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Growing an Indoor Herb Garden for Your Pets  - Your pets benefit from fresh herbs just as much as you do, and it’s simple to grow many pet-friendly herbs indoors. Just be sure to plant each one in rich, organic soil and fertilize with non-chemical fertilizers. Avoid plastic pots, too, to prevent leaking. Stone and porcelain work well. Bonus: You can use these fresh herbs (well, maybe not the catnip) in your own cooking! Lemon Grass A staple in Thai cooking, lemon grass smells like fresh lemon and has been credited with deterring fleas. It’s pet-safe if your dogs choose to munch on a bit of the fresh grass. Scatter pots of lemongrass around your outdoor space to deter pesky mosquitoes, too. To grow, purchase fresh lemon grass at the store and use the stalks to whip up a delicious Thai dinner. Then, set the bulbous root in a jar of water on a sunny windowsill. Allow the roots to grow for a few weeks—changing the water regularly—then trim down the stems and pot the roots in a rich soil mix. Water well and transplant as neede
Your dogs & cats benefit from fresh herbs just as much as you do, and it’s simple to grow many pet-friendly herbs indoors.
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Treating Canine Hot Spots Through Food and Diet - Spring Has Sprung and So Have the Allergens! Spring brings warm sunshine and a promise for a nature’s revival. Spring can also result in an onslaught of allergens for both humans and dogs. The dreaded “HOT SPOT” is every pet owner’s nightmare and arises typically as the weather gets warmer and often coincides with allergy season. In Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM), foods can be used for their energetic properties to help treat a medical condition. In order to use foods in this manner, one must understand the TCVM diagnosis and the specific properties of foods that can be used to correct the energetic imbalance. Hot spots are classically considered in TCVM diagnosis as “Damp Heat”. These are moist, red, and inflamed skin lesions that are warm to the touch. Foods and conditions that can that can lead to damp heat: Dry kibble diet (these diets have a warming energetic due to processing at extremely high temperatures and are also dampening due to large carbohydr
Hot spots are itchy, red & inflamed skin lesions that affect dogs in warm weather & allergy season. Successful treatment can be done using food therapy.
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How To Plan a Dog-Friendly Summer Vacation - Summer fun is right around the corner and don t forget your furry family member. Whether it’s a day trip to a national park or a week-long beach adventure, arrange your itinerary to accommodate your pup—that is, of course, if your dog is one who’s happy and comfortable with new experiences. (If not, consider hiring a pet sitter and leave your pet at home.) Plan Ahead You can’t wing vacation plans when your dog is with you. If your spontaneous family stops at roadside attractions or pulls off the highway to overnight at any old roadside motel, a dog-friendly vacation requires more planning than you’re used to. Research pet-friendly hotels along your route or look into cabin rentals that allow dogs. Call ahead and ask if any nearby restaurants welcome dogs on their outdoor patios. Same goes for attractions: Skip theme parks and water parks that don’t welcome pets, and plan your trip around parks and outdoor attractions. Look for arts festivals and street fairs in small town
Check out these great tips to arrange your itinerary to accommodate your pup in the family fun.
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7 Ways To Be Extra Kind To Shelter Animals - It s Be Kind to Animals Week! In it s honor, we ve put together some ideas on how you can be kind to animals who need a little extra love. In 1915, the American Humane Association introduced Be Kind To Animals Week in order to promote compassion toward animals. This year, it takes place is May 4 to May 10, and while you should be kind to animals all year long, this week lets you show the world how much you love animals. It s true that kindness is contagious, and it s the perfect time to become the person your dog or cat thinks you are! So this week, take it up a notch and be extra kind to shelter animals. These homeless pets could use an extra dose of kindness. Here are a few way to show a lot of love to rescues in need. Donate items to your local shelter Shelters all always in need of dog and cat items. Just a few include blankets, poop bags, leashes, cleaning supplies, bedding, toys, and shampoo. And if in doubt, get a gift card! By giving your local shelter a gift card to a pet, ho
It's Be Kind to Animals Week! In it's honor, we've put together some ideas on how you can be kind to animals who need a little extra love.
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Video: Parkour Dog Can Backflip! - How awesome is Kuba the dog? So awesome that he can do a running backflip off a tree. You have to see it to believe it—in slow motion, for extra effect. Now just might be the time to sign your dog up for ninja classes!
How awesome is Kuba the dog? So awesome that he can do a running backflip off a tree.
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Can You Clicker Train a Cat? - Clicker training is most often associated with dogs, not cats. That could be because dogs are easy—they love treats. Give a dog a treat, a pat on the head or a loud “Good boy!” and he’s a happy camper. A cat will yawn in the face of these poorly thought-out rewards. The idea behind the clicker is simple. You see the behavior and instantly mark it with a noise. You think you can say “Good kitty” fast enough, but no. By the time your brain sees the behavior and the words work their way down to your tongue, your kitty has off and running with something else, often the very thing you don’t want. Getting Started Pet supply stores sell clickers, or you can use an ink pen—the retractable kind, not your basic BIC—to make the noise. Often the easiest way to hold a clicker on a bracelet, that way you can use both hands to use props or guide your cat. Who Doesn t Love a Good Empty Box? To start, show your cat the treats. Have the clicker in hand. Set an empty box on the floor a
Clicker training a cat can be done. Have a little patience, keep your cat's point of view in mind and dole out the best treats you can find.
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Recipe: Grain-Free Banana Peanut Butter Dog Treats - Skip the grain and go right for the good stuff with a treat that s grain-free and packed with plenty of nom-noms! Going grain-free isn t easy. Although there are a larger variety of grain-free food items available on the market, it can be hard to find treats that agree with your dog s tummy. That s why you should give this Banana Peanut Butter Grain-Free Dog Treat Recipe a go. Not only is it grain-free, but I ve also added The Honest Kitchen s Pro Bloom into the mix, which is packed with live culture probiotics and digestive enzymes. Grain-Free Banana Peanut Butter Dog Treat Recipe
Skip the grain and go right for the good stuff with a dog treat that's grain-free and packed with plenty of nom-noms!
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7 Ways To Prevent Fleas and Ticks On Cats & Dogs - Tiny fleas and ticks can be a big problem—here s how to get the upper hand over those pests! We love the warmer weather, but with the rising temperatures come a host of pests that have it out for our dogs. Yep—I m talking about fleas and ticks, and they re already hatching their evil plans to set up camp in your pet s fur and invade your home. And once they ve infiltrated your ranks, it s tough to get them to leave. But don t signal defeat! I ve put together seven things you can to prevent fleas and ticks from setting up colonies on your pet and in your home. Vet-recommended flea/tick prevention or prescription This is the easiest way to prevent and kill fleas and ticks on your pets. You may not like using the chemical treatments, but sometimes they can’t be avoided. Before using them on your pet, read the directions carefully, understand the side effects and apply the proper dosage to avoid poisoning. If you re still not sure about it, ask your vet about any lingering concerns
Tiny fleas and ticks can be a big problem—here's how to get the upper hand over those pests and prevent them from setting up colonies on your pet and home.
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Video: How to Tire a Energetic Husky - Looking for a way to tucker out your energetic dog? Behold: the dog-sized exercise wheel. This giant hamster wheel will keep your four-legged pal entertained for hours, as demonstrated by this determined Alaskan Husky. If only we could muster up the same enthusiasm on the treadmill.
Looking for a way to tucker out your energetic dog? Behold: the dog-sized exercise wheel!
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Tips To Living With Cats And Small Pets Harmoniously - Cats make wonderful pets. So do birds, hamsters, guinea pigs, rats, mice and bunnies. Can they live in the same house in harmony? Yes, if the human in the equation takes precautions. Birds Birds like a nice sunny room with a window. A little background music to sing along with is always appreciated. A quick hop from one side of the cage to the other or a few chirps is all it takes to catch a cat’s attention. Cats are hardwired to chase anything that moves whether it’s people s toes under the blanket or another pet. Small birds, like finches, can easily panic themselves into a heart attack under the steely and unrelenting stare of a cat on the prowl. Stress may lead to plucking out feathers, similar to nail biting in humans. Appetite can also be affected—“too nervous to eat” is a real problem. Larger birds, like macaws or parrots would seem to be in a safer position but not true. They’re more social and like to spend time outside the cage for exercise and companionship. A s
Cats make wonderful pets. So do birds, hamsters, guinea pigs, rats, mice and bunnies. Can they live in the same house in harmony?
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Infographic: How Honest Are Your Pets? - Did you know that April 30th is National Honesty Day? We polled pet parents to find out just how honest (or dishonest) their pets are. Check out the results below! (click image to enlarge)
In honor of National Honesty Day, we polled pet parents to find out just how honest (or dishonest!) their dogs and cats are. The results are hilarious.
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Recipe: Cinnamon Roll for your Dog (and You)! - Treats tend to get the bad wrap of being unhealthy. But that isn’t always the case; this recipe contains canola oil, which has heart healthy mono and polyunsaturated fats as well as omega 3 fatty acids. So you don’t have to feel bad for giving your pet one or two treats (because you can t say no to that cute begging face). Recipe: Cinnamon Roll for your Dog (and You)!
Treats tend to get the bad wrap of being unhealthy. But that isn’t always the case; this recipe contains canola oil, as well as omega 3 fatty acids.
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The Honest Kitchen provides natural human-grade pet food products for dogs and cats. Our gourmet recipes are 100% natural and gently dehydrated, not extruded. 

Humans taste our foods as part of our QC procedures to ensure every product is just right - and our recipes are made in a human food facility in the U.S. that makes the very same foods you probably eat. 

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