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Your Dog and Ticks, Be Aware



Oh, these beautiful summer days! They are a great time for long walks and exploration. Our dogs can be easily distracted by their noses, moving deeper into unknown, overgrown areas. Here lies trouble and danger in small sizes, but potentially big impact. Ticks! They are tiny, bloodsucking parasites and do a great job of latching onto living things, playing hide-and-seek. They are hard to spot on our furry friends, but looking for them is an important thing to do after every outing.

Adding a natural supplement made with garlic and yeast will help both the skin and coat of your dog to soothe and deter pests such as ticks.

These pests use heat sensors and latch onto their victim, usually preferring the warmest parts of the body.

They also like dark, moist areas. Checking for ticks is a head to toe job, covering everything in between. Prime areas are the head, neck, and ears. Whether they have short, pointy ones or long and floppy ones, those listening devices need inspecting inside and out, in front and behind. Look closely between those toes too. Think you see a skin tag on your dog, look closely and be sure it isn’t a tick, even on those eyes and lips.

Also, remember to keep your dog well hydrated and well fed with natural, whole food before you head outdoors. The healthier your dog, the better they can handle body stress from outdoor pests!

Now, you might think your worries are few with this outdoor threat because your furry friend wears a flea and tick collar, or has had a preventable treatment. Think again.

Not all collars are equally effective in protecting them from parasites. Different areas may require different types of collars. And ticks can be out of sight underneath them, so be sure to check there as well. Some owners have their pets wear clothing, either for cuteness or sun protection. Remember to remove this and check everywhere.

The dangers of tick bites are Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and tick paralysis. There have been cases where dogs have been paralyzed and seeming close to death, but upon discovering and removing a tick was up and around only days later. And in these were dogs wearing flea and tick collars. Although tick paralysis is uncommon, it does happen. The good news is that after the removal of a tick, the animal is often without lasting health effects.

Removing a tick requires keeping yourself and your dog calm. Having another person nearby is always a good thing. Steadily taking tweezers, latching onto the tick and then pulling it straight out, placing it into rubbing alcohol to kill it. Inspecting it is important, being sure the head has been removed. If not, off to the vet for this. Keeping the tick in a sealed container is wise in case you notice anything out of the norm for your dog. Then take them both in to see your vet.

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Road Trips And Dog Safety



Sometimes it’s nice to have the car windows rolled down, feeling the breeze while listening to tunes on a long drive. Often times we see a canine passenger enjoying the rush of the wind with their head completely outside that window. Not only is this a danger, but has the potential of being deadly in multiple ways. Should an accident happen, the dog would continue at the speed it was traveling. Bugs hit our windshields, they can certainly hit our dogs’ eyes. Road debris can end up in their nostrils or windpipes, cold air may be forced into their lungs, and accidental strangulation can occur if they step on the window control. We at Healthy Dogma, always want what’s best for you and you pet. Proper care is just as important as proper nutrition.


It isn’t a good idea to have your pet free to roam within a vehicle.



The safest place for your dog is the back part of a car, such as with hatchbacks. Resting on a familiar dog bed is ideal or on something soft and comfortable. Provide chew toys and remove any items that could become projectiles in case of an accident. Carriers on seats are a good option, secured either with the seatbelt or bungee cords. These can be helpful with motion sickness, or nerves with traveling.



When it comes to traveling, the first thing to do is get your dog used to riding in the car, beginning with the driveway to short drives. You want it to be a pleasant experience, so give lots of love afterwards.



Prior to any trip, make sure your pet is in good health, up to date with shots, and discuss any meds your dog may need, such as for nervousness, or hyperactivity, if this has been shown on those shorter trips. Keep a copy of their record of shots in the glovebox, have collars on along with informational dog tags, and update any information regarding microchips.



Before your departure, feed your dog a few hours ahead of time, and provide exercise before leaving. Tire you pouch out!!! Pack up familiar treats, food, bowls (collapsible ones are convenient) and a gallon of water from home. Municipal water systems vary and this can set some dogs off with a bad case of diarrhea. Topping off the jug with each stop provides a gradual change in the water, allowing your dog to adapt.



Just as you need to stop for bathroom breaks, so does your dog. Remember to not share any human snacks. You never know what might be a treat for you and a danger for them. Always have their leash on before opening a door. And if it’s above high 70’s outside, and you need to leave the car, park in the shade, provide water, windows down an inch and a maximum of five minutes. If you didn’t pack a picnic and need a meal, consider drive thru. Road trips with your buddy along can make for some fun memories!

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Tips to Keeping Your Dog’s Breath Fresh



Puppy smell! Some people are not a fan, but for most of us, it is such a warm, fuzzy experience. That scent is unique to the situation that’s for sure! That smell coupled with a little, happy, loving furry creature in your arms is an experience to treasure. Once mature, cuddling your canine with less than desired smells, is generally not desired by anyone, especially with bad breath.


Panting is our dog’s natural way to cool themselves down.



When we’re close to them, it is not a coveted experience. We need a bit of space. When bad breath is involved, we need more space for sure!!! How do we help our dogs to have sweet, minty fresh breath? Well, they certainly can’t do that for themselves, I mean with brushing their own teeth! That is the best way to get fresh doggie breath, so we need to do that for them, ideally on a daily basis. There are toothbrushes out there for both human and canine that would work well. You can also purchase special glove brushes where your finger can do the work. Either choice should begin early when your dog is a puppy. Luckily, you don’t have to floss as well! Their teeth are further apart and it isn’t necessary. Dental dog chews and various bones are good for your dog in between those brushings.



Keep in mind that a healthy diet consisting of high-quality ingredients is important to your dog’s overall health. Healthy Dogma offers a large selection of food, treats, and K9 supplements to keep your dog thriving!



There are many reasons for doggy bad breath, and they range from simple to serious. Just like humans, plaque can build up on our teeth and generates unfavorable breath. Gum disease can be an issue. During brushing, it’s good to be rubbing those gums during each cleaning. Perhaps a dietary change needs to be made. There could also be an inflammation of the tongue or tonsils. It is possible that the concerning breath is due to a more serious problem such as kidney disease, fungal overgrowth, bacterial infections, diabetes, or even some types of cancer. Blood work is necessary to make a clear diagnosis. If consistent brushing of the teeth has been done and the bad breath persists, then it’s time for a visit to the vet.

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A Puppy is Born! The First Weeks

Not every puppy comes into the world in ideal situations, but that initial time with their mother is priceless and important. A puppy is basically born blind and deaf, can’t eliminate their bowels or urine, or regulate body heat. Just a chill can kill. Their mother oversees all their needs and guides those little bodies to begin functioning. Most of their time is spent sleeping. Body twitches during this time strengthen their little legs. Any connection with the human touch enhances their bonding later on. It is a time to start thinking about the healthy food and treats you are going to be feeding your new furry bundle.

By the time a puppy is three weeks old their eyes open, can detect light, dark, and movement. Sounds are responded to.

Puppies begin to build social skills by pawing and mouthing each other. They can now relieve themselves and by the end of the week look for crawling and a lot of tail wagging. This is a good time to connect with your vet and discuss healthy food choices for your growing pup that is high quality and easy to consume. Healthy Dogma in Lake Orion, Michigan only offers the best food choices for your pets.

The next two weeks are spent testing the limits and gaining strength, as well as coordination. They can now bark, stand, walk, run, and pounce. By playing with their littermates, they learn about hard and soft biting, and their mom may growl when playtime gets too rough, (later it will be with you, using eye contact and a firm “no”). Those hunting and chasing instincts kick in and now is the perfect time to introduce a variety of toys such as puppy bones, squeaky toys, furry ones, and rubber balls. They will develop favorites which is a good thing to learn.

For a breeder, foster parent, or shelter, this is an ideal time to begin socializing with the sights and sounds of the home, children, other adults and pets. Mom begins the weaning process and teaches them to eliminate away from sleeping areas. Later, the use of a crate helps them to feel secure and to not soil their space.

During the sixth and seventh weeks of life, the emotions kick in. Whining when scared. Whimpering when hurt or lonely. And the barking with excitement and attention seeking. Any one on one time with humans in a safe, trusting situation is absolutely ideal.

Puppies are ready to leave their mommy at eight weeks. At this age, they can remember which behaviors are allowed. Their inner clock kicks in with knowing where and when it’s time to eat. They can now get used to grooming. Starting this young, you will be able to brush those teeth, clip those nails, and brush that fur without complaint. And now comes the discipline and joy of developing that precious bond and guiding this loyal companion.
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The Dog Days of Summer – Tips for Keeping Your Dog Cool

Have you ever heard of that expression? It generally means hot, sultry days of summer. Now that it is June, those days aren’t far away. Well, let’s zoom in on that title to truly consider the dog days of summer, meaning our dogs during hot spells. Those are very dangerous times for our pets and can even be traumatic or deadly.

We have numerous ways to cool down. Our pets are really at our mercy. We need to provide a consistent supply of water. They enjoy ice either as a treat on their own, or added to their water. Feeding your dog healthy pet food and treats made from high-quality ingredients should be a priority in their overall health.

When outside, make sure there is a shaded area close by.

Be mindful of shade that prevents air flow such as a doghouse. In hot temperatures, that becomes very dangerous. On their own, dogs can only cool down by panting. It actually expands moisture from their lungs. If there is high humidity, then even their panting is no longer able to cool them down and body temperatures can quickly skyrocket. Their paws may perspire, but not enough for any cooling effect.

Dangerous temperature conditions exist in cars. Running into a store for a quick moment can easily be longer and minutes can be the difference between life and death. A parked car has a greenhouse effect. Temperatures quickly rise to dangerous levels within minutes. Cracked windows really don’t have an impact on those conditions. Within ten minutes a car at 85 degrees will rise to 102 degrees. Not much longer and it becomes 120 degrees. These high temperatures literally begin cooking your dog from the inside out.

With hot conditions, their blood thickens. This creates great stress on the heart and blood clots are possible. The brain, intestinal and liver cells are highly active and are at the greatest risk for heat trauma. There is the risk for irreversible organ damage or death. And damage can still occur hours or days after experiencing time in a hot car.

If you observe an animal left alone in a car on summer days, for the sake of its life, phone a humane society or the police. Make note of the car model, color, license plates and time. Also, inform the manager of the nearby store. An emergency announcement can be made. Staying near the car until help arrives helps the animal to stay calmer. When it comes to running a quick errand, leave your pet at home, or have someone come along, taking the dog out of the car and providing water. Moments matter.
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10 Facts to Know Before You Buy a Mushroom Supplement (Part 2)

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Crisis Checklist for Your Pet
Many people have an emergency plan in place for themselves and their families in case of an emergency. It is good to have a detailed strategy for who does what, a list of important numbers, and any valuables that need saving. But does your family have an emergency plan for your pets?
There are many simple things that can be done beforehand to shave seconds off of an emergency evacuation, and those seconds could mean the life of your pet. One such idea is an “Animals Inside” sticker for your front and back doors; this will inform rescue brigades that you have pets and need them to be rescued. This is especially helpful in the case of fires, when you may not be home or capable of telling firefighters about your pets.
Another time-saver is to give neighbors or nearby family members keys to your home. If you happen to be away, it is good to know that there is someone who is able to get your pets out of your home and into a safe place. Make sure they have all of the necessary information, as well, including several phone numbers where you can be reached, how many pets you own, their names, and where they usually are. If your dog usually sleeps in the bathroom while you are at work, let your neighbor, friend, or family member know exactly where to find them. It is also helpful to make sure they know what kinds of pets you own. If your neighbor is looking for a cat, and you own a hamster, this lapse could mean your pet’s life.
It is also helpful to make sure your pets have updated identification tags. If you have moved or changed phone numbers recently, now is the time to get new tags. The best option is to include your pet’s name along with a cell phone number and your home address, which will help your pet find his or her way home if they get separated from you in the panic. It is a small thing to do that can make the world of difference in the case of an emergency.
There are also some numbers you will need if you are home with your pet during an emergency. Look in your area for pet-friendly shelters or hotels, and keep their numbers with you. If you are forced to evacuate your home, it is nice to have a place to go where you and your furry friends will be welcome. You should also get telephone numbers for local shelters, just in case something happens. If your dog has somehow gotten out of their collar or lost their tag, it is good to have a place to call and look for them. You should also keep leashes and carrying cases by the front door, just in case you have to leave quickly. Doing these things will cut the time off of your escape, and help your pet survive an emergency.
If you have a petsitter at your home while you are away on vacation, make sure that they have all of the necessary information. Give them names and numbers of family members who can help take care of your pets, or make a plan with them on transporting the animals to their place of residence in case of an emergency. Be sure to have all of this information upfront, so that there are no surprises if a weather emergency arises.
Remember, doing these small things now can save you precious seconds if an emergency should fall upon your family. Be prepared for anything, and make sure everyone in your family knows where important information is and what they need to do. This can help ensure the survival of you and your pets. 
If you ever have any questions about pet healthy or safety, please feel free to contact us.
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