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“I heard there was a recall of the brand of grain-free dog food we use.”   Like the old game of “telephone,” messages can get jumbled up when information goes through a few channels before getting to us. Contrary to the calls we received recently, none of our pet food brands have ordered any type of recent recall. News reports and social media posts have been  making some people nervous.   We get it. We love our pets, too. But it’s important to make sure we know the facts before jumping to any conclusions.   Here’s what we know: Some...

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No Rawhide Blog

To a non-dog owner, the array of Things For Dogs To Chew for sale in our shop might seem over the top. We have bully sticks in several lengths, widths and varieties. We’ve got sturdy plush toys, chew toys inside which you hide treats or peanut butter, elk antlers, pig ears, water buffalo horns, cow feet, and turkey necks. And I’m not even done yet. Back in the days of Gravy Train dog food, dog owners simply gave their pups rawhide bones on which to chew. But now that we know better, we do better. We now know that these...

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CBD … Easy as 123

Blame it on Nancy “Just Say No” Reagan or McGruff the Crime Dog, but many of us have been conditioned to think negatively or maybe just giggle when we hear someone talking about CBD (Cannabidiol) for our pets.But giving CBD to your dog or cat (or to yourself) is actually a responsible thing to do, and could help alleviate and even prevent many health issues. As I’ve written in this space previously, we’ve been trying different options to help our little brown dog, Stuey, deal with long car rides. He pants, shakes, and barely holds himself together until he’s released...

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Fat Dog

Fat Dog

We’re a nation of overeaters. Perhaps up to two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese. So is it really a surprise that so many of our pets are overweight as well?Just as with humans, our pets can gain weight for a variety of reasons: Overeating, lack of exercise, medications, illness, etc.My normally fit and trim mixed-breed dog gained 5 pounds over the course of a year or two. She started at 30 pounds, so those five pounds represented 16 percent of her body weight. She wasn’t running around as much as she had been as a puppy, but the main...

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A Long, Strange Trip with Stuey

A Long, Strange Trip with Stuey

“Stuey is hiding under the bushes. He’s shaking and won’t come in the house. It’s like 10 degrees out there. If I try to go near him he shows his teeth.”That’s certainly not the text you want to receive from the pet-sitter when you’re away for the weekend. But that was the one of the first clues that something wasn’t quite right about our little brown dog.The next time we visited our veterinarian, he confidently diagnosed Stuey with Separation Anxiety Disorder. I know, some of you are thinking: Seriously? He’s a dog. He’ll get over it.But it’s no joke. According...

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