Fatty Acid Supplements for DogsFatty acids have been used for years to promote a healthy, shiny coat in dogs. More recently, veterinarians have discovered that fatty acids serve many other roles such as controlling inflammation and supporting joint health. Dogs can produce some fatty acids but not others. The fatty acids that a dog needs but cannot produce are known as essential fatty acids. They are needed for different functions in the body, so they need to be obtained through the diet.

Essential Fatty Acids for dogs include omega 3 fatty acids and omega 6 fatty acids. Key omega 3 fatty acids are alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Essential omega 6 fatty acids include linoleic acid (LA), gamma linolenic acid (GLA), dihomo-gamma-linolenic acid (DGLA) and arachidonic acid (AA). ...continue reading

Hip and Joint Supplements for DogsLike humans, dogs feel the effects of aging. As they get older, they can experience deterioration in their joints and the pain of arthritis. If you have a dog that is entering the senior years, joint and hip supplements can help prevent the breakdown of cartilage and fluids in the joints. The best hip and joint supplements for dogs will help promote healthy cartilage and provide relief from the daily wear and tear stresses on joints.

When you are choosing between dog joint supplements, you will want to search for key ingredients that help promote healthy joints and allow your aging canine to walk and run comfortably. ...continue reading

toilet-training-puppyHouse training a puppy can be a huge test of your patience!  Here are 7 great tips to help take the pain out of the process...

  1. First and foremost, remain consistent and patient in your training you don't confuse or frighten your puppy.
  2. After eating or drinking, always take the puppy to the appropriate toileting place.  Refrain from playing with your puppy in this area.
  3. Reward your puppy whenever it goes to the toilet in the correct place.
  4. If your puppy makes a mess where it shouldn't, clean it up with a paper towel and place the spoiled paper towel in the place you want your puppy to use.
  5. If you see your puppy doing the 'wee wee dance' (circling around), firmly but gently say 'No' and place the puppy where you want it to toilet. Reward the puppy when it does go where it should.
  6. Never yell at the puppy!  This can actually frighten a puppy so much that it will involuntarily wet itself.
  7. If your puppy will be home alone and unable to go outside, make sure you encourage it to use a pet training pad.

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