great way to help calm your dog’s mind and get him to focus when it matters most.

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#3 – CBD Oil Can Help Increase Your Dog’s Appetite

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Older dogs tend to lose their appetite for a variety of reasons including…

  • Illness.
  • Pain from an injury.
  • Stress.
  • Medication.

The good news is that CBD oil can be used to “jump-start” the endocannabinoid system. This, in turn, stimulates appetite, reduces nausea, and helps your dog eat.

If your senior dog has been examined by a vet and there are no serious underlying health issues, CBD oil might be the solution to helping your senior pup get the nutrition he needs.

I’ve also found that a lot of older dogs are quite fussy with food, so the dog treats I’ve created using only the best CBD oil are easier for them to enjoy than the drops.

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#4 – CBD Oil is Easier on Senior Dogs Kidneys and Liver

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As we age, our organs start to wear down. It’s a natural process of getting older.

The same thing happens to your dog.

Knowing this, it’s important that we are mindful of what we are putting into our dogs’ bodies. For example, many medications can take a toll on your dog’s liver and kidneys, yet as dogs get older some of them need to be on meds to manage various illnesses.

CBD oil is a great painkiller substitute and can help your dog remain calm and rest when he/she isn’t feeling his/her best.

Of course, ALWAYS talk with your vet before you make any adjustments to your dog’s medications. But, if your dog needs relief from mild pain, CBD oil is often a healthier option than other prescribed drugs.

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#5 – CBD Oil Can Help Fight Cancer/Ease Painful Cancer Symptoms

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Nobody wants to hear that their dog has been diagnosed with cancer. However, thanks to modern medicine, cancer treatments are more readily available than ever for our pups.

Once again, it’s important that you follow your vet’s treatment recommendations for such a serious illness. However, CBD oil has shown proven benefits for fighting against cancer.

In fact, it’s been shown to…

  • Help the immune system’s killer cells eliminate cancer cells
  • Block the energy product of cancer cells which kills them
  • Aid anti-tumor properties that slow glioma cell growth

If your pup is suffering from cancer, ask your vet if CBD oil is safe to use!

Of course, CBD oil isn’t a cure-all for cancer. It’s vital that you follow your vets recommended treatment plan. That being said, I want to reiterate one more time a benefit of CBD oil that might be helpful if your dog is battling cancer.

CBD oil naturally helps dogs relax and remain calm. If your dog is fighting for his/her life, the gift of helping your dog chill out while attending vet appointments, after surgeries, or while not feeling well at home is an amazing thing.

Some dog’s, regardless of how well-trained they are, get anxious and scared…especially when they aren’t feeling well.

My Angel Oil products might just be the key to helping your pup remain calm during such a scary time in his/her life. They’re THC-Free, highest quality Full Spectrum, and made in the USA, which basically means they’re super awesome! Ask your vet if CBD oil would be beneficial to helping your pup remain calm and relaxed!

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Once again I would like to stress that whilst I am a big fan of the benefits of CBD oil in dogs I am fully aware of the importance of training. As mentioned earlier, I would ALWAYS suggest you start with ensuring that you have a solid foundational program in place and then use CBD in conjunction with it if you need it. If you’re in need of a safe, gentle training program, check out The Dog Calming Code.

I wish you many happy and healthy years with your pup!

Cheers,

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Fake Turf Vs. Real Grass: The Pros and Cons of Accessible Grass Potty Patches for Dogs

People all over the world own dogs. Some are posh apartment pets, while others spend their days running around on farms.

The common denominator of all of these dogs?…They all have to use the bathroom!

If you live in a nice suburban area with a fenced-in backyard or a rural piece of land where your pup can roam, letting your dog out to go to the bathroom is a no brainer.

But, if you live on the 14th floor of an apartment complex, getting outside every few hours to let your pup relieve himself is more of a challenge. The good news is that companies now make grass potty patches that you can place on your patio so your pup can use the bathroom whenever they need it.

When it comes to these patches, you can find them made of fake turf or real grass.

Which is better to use?

Let’s take a quick look at the pros and cons starting with fake turf…

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Pros and Cons for Fake Turf

Fake Turf Pros

Fake Turf Pro #1 – Fake Turf Never Dies

It’s obvious that fake turf will never die. Therefore you don’t have to continuously replace the turf if it ends up getting a little too much sun or you forget to water it.

Because it’s fake, your dog’s urine also won’t discolor or kill the grass.

Fake Turf Pro #2 – Fake Turf is Cost-Effective

If you’re diligent about cleaning your dog’s fake grass potty pad, it can last for a long time.

This does require time and effort and must be done on a weekly basis, if not more frequently.

Fake Turf Pro #3 – Fake Turf is Easy to Access

Fake turf patches for dogs can be found in just about any pet store.

If you need a quick solution to provide your pup with somewhere to use the bathroom, running out and buying fake turf isn’t difficult.

Fake Turf Cons

Fake Turf Con #1 – Fake Turf Needs To Be Cleaned

Fake turf is typically made out of plastic. And plastic won’t absorb your pup’s urine.

For this reason, fake turf needs to be cleaned frequently so it doesn’t smell. If it gets too messy, your dog might refuse to use it all together.

Fake Turf Con #2 – Fake Turf Isn’t Environmentally Friendly

Producing patches of fake grass for dogs to use isn’t very environmentally friendly. During production, a number of harmful CFCs are released into the environment.

While these grass patches are reusable, they will need to be replaced from time to time. This leads to even more waste.

Fake Turf Con #3 – Unnatural Scent

Fake turf is plastic, so of course, it’s not going to smell like normal grass.

Most dogs are drawn to the scent of fresh grass and associate that smell with where they are supposed to use the bathroom. If you are potty training your pup, fake grass that smells like other synthetic materials in your home might be confusing.

And now onto using real grass turf…

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Pros and Cons of Real Grass

Real Grass Pros

Real Grass Pro #1 – Real Grass Potty Patches are Self-Cleaning

Real grass potty patches are able to clean themselves.

The grassroots absorb the urine and whatever doesn’t get absorbed ends up being filtered through the dirt. Of course, any solid waste will have to be scooped up.

Real Grass Pro #2 – Real Grass Naturally Attracts Your Dog

Have you ever noticed while out on a walk that your dog waits until they find the perfect patch of grass to do their business, instead of relieving themselves on the concrete or in the dirt?

There’s something about fresh grass that naturally attracts a dog and encourages them to do their business. So, if you choose to use real grass, you may have an easier time teaching your pup how to use the bathroom on your potty patch.

Real Grass Pro #3 – Real Grass is a Safe, Natural Option for your Pup

When you’re using real grass, you don’t have to worry about your dog using the bathroom on a product filled with chemicals and toxins.

A grass potty patch is the closest thing you can give your pup to a natural backyard.

Real Grass Cons

Real Grass Con #1 – Real Grass Must be Maintained

If you want your grass patch to last for a little while, you have to water it and keep it in an area that gets adequate sunlight.

Neglect your grass patch and it will die before your dog gets full use out of it.

Real Grass Con #2 – Regular Replacement of Real Grass is Costly

Real grass patches will have to be changed at least once a month, possibly more depending on how frequently your pup does his business on it.

Most grass patches cost about $30 each, so if you replaced yours every month it would cost around $360 per year to maintain your dog’s outdoor potty area.

Real Grass Con #3 – Real Grass Patches Are More Difficult to Find in Stores

Grass is a living thing. Therefore, many pet stores don’t keep it in stock on their store shelves!

If you want a grass patch, you will likely have to order it online. This means it could take days or weeks for your potty patch to arrive at your doorstep. Although there are now (believe it or not) companies that specialize in delivering regular pieces of lawn to your door such as Doggie Lawn.

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So Which Option Should You Choose?

There really is no right or wrong answer when it comes to selecting the type of potty patch that will work for you.

Both options have pros and cons. What’s important is that you provide your dog with a safe place for when nature calls.

If you are interested in trying out a real grass option, I recommend a service called Doggie Lawn.
(Only available in the United States.)

Doggie Lawn is a subscription service that sends environmentally-friendly patches of grass to your door on your own schedule.

Find out more about Doggie Lawn here!

Best of Luck!

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5 Safety Rules to Protect Your Pup This Holiday Season

A lot changes in your household during the holiday season…

  • Visitors come and go
  • New decor is placed around your home
  • Different food dishes are often prepared

…and while all these things might be normal to you, they can be really confusing (and stressful!) to your pup!

As we are just days away from celebrating the holidays, it’s more important than ever to set safety rules in your home regarding you dog!

What rules do you need to put in place to keep your pup safe? Keep reading to find out…

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Rule #1 – Set Boundaries on How People Interact With Your Dog

Some dogs want nothing more than to be surrounded by people who will pet and play with them. For other dogs, the thought of being in a room full of strange people is overwhelming and unnerving.

You know your dog best, so it’s your job as a pet parent to set boundaries around how your dog is interacted with.

If you have a dog who becomes nervous, cranky, or scared around people, it’s vital that you take precautions to protect your pet. Sadly, unnecessary fear and stress can cause your pup to lash out, and possibly even hurt someone as your dog is simply trying to protect himself.

Here are a few ways you can do this…

  1. Tell houseguests to ignore your pup. This works well if you have a dog who isn’t very reactive but who still needs to be left alone. Adults are better at following this rule, so if you have a houseful of kids coming to stay with you setting this rule might not be an option.
  2. Provide a safe, quiet place for your dog. I believe it’s best to never risk an accident occurring with a nervous dog, so this option is my favorite. If you’re having people over, set your pet up in a safe place (like a bedroom) where no one will bother him.

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Rule #2 – Set Guidelines on What Your Pet is Allowed to Eat

Most people have the best intentions when they go to throw your pup a treat from the dinner table. But there are many reasons why you should clearly communicate what your dog can/can’t eat to everyone who gathers around your table.

First and foremost, there are a lot of dangerous foods that can make dogs really sick. For example, chocolate can kill dogs—something that someone who is not a dog owner might not know! Or if someone throws your dog a chicken leg with the bone in it, your pup can end up with a punctured stomach or intestinal blockage.

If you’re going to allow people to give your dog treats, make a list of the foods your dog is allowed to have, such as sweet potatoes, green beans, or turkey off the bone.

Second, you may not want your dog eating people food at all—and that’s totally ok. It’s possible that your dog is overweight or has a food sensitivity. In these types of scenarios it’s important to make sure everyone knows it’s NOT ok to feed your dog and that he is on a strict diet.

Finally, you might be in the midst of training your dog and allow him to eat scraps from people at the table could be disruptive to learning proper meal time manners. After all, bad habits (such as putting a nose on the table or begging for food) can be hard to break.

Once again, in this type of situation, it’s ok to make an announcement to ensure everyone knows NOT to feed your dog.

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Rule #3 – Say No to Guests Bringing Pets if Your Dog Doesn’t Like Other Animals

Most hosts try to be as accommodating as possible when friends and family travel for the holidays. Sometimes this means saying yes to a family bringing their cat/dog with them as they travel.

If your dog is friendly with animals, then by all means it’s ok to bring new animals into your home—as long as you introduce your pets safely and keep a watchful eye on how they interact.

However, if your dog doesn’t do well with other animals, it’s important to just say no to four legged house visitors.

The reason is simple: Your pets safety and wellness needs to be your first priority. Noone wants to deal with an injury (or even death) of a pet that could have been prevented.

Not to mention…it’s very stressful having to constantly separate animals and keep a watchful eye on them. It’s just not worth the risk and hassle.

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Rule #4 – Set Up Safety Precautions Around Home Decor

Twinkling lights and traditional poinsettia plants are beautiful household decorations. However, these decor items (and many others in your home) can put your pet at risk.

It’s important to set rules in your home about what types of decor you believe are safe according to your pups personality.

For example…

If you have a dog that chews things, poisonous plants and strings of Christmas lights would not be safe options. Instead, consider decorating areas of your home that are not accessible to your pet, such as your counter spaces of mantle place.

(Be aware: amaryllis, mistletoe, balsam, pine, cedar, and holly are among the most poisonous holiday house plants!)

If you do set out decor, always remember to unplug your lights, secure your Christmas tree, and remove breakable objects from where you pup can reach them in order to avoid an accident.

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Rule #5 – It’s Better to Be Safe Than Sorry

Yes…this may sound like a very vague rule. But I truly believe that when it comes to traveling, friends/family, food, decor, and everything else, it’s ALWAYS better to be safe than to be sorry.

In fact, I applaud all dog owners who go above and beyond to ensure their pets stay happy and healthy during the holidays—and all year long!

So what do I mean by this rule?

I simply mean that you should go with your gut instincts and do whatever it is that you need to do to ensure your pup is protected—whether it be limiting your decor or setting strict boundaries with friends and family members.

Much like a new parent of a baby would set rules for their child, you have every right to set rules for your furbaby—so don’t feel guilty about it! Even if you feel like you’re being a little over protective.

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Going the Extra Mile for Your Pet this Season

There’s a lot you can do to set your pup up for success during the holiday season. By far, the best thing you can do is to put a solid training foundation in place for your dog.

Doing so can help your pup safe in a variety of ways…such as mastering self-control so your dog doesn’t jump on the counter to eat your cookies or ensuring your dog stays relaxed and calm when new people enter your home.

If you’re looking for the perfect gift for your pooch this season, I want to recommend my program, The Dog Calming Code.

This program has helped me train over 37,000 dogs, and I guarantee it will help teach your pup how to calm down, relax, and listen when it matters most.

Check it out here!

Or, if you currently have a puppy, I suggest my Puppy Coach training program that is geared towards younger dogs.

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Here’s to a safe and happy season,

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How to Find a Quality Dog Sitter/Walker Your Pup Will Love

During the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, life gets busy!

Suddenly you may find yourself booking plane tickets to visit relatives for the weekend on a whim, or skipping your normal lunch break to get some holiday shopping done.

While this is a fun time for most people, it can take a toll on our canine companions who suddenly find themselves cooped up in the house more frequently or placed in a boarding facility while you’re on vacation.

The solution for keeping your pet happy, healthy, and stress-free this season: Find a quality dog sitter or dog walker.

Of course this solution seems simple. But, how exactly do you find a dog sitter/walker that you can trust with your pup?

Here are a few strategies and tips for finding a quality pet care provider in your community…

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Use a Professional Dog Care Service Finder

Over the last decade, the need for professional dog care services has exploded. This explosion has led to the rise of professional dog care service companies that hire dog lovers to help take care of people’s pets.

It’s likely that you’ve heard of some of the big companies, such as Rover, Care and Wag!

These services are a great place to start if you’re in need of a helping hand as these companies carefully screen their employees to ensure the best care possible is provided to your dog.

If you decide to use one of these services, you can scan through dog walker/sitter profiles and pick a person who you feel is the best match for your dog. Better yet, you can look at testimonials and referrals to truly ensure your pet will receive great care.

These sites offer a variety of services, from pet boarding, in home care, and daily walking.

Currently I’ve been in touch with Rover, a great company that covers the USA and the UK. For everyone else globally keep reading…

Now the awesome folks at Rover (who do sleepovers AND walks) have extended a unique offer to me and my readers…

If you join now by clicking the special link below, you’ll receive a $10 off coupon to use on any of their services.

Save $10 on your first booking at Rover.com

So if you’re in need of a break and are struggling to find a solution regarding where to put your dog… help is at hand 🙂

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Ask Your Friends or Family for Help

If you don’t feel comfortable with letting a stranger care for your dog, you can always ask around to see if any of your friends or family would be up to the task.

In fact, there are many benefits to having someone you know care for your pet.

For example, if your dog is familiar with your friend/family member, it can be much less stressful for your dog during the time you go away.

Friends and family members tend to also be a little more flexible and are often willing to go the extra mile for your pet.

And, of course, hiring someone you know personally to care for your pet in your home can give you better piece of mind that that something like mistreatment of your pet or thievery in your home won’t take place.

So, go ahead and ask around to see who is available during lunch breaks or over the holidays when you’re going to be gone. I bet there’s someone in your network who would be happy to make a little extra money watching your pup this season!

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Interview Your Potential Dog Walker/Sitter

Regardless of whether you use a professional service or enlist a friend/family member to watch your pet, hosting an interview is always a good idea.

During the interview, you can ask your potential dog sitter really important questions, such as…

  • How much experience do you have with dogs?
  • Will you be able to stick to a consistent schedule while watching my dog?
  • Is there anything about dogs that makes your nervous?
  • How do you expect to be compensated for your time?
  • What would you do in an emergency situation pertaining to my dog?
  • Do you have any references I can contact?

Having this conversation gives you the ability to discuss any questions and concerns you have, ultimately setting your dog watcher and your dog up for success.

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Ask Your Veterinarian for Suggestions

Veterinarians are very tied into the canine community. So, if you’re struggling to find help with your dog, it’s likely that your vet will be able to point you in the right direction.

On top of being able to provide suggestions, many vet offices provide dog boarding services.

While these services might be more expensive than hiring someone to dog sit in your home, there are many advantages to using your vet to board your dog.

The biggest advantage is health care.

If you have a dog that has health issues, is old, or struggles with anxiety while you’re away, the vet’s office is the best place for your pet to be. In the event that your dog needs care, your vet will right there, able to assist.

I highly recommend this option to people with elderly pets/sick pets.

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Pay Attention to All the Details

The details are important when selecting someone to watch your pet.
What do I my by “details?” A few things…

First of all, I want you to take note of your potential dog walker/sitter’s personality. Do they come across as personalizable, compassionate, and kind?

When they talk do they truly seem to have a good understanding of animal care and dogs?

What kind of methods do they seem familiar with when it comes to handling your dog? Knowing their training/care philosophy can help ensure you don’t accidentally pick a person with limited experience or someone who uses unkind methods to handle your pup.

Details can also mean contractual obligations.

Personally, I think it’s important that you have a formal agreement between you and the pet care provider that outlines everything that is expected. Paying attention to the details such as what time your dog needs care, how long your dog’s walk should be, etc. ensures that you’ll receive the care you’re paying for.

The key to hiring quality care for your dog all comes down to the fine details…so be sure to be on high alert when hiring a care provider!

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A Note on Dog Anxiety

As I mentioned earlier, this time of year can be difficult on dogs—especially if you’re not around as much or your schedule is constantly changing.

Traveling, being away, bringing new people into your home, and messing with your dogs schedule can really stir up a lot of anxiety within your dog.

How do you prevent this from happening, or ease the anxiety your pup is currently feeling?

The first step is putting a solid training foundation in place, like my program The Dog Calming Code, that will help keep your dog calm regardless of the many changes that might be going on.

Training is essential as it is the only thing that will permanently help your dog relax and focus when it matters most.

Second, it’s important that you find a high-quality set of helping hands to care for your dog when you can’t. Be sure to use the tips we provided above to find someone!

Finally, keeping your pet on a normal schedule is key. Ensure that he’s getting walked, fed, let out to go potty, etc. according to his normal routine. Consistency will help take the edge off your pets anxiety.

I wish you and your pet a happy, healthy, and stress-free holiday season!

Enjoy your time off!

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Cheers,

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Winter Skin and Paw Care: How to Keep Your Dog Healthy in Cold Weather

It’s a scorcher here in New Zealand! But a lot of folks in the Northern Hemisphere are having other problems…

During the winter months, it’s common for humans to suffer from dry skin or chapped lips.

The reason: cold weather literally sucks the moisture out of us.

What you might not know is that dogs can suffer from many of the same winter ailments that humans do due to a lack of moisture in the air.

Why don’t we notice these types of issues?

Well…for the most part, the symptoms can be mild—yet still irritating to your dog.

Furthermore, dogs can’t talk. So, it’s unlikely that your pup is going to start up a conversation about his chapped paws.

As pet owners, it’s our job to look out for our dogs to ensure they don’t experience dry, itchy skin, cracked paws, and other cold-weather-related skin issues.

Keep reading to discover my natural solutions for helping to keep your dog hydrated and healthy this winter.

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Increase your dog’s water intake by offering him chicken-or beef-based broths and, if your dog eats dry food, try soaking it overnight.

When your dog is dehydrated, his skin becomes one of the first organs to stop receiving water. Then, when the skin’s collagen is adequately hydrated, its starts to dry out, chap, and crack.

Why is this important?

Dogs naturally drink less water in the wintertime. After all, with cooler temperatures, your pup won’t feel the need to constantly lap up water to keep himself cool.

Of course, dehydration is an extreme reason for your dog to suffer with skin issues.

But, even a simple decrease in water intake can wreak havoc on your dog’s skin.

The solution: encourage your dog to drink more water by offering him chicken-or beef-flavored broths.

Broth can be created in several ways.

If you have beef bones or a chicken carcass on hand, simply boil them in a pot of water. Then, strain the broth to ensure you’ve gotten rid of dangerous objects like bones or cartilage in the broth before serving it to your pup.

A second option would be to use chicken-or beef-flavored bouillon cubes. You can find these at the grocery store and, they are very inexpensive.

All you do is drop the flavor cube into a pot of water and boil it until the cube is dissolved.

If you use this method, be sure to pick up sodium-free bouillon cubes as added salt can actually cause your dog to dehydrate even further.

With a little extra flavor, your dog will be much more willing to drink during the day.

Also, if your dog won’t drink the broth on his own, you can pour it over his food for a special treat.

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Rub your dog’s paws with organic coconut oil.

Everyone’s skin—including your dog’s skin—produces natural oils called sebum.

It’s this oil that prevents the skin from drying and cracking.

In the winter months, it’s common for a dog’s paws to split and crack because the paws are exposed to dry, cold air or irritants like salted roads.

The solution: rehydrate your pup’s paws with coconut oil.

Coconut oil is full of natural vitamins that hydrate and soothe the skin. In fact, it’s so good at hydrating skin that many human lip balms and moisturizers are coconut-oil-based.

Aside from hydration, coconut oil is packed with powerful antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal agents.

So, if your pup does have a few sores from dry, irritated skin, a daily application of coconut oil can help soothe his wounds and heal them.

There are two methods you can use to administer coconut oil to your dog.

First, it’s totally safe to apply coconut oil to your dog’s skin topically.

The only warning I have regarding this method is that your dog might lick at the coconut oil.

While coconut oil is completely safe for your dog to ingest, licking might further irritate the area on your dog’s skin that you are trying to soothe.

If your dog is a licker, you might want to try my second method—giving your dog coconut oil orally.

When your dog consumes coconut oil, it acts as a superfood and not only helps keep your pup’s skin hydrated, but can also…

  • Balance insulin levels.
  • Promote normal thyroid function.
  • Prevent or control diabetes.
  • Aid arthritis and ligament problems.
  • Help prevent infection and disease.
  • Naturally increase your dog’s energy.

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Give your dog an oatmeal bath.

If your dog has dry, flaky skin, an easy and inexpensive remedy is to give him an oatmeal bath.

Believe it or not, there’s actually some science behind why oatmeal relieves itch.

Oatmeal contains naturally occurring chemicals called avenanthramides and phenols. These natural chemicals have anti-inflammatory properties which reduce swelling and itch.

There are two ways you can create an oatmeal bath for your pup.

The first method is to purchase unflavored rolled oats from your grocery store.

This is a very cheap way to buy the supplies to make several oatmeal baths. You can usually purchase a large can of oatmeal for just a few dollars.

Once you have the oats, place a cup or so in a warm bath, mix the water up, and then bathe your pup.

If you don’t want to deal with the mess of cleaning up after an oatmeal bath, the second method is to purchase oatmeal-based dog shampoo.

This type of shampoo is often more expensive, but delivers the same benefits with a lot less cleanup.

Interested in learning how to make your own oatmeal shampoo for your dog?

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Disclaimer: Ensuring Your Dog’s Safety This Winter Season

Before I wrap things up, I think it’s important to mention that winter-related skin issues can become serious health problems.

If your dog has hot spots, cracking skin, or other cold-weather-related health issues, it’s important that you take him to see the vet.

Your dog’s vet will be able to prescribe the right course of treatment to ensure your pup’s skin issues don’t get infected or cause worse health problems.

I hope you and your pup have a safe and wonderful winter season.

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Cheers,

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Doggy Dan Signature
~Doggy Dan 🙂