Your dog loves treats, and you love giving them to him — but what’s with all those strange-sounding ingredients on the label? Are they preservatives or even possibly harmful?

You can eliminate the worry of unknown ingredients and make your own dog treats with ingredients you have right in your cabinet. Best of all, they’ll be delicious and healthy. Plus, they’re affordable and easy to make. What could be better?

Peanut Butter Bones

Two Dog Press shared a recipe for peanut butter bones that are perfect for spoiled dogs just like yours.

  • 1 package dry yeast
  • 1 cup mashed potatoes
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • 1 cup chunky peanut butter
  • ½ cup rye flour
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup lukewarm water
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ cup chicken stock
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • ½ cup rice flour
  • 2 cups all-purpose white flour

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

2. In a large bowl, dissolve the yeast in water.

3. Heat the potatoes, milk, molasses, stock and peanut butter together in a large saucepan, and bring to a boil while stirring frequently. Remove from heat and let stand until … Read Entire Post


When you think of pumpkin, you probably imagine Halloween and the classic pie served at Thanksgiving. If you’re a veterinarian, you smile because you know pumpkin provides dogs with extremely important nutrients that are good for digestion. It also is potentially good for his immune system and coat, too.

Canned pumpkin — not scooped right out of the gourd and not sweetened such as pumpkin pie filling — contains lots of fiber, vitamins, minerals and beta-carotene. It’s also low in fat and cholesterol. However, be careful about how much your dog eats, because too much can be highly toxic.

The most important ingredient in canned pumpkin is soluble fiber, which prevents diarrhea by absorbing excess water in the digestive tract. Just like people, when your dog consumes extra fiber his regularity improves. Canned pumpkin can stop diarrhea and promote regularity.

Although some evidence suggests that the other vitamins and minerals in canned pumpkin help with immunity and coat quality, it isn’t proven. Adding the right amount of canned pumpkin to your dog’s diet, however, is likely to provide significant health benefits.

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dog-714861_1280Halloween may be one of most fun holidays of the year, but it can be a nightmare for dogs. You can keep your pet safe by following these simple tips.

Chocolates and Candy? Just Say No

Chocolates and candy may be big treats for you, but they’re big tricks for your dog. Chocolate, the artificial sweetener xylitol and raisins are toxic to dogs, and in large amounts can be fatal. If you think your dog ate candy containing any of these items, contact your vet or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 immediately.

Decorations — Fun, But Not Tasty

Those ghosts and goblins that grace the front and interior of your home are fun to look at. Unfortunately, your dog might think they’re tasty. Keep power cords, bulbs and other decorations out of the reach of your dog, who might decide it’s the perfect time to see just what a plastic, glow-in-the-dark witch tastes like.

Keep the Night Stress-Free

Endless doorbell ringing and strange-looking creatures at the front door may be unwelcome for your dog. If he gets anxious around strangers, barks … Read Entire Post


Massage therapy is one of the biggest trends in veterinary medicine, and it is quickly growing in popularity. For most dogs and their humans, dog massage is an incredibly enjoyable experience. Without the proper training, however — and in certain cases where other medical conditions are present — it may be harmful. Is dog massage right for you?

What Dog Massage Can Do

Just like people, dogs sometimes suffer from medical problems such as tendonitis, anxiety, muscle strains, post-surgical trauma and inflammation. Massage therapy is an effective remedy for many of these problems when practiced by a properly trained practitioner.

When administered properly, massage therapy can relieve pain and reduce swelling. It can also improve circulation and range of motion, and encourage damaged tissues to heal. In some cases, massage therapy may be part of a prolonged physical therapy plan, not unlike what a human would do following reconstructive surgery.

The benefits of massage therapy are clear, but the growth in the number of practitioners without adequate medical training is alarming. Only allow a licensed practitioner who has studied intensively to massage your dog. … Read Entire Post

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