5 Ways to Help Your Dog Live A Natural Life #AvoDermNatural

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If you are a pet parent like me, you may be wondering how you can help your dog live a natural life.  You are working on your own health, why not your dogs?  We have shared with you in the past about our partnership with AvoDerm products, and once again we have to appreciate how this brand helps us focus not just on feeding our dog, but truly improving his health.  Cooper is only 2 years old, but we want him to have a long and healthy life.  So these ways to help him have that life are really important to us.

avoderm bagsFeed them a natural food source.  AvoDerm Natural Revolving Menu provides you with an amazing protein and natural fat rich food source that your dogs will love.  Not only is it gentle on their tummies, there are many options to suit your individual dogs needs.  From the still playful young pup like Cooper, to the older “grandpa” dog in the bunch AvoDerm has great options of foods that are natural, quality and not full of unhealthy filler product like some brands.  This brand has been dedicated to giving you oven baked food and treats of the best ingredients since the 1960’s.

Get plenty of exercise daily.  Dogs need more than just a walk to use the bathroom. They need real exercise, just like we do.  Not only do they need it for weight maintenance, many breeds need the exercise to keep things like hip displacement, arthritis and other common breed ailments from becoming an issue.  Getting out and building strong bodies in your dogs is important for their complete health just like it is for yours.  More quality exercise on a regular basis helps them to be happier, work out excess energy (especially in younger pups) and build strong muscles to carry their bodies easily for longer.

Give them a chance to “make friends”.  Go to the dog park, bring a second dog into the home, or set up doggy play dates.  Your dog needs friends to play with just like you do.  While you have fun, play fetch and even walk your dog, they may still crave that playtime they can only get with another dog.  Providing them with a “brother” or “sister” in your home is great, but if you can’t have an additional pet take the time to get them out to a dog park or to another dog owners home for play time on a regular basis.

Bring them indoors for their safety.  While there are many pets that reside outdoors the bulk of the time, there are just as many who are mostly indoor pets.  The main thing is to make sure your pets are safe and healthy.  Dogs love being outside and in the fresh air, but when temperatures fluctuate it is time to think about their health and safety.  In the heat of summer, bring your dogs inside for cooler temperatures, or at least provide them with proper shade and plenty of water to stay hydrated.  In winter months make sure your dogs are indoors and warm during the coldest days.  A dog can easily find their paws frostbitten in extreme cold, and this is not a healthy thing for any pet.  Bringing your dogs inside to protect them is one of the best things you can do for their physical and emotional health.

Give them a place of their own in your home.  Dogs are wonderful pets, but they like to know they “own” something just like you do.  They can be very possessive, or feel very left out when they don’t have a space of their own.  Make sure your dog has a bed, crate or area that is just for them.  This can be their place of comfort to go sleep, rest, play or recuperate after a long day playing.  Make sure they feel loved, welcomed and like they can consider that their own little place in the world.  Their physical health is important, but don’t forget to help your dog live a natural life, you need to provide them with emotional security.

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Cruelty Free Gift Ideas For Your Pets From the ASPCA Including Some DIY Gifts #SantaPaws

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Disclosure- The ASPCA sent me some toys from their online store for my furry children but I received no other compensation and all opinions are 100% my own.  I am very passionate about protecting animals.
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If you’re anything like me, your pets are like your children only furrier.  We love our pets and many of us like to get our pets gifts during the holiday season.  And let’s not forget all the pet lovers on our holiday gift lists.  Studies show that over a third of Americans purchase holiday gifts for their pet.  Every year, the ASPCA encourages shoppers not to buy anything at stores that sell puppies.  You see, most pet store puppies come from puppy mills—you know, those large scale breeding operations where dogs live in horrible conditions and never receive love.  Well, every time you buy anything from a pet store that sells puppies, you’re actually supporting this very cruel industry.  Check out their holiday video below to learn about the connection between pet store puppies and puppy mills.  You can also visit No Pet Store Puppies to learn more and take the pledge to I pledge that If a pet store sells puppies, you won’t buy anything there.
Then click to tweet to share the pledge with your friends!
ASPCA behavior experts have put together some fun gift ideas for DIY enthusiasts or just those trying to cut back on costs:

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~To make a tasty chew toy, soak a rope toy in chicken broth and then freeze. Once frozen, give the toy to your dog for hours of savory chewing.
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~For cats, rip off a piece of aluminum foil paper or tissue paper, put cat food or cat nip in it, and crumble it up into a ball. This serves a fun batting toy for hours of kitty entertainment. (I was given this idea by the ASPCA but it has been brought to my attention by a reader that tin foil might not be safe if your kitty is left unattended with the foil so use paper or tissue paper instead just in case.)  🙂
~For cats, fill plastic Easter eggs with wet cat food as a fun food puzzle.
~Rinse out an empty, cardboard milk carton, fill it with dry pet food and poke holes for a food-dispensing puzzle toy.

Here are some other cute gift ideas for pets, available on the ASPCA Online Store and the prices are very reasonable.

Gifts for pets:

5 Piece Gift Set
5-piece Dog Gift Set – $5.99

Dog Stocking Toy

Dog Stocking Toy – $8.99

Cat Play Balls 
Cat Play Balls – $1.99
DJ Cat Scratching Post

DJ Cat Scratching Post – 39.99 
Fling Ama String
Cat Fling-ama-String – 29.99 

Gifts for pet lovers:

Chocolate Dogs Cookies for People

Walker’s Shortbread Chocolate Cookies – $4.19 

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Zales Diamond Pendants – prices vary depending on the piece, the pieces above are some of my favorites! 

 Symbolic Transport of Animal Rescues
Symbolic Transport of Animal Rescued from Cruelty or Disaster – $25.00 

 Symbolic Puppy Socialization
Symbolic Puppy Socialization Class – $25.00 

 Make sure to check out the ASPCA’s FULL holiday gift guide for pets and pet lovers alike.

ASPCA twitter partyMake sure to join their annual #SantaPaws Holiday Twitter party coming up on Wednesday, December 18th at 7pm EST (RSVP here) with special co-hosts Tails Magazine, The Fluffington Post and Two Little Cavaliers.
Special holiday giveaways every six minutes

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