Health Benefits of Green-Lipped Mussels for Dogs and Cats. Mussels are great for joint pain and arthritis and so much more. #raisingyourpetsnaturally

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Oh, the power of real food for pets! I just love how feeding the right foods to your pet can play an important role in both their medical condition and their behavior. Today I wanted to write about all the amazing health benefits of green-lipped mussels and how you can incorporate this little shellfish into your pet’s diet.

This mussel is found in New Zealand and actually considered an introduced pest in Australia. The main difference between the green-lipped mussel and other species is it’s dark brown and green around the lip of the shell. It also has only one adductor muscle and is one of the largest mussel species.

New Zealand mussels eat phytoplankton, which are rich in antioxidants and fatty acids, amino acids, vitamins, minerals, carotenoids, and chlorophyll. Green-lipped mussels themselves are high in protein, iron, manganese, phosphorus, selenium, zinc, and vitamins C and B12. They are low in fat and rich in omega 3 fatty acids.

Mussels are another heart-healthy food you can easily feed your dog or cat. They promote a healthy heart and brain function. The green-lipped mussel is a natural anti-inflammatory and a natural source of glucosamine and chondroitin, making this a great go-to for joint pain or to act as a preventative measure.

Instead of reaching for medications for your arthritic dog or cat, consider adding green-lipped mussels into their diet.

  

 

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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. However, I will always offer my readers an unbiased and honest account of my experiences. Your trust is very appreciated, and never taken for granted. ~Tonya, Dexter and Angel Nutter

Dog-friendly vacations are the best when you are visiting a pet-friendly city like St. Augustine, Florida. During our dog-friendly vacation to Florida, the family stayed two nights in St Augustine, Florida. The Nation’s Oldest City has definitely been on my radar for many years.

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St. Augustine was founded in 1565 and offers not only great beaches, outdoor activities, dining, shopping, and historic attractions, but St. Augustine is very pet-friendly! Dexter the Dog and I love to travel and visit dog-friendly cities.

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Pet-friendly St. Augustine knows how to welcome their canine friends. St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra, and The Beaches have approximately 50 pet-friendly accommodations ranging in price points and variety – from hotels, to bed and breakfast, inns, and beach resorts. Leashed dogs are welcome in several area attractions including Colonial Quarter Museum, Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse, Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park, Spanish Military Hospital Museum, Schooner Freedom, St. Augustine Scenic Cruise, Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, Red Train Tour, Ghost Tour, and various dog-friendly restaurants. You can read more on Dexter’s and my experience at Ripley’s and the Red Train here (Coming Soon).

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While visiting, Dexter and I weren’t only allowed in a lot of stores, restaurants, and attractions, we were welcomed with open arms, water bowls, and dog treats.

We enjoyed strolling through St. Augustine’s historic district, where he was welcome in most stores. I’m not sure if all stores are dog-friendly, but each one I asked, said yes. 🙂 There were a lot of dog-friendly outdoor restaurants; it was hard to choose. We decided to eat at Taberna del Caballo. The service, setting, and food were great! A little taste of Spain in each bite. Dexter enjoyed a nice, icy water and, of course, I provided him with some extra treats and fresh veggies from my plate.

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St. Augustine beaches are even dog-friendly! St. Augustine and the surrounding area has some of the best beaches in Florida. That was a welcomed treat, as a lot of the beaches on the west side of Florida are not dog-friendly unless they are a specific dog beach. We visited Ponte Vedra Beach, where Dexter enjoyed mucking around the beach, sniffing the waves, and trying to eat the sea shells on the shore.

If you are looking for dog-friendly beaches, historic attractions, outdoor activities, dining, and shopping, you won’t want to miss St. Augustine on Florida’s Historic Coast. While many vacation spots boast of pet-friendly hotels or dog-friendly beaches, few destinations are as canine-centric as Florida’s Historic Coast.

Before you go, make sure you check out St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches Visitors & Convention Bureau for guides, maps, things to do, and much more.


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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored review. However, I will always offer my readers an unbiased and honest account of my experiences. Your trust is very appreciated, and never taken for granted. ~Tonya, Dexter and Angel Nutter

During our dog-friendly Florida vacation, our family was invited to stay at The Historic Peninsula Inn in Gulfport, Florida. Boy, am I glad we took them up on their generous offer! The Historic Peninsula Inn is situated in the center of Gulfport’s charming and dog-friendly merchant district. The location is within walking distance of a variety of shops, parks, and dog-friendly restaurants in Gulfport, Florida.

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When we arrived (early, as usual), I was blown away at The Historic Peninsula Inn’s outside beauty. The grounds surrounding the breathtaking yellow inn were full of lush trees, plants, and flowers. While I walked up the steps, I was thinking to myself, how much fun we were going to have in Gulfport, Florida.

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I was immediately greeted by Thomas at the front desk. As luck would have it, our room was ready, and we were able to check in early. The Historic Peninsula Inn offers twelve unique guest rooms and suites. We were staying in the pet-friendly room, The Casablanca Suite.

Thomas escorted me to my room and showed me how to use the historic elevator, which was installed just after World War II. The Historic Peninsula Inn has quite a history. The inn was built in 1905 as the Bayview Hotel. After World War II, the inn operated as Cedar’s Hospital for injured veterans returning from the war. After the hospital, the building was converted to a nursing home and later, a retirement home for gentlemen until the late 1980s when it sat empty and didn’t open again until 2002. In 2016, Veronica Champion revamped the building and turned it into the charming Historic Peninsula Inn.

This dog-friendly suite had 2 bedrooms, perfect for our family of 3. The main bedroom had a queen-sized bed, and the 2nd bedroom had 2 twin-sized sleigh beds.

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Our dog-friendly Florida suite included a very large bathroom, hair dryer, bath essentials, towels, flat-screen TV, coffeemaker, bottled water, Wi-Fi, and a complimentary Florida breakfast! It also included a mini refrigerator, which is an important amenity for me since Dexter eats a fresh food diet. After walking around the suite, I was very happy with the cleanliness, layout, and comfort our rooms offered. This feeling would be confirmed by all 3 of my family members after our very restful and comfortable night.

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When traveling with dogs, it sometimes can be a challenge to find dog-friendly restaurants. But, I was in luck, as this Gulfport dog-friendly inn also offered a dog-friendly restaurant, Isabelle’s Restaurant, which not only offers indoor seating, but a fully covered patio and a second outside patio for outdoor seating. Inside, they frequently have live music and also host live music on their outside patio.

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Isabelle’s Restaurant was awarded the “Best of the Beaches” and “Best of the Road” by Rand McNally, so I knew we would be in for a treat eating at this dog-friendly restaurant.

My parents started out with the Cornbread and Biscuit Basket. Cheddar jalapeno cornbread and buttermilk biscuits with cinnamon-honey butter. They both were raving at how unique and delirious these fresh biscuits were.

I ordered the Fried Green Tomato BLT, and boy this sandwich did not disappoint. Three fried green tomato slices, applewood bacon, lettuce, pimento cheese on a brioche bun. For my side, I chose the White Truffle and Gouda Macaroni and Cheese. Yes, it was as good as it sounds, but actually, even better!

For dinner, my mom ordered the Heirloom Tomato and White Wine Alfredo Pasta, and my step dad went with the lamb T-bones. Did they enjoy their meals? My step dad is still talking about how this was the best lamb he has ever had, and we all agree this was the best meal during our entire visit to Florida!

The Historic Peninsula Inn knows how to serve up fresh and scrumptious food. Their morning breakfast was impressive, too! They offered fresh fruit, quiche, and these amazing scratch fruit muffins. Yes, I had two muffins! I even ate and really enjoyed the quiche, and I’m not usually a fan of eggs.

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If you are planning a trip to the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Florida metropolitan area, The Historic Peninsula Inn in Gulfport, Florida Is too good an experience to be missed!


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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored review. However, I will always offer my readers an unbiased and honest account of my experiences. Your trust is very appreciated, and never taken for granted. ~Tonya, Dexter and Nutter

As you may recall, Dexter and I are reviewing 4-Legger’s new USDA Certified Organic Dog Shampoo with Organic Aloe line. Just a quick recap for those new to my natural pet care blog. I’m an adamant label reader when choosing pet products for both Dexter the Dog and Nutter the Cat. Every ingredient inside their pet products counts. Not just what’s excluded from a product, but what’s INCLUDED in the product.

4-Legger has been my go-to natural dog shampoo since 2016. I don’t recall how I first met the gals behind 4-Legger, but I was hooked as soon as I read a few of their organic dog shampoo ingredient panels. The ingredients inside their lines are synthetic-free, clean, simple, and beneficial. When they reached out to me to test and review their new certified organic dog shampoo with aloe juice, I was all in.

In 4-Legger’s organic dog shampoo with aloe juice, they have eliminated the water portion of the natural dog shampoo and replaced it with organic aloe juice. By making this switch, the shampoo offers more moisturizing and hydration benefits. Aloe vera is a natural healer helping relieve dry, flaky, and itchy skin.

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They didn’t stop there. To aid in skin and itch relief, shea butter, sunflower oil, coconut oil, and olive oil are included in the ingredients. This combination makes your dog’s coat silky smooth. For this review, I used 4-Legger’s Cooling (Peppermint and Tea Tree Oil) formula.

USDA Certified Organic Dog Shampoo with Peppermint and Tea Tree Oil Ingredients: Organic aloe juice, organic saponified oils (coconut, shea butter, olive, sunflower, & jojoba), organic vegetable glycerin, organic peppermint essential oil, organic tea tree oil, organic eucalyptus essential oil, organic rosemary extract

One of the reasons I chose the peppermint-and-tea-tree oil blend next is because both peppermint and tea tree oil can be used to help deter fleas and ticks! I don’t use topical or oral tick prevention that includes harmful ingredients like pesticides. Instead, I use a variety of natural treatments and remedies to keep Dexter tick-and-flea free. By including a natural flea and tick shampoo, I’m adding a safe layer to Dexter’s regimen.

I also added this formula to Dexter’s Natural DIY dog wipes. Yet one more layer to him being pest-free. You can read how to make your own dog foot wipe in this article.

4-Legger’s concentrated tea-tree-and-peppermint dog shampoo offers many other benefits besides being a good choice to deter fleas and ticks. These essential oils are antifungal, making this a great choice for those dogs who are yeasty or have “Cheeto-smelling feet.” It’s a great alternative to medicated dog shampoo which typically contains harsh and toxic chemicals.

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I wanted to address the organic tea tree oil in this dog shampoo. A poor quality tea tree oil or if used in high amounts can be toxic to pets. I will be the first to admit, I find determining the quality and safety of essential oils for pets very confusing. I’m a person who always errs on the side of caution, so I reached out to Angela, the science guru at 4-Legger to inquire about the tea tree oil used in their products. I’ve bent Angela’s ear more than once about essential oils. She’s my go-to gal! I’m going to quote her so you can get the full story on their quality oils.

“There are vast differences in quality of tea tree oils. The quality of the tea tree is, in general, based on the actual concentrations of Terpinen-4-ol (which has the anti-microbial properties) and 1,8-Cineole (a natural organic compound better known as eucalyptol, the main ingredient in eucalyptus oil). Better quality tea tree oils contain higher concentration levels of Terpinen-4-ol and lower levels of 1,8-Cineole. The high-quality standard is between 30-40% for Terpinen-4-ol and less than 7% for 1,8-Cineole and then diluted properly in the shampoo (more about that below).

Because our peppermint-and-tea-tree shampoo is USDA organic, ALL of the ingredients are USDA certified organic – from seed, growth, harvest, shipping, manufacturing, etc. are all done in compliance with the USDA regulations. This means there is zero opportunity for contamination of the ingredients and third-party validation when you see ‘Organic Peppermint essential oil’ on the label, you have 100% trust what is on the bottle is in the bottle! Beyond our commitment to pet parents, it is our commitment to the environment by using Non-GMO plants, no pesticides, and no herbicides. it is totally worth paying more for ingredients that are responsibly sourced, better quality, and better for the environment.

Diluted properly, tea tree oil is VERY beneficial. The studies that classified tea tree oil as toxic were using full strength tea tree oil. Just like with essential oils, if you use full strength topically, it can cause reactions. Recommended dilution of tea tree oil is 0.1 – 1% for topical application. Our tree oil is both diluted properly and the highest quality.

I’d not recommend this blend for cats. It would be very unlikely they would have a reaction, but typically cats don’t like the smell of tea tree oil or peppermint.”

After hearing Angela explain 4-Legger’s quality control, I felt confident with their use of tea tree oil.

The peppermint essential oil also helps fight bacterial infections, is anti-inflammatory and cooling. Peppermint also helps fight canine seborrhea (dandruff and greasiness of the skin and hair). Eucalyptus provides natural relief from bacteria, fungus, and inflammation, making this threesome a great combination for the itchy, flaky, yeasty, and stinky dog!

If you are looking for the best-smelling dog shampoo, this is right up there. As always, people’s scenting preferences are different, but if sweet peppermint is your thing, you’ll love the smell! And don’t worry, it’s not too strong, no burning of your eyes while bathing your dog.

Dexter is always a trouper for his dog bath. Can’t say he likes it, but he’s always such a tolerant and good boy. After scrubbing Dexter from head to tail, I thoroughly rinsed all the shampoo from his body and allowed him to fully air dry. Just a little reminder for those new to chemical-free dog shampoos. It’s important to rinse thoroughly, more than you might think.

Once I brushed him, I was amazed at how white his whites were and red his reds. I’ve always been happy with the way 4-Legger performs, but it still amazes me how white Dexter is after his baths without a chemical-whiting shampoo.

If you are looking for a natural and organic dog shampoo without any hidden ingredients, I can highly recommend checking out 4-Legger’s dog shampoo lines. They truly care about dogs and make small batches to ensure the highest quality. Head on over and don’t forget your 20% discount on your first order.


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Did you know that dog dehydration is a serious risk to your beloved canine? Dehydration can actually lead to death, so it is critical to know the signs of dog dehydration before it’s too late.

Dog Dehydration Symptoms

  • Loss of skin elasticity- Gently pick up the skin from the top of your dog’s neck and let go. If your dog’s skin does not snap back into place, your dog is dehydrated.
  • Rapid heart rate, rapid breathing, or panting
  • Dry nose or gums- Gently lift up your dog’s lips and look at his gums. If they are dry or gray, he may be at risk for dehydration. Press your finger to his gums and release. You will notice the gum will be briefly white but then should return quickly to normal, if not, then dehydration is likely.
  • Sunken or empty eyes- If your dog seems to have lost the sparkle in his eyes, this can be a sign that your dog is dehydrated.
  • Diarrhea, vomiting, or excessive drooling
  • Weakness, lethargy, or shakiness
  • Collapse

Common Dog Dehydration Causes

A dog may become dehydrated for a variety of reasons. Dehydration is caused by fluid loss and lack of moisture in the body. Medical conditions such as kidney disease, diabetes, cancer, heat stroke, diarrhea, vomiting, ingesting a toxin or parasites, just to name a few. A processed, dry dog food also can become a culprit as a dog’s kidneys work overtime resulting in a constant state of low-grade dehydration.

Dog Dehydration Treatment

If you have the slightest concern that your dog is dehydrated, please seek veterinarian assistance immediately. Dr. Karen Becker, a proactive and integrative wellness veterinarian, explains, “Dehydration reduces the volume of both blood and intracellular fluids flowing through the body, which in turn reduces oxygen delivery to tissues and organs, as well as the removal of waste products.” She continues by saying, “Which can interfere with the normal function of the body’s organs and systems. If a dehydrated pet isn’t quickly rehydrated, death can occur very quickly.”

Your dog’s veterinarian will likely will provide your dog with IV fluids to replenish electrolytes. In more serious cases, this may take place over the course of a few days, or until your dog can fully recover. If it is unknown why your dog was dehydrated, your vet may want to run a variety of tests and blood work to try to find the root cause.

Preventing Dog Dehydration

Ensure you are addressing any medical concerns your dog may have. Feed your dog a species-appropriate diet that is extremely high in moisture vs. a dry kibble. Prevent your dog from becoming overheated or exhausted. And, finally, help your dog stay hydrated by providing him with plenty of cool, clean, filtered water.

Encouraging Your Dog to Drink Water on the Road

If your dog is anything like Dexter or my previous dog, Theo, getting him to drink during outdoor adventures can be tricky. But, this is one time you don’t want your dog to not drink water. Here are some of my go-to tips to help a dog that won’t drink water.

Keep your dog’s water nice and cool in a stainless steel dog-water bottle. If you are out and about or your dog’s water bottle is in the car heating up, that water can actually get really hot. Instead, keep your dog’s water nice and cool in a stainless-steel travel-water bottle and even better yet, pop that into a portable cooler or travel cooler bag.

Entice your dog’s taste buds by adding Primalvore’s bone broth to his water! Not only will bone broth increase the likelihood your dog will drink his water, it will also provide a protein boost and vital minerals, perfect to keep your dog moving. I’m a big fan of Primalvore because the bones they use for their broths are made from humanely raised, human-grade free-range meat bones. The cattle are 100% grass fed, and the chickens are 100% free range. The beef and chicken bone broths come from organic cow and chicken bones (no antibiotics or added hormones). Both the turkey and duck bones are also antibiotic- and hormone-free.

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Preventing Dog Dehydration

I make adding bone broth to Dexter’s drinking water very easy. I make bone broth ice cubes and store them in a glass container. When I’m preparing Dexter’s travel-water bottle, I just pop a couple of cubes inside. Easy-peasy. Now that I add Primalvore’s bone broth to Dexter’s travel bottle, I have zero issues getting him to drink.

So, remember to keep your dog hydrated, and if you have the slightest concern that your dog may be dehydrated, seek medical assistance right away.

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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored review. However, I will always offer my readers an unbiased and honest account of my experiences. Your trust is very appreciated, and never taken for granted. ~Tonya, Dexter and Nutter

Most dogs love to chew. Chewing is such a nice behavior for dogs. It helps keep their teeth clean, fights boredom, and if you give your dog healthy dog chews, can even provide nutritional benefits.

When I’m searching for the best dog chew bones for Dexter, I follow a few personal guidelines. First, I think it’s important to remember, a dog chew bone is going to be chewed on and possibly eaten, therefore, I’m not a fan of plastic bones. Nope, not going to feed my dog plastic. Second, if it’s a processed type of dog bone and has an ingredient label, I want to read that label and ensure it’s truly something I would want Dexter to eat. As of this posting, I have not found a processed dog bone that I would feed Dexter. Let’s just take a look at one of the popular “natural” examples.

Potato Starch, Glycerin, Powdered Cellulose, Lecithin, Yeast, Malt Extract, Lupine, Annatto Extract Color, Alfalfa Extract.

Although nothing in this natural dog chew will immediately harm your dog, it’s not healthy, and starch is not a great addition to a dog’s diet. There isn’t anything healthy in this ingredient panel, so it would be like eating a king-sized candy bar. For Dexter, consuming glycerin is a short trip to having diarrhea!

Here’s another popular dental dog chew’s ingredients.

Wheat flour, wheat gluten, glycerin, gelatin, oat fiber, water, lecithin, natural poultry flavor, minerals (dicalcium phosphate, potassium chloride, calcium carbonate, magnesium amino acid chelate, zinc amino acid chelate, iron amino acid chelate, copper amino acid chelate, manganese amino acid chelate, selenium, potassium iodide), dried apple pomace, choline chloride, fruit juice color, vitamins ( dl-alpha tocopherol acetate [source of vitamin E], vitamin B12 supplement, d-calcium pantothenate [vitamin B5], niacin supplement, vitamin A supplement, riboflavin supplement [vitamin B2], vitamin D3 supplement, biotin, pyridoxine hydrochloride [vitamin B6], thiamine mononitrate [vitamin B1], folic acid), turmeric color.

Wow is right. That’s a lot of ingredients for one dental dog chew. And all those vitamins, they’re synthetic. So, no. I do not feed Dexter either of these dog chews, nor would I recommend them. But I do like to provide Dexter with healthy, real dog bones and chews, something I can feel good about giving Dexter and know that he can actually benefit nutritionally from eating.

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Duck feet for dogs

I love giving Dexter natural duck feet for dogs. And, recently, I have introduced all natural chicken feet for dogs into his chewing rotation, and here’s why I love bird feet. 🙂

Both chicken and duck feet are a natural source of chondroitin, glucosamine and collagen. Together, this provides joint health by producing joint fluid, reduces the risk of brittle bones, improves mobility, and helps maintain healthy teeth and gums.

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All natural duck and chicken feet for dogs to chew

Chondroitin and glucosamine are beneficial to all life-stages. Recently, one of Dexter’s vets recommended I provide him with regular glucosamine and chondroitin. Instead of giving him a supplement, I have increased his consumption of duck feet, chicken feet, beef gullet, and duck necks. I rotate these various forms into his diet, to ensure the most diverse form of nutrition.

The Healthy Companion Company was kind enough to allow me to try and review both their chicken feet for dogs and duck feet for dogs. Quality ingredients is always one of my top priorities when choosing a product for Dexter. The Healthy Companion Company manufactures all their treats in the US, AND all the ingredients are sourced from US farmers. Both their chicken and duck feet come from antibiotic and hormone-free birds.

Duck Feet Ingredients: Duck Feet

Chicken Feet Ingredients: Chicken Feet

That’s it. No preservatives, or anything added. Just 100% dehydrated duck or chicken feet. Both healthy dog chews are dehydrated, which means they retain their dense nutrients. I’ve regularly given Dexter duck feet dog chews in the past, and I have to admit, these feet from The Healthy Companion Company are really nice. What I appreciate from this company is that their feet are a bit drier than the ones I’ve had before.

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Healthy dog chew bones

And Dexter? He loves a good dehydrated duck foot. And the chicken feet? He gave those a green light too. Dehydrated duck and chicken feet are typically a crunchy, edible dog chew. Edible is important. Please remember to include this into his daily food calorie calculation, so that your dog does not pack on the pounds. Cutting a little of his daily food and replacing it with a duck or chicken foot is completely healthy and nutritious, so you can swap with confidence or add a bit more exercise for the day.

When giving your dog a new chew, I always recommend holding the chew and allowing your dog to chew and eat with you holding one end. This helps ensure that your dog can safely manage the chew and if not, you are able to remove it without needing to try to chase your dog down. Once you feel comfortable with how your dog will consume his snack, please still supervise.

If you are looking for natural, healthy dog bones or dog chew, I highly recommend checking out The Healthy Companion Company’s line of duck and chicken feet. They also provide all-natural dehydrated meat treats if you are looking for healthy dog training treats! Don’t forget to tell them that Dexter the Dog sent you.

Visit The Healthy Companion Company’s website and Use Promo Code Dexter10 for 10% Off Your First Order.

Or visit them on Amazon (no discount).

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Does your dog like to chew? Tell me in the comments.

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USDA Certified Organic Dog Shampoo with Organic Aloe Juice and Organic Essential Oils by 4-Legger. Organic Neem Dog Shampoo Review #raisingyourpetsnaturally

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USDA Certified Organic Dog Shampoo with Organic Aloe Juice and Organic Essential Oils

4-Legger’s Organic Neem Dog Shampoo Review

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USDA Certified Organic Dog Shampoo

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored review. However, I will always offer my readers an unbiased and honest account of my experiences. Your trust is very appreciated, and never taken for granted. ~Tonya, Dexter and Nutter

I love 4-Legger! There, I said it. I’ve been using and reviewing their natural dog grooming products since 2016. Why? Because not only do their natural dog grooming products work, but they truly are nontoxic and synthetic-free. So, when they contacted me about their new USDA Certified Organic Dog Shampoo line, I was in!

I will have to apologize to Dexter The Dog, because I have agreed to review all five varieties of their new USDA Certified Organic Dog Shampoo with Organic Aloe Juice. No worries, Dexter won’t be receiving any extra baths, but he does have to stay in the tub longer for the photo shoots. Learn how to bathe your dog in this article.

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What Makes 4-Legger USDA Certified Organic Dog Shampoo with Organic Aloe Juice so Special?

This is the first USDA certified organic dog shampoo using safe and nontoxic organic aloe juice, organic oils, and organic essential oils. 4-Legger has truly changed the pet-grooming product industry by manufacturing the first safe and nontoxic aloe-based USDA certified organic dog shampoo made with shea butter, sunflower oil, coconut oil, olive oil, and essential oils. A truly safe and nontoxic aloe formulation that shows it meets the highest standards of the USDA with the seal on the front of the bottle.

I personally find it refreshing that a dog-grooming company truly cares about our pets and has made it their mission to provide safe, effective, and synthetic-free products for our 4-leggers. I was truly excited to dive into one of their new USDA Certified Organic Dog Shampoos. I chose to try their USDA Certified Organic Neem Dog Shampoo first.

Besides the amazing quality of ingredients used in 4-Legger’s dog shampoos, the ingredient choices are also unique. This new line contains organic aloe vera juice as the first ingredient. Aloe has been used to nourish the body, skin, and hair for over 6,000 years. Aloe juice has been used to help treat and condition flaky skin, dry skin, and minor infections. It also has been used for hair (aka fur, in our case) to increase the health, shine, and silkiness.

Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Shea Butter, Organic Olive Oil, Organic Sunflower Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, and Organic Vegetable Glycerin provide hydration, moisturizes, soothes inflammation, are rich in vitamins and fatty acids to aid in creating a healthy and organic dog shampoo.

The organic sweet orange essential oil is packed with Vitamin C to help repair skin, promotes healthy skin, and also helps reduce inflammation and bacteria. As an added bonus, sweet orange essential oil is uplifting emotionally.

The organic neem oil is known for its ability to repel pests, making this a good choice for the summer months. Neem oil also offers anti-fungal, antibacterial, and antimicrobial properties and excels at cleaning and eliminating dandruff while hydrating the skin and hair follicles.

The organic rosemary extract is an antioxidant powerhouse that also doubles as a natural preservative.

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Bunny soft and cotton white

4-Legger’s USDA Certified Organic Neem Dog Shampoo with Organic Sweet Orange Essential Oil Ingredients: Organic Aloe Vera Juice, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Shea Butter, Organic Olive Oil, Organic Sunflower Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Vegetable Glycerin, Organic Sweet Orange Essential Oil, Organic Neem Oil and Organic Rosemary Extract

After thoroughly wetting Dexter, I began to lather and scrub Dexter. For those unfamiliar with natural shampoos that don’t have any synthetic lathering agents, if you feel like you need more of a lather,  don’t increase the shampoo, increase the water.

After I scrubbed Dexter from head to tail, I began my rinse process. It’s super important to rinse thoroughly. I recommend rinsing and rinsing again. You want to ensure removing all the shampoo. Don’t forget the pits and bottom area.

Typical for nontoxic dog shampoo, Dexter’s coat felt a bit tacky when wet. But I’m very familiar with this process and feel. Once Dexter fully dried, his fur was super soft and extremely white! I gave Dexter a good brushing and was tickled at how soft he felt. I’ve always loved the quality of 4-Legger’s dog shampoos, but they were right, he was even more silky smooth. His chest fur was soft, like a bunny. Now, that’s pretty impressive.

I love that I don’t have to worry about the ingredients inside of 4-Legger’s products (but I’ll continue to always read each ingredient panel). 4-Legger uses simple, clean, all-natural ingredients. I know they are a company that truly cares about Dexter’s health and what I put on him.

The next time you are shopping for a truly nontoxic organic dog shampoo, give 4-Legger a try! Visit 4-Legger today.  Order today with promo code RaiseNaturally20 for 20% off your order. Tell them Dexter sent you.

 

Reference: https://www.aloe-medical-group.com/en/aloe-vera/history.html


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Why does my cat bite me during play? How to play with a cat properly. #raisingyourpetsnaturally

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Cat Play and Biting

We love our cats and love spending quality time with them. I’m sure by now you’ve heard how important cat enrichment is in a cat’s life, both mentally and physically. You’ve probably also heard how cat play therapy can strengthen your bond and decrease cat behavioral problems. But what can you do when your cat bites you during play and petting?

How Cats Play

Cat play revolves primarily around a cat’s natural instincts of stalking, chasing, killing, and eating. It’s no wonder that cat play can easily get out of hand and too rough. A cat may even zone out during play—in his eyes, this is the hunt and kill. But don’t worry! Playing with your cat does not have to include being bitten in the process.

Here are four tips to get you started with appropriate cat play

  1. You are not the toy. Your fingers, hair, or clothing are not part of the game. Instead, ensure you have plenty of safe and appropriate cat toys.
  2. Bring the toy to life. If you are trying to engage your cat with a toy and he’s biting you or not interested, try to help bring life into the toy. Make the toy more enticing than your body. Each cat will have his own preference for play toys, style, and movement. Take the time to learn what your cat enjoys.
  3. Rough-housing and over-arousal can quickly lead to your cat biting. When playing with your cat, watch his energy and engagement level. If it seems that he’s getting a bit too stimulated, slow the play down. Your cat may do better with more frequent, shorter play sessions.
  4. Do not tease or scare your cat. I’m often saddened when I see cat videos of people scaring or teasing their cats. This is not play, nor is it fun for your feline. A cat that is often scared or teased is more likely to resort to using his fangs or claws in self-defense.

Cat play and play therapy provide amazing opportunities for our cats and us. Knowing how to play right is important. Remember, never scare or play rough with your cat. But do play often! Read more on cat games and play here.


What is your cat’s favorite game? Tell me in the comments.

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Friday's Favorite Five: Fun Dog Trick Props. I thought it would be interesting to share five fun dog trick props that you can use in your next positive dog training session. #raisingyourpetsnaturally

Friday’s Favorite Five: Fun Dog Trick Props

Friday’s Favorite Five: Fun Dog Trick Props

Props for the Best Dog Tricks

Friday's Favorite Five: Fun Dog Trick Props. I thought it would be interesting to share five fun dog trick props that you can use in your next positive dog training session. #raisingyourpetsnaturally
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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post and also has affiliate links. However, I will always try to offer my readers great product selections. Your trust is very appreciated, and never taken for granted. ~Tonya, Dexter and Nutter

Teaching dog tricks is one of the best ways to bond with your dog. There are so many cool dog tricks to teach your dog. You can teach easy dog tricks, fun dog tricks, useful dog tricks and even extreme dog tricks. And YES, you can teach an old dog new tricks. Today, I thought it would be interesting to share five fun dog trick props that you can use in your next positive dog training session. My hope is this post will inspire you to connect and engage with your dog. Not sure where to start? Check out some of my dog trick examples here.

Top Five Dog Training Props

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Lord Anson™ Dog Agility Hurdle Cone Set-The Lord Anson™ Agility Hurdle Cone Set can be used for much more than just agility. Whether you are training your dog for an upcoming show, having recreational fun with your dog at the park, or rehabilitating an older or injured dog, the Lord Anson™ Agility Hurdle Cone Set delivers quality and performance that you can trust. Order Today.

PetSafe Treat & Train Remote Reward Dog Trainer-Premier Treat & Train Remote Reward Dog Trainer is a remote-controlled reward system that uses positive reinforcement for training dogs. Teaches dogs to focus on you with engaging, interactive games that provide exercise and mental stimulation; Teach dogs at a distance to perform almost any behavior, from everyday skills (such as potty training) to specialized skills (such as agility, obedience, service and military work). Order Today.

FitPAWS Paw Pods for Dog Agility-Expand Your Dog’s Playground, Develop Motor Skills, Combine with Other FitPAWS Products, Each pod comes with 2 Textures – Flat/Bumps. You can also change the difficulty level by using the Paw Pods placed with the flat side down (less challenging) or the dome side down (more challenging.) Order Today.

Affordable Agility Practice Tire Jump-  Special lightweight design makes the Practice Tire Jump easy to move around your course. The Tire is attached to the frame with adjustable Velcro straps, which makes it easy to adjust it to any height. Simple assembly instructions and vinyl tape are included for you to decorate your tire. Tire color varies, but it is intended to be taped over with the red and blue tape that is included. Order Today.

 


What’s your dog’s favorite trick? Tell me in the comments.

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Teaching dog tricks

Dog training tricks are more than just some frivolous behaviors that have no meaning or use. No, teaching your dog a variety of cool dog tricks is a great way not only to build your relationship with your dog, but to teach him to listen, trust you, and take your cues. As a huge bonus, dog trick training also teaches your dog how amazing you are, so he will want to listen to you. 😉

After you’ve taught your dog how to roll over, you can take it one step further and teach your dog to roll himself up in a blanket!

  1. Lay out a throw blanket on the floor, nice and flat. Make sure that there is plenty of room for the blanket and your dog and any goofy dog antics.
  2. Ask your dog to down on one side of the blanket.
  3. Grab the corner of the throw blanket next to your dog and get him excited about grabbing it.
  4. Once your dog grabs the end of the blanket ask him to roll over. Reward him for rolling over, even if he didn’t keep hold of the blanket.
  5. Continue the steps, and eventually, your dog should keep hold of the blanket as he rolls himself up. Big jackpot of dog treats anytime your dog rolls over in the blanket.
  6. Once your dog is reliable at rolling over in the blanket, change your cue from “roll over” to “cover up” or similar.

If your dog is not a big “holder” this may not be the best trick for him. And that’s okay. We all have our favorites and specialties. Remember, it’s about having fun, learning, and bonding.


What is your dog’s favorite dog trick? Any fun cat tricks to share? Tell me in the comments.

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