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Thanksgiving Safety For Pets

THANKSGIVING SAFETY FOR PETS Thanksgiving means full houses and full bellies! But, the parts of Thanksgiving humans love most are dangerous for their pups! If you’re hosting Thanksgiving, make sure to plan for your pet! Many of the dishes that are made for Thanksgiving are filled with sugar, fat and other foods that are not good for dogs.   No seasonings, no table scraps, and no sugary pie! But, Why?! Seasoning mixes often contain food that dogs should not consume. Garlic and onion being two common ones. While tiny amounts of these foods in some pets, especially dogs, may be safe,...
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Pumpkin Pupper Treats

PUMPKIN PUPPER TREATS It’s that time of year where you smell pumpkin spice everything everywhere! With Thanksgiving on the way, Pet Parents may be tempted to give their dog some scraps from turkey dinner. If you read our last blog you’ll have found out what things you can give your dog and which you should avoid. If you want to give your dog a pumpkin treat while everyone is enjoying their pumpkin pie, here’s a quick and delicious recipe for your dog. Ingredients 1 egg   2/3 cup pure canned pumpkin   ½ tsp cinnamon   1 ½ cups whole wheat flour  Directions:...
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Apple, Peanut Butter, Oat Dog Treats

APPLE, PEANUT BUTTER, OAT DOG TREATS Ingredients 1 cup old fashioned oats (aka rolled oats) 1/2 cup flour 1/4 cup peanut butter 1 egg 2 apples (I used small Gala apples) If you use chunky peanut butter rather than creamy you may need to add more moisture when making the dough. If your dough ends up extra crumbly just add 1 tsp of water at a time until you can roll it as dough out on a flat surface. And remember to check that your peanut butter does NOT contain xylitol (an artificial sweetener that can be fatal to dogs)....
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Walking The Dog- A Chore For Kids?

WALKING THE DOG- A CHORE FOR KIDS? With a new school year, you may be adding to the list of responsibilities your kids have. Should your human babies be taking your fur babies out for a walk? The answer is, it depends. If your kid is under 10, it’s generally not a good idea for them to be taking your pup on a solo cruise around the neighbourhood. There’s lots of situations that can pop up on a walk they just may not be able to handle. The size of your dog (and kid!) matters too. Your 6 year old...
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Bananaberry Pupsicle

It’s that time of year in Edmonton, when typically it’s a lot warmer than it has been, when we like to experiment in the kitchen and make some quick, easy and cool treats for Koda and the dogs we dog sit. If we get rave reviews from our furry crew then we share the recipe with you! We are mindful of ingredients that might upset tummies and if we’re not sure we use this online tool –Pet Poison Hotline– as a quick reference to search. Now onto the quick recipe! Bananaberry Pupsicles Ingredients 1 cup (8floz/240mlz) veggie stock-can also use chicken or beef...
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Is Your Dog Drinking Enough Water?

Hot dog month is here! And we’re not talking hotdogs you cook on a barbeque, but canines in cooking temperatures. July, being the hottest month of the year in Edmonton, is Pet Hydration Awareness Month. Heat can be deadly so our pooches need extra attention to keep them healthy and well when temperatures soar. Water is crucial to their wellbeing helping to regulate body temperature, keep energy levels up, and assisting their kidneys to flush toxins. While our days have been cooler than usual for this time of year, as any Alberta resident knows, the weather can change drastically with...
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Keep your pet safe with Pet First Aid!

We ran a poll on our Instagram account asking “Have you ever had to deal with a medical emergency with your pet?” 53% of people voted yes they had. That number makes sense since 61% of Canadians (from a 2016 survey) own a pet. That’s a lot of people and pets, something is bound to happen! We thought April would be a good time to shed some light on why Pet First Aid is so important to us, so we’ve made a list of 5 things you may not have thought about when it comes to Pet First Aid as...
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4 Signs of Heat Stroke in Dogs

With the temperature rising this time of year it is important to ensure your dog does not get sick with heat stroke. As much as we love the heat our furry friends can not always handle the hot temperatures. It is always wise to use preventative measures because it is much easier to not have a sick dog! Ways to prevent heat stroke: Run or walk earlier or later in the day to avoid the heat (or scheduled your dog walker earlier or later if possible). Bring water (leave your pet water bottles out for your dog walkers to also...
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Strawberry PAWpsicles

It has been a pretty hot summer here in Edmonton. We personally love it, the warm sun beating down on us when we’re out jogging with dogs, but we own a large Pyrenees mix who has so much fur and takes a while to cool down. I figured why not test out some easy cold treats to help cool Mr. Koda off. These were painless to make, unless you have troubles with a blender. Strawberry PAWpsicles Ingredients: Strawberries Cottage Cheese Water You will need: Blender Ice cube trays I did not measure out any ingredients.  I free poured the strawberries,...
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YEG Boss Babes

On Saturday, July 22 we had the pleasure of spending the afternoon at Edmonton’s Dog Boutique, Fox & Tux. Naomi, the store owner, invited us to participate in a store event called YEG Boss Babes, that featured female entrepreneurs who own and operate pet businesses. Naomi is a huge supporter of local business and thought it would be great for her customers to have the opportunity to meet and get to know a few of us. Naomi opened Fox & Tux just over a year ago and it’s a huge success! It’s crazy to think that in this short period...
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National Hug Your Dog Day

April 10 is National Hug Your Dog Day! Does this mean you should rush home and hug your dog? Maybe, maybe not. There are quite a few studies out there showing that dogs don’t like being hugged. This doesn’t mean you have to believe the studies, but do a test with your own dog to see how they react before you, or anyone else (especially kids!) give them a hug. Here are a few things to look for: Some signs you have a dog who doesn’t mind a hug are: their body relaxes their breathing slows they may lean into...
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Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Dog Treats

It’s time for Nikki to share the new treat recipe she whipped up for Koda and his friends in the Kitchen! Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Dog Treats (from Allrecipes.com) 2 ½ cups whole wheat flour 2 eggs ½ cup canned pumpkin 2 tablespoons peanut butter ½ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon Nikki added Glucosamine into these treats to give Koda a little help with his old joints. Check out our Instagram page to see his reaction to these treats! Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Whisk together the flour, eggs, pumpkin, peanut butter, salt, and cinnamon in...
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10 Things You Didn’t Know Are Poisonous to Dogs

Both Steph and myself were recently certified in pet first aid, and wanted to share some of the information that we learned in class so you can be a little more prepared when the unthinkable (a pet emergency) happens. With March 19–25 being National Animal Poison Prevention Week we figured there couldn’t be a better time to share this post! We often hear that chocolate, grapes, and antifreeze are poisonous for our pets, but here is a list of 10 things you maybe didn’t know would be poisonous for them: In any event where you think you’re pet has consumed something they...
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10 Costs You Should Consider Before Getting a Dog

Getting a new dog (or puppy!) is an extremely exciting time! No matter what the age of your furriest new friend, there are many costs that come with getting a dog and the financial commitment can be draining if you are not prepared. We ask that you take the time to consider if you can afford all the costs, as it is always sad to hear that dogs have to be surrendered or euthanized when the owners can’t afford to keep them. Here are 10 costs to be aware of before getting a pet: Adoption or Breeders Costs — Adoption fees usually range from $150–$500...
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